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Wednesday • October 22, 2014

AUTOPSY: MICHAEL BROWN SHOT UP CLOSE: The official autopsy and toxicology report on Michael Brown shows he was first shot at close range and had marijuana in his system. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has told investigators that Brown went for his gun inside the police vehicle. The autopsy shows two close-range wounds, one of which has discharge material inside it consistent with a shot as close as one inch. Brown’s blood was also found on the gun. The evidence supports Wilson’s claim that Brown’s hand was on or near his gun. A forensic pathologist who reviewed the autopsy says the wounds don’t show that Brown was running away or had his hands up. The wound at the top of his head indicate he was falling forward or lunging toward the shooter. A shot in the arm exited from the inner forearm, indicating his palms were not out when he was hit, the pathologist said.

ZELLWEGER ‘GLAD’ SHE LOOKS DIFFERENT: Back off people! In an interview with People magazine, Renee Zellweger responded to widespread shock over photos that surfaced showing her looking drastically different. “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” Zellweger, 45, said.  She also said the conversation is “silly” but that she felt compelled to discuss it because “it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn’t exist won’t get off my porch until I answer the door.” More importantly for Zellweger, “My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy.”

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STEENKAMP PARENTS FORGAVE PISTORIUS: When asked in an interview about whether or not they have forgiven Oscar Pistorius for killing their daughter Reeva Steenkamp, June Steenkamp replied, “I’ve already forgiven a long time ago.” She also said that she and her husband were “satisfied by the sentence.” “We don’t want revenge. We want a fair punishment under the circumstances of his disability,” she said. “We wouldn’t have wanted him to go to jail and be abused, but he will realize that he can’t go around doing that, he can’t kill somebody like that.” However, she also said that she believes Pistorius has not been completely honest about the circumstances of the death. “There’s more to the whole story than anybody knows. Only Oscar knows,” she claimed.

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GIANTS WIN GAME ONE: The San Francisco Giants are off to a fast start in the World Series after beating the Royals in Kansas City 7-1 on Tuesday night. The Giants took the lead in the first inning off a two-run homer by Hunter Pence and never gave up the lead. Prior to the home run, Pence had been 0 for 11 against Royals pitcher James Shields.

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NATION’S CONFIDENCE EBBS AT A STEADY DRIP: In taking office during two overseas wars and the Great Recession, President Obama set out to restore society’s frayed faith in its public institutions, saying that the question was not whether government was too big or small, “but whether it works.” Six years later, Americans seem more dubious than ever that it really does. With every passing week or month, it seems, some government agency or another has had a misstep or has been caught up in scandals that have deeply eroded public confidence. The Internal Revenue Service targets political groups, the Border Patrol is overwhelmed by children illegally crossing the Rio Grande, the Department of Veterans Affairs covers up poor service, and the Secret Service fails to guard the president and his White.

BEN BRADLEE, EDITOR WHO DIRECTED WATERGATE COVERAGE, DIES AT 93: Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s Watergate reporting that led to the fall of President Richard M. Nixon and that stamped him in American culture as the quintessential newspaper editor of his era — gruff, charming and tenacious — died on Tuesday. He was 93. Mr. Bradlee died at home of natural causes, The Post reported.

PUERTO RICO GAY-MARRIAGE BAN UPHELD: A federal district judge has dismissed a challenge to Puerto Rico’s law limiting marriage to one man and one woman. Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez concluded that the ban was permitted through the Supreme Court’s summary rejection of same-sex marriage claims in Baker v. Nelson in 1972. That view has been rejected by every other federal court since United States v. Windsor on the grounds that doctrinal changes have eroded Baker v. Nelson. Perez-Jimenez, who was named to the bench by President Carter, becomes the first Democrat-appointed judge to rule against same-sex marriage since the Windsor case. His decision heightens anticipation of what other judges now considering same-sex-marriage cases may do.

HONG KONG TALKS END IN STALEMATE: Student leaders of Hong Kong’s long-running pro-democracy protests met with government leaders for unprecedented talks on electoral reform, but the discussion yielded no substantive results. The government of the Chinese territory reiterated that there would be no full universal suffrage, and the students indicated they would continue to push for more democracy. Thousands watched the televised talks from protest sites, expressing pride for bringing city officials to the table but acknowledging little would change. Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam conceded that the protests’ “impact is far-reaching” and told students the government would consider submitting a formal report to Beijing relaying, but not advocating, protesters’ concerns and demands. Separately, Chief Executive C.Y. Leung warned that Beijing could intervene rather than continue to let local government handle the crisis. As a result, about 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city’s leader Wednesday, while others returned to the streets.

STATES EASE INTEREST RATE LAWS THAT PROTECTED POOR BORROWERS: Lenders have come under fire in Washington in recent years. Yet one corner of the financial industry — lending to people with poor credit scores — has found sympathetic audiences in many state capitals. Over the last two years, lawmakers in at least eight states have voted to increase the fees or the interest rates that lenders can charge on certain personal loans used by millions of borrowers with subpar credit. The overhaul of the state lending laws comes after a lobbying push by the consumer loan industry and a wave of campaign donations to state lawmakers. In North Carolina, for example, lenders and their lobbyists overcame unusually dogged opposition from military commanders, who two years earlier had warned that raising rates on loans could harm their troops.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Another full house for the “City Talk” conversation series last night at the popular Luna Park restaurant. Last night’s topic was “Philanthropy and marketing” with guest-of-honor, celebrity dentist Dr. Jay Grossman.

GULF CARTEL BOSS SAENZ TAMEZ CAPTURED: The reputed leader of Mexico’s notorious Gulf drugs cartel, Juan Francisco Saenz Tamez, was arrested by federal agents while he was shopping in the town of Edinburg, in South Texas. Saenz Tamez was indicted by a United States grand jury in September 2013 on charges of drug trafficking stretching from Texas and Florida to Washington, D.C. and the eastern seaboard. He is charged with conspiracy in the shipping of thousands of pounds of cocaine and marijuana across the U.S.-Mexico border, and with money laundering. He is being held in Beaumont and faces life in prison. Prosecutors hope to seize as much as $100 million in assets he acquired during his chieftaincy. He’s the latest cartel capo to be arrested recently: Juarez cartel leader Vicente Carrillo Fuentes was caught this month, and Beltran Leyva boss Hector Beltran Leyva a few weeks before that.

TOYS R US YANKS ‘BREAKING BAD’ DOLLS: Toys “R” Us is pulling its four action figures based on characters from AMC’s hit TV series Breaking Bad following a petition campaign launched last week by a Florida mother. The dolls are based on the Emmy-winning series about Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher (played by Bryan Cranston) who turns into a crystal-meth dealer, and his sidekick, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). The figures have a detachable bag of “cash” and a bag of fake meth. The company said the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and shelves. The Florida woman, reportedly Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers, launched a petition on Change.org demanding that the company stop selling the action figures, which she said are a “dangerous deviation from their family-friendly values.”

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Kennedy Confirms Missile Presence in Cuba (1962)

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major Cold War confrontation that began when US reconnaissance flights uncovered Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy denounced the Soviet actions, imposed a naval blockade on Cuba, and vowed that the US would retaliate against any missile launched from Cuba.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Curly Howard (1903)

Jerome Lester Horwitz, a man best known as “Curly Howard” or simply “Curly,” was arguably the most popular member of the legendary comedy trio the Three Stooges. He appeared in nearly 100 Three Stooges shorts before suffering a career-ending stroke. According to brother and fellow Stooge Moe Howard, Curly often struggled with his lines and instead improvised the visual and vocal nonsense that became hallmarks of his character

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Nelson Bunker Hunt, the down-home Texas oil tycoon who owned a thousand race horses, drove an old Cadillac and once tried to corner the world’s silver market only to lose most of his fortune when the price collapsed, died Tuesday. He was 88. Mr. Hunt died after a long battle with cancer and dementia, according to The Dallas Morning News.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Reading the papers these days I find that the two world leaders who stir the most passion in me are Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. One is everything you’d want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn’t want. One holds sway over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the other over nine time zones. One keeps surprising us with his capacity for empathy, the other by how much he has become a first-class jerk and thug. But neither can be ignored and both have an outsized influence on the world today. First, the pope. At a time when so many leaders around the world are looking to promote their political fortunes by exploiting grievances and fault lines, we have a pope asking his flock to do something hard, something outside their comfort zone, pushing them to be more inclusive of gays and divorced people.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: To a large extent, you can fix the food system in your world today. Three entities are involved in creating our food choices: business (everything from farmers to PepsiCo), government (elected and appointed officials and their respective organizations) and the one with the greatest leverage, the one that you control: you. We shouldn’t discount small farms and businesses, nor should we ignore relatively minor officials like the mayor of El Monte, Calif., who tried (and failed) to establish a soda tax to benefit public health. We do not always know where real change will come from, and certainly smaller operations may be more innovative and show us the way. But for the most part we know where real change doesn’t come from: Big Food, the corporations that supply most of the food and stuff masquerading as food that’s sold in supermarkets, as fast food and in casual dining chains; and government, especially the federal government, which is beholden to and entranced by big business. Nothing new here.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Onstage before thousands of fans, Sam Smith sang “Stay With Me,” beseeching his partner in a one-night stand for a few minutes more, and I half wondered if the two of them needed the extra time to finish bottles of Miller Lite, because a printed plug for the beer hovered over his head. Performing “Summertime Sadness,” Lana Del Rey told a lover to “kiss me hard before you go.” Would she be texting him later with a Samsung Galaxy, the smartphone for which the stage on which she appeared was visibly named? And while I’d never thought about any car in connection with the musicians in the band Interpol, I came to picture them caroming from gig to gig in a Civic or an Accord. “Honda” floated over them as they gave their concert. For every stage, a different sponsor. Behind every beat, a different brand.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A woman who claims she was molested as a child by actor Stephen Collins has no plans to sue the “7th Heaven” star. Back in the ’70s, Collins allegedly put the 50-something woman’s hand on his penis — an act the actor confessed to, in secret recordings of a 2012 marital therapy session, according to TMZ.

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Tuesday • October 21, 2014

EBOLA HURTS INCUMBENTS SAYS MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE: In recent weeks, candidates across the political spectrum have tried to use the public’s fear of Ebola to their advantage. With just two more weeks of campaigning for the midterm elections, the Ebola crisis is a prominent talking point for candidates but according to media expert and author Michael Levine it will hurt incumbents most because voters feel “the current team in Washington can’t run a two car parade.” Levine said that voter anger about compete hence in government will be a net gain for Republicans because “it leaves many feeling so cynical that it will impact turnout of minority groups that generally support Democrats.”

PISTORIUS GIVEN 5 YEARS IN JAIL: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been handed a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend. Legal experts said he was unlikely to spend longer than a year in jail. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder after firing four hollow-point bullets through a bathroom door at Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013. He said he thought an intruder had broken into the house. Judge Thokozile Masipa said the decision was hers and hers alone. “Sentencing is about achieving the right balance. Sentencing is not a perfect exercise,” she said. She also stressed that fame and wealth did not play into her sentencing decision. “It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were to be created that there was one law for the poor and disadvantaged, and another for the rich and famous,” she said. “Hopefully, this judgment on sentence shall provide some sort of closure for the family and all concerned so that they can move on with their lives.”

OSCAR DE LA RENTA DIES: Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died, according to a family member. The veteran designer, a native of the Dominican Republic, was 82 years old and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Over a long career, de la Renta designed clothes worn by fashion’s finest and spent a half century putting high society in haute couture. His path to renown was blazed when he designed clothing for Jacqueline Kennedy, and he went on to dress a host of U.S. first ladies, including Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, as well as talk-show guru Oprah Winfrey. He also designed Chelsea Clinton’s wedding dress, and most recently the wedding gown for Amal Clooney, George Clooney’s new bride.

LBN-THINK AGAIN:… It had been evident for some time before Snowden surfaced that best practices in investigative reporting and source protection needed to change.


AFGHAN POPPY CROP HITS RECORD HIGH: Even though the U.S. has spent $7.6 billion to dismantle Afghanistan’s opium industry, the country’s opium poppy growth hit an all-time high last year. “The recent record-high level of poppy cultivation calls into question the long-term effectiveness and sustainability,” said special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction John F. Sopko in a report to be released Tuesday. In 2013, Afghanistan surpassed the 2007 record for the amount of land to grow poppies, and the industry made $3 billion, up from $2 billion in 2012. Sopko isn’t optimistic about the ability of future U.S. efforts to curb opium growth in Afghanistan, either. “With deteriorating security in many parts of Afghanistan and low levels of eradication of poppy fields, further increases in cultivation are likely in 2014,” he said.

LBN-SEE IT: Pardis Sabeti and Stephen Gire in the Genomics Platform of the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They have been working to sequence Ebola’s genome and track its mutations.


ISIS LAUNCHES NEW ATTACKS IN NORTH IRAQ: ISIS fighters launched a series of attacks against Peshmerga positions across northern Iraq on Monday, including a truck bomb that killed 15 Peshmerga fighters near the Mosul Dam and a firefight that killed three of the Kurdish soldiers near the town of Qarah Tapah. The extremists also were reported to be conducting a fresh assault on the Sinjar mountain range in northern Iraq in a bid to reach and destroy the Sharaf Al Deen shrine, which is sacred to Yazidis. The ISIS actions came as Turkey announced that it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support fellow Kurds battling ISIS in the key border town of Kobani. Ankara had resisted providing any help in the long-running battle for Kobani.

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AIRLINES HIKE FARES DESPITE EBOLA SCARE: America’s largest airlines have approved a $4 round-trip fare hike, despite anxiety over Ebola and higher travel prices for the upcoming holiday season. The hike suggests that the airline industry believes demand for air travel is so strong that passengers won’t be discouraged by an Ebola scare or slight increase, an analyst said. The fare hike, the first successful across-the-board increase in six months, was initiated Thursday by Delta. American, US Airways, Southwest, and United matched the increase Friday. The hike comes as the industry is reporting record earnings, thanks to growing demand and sliding fuel costs.

LBN-SEE IT: The majority of Obama’s appointments have been women and nonwhite males.


1ST CONVICTION IN FAKE GIRL SEX STING: An Australian man is believed to be the first convicted as a result of online sex sting operated through Sweetie, a fake 10-year-old Filipino girl. Scott Robert Hansen pleaded guilty to three charges related to child sex abuse in Brisbane District Court. He is one of the more than 1,000 men that have interacted with Sweetie, the computerized young webcam girl. A log of Hansen’s chat with Sweetie included “hi u really 9yo,” “I like asian chicks, are you… for action?” and “I’m naked, ever seen a guy naked?” Hansen was sentenced to two years in prison, but is not expected to go to jail because of the previous eight months he’s been detained. Sweetie is operated by a Dutch charity, Terre des Hommes. While Hansen is the first convicted because of Sweetie, workers at Terre des Hommes say they have detected far more disturbing child abusers through her. “He [Hansen] was probably not the most serious, not even amongst the most serious,” said one of Sweetie’s operators.

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

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jennifer Lopez let her fan flag fly for Bruno Mars over the weekend. The “American Idol” judge, 45, attended the singer’s Las Vegas concert and after-party on Saturday night.

LBN-SEE IT: Billy Joel hasn’t released an album of new pop material since 1993. “I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the fuck was that guy?”


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Alfred Nobel (1833)

Nobel was a Swedish chemist and engineer who invented dynamite, the smokeless powder Ballistite, and an explosive gelatin more powerful than dynamite. In his last will, he left his enormous fortune in trust for the endowment of the Nobel Prizes, which recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of science, literature, and economics and in the promotion of peace.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***The chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, one of the most powerful and colorful figures in the energy industry, was killed when his business jet collided with a snowplow late Monday night on a runway of Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. Mr. de Margerie, a staunch defender of Russia’s energy policies during the conflict over Ukraine, went to Moscow to attend a meeting of corporate executives with Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev and was returning to Paris. The collision occurred a few minutes before midnight as the executive’s Dassault Falcon was accelerating for takeoff, the airport said in a statement. Russian prosecutors said Tuesday that the driver of the snowplow was intoxicated. The jet’s three crew members also died, Total said.   ***Peter Daland, who moved from Yale to the University of Southern California in the 1950s and became one of the world’s most successful swimming coaches, guiding the Trojan men’s team to national titles while producing 62 Olympians, died on Monday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 93. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, U.S.C. said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: There’s been a lot of tut-tutting about the people who are overreacting to the Ebola virus. There was the lady who showed up at the airport in a homemade hazmat suit. There were the hundreds of parents in Mississippi who pulled their kids from school because the principal had traveled to Zambia, a country in southern Africa untouched by the Ebola outbreak in the western region of the continent. There was the school district in Ohio that closed a middle school and an elementary school because an employee might have flown on the same plane (not even the same flight) as an Ebola-infected health care worker. The critics point out that these people are behaving hysterically, all out of proportion to the scientific risks, which, of course, is true. But the critics misunderstand what’s going on here. Fear isn’t only a function of risk; it’s a function of isolation. We live in a society almost perfectly suited for contagions of hysteria and overreaction.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Let us take it as a given that the post-1945 world order with the United States as dominant nation has begun to unravel, that China is rising to inherit the earth, that the unease of our times has much to do with that difficult transition, and that violent conflict is a normal accompaniment to the passing of the baton from one great power to the next. America stood tall at the end of World War II. It also stood on a vast field of corpses. Let us further posit the far-fetched hypothesis that humankind has learned from history. It must then be determined to avoid another conflagration. Happy talk of hyper-connectivity is not enough. The dream of the victory of enlightened self-interest in the name of the collective good on a shrinking planet was an ephemeral late 20th-century illusion. What will matter above all is the capacity of the United States and China to avoid fatal misunderstanding. In a state of mutual incomprehension, clashing interests will escalate.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Forty-one years ago this month, the Arab oil embargo began. The countries that were part of it belonged, of course, to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — OPEC — which had banded together 13 years earlier to strengthen their ability to negotiate with international oil companies. The embargo led to widespread shortages in the United States, higher prices at the gas pump and long lines at gas stations. By the time it ended, the price of oil had risen to $12 a barrel from $3. Perhaps more important than the price increases themselves was the new world order the embargo signaled. The embargo “set in motion geopolitical circumstances that eventually allowed [OPEC] to wrest control over global oil production and pricing from the giant international oil companies — ushering in an era of significantly higher oil prices,” as Amy Myers Jaffe and Ed Morse noted in an article in Foreign Policy magazine that was published last year at the 40th anniversary. Twice a year, OPEC’s oil ministers would meet in Vienna, where they would set oil policy — deciding to either hold back or increase oil production. There was always cheating among members, but there was usually enough discipline in the ranks to keep prices more or less where OPEC wanted them.   ***Numerous close friends and supporters of famed publicist Nanci Ryder turned out for Sunday’s Walk to Defeat ALS in Los Angeles. Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Rose McGowan, Katharine McPhee and more were on hand to lend their support. As revealed in a detailed interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryder, 62, was diagnosed with the terminal disease this year and stepped down from her post at BWR Public Relations.

LBN-COMMENTARY BY ERICKA T. BASS: My next door neighbor is an odd-man Most of the time, he just mutters incomprehensibly to himself, but in his occasional lucid moments, he was an engaging conversationalist. I have to confess when I first met him I was a bit put-off by his “I love Charles Manson” t-shirt.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Kris Jenner is fine with Bruce Jenner dating other women. “I just want him to be happy, I don’t care who he goes out with and I don’t know who he’s dating, he doesn’t check in with me and gives me a play-by-play,” the 58-year-old reality TV mom told NBC News’ Today on Monday, skirting questions about Bruce reportedly dating her former best friend, Ronda Kamihira.

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LBN-ETC: Personal success is built on the foundation of character, and character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you might make that gradually turn who you are at any given moment into who you want to be. If that decision-making process is not present, you’ll still be somebody—you’ll still be alive—but you may have a personality rather than a character, and to me that’s something very different. Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you must take responsibility for forming. You build character by how you respond to what happens in your life, whether it’s winning every game, losing every game, getting rich or dealing with hard times. Learn the secrets: www.TheExcelReport.com

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Tuesday • October 21, 2014

WOW! VEGETARIANS HAVE MUCH LOWER SPERM COUNTS:

Vegetarians and vegans may be harming their chance of having children after a study found that men who do not eat meat have significantly reduced sperm counts.

Although a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables can protect against many illnesses and can prolong life, it appears that it may also harm fertility.

Researchers at Loma Linda University Medical School, in southern California, embarked on a four-year project to find out how diets affect sperm.

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LBN-ETC: Personal success is built on the foundation of character, and character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you might make that gradually turn who you are at any given moment into who you want to be. If that decision-making process is not present, you’ll still be somebody—you’ll still be alive—but you may have a personality rather than a character, and to me that’s something very different. Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you must take responsibility for forming. You build character by how you respond to what happens in your life, whether it’s winning every game, losing every game, getting rich or dealing with hard times. Learn the secrets: www.TheExcelReport.com

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Monday • October 20, 2014

OBAMA MAKES RARE CAMPAIGN TRAIL APPEARANCE, PEOPLE LEAVE EARLY: President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.

U.S. HUMANITARIAN AID GOING TO ISIS: While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “caliphate.” The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European. The fear is that stopping aid would hurt innocent civilians and would be used for propaganda purposes by the militants, who would likely blame the West for added hardship.

POLITICO POLL: 64% BELIEVE AMERICA IS ‘OUT OF CONTROL’: A devastating new Politico poll reveals voters believe America has spun off its axis and is “out of control.”  “An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are ‘out of control’ and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms,” reports Politico.  The poll, which surveyed states and districts in the most competitive congressional races, found that 64% of Americans believe “things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now.”

OBAMA: GAY MARRIAGE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT: President Obama believes that same-sex couples have a Constitutional right to marry. “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,” he said in an interview published Monday in the New Yorker. While Obama said he believes states are legally required under the Constitution to allow same-sex marriages, his administration has not yet made that case before the Supreme Court. Also in the interview, Obama spoke favorably about the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to interfere with lower court rulings on gay marriage. “In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential—from my perspective, a positive sense—as anything that’s been done,” he said. “Given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting.”

TURKEY SAYS IT WILL AID KURDISH FORCES IN FIGHT FOR KOBANI: Turkey’s foreign minister said Monday that the country would facilitate the movement of Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as pesh merga, to the embattled Syrian town of Kobani to join the fighting there. At a news conference in Ankara, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that his government was “helping the pesh merga cross over to Kobani,” an apparent shift from Turkey’s previous refusal to allow any military assistance to Kurdish fighters in the town.

PEYTON MANNING BREAKS TOUCHDOWN RECORD: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw his 509th career touchdown pass Sunday night to break a tie with Brett Favre and snag the NFL’s record for career touchdown passes. Manning hit the milestone just three years after spinal fusion surgery, in what has been a remarkable restart to his career. Flash bulbs lit up around Sports Authority Field as Manning moved past Favre with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers. The game marked Manning’s 246th regular-season start, while Favre threw 508 touchdown passes in 302 regular-season starts. With 509 touchdown passes, Manning is now 135 passes ahead of the next active quarterback, the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, who has 374 career scoring passes. The pass to Thomas gave Manning three touchdowns in the game and made it his 89th career game with at least three touchdown passes. The Broncos won, 42-17.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Want to bid for a contract to care for the illegal immigrant children coming across the border? Make sure your staff members get Hepatitis vaccines and regular TB tests and can speak foreign languages — probably Spanish but maybe Mandarin, suggesting a surprising number of the children are coming from China. The federal government guarantees the children three meals a day, and they must take account of health, religious observance or vegetarian diets. The children also have a right to second helpings, according to contract documents issued last month seeking a transportation company to ferry the children within Texas.

2ND ROYAL BABY DUE IN APRIL: The British royal family will receive its latest addition in April, according to a statement from the palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April, meaning Kate is past the especially fragile first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The couple was forced to make a rushed announcement of the pregnancy early in September after Kate was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a severe form of morning sickness. Kate experienced HG with her first pregnancy, as well, but the palace statement said she is “steadily improving.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already parents to the world’s favorite baby, Prince George.

ISIS ATTEMPTS REBEL KIDNAPPING IN TURKEY: ISIS attempted to kidnap a major Syrian rebel leader in Turkey, suggesting the terrorist organization has a stronghold inside a NATO-member country. ISIS failed to abduct or kill Abu Issa, the leader of Syrian rebel group Thuwar Raqqa, when they snatched him in his car following a meeting with a Turkish official. The flagrant attempt to kidnap a rebel leader suggests Turkey has a relatively lax attitude toward ISIS. “I see them living a comfortable life in Urfa; they eat in the restaurants and spend time in cafes. Nobody bothers them,” said a Syrian living in Turkey. Despite the accusations, Turkey has agreed to allow Kurdish fighters to cross into Turkey to better fight ISIS in the border city of Kobani. “Turkey has no wish see Kobani fall,” said foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

PHONE HACKERS DIAL AND REDIAL TO STEAL BILLIONS: Bob Foreman’s architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March. But neither Mr. Foreman nor anyone else at his seven-person company was in the office at the time. “I thought: ‘This is crazy. It must be a mistake,’ ” Mr. Foreman said. It wasn’t. Hackers had broken into the phone network of the company, Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture, and routed $166,000 worth of calls from the firm to premium-rate telephone numbers in Gambia, Somalia and the Maldives. It would have taken 34 years for the firm to run up those charges legitimately, based on its typical phone bill, according to a complaint it filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The firm, in Norcross, Ga., was the victim of an age-old fraud that has found new life now that most corporate phone lines run over the Internet.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Ganges River in India is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The pollution includes sewage, trash, food, and animal remains. In some places the Ganges is septic, and corpses of semi-cremated adults or enshrouded babies drift down the river.

EX-NAZIS GOT MILLIONS IN SOCIAL SECURITY: Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, which were underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or fled before for deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and U.S. government records. Recipients included SS troops who guarded Nazi camps where millions of Jews perished, a rocket scientist who used slave labor to advance his research, and a Nazi collaborator who engineered the arrest and execution of thousands of Jews in Poland. The AP reported that there are four living beneficiaries.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Park Honan, an American biographer whose prodigious research opened new vistas on the family history of some of Britain’s greatest literary figures and reshaped modern views about their personalities, died on Sept. 27 in Leeds, England. He was 86. The cause was liver cancer, his daughter, Corinna Honan, said.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: One of the most infamous precognitive dreams in history was President Lincoln’s in 1865. The president envisioned his own demise just a few days before he was assassinated in Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Béla Lugosi (1882)

Lugosi, a Hungarian-born US actor, is best known for his portrayal of Dracula in the Broadway stage production and subsequent film of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire story. He appeared in the 1931 film version wearing minimal makeup and using his natural, heavily accented voice. Following this memorable performance, Lugosi found himself frequently typecast as a horror film villain.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Steven Rattner: So this is the thanks that Uncle Sam gets. Six years after a forceful rescue of the financial system (and, derivatively, the economy) by two presidents and the Federal Reserve, a mega rich individual and a battalion of investment funds are claiming unfair treatment and trying to extract billions in undeserved riches. Call it by its proper name: extortion. The weapon of choice is litigation — expensive, time-consuming court battles that have chewed through millions of dollars of taxpayer money in fees and countless hours of government officials’ time.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America. O.K., I know that was kind of abrupt. But I wanted to get the central point out there right away, because discussions of Amazon tend, all too often, to get lost in side issues.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Let us take it as a given that the post-1945 world order with the United States as dominant nation has begun to unravel, that China is rising to inherit the earth, that the unease of our times has much to do with that difficult transition, and that violent conflict is a normal accompaniment to the passing of the baton from one great power to the next. America stood tall at the end of World War II. It also stood on a vast field of corpses. Let us further posit the far-fetched hypothesis that humankind has learned from history. It must then be determined to avoid another conflagration. Happy talk of hyper-connectivity is not enough. The dream of the victory of enlightened self-interest in the name of the collective good on a shrinking planet was an ephemeral late 20th-century illusion. What will matter above all is the capacity of the United States and China to avoid fatal misunderstanding. In a state of mutual incomprehension, clashing interests will escalate.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Funnyman Chevy Chase has dropped more than 40 pounds in just months – and medical experts warn it could be a diet for disaster. The 71-year-old “Saturday Night Live” legend had ballooned to more than 300 pounds and was reportedly rushed to the hospital with heart attack symptoms just five months ago. “Rapid weight loss like this, especially if it’s unsupervised, can provide a significant shock to the body,” said Dr. Stuart Fischer, a specialist in internal medicine, who has not treated the comedian. ***Down-on-her-luck former “Baywatch” babe Nicole 
Eggert has a new job driving an ice cream truck! “There’s a lot of potential in this – there’s even interest in a reality TV show,” Nicole said. “They all love the ice cream truck idea!” The divorced mother of two recently filed for bankruptcy, claiming she had just $400 left in her checking account.   ***“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actor Nicholas Brendon has been arrested in Idaho on multiple charges, including resisting arrest, according to a police report. Brendon, 43, starred on the hit show as Xander Harris, along with Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played the series’ title role over seven seasons. According to an Ada County, Idaho police report, Brendon was charged with malicious injury to property and resisting or obstructing Boise police officers on Friday night.

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Sunday • October 19, 2014

POSSIBLE BODY OF UVA STUDENT FOUND: In what Charlottesville, Va., police are calling a “significant development,” a body has been found the area near where University of Virginia student Hannah Graham went missing 35 days ago. The 18-year-old student was last seen on Sept 13 at a mall with suspect Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32. Charlottesville police chief Timothy Longo said there was no positive identification of the remains yet, but he said at an afternoon press conference that the parents of Graham had been contacted. Matthew was arrested last month in Texas in connection with Graham’s disappearance and charged with abduction with intent to defile, indicating prosecutors believe he planned to sexually assault Graham. A number of young women have disappeared in the area over the last few years and authorities say the arrest of Matthew is a “forensic link” to the disappearance in 2009 of Morgan Harrington, 20, who vanished from Charlottesville.

BLACK VOTE SEEN AS LAST HOPE FOR DEMOCRATS TO HOLD SENATE: The confidential memo from a former pollster for President Obama contained a blunt warning for Democrats. Written this month with an eye toward Election Day, it predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters to the polls. “African-American surge voters came out in force in 2008 and 2012, but they are not well positioned to do so again in 2014,” Cornell Belcher, the pollster, wrote in the memo, dated Oct. 1. “In fact, over half aren’t even sure when the midterm elections are taking place.”

HONG KONG CLASHES ERUPT BEFORE TALKS: Violence broke out between pro-democracy protesters and Hong Kong police broke out early Sunday morning, despite the plans to hold talks with the government later in the week. Protesters accused officers of excessive brutality in the fourth night of clashes between the two groups. The government said about 20 people were injured between 10pm Saturday and 6am Sunday, but would not specify the types of injuries. A medic told the AFP he saw four people with “serious bleeding” and one with a back fracture. Police said protesters “suddenly attempted to charge” their barricades, but protesters dispute this account. “There was no aggressive action on our side,” said a 30-year-old protester named Jackie. “They hit us without any reason when we were standing behind the roadblock. I was hit by a police stick four or five times.” Hours before the clash, Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun-ying said he would meet with students this coming Tuesday. On-going pro-democracy have been challenging Beijing authority for several weeks, but they had been relatively peaceful for the last three.

MEXICO FINDS MANY CORPSES, BUT NOT LOST 43: With borrowed shovels and pick axes, the farmers drove their battered pickup trucks to a series of suspicious clearings in the countryside, jumped out and started digging. “Hey, hey, it’s a spine,” one of the men, part of a citizen police patrol, called out last week, fishing out what appeared to be a piece of spinal column. Soon came other fragments — a rib? a knee bone? Five mass graves have already been discovered in the hunt for 43 students who disappeared last month after clashing with the local police — and another half dozen secret burial sites like this one are being tested to determine the origins of the remains inside.

‘AMERICAN IDOL’ CONTESTANT DEAD AT 32: American Idol contestant Joanna Borgella died from Endometrial Cancer on Saturday at the age of 32, according to her family. Borgella was one of the top 24 contestants on season seven of American Idol. She later appeared on multiple reality television shows, including MADE, Mo’Niques Fat Chance and Curvy Girls. She was also signed to Wilhelmina Models. Borgella shared her diagnosis and treatment on social media platforms. Her last post was in September when she said she would receive two more rounds of radiation. “Since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world,” her family wrote in a heartfelt Facebook post. “Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered.”

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PRIVATE PLANE LANDS CARRYING $2M DRUGS: A private plane carrying 50,000 Ecstasy pills, 90 pounds of raw MDMA, $20,000 in cash, one aspiring model, and a pilot landed in Southern California Oct. 9 after a trip to Las Vegas. Both the model and pilot are Canadian. According to federal court documents, authorities were alerted to the presence of the plane because it had previously been used in drug trafficking. Drug sniffing dogs then detected the drugs—worth roughly $2 million—in the passengers’ luggage.

LBN-NOTICED: ***David Beckham “talking about the latest Ebola news to a bevy of LA moms” at SoulCycle West Hollywood on Friday.   ***Ashanti celebrating her 34th birthday at ­Finale in NYC with guests including Floyd Mayweather.   ***Carrie Underwood supporting Nashville Predators’ NHL player Matt Cullen at a charity event at David Yurman’s Nashville store to benefit Cullen Children’s Foundation.   ***Shia LaBeouf telling jokes to friends, and staying clear of alcohol, at a VIP reception for “Fury” at Marc Murphy’s Kingside restaurant in NYC.   ***Nets star Andrei Kirilenko taking pics with teammates and tourists at the Great Wall of China during a trip for two preseason NBA games.   *** “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman at Michael’s in NYC with James Toback and Andrew Stein.   ***Greta Gerwig and Brit Marling at a screening of “Young Ones” in LA.   ***“Men, Women & Children” director Jason Reitman at a Psychology Today Q&A the NY Institute of Technology .   ***Crooner Sam Smith dancing up a storm at Gilded Lily.   ***Three-star Michelin chef Christopher Kostow celebrating his book, “A New Napa Cuisine,” with Herb Karlitz at Blanca in Brooklyn.   ***Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman at American Cut in NYC.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Fall/Autumn

1.     Autumn has been called the “hectic beauty of death.”

2.     Levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest in the fall. Scientists speculate the surge may be a result of ancient mating instincts (e.g., the fall “rutting season”) or that decreasing daylight somehow triggers it.

3.     Since ancient times, autumn has ranked as one of the most important times of year as daylight begins to fade and cold, dark days lie ahead. Because a good harvest is necessary for survival, many societies tried to ensure a good harvest by honoring various gods and goddesses. Some societies, such as the Aztecs in ancient Mexico, even made human sacrifices to please the gods.

4.     Autumn babies, or those born between September and November, are more likely to live to 100 than those who were born in other times of the year.

5.     According to NASA, autumn is “aurora season” because geomagnetic storms are about twice as frequent as the annual average during the fall.

6.     A study in the journal Perception noted that men think women are more attractive in the cooler season. One theory is that men’s testosterone levels rise during the fall. Another theory is the “contrast effect.” During the summer, men are frequently exposed to scantily clad women—but not so much in the autumn, which shifts “attractiveness criteria” in women’s favor in the fall.

7.     Scientists believe males evolved to be sexually primed by food, which made autumn’s harvest time an ideal time to find a mate and reproduce. In fact, studies show that a mix of pumpkin pie and donuts increased penile flow by 20%. A pumpkin pie-lavender mix increased the penile blood flow by 40%.

8.     A “Harvest Moon” is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Before artificial lighting, such moonlight was essential to a farmer’s successful harvest.

9.     During the fall, in response to colder temperatures and less light, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment that helps capture sunlight to power photosynthesis. As the green fades, the leave’s other pigments shine through, such as orange and yellow carotenoids and vibrant red anthocyanin.

10.  Scientists believe global warming could affect autumn colors. As the world warms, leaves may delay changing their colors. Additionally, trees may not use their sugars to create red pigments; rather, they might send that fuel to growing new twigs. Global warming may also alter the habitats of trees, such as the sugar maple, which creates some of the most vibrant fall colors.

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TENNIS EXEC BANNED FOR WILLIAMS SLUR: Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev was banned for one year on Saturday after making fun of the Williams sisters. Tarpishchev called Serena and Venus the “Williams brothers” and said they were “scary” to look at when he appeared on a Russian television show on Friday. In addition to the ban, the WTA fined him $25,000. Serena Williams slammed Tarpishchev on Sunday at the WTA Finals tournament in Singapore. His remarks were “extremely sexist, racist and bullying,” said Williams. “In this day of age, 2014 for someone with his power, it’s really unacceptable to make such bullying remarks.” Tarpischchev apologized for his remarks due to WTA demands, but later defended himself, claiming he was on a “humorous show.” Tarpishchev also serves on the International Olympic Committee, which has yet to issue any comment or punishment.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Like his father, the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Dhani Harrison is a musician. He made his professional debut on his dad’s last studio album, Brainwashed, issued after George’s death in 2001. Now 36, Dhani composes film scores and is half of a band, Thenewno2 – named after a recurring character in the late-Sixties British television show, The Prisoner – with another musical son, Paul Hicks. (His father, Tony, is the founding guitarist of the Hollies.)

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: WE have no clue at this point how far Ebola could spread in the United States — and no reason for panic. But one dimension of the disease’s toll is clear. It’s ravaging Americans’ already tenuous faith in the competence of our government and its bureaucracies. Before President Obama’s election, we had Iraq, Katrina and the meltdown of banks supposedly under Washington’s watch. Since he came along to tidy things up, we’ve had the staggeringly messy rollout of Obamacare, the damnable negligence of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the baffling somnambulism of the Secret Service.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: We live in a world awash in unreliable narrators. Officials at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were unreliable narrators on Ebola. The Internet is bristling with unreliable narrators who prefer their takes to the truth. The unsavory husband and wife in the thriller “Gone Girl” are such chillingly unreliable narrators that they easily beat out the undead unreliable narrator, Dracula, at the box office. And let’s not even start on Fox News.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Peter D. Kramer: My own view is that we need storytelling in medicine, need it for any number of reasons. Repeatedly, I have been surprised by the impact that even lightly sketched case histories can have on readers. In my book “Listening to Prozac,” I wrote about personality and how it might change on medication. “Should You Leave?” concerned theories of intimacy. Readers, however, often used the books for a different purpose: identifying depression. Regularly, I received — and still receive — phone calls: “My husband is just like — ” one or another figure from a clinical example. For a decade and more, public health campaigns had circulated symptom lists meant to get people to recognize mood disorders, and still there remained a role for narrative to complete the job.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience. Overall, about half of adult Facebook users, 47%, “ever” get news there. That amounts to 30% of the population. Most U.S. adults do not go to Facebook seeking news out, the nationally representative online survey of 5,173 adults finds. Instead, the vast majority of Facebook news consumers, 78%, get news when they are on Facebook for other reasons. And just 4% say it is the most important way they get news. As one respondent summed it up, “I believe Facebook is a good way to find out news without actually looking for it.”

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Saturday • October 18, 2014

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS TEXAS VOTER ID LAW: Texas’s use of a 2011 law requiring voters to present photo identification before casting ballots was allowed by the Supreme Court on Saturday in an unsigned order that contained no reasoning. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on the other hand, issued a six-page dissent. “The prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters” serves to undermine “public confidence in elections,” she wrote in the dissent, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Critics of Texas’s voter ID law say that up to 600,000 registered voters will be disenfranchised by the law, a disproportionate number of them black and Hispanic.

DARREN WILSON: I FEARED FOR MY LIFE: Officer Darren Wilson told investigators that he was pinned down in his police car and feared for his life during a struggle for his gun with Michael Brown, just before he shot the unarmed teen to death on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. Wilson told authorities that Brown reached for his gun, which FBI forensics investigators said was fired twice in the squad car, according to federal officials briefed on the civil-rights probe. Forensics tests found Brown’s blood on the gun, an interior door panel, and on Wilson’s uniform. The officials said that while the federal investigation was continuing, the evidence so far did not support civil-rights charges against Wilson. The officer’s testimony contradicts some witness accounts.

OBAMA: TRAVEL BAN COULD MAKE EBOLA WORSE: In his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama urged Americans to refrain from panicking over Ebola and dismissed the idea of a travel ban from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. “We can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa,” Obama said, noting that such a ban would make it harder for health care workers to move themselves and supplies into the region, and would motivate people flying out of the region to evade airport screenings, making cases harder to track. “Trying to seal off an entire region of the world—if that were even possible—could actually make the situation worse,” he said. He also warned that “before this is over, we may see more isolated cases here in America,” but emphasized that “what we’re seeing now is not an ‘outbreak’ or an ‘epidemic’ of Ebola in America. This is a serious disease, but we can’t give in to hysteria or fear.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: California continues to have – by far – the nation’s highest level of poverty under an alternative method devised by the Census Bureau that takes into account both broader measures of income and the cost of living. Nearly a quarter of the state’s 38 million residents (8.9 million) live in poverty, a new Census Bureau report says, a level virtually unchanged since the agency first began reporting on the method’s effects. Under the traditional method of gauging poverty, adopted a half-century ago, California’s rate is 16 percent (6.1 million residents), somewhat above the national rate of 14.9 percent but by no means the highest. That dubious honor goes to New Mexico at 21.5 percent. But under the alternative method, California rises to the top at 23.4 percent while New Mexico drops to 16 percent and other states decline to as low as 8.7 percent in Iowa.

AMID ASSURANCES ON EBOLA, OBAMA IS SAID TO SEETHE: Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response. Those frustrations spilled over when Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday. Medical officials were providing information that later turned out to be wrong. Guidance to local health teams was not adequate. It was unclear which Ebola patients belonged in which threat categories. “It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. He told aides they needed to get ahead of events and demanded a more hands-on approach, particularly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said.

EVEN MORE! NEW WHITE HOUSE BREACH UNCOVERED: A previously unknown White House breach occurred in 2008 when two German tourists entered White House grounds, undetected by Secret Service guards, by entering an exit gate on the North Lawn while other tourists were leaving. The two tourists were spotted by a Secret Service agent and a sergeant in the uniformed division taking photos under the North Portico with cameras, which are prohibited (cell phone cameras are OK). It was determined that the tourists did not pose a threat. The next day, Secret Service officers installed a serpentine bike rack to make it more difficult to enter the White House grounds the way the German tourists did.

OBAMA: MY CREDIT CARD WAS DECLINED: While speaking to employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday, President Barack Obama told a story he meant to illustrate the extent of consumer fraud and how “even I’m affected by this”: That time his credit card was declined at a fancy restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Obama told attendees the story after signing an executive order to strengthen security for credit and debit cards. CNN obtained further details on the incident, reporting that the president and First Lady dined on burrata with salsa verde and an endive salad with walnuts and anchovies at New York restaurant Estela. Then came the credit card rejection. “I guess I don’t use it enough, so they thought there as some fraud going on,” Obama said. “Luckily, Michelle had hers. I was trying to explain to the waitress that I’ve really been paying my bills.

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REV. BILLY GRAHAM: ‘AMERICA IS JUST AS WICKED AS SODOM AND GOMORRAH EVER WERE’: Reverend Billy Graham, arguably the most well-known and respected evangelical preacher of the last 50 years, said in a recently published commentary that America was “founded by men who believed in prayer” and that prayer can turn “the tide of history,” adding that while “America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah” and deserves “the judgment of God,” this judgment can be lessened through prayer.

SAME SEX MARRIAGE LEGALIZED IN 3 STATES: On Friday, gay marriage was legalized in three states when the Supreme Court denied Alaska’s request to block same-sex marriages, a federal district judge in Arizona struck down that state’s gay marriage ban, and another federal judge declared that Wyoming cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples–though that ruling has been put on hold until Oct. 23 to provide time for state officials to decide if they want to appeal. Arizona’s state attorney general will not appeal the ruling, because it would “waste the taxpayers’ money.” And in Alaska, same-sex marriages are set to begin immediately. There are now only seven states in which lower courts have not struck down same-sex marriage bans: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and North an South Dakota. Eighteen remain without same-sex marriage.

UK MAY USE MEDIEVAL LAW AGAINST ISIS: British citizens who go fight with Islamic State insurgents in Iraq and Syria could be charged with treason under a medieval law dating back to 1351. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday that any British citizen who has sworn allegiance to ISIS could be prosecuted under the Treason Act of 1351, passed during the reign of King Edward III. “We have seen people declaring that they have sworn personal allegiance to the so-called Islamic State,” Hammond told Parliament. “That does raise questions about their loyalty and allegiance to this country and about whether the offense of treason could have been committed.” Security officials estimate that some 500 British citizens are believed to be fighting with ISIS and worry that they could carry out an attack on Britain.

JOAN RIVERS’S CLINIC MAY LOSE LICENSE: The clinic that conducted a procedure on Joan Rivers that led to her death last month may see its federal accreditation taken away. After a month-long investigation, the New York State Health Department discovered unspecified lapses in four categories at the Yorkville Endoscopy LLC. It has given the clinic until January of next year to correct deficiencies before revoking accreditation. According to the city medical examiner, Rivers died of low blood oxygen while undergoing a procedure.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Bono, the U2 frontman, has revealed that he wears dark glasses all the time because he suffers from glaucoma.  The star said he has had the condition – a build-up of pressure in the eyeball, which can damage the optic nerve and lead to blindness if not treated – for around two decades.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The subject turns to philanthropy as a marketing tool at the next City Talk cocktail party at Luna Park restaurant next Tuesday evening. Dr. Jay Grossman, founder of the charity “Homeless Not Toothless” is the guest-of-honor.

CHARLIE SHEEN DUMPS PORN STAR FIANCEE: Mad man Charlie Sheen gives porn star fiancée the old heave-ho! The “Anger Management” star has split with his porn star fiancée, Brett Rossi, just weeks before their planned November nups “Scotty and I had a great year together as we traveled the world and crossed a lot of things off our bucket list,” Sheen said in a statement via PR man, Jeff Ballard. “She’s a terrific gal, but we’ve mutually decided to go our separate ways and to not spend the rest of our lives together.” “I’ve decided that my children deserve my focus more than a relationship does right now,” he continued.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Julianne Moore will be honored by Museum of the Moving Image at its 29th annual Salute on January 20, 2015  at 583 Park in New York. The news was announced today by Herbert S. Schlosser and Ivan Lustig, Co-Chairmen of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Moore joins the ranks of past honorees who have received the Museum’s Salute, including Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Robert DeNiro, Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts, Martin Scorsese, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg, and Jimmy Stewart.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio (1954)

Transistors are the basis of much modern electronic technology, including the most popular communications device in history: the transistor radio. Billions of these compact, portable radios were manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s. Battery-operated, they came in handy during electrical outages, and their pocket size sparked a change in popular music listening habits, allowing people to listen to music anywhere they went.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Tim Hauser, a singer and showman who founded the Manhattan Transfer, a Grammy-winning vocal group that brought four-part harmonies to several decades’ worth of American popular songs, died on Thursday in Sayre, Pa. He was 72. The cause was cardiac arrest, said his sister, Fayette. She said he had been taken to a hospital in Elmira, N.Y., with pneumonia shortly after arriving in nearby Corning for a scheduled performance and was later moved to a hospital in Sayre, where he died.   ***James M. LaRossa, who numbered himself among “the last of the gladiators” — his characterization of defense lawyers — and proved it in decades of spirited courtroom battles on behalf of mob bosses, politicians, labor leaders and judges, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He was 82. The cause was esophageal cancer, his daughter Susan LaRossa said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur Brooks: What is a “helping industry”? This question has brought me to a former battery factory in downtown San Francisco. I’m sitting in what must have been some tycoon’s corner office. Four overstuffed chairs are surrounded by a full complement of hipster eclectica, from art books to lava lamps. My hosts are not squatters. They are Nathan Blecharczyk, a 30-something co-founder of Airbnb, and several of his fellow executives. Airbnb is the start-up Internet marketplace that matches visitors to cities around the world with people who have space to rent in their homes. In just six years, the business has exploded: It is currently valued at roughly $10 billion and employs more than 800 people.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My best friend in High School is suffering from mental illness. She sent me a long e-mail last night in which she pretended that a wicked plot was being hatched against her, a cabal which would come to a head in the coming days. I wrote he back and told her not to worry but the truth is I am worried about her. Last year she talked about getting a sex change and I thought she was joking but now I fear she is serious. What a crazy world, huh?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Leslie H. Gelb: The Obama administration has pulled together a coalition as ineffectual as it is unwilling. It’s time to join up with the forces, however unsavory that can do the job. Earlier this week, outside Washington, the Obama team hosted senior military leaders from nations pledged to help fight the so-called Islamic State, in a mission the Pentagon is now calling “Operation Inherent Resolve.” Representatives from 21 of the 60-odd countries appeared. Everyone, of course, was too polite to inquire about the embarrassing number of absentees. Nor did they comment on how little these partners have contributed to the war effort thus far, or on the fact that no new serious help has been promised.  Least surprising of all was the absence of the only two nations that could help fight the jihadis now and in a tangible form. In the short term the only way to check ISIS, as the self-declared caliphate is widely known, is for the United States to work with Bashar Assad’s Syria, and with Iran. It is a tricky and perilous path, but there are no realistic alternatives.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): For decades now, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have been supporting and funding the spread of Wahhabism. Providing schools an interpretation of the Quran that adheres to their ridged standards of Islam. And in recent decades, they are exporting these fundamentalist interpretations to Mosques and communities in the West. Should we be surprised that that an entire generation who has learned these radical ideas from youth to young adulthood go forth and act on them?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Et tu, C.D.C.? For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been the most trusted agency in the federal government. In 2003, when Gallup did a survey to determine what the public thought of various federal agencies, the C.D.C. topped the list, with 66 percent of respondents describing it as “excellent” or “good.” Last year, a similar Gallup poll showed that the C.D.C.’s approval rating had dropped to 60 percent, which was still better than any other agency. The C.D.C. has seen the country through SARS and the swine flu virus. The general perception was not only that it did important, apolitical work, but that it was highly competent. “I used to call the C.D.C. the shining star of federal agencies,” says Lawrence O. Gostin, a global health expert at Georgetown Law. And then came Ebola.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Bruce Jenner and his luscious locks have moved on from ex Kris Jenner. The 64-year-old former Olympian is romancing Kris’ friend and former assistant Ronda Kamihira, People reports. “Kris is devastated,” a source told the magazine. “This was her former assistant and best friend of 20 years.”   ***Jillian Michaels has moved on from “The Biggest Loser” and has set her sights on a bigger goal: training Hillary Clinton. “I think she’s going to be the next president, and I’d like her to look good doing it,” the fitness guru revealed in the November issue of Health magazine, talking about her dream client.   ***Channing Tatum has revealed that he struggled in school as a child because of ADHD and dyslexia.    ***Stand-up comedian Dane Cook loves the ladies.   In a rousing round of “Cheese Dane-ish,” a funny spin on Andy Cohen’s “Plead the Fifth” game on “Watch What Happens Live,” the 42-year-old actor said he’s slept with a lot of groupies while touring. “In my younger days, I would say a few hundred,” said Cook on Thursday, dodging a squirt of canned cheese.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Chuck Berry (1926)

Berry was one of the most innovative musicians of the 1950s. His unique blues-derived guitar style and witty lyrics helped define the rock music genre and earned him one of the first spots in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A dynamic performer, he is also known for his signature crouching and gliding “duck walk,” a move that has been imitated by many musicians

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Friday • October 17, 2014

OBAMA APPOINTS EBOLA CZAR: President Obama plans to appoint Ron Klain, former chief of staff to both Joe Biden and Al Gore, to lead the fight against Ebola. Klain left the White House in 2011 to become president of Case Holdings, an investment company. On Thursday, Obama had hinted at the appointment, saying he hoped to have more regular progress “after this initial surge of activity.”

BOKO HARAM AGREES TO RELEASE GIRLS: The Nigerian government says that it has come to an agreement with Boko Harma, the militant group that kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April. Nigeria’s chief of defense, Alex Badeh, told his troops to stand down for a ceasefire, which a leader in the terrorist group confirmed to Voice of America. The two sides have reportedly been holding talks in Saudi Arabia. Badeh says the girls are “in good condition and unharmed,” but there was no additional information.

U.S. AIRSTRIKES PUSHING ISIS FROM KOBANI: ISIS is being forced out of town, according to Kurdish fighters in Kobani, Syria. The militants had taken the Syrian city, but 14 U.S. airstrikes over the past two days have now hit their key positions. According to reports, at least 19 ISIS buildings and 10 other strategic targets have been bombed. Kurdish forces say ISIS still controls a few key buildings, including the hospital.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Halloween

1.     Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.

2.     The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

3.     Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

4.     The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

5.     An intense and persistent fear of Halloween is called Samhnainophobia Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

6.     Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.

7.     The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.

8.     According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.

9.     The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.

10.  Stephen Clarke holds the record for the world’s fastest pumpkin carving time: 24.03 seconds, smashing his previous record of 54.72 seconds. The rules of the competition state that the pumpkin must weigh less than 24 pounds and be carved in a traditional way, which requires at least eyes, nose, ears, and a mouth.

BIDEN’S SON DISCHARGED FOR COCAINE USE: Hunter Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s 44-year-old son, was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine, The Wall Street Journal reports. The younger Biden was commissioned as a part-time ensign in the Navy Reserve but failed a drug test last year, putting an end to his brief military career. In a statement, Biden said that it was “the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge. I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.” Vice President Biden’s office has declined to comment.

AT PISTORIUS HEARING, FERVENT ARGUMENTS OVER PUNISHMENT: Oscar Pistorius, the disabled South African track star, sat in court with his head bowed and seemed to sob on Friday as his defense lawyer made an impassioned plea to keep him out of prison after the athlete killed his girlfriend last year, saying “no punishment can be worse” than his anguish since the shooting. The prosecution countered with a demand that he be sent to prison. “The minimum term that society will be happy with is 10 years’ imprisonment,” said the prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, in a morning of arguments seeking to sway Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa as she considers Mr. Pistorius’s punishment.

4 LONDON MEN CHARGED IN ISIS PLOT: Four men from London have been charged with intention to commit acts of terrorism after police say they took at oath to ISIS and planned to purchase firearms. They are charged with using Google Street View for “hostile reconnaissance” of police and army stations. Another man is just charged with a firearms offense. The men, between 20 and 25, will appear in court.

QUALITY OF WORDS, NOT QUANTITY, IS CRUCIAL TO LANGUAGE SKILLS, STUDY FINDS: It has been nearly 20 years since a landmark education study found that by age 3, children from low-income families have heard 30 million fewer words than more affluent children, putting them at an educational disadvantage before they even began school. The findings led to increased calls for publicly funded prekindergarten programs and dozens of campaigns urging parents to get chatty with their children. Now, a growing body of research is challenging the notion that merely exposing poor children to more language is enough to overcome the deficits they face. The quality of the communication between children and their parents and caregivers, the researchers say, is of much greater importance than the number of words a child hears.

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

MMA FIGHTER ATTEMPTS SUICIDE IN JAIL: An extreme fighter accused of beating his ex-girlfriend this summer attempted to commit suicide in a Las Vegas Jail. Jonathan Koppenhaver, who goes by the name “War Machine” in his mixed martial arts fights, was found unresponsive with linen around his neck. He had left a suicide note. The MMA fighter is in detention for brutally beating Christy Mack and a male friend in August and then going on the run. He faces domestic battery and attempted murder charges.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Bruce Springsteen went to see his pal Sting’s new musical, “The Last Ship,” at the Neil Simon Theatre Wednesday. In a black leather jacket, the Boss, with daughter Jessica, even joined the cast onstage after the curtain call.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Scientists believe that an asteroid struck the Indian Ocean about 4,800 years ago. The tsunami that resulted is theorized to have been approximately 600 feet (180 m) high.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Arthur Miller (1915)

Miller was an American dramatist whose plays deal with morality and the pressures exerted by family and society. The Crucible, one of his most famous works, is a dramatization of the 17th-century Salem witch trials and a parable about the US in the McCarthy era. His masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, was the first play to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award all in the same year.

LBN-R.I.P.: Anita Cerquetti, a gifted Italian soprano who rose to instant fame in 1958 when she was called on to substitute for the mythic and sometimes mystifying Maria Callas in one of opera’s most dramatic episodes, and three years later surprised people again by ending her own career, died on Saturday in Perugia, Italy. She was 83. Her death was confirmed by Alfredo Sorichetti, a conductor who helps oversee an annual singing competition and academy named in Miss Cerquetti’s honor, in her hometown, Montecosaro. She had been hospitalized for several days after a heart attack, he said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Let’s say you came of political age during Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Maybe you were swept up in the idealism. But now you’ve seen an election driven by hope give way to an election driven by fear. Partisans are afraid the other side might win. Candidates are pawns of the consultants because they’re afraid of themselves. Everybody’s afraid of the Ebola virus, ISIS and the fragile economy. The politics of the last few years have made you disappointed, disillusioned and cynical. You look back at your earlier idealism as cotton candy.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: The administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis continues to be marked by double talk, runaround and gobbledygook. And its logic is worse than its language. In many of its actions, especially its public pronouncements, the government is functioning not as a soother of public anxiety but the cause of it.  An example this week came in the dialogue between Megyn Kelly of Fox News and Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control. Their conversation focused largely on the government’s refusal to stop travel into the United States by citizens of plague nations. “Why not put a travel ban in place,” Ms. Kelly asked, while we shore up the U.S. public-health system?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Chelsea Handler: I did not want to be urinated on. That’s not something I was trying to get to happen. It did happen and I’m still here. He’s got problems, okay and he had a urinary tract infection on this trip. No, he didn’t. So I got off the boat, there’s a below deck they call, the little thing, so I jump off of it and I was holding onto it because we were getting on another boat to go to the beach. All of a sudden I realize, I look up and Jason’s penis was there and he was urinating on my face. I thought it was so funny that somebody would pee on someone’s face that I was laughing so hard I couldn’t swim away. Even if I could’ve swim I would’ve just swam into the boat so I was trapped. I was in a urinary Bermuda Triangle. Listen, I can take one for the team. If somebody needs to get urinated on, I am happy to do that. I don’t care about urine. Who cares?

THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND (By Ray Richmond): ***This would probably be an inopportune time to hold an Ebol-A-Rama fundraiser.   ***How many earthquakes is it going to take before we put a stop to these things?.   ***Nothing rhymes with Galapagos.   ***I’ll bet mustard gas would taste crappy on a hot dog.   ***The Ferguson protestors will have every right to riot if that cop isn’t indicted, but I hope they don’t.   ***Every day that I wake up healthy is a good day.   ***Instead of celebrating Columbus Day, how about Native American Day?   ***Paper clips don’t work nearly as well as staples.   ***It would suck right now to live in Syria.   ***If I came home after 3 years away, my dog would yawn and fall back asleep.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I don’t trust government to take care of us in the event of an emergency. In case of an emergency, I have a small cache of money and weapons hidden in the shed. You should, too.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Maria Menounos and her glam squad were attacked in New York early Thursday. Menounos, 36, and her team were leaving an airport and were “crawling” to get on the Van Wyck Expressway when someone threw a tire iron at the car’s back window, reports E! News. “It felt like something out of a movie,” Menounos said. “I heard an explosion and I started screaming, ‘Everyone down, we’re being shot at. Everyone down!’”

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Thursday • October 16, 2014

LAX U.S. GUIDELINES ON EBOLA LED TO POOR HOSPITAL TRAINING, EXPERTS SAY: Many American hospitals have improperly trained their staffs to deal with Ebola patients because they were following federal guidelines that were too lax, infection control experts said on Wednesday. Federal health officials effectively acknowledged the problems with their procedures for protecting health care workers by abruptly changing them. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued stricter guidelines for American hospitals with Ebola patients. They are now closer to the procedures of Doctors Without Borders, which has decades of experience in fighting Ebola in Africa. In issuing the new guidelines, the C.D.C. acknowledged that its experts had learned by working alongside that medical charity

DALLAS NURSE CALLED CDC BEFORE FLIGHT: Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to contract Ebola, called CDC officials before boarding her flight on Monday because of her high temperature. However, officials say that because her temperature of 99.5 degrees was below the 100.4 reading for a fever, she was told she could board. “The patient was not showing any other symptoms while on board the plane—no vomiting or diarrhea. The only symptom Amber was showing was the fever,” CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said. By Tuesday, Vinson was placed in isolation and tests confirmed her diagnosis for Ebola.

U.S. DUMPS FREE SYRIAN ARMY IN ISIS WAR: The United States is ditching the old Free Syrian Army and developing its own local ground force to use in the fight against ISIS, McClatchy reports. The service quotes retired Gen. John Allen, coordinator of the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against the extremist group, telling reporters at the State Department that, “At this point, there is not formal coordination with the FSA.” Allen said America’s intent is to start from scratch in creating a home-grown, moderate counterweight to ISIS. On Tuesday, there was no representation of Syrian rebel groups at the 21-nation summit about ISIS. For most of the three years of the Syrian conflict, the U.S. ground game hinged on rebel militias loosely affiliated under the banner of the FSA, but that posed problems involving lack of cohesion, uneven fighting skills, and frequent battlefield coordination with the Al-Nusra Front.

FALL IN OIL PRICES POSES A PROBLEM FOR RUSSIA, IRAQ AND OTHERS: A steep decline in oil prices is straining the budgets of major petroleum-exporting countries around the globe, raising a specter of spending cuts in Russia, where the economy is under pressure from Western sanctions, and posing a potentially grave security challenge for Iraq, which is already struggling to finance its fight against the Islamic State. From Moscow to Caracas, Riyadh to Baghdad, in Tehran, Algiers, Kuwait City and Lagos, political leaders, finance ministers and central bankers have been scrambling to confront the plunge in prices — roughly 25 percent since a peak in June — driven by increased production in the United States and by projections of sustained cuts in demand in many developed countries, as well as decelerating growth in China.

FL GOVERNOR PROTESTS FOE’S ELECTRIC FAN: Florida’s contentious race for governor pitting incumbent Republican Rick Scott against Democratic challenger Charlie Crist descended into farce Wednesday over a disagreement about a podium cooling fan at a debate that was supposed to be about issues. The event got off to a bizarre start when only Crist took the stage with the broadcast already live. The moderator announced that Scott would not come out because of a disagreement over the fan at Crist’s feet. Scott’s campaign reportedly said debate rules allowed for “no electronics on the podium.” A panelist then asked Crist if he was in violation of the agreement. The former governor responded by asking whether the debate was going to be about a fan, a comment followed by cries of “follow the rules” from some Republicans in the audience. Scott took the stage some six minutes late, and the candidates resumed the sharp attacks that have characterized the campaign.

F.B.I. DIRECTOR TO CALL ‘DARK’ DEVICES A HINDRANCE TO CRIME SOLVING IN A POLICY SPEECH: In his first major policy speech as director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey on Thursday plans to wade deeper into the debate between law enforcement agencies and technology companies about new programs intended to protect personal information on communication devices. Mr. Comey will say that encryption technologies used on these devices, like the new iPhone, have become so sophisticated that crimes will go unsolved because law enforcement officers will not be able to get information from them, according to a senior F.B.I. official who provided a preview of the speech.

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JOHN GRISHAM DEFENDS CHILD-PORN CONVICTS: According to best-selling novelist John Grisham, too many people are sitting in prison for watching child pornography. “We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child,” he said. “But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.” Grisham used an example of a friend who got caught up in a Canadian child-porn sting a decade ago who Grisham thinks got too stiff a sentence. “There’s so many of them now. There’s so many ‘sex offenders’—that’s what they’re called—that they put them in the same prison. Like they’re a bunch of perverts, or something; thousands of ’em. We’ve gone nuts with this incarceration,” he claimed.  Grisham did say he has “no sympathy for real pedophiles” and that they should be locked up.

ROYALS GO TO WORLD SERIES AFTER 26 YEARs: The Kansas City Royals are ending three decades of disappointment and frustration and heading to the 2014 World Series. The Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, on Wednesday, sweeping the American League Championship Series and earning their first World Series berth since 1985. The victory was Kansas City’s eighth in a row in the playoffs, the first time any team has won its first eight games in a single postseason. The World Series starts Tuesday.

FACEBOOK LAUNCHES DISASTER SERVICE: Sometimes Facebook’s lack of respect for privacy can have good consequences. The tech company is launching a new service called Safety Check, which will allow people to register themselves as safe when a major disaster happens. It works by Facebook sending the user a push notification if their current location is in an area where a disaster has happened. The person can tell Facebook he or she is OK, or that the last known region is not correct. In addition, other users can see if their friends are safe or not. Facebook says it will work with local authorities to decide what counts as a disaster.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: ***The first formalized bathing costume in the modern era was not a piece of clothing at all but a piece of architecture: a bathing machine. Invented by a Quaker in 1753, the horse-drawn half carriage contained a “modesty tunnel” that allowed a fully clothed Victorian woman to enter the sea privately.

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MICROSOFT CEO: I NEVER ASKED FOR A RAISE: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized again on Thursday for his recent comments about how women should rely on good “karma” for raises, rather than ask for them. He said in a company-wide memo that it was “generic advice that was just plain wrong” and was “a humbling and learning experience.”“For context, I had received this advice from my mentors and followed it in my own career,” he wrote, claiming he never asked for a raise. “I do believe that at Microsoft in general good work is rewarded, and I have seen it many times here. But my advice underestimated exclusion and bias — conscious and unconscious — that can hold people back.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Retired General Wesley Clarke and media expert and author Michael Levine discussing the war against ISIS last night in at Ron Burkle’s home last night.   *** “Real Housewives of New York City” star Sonja Morgan created a rude, boozy ruckus during Molly Ringwald’s Café Carlyle performance Tuesday night, witnesses said.  Sources said the martini-swilling Morgan loudly introduced herself during “The Breakfast Club” star’s cabaret act and was talking and playing on her cellphone in the middle of the actress’ performance. Ringwald is performing at the Carlyle through Saturday.   ***Usher got a surprise 36th birthday party at The Box in NYC Tuesday night. The singer was greeted by Trey Songz, LA Reid, DJ Ruckus, DJ Cassidy and Def Jam’s Shawn Pecas.    ***Tom Hanks and Ron Howard at Caravaggio on the Upper East Side of NYC Monday night. Maggie Gyllenhaal bringing one of her daughters to Broadway’s “On the Town” in NYC.   ***Mark Ruffalo at Nick & Toni’s during the Hamptons Film Festival.   ***Sting performing “All Night Long” outside the Neil Simon Theatre with the cast of “The Last Ship” as part of a Saturday night tradition between that show and the cast of “Jersey Boys” across the street. Sting sometimes introduces himself as, “Hi, I’m Lionel Richie”.   ***NYC trophy real estate should include Chez Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans because that’s home to the best parties. They just fêted Vicky Ward’s book “The Liar’s Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World’s Toughest Tycoons,” and the talk was as tasty as the canapés.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***CBS announced a new subscription Internet streaming service on Thursday that allows people to watch its live television programming and thousands of its current and past shows on demand without paying for a traditional TV subscription. The new “CBS All Access” service, costing $5.99 a month, is the first time that a traditional broadcaster will make a near-continuous live feed of its local stations available over the web to non-pay-TV subscribers. At its start, the live stream will be available in 14 markets in the United States.   ***Two more lit agents from winding down Resolution have found a new home. Abram Nalibotsky and Pamela Goldstein have joined boutique lit agency Verve effective immediately.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***After months of denying it was axing “Crossfire,” CNN last night announced it’s canceled the ratings-challenged show. In April, we inquired about the fate of “Crossfire” and hosts Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones after the show vanished from the air for an extended time due to CNN’s blanket coverage of the disappearance of flight MH370, with relentless reports from grating Richard Quest.

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“State information resource links to state homepage, symbols, flags, maps, constitutions, representitives, songs, birds, flowers, trees, and more.”

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Los Angeles Lakers star Steve Nash, 40, has gotten hurt again—this time while moving bags. Nash will therefore sit out the next preseason game. The All-Star point guard is the NBA’s oldest player, and missed most of the last two seasons with the Lakers due to back, knee, and hamstring injuries. According to Coach Byron Scott, “Steve, today, kind of hurt his back. He had a little bit of a setback, just kind of carrying some bags or something. He [felt] a twinge in his back.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Joni Mitchell penned countless love songs in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career that has spanned nearly 50 years, but the Canadian singer/songwriter faced a daunting task when she challenged herself to condense her 17 albums into a single disc of her best songs about love and heartbreak. After spending 18 months on the project, Mitchell ended up with Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced, a career-spanning four-disc collection focusing on Mitchell’s most romantic works. The handpicked box set arrives November 17th via Rhino.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Norward Roussell, who in 1987 arrived in Selma, Ala., as the city’s first black superintendent of schools with aspirations to equalize educational opportunity — only to be fired three years later amid racial animosities, protests and a school boycott that recalled the historic Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march of 1965 — died on Monday in Selma. He was 80. The cause was myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of bone marrow cancer, his daughter, Melanie Newman, said.   ***Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as “Lone Star” and comedic parts in TV shows like “Modern Family,” has died. She was 55. Pena’s manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: An editor with multiple graduate degrees once called me up with a story idea hatched among fellow trend-sniffers in Manhattan. “Indians,” he said, with practiced urgency. “Something’s going on with American Indians. Look into it and tell me what you think.” Dutifully, I reported back that the first Americans were still poor, still forgotten, still there — albeit with casinos and better lobbyists in Washington. The forgotten part applies especially at elections, given that natives who list themselves as “Indian alone” on the census form make up less than 1 percent of the total population of the United States.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***“Blue Bloods” patriarch Tom Selleck played “bad cop” after his only daughter stripped down for raunchy photos to launch her modeling career. Tom keeps the peace on the CBS drama as police commissioner Frank Reagan, but sources say he was “taken aback” when the pics of Hannah, 25, were posted online. In one photo, the fresh-faced show jumper is depicted in sexy lingerie on a bed, looking seductively into the camera.

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Wednesday • October 15, 2014

2ND TEXAS HEALTH CARE WORKER HAS EBOLA: The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Wednesday that a second health-care worker who treated the first U.S. Ebola patient has tested positive for Ebola. “A second health-care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease,” the department said in a statement. The patient reported a fever on Tuesday and was immediately isolated. “Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored,” said the department. The first health-care worker to contract Ebola in the U.S. is nurse Nina Pham. She tested positive after caring for the first U.S. Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, who passed away last week. Pham appears to be improving, and the hospital upgraded her condition to good. Since Pham’s diagnosis, some have questioned the efficacy of protocols to protect health-care worker have been questioned. Nurses also slammed Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for its treatment of Duncan and lack of safety protocols.

ISIS ASSEMBLES FORCES NEAR STRATEGIC TOWN WEST OF BAGHDAD: Fighters from the Islamic State were mustering with tanks, armored vehicles and heavy weapons on Wednesday near a strategically located rural town about 25 miles west of Baghdad in the embattled Anbar Province, local officials said. The militants were approaching the town from three directions — north, west and east — through surrounding farmland, and they appeared to be preparing a siege, the officials said. “The situation is dangerous here,” said Sheikh Faisal al-Esawi, the director of the town, Amariya al-Falluja, and a leader of the Albu Esa tribe.

NURSES: HOSPITAL BOTCHED EBOLA CASE: Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas made scandalous accusations about how the facility treated the first Ebola case in the United States. On Tuesday, several anonymous nurses spoke to reporters in a conference call organized by National Nurses United, which does not represent them. The nurses said Thomas Eric Duncan languished for hours in a room with other patients upon arrival and that officials resisted isolating him. Nurses, like infected Nina Pham, allegedly had flimsy protective gear while dealing with his highly contagious blood, vomit, and feces. Duncan’s lab samples were sent through the hospital’s pneumatic tubes, which nurses say could’ve contaminated the entire system. CDC officials also admitted Tuesday that the Dallas hospital was learning on the fly how to take care of Duncan and deal with Ebola. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said rapid-response teams will not be dispatched to hospitals when they get their first cases. “I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed,” he said. “That might have prevented this infection.

IRAQ CHEMICAL WEAPONS HARMED U.S. TROOPS: From 2004 to 2011, U.S. and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule, The New York Times reports. In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells, or aviation bombs, according to dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The U.S. went to war declaring it had to destroy weapons of mass destruction, but instead, American troops gradually found, and suffered from, remnants of long-abandoned programs. The Times found 17 U.S. service members and seven Iraqi police were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003. In five of six incidents in which troops were wounded by chemical agents, the munitions appeared to have been designed in the U.S. and manufactured in Europe, according to the report.

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CIA STUDY: ARMING REBELS RARELY WORKS: With his push to use the CIA to train Syrian opposition fighters, Barack Obama is the latest American president to try to use the spy agency to arm and train rebel groups. But a study by the CIA itself has found the strategy rarely works. The internal review, which is still classified, concluded that many past attempts by the agency to arm foreign forces covertly had minimal effect on the long-term outcome of a conflict. The study, one of several commissioned at the CIA in 2012 and 2013 during the debate over whether to wade into the Syrian civil war, found such attempts were even less effective when the militias fought without any direct American support on the ground. The findings triggered deep skepticism among some senior Obama administration officials about the wisdom of arming and training members of a fractured Syrian opposition. Nonetheless, in April 2013 the president authorized the CIA to begin a program to arm the rebels at a base in Jordan, a mission recently expanded via a Pentagon program in Saudi Arabia to train rebels to fight ISIS.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Scientology

1.     The Church of Scientology was established in 1954 and is based on the teachings of American author L. Ron Hubbard.

2.     While the Church of Scientology claims it has over 10 million members, its critics argue that it has just about 500,000 members, mostly in the U.S., South Africa, and Australia.

3.     Scientology is a successor of founder Hubbard’s earlier self-help system called “Dianetics,” which was first published in 1950. Its publication is considered by Scientologists to be the seminal moment of the 20th century.

4.     The precursor of Scientology was called “Dianetics.” It was initially designed as a new psychotherapy and was not expected to lead to a new religion.

5.     The basic tenant of Scientology is that man is “basically good and that his spiritual salvation depends upon himself, his fellows, and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.”

6.     The fundamental principles of Scientology are 1) man is an immortal, alien, spiritual being called a thetan, 2) his experience extends well beyond a single lifetime, and 3) his capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized.

7.     The complete structure of the practice of Scientology is called “The Bridge to Total Freedom.” The levels of progression are Pre-clear, Clear, and Operating Thetan. Pre-clear, is the initial stage where a member undergoes a therapy session called “auditing.” A member is a “Clear” when, after the auditing sessions, he or she is free of negative emotions. The ultimate level is the Operating Thetan, which is where the participant is in control of life, thought, matter, energy, space, and time.

8.     The Scientology cross is a major symbol in the religion. It is similar to the Christian cross, but has an additional 4 diagonal rays between the horizontal and vertical arms. The eight points of the cross symbolize the 8 dynamics in Scientology: 1) The Self, 2) Creativity, sex, and procreation (family), 3) groups, 4) humankind, 5) all life forms, 6) physical universe, 7) spirituality, and 8) God, infinity, or the Supreme Being.

9.     Scientologists believe that souls have lived on other planets prior to living on Earth. A person cannot progress until “aberrations’ from previous lives are cleared.

10.  Scientologists believe that L. Ron Hubbard discovered their religion through scientific methods, not by revelation.

11.  In his therapy sessions, Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard used the word “clear” from early computer science. Hubbard felt the human mind was similar to a computer that needed to be “cleared” of flawed data.

12.  Scientology is a contraction of the Latin scio, “knowing,” and Greek logos, “study of.” In short, Scientology means “knowing how to know.”

13.  Scientologists eliminate self-destructive behaviors by cleansing their minds of bad memories called “engrams” through therapy sessions called “audits.” Specifically, founder L. Ron Hubbard defined an engram as “a mental image picture of a moment of pain and unconsciousness.”

14.  Once Scientologists eliminate negative memories through therapy, they are “clear.” Once clear, they then attempt to move through many levels of understanding associated with “Operating Thetans” (OTs), who are believed to be able to control the world with their minds.

15.  One of the most significant criticisms of Scientology is that members must pay significant amounts of money to participate in “audits,” or therapy sessions, in order to advance to new levels of understanding.

HBO WITHOUT CABLE GOES ON SALE NEXT YEAR: Rejoice, cord-cutters! HBO will start selling its services without requiring customers to buy a television subscription. Some time in 2015, HBO will launch a “stand alone, over the top” version for the web, according to CEO Richard Plepler. He estimated that there are about 10 million potential customers who want to purchase HBO subscriptions but do not want to buy “bundles” of cable stations or a television set at all. The move to offer digital-only packages is seen as a response to the rise of Netflix, as well as the pressure to allow Time Warner to extract more value from their partnership. Plepler did not elaborate on any details regarding the pricing or what the HBO service will include.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly paid more than $100 million for a swathe of land in Hawaii where he will create a private getaway befitting one of the world’s richest men.  The Facebook chief executive bought part of Kauai, the fourth largest of the Hawaiian islands, Forbes magazine reported.   ***Whole Foods Market on Wednesday began a ratings program for fruits, vegetables and flowers aimed at giving consumers more information about pesticide and water use, the treatment of farm workers and waste management, and other issues surrounding the food they eat. The upscale grocery chain will rate the produce of suppliers electing to participate in the program, Responsibly Grown, as “good,” “better,” or “best,” depending on, for example, how they handle plastic waste in their operations and whether they provide conservation areas to foster bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

FEDS PROBE BANK GOUGING AT PRISONS: The Department of Treasury is investigating Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase’s contracts with federal prisons. “In response to the recent media reports concerning the selection of and high fees charged by these two financial agents” the government will probe the “awarding and administration” of the contracts, said Treasury Inspector General Eric M. Thorson. Earlier this month, the Center for Public Integrity reported that Bank of America and Chase have exclusive access to 214,00 federal inmates under contracts awarded to them 15 years ago by the Treasury Department. The report alleges that the contracts lack competitive binding or transparency requirements. Bank of America has received at least $76.3 million from the federal government for managing inmates’ bank accounts for the menial salaries they receive for prison work. A Treasury document shows Chase has charged some 50,000 released prisoners $2 fees for withdrawing money and $1.50 for leaving an account inactive for three months.

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MARINE GENERAL PADDED HIS RESUME: The Marine Corps confirmed that a retired four-star general lied about his credentials. Marine Corps Gen. John Amos claimed he attended the Corps’ officer training school and graduated in 1972. Marine spokesman Maj. John Caldwell confirmed that Amos actually graduated in 1977 and he did so via correspondence courses. “Completion of professional military education requirements via correspondence is common practice today,” said Caldwell. Arguably more problematic is that Amos testified to this information before the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2010 during his four-star confirmation. Other accusations have been made against Amos, including that he interfered in the cases of eight marines charged in connection with a Taliban urination video. However, the Pentagon Inspector General cleared him of any wrongdoing in these cases.

STUDY: COLLEGES FAILING TO TEACH STUDENTS BASIC INFORMATION: While politicians bicker over how and whether college students should consent to sex, the problem remains that those same students aren’t learning much in their colleges and universities. A new study released Wednesday from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni titled “What Will They Learn?” found that just 18 percent of colleges and universities require a single course in American history or government. Only 13 percent require intermediate-level foreign language courses and just 3 percent require an economics course for graduation.

TEENS CHARGED IN URINE ICE BUCKET PRANK: Five Ohio teens were charged Tuesday for their involvement in a disgusting ice-bucket prank on a neighbor with autism. They are accused of dumping a mixture of urine, tobacco spit, and water on an autistic teen, who believed he was performing the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The teens were charged in juvenile court in Cuyahoga County. Three were charged with two of counts assault, delinquency, and disorderly conduct in the complaint, and the other two were charged with one count. “This incident is clearly different. It crossed a moral and legal line, and even the five alleged perpetrators understand that and have expressed regret,” said Assistant County Prosecutor Duane Deskins, who heads the office’s Juvenile Division. People were so disgusted by the incident, which took place Aug. 18, that it garnered national attention. Drew Carey, Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg , and Montel Williams all pledged money to help locate and prosecute the teens.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***In early August, after seven months of doctors’ visits across three states, which were precipitated by perplexing and ongoing vocal issues that started in January — first hoarseness, followed by uncontrollable slurring and slowed speech —publicist Nancy Ryder received a diagnosis: bulbar onset motor neuron disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neurological illness that is always fatal. As a result, she elected to step down in August from BWR, which she launched with partners Paul Baker and Larry Winokur in 1987.

LBN-R.I.P.: It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War — the conviction and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union — and it rested largely on the testimony of Ms. Rosenberg’s brother David Greenglass, whose name to many became synonymous with betrayal. Mr. Greenglass died on July 1, a family member confirmed. He was 92. His family did not announce his death; The New York Times learned of it in a call to the nursing home where he had been living under his assumed name. Mr. Greenglass’s wife, Ruth, who had played a minor role in the conspiracy and also gave damning testimony against the Rosenbergs, died in 2008.   ***Keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, who most recently played with Jack White and previously with the Long Beach Dub Allstars and the Mars Volta, has died. The musician was touring with White in Mexico at the time of his death; White has canceled the rest of his tour dates in the country out of respect to the musician. A coroner determined that the cause of death was a heart attack. He was 38.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: I’m jet-lagged. Many days I wonder what day it is, or where exactly it is that I’m waking up. I have moments of near giddiness, and they’re likely to be the same moments during which I’m asked to be intensely serious in front of a large crowd. I feel tired, or joltingly invigorated; I may feel loving and kind and even empathetic, or I may quite resent human company and prefer to hang out with a dog. And I may feel any of these ways in unexpected combinations and at inappropriate or at least inconvenient times. Large groups of people I don’t know demand my attention all at once and individually; I feel resentful and needed and sometimes loved. I’m on book tour.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: We Americans do panic really well. We could use a few pointers on prudence. Do me a favor. Turn away from the ceaseless media coverage of Ebola in Texas — the interviews with the Dallas nurse’s neighbors, the hand-wringing over her pooch, the instructions on protective medical gear — and answer this: Have you had your flu shot? Are you planning on one? During the 2013-2014 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 46 percent of Americans received vaccinations against influenza, even though it kills about 3,000 people in this country in a good year, nearly 50,000 in a bad one.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): The National Retail Federation expects consumers in 2010 to spend $66.28 per person—which would be a total of approximately $5.8 billion—on Halloween costumes, cards, and candy. That’s up from $56.31 in 2009 and brings spending back to 2008 levels.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil war underway pitting the United States and Saudi Arabia on one side against Russia and Iran on the other? One can’t say for sure whether the American-Saudi oil alliance is deliberate or a coincidence of interests, but, if it is explicit, then clearly we’re trying to do to President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, exactly what the Americans and Saudis did to the last leaders of the Soviet Union: pump them to death — bankrupt them by bringing down the price of oil to levels below what both Moscow and Tehran need to finance their budgets. Think about this: four oil producers — Libya, Iraq, Nigeria and Syria — are in turmoil today, and Iran is hobbled by sanctions. Ten years ago, such news would have sent oil prices soaring. But today, the opposite is happening. Global crude oil prices have been falling for weeks, now resting around $88 — after a long stretch at $105 to $110 a barrel.

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Wednesday • October 15, 2014

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS TO HOST THE OSCARS:

Neil Patrick Harris will host this year’s Oscars on Feb. 22.

Harris has performed on the Academy Awards show, but this will be his first time as host. Harris hosted the Tony Awards last year and Emmy in 2013 and 2009, so with Oscar, he is apparently going for the EGOT sweep of hosts. (All that remains is Grammy.) He is appearing in Fox’s B.O. hit “Gone Girl.” He has won five Emmys and this year took home a Tony for the lead role in the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

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Tuesday • October 14, 2014

KIM JONG UN REAPPEARS: On Tuesday, photos surfaced on North Korean state media of Kim Jong Un visiting a housing development and a scientific academy, surrounded by smiling workers. However, no date was indicated on the photos, so it is unclear when the visit occurred. Kim noticeably appeared with a cane to support himself. Last week, North Korean media reported he injured his leg while drilling with military officials. In still photographs broadcast by Pyongyang, Kim appeared sitting, once with a cigarette in his hand while his aides stood and once being driven in a green golf cart. The elusive North Korean leader sparked rumors of a coup or worse by spending more than a month out of the public eye. Questions about his health and leadership only escalated when Kim missed a key political event and a parliamentary session last Friday.

 

ANN ROMNEY: ‘DONE’ WITH WHITE HOUSE RUN: Ann Romney dispelled any thoughts of another Mitt Romney run for president. “Done. Completely,” she said Tuesday. “Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done. Done. Done. Done.” Romney quashed any potential campaigns during the launch of her new medical center at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston. The Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases will serve as a research facility for Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (known as ALS), Parkinson’s disease and brain tumor treatments. Romney herself has MS and has been open about her struggle with the disorder. “You get on the Internet and it scares the living daylights out of you,” she said of her initial research into her MS diagnosis. She hopes to raise $50 million for the new center. “If we really are starting to make some progress, it will be easier and easier to raise the money,” she said. The Romneys have donated to the center, but they have not disclosed the amount.

 

AT THE VATICAN, A SHIFT IN TONE TOWARD GAYS AND DIVORCE: In a marked shift in tone likely to be discussed in parishes around the world, an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as well as the children of these less traditional families. The bishops’ report, issued midway through a landmark two-week meeting, does not change church doctrine or teaching, and will now be subjected

 

QUESTIONS RISE ON PREPARATIONS AT HOSPITALS TO DEAL WITH EBOLA: Federal health officials have offered repeated assurances that most American hospitals can safely treat Ebola, but Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which had years of preparation for just such a crisis, found out how hard that is while it cared for three Ebola patients. As doctors and nurses there worked to keep desperately ill patients alive in August, the county threatened to disconnect Emory from sewer lines if Ebola wastes went down the drain. The company that hauled medical trash to the incinerator refused to take anything used on an Ebola patient unless it was sterilized first. Couriers would not drive the patients’ blood samples a few blocks away for testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And pizza places would not deliver to staff members in any part of the hospital. “It doesn’t matter how much you plan,” Dr. Bruce Ribner, an infectious disease specialist who directed the patients’ care, said in an interview. “You’re going to be wrong half the time

 

TERROR SUSPECT HAD TONY BLAIR’S ADDRESS: The trial of alleged U.K. terror suspect Erol Incendal revealed Tuesday that he kept the address of Tony and Cherie Blair in his car, according to the prosecution. Incendal is accused of planning attacks similar to the ones in Mumbai in 2008, which resulted in the death of more than 150 people. The trial is being conducted partially in secret and not all of the information disclosed will be available to the public. Tuesday also brought the arrests of three men and three women aged 23 to 57 in a counterterrorism operation. The arrests were related to terrorism in Syria, but “not linked to any immediate threat to local communities,” according to the South East Counter Terrorism Unit. Four were charged with suspicion of commission, preparation, and instigation of acts of terrorism. A 48-year-old woman was arrested for failing to disclose information about terrorism, and a 57-year-old man was arrested for failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism, for engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, and arranging availability of money and property for use in terrorism. The U.K. has stepped up its efforts to combat terrorism in the recent months, partially in response to the number of Britons linked to ISIS and the death of two British citizens, who were beheaded on camera.

 

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SCIENTISTS REIN IN FEARS OF EBOLA, A VIRUS WHOSE MYSTERIES TEND TO INVITE SPECULATION: News that a nurse in full protective gear had become infected with the Ebola virus raised some disturbing questions on Monday. Has the virus evolved into some kind of super-pathogen? Might it mutate into something even more terrifying in the months to come? Evolutionary biologists who study viruses generally agree on the answers to those two questions: no, and probably not. The Ebola viruses buffeting West Africa today are not fundamentally different from those in previous outbreaks, they say. And it is highly unlikely that natural selection will give the viruses the ability to spread more easily, particularly by becoming airborne.

 

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LBN-INVESITGATES:  Advertising

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11.  Many researchers argue that advertising is the most powerful art form on Earth.

12.  Over $15 billion a year is spent in advertisements directed toward children in the U.S.

13.  Though the commercial “1984,” which launched the Apple Macintosh computer, ran just one time on American television, during the Super Bowl, it has had a lasting impact on advertising. Directed by Ridley Scott, the commercial was the first example of “event marketing,” or when a promotion deserves as much coverage as the product itself.

14.  One Kirshenbaum & Bond sidewalk ad in New York reads, “From here, it looks like you could use some new underwear.” This type of advertising is termed “guerilla” or stealth advertising to label a breed of “edgy” urban advertisements.

15.  The first advertisement widely believed to be the first to feature a homosexual couple aired in 1994 when an Ikea ad featured two male companions shopping together for furniture.

 

BOY, 10, CHARGED AS ADULT WITH HOMICIDE: A ten-year-old boy in Pennsylvania was charged with homicide on Monday in the death of a 90-year-old woman. Police say Tristen Kurilla, 10, repeatedly punched Helen Novak, 90, until she died. Kurilla will be charged as an adult and is currently locked in Wayne County Correctional Facility without bail. On Saturday, Kurilla visited his grandfather, who was a caretaker for Novak. Kurilla “went into Novak’s room and asked her a question and then she yelled for him to get out,” according to Kurilla’s mother in the affidavit. She said her son “got mad and lost his temper and put it around Novak’s throat.” He then proceeded to “pull Novak down on the bed and held the cane on her throat. He then punched her repeatedly.” After an autopsy was performed on Novak, her death was ruled a homicide.

 

ZUCKERBERG GIVES $25M TO FIGHT EBOLA: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that he and his wife Priscilla are donating $25 million to the CDC to fight Ebola. “The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point,” he said in a post on his Facebook page. “We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.” The donation comes after The Daily Beast reported last week that Silicon Valley has barely lifted a finger to fight Ebola despite its self-proclaimed goal to change the world. He also said the money will go to directly helping frontline responders to the virus. Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa.

 

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SOME CAPTURED TERRORISTS TALK WILLINGLY AND PROUDLY, INVESTIGATORS SAY: When Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, who encouraged jihad against the United States, was arrested and flown from Jordan to this country last year, it might have seemed unlikely that he would be willing to say much. But whatever reticence he might have had was quickly lost. “I am willing to tell you anything, and will not hold back,” he said. He soon waived his Miranda rights, according to an F.B.I. summary of his interrogation. He also said, “You will hear things of Al Qaeda that you never imagined.” The defendant, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was sentenced to life in prison last month, offered a trove of information, some of which was later used against him in court. And he was far from alone.

 

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DEBBIE GIBSON FIGHTS BACK!: Former ’80s chart-topper Debbie Gibson is winning her battle against Lyme disease. “There’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel!” declared Debbie, known for such hits as “Electric Youth” and “In My Dreams.” The singer, 44, has regained her health and stopped the med she had been taking. “My strength has really come back,” she said. “I went to yoga for the first time a month ago. I’m someone who has spent my life dancing and working out, and I wasn’t able to do it with this disease

 
LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Consumerist

“Consumerist is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit consumer news and information website. The Consumerist’s parent company, Consumer Media LLC, is a subsidiary of Consumer Reports, the nation’s leading not-for-profit consumer advocacy organization. Since its founding in 1936, Consumer Reports has fought for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.”

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo meeting with CBS News’ Steve Kroft till 2 a.m. at the Maidstone Inn in NYC.   ***New York City Mayor de Blasio holding a meeting with his top aides at Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge in Midtown East in NYC., where he declined the staff’s offer to move nearby patrons to give him privacy.   ***Fran Drescher receiving a lifetime achievement award from Dr. Roger Simpson at the annual Breast Cancer Summit at Long Island’s Coral House.   ***Lance Armstrong leaving Soho Beach House in Miami to go for a run.   ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass shopping at 99 cent store on Fairfax Ave. in L.A.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Globally, boy babies are 25% more likely to die in infancy than girl babies.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Everybody knows that Silicon Valley has become an economic powerhouse over the past quarter-century, but Houston’s boom is less appreciated. Joel Kotkin of Chapman University points out that over the past decade, Houston has outperformed every major metropolitan area in income growth, population growth and migration. Since 2000, the city’s employment figures have risen by 32 percent, ranking it No. 1 in percentage job growth. In August, Houston issued more single-family housing permits than all of California. The Bay Area and Houston share a strategic asset: engineers. The two regions rank first and second in the country in engineers per capita. Beyond that, they are thriving on the basis of very different growth models.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Is Amazon a monopoly? That certainly is what Franklin Foer, the editor of The New Republic, thinks. In the magazine’s current issue, he has written a lengthy polemic denouncing the company for all manner of sins. The headline reads: “Amazon Must Be Stopped.” “Shopping on Amazon,” he writes, “has so ingrained itself in modern American life that it has become something close to our unthinking habit, and the company has achieved a level of dominance that merits the application of a very old label: monopoly.”

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Pamela Druckerman: I used to think that only Americans and Brits did helicopter parenting. In fact, it’s now a global trend. Middle-class Brazilians, Chileans, Germans, Poles, Israelis, Russians and others have adopted versions of it too. The guilt-ridden, sacrificial mother — fretting that she’s overdoing it, or not doing enough — has become a global icon. In “Parenting With Style,” a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the economists Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti say intensive parenting springs from rising inequality, because parents know there’s a bigger payoff for people with lots of education and skills. (France is a rare rich country where helicoptering isn’t the norm.)

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Bill Murray, who for years could only be reached via a mysterious 1-800 number, finally got an old BlackBerry. “I got it to communicate with my sons, because they will not answer a phone call, but they will answer a text,” he tells Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh.

 

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WOW! MARRIAGE RATES HIT NEW, ALL-TIME LOW:

New data shows more young people are waiting to marry – and there’s no shortage of opinions on why that’s happening.

According to the latest available census data, the percentage of U.S. adults who have never been married has hit a new, all-time high.

In 1960, about one in ten adults over the age of 25 fell into that category.

By 2012, the number had jumped to one in five.

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Monday • October 13, 2014

US SLIPS TO 12TH IN ECONOMIC FREEDOM: A new report of “economic freedom” around the world finds the US ranked 12th among 152 countries, tied with the United Kingdom, and lower than neighbor Canada or Australia. The index, published by the Cato Institute and Canada’s Fraser Institute, has been published since 1996. As recently as 2000, the US ranked 2nd in the world, in terms of boasting a free economy. The US’s declining ranking will lower future economic growth.  The index, built on decades of research by Nobel laureates and dozens of leading scholars, measures 5 broad factors that impact the economy: 1. Size of government; 2. Legal structure and security of property rights; 3. Access to sound money; 4. Freedom to trade internationally and; 5. Regulation of Credit, Labor and Business. Countries where citizens are freer to engage in business and trade and property and legal rights are protected by the rule of law will score higher on the index. According to economic research, though, these countries will also do better economically and create and generate more wealth.

TURKEY: NO AIR BASE TO ATTACK ISIS: Turkey denied the U.S. claim made early Monday that it had approved the use of an air base to attack ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The country’s prime minister said no deal has been reached to let the U.S. use Incirlik air base, but talks are continuing. Turkish lawmakers recently passed a motion allowing foreign forces to use its bases. Turkey has agreed to train to “moderate” Syrian rebels, though. Turkey has been under increasing pressure to help as ISIS has moved into the strategic Syrian town of Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. and its allies have been conducting airstrikes against ISIS there, but Ankara has been reluctant to get involved, and it has been criticized for letting its tank crews stand idly across the border while the town is besieged.

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REVIEW SITE YELP BATTLES EXTORTION CLAIMS: First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones. The campaign helped Botte Bistro get a rating of one out of five stars, as more than 1,000 reviewers left hundreds of tongue-in-cheek reviews panning the Richmond, California, eatery, said chef Michele Massimo, adding that it boosted business. It was the latest protest among businesses who for years have complained that Yelp was extorting them by raising or dropping ratings depending on whether they advertised with the Internet’s most popular review site.

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WHO SAYS EBOLA IS ‘MOST SEVERE ACUTE HEALTH EMERGENCY IN MODERN TIMES’: The Ebola outbreak is the “most severe acute health emergency in modern times”, the World Health Organisation has warned.  The agency’s director-general Margaret Chan said the epidemic had proved “the world is ill-prepared to respond to any severe, sustained, and threatening public health emergency”.  She added that new cases of Ebola are now “rising exponentially” in the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

JEAN TIROLE WINS NOBEL FOR ECONOMICS: France’s Jean Terole won the Nobel Prize for economics on Monday. He was awarded the international honor for his analysis of market power and regulation. Tirole’s decades of research clarified “how to understand and regulate industries with a few powerful firms,” said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. His work including how governments deal with mergers or cartels and how they should regulate monopolies. Tirole’s win completes the announcement of the Nobel Prize awards.

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N. KOREA: WE MOVED U.S. WAR GRAVES: North Korea claimed Monday that the remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are being “carried way en masse” and neglected. The story appears to be the Hermit Kingdom’s way of pressuring the U.S. to resume its project to recover the remains, which granted significant funds to the impoverished country. The program was suspended in 2012 when North Korea claimed it would launch long-range missiles. North Korea was set to take in millions of dollars for cooperating with the recovery of remains. An unnamed North Korea military spokesman said flood damage and building projects forced the disarray, with corpses “left here and there uncared.” He claimed the remains “now look like no better than stones,” and called on the Obama administration to “not forget even a moment the proverb saying that even a skeleton cries out of yearning for the homeland.” Around 8,000 U.S. soldiers are listed as missing from the Korean War, with 5,300 thought to be in North Korea. The news comes during a time that some experts suspect is politically chaotic in North Korea. Leader Kim Jong Un hasn’t been seen in public in several weeks, prompting the world to wonder if he is even still in power.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Dame Angela Lansbury asking Countess LuAnn de Lesseps for an Altoid at the opening of “It’s Only a Play” in NYC.   ***Paula Abdul at Bodega Negra in NYC.   ***Mark Cuban at Marquee in NYC.   ***Taye Diggs and “Bridges of Madison County” hunk Steven Pasquale dining together at American Cut in NYC.   ***Peer Gallagher at Stanton Social in NYC.   ***Sienna Miller being escorted through security by Vogue editor Jill Demling at Condé Nast’s 4 Times Square headquarters in NYC.   ***Hugh Jackman riding a bike along the West Side Highway in NYC.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: eHarmony.com boasts that 236 of its members marry each day, accounting for 2% of U.S. marriages.

NYTIMES OFFERS 13-DAY JOURNALIST-LED TOUR OF IRAN FOR $6,995: If you’ve been dying to go to Iran, this might be your chance. The New York Times is selling a 13-day tour of Iran, guided by a Times journalist–Elaine Sciolino–for a mere $6,995. “Promotional material for the tour on the Times website promises ‘luxurious hotels’ and describes Tehran as a city where ‘the young and fashionable adopt a new trendy joie de vivre.’ Also on the itinerary: ‘a pleasant evening stroll around the colorful bazaars,’ along with insights into the ‘accomplishments’ of the late Ayatollah Khomeini,” reports Ira Stoll of Smarter Times.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***J.C. Penney on Monday named a Home Depot executive, Marvin Ellison, as president and as its next chief executive, tapping a seasoned retail hand as it struggles to assure investors that its most recent turnaround will be lasting. Mr. Ellison, currently executive vice president for stores at Home Depot, will join Penney’s on Nov. 1 and will also be a board member. He will succeed Myron E. Ullman III as chief executive on Aug. 1, 2015, when Mr. Ullman will become executive chairman for one year, the company said

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Iraq once had one of the highest quality schools and colleges in the Arab world. However, after the 1991 Gulf War and the United Nations sanctions, today only around 40% of Iraqis can read and write.

AT OSCAR PISTORIUS’S SENTENCING HEARING, DESCRIPTIONS OF A ‘BROKEN MAN’: Oscar Pistorius, the disabled South African athlete found guilty a month ago of killing his girlfriend, returned to a Pretoria courtroom on Monday as his lawyers began a new struggle with prosecutors over the severity of the sentence he should face. Seeking leniency from Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa, Mr. Pistorius’s defense team called witnesses who described him as “a broken man” and said his punishment should be limited to house arrest and community service — penalties described by the prosecution as “shockingly inappropriate.”

LBN-SEE IT:… Laura Poitras—the maker of documentaries says that there is nothing she’d “rather do than be behind the camera with people, in real time, confronting life decisions.”


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Rachel Maddow, the biggest star on the MSNBC cable network, just posted her lowest quarterly ratings results ever. “Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s signature morning program, scored its second-lowest quarterly ratings, reaching an average of just 87,000 viewers in the key news demographic group. And “Ronan Farrow Daily,” the network’s heavily promoted new afternoon show, which stars a 26-year-old Rhodes Scholar with a high-profile Hollywood lineage, has been largely a dud.   ***YouTube, which Google bought for $1.7 billion eight years ago, mostly lives on the Internet, but to the extent that it has a footprint offline, it has been very much a West Coast enterprise. The space in New York, which is full of tech and video wonders, will bring YouTube in proximity to more traditional creators of media content, along with a huge new pool of talent. The New York version will also include something called BrandLab, a first for the studios, where brands will have their own space to mingle — and perhaps do business — with video creators. In that sense, YouTube Space will share an island with Madison Avenue — part of an effort to convince mainstream advertisers that while YouTube is a great place to discover a toddler flexing his muscles in the mirror like his father, it also hosts creative output that can rival traditional television in terms of production values and marketing potential.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

HowStuffWorks: 10 Mind-blowing Alcohol Facts

“Drinking has been so widespread throughout history that Patrick McGovern, an archaeological chemist at the University of Pennsylvania, called it ‘a universal language’ in an Economist article. Indeed, you’re hard-pressed to find a culture or event in history that alcohol (or lack of it) didn’t feature in some way. HowStuffWorks provides 10 fascinating facts about alcohol that will enrich your cocktail conversations.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Margaret Thatcher (1925)

The first female prime minister of Great Britain, Thatcher served longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th century. She is noted for policies that dismantled many aspects of Britain’s postwar welfare state and privatized many state-run industries. Her introduction of a controversial “poll tax” met with widespread public disapproval and contributed, along with internal party disputes over European integration, to her 1990 resignation.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Andrea de Cesaris, a Formula One racecar driver who set a dubious and enduring record — he drove in 208 Grand Prix races and never won — died on Oct. 5 when a motorcycle he was driving crashed into a guardrail on a street in Rome, where he lived. He was 55 and had been retired since 1994. The Formula One website announced his death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Webster’s Dictionary defines plague as “anything that afflicts or troubles; calamity; scourge.” Further definitions include “any contagious epidemic disease that is deadly; esp., bubonic plague” and, from the Bible, “any of various calamities sent down as divine punishment.” The verb form means “to vex; harass; trouble; torment.” In Albert Camus’ novel, “The Plague,” written soon after the Nazi occupation of France, the first sign of the epidemic is rats dying in numbers: “They came up from basements and cubby-holes, cellars and drains, in long swaying lines; they staggered in the light, collapsed and died, right next to people. At night, in corridors and side-streets, one could clearly hear the tiny squeaks as they expired. In the morning, on the outskirts of town, you would find them stretched out in the gutter with a little floret of blood on their pointed muzzles, some blown up and rotting, other stiff, with their whiskers still standing up.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dr. Robert Kotler: American tax dollars are now going to rebuild Gaza?  A terrorist state which waged war on its neighbor’s civilians from schools and mosques heavily laden with civilians as means to un-popularize  the neighbor’s self-defense response. Prior, Gaza had been given U.N. aid to rebuild schools and other infrastructure. Concrete and other building supplies plus sophisticated construction equipment donated by the European Union were instead diverted to build a sophisticated and elaborate tunnel system by which terrorists could sneak, underground, beneath the border of that adjacent country and murder civilians. Now, US taxpayers are to underwrite these terrorists and reward their bad behavior? Where are their patrons, the Iranians, who send the arms used to attack civilians?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ioan Grillo: Why drug cartels want to slaughter students may at first seem inexplicable. But it is a symptom of a systematic process that has been taking place in Mexico for years. Drug cartels are taking over chunks of government apparatus, from local police forces to city and state governments. Sometimes, they control the officials; other times, cartel members themselves are the officials. I call it state capture. A student I talked to had a more visceral term for it: narco-politica, or narco-politics.It’s a terrifying concept. Being ruled by corrupt and self-interested politicians can be bad. But imagine being ruled by sociopathic gangsters. They respond to rowdy students in the only way they understand: with extreme violence designed to cause terror. They stick the mutilated body of a student on public display in the same way they do rival traffickers.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Political strategist Dick Morris accused Hillary Clinton of conspiring with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in his stinging critique of President Obama’s foreign policy. “I think Hillary put him up to it,” Morris said during an interview on John Catsimatidis’s radio show to air Sunday on New York’s 970 AM.   ***“The Butler” director Lee Daniels is thinking about breaking into the restaurant business in Manhattan. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gained weight,” he told reporters last week, adding, “African Americans, we have to be careful of our weight — so I am thinking about opening a vegan soul food restaurant.”

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Monday • October 13, 2014

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Sunday • October 12, 2014

DALLAS NURSE TESTS POSITIVE FOR EBOLA: A Dallas health worker who helped treat the Liberian man who died of Ebola last week has tested positive for the virus, according to state health officials. “We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” said Dr. David Lakey, the Texas health commissioner. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.” The identity of the worker was not disclosed, though CNN confirmed she is a female nurse working at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died last week. The nurse, who is in stable condition, was isolated on Friday night when she reported a low-grade fever.

LBN-INVESITGATES: 44% of accountants say a sales tax audit is more stressful than a divorce.

KERRY PLEDGES $212 MILLION FOR GAZA: At a Gaza reconstruction conference in Cairo on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry called for renewed commitment to achieving peace and a lasting deal between Israel, Palestine, and neighboring countries. “And I promise you the full commitment of president Obama, myself and the United States to try to do that,” Kerry said. He offered no specifics on how to restart peace talks, but announced an additional $212 million in U.S. aid to Palestinians n Gaza. Palestinians have put the full cost of reconstruction at $4 billion over three years. An estimated 18,000 homes were destroyed and 2,100 Palestinians (mostly civilians) were killed during a seven-week war with Israel during July and August.

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


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sufferers of depression are more likely to have a heart attack than those who are not depressed. Additionally, people who have heart attacks or heart surgery are more at risk for depression.

HAGEL: TURKEY MAY JOIN FIGHT VS. ISIS: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday that “considerable progress” has been made in convincing Turkey to join the fight against ISIS. The U.S. is trying to convince Turkey to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels inside Turkey’s borders, similar to the rebel training set to occur in Saudi Arabia. Officials from the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command will arrive in Turkey this week to discuss details, Hagel added. John K. Allen, the special envoy coordinating the U.S.-led effort against ISIS, is also talking to other Arab partners about adopting the training program as well.

EDWARD SNOWDEN’S GIRLFRIEND IS IN RUSSIA: Her whereabouts have been unknown for several months, but it turns out Lindsay Mills, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s girlfriend, has been living with Snowden in Russia since July. Mills was thought to have been left behind in Hawaii after Snowden first leaked NSA documents and fled to Russia. But director Laura Poitras’s new documentary Citizenfour shows Mills, a dancer, in Russia with Snowden. Mills has remained silent on the subject of Snowden and the leaks since last year, though the couple appear to have been together since at least 2009, living for a time in Baltimore before moving to Hawaii in 2012.

7 H.S. FOOTBALLERS CHARGED WITH HAZING: Three students at New Jersey’s Sayreville War Memorial High School were charged with sex crimes on Friday after an investigation into a high school football team’s hazing practices found that they held other students against their will and improperly touched them. According to Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, three of the students were charged with aggravated assault, criminal restraint, hazing and other crimes for an act of sexual penetration upon one of the students. Six of the seven students were arrested by Friday night and the seventh was being sought. The attacks occurred between Sept. 19 and Sept. 29. The school’s football season has been canceled as a result.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Experts estimate that in a lifetime, a human brain may retain one quadrillion separate bits of information.

ST. LOUIS PROTESTERS MARCH UNDER ARRAY OF BANNERS: They came from places far from Ferguson, Mo., states like California, New York and Oregon. And while the story of a white police officer’s shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson in August was what drew throngs of people to the St. Louis area for a weekend of protest, some also came with sweeping messages about income inequality and the minimum wage, race relations, immigration policy and distrust about police procedures nationwide.

HONG KONG PROTESTERS PETITION PRESIDENT: Pro-democracy student protesters in Hong Kong addressed an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, calling on him to consider political reforms in the city and naming the demonstrations on Hong Kong’s unpopular leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying. Meanwhile thousands of protesters showed up on Saturday again to continue demanding greater say for voters in choosing a new city leader in 2017. “Students walked out of classes and are occupying different places now because Leung and others have repeatedly ignored what the people want,” the letter read. “If the central government is confident, it should not be afraid to let Hong Kong people elect their own chief executive.” On Friday, Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang said he was confident that the city’s government can preserve “social stability” but emphasized that Beijing would not be changing its “one country, two systems” approach anytime soon.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 21 leading executives of the Ray-Ban Corporation read the LBN E-Lert daily.



NATIVE AMERICAN ACTRESS GOES MISSING: Misty Upham, an Blackfeet best known for her roles in August: Osage County and Frozen River, has been reported missing by her father, Charles Upham. Misty, 32, was last seen leaving her sister’s apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington, on October 5. Her father’s note to the media reads, in part, “Misty is considered an endangered missing person due to a medical condition. She has not been in contact with her family or friends since her disappearance. If anybody has any information or has been in contact with Misty since October 5, 2014. You are asked to contact the Auburn police department (253) 288-2121, case no. 14-13189.” Upham’s father also spoke to the Hollywood Reporter, saying, “She had recently changed her medication, so she was sort of having erratic behavior. She told me and her mom that we didn’t have to worry about her any more…I thought it sounded suicidal myself, so I called the police. She’s always been a suicidal person.”

LBN-MEET: Singer Lily Allen:


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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Television sports and news personality Keith Olbermann publicly accused his news organization and others of going overboard in covering President Bill Clinton‘s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky in 1998. A newly released White House memo says Olbermann also apologized in writing to Clinton for “whatever part I may have played in perpetuating this ceaseless coverage.” Olbermann’s letter said he soon would switch from news back to sports reporting.

MY REVIEW: “I have been reading LBN for over five years and am impressed with its extraordinary intelligence. I have learn more from reading LBN than attending college.”—–Lacy R., an LBN E-Lert reader from Alberta, Canada.



LBN-VIDEO LINK: This One-Handed Circus Grab May Be Your ‘Catch Of The Year’


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***For its first physical store, Amazon has picked a bustling Manhattan block awash in the constant flow of office workers, shoppers and tourists headed to the Empire State Building across the street. Located at 7 W. 34th St., the building is about a block east of Herald Square.   ***After 39 years, the Palm is closing its West Hollywood location Sept. 30 and reopening in Beverly Hills in November because of rising rent.  The menu will remain, and the décor mostly will be the same.  But the restaurant’s wall of famous faces –from Jack Nicholson and Johnny Carson to Disney’s Alan Horn and CAA’s Kevin Huvane — won’t.  “I didn’t want to reopen with any on the new walls,” says owner Bruce Bozzi Jr., the partner of CAA’s Bryan Lourd.  “I thought, ‘Let’s start putting the faces on a people start coming.’  Besides, if you do 50, then who are those 50?  Am I insulting another 100?  So now you can build a relationship with this new place and get on the wall again.”  In early October, the Palm will cut the existing caricatures out of the wall, frame them and give them to their real-life counterparts, or else their loved ones, upon request.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Shannon D., an LBN E-Lert reader from New Orleans, Louisiana.



LBN-INVESTIGATES: While the average tech worker can earn more than $120,000 in salary and bonuses, nearly one third of the jobs in Silicon Valley pay $16 an hour or less.  Many of those workers are also contract employees, meaning they can get only part-time hours and don’t get paid for sick or vacation days.


LBN-R.I.P.: Comer Cottrell, who started with $600 and a borrowed typewriter in building a fortune making and selling hair-curling products to African-Americans, died on Oct. 3 at his home in Texas, where he had become the first black person to own part of a major-league baseball team. He was 82. His family announced the death without specifying the cause.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Legistralker

“The latest online activity of Congress members.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Leonhardt and Amanda Cox: Like so many other parts of health care, childbirth has become a more medically intense experience over the last two decades. The use of drugs to induce labor has become far more common, as have cesarean sections. Today, about half of all births in this country are hastened either by drugs or surgery, double the share in 1990. Crucial to the change has been a widely held belief that once fetuses pass a certain set of thresholds — often 39 weeks of gestation and five and a half pounds in weight — they’re as healthy as they can get. More time in the womb doesn’t do them much good, according to this thinking. For parents and doctors, meanwhile, scheduling a birth, rather than waiting for its random arrival, is clearly more convenient.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Fighting Superman is super hard. “The guy is tough,” says Ben Affleck, who is playing Batman in a new iteration filming now in Detroit where the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel duke it out. The actor is also having a tricky time with less heroic characters in his new hit movie, “Gone Girl,” a twisted and twisty conjugal cage fight that has sparked charges of misogyny, misandry and misanthropy. Critics complain that Gillian Flynn’s clever creation, Amy Dunne, who punishes the men in her life by conjuring two false charges of rape and one of murder, is as cartoonish as muscly men in tights. They keen that the sleek blonde portrayed by Rosamund Pike in the movie is the latest in a line of stereotypical she-monsters and vagina dentata dames, independent women who turn out to be scary sociopaths.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: An Iraqi official recently told me this story: When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Mosul in the summer, the Sunni jihadist fighters in ISIS, many of whom were foreigners, went house to house. On the homes of Christians they marked “Nassarah,” an archaic Arabic term for Christians. But on the homes of Shiites they marked “Rafidha,” which means “those who reject” the Sunni line of authority as to who should be caliph, or leader of the Muslim community, after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. But here’s what was interesting, the Iraqi official said, the term “Rafidha” was largely unknown in Iraq to describe Shiites. It is a term used by Wahhabi fundamentalists in Saudi Arabia. “We did not know this word,” he told me. “This is not an Iraqi term.” I was intrigued by this story because it highlighted the degree to which ISIS operates just like an “invasive species” in the world of plants and animals. It is not native to either the Iraqi or Syrian ecosystems. It never before grew in their landscapes.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Chris Rock: How has celebrity evolved since you first became famous? Celebrity used to be a by-product of being really good at something.  A good singer or a good actor or dancer or something.  Now, we’re in that weird time where being a celebrity is just about being a good celebrity.  Some people are just better celebrities than others. I always say, “Fame is the new cocaine.”  There was nothing more sad and desperate than someone who wants coke and has no money.  Now the only thing more sad and desperate is somebody who wants fame and has no talent.

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1.    My mom is a lousy cook: NO

2.    I hate the smell of nail polish: YES

3.    I get a flu shot every year: NO

4.    I wish I were more humble: NO

5.    I love the color green: NO

6.    Aging sucks: YES

7.   James Taylor is overrated: NO

8.   One of my relatives has been in prison: NO

9.    President Obama has been a disappointment as a president: YES

10.   I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years. YES

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Actor Stephen Collins’ second wife thinks her husband is a “sociopath,” according to e-mails obtained by multiple news outlets. Faye Grant sent an e-mail in 2012 to a woman Collins allegedly molested as a child, saying she made the “7th Heaven” star go to therapy, according to Gawker. “I knew Stephen was a narcissist,” she wrote in the e-mail. “I did not know he was a pedophile.”

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Saturday • October 11, 2014

U.S.-LED AIR WAR IN SYRIA IS OFF TO A DIFFICULT START: The U.S.-led air war in Syria has gotten off to a rocky start, with even the Syrian rebel groups closest to the United States turning against it, U.S. ally Turkey refusing to contribute and the plight of a beleaguered Kurdish town exposing the limitations of the strategy. U.S. officials caution that the strikes are just the beginning of a broader strategy that could take years to carry out. But the anger that the attacks have stirred risks undermining the effort, analysts and rebels say. The main beneficiary of the strikes so far appears to be President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces have taken advantage of the shift in the military balance to step up attacks against the moderate rebels designated by President Obama as partners of the United States in the war against extremists.

 

UN: ISIS WILL LIKELY MASSACRE KOBANI: United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura said Friday that if the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani falls to jihadists, thousands of people will be executed. “If this falls, the 700, plus perhaps the 12,000 people, apart from the fighters, will most likely be massacred,” de Mistura said of the 700 (mostly elderly) civilians still trapped in the town and the 12,000 who have left but have yet to make it across the Turkish border. Turkish tanks across the border from Kobani have not intervened and the U.S. acknowledged that despite its bombing of ISIS targets in the area, it is unlikely to save the city.

 

MEXICAN GOV’T PAYING TO HELP SHIELD ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THE U.S. FROM DEPORTATION: The government of Mexico is paying to help its citizens who are living illegally in the United States avoid deportation. According to a report from National Public Radio, the Mexican government through its 50 consulates around the United States has been helping to fund low-income illegal immigrants to apply for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA — which shields illegal immigrants from deportation and allows them to work in the U.S.

 

ISIS INTENSIFIES SIEGE OF KURDISH ENCLAVE IN SYRIA: The Islamic State is pouring reinforcements into the besieged Syrian city of Kobani, underscoring its goal to seize that Kurdish enclave near the Turkish border and deal a significant setback to the United States-led air campaign, American officials said Friday. The rush of heavily armed Islamic State fighters toward Kobani from multiple directions has provided allied warplanes with an array of tanks, artillery and armed vehicles to strike easily from the air, a senior Pentagon official said. Elsewhere in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State fighters have in recent days dispersed to avoid the American attacks.

 

MALALA ASKS INDIA, PAKISTAN PMS TO NOBEL: Pakistani women’s education activist Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, becoming the youngest recipient of a Nobel in history. The committee also awarded the honor to Indian children’s education activist Kailash Satyarth. Malala became a household name in 2012 when Taliban gunmen attempted to assassinate her at age 15. In her first statement, Malala stressed that the joint award should be an opportunity to bring Pakistan and India together to “focus more on education, to focus more on progress.” This past week, the two countries have exchanged fire in the most violent period since their 2003 ceasefire. Malala said the fact that she is Muslim and Pakistani, and Satyarth is Hindu and Indian, “gives people a message of love.” She also revealed that she and Satyarth will each request their prime minister attend the Nobel ceremony with them. In addition to promoting peace between India and Pakistan, Malala used the speech to encourage other children to become advocates for themselves. “They should not wait for someone else,” she said of her peers. “At a time when no one speaks, your voice gets so loud everyone has to listen.” Malala’s activism has not been limited to education. When she met with the Obamas at the White House last year, she spoke out against drone strikes. “Drone attacks are fueling terrorism,” she said. “Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people.” Malala and Satyarth beat out a record number of 278 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, including Pope Francis.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The price of visiting a prostitute is dropping.  A study of online prostitution ads by The Economist, found that sex workers charge, on average, $260 per hour, down from $340 per hour in 2006.  Prices began dropping after the 2008 financial crisis and haven’t rebounded because the Internet has increased supply:  It’s easier for prostitutes to find customers online and vice versa.

 

NSA HAS SECRET AGENTS AROUND THE WORLD: New documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency has had agents in scattered parts of the world working on programs that use “physical subversion” to enter and compromise networks and devices. “Under cover” operatives in China, Germany, and South Korea helped the NSA access sensitive data and global communications systems. The documents also show that the NSA works with companies both in the U.S. and abroad, spending “hundreds of millions of dollars” to weaken their encryption systems and penetrate computer networks. It is unknown whether this was done with or without the knowledge of the host countries.

 

N. CAROLINA GAY MARRIAGE BAN STRUCK DOWN: The first same-sex marriages in North Carolina began immediately on Friday night after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriages. U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. declared the ban unconstitutional, writing, “North Carolina’s laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional as a matter of law. The issue before this courts neither a political issue nor a moral issue. It is a legal issue.” Cogburn’s ruling applies statewide, according to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. The Register of Deeds in Buncombe County kept his office open late to begin issuing marriage licenses to dozens of waiting couples. “It’s a historical day in North Carolina,” he said. “It’s autumn in Asheville and it’s a beautiful time to get married.”

 

BYNES HOSPITALIZED, PLACED ON PSYCH HOLD: According to People, Amanda Bynes flew from New York to Los Angeles on Friday and was admitted to a Pasadena hospital and placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold for 72 hours. Her hospitalization comes after a disturbing Twitter tirade in which the actress accused her father of verbal and sexual abuse then recanted the whole thing later, writing, “My dad never did any of those things. The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he’s the one that ordered them to microchip me.” Bynes’ mother also denied the claims to E! News, writing through her attorney, “I am heartbroken today for my husband of 47 years. Rick has been the best father and husband a family can ask for. He has never abused Amanda or our other children physically or sexually…These allegations stem from Amanda’s mental state at the moment. They have no basis in reality. It saddens me beyond belief that my husband’s character could be slandered in such a way.”

 

OFFICER CAUGHT WEARING VICTIM’S WATCH: A Detroit police sergeant has been suspended and might face charges after he was caught wearing a murder victim’s expensive, German-made watch. Sgt. Alex Vinson was in charge of a case involving an unknown murder victim who was found wearing the watch. The case went cold and the watch was photographed and put into storage—until this week, when homicide detectives decided to reopen the case while Vinson was in Idaho for advanced police training. The other detectives found that the watch in storage didn’t match the one in photographs. Instead, it was a cheaper model. Vinson was caught wearing the watch during the training session and directed to return home. “The case is ongoing, and the sergeant has been suspended while we prepare a warrant for review by prosecutors,” said Detroit police chief James Craig.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: One in four military families, or about 620,000 households, relies on food banks and meal service programs in order to have enough to eat.

 

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


 

COLLEGE REVOKES SEN. JOHN WALSH’S DEGREE: Democratic Sen. John Walsh’s master’s degree from U.S. Army War College was revoked Friday after an investigation found that the Montana lawmaker plagiarized a research paper required to graduate, according to a college spokeswoman. The New York Times published a story in August showing that Walsh borrowed heavily from other sources for the paper, which he wrote in 2007. “The board found that then Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his master’s degree and status as graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked,” War College spokeswoman Carol Kerr said in a statement. Walsh had been pursuing a master’s in strategic studies.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: ***Okinawans are thought to live longer than any other ethnic group and they have healthier hearts and bones. This is largely due to their cultural practice called Hara Hachi Bu, which means they eat just until they are 80% full. Their diet is rich in complex carbohydrates and plant-based foods and is low in fat. They are also physically active.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Larry David with “Curb Your Enthusiasm” co-star Susie Essman and director David Steinberg at Antonucci on the Upper East Side in NYC, after Steinberg interviewed Stephen Colbert for his Showtime series “Inside Comedy”.   ***Tyson Beckford at VIP Room in NYC celebrating the new film “Addicted,” along with Busta Rhymes.   ***Bruce Ratner, Home Depot mogul Ken Langone, billionaire T. Boone Pickens and HSN boss Mindy Grossman at separate tables at Fresco by Scotto in NYC on Wednesday night.    ***Jerry Seinfeld, Anna Wintour, Baz Luhrmann, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Edward Norton and Michael Kors seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.   ***Veteran agent and event producer Norby Walters grocery shopping on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.    ***Veteran manager and producer Daryl Marshak having lunch at Café Roma in Beverly Hills.

 

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The Who will be celebrating a half-century of rock majesty with “The Who Hits 50!” North American tour in 2015. The band – led by songwriter-guitarist Pete Townshend and frontman Roger Daltrey – will kick off their spring run on April 15th in Tampa, Florida and hit 20 eastern stops before concluding May 30th in Forest Hills, New York; the fall leg will commence September 14th in San Diego, California and include performances throughout the west coast and Canada before wrapping up November 4th in Philadelphia. General public ticket sales will begin via the band’s official website on Friday, October 17th, at 10 a.m. local time.   ***A music producer who worked with stars including Tom Cruise and the late Whitney Houston has been convicted of ripping off investors in gold and diamonds. Charles Huggins was convicted Friday of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Federal Judge Sidney Stein ordered Huggins held at least until his sentencing. It’s set for January. The 68-year-old Huggins lives in Edgewater, New Jersey. He once was married to soul singer Melba Moore.

 

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Whole Foods’ customers are suing the high-end supermarket chain for “vastly understating” the amount of sugar in its store-brand yogurt.  The class action cited a recent Consumer Reports study that found the store’s plain Greek yogurt contains 11.4 grams of sugar per serving, not the 2 grams listed on the packaging.  The plaintiffs, who want $5 million in damages, said the mislabeling “is not harmless trivia.”   ***The cupcake craze appears to be over, but not if an L.A. baker can help it. Crumbs Bake Shop, the nation’s largest bakery chain, closed all 48 of its stores in 10 states last week.  Crumbs also stopped trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market on July 1. But if it’s a trend, Elfie Weiss will try to buck it. Her West L.A. shop, Hotcakes Bakes, is about to increase its space by more than threefold so she can add coffee, sandwiches and bread to the menu, which is now limited to cupcakes and desserts. Her specialties include creating wedding cakes and catering Hollywood parties.   “My location is so small that I cannot even have an espresso maker,” Weiss said.  “At the very beginning I did sandwiches, but then I just had too many things to do so I stopped.  So I’m going to start doing the sandwiches again because I do a lot of catering.” She bought the building where she’d been a tenant so she can expand from her current 825 square feet to 2,600 square feet and add ovens, a sandwich counter and customer seating.  The real estate was $1.25 million and she’s investing an additional $300,000 for the rest of the expansion. Weiss, who employs 25 people, is also planning a second location and then maybe more. That’s kind of like finalizing a business model so I can copy and paste it in different areas,” she said. Weiss had worked as a voice actor before launching the business in 2005.  She turned a corner in 2009 when she won a bake-off on the first episode of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”  The recognition she gained from the show initially forced her to step up production to meet demand. “The hard part about being on TV when you have a small shop is that you have to completely change the business model,” she said.  “You have to industrialize at a very small level.”

 

MY REVIEW: “I congratulate LBN for being fearless independent in its daily coverage of the news.”—–Father Jing, an LBN E-Lert reader from South Korea.


 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The federal government has spent almost $3 million since 2011 on scientific studies aimed at understanding why nearly three quarters of adult lesbians are either overweight or obese, but most gay males are not.  One paper published last year concluded that gay males “had a greater desire for toned muscles.” While another report said many lesbians lack “athletic self-esteem.”

 

LBN-VIDEO LINK: 11-Year-Old Kills It With ‘All About That Bass’ Dance

 
LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

This Day in Country Music.com

“On this day in country music, provides information on country musicians who where born on this day, like country recordings, country gigs, country musician deaths, country chart positions and significant country music events on this day. The site is updated daily with events from all the major country music artists.”

 

UNIQUELY, LBN: Devin D., an LBN E-Lert reader from Nashville, Tenn.


 

LBN-R.I.P: ***David Jones, a Hollywood florist who for 50 years adorned the grand social affairs of a roster of famous clients that included Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson, as well as the Reagans, Paleys and Bloomingdales, died on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles. He was 78. The cause was bone cancer, said Alex Hitz, a longtime friend. ***Ronnie Clint, who served as the GM of faced Hollywood haunt  Chasen’s for three decades until its demise in 1995, died Aug. 17 in his Santa Monica home from Parkinson’s disease. He was 89.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: Sure, Malala is totally worthy. But most of them haven’t been, because peace is elusive. War, however, is clarifying. At least this year’s Nobel Peace Prize wasn’t a howler like the 1973 award to Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho for making love, not war in Vietnam. Or the 1919 award to Woodrow Wilson for chopping Central Europe into an angry hash, helping put the “vs.” in theVersailles,Treaty and screwing the pooch on U.S. membership in the League of Nations. Then there was the 1978 Prize given to Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat and Menachem Begin for making sure everything was okey-dokey between the Arabs and the Jews. And the 1994 Prize to Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres for making double sure.

 

LBN-COMMENARY by Michael Moynihan: She was the third-wave feminism firebrand, famous and lauded. But the author of The Beauty Myth has become a nonsense-garbling conspiracy theorist. It wasn’t really meant for me, considering the contours of my own midsection. But I nevertheless tried to read Naomi Wolf’s excruciatingly bad 2012 book Vagina: A New Biography, more to confirm the unanimous critical opinion that it was an excruciatingly bad book than to explore the historic journey of the female sex organ. But I surrendered rather quickly, hurling the book across the room when Wolf capped her introduction with this observation: “The vagina may be a ‘hole,’ but it is, properly understood, a Goddess-shaped one.” No thank you.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: A few days ago, The Financial Times published an interview with a Russian businessman named Sergei Pugachev. Once an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Pugachev owned shipbuilding and construction interests, as well as a bank. Indeed, he was once known as “the Kremlin’s banker.” But his bank collapsed a few years ago, and, in 2012, the government seized his two shipyards. Jointly valued at $3.5 billion by the accounting firm of BDO, they were sold to a competitor, the United Shipbuilding Corporation, for $422.5 million, according to the paper. The chairman of United Shipbuilding at the time was Igor Sechin, one of Putin’s closest associates and the head of Rosneft, the state oil company. Russian businessmen, Pugachev complained to The Financial Times, had become nothing more than “serfs” in Russia. “Today in Russia, there is no private property,” he added. “There are only serfs who belong to Putin.” And so it goes in Putin’s Russia.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Liam Neesons heart is still “taken” – by the memory of his late wife, Natasha Richardson. That’s why the star broke up with Brit Freya St. Johnston. “Liam will never get over Natasha,” said an insider. “She was his soulmate, his one and only.”

 

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Friday • October 10, 2014

OBAMA WEIGHING CLOSING GITMO ‘UNILATERALLY’: The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S., senior administration officials said. Such a move would be the latest and potentially most dramatic use of executive power by the president in his second term. It would likely provoke a sharp reaction from lawmakers, who have repeatedly barred the transfer of detainees to the U.S.

MALALA YOUSAFZAI WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: Pakistani women’s education activist Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. She is the youngest winner of the award. The Nobel committee also awarded the honor to Indian children’s education activist, Kailash Satyarth. Malala became a household name in 2012 when a Taliban gunman attempted to assassinate the 15-year-old. She and Satyarth were granted the peace prize for “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education,” according to a statement from the Nobel committee. They beat out a record number of 278 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize, including Pope Francis. Famous past winners include Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Aung Sun Suu Kyi. Last year’s award was given to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for their work in Syria. Unfortunately, the prize did nothing to stem the country from deteriorating into greater violence in the past year. Malala’s activism has not been limited exclusively to education. When she met with the Obamas at the White House last year, she spoke out against drones. “Drone attacks are fueling terrorism,” she said. “Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people.”

KIM ABSENT AT MAJOR N. KOREA EVENT: Kim Jong Un was notably absent from the North Korean celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party on Friday, which he has attended for the prior three years. An official state media report did not include Kim on the list of dignitaries in attendance, but said Kim instead sent a flower basket to the event. His unexplained no-show adds fuel to the speculation that Kim’s days as North Korea’s leader are numbered. An official North Korea document from late last month admitted Kim suffered “discomfort.” He appeared more overweight and limping, suggesting poor health could impede his leadership. One source said Kim needed 100 days to recover from a pulled tendon. Others speculated a possible military coup had occurred or was attempted after the country reportedly imposed new travel bans. Kim hasn’t been seen performing public responsibilities since he attended a concert on September 3. In a seemingly unrelated outbreak, North and South Korea exchanged fire across their border on Friday.

SUSPECTS REVEAL MORE MASS MEXICAN GRAVES: The suspects in the case of the 43 missing Mexican students have led authorities to new burial pits and more bodies. A mass grave was found in the state of Guerrero two weeks after the students disappeared following clashes with police. Attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam announced on Thursday that the suspects revealed four additional mass graves last weekend in the city of Iguala. They contained 28 badly burned bodies. Four new suspects were arrested, bringing the total of detained to 34, including 26 police officers. Parents of the missing students have been holding vigil at a courtyard at the school, which was supposed to help the impoverished, rural young men become teachers. “They took him away alive, and that’s the way I want him back,” said Macedonia Torres Romero, whose son José Luis is among the missing.

SCIENTISTS HAIL DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH: Harvard scientists have developed a treatment that starts with stem cells and could eliminate the need for those who have Type 1 diabetes to inject insulin. The therapy involves a one-time transplant of laboratory-grown pancreatic cells that secrete the hormone insulin–cells that scientists have succeeded in producing in large enough volumes to be able to treat patients. It is the lack of insulin that lies at the root of Type 1 diabetes. The new step-by-step procedure was reported in a paper published in the journal Cell. The cells worked normally for many months when implanted into mice, and the hope is that the treatment will work for the millions of humans with Type 1 diabetes. Scientists caution that the work is still years from being tested on human patients. The breakthrough is being hailed by some as a medical advance potentially as significant as the advent of antibiotics.

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MICROSOFT CEO TO WOMEN: HOPE FOR A RAISE: During a talk on Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told a predominantly female audience that women should simply have “faith in the system” and not directly ask for raises. “It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,” Nadella told the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Faith in the system, according to Nadella, is a kind of superpower. “That might be one of the initial ‘super powers,’ that quite frankly, women [who] don’t ask for a raise have,” Nadella said while speaking to Maria Klawe, a member of Microsoft’s Board of Directors, president of Harvey Mudd College, and a computer scientist. “It’s good karma. It will come back.” In a tweet posted later on Thursday, Nadella admitted he had been “inarticulate” about how women should ask for raises. “Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias,” he wrote. Only 29 percent of the general Microsoft workforce is female, according to workplace diversity data the company released last week.

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NEW TESLA CAR IS FASTER THAN A FERRARI: Elon Musk unveiled the widely anticipated Tesla Model D on Thursday night. The sedan is a dual-motor, all-wheel drive version of the Model S. Tesla said the car do 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, making it as fast as a Porsche 911 Turbo and faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia. The car will be able to drive 275 miles with an 85 kWh battery pack. It will also come with something close to autopilot, enabling the car to do some aspects of driving for the driver. The Model D starts at $71,000 for the base model and $120,000 for the tricked out version. Musk compared driving it to “having your own personal roller coaster.”

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‘SNL’ ALUM JAN HOOKS DEAD AT 57: Saturday Night Live alumna Jan Hooks passed away Thursday in New York at the age of 57. The cause of death remains undisclosed, though TMZ reports that Hooks had been battling a serious illness. Hooks was on SNL from 1986-91, alongside Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, Chris Farley, Dennis Miller, and Nora Dunn, who played the one half of the Sweeney Sisters alongside Hooks. She is remembered for her spot-on impressions of Sinead O’Connor, Hillary Clinton, and Tammy Faye Bakker. Hooks also appeared in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Batman Returns, and had a guest role on 30 Rock, playing Jenna’s gold-digging mother.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I happened to be in the U.S. Capitol when the Citizens United decision came down four years ago. Democratic lawmakers greeted the decision with a mutually reinforcing mixture of fury and fear. The decision, everyone agreed, would unleash a tsunami of corporate and plutocratic money into politics, giving Republicans a huge spending advantage. “This is the end of our party,” wailed one Democrat, aware he was going a tad over the top. Things haven’t worked out as expected. In 2012, Mitt Romney did not have a spending advantage over Barack Obama. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, very few publicly traded corporations made political donations.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: I went for a walk in Berlin. Fall leaves yellowing in allotments with their little wooden birdhouses. Streets with more space than people, belying that facile epithet, “capital of Europe.” I had just left a friend in Grunewald who told me his house was built in 1930 by a Jewish family who fled to Brazil in 1936. Once he showed the granddaughter of the first owner around, and then did the same for descendants of the British officer who lived in the requisitioned house after 1945. Life, as archaeologists know, recounts its story in layers, and nowhere more so than in this city. A German woman told me of stripping away the wallpaper in her new apartment and finding exultant newspaper headlines celebrating the Führer’s birthday in 1937. A better epithet might be “Berlin, capital of memory.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: What if they balanced the budget and nobody knew or cared? O.K., the federal budget hasn’t actually been balanced. But the Congressional Budget Office has tallied up the totals for fiscal 2014, which ran through the end of September, and reports that the deficit plunge of the past several years continues. You still hear politicians ranting about “trillion dollar deficits,” but last year’s deficit was less than half-a-trillion dollars — or, a more meaningful number, just 2.8 percent of G.D.P. — and it’s still falling.

LBN-COMMENTARY by EDWARD D. KLEINBARD: In response to the growing income disparity between the wealthy and the merely well off — not to mention the middle class and working class — an increasing number of economists and politicians have called for higher tax rates on top incomes. That would collect more revenues, and make our tax system more progressive, by collecting a disproportionate share of those new revenues from the highest income taxpayers, a fact that appeals to many people’s sense of fairness. But even taking into account regressive state and local taxes, the American tax system already is the most progressive in the developed world. And the scars left by the 2013 fight over the “fiscal cliff” tax deal imply that trying to raise top marginal income tax rates to the levels suggested by some academics would be, well, a wholly academic exercise.

LBN-COMMENTARY By IOAN GRILL: Why drug cartels want to slaughter students may at first seem inexplicable. But it is a symptom of a systematic process that has been taking place in Mexico for years. Drug cartels are taking over chunks of government apparatus, from local police forces to city and state governments. Sometimes, they control the officials; other times, cartel members themselves are the officials. I call it state capture. A student I talked to had a more visceral term for it: narco-politica, or narco-politics. It’s a terrifying concept. Being ruled by corrupt and self-interested politicians can be bad. But imagine being ruled by sociopathic gangsters. They respond to rowdy students in the only way they understand: with extreme violence designed to cause terror. They stick the mutilated body of a student on public display in the same way they do rival traffickers.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Demi Moore is giving a dose of parental advice to daughter Rumer about the dangers of plastic surgery. After 26-year-old Rumer posted a photo to her Instagram account that sparked buzz she’d had lip injections and shaved down her once prominent chin, a source said Demi “got a few of her daughter’s friends together and lectured them about the pitfalls of cosmetic surgery.”   ***Megyn Kelly credits Dr. Phil McGraw with helping her move into TV and a happier marriage. Kelly was interviewed by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Tuesday afternoon at the Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business conference in California, where Kelly revealed how she was inspired to leave her job as a high-powered lawyer for a $17,000 job in journalism. “Back in the day when I was unhappily married and unhappily working, I heard a brilliant man by the name of Dr. Phil say, ‘The only thing between you and someone you envy is that you settled for less,’” said Kelly, who is celebrating her first anniversary in primetime at Fox News. “I started putting it into practice and it changed my life.”   ***The family of disgraced “7th Heaven” actor Stephen Collins, who was exposed as a serial child molester when an audio tape of him admitting to the decades-old deeds was recently made public, fears he may take his own life over the scandal.

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Thursday • October 9, 2014

JAY LENO NEARS DEAL TO LAUNCH CNBC SHOW:

Jay Leno is lining up his first regular television hosting gig since leaving The Tonight Show in February, and he’s staying in the NBCUniversal family.

Leno is close to a deal to host a new show for cable network CNBC, sources say. The show will focus on Leno’s longtime love of cars and will air in primetime, not late night.

Landing Leno is a coup for CNBC. The network, known for financial news, has been trying to broaden its viewership by airing reality shows like The Profit and Restaurant Startup in primetime. Its biggest draw is reruns of financial game show Shark Tank, which have performed very well for the network.

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Thursday • October 9, 2014

CDC DIRECTOR: EBOLA WORST SINCE AIDS: While speaking before a World Bank forum on the Ebola crisis, CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden declared that the virus is the worst since AIDS. “I would say that in the 30 years I’ve been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS.” He also argued that because of its potential, the world needs to work fast to stop it. So far, the outbreak has killed more than 3,860 people, including 200 health workers. Meanwhile, the nurse in Spain who contracted Ebola from a patient has seen her condition deteriorate. The two doctors who treated her have been admitted for observation, bring the total number of people under quarantine at the Madrid hospital to six.

CHINA: U.S. MAKING UP CYBERATTACKS: After FBI Director James Comey told CBS’s 60 Minutes that Chinese hackers have been hitting major U.S. companies and costing the U.S. billions of dollars each year, China lashed out in response on Thursday. “We express strong dissatisfaction with the United States’ unjustified fabrication of facts in an attempt to smear China’s name and demand that the U.S. side cease this type of action,” declared a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman. He also pointed out a belief widely held in China, which is that the U.S. is hypocritical. “We also demand that the U.S. side cease its large-scale systematic Internet attacks on other countries. The United States tries to divert attention by crying wolf. This won’t succeed,” he said.

IN KIM JONG-UN’S ABSENCE, RUMORS ABOUT HIM SWIRL IN NORTH KOREA: In most countries, footage showing the leader with a limp might have generated some curiosity. But in tightly controlled North Korea, those images — coupled with the disappearance of the country’s ruler, Kim Jong-un, from public view for five weeks — have generated endless debate among foreign officials and analysts always on the lookout for upheaval in one of the world’s most dangerous police states. The disappearance is especially notable because Mr. Kim, like his father and grandfather before him, has used public appearances accompanied by fawning subjects as a key tool of the propaganda machine that has long held the state together.

JIMMY CARTER: PRESIDENT OBAMA BLEW IT ON ISIL: Former President Jimmy Carter is criticizing President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In an interviewed published Tuesday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 39th president said the Obama administration, by not acting sooner, allowed ISIL to build up its strength. “[W]e waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria,” he said, using an alternate name for the terrorist group. “Then when [ISIL] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.”

PATRICK MODIANO WINS LITERATURE NOBEL: The 107th winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is 69-year-old Patrick Modiano. Modiano is the 11th French writer to win the prize, and will head home with $1.1 million as a result. The Nobel citation read in part that he won, “For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Modiano’s best known novel is Missing Person, about a detective who loses his memory, but he is not well known outside of France. Of course, with Modiano’s win, the scandal of Philip Roth being snubbed for another year continues.

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MAN’S OLDEST KNOWN ART POSSIBLY FOUND: Australian and Indonesian scientists claim they have found the oldest known rock art in the world in Indonesia. According to the scientists, one of the images from the island of Sulawesi is at least 39,900 years old, making it the oldest known hand stencil. That paintings, specifically one of a pig-deer is at least 35,400 years old. This discovery means that rock art was being produced both in Western Europe and the Pacific at the same time. The oldest-known painting prior to this is the 40,800-year-old red disk from El Castillo in Spain. The Sulawesi discovery directly challenges the notion that cave art 40,000 years ago represented an explosion of human creativity based in Western Europe

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BIONIC HANDS RESTORE SENSE OF TOUCH: A team of scientists at Case Western Reserve University report that two patients with sensors attached to artificial hands have had a restored sense of touch for more than a year. They are even able to pluck the stalks out of cherries. At the same time, a Swedish team announced it has made a separate breakthrough, this time involving artificial limbs. The team says it can now attach a bionic arm directly to the bone to improve control.

RESEARCHERS RELEASE THOUSANDS OF MOSQUITOES: Mosquitoes are annoying pests as well as vectors for disease transmission, so why would anyone actually release captive mosquitoes, let alone bacteria-infected ones, into the environment on purpose? To combat disease, of course. Several countries, including Brazil, Australia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, are participating in a program involving releasing tens of thousands of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, which suppress mosquito-borne dengue fever and also hamper the ability of infected male mosquitoes to reproduce with uninfected females. Wolbachia in not transmissible to humans.

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NBA PLAYER TAKES HOLOCAUST SELFIE: Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs thought it was a good idea to post a selfie at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial on Wednesday. “You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust,” the shooting guard wrote in the tweet. Unsurprisingly, the tweet sparked outrage, and Green apologized before the end of the day. “Yes! Mistakes do happen,” he tweeted, adding “I want to sincerely apologize for the insensitivity of my post!” He also altered his initial post to read “A lot of history here, more than you could imagine… very sad/tragic things happened #holocaust #berlin.” Green was in Berlin for the Spurs to play an exhibition against Alba Berlin, to whom they lost 94-93.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: **The relationship between a newspaper and its hometown is hard to define. But it is very real, especially in this place of many hometowns with few institutions to hold them together. That’s why Jim Newton’s departure from the Los Angeles Times is such a serious loss for both the newspaper and the Los Angeles area. Newton, who left to teach and edit a journal at UCLA, wrote a weekly column on the editorial pages about the politics, government and public policy of Los Angeles and the myriad communities that surround it. As editor at large, he brought his experience and knowledge to the paper’s editorial board. He is also co-author of “Worthy Fights,” the new book by Leon Panetta, former defense secretary and CIA chief.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***A new book, The Lyrics: Since 1962, will collect every lyric Bob Dylan has ever recorded – on his albums and official bootlegs – to make what the president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, Jonathan Karp, has called “the biggest, most expensive book we’ve ever published.” The tome, due out in November, will be slightly larger than an LP, contain more than 960 pages and weigh approximately 13 and a half pounds, according to The New York Times. The limited-edition book will sell for $200 and an extremely limited version, signed by Dylan, will go for $5,000.    ***Incredibly in it’s 9th year, the hit business book “Broken Windows, Broken Business” (Warner Books) continues to make business book best-seller lists throughout the world. The book, written by Michael Levine in 2005 in English, has now been translated into six (6) languages throughout the world.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Sarah Goldberg, an actress in the popular television series “7th Heaven,” died on Sept. 27 at her family’s cabin in Wisconsin. She was 40.Her mother, Judy Goldberg, told The Chicago Sun-Times that an autopsy had failed to determine the exact cause of death but that a heart ailment is suspected.   ***Popular L.A. entertainment attorney Harold J. Levy has died at age 74 of colon cancer.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck might be heading toward a whopping $150 million divorce after an incendiary red carpet meltdown, insiders say. Jen threw a major fit while Ben was at the premiere of his Oscar-touted flick, “Gone Girl,” when BFF Matt Damon ditched the Sept. 26 New York event to jet to George Clooney’s wedding in Venice, Italy. “Jennifer was livid,” said an insider. “She ruined Ben’s big night in the spotlight.” But other nightmares may end their nine-year marriage. ***Olivia Newton-John is apparently facing a cash crunch – swapping luxury digs for a “low-income” Florida condo. The “Grease” star’s new home is a lackluster complex built in the ’80s that one insider described as “social housing for low-income folks.” Olivia, 66, and hubby John Easterling paid $550,000 for the two-bedroom apartment, according to records.   ***Vera Wang and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons were stopped by the Secret Service going into the White House on Wednesday night. We are told that agents “pulled Vera and Jenna aside and out of the line because of an issue with the guest list. After being held 20 minutes off to the side, they were both finally allowed in, but it was embarrassing,” adding, “A knife-wielding intruder can make it into the White House, but they stop Vera Wang?”   ***Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are officially dunzo. The actress has filed for divorce from the “Blurred Lines” singer in Los Angeles, following the couple’s separation more than seven months ago. She cited irreconcilable differences.   ***NBC chiefs wanted Jon Stewart to host “Meet the Press,” and would have offered him virtually “anything,” a new report reveals. Before deciding on new host Chuck Todd, NBC News President Deborah Turness held negotiations with Stewart, New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reports.

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Wednesday • October 8, 2014

EBOLA PATIENT IN DALLAS DIES: The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. died today in Dallas, more than a week after he was hospitalized there, officials announced in a statement. Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, had been in critical condition on a respirator and was receiving kidney dialysis and an experimental antiviral drug, brincidofovir. “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m.” Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in a statement emailed to reporters. Duncan had first gone to the hospital Sept. 25 with a fever, abdominal pain and a headache. He told the hospital that he had been in Africa but was sent home with antibiotics. After his condition worsened, he returned by ambulance Sept. 28 and was placed in isolation.

IN THIS ELECTION, OBAMA’S PARTY BENCHES HIM: When he soared to victory by almost 10 million votes in 2008, President Obama won in states like Virginia that Democratic candidates had not captured since 1964. He was trumpeted as a transformational leader who remade American politics by creating a new electoral map and a diverse voter coalition to shape the Democratic Party for the 21st century. But for now he has been reduced to something else: an isolated political figure who is viewed as a liability to Democrats in the very states where voters by the thousands had once stood to cheer him. When Mr. Obama entered the campaign fray last week, he did so by returning to the unconditional embrace of his own hometown, in a blue state where the incumbent Democratic senator faces scant opposition and the Democratic governor is running in part on his support for the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, the president attended private fund-raisers in Manhattan, to be followed by similar events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Arkansas it is not.

LBN-Hollywood Movies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS CUT FALL RISK: In the US, injuries are suffered most frequently in the home, and falls are the primary cause of at-home injuries. However, homeowners may be able to significantly cut their fall risk just by making some relatively inexpensive home improvements. In a recent New Zealand study, residents of homes that had handrails, stair edging, outdoor lighting, bathroom grab rails, and slip-resistant surfaces installed had 39 percent fewer falls and 26 percent fewer fall-related injuries than those living in homes waitlisted for similar safety renovations.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Vic Braden, who mixed psychology, biomechanics and a rapier wit to become an immensely influential teacher of tennis, spreading his cheerful gospel through camps, clinics, books and national television appearances, died on Monday at his home in Coto de Caza, Calif., in Orange County. He was 85. His daughter Kristen Paul said the cause appeared to be a heart attack.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Lisa Haisha: Now that George Clooney got married we can all let out a communal sigh of relief… Thank god we don’t have to think about his future anymore, dating women for two years and giving them a house as a consolation prize instead of a ring. Now, he actually married up. He married a formidable woman, Amal Alamuddin, a British-Lebanese lawyer, activist and author who is someone he can grow with and together be stronger, contributing great things toward humanitarian missions that they are already individually so well known for. Now together, this new power couple can give Brad and Angie a run for their money, and everyone wins. Kudos to him for stepping up.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: Tolstoy wrote that time and patience are the two most powerful warriors. The advocates of measures restricting the marketing and sale of sugar-sweetened beverages have had to employ plenty of each, and the payoff may be coming. It’s difficult for community efforts to fight against big money, and that’s something of which the beverage producers have plenty. But by repeating the same message — that sugar-sweetened beverages are deadly when consumed in quantity, and their marketers will not voluntarily restrain themselves from peddling their wares to children — it becomes evident that something must be done.

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THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND (By Ray Richmond): ***I can either eat this month or buy ink for my printer, but I can’t do both.   ***It seemed like we went from ‘We have nothing to fear from Ebola’ to ‘We’re all gonna die!’ in about 43 seconds.   ***Same-sex marriage? Sure, but I don’t get why you’d need to legislate having the same sex every night.   ***I want to get a tattoo that says, ‘This was kind of a dumb idea.’.   ***The best things in life are expensive.   ***I miss having conversations that I don’t have to type.   ***Nothing is as fun without water and oxygen.   **If a preschooler brings heroin to daycare, that’s not a good mother.   ***It was shocking to realize dogs don’t really play poker.   ***Make mine a BLT.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Don’t lend money to friends. Especially old lovers. I lent money to a woman who refused to work and she didn’t repay the money. I felt uncomfortable, but after two weeks of waiting for repayment, I decided to broach the subject of the outstanding loan. She claimed it wasn’t a loan. I have a master plan to torture this whore which she will find out about in the months to come but in the meantime just don’t lend money to friends.

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Tuesday • October 7, 2014

SYRIA BORDER TOWN, KOBANI, MAY FALL TO ISIS, TURKEY’S LEADER WARNS: Kurdish fighters in Syria struggled to fight off Islamic State militants in Kobani on Tuesday, as Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warned that border town was about to fall, despite new United States-led airstrikes on the militants. Saying that aerial attacks alone may not be enough to stop the fighters’ advance, Mr. Erdogan called for more support for insurgents opposed to the group in Syria. In doing so, he was reiterating the key sticking point between Turkey and Washington: President Obama wants Turkey to take stronger action against the Islamic State, while Mr. Erdogan wants the American effort to focus more on ousting Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Turkey has long supported the armed opposition to Mr. Assad.

EBOLA OUTBREAK: SPREAD OF DEADLY DISEASE ACROSS EUROPE IS ‘UNAVOIDABLE’, WARNS WHO CHIEF: The spread of Ebola across Europe is “quite unavoidable”, a health chief has warned as four people were hospitalized after a Spanish nurse became the first person known to have contracted the virus outside Africa. The World Health Organization’s European director Zsuzsanna Jakab has said while more cases will spread in Europe, the continent should be well prepared to control the disease.

U.S. DRONES STRIKE PAKISTAN FOR 3RD DAY: On Tuesday, a U.S. drone strike hit a suspected militant training camp in northwest Pakistan, in an attack that intelligence officials say killed six and wounded nine. It marked the third U.S. drone strike on Pakistan in three days, after 2014 began with a six-month hiatus of strikes against terror cells in the country. Five suspected militants were killed in a strike Monday and another five in a strike Sunday. All three were in the Shawal area of South Waziristan. The U.S. had halted drone strikes in the first half of the year at the behest of Pakistan while it attempted, but failed, to negotiate a deal with the Taliban. Pakistan is dealing with unrest in other areas, as well. Its tenuous relationship with India has also flared up over Kashmir. In the worst attacks since their 2003 ceasefire, there have been casualties on both sides, with nine civilians dead in total.

J.LAW CALLS NUDE PHOTO HACK ‘SEX CRIME’: Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence has opened up for the first time about the leaking of her nude photos. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she says in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. She had nearly as much anger for those who looked at the nude photos as the hackers themselves. “Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame,” she said. Lawrence spoke candidly about the photos, explaining “I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.” She also criticized anyone who argues that these types are leaks are what you sign up for as a celebrity. “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she said in the interview. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sugar

1.     Sugar is one of the world’s oldest ingredients. The people of New Guinea were most likely the first to domesticate sugar cane around 8000 B.C.

2.     In the 16th century, a teaspoon of sugar cost the equivalent of five dollars in London.

3.     The word “sugar” originates from the Sanskrit word sharkara, which means “material in a granule form.” In Arabic, it is sakkar; Turkish is sheker; Italian is zucchero; and Yoruba speakers in Nigeria call it suga.

4.     The only taste humans are born craving is sugar.

5.     Lemons have more sugar than strawberries.

6.     The American Heart Association recommends that adult women eat no more than 24 grams, or 6 teaspoons, of added (beyond naturally occurring sugar) sugar and men no more than 36 grams, or 9 teaspoons, per day. The current average is over 30 teaspoons of sugar per day.

7.     The tallest sugar cube tower measured 6 feet, 10 inches and was built by Camille Courgeon of France on July 1, 2013. The tower used 2,669 cubes and was built in 2 hours and 59 minutes.

8.     In 1822, the average American ate 45 grams of sugar―which is the amount in one of today’s 12 oz. sodas―every five days. In 2012, Americans consumed 765 grams of sugar every five days.

9.     The average American consumes 3 pounds of sugar each week―or 3,550 pounds in an entire lifetime. This is equivalent to about 1,767,900 Skittles, which is enough sugar to fill an industrialized dumpster.

10.  Heinz ketchup contains 1 teaspoon of sugar in each 1 tablespoon serving.

11.  Worldwide, people consume 500 extra calories a day from sugar, which is roughly the amount of calories needed to gain a pound a week.

12.  Too much sugar can increase the overall risk for heart disease. In fact, sugar actually changes the muscle protein of the heart as well as the pumping mechanics of the heart.

13.  Christopher Columbus introduced sugar cane seeds to the New World, specifically to Hispaniola, on his second voyage in 1493.

14.  Excess sugar consumption has been linked to cancer production. Studies have found that high sugar intake negatively affects the survival rates in both breast cancer patients and colon cancer patients.

15.  Sugar addiction may be genetic. Studies show that those who had genetic changes in a hormone called ghrelin consume more sugar (and alcohol) than those who had no gene variation.

BIG BANKS FACE ANOTHER ROUND OF U.S. CHARGES: The Justice Department is preparing a fresh round of attacks on the world’s biggest banks, again questioning Wall Street’s role in a broad array of financial markets. With evidence mounting that a number of foreign and American banks colluded to alter the price of foreign currencies, the largest and least regulated financial market, prosecutors are aiming to file charges against at least one bank by the end of the year, according to interviews with lawyers briefed on the matter. Ultimately, several banks are expected to plead guilty.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Less than two years after Resolution opened its doors, Jeff Berg‘s agency will be closing them as soon as this Friday. Berg confirmed the upcoming closing to his staff on Monday morning. It appears that China-based Bison Capital, which recently took a financial stake in Resolution, has pulled its backing. The agency launched in Jan. 2013 with Jahm Najafi as the primary investor.

U.S.-JAPAN TEAM WINS NOBEL FOR PHYSICS: Two scientists from Japan and one from the U.S. won the Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for their invention of an environmentally friendly light source. Isamu Akasaki, 85, and Hiroshi Amano, 54, of Nagoya University in Japan and Shuji Nakamura, 60, of UC Santa Barbara won for creating blue light-emitting diodes that have “enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources,” according to Staffan Normark, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The invention of the blue lights, which is about 20 years old, changed the way scientists used white light and helped lead to LED lamps.

‘7TH HEAVEN’ DAD PROBED OVER MOLESTATION: Stephen Collins, who is best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on 7th Heaven, allegedly molested multiple girls, according to a taped confession TMZ posted on Tuesday. The NYPD is investigating the actor for sexual contact with multiple children. An NYPD official told TMZ that it has located “at least three victims,” and the investigation is focused on “inappropriate sexual contact with minors.” Collins’s estranged wife, Faye Grant, secretly recorded him during a therapy session. In the tape, Collins is heard admitting to exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl and making her touch his penis. Collins also says that are other girls with whom he had similarly sexually inappropriate contact. Reps for Collins gave no comment.

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BRAIN FOOD: TURMERIC: The brilliant yellow spice turmeric does more than just add color and flavor to food. Studies suggest that it possesses cancer-fighting properties and even the ability to boost the brain’s healing capacity. Rats injected with aromatic-turmerone, a compound found in turmeric, had increased activity in areas of the brain involved in nerve cell growth, suggesting it may encourage the proliferation of brain cells. Additionally, bathing rodent neural stem cells in aromatic-turmerone extract appeared to boost the growth of these cells. The findings could have implications for the future treatment of strokes and Alzheimer’s disease.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The English word “girl” was initially used to describe a young person of either sex. It was not until the beginning of the sixteenth century that the term was used specifically to describe a female child.

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VETERANS AFFAIRS FIRES 4 EXECS: The Veterans Administration said it is dismissing four senior executives in a move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and the falsified records that covered up the delays. The dismissals are the first since Congress passed a law making it easier for veterans who experience delays to get care outside the VA’s network of hospitals and clinics. That law also made it easier for the agency to fire senior officials suspected of wrongdoing. Those terminated include a top purchasing official, directors of VA hospitals in Pittsburgh and Georgia, and a regional hospital director in Alabama. Former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned earlier this year.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The hotel famously called “the greatest of them all” is now the most expensive of them all.  Hilton Worldwide Holdings said it’s selling the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York for $1.95 billion to China-based buyer Anbang Insurance Group.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Marian Seldes, a regal personality in New York theater for more than half a century in plays ranging from whodunits to the work of Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett and, especially, Edward Albee, died on Tuesday at her home in New York. She was 86. Her sister-in-law Susan Shreve confirmed her death.   ***Steve Curry, an original cast member of the Broadway rock musical “Hair,” whose backlit nimbus of hair became an instantly recognizable emblem of the show on posters and the cover of its cast album, died on Sept. 13 in Truth or Consequences, N.M. He was 68. His death, which was not widely reported, was confirmed by his wife, Susan, who said the cause was sepsis.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jessica Simpson‘s husband Eric Johnson has given new meaning to the term “panty raid.” The singer turned fashion mogul shared a photo of Johnson, 35, wearing a pair of black lace underwear on his head on Monday on Instagram.

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Monday • October 6, 2014

NIGHTMARE!  AN EYE-POPPING 20% OF U.S. RESIDENTS ABANDON ENGLISH AT HOME: One-fifth of people in the U.S. speak a foreign language at home, according to a report being released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which found Arabic and Urdu — the national language of Pakistan — among the fastest-growing. The report found that nearly half of all California school-age children speak a language other than English at home, as do a third of Texans and Nevadans, according to the report, which is based on Census Bureau numbers.

ISIS POISED TO CONQUER SYRIAN CITY: ISIS militants are close to entering Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey, which the extremist group has been laying siege to for weeks. According to Kurdish officials, U.S. airstrikes have done little to deter ISIS from advancing on the city and militant forces are two kilometers from its center. “Airstrikes alone are really not enough to defeat ISIS in Kobani,” said Idris Nassan, a senior spokesman for the Kurdish fighters. “They are besieging the city on three sides, and fighter jets simply cannot hit each and every ISIS fighter on the ground.” Many fighters who have been defending the town were attempting to cross into Turkey. It appeared a final battle was underway for Kobani, and authorities fear a massacre will ensue if ISIS seizes control. The city is important because ISIS wants to claim a swath of land running from its self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, all the way to the Turkish border 60 miles away, as part of its so-called Islamic caliphate.

ISIS HOSTAGE KASSIG SAYS HE’S SCARED TO DIE: The parents of Peter Kassig, the former U.S. Army Ranger being held captive by ISIS and threatened with beheading, have released a letter written by their son earlier this year in which he says he is afraid to die but is at peace with his conversion to Islam. In the letter, the 26-year-old hostage thanked his parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, and writes, “I am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping, and wondering if I should even hope at all.” He goes on to write, according to his parents, that he prays every day, is not angry about his situation, and “I am at peace with my belief.” Kassig, who took the name Abdul-Rahman, voluntarily converted to Islam sometime between October and December last year, his parents said.

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JUSTICES CLEAR GAY MARRIAGE IN 5 STATES: The Supreme Court declined to hear legal appeals from five states against same-sex marriage on Monday, legalizing it in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Lower courts had struck down bans on same-sex marriage but their rulings were stayed pending appeal. By declining to hear the appeals, the stays have been lifted. Gay couples in six other states bound by the same rulings (Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming) should be able to get married shortly. Thirty states will now have same-sex marriage. The justices did not comment on their decision and it is not known who voted to deny hearing the cases.

MAJOR FASHION HOUSE HIRES JOHN GALLIANO: John Galliano has landed his first major position at a fashion house after Christian Dior fired him in 2011 for anti-Semitic remarks. Maison Martin Margiela announced on Monday that Galliano had been hired to serve as the Belgian fashion house’s new creative director. “I couldn’t be happier. I always believed in brave, unpredictable choices, and this one is no exception,” said Renzo Rosso, the president of Only the Brave, which owns majority stake in Maison Martin Margiela. It is unclear how well Galliano will fit with Maison Martin Magiela. The fashion house’s founder, Martin Margiela, was notoriously private and never publicly commented on his work outside of official brand statements. Galliano is famous for enjoying fanfare and ending his runway shows with dressed as a toreador accompanied by bodyguards. Galliano’s first show for Maison Martin Margiela is set for January.

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BTK KILLER TO WRITE BOOK ABOUT MURDERS: BTK Serial killer Dennis Rader will help write a book about his murders and make sure that a portion of the profits goes to the victims’ families. “I can never replace their love ones, my deeds too ‘dark’ to understand, the book or movies, etc. is the only way to help them,” he said in a handwritten four-page letter from jail. Rader killed ten people in the Wichita area from 1974 to 1991. He referred to himself as BTK for “blind, torture, kill.” He was sent to the El Dorado state prison in Kansas in 2005. Rader is corresponding with Katherine Ramsland, a forensic psychology professor and author of 54 mostly academic nonfiction books, regarding the project. He said in his letter that “work on a book is close to a deal.” Rader has rarely done media interviews in accord with a court agreement with the victims’ families (he can’t earn money from the book). However, he “hope[s] someday to open up,” he wrote in the letter. “People like me, need to be understood, so the criminal professional field, can better understand, the criminal mind. That would be my way helping debt to society.”

FBI: AMERICANS IN ISIS ALLOWED TO RETURN: FBI Director James Comey said even though the FBI has identified Americans fighting for ISIS, they wouldn’t necessarily be barred from re-entering the country. Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport’s revoked, is entitled to come back,” he told CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday night. “So, someone who’s fought with ISIL, with an American passport wants to come back, we will track them very carefully.” Comey stated that the FBI knows of a dozen or so Americans fighting for ISIS—a re-iteration of the total he gave Thursday. It was significantly lower than the 100 Americans previously identified as fighting for ISIS in Syria. Comey said that the 88 or so included in that first total had been killed, arrested, or had attempted to join extremist groups.

LBN-SEE IT: On “The Good Wife,” there is no success without corruption. Yet, despite everything, Alicia Florrick clings to her self-image as a heroine.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Signs that a woman is not interested in her date include avoiding eye contact, faking a smile or not smiling, leaning away, answering in monosyllables, sagging her shoulders, looking at her watch, tapping her foot, or staring blankly.

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MEXICAN OFFICIALS LINKED TO MASS KILLING: Local security officials are suspected of conspiring with gang members to kill some missing students who are likely among the charred corpses found in a mass grave in southwest Mexico, authorities said. At least 34 bodies had been buried at the site, and Guerrrero state Attorney General Inaky Blanco said two gang hitmen had admitted killing 17 of the 43 missing students with the help of security officials. Blanco said 29 suspects have been identified so far and that 26 have been arrested, including Felipe Flores, the head of security for the city of Iguala, where students had clashed with police. He said local police had been inflitrated by a criminal gang known as the Guerreros Unidos and that Flores had conspired with a gang leader to order the killings.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Talk-show host Kelly Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, had a double date with Neil Patrick Harris, and husband David Burtka at Ristorante Morini on the Upper East Side Saturday night, a few days after Ripa’s 44th birthday.   ***Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen apple picking at the Milk Pail in Water Mill, NY.   ***Nightlife gurus Eric Marx from Gilded Lily, Zac Nichols from Acme and Jason Strauss from Tao at Jeffrey Jah’s table at Space for Victor Calderone late Saturday.   ***Calvin Klein and a friend at the packed 5:30 p.m. screening of “Gone Girl” at Regal Union Square in NYC Saturday.   ***Naomi Campbell celebrating her new campaign with Mert & Marcus at Omar’s in the West Village, where she bumped into Dennis Basso.

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES: One’s sense of smell, more specifically the loss of one’s sense of smell, could be an indicator of impending death. A study finds that older adults whose sense of smell has declined have a greater risk of dying within five years. Of participants with the most severe olfactory dysfunction, 39 percent passed away within five years. By comparison, just 19 percent of those with moderate dysfunction and 10 percent of those with a normal sense of smell died during that same period. This is not to say that the loss of sense of smell is directly causing deaths. Rather, researchers believe, it is a warning sign of declining health.

LBN-R.I.P.: Geoffrey Holder, the dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter who used his manifold talents to infuse the arts with the flavor of his native West Indies and to put a singular stamp on the American cultural scene, not least with his outsize personality, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84.The cause was complications from pneumonia, according to Charles M. Mirotznik, a spokesman for the family.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Even if Republicans take the Senate this year, gaining control of both houses of Congress, they won’t gain much in conventional terms: They’re already able to block legislation, and they still won’t be able to pass anything over the president’s veto. One thing they will be able to do, however, is impose their will on the Congressional Budget Office, heretofore a nonpartisan referee on policy proposals. As a result, we may soon find ourselves in deep voodoo.

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Sunday • October 5, 2014

Poll: Americans worry- can government protect us? : Americans lack confidence in the government’s ability to protect their personal safety and economic security, a sign that their widespread unease about the state of the nation extends far beyond politics, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. With Election Day about a month away, more than half those in the survey said Washington can do little to effectively lessen threats such as climate change, mass shootings, racial tensions, economic uncertainty and an unstable job market.

POLL: AMERICANS WORRY- CAN GOVERNMENT PROTECT US?: Americans lack confidence in the government’s ability to protect their personal safety and economic security, a sign that their widespread unease about the state of the nation extends far beyond politics, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. With Election Day about a month away, more than half those in the survey said Washington can do little to effectively lessen threats such as climate change, mass shootings, racial tensions, economic uncertainty and an unstable job market.

PROTESTERS PULLING BACK FROM HONG KONG OFFICES AFTER HANDSHAKE DEAL: Pro-democracy demonstrators began pulling back from a sit-in outside the offices of Hong Kong’s leader on Sunday night after the government set a Monday morning deadline for the police to ensure access to the complex. The apparent concession — announced with a handshake between a young man at the protest who said the gesture was intended to pave the way for talks with the government and a police official who thanked him — appeared to ease the immediate risk of a confrontation. The police had been ordered to restore access to the building by the start of the workweek, according to two people with detailed knowledge of the official deliberations.

9 COMPANIES ATTACKED BY JPMORGAN HACKERS: The cyberattackers who hit more than 83 million accounts held by JPMorgan Chase also reportedly infiltrated nine other financial institutions, U.S. officials say. While it is not known how deep the hack was into the other firms, made up mainly banks and brokerage firms, it is believed that the hackers were operating from Russia, and have loose connections with officials of the Russian government. The identities of the institutions were not made known.

U.S. IS TRYING TO COUNTER ISIS’ EFFORTS TO LURE ALIENATED YOUNG MUSLIMS: As the United States carries out yet another bombing campaign across two Islamic countries, the Obama administration is redoubling its efforts to stanch the flow of radicalized young Muslim Americans traveling to Syria to join the fight and potentially returning as well-trained militants to carry out attacks here. American law enforcement and intelligence officials say more than 100 Americans have gone to Syria, or tried to so far. That number of Americans seeking to join militants, while still small, was never seen during the two major wars fought in Afghanistan and Iraq after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The threat of homegrown radicals like the Boston Marathon bombers has prompted the F.B.I., the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to try to forge ties with community leaders and police departments as a front line in the war against a sophisticated online propaganda and recruiting effort mounted by the Islamic State. But as administration officials attempt to accelerate their own lobbying campaign, they have found that security rules put in place to defend America from a terror attack have played a role in alienating young Muslim men and women — the exact group being courted by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

UAE TO BIDEN: APOLOGIZE: It appears U.S. cable news hosts aren’t the only ones finding problems with Vice President Joe Biden’s tendency to say things he shouldn’t. The United Arab Emirates said Sunday it now wants “a formal clarification” from Biden over his recent comments that America’s allies in the Middle East sent weapons and cash to extremists in Syria. Biden has already apologized to Turkey, for saying on Thursday that “our biggest problem is our allies” who “poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad — except that the people who were being supplied were (Jabhat) al-Nusra and al-Qaida and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.” Biden specifically named Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE in the question-and-answer session at Harvard University. He said the actions in Syria were a proxy for the Sunni-Shiite war. There has been no official comment from the Saudi government.

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OUSTED HAITIAN DICTATOR ‘BABY DOC’ DIES: 63-year-old Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former “president for life” of Haiti, died on Saturday at his home of a heart attack, according to his attorney. Duvalier’s corrupt and brutal regime began in 1971 when he was only 19, after his father Francois Duvalier died suddenly of an illness. He ruled for 15 years, living in excess with his wife, Michele, even televising their $5 million wedding to the impoverished nation. The New York-based Human Rights Watch estimates that some 30,000 Haitians were killed under the reign of both Duvaliers. In 2011, the younger Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc,” returned to Haiti and spent the rest of his days in the hills above the Haitian capital.

MASS GRAVE FOUND IN MEXICO: A mass grave has been found in the state of Guerrero in Mexico, and it is believed that it may contain the charred remains of some of the more than 40 students missing since clashes with police last week. “A group of investigators and federal public prosecutor specialized agents are on their way to the site. The Mexican state cannot permit such an indignant incident to go unpunished. We want to emphasize that we will put all the forces of the state to shed light on this unfortunate event. Thank you,” said Tomas Zeron, Mexican Federal Chief of Investigations. A total of 22 police officers were arrested last week for a confrontation with student protesters.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***“Today” show co-host Matt Lauer, along with Sag Harbor-based power attorney Edward Burke Jr., sharing a hushed dinner at Arlington Club on the Upper East Side in NYC on Thursday night.   ***R&B singer Ne-Yo partying at Urbo in Times Square in NYC Wednesday night, celebrating the release of the new video for his single “She Knows”.   ***“Person of Interest” star Jim Caviezel dining with his wife Kerri at the River Café in DUMBO in NYC.    ***André 3000 of hip-hop duo OutKast at Virgil’s Real Barbecue.   ***Variety owner Jay Penske celebrating at Capo Restaurant in Santa Monica with a party of associates.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A transplanted heart beats about 100-110 beats per minute (70 beats is about normal). A transplanted heart also doesn’t increase its rate as quickly in response to exercise.

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Tweak TV

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Is Launched (1970)

PBS is an American non-profit, private corporation that provides its members—public television stations—with educational, cultural, and news programs. The network is supported by public funds and private contributions rather than commercials. Its popular programs, produced by its member stations and other independent program producers, have included Sesame Street, Masterpiece Theatre, and Nova

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Jerrie Mock, who as a relatively untested pilot accomplished in 1964 what Amelia Earhart could not — becoming the first woman to fly solo around the world — died on Tuesday at her home in Quincy, Fla., near Tallahassee. She was 88. Her grandson Chris Flocken confirmed her death.   ***Noted criminal defense attorney Peter Leo Knecht died today in Los Angeles after a two-year battle with cancer with his wife Dr. Ava Cadell, the relationship therapist and television personality, at his side. He was 78.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Paul Revere, founder of Paul Revere & The Raiders, passed away yesterday at the age of 76. His death was announced on the band’s official website. He was 76.

LBN – YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH SCOTT PANG, AGENT, ICM
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1.    My mom is a lousy cook?  NO

2.    I hate the smell of nail polish?  YES

3.    I get a flu shot every year?  YES

4.  I wish I were more humble?  YES

5.   I love the color green?  NO

6.  Aging sucks? YES YES

7.   James Taylor is overrated? NO

8.   One of my relatives has been in prison?  NO

9.    President Obama has been a disappointment as a president?  NO

10. I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years?  YES

LBN-COMMENTARY by ERIC L. LEWIS: Who is a person? How do you qualify for basic human rights? What is required for you to be able to speak or worship freely or to be free from torture? Throughout American history, the Supreme Court has considered and reconsidered the criteria for membership in the club of rights, oscillating between a vision limiting rights to preferred groups and another granting rights to all who require protection. These competing visions have led to some strange results.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Repeatedly over the last year and a half, I’ve written about teachers in Catholic schools and leaders in Catholic parishes who were dismissed from their posts because they were in same-sex relationships and — in many cases — had decided to marry. Every time, more than a few readers weighed in to tell me that these people had it coming. If you join a club, they argued, you play by its rules or you suffer the consequences. Oh really?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Did Julia Pierson get pushed off the glass cliff? Writing in The New Republic, Bryce Covert suggests that Pierson’s gender — she was the first woman to run the Secret Service in its 149-year-history — played a role in her demise. “Time and again,” Covert wrote, “women are put in charge only when there’s a mess, and if they can’t engineer a quick cleanup, they’re shoved out the door.” She added: “As with Pierson, women are often put in these positions because rough patches make people think they need to shake things up and try something new — like putting a woman in charge. When it’s smooth sailing, on the other hand, men get to maintain control of the steering wheel. Women are also thought to have qualities associated with cleaning up messes.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Bart: In an epic display of bad timing, this week marks the debut of the Museum of Public Relations, the New York institution where students of the discipline — if you can call it that — can access some 500 books and 100 hours of interviews. It’s hard to remember a moment when the business of PR looked more off balance, its practices more inept. Edward L. Bernays, the smooth, cerebral PR pioneer honored at the museum, would be turning over in his grave if compelled to witness present practitioners.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: What’s the right strategy for dealing with a world increasingly divided between zones of order and disorder? For starters, you’d better understand the forces of disorder, like Boko Haram or the Islamic State. These are gangs of young men who are telling us in every way possible that our rules no longer apply. Reason cannot touch them, because rationalism never drove them. Their barbarism comes from a dark place, where radical Islam gives a sense of community to humiliated, drifting young men, who have never held a job or a girl’s hand. That’s a toxic mix. It’s why Orit Perlov, an Israeli expert on Arab social networks, keeps telling me that since I can’t visit the Islamic State, which is known as ISIS, and interview its leaders, the next best thing would be to see “Batman: The Dark Knight.”

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Saturday • October 4, 2014

HORROR! ISIS ANIMAL BEHEADS BRITISH HOSTAGE ALAN HENNING – PROMISES TO BEHEAD AMERICAN PETER KASSIG:

A short video released by ISIS on Friday shows the apparent beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, with the executioner blaming the death on the United Kingdom for joining the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the group.

Before he is killed, Henning speaks to the camera, referencing the British Parliament’s decision to participate in coalition of more than 40 countries who have banded together to go after the so-called Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria.

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Saturday • October 4, 2014

HENNING FAMILY: UK COULD HAVE DONE MORE: The brother-in-law of Alan Henning, the British aid worker whose death by beheading is shown in a video released Friday by ISIS, says the government of the United Kingdom could have done more for Henning, “when they knew about it, months and months ago.” “I’m just devastated for my sister and two kids for what they’ve gone through, and it’s so hard,” said Colin Livesey. British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the murder as “absolutely unforgivable” and has vowed that the U.K. will do all it can to find those responsible.  Henning, 47, was an aid convoy volunteer who was captured by ISIS in Syria nine months ago and is thought to have been held with 20 other Western hostages. Members of the convoy Henning was helping when he was captured have described armed men surrounding a warehouse where the convoy was delivering medical equipment. Gunmen claimed they were suspicious of Henning because he was not Muslim and separated him from the group. In the video showing his beheading, Henning’s executioner, in a London accent, says, “If you, Cameron, persist in fighting the Islamic State, then you, like your master Obama, will have the blood of your people on your hands.” The jihadists warned that American Peter Kassig, a medic and ex-U.S. Army Ranger who was working in central Syria as of last October, will be killed next.

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HACKERS’ ATTACK CRACKED 10 FINANCIAL FIRMS IN MAJOR ASSAULT: The huge cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase that touched more than 83 million households and businesses was one of the most serious computer intrusions into an American corporation. But it could have been much worse. Questions over who the hackers are and the approach of their attack concern government and industry officials. Also troubling is that about nine other financial institutions — a number that has not been previously reported — were also infiltrated by the same group of overseas hackers, according to people briefed on the matter. The hackers are thought to be operating from Russia and appear to have at least loose connections with officials of the Russian government, the people briefed on the matter said.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Google

1.     The “Google Guys,” Larry Page and Sergey Brin, first met at Stanford University in 1995 when Sergey (21) was assigned to show Larry (22) around the school. Google was first incorporated as a private company on September 4, 1998, and held its initial public offering on August 19, 2004.

2.     According to its website, Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and “make it universally accessible and useful.”

3.     Google uses approximately 20 petabytes of user-generated data every day. (Petabytes are estimated at 10 to the 15th power. So 1 petabyte is approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.) It uses massive amounts of computation to index the Web, process search results, serve up ads, and more.

4.     In August 2004, Google went public with opening shares at $85 per share. Google stated that during its IPO, it hoped to raise as much as $2,718,281,828, which is the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant “e.” It raised $1.67 billion.

5.     In May 2011, over 1 billion unique visitors visited the Google website, up 8.4% from a year earlier. Microsoft came in second with 905 million visitors. Facebook and Yahoo held the third and fourth positions with 714 million and 689 million visitors, respectively.

6.     Facebook users spend the most minutes on the Internet with over 250 billion minutes in May 2011. Microsoft and Google came in second and third with 204 billion and 200 billion minutes, respectively.

7.     In June 2000, Google became the world’s largest search engine.

8.     In June 2006, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added “Google” as a verb.

9.     In Feb 2002, Klingon became one of Google’s 72 language interfaces.

10.  In 2010, Google’s total assets were $57.851 billion dollars.

11.  Google’s employee perks are famous. For example, at one time they offered a $5,000 hybrid car subsidy to encourage cleaner technologies. It was eventually killed to reduce company costs during the economic downturn.

12.  In January 2003, the American Dialect Society voted the word “Google” as the “most useful” Word of the Year for 2002.

13.  An early version of Google at Stanford could analyze 30-50 pages a second. Currently, it’s millions of pages a second.

14.  Creators Page and Brin once considered calling Google the “What Box.” However, Brin recalled that it sounded like “wet box,” which sounded “like some kind of porn.”

15.  The authors of A Billion Wicked Thoughts crunched data from Google, Bing, and Yahoo! and ranked the most popular terms relating to sex. The top 10 terms are the following: 1. youth (13.5%) 2. gay (4.7%) 3. MILFs (4.3%) 4. breasts (4%) 5. cheating wives (3.4%) 6. vaginas (2.8%) 7. penises (2.4%) 8. amateurs 9. mature 10. animation. They also note that heterosexual males enjoy a range of erotica, including sites featuring elderly women and transsexuals. Both gay and straight men favor chests, buttocks, and feet, in that order.

NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA ‘AGREE TO TALKS’: North Korea’s no. 2 leader and other high-ranking officials paid a visit to South Korean officials on Saturday in what amounted to the two countries’ highest-level in-person talks in five years. No major breakthrough seems to have come from the meeting, but both countries agreed to hold another round of talks between the end of October and the beginning of November. The North Korean delegation was led by Hwang Pyong So, the top political officer for the Korean People’s Army. Supreme leader Kim Jong-un, who was not been seen in public since Sept. 4, was nowhere to be seen.

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WHITE HOUSE: WE HAVE EBOLA UNDER CONTROL: During a press conference on Friday, White House officials reassured reporters that Ebola will be prevented from spreading within the United States and that the first Ebola case in the states (Eric Duncan, a Liberian who was diagnosed in Dallas) should not cause excessive concern. “The United States has the most capable doctors in the world, bar none,” Lisa O. Monaco, President Obama’s chief homeland security adviser, said. “The United States is prepared to deal with this crisis, both at home and in the region. Every Ebola outbreak in the past 40 years has been stopped. We know how to do this and we will do it again.” Officials did not, however, announce any new initiatives for dealing with the virus.

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GITMO FORCE-FEEDING VIDEO TO BE UNSEALED: A federal judge on Friday ordered the Obama administration to unseal 28 videotapes of Guantanamo  prisoners being force-fed. Sixteen news organizations sued the government to access the videos. Force -feeding at Gitmo has been likened to torture by lawyers for Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner who went on hunger strike to protest his treatment at the military prison. Hunger strikes peaked last year when 106 of 166 detainees refused to eat, and 45 of them were force-fed.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Kevin Khalili, owner of Coral Tree Café, along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: The first cartoon cat was Felix the Cat in 1919. In 1940, Tom and Jerry starred in the first theatrical cartoon “Puss Gets the Boot.” In 1981, Andrew Lloyd Weber created the musical Cats, based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

GLEN CAMPBELL’S ‘LOST THE WILL TO LIVE’: The “Rhinestone Cowboy” is headed for his last roundup. Music legend Glen Campbell is spending his last days befuddled and confused, barely knowing his own family and friends – and unable to remember the words to some of his own songs. Pals now fear that Glen, 78, who’s been living in a Nashville full-time care facility since March, is living on borrowed time.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Doug Dowie, the former Fleishman-Hillard executive and L.A. Daily News managing editor, is back in business in the LA area with a new public affairs venture. Evolution Communications introduces itself on the web this way: “in a chaotic media environment where disruption is considered an achievement, there is no substitute for experience.” Dowie announced on Facebook this week that the firm is open for business. Dowie went to federal prison in 2011 on charges arising from the overcharging of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for PR work during the James Hahn mayoral administration at City Hall, when Dowie was a power player of sorts.

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Mayo Clinic: Symptom Checker

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Ex-007 Roger Moore startling confession. The former James Bond, 86, can no longer drink his beloved “martinis. Roger’s been diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic, he revealed, and his fave cocktail has been eliminated  – not by the opposition but by his doctor. Moore, who succeeded Sean Connery as Bond in “Live and Let Die” (1973), has to monitor his intake of sugar and alcholol – or else.   ***A dental technician who says Charlie Sheen punched her in the chest during an office visit is suing the actor for assault and battery. Margarita Palestino filed the lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles seeking unspecified damages from the “Anger Management” star. Her lawsuit accuses Sheen of attacking her during a dental appointment on Sept. 25, including punching her in the chest and grabbing her bra.   ***Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is raking in the big bucks. Between June 2013 and June 2014, the action star brought in $52 million while Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio only earned $45 million, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. Johnson, 42, earned around $15 million for his action flicks like “Fast & Furious 6,” “Pain & Gain” and “Hercules,” all of which he starred in last year.

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Friday • October 3, 2014

FMR. DEFENSE SECRETARY BLAMES OBAMA FOR IGNORING HIS ADVICE IN IRAQ:

President Obama’s former defense secretary, Leon Panetta, says if the White House had listened to his advice on U.S. troop levels in Iraq, the country’s security situation may not have unraveled.

“To this day, I believe that a small U.S. troop presence in Iraq could have effectively advised the Iraqi military on how to deal with al-Qaeda’s resurgence and the sectarian violence that has engulfed the country,” Panetta writes in his upcoming autobiography, due out next week.

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Friday • October 3, 2014

UNEMPLOYMENT LOWEST SINCE JULY 2008: The U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs in September, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent. Job growth was higher than projected and it brought the unemployment rate down to its lowest level since July 2008. Growth was seen mostly at grocery stores, factories, and restaurants. It was a significant gain over the 180,000 jobs added in August.

ANOTHER MISTAKE – FAKE POLITICIAN GOT INTO OBAMA EVENT: At the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner in Washington, D.C. last month, an unidentified man posing as a congressman made it into a secure backstage area. In that area, members of Congress were gathering to take pictures with President Obama. A member of the White House staff realized the man was not actually Representative Donald Payne Jr and asked to leave. (The man was not detained.). The incident marks the third security breach in September: Days earlier, a man jumped the White House fence and made it in with a knife and an armed guard was allowed in an Atlanta elevator with Obama.

CYBERATTACK ON JPMORGAN HITS 83M PEOPLE: A cyberattack this summer on JPMorgan Chase compromised the accounts of 76 million households and seven million small businesses, a tally that dwarfs previous estimates by the bank and makes the intrusion among the largest ever. Until just a few weeks ago, JP Morgan had said it believed only one million accounts had been affected. Hackers operating overseas gained access to names, addresses, phone numbers and emails of JPMorgan account holders. The details of the breach were disclosed in a securities filing Thursday and emerge at a time when consumer confidence in the digital operations of corporate America has already been shaken. Target, Home Depot and a number of other retailers have experienced major data breaches. The hit on Target compromised the information of 40 million cardholders and 70 million others. The Home Depot attack affected 56 million cards.

‘REAL HOUSEWIFE’ GETS 15 MONTHS IN JAIL: Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a federal judge on Thursday for her part in a bankruptcy and mortgage fraud scheme. “I fully take responsibility for my actions,” Giudice said in response to the sentence. “I deeply love my family…My four daughters are my life.” Giudice’s attorney has argued for a lenient sentence that would allow the reality star to stay home with her children, though U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas has already refused to grant “downward departure” which would allow probation and possibly home confinement. Giudice’s husband, Joe, was sentenced to 41 months and ordered to pay restitution of $414,588. Salas has agreed to stagger the sentences so that at least one parent will be home with the couple’s children.

LBN-INVESITGATES: Fast Food

1.     Every month, approximately nine out of 10 American children visit a McDonald’s restaurant.

2.     In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2006, the spending rose to nearly $142 billion.

3.     During the early 1900s, the hamburger was thought to be polluted, unsafe to eat, and food for the poor. Street carts, not restaurants, typically served them.

4.     Proportionally, hash browns have more fat and calories than a cheeseburger or Big Mac.

5.     At some fast food chains, both in U.S. and in other countries, managers are rewarded bonuses when they reduce employee wages to save money.

6.     To keep salaries low, McDonald’s and other fast food chains have intentionally engaged in anti-union activities.

7.     Today, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo products are sold in every country in the world, except North Korea.

8.     Late comedian and talk-show host Johnny Carson labeled the hamburger the “McClog the Artery.”

9.     In 2005, Advertisting Age cited Ronald McDonald as the number two top-10 advertising icon of the twentieth century. The Marlboro Man was number one.

10.  The first located printed reference to hamburgers appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1894.e

11.  There are more than 300,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S. alone.

12.  Due to anti-German sentiment during WWI, an alternative name for a hamburger (which was derived from the Hamburg steak sandwiches eaten on immigrant ships between Hamburg, Germany, and America in the 1800s) was “salisbury steak.” It was named after Dr. Salisbury who prescribed ground beef for patients suffering from anemia, asthma, and other illnesses.

13.  The popularization of the automobile resulted in “flashier” fast food restaurant architecture to catch the attention of drivers. This lasted until the 1970s when communities began to complain about the exaggerated buildings.

14.  A&W Root Beer is named after Roy Allen and Frank Wright, the founders of the company. Allen bought the recipe from a pharmacist who had perfected it for making root beer. A&W was one of the first fast food franchises.

15.  Television greatly expanded the ability of advertisers to reach children and try to develop brand loyalty early in life. Today the average American child sees more than 10,000 food advertisements each year on television.

LENA DUNHAM TO STUMP FOR PRO-CHOICE DEMS: Lena Dunham will be using the tour for her new book Not That Kind of Girl to promote candidates endorsed by EMILY’s List, a group supporting pro-choice female Democratic candidates. Dunham was reportedly reached out to EMILY’s List and wanted to use her tour for get-out-the-vote efforts in the upcoming election. The group gave Dunham the names and details of the candidates she will discuss while on tour. In 2012, Dunham was featured in an ad for the Obama campaign.

PIT BULL OWNER FACES LIFE IN PRISON: Prosecutors in Los Angeles County are seeing 24 years to life for pit bull owner Alex Donald Jackson because his dogs mauled a woman to death. The woman, Pamela Devitt, was out for a morning walk when four of his dogs jumped a fence and attacked her. The dogs were used by Jackson to guard his marijuana-growing operation, and police argue he knew they were dangerous.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Shlomo Lahat, who as mayor of Tel Aviv for almost two decades presided over the city’s transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, died there on Wednesday. He was 86. The cause was a lung infection, Israeli newspapers said. Mr. Lahat had been treated for Alzheimer’s disease for several years, his son Dan told Israel’s Channel 10.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: During the 20th century, political thinkers were defined less by their attachment to political parties and more by their attachment to magazines. Arthur Schlesinger was associated with The New Republic. Lionel Trilling was associated with the Partisan Review. Each magazine had its own personality, its own community of writers and readers and defined its own spot on the intellectual landscape. Today, the Internet has made magazine communities less cohesive. Most of those magazines still exist, but people surf through them fluidly and click on individual articles. Writers are identified more as individuals and less as members of a circle.

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Thursday • October 2, 2014

SHOCK – 1 IN 12 AMERICANS USE ILLEGAL DRUGS, COULD FILL ALL MLB STADIUMS 19 TIMES:


America is doped up — and drunk.

According to a shocking new report from the Health and Human Services Department, there were 24.6 million people aged 12 or older who used illicit drugs during just one month last year.

“That’s enough people to fill every major league baseball stadium in the U.S. 19 times,” said the report. There are 30 MLB stadiums.

Even worse: Of the 24.6 million dopers, 2.2 million were adolescents aged 12 to 17.

And it doesn’t end there. The report added that in 2013, 60.1 million individuals aged 12 or older had a binge drinking episode, including 1.6 million adolescents.

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Thursday • October 2, 2014

CHINESE GOVERNMENT THREATENS ‘CHAOS’: Police spokesman Steve Hui warned demonstrators there would be serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters either charged or surrounded official buildings, declaring such actions illegal. At the same time, the Chinese government in Beijing has stepped up its rhetoric, claiming that, “Handling affairs without following laws, Hong Kong society will be in chaos.” It has also suspended tour group visits from mainland China to Hong Kong, and issued a front-page declaration in its paper that it “fully trusts Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying and is very satisfied with his work.”

 

THE DEATH OF ART – NETFLIX SIGNS ADAM SANDLER TO FOUR-MOVIE DEAL: Netflix has signed Adam Sandler to star in and produce four movies to be available exclusively on the Internet video-streaming company worldwide. The deal comes days after Netflix shook up the Hollywood moviemaking culture by announcing an agreement with The Weinstein Company to produce a sequel to the 2000 martial-arts hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to premiere on Netflix and also in IMAX theaters. The first movie under the agreement with Sandler could arrive as soon as 2015. Netflix will work with Sandler’s Happy Madison production company to develop the four films—presumably comedies. The deal does not affect Sandler’s current studio film commitments. The Saturday Night Live alum’s films have grossed $3.9 billion worldwide.

 

CRUDE OIL PRICES CONTINUE DECLINE, DROPPING TO LOWEST LEVELS SINCE 2012: Crude oil prices accelerated their decline on Thursday, with the main international benchmark falling about 2 percent and the American equivalent dropping below $90 a barrel. Now at their lowest levels since 2012, crude prices have been under pressure in recent months. The increase in global demand for oil this year is turning out to be slower because of weaker-than-anticipated growth in China and Europe, while oil supplies remain strong, leading to growing inventories.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Urine

1.     The word “urine” is from the Latin urina, which is from the variant of the Proto-Indo-European root *awer, meaning “to moisten, flow.”

2.     Some women in ancient Rome drank turpentine (which can be poisonous) because it made their urine smell like roses.

3.     In ancient Egypt and Ireland, women stood to urinate. It was the men who sat or squatted.

4.     In many Muslim countries, both men and women sit or squat to pee. They think standing up to urinate is something dogs, not humans, do.

5.     In ancient China, both men and women stood up to urinate. Chinese noblemen would urinate into hollow canes so the urine would flow far way from their bodies.

6.     Approximately 200 years ago, European women urinated standing up. They wore long dresses and no underpants.

7.     Each year in Canada, about 225 men fall overboard and drown as a consequence of standing up in a boat to urinate overboard.

8.     Ancient Roman spies used urine as invisible ink to write secrets between the lines of their official documents, hence the saying: “read between the lines.” The messages appeared only when heated.

9.     The word “piss” is an onomatopoetic term for urine and has been used since before the 14th century.

10.  American pioneers treated earaches by pouring warm urine in their ears and then plugging them with cloth.

11.  It would take a dozen mice one entire day to fill a tablespoon with urine.

12.  A horse such as a Clydesdale can urinate more than 4.5 gallons per day.

13.  An elephant can urinate more than 13 gallons per day. It’s easier to measure this on a male elephant, as female elephants often poop and urinate at the same time.

14.  A fin whale’s bladder can hold 5½ gallons of urine.

15.  Tortoises in the Mojave Desert store up to 1/3 of their body weight in urine. When they need water, the water in their urine flows back into their bodies while the waste remains and expels.

 

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HEAD INJURY KILLS TEEN FOOTBALL PLAYER: Shoreham-Wading River High School junior Tom Cutinella died Wednesday night in New York after collapsing during a game following a hit from an opponent. Cutinella suffered a head injury during the hit. He underwent surgery at Huntington Hospital but did not survive. A statement was issued by the school system’s superintendent, stating, “Tom played football for the district since he entered the high school in ninth grade, becoming a member of the varsity team this year. In addition, Tom played lacrosse and was a member of the Natural Helpers program, which focuses on peers helping peers. He excelled academically, had a great sense of humor, and was just a great individual overall. He was well-liked among students and staff and he will truly be missed.”

 

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LBN-R.I.P.: Wally Hergesheimer, the N.Y. Rangers’ leading goal-scorer of the early 1950s and one of their most popular hockey players of his time, died on Saturday in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was 87. The cause was congestive heart failure, his son David said.

 

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Mohandas Gandhi (1869)

Gandhi is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century for his role in securing India’s independence from British rule through non-violent civil disobedience, a method that has since inspired notable civil rights leaders around the globe. The victory was bittersweet for Gandhi, who had championed Hindu-Muslim unity, as independence came with a plan to carve out a separate Muslim state—Pakistan. In 1948, he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic

 

LBN-NOTICED: Famed film director Mark Rydell and his long-time attorney Stan Coleman having drinks with media expert and author Michael Levine at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

 
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Minister Louis Farrakhan: The U.S. government is killing people by toxic food, water, air and medicine. Turn on your TV and just stop a moment and count the number of food and pill commercials. The pharmaceutical companies are marketing death by making medicines to make us sick, so as to make more money out of treating our illnesses before we die. Well, they’re going to kill you anyway, but they’re going to get rich in the process of killing you with your pains. Then, the U.S. government creates mass hysteria: “Oh my God, the terrorists are coming! We’d better kill them over there before we have to fight them over here. The terrorists are coming!”—and you are sitting there in your house terrified because the TV is just herding you like sheep.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: As we fight the Islamic State and other extremists, there’s something that President Obama and all of us can learn from them. For, in one sense, the terrorists are fighting smarter than we are. These extremists use arms to fight their battles in the short term, but, to hold ground in the long run, they also combat Western education and women’s empowerment. They know that illiteracy, ignorance and oppression of women create the petri dish in which extremism can flourish.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Skipping meat for one day a week can reduce your annual carbon footprint by as much as not driving your car for a whole month.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Breakfast last week in New York with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was a cordial affair, bereft of the fireworks of his predecessor, whose antics made headlines and not much more. Rouhani, flanked by his twinkly-eyed foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was composed, lucid and, on the whole, conciliatory. He said a nuclear accord was doable by the deadline of Nov. 24 “if there is good will and seriousness.” He revealed that he had spoken last year with President Obama about “a number” of possible areas of collaboration in the event of an accord. He did not underplay the difficulties, or the implacability of a deal’s opponents in Iran and the United States, but suggested the “short-lived dustbowl” thrown up by any resolution would dissipate as win-win awareness grew. He even alluded to the aroma of roses. It was a polished performance full of the subtleties intrinsic to the Iranian mind. The question, as always with Iran, is what precisely it meant.

 

THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND (By Ray Richmond): ***“Can’t believe it’s already October. Pretty soon, it’ll be November, and so on…   ***Cops who don’t practice random abuse and brutality should step up and condemn those who do…   ***I’m grateful today that the Secret Service isn’t in charge of airport security…   ***The day is coming when Amazon will control all domestic commerce…   ***Dogs bark too much…   ***No guy calls the doctor if he has a four-hour erection…   ***The only time people eat Chinese food straight out of the box is on TV or in the movies…   ***I was ready to take on the world – then I got distracted by something shiny…   ***Razor blades are way too expensive…   ***If you don’t like it, vote!”    ***Tell Ray what you think. E-mail him directly: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ray Richmond” in the subject line.

 

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Wednesday • October 1, 2014

LBN READERS GET THE STORY – FAST! FAST! FAST! A security contractor with a gun and three convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to the CDC in Atlanta. All half a million LBN E-Lert readers got the story BEFORE…..CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post.

SECURTIY LAPSES CREATE BIG P.R. PROBLEM FOR WHITE HOUSE NOTES MEDIA EXPERT: Democrats say Republicans could use the intense focus on security lapses at the White House to further undercut confidence in the Obama administration, and media expert and author Michael Levine agrees. “These outrageous security lapses create terrible optic problems for the President and the administration, a feeling like no one is in charge and one is accountable” said Levine. “Even supporters of the President are shaking their head in disbelief” continued Levine.

WORLD LOST HALF ITS WILDLIFE IN LAST 40 YEARS: The world has lost half of its species of wildlife in just the last 40 years, a new report from the London Zoological Society says. The society’s Living Planet Index says populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have declined by an average of 52 percent. Worse still, populations of freshwater species have fallen by 75 percent, according to the report. The index tracked more than 10,000 vertebrate species populations from 1970 to 2010. The conclusions suggest wildlife is continuing to be driven out by human activity. The index catalogues areas of severe impact, noting, for example, that in Ghana the lion population in one reserve is down 90 percent in 40 years. And globally, habitat loss and hunting have reduced tigers from 100,000 a century ago to just 3,000.

TALIBAN STAGE ATTACKS ON DAY AFTER AFGHANISTAN AND U.S. SIGN SECURITY DEAL: Two suicide attacks targeting military transport vehicles here on Wednesday killed seven Afghan soldiers and wounded nearly 20 others, officials said, one of the deadlier strikes on security forces in the capital since the summer fighting season began. The attacks came a day after the government signed a crucial security deal with the United States that paves the way for the long-term presence of American troops, a pact the Taliban vehemently opposed. The group quickly issued a statement claiming responsibility for the assaults.

ISIS SELLS IRAQ TREASURE ON BLACK MARKET: While speaking at a conference in Paris, French ambassador to UNESCO Philippe Lalliot warned that Iraq’s artifacts are in “great danger” because ISIS is selling the ancient pieces on the black market. “When tens of thousands of people are dying, should we be worried about cultural cleansing? Yes, because heritage unites and culture provides dialogue that fanatical groups want to destroy,” Lalliot said. According to the head of the Baghdad Museum, mafia-like gangs are working in coordination with ISIS. The most heavily looted site has been the 9th-century B.C. grand palace at Kalhu of the Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II. Tablets from there have been found in European cities, often cut up.

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EBOLA IS DIAGNOSED IN TEXAS, FIRST CASE FOUND IN THE U.S.: A man who took a commercial flight from Liberia that landed in Dallas on Sept. 20 has been found to have the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. He is the first traveler to have brought the virus to the United States on a passenger plane and the first in whom Ebola has been diagnosed outside of Africa in the current outbreak. As the disease has swept across West Africa, many health experts said it would be only a matter of time before it reached the United States. Hospitals and health departments around the country have been preparing for it, and a number of false alarms have occurred. But this time, the case is real.

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INTRUDER CLUBBED 1,000 CHICKENS TO DEATH: Central Valley, California law enforcement officials are on the hunt for at least one intruder involved in clubbing to death nearly 1,000 chickens at a Foster Farms plant last month. Police believe there to be more than one person involved. In a statement, Foster Farms called the murder an “unconscionable act of animal cruelty. This appears to be a random act of violence. It is the express policy of Foster Farms to treat its birds humanely and with compassion. Any intentional act to the contrary is unacceptable.”

REWRITING HISTORY: Former President Jimmy Carter claimed Wednesday that he would have been re-elected and beaten Ronald Reagan in 1980 if had been more “manly” in his dealings with Iran. Interviewed by the show “CNBC Meets,” Carter repeated his belief that the failed mission to free American hostages held in Tehran killed his chances, but then added that had he gone to war, America would have rewarded him with a second term in 1980.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The New York Times plans to eliminate about 100 newsroom jobs, as well as a smaller number of positions from its editorial and business operations, offering buyouts and resorting to layoffs if enough people do not leave voluntarily, the newspaper announced on Wednesday. Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper’s publisher, and Mark Thompson, its chief executive, said that in addition to the job cuts, NYT Opinion, a new mobile app dedicated to opinion content, was shutting down because it was not attracting enough subscribers.

ROYALS WIN WILD CARD GAME: Finally, after two comebacks, the Kansas City Royals put down the Oakland Athletics in the 12th inning on Monday night in the American League wild-card game. The win puts the Royals back in the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, when the team won the 1985 World Series. The game’s hero was Salvador Perez, who drove home the winning run with a single with two outs in the 12th inning for a final score of 9-8.

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AC/DC GUITARIST HAS DEMENTIA: The family of Malcolm Young, the founding guitarist of AC/DC, has confirmed he is battling dementia. “Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy,” the family said in a statement. Last week, when the band announced a new record, it confirmed that 61-year-old Young would not be in the lineup. The band famously lost lead its original lead singer, Bon Scott, in 1980.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY: wikiHow: How To Do Anything

“wikiHow is a collaborative effort to create the world’s most helpful how-to guides. Like Wikipedia, wikiHow is a wiki, in that anyone can write or edit a page on the site. Thousands of people from all over the world have collaboratively written 180,091 how-to articles. Over 40 million people a month read wikiHow according to Google Analytics and Quantcast ranks us as the 150th most popular website.”

LBN-R.I.P.: William Lopez, who was convicted of murder in Brooklyn and imprisoned for 23 years before being exonerated last year, died on Sept. 20 in the Bronx. He was 55.He had suffered an asthma attack and died at Jacobi Medical Center, his wife, Alice Lopez, said. He lived in the Bronx.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Honeymooners Premiers on CBS (1955)

The Honeymooners was a short-lived American sitcom based on sketches by comedian Jackie Gleason. It starred Gleason and Audrey Meadows as a struggling working class couple in New York—a drastic departure from other popular comedies of the era that depicted their characters in comfortable, middle-class, suburban environments. Though The Honeymooners was cancelled after just 39 episodes, it has been aired for decades in syndication

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I’ve been arguing for a while now that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is to the wider East-West clash of civilizations what Off Broadway is to Broadway. It’s where you can see many trends at a smaller scale first. That is why I study it closely. Whether it is airline-hijacking, suicide-bombing or trying to do nation-building with the other — Israelis called it “Lebanon invasion” and “Oslo”; we called it “Iraq” and “Afghanistan” — what happens there often moves to the larger stage. So, as I have asked before: What’s playing Off Broadway now? It’s a play called “Containment.” When faced with a barrage of rockets from the Hamas militants in Gaza, Israel largely retaliated with artillery and air power. These inflicted enough pain on Hamas and the Gaza civilian population that Hamas eventually agreed to a cease-fire — but not to surrender.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: My mother used to leave the front door unlocked. She used to leave the side and back doors unlocked, too. This was mostly a function of sloppiness — she had four kids, three pets and a whole lot else on her mind — but when pressed about it, she reasoned that anyone bent on intrusion would find a way and that it was all a matter of chance in the end. She missed her calling as the director of the Secret Service.

LBN-COMMENTARY by RONALD PIANA: Imagine watching a loved one moaning in pain, curled into a fetal ball, pleading for relief. Then imagine that his or her pain could be relieved by an inexpensive drug, but the drug was unavailable. Each day, about six million terminal cancer patients around the world suffer that fate because they do not have access to morphine, the gold standard of cancer pain control. The World Health Organization has stated that access to pain treatment, including morphine, is an essential human right.

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LBN-ETC: Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to driving a car. Sure, there will be times when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but you’ll always get out of the rut with genuine perseverance. Without it, you won’t even be able to start your engine. The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, though the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination. To learn more about how to overcome obstables to success, sign up for the Free “excel” report: www.TheExcelReport.com .

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Tuesday • September 30, 2014

MORE KEYSTONE KOPS! ARMED CONTRACTOR WITH CRIMINAL RECORD WAS ALLOWED ON ELEVATOR WITH OBAMA:


A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people with familiarity of the incident. The incident occurred as Obama appeared at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.

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Tuesday • September 30, 2014

YIKES! ONE-FIFTH OF U.S. WORKERS WERE LAID OFF IN PAST FIVE YEARS, STUDY SAYS:


One in five U.S. workers was laid off in the past five years and about 22% of those who lost their jobs still haven’t found another one, according to a new survey that showed the extent Americans have struggled in the sluggish labor market since the Great Recession ended.

Those who did find work had a difficult time with their job search and the effects of unemployment, the survey by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University found.

Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position.

Almost half — 46% – of the estimated 30 million layoff victims who found new jobs said they paid less then their old ones, according to the survey of 1,153 U.S adults done over the summer.

LBN-ETC: Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to driving a car. Sure, there will be times when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but you’ll always get out of the rut with genuine perseverance. Without it, you won’t even be able to start your engine. The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, though the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination. To learn more about how to overcome obstables to success, sign up for the Free “excel” report: www.TheExcelReport.com .

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Tuesday • September 30, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014. The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second. The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

MEDIA REPORTS: Maryland Transportation Authority says Olympic star was pulled over for excessive speed and failed a series of field sobriety tests. This is Phelps’ second DUI-related arrest.

SECRET SERVICE CHIEF FACES LAWMAKERS OVER WHITE HOUSE BREACH: Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, on Tuesday took full responsibility for an intruder who breached Secret Service security around the White House 11 days ago and evaded capture as he ran around the first floor of the mansion. “What happened is unacceptable and it will never happen again,” Ms. Pierson told members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. She said that she has initiated a comprehensive review of the incident and protective measures.

CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSING HEAT WAVES: A study of 22 peer-reviewed analyses on 2013’s extreme weather and climate events argues that manmade global warming has caused a tenfold increase in the risk for long-lasting and severe heat waves. The analyses looked at 16 severe events in 2013, including the California drought and the Australian heat wave. A total of nine of the 16 events were tied to manmade climate change.

HONG KONG EXEC: ‘STOP THIS’ IMMEDIATELY: Hong Kong protesters aren’t showing any signs of stopping, despite a call from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to “stop this campaign immediately.” Leung slammed the protests and denied any concessions to demonstrators. “The central government will not change its mind as a result of such tactics,” he said. However, the thousands of students, trade unionists, social workers, and even some business executives are undeterred. “We don’t see the need to stop the movement,” said protest organizer Chin Kin-Man. “Stopping it is in the hands of the government; it’s up to the government to listen to the people.” The mass pro-democracy protests have raised fears in Beijing that the unrest could spread to the mainland, but there are also fears China could resort to marital law.

10K U.S. TROOPS TO STAY IN AFGHANISTAN: The U.S. and Afghanistan agreed to a security deal to allow 10,000 American troops to remain stationed in Afghanistan when the international combat mission ends on December 31. The two countries signed the accord in Kabul on Tuesday, days after Afghanistan officially inaugurated Ashraf Ghani as its new president. His predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had refused to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement following strained negotiations with the U.S. The pact establishes a U.S. presence in Afghanistan and a system for training Afghan soldiers, so that “terrorists can never use Afghanistan to launch attacks against the U.S. or its allies,” said Obama administration adviser John Podesta

CALIF. COLLEGES GET GENDERLESS BATHROOMS: The University of California school system will start installing gender-neutral bathrooms in facilities at different campuses to make the schools more comfortable for transgender students. A few campuses already have gender-neutral dorms that allow students to live together, but now all single stall bathrooms in any UC facility will be available for a user of any gender. The UC schools will also allow students to be recognized in campus records by a name of their choosing, which will help students who no longer go by the name associated with their gender at birth. UC President Janet Napolitano said the change was recommended by an advisory council of student, faculty, employees, and alumni on LGBT issues. “UC should be the gold standard where these issues are concerned,” said Napolitano in a statement. Earlier this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill making affirmative “yes means yes” consent the standard for sexual assault cases on California campuses.

AUSTRALIAN CHARGED WITH FUNDING ISIS: An Australian man has been charged with making funds available to terrorist organizations, including ISIS and an al Qaeda affiliate. Hassan El Sabsabi, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Melbourne for funneling $12,000 to a U.S. citizen fighting in Syria, according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Sabsabi is charged with six counts of intentionally making funds available to the terrorist organizations, including ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front. The arrest was the “culmination of an eight-month investigation” following a tip from the FBI, said AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan. Federal and state police raided more than 100 properties. When Sabsabi was briefly brought to court, investigators said they had intercepted hundreds of phone calls and more than 25,000 pages of material on him. Sabsabi did not enter a plea or ask for bail. Gaughan said police acted because there was concern Sabsabi would make another transaction in the immediate future. He added that this marked the first time Australian police were aware “someone has sponsored someone to go and fight.” Australia’s terror alert was raised to high this month.

NEW VIAGRA ADS WITH WOMEN TO HIT TV NOTES MEDIA EXPERT: In an attempt to render impotent the stiff competition from other erectile-dysfunction medicines, Viagra, whose ads typically show middle-age men doing things such as construction work and deep-sea fishing, is launching a new, cuddlier series of commercials fronted by women according to media expert and author Michael Levine. The new 60-second ads will feature a middle-age woman speaking to men affected by erectile dysfunction. “So guys, it’s just you and your honey. The setting is perfect. But then erectile dysfunction happens again,” she says in the commercial, which is slated to run during CSI, Blue Bloods, and 48 Hours. Pfizer marketing chief Vic Clavelli said the female-focused ads are more direct, as opposed to the old ones “built around very subtle innuendo.” The new ads reflect the pharmaceutical giant’s fears that Viagra isn’t holding up. Sales fell 8 percent last year, and it will get a generic competition in the U.S. in three years. “This new approach to marketing is a way to try and expand the market beyond the tradition customer base,” said Levine.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Gwyneth Paltrow and soon-to-be ex-husband, Chris Martin are proving that you can be friends with your ex. The Coldplay frontman, 37, attended Paltrow’s 42nd birthday festivities at her home in Brentwood, California on Saturday. Other guests included Kate Hudson, Tobey Maguire, Nicole Richie and Maya Rudolph. ***Robert Kotler, MD, lunching with Dr. Robert Lubar, prominent Chicago oral and maxillo-facial surgeon at Langer’s Deli in L.A.

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WALMART BLAMES TRACY MORGAN FOR INJURIES: According to Walmart, Tracy Morgan should blame himself for his serious injuries after a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to the retail giant during federal court proceedings on Monday, the injuries “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.” Morgan, along with several others, is suing Walmart for negligence in the accident that killed comedian James McNair and injured two others.

JANE FONDA SUICIDE TRAGEDY: MY MOTHER WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED: Jane Fonda’s startling public confession that her mother, who committed suicide at age 42, hid a dark secret. Fonda told a stunned an audience of activists and philanthropists celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center that her mother had been sexually abused as a child. The “Cat Ballou” star said that while writing her memoirs, Jane had reviewed her mother’s medical records.  To her horror, she learned her mom, Frances Ford Seymour, had been sexually abused when she was 8 years old.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Ebay said on Tuesday that it would spin off its PayPal payments unit into a separate publicly traded company, taking a step the activist hedge fund magnate Carl C. Icahn first demanded nine months ago. The move will cleave eBay almost in half, separating it from the payments processor it acquired 12 years ago and built into a giant that generates almost half of the company’s revenue.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Children who take a lot of antibiotics before age 2 are slightly more likely than others to become obese, according to a new study. The paper is the latest in a growing field of research examining the effects of modern life on the trillions of beneficial bacteria living in and on the human body.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Autism

1.     Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), a Swiss psychiatrist, first termed “autism” but applied it to adult schizophrenia. In 1943, the term was redefined by Leo Kanner (1894-1981) who dissociated autism from schizophrenia to create the modern understanding of the disorder.

2.     Autism affects one in every 150 children born in the United States.

3.     If one identical twin is diagnosed with autism, the other twin has about 90% chance of develop an autistic disorder.

4.     Mutations on chromosome 16 have been tied to autism. The glitch is in a DNA region that contains “morpheus” genes, or genes which historically have changed very rapidly as humans evolved. In other words, the same method that helped evolve human intelligence may contribute to autism.

5.     There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism. Diagnosis relies on behavioral observation and screening.

6.     “Naughty Auties” is a virtual resource center for those with autism.

7.     Environmental factors that could trigger predisposed genes to mutate and cause autism are vast and could include certain drugs, chemicals, heavy metal exposure, antibiotics, extensive television viewing, flame retardant, or infections during pregnancy.

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

9.     Across a mere 10-year period—1993-2003—statistics from the U.S. Department of Education revealed a 657% increase in the nationwide rate of autism. Researchers debate whether autism rates are increasing or if broadening definitions of autism allow more people to be diagnosed.

10.  Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.

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NETFLIX INKS DEAL FOR FIRST FEATURE FILM: Netflix, already known for shaking up the traditional entertainment structure by producing TV series such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, is jumping directly into the feature-film production business. Netflix has contracted with The Weinstein Company to release the Internet streaming-media company’s first major feature film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, a sequel of sorts to director Ang Lee’s celebrated 2000 martial-arts epic, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film will be released on August 28, 2015, and will premiere on Netflix and also will be shown in IMAX theaters around the world. Neither Ang Lee nor Chinese superstar actor Chow Yun-fat will return for the project, but actress Michelle Yeoh is back in the cast. She will be joined by martial arts star Donnie Yen, and the director will be Yuen Wo-ping. This year, Netflix’s programming garnered a record 31 Emmy nominations.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Shock rocker Alice Cooper plays it straight and reverent with his take on the Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby,” one of dozens of cover songs that appear on the forthcoming compilation The Art of McCartney. In the song’s video, the “Welcome to My Nightmare” singer cuddles up to a mic in front of a red floral tapestry, emoting the song’s gloomy lyrics in a way that could serve as commentary about his own Alice Cooper character – or at least that’s what the sad pic of Alice in full makeup at the end seems to suggest.

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“Find homes for sale, rentals, home values, mortgages, and more. Real estate info for practically every home in the U.S.”

LBN-R.I.P.: Sheldon Patinkin, a writer, director and teacher who helped shape the theatrical life of Chicago over half a century, died there on Sept. 21. He was 79. He had suffered a heart attack three days earlier, his brother, Norman, said in confirming the death.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The National Football League said Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs was mistakenly penalized when he knelt to pray after scoring a touchdown. In the fourth quarter of a game on Monday night, Abdullah, a safety with the Chiefs who is Muslim, intercepted a pass by Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and returned it for a touchdown. After he entered the end zone, he slid on his knees and bowed forward with his head touching the turf. He was given a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Holder’s Justice Department has been notoriously laggard in prosecuting crimes that stemmed from the financial crisis, and much of what it has done amounts to an exercise in public relations. Take, for instance, those guilty pleas extracted from Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas. Last March, Holder said that he feared that prosecuting large financial institutions could hurt the economy. This became known as his “too big to jail” remark — which he quickly disavowed. No wonder he was eager to have some firms plead guilty! Yet, as Peter Henning notes in a New York Times DealBook article, the Justice Department made sure those guilty pleas didn’t inflict too much pain. In the case of BNP Paribas, prosecutors secured agreements from state banking regulators that they wouldn’t pull the bank’s license to do business.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A new baby battle is threatening to force LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian into a messy $50 million divorce. A source said the couple had “a giant meltdown” behind the scenes of their reality show after the 32-year-old singer visited her doctor to check on her chances of conceiving. The visit was filmed for VH1’s “LeAnn & Eddie,” and when LeAnn revealed the possibility she might not be able to get pregnant, Eddie, 41, joked that she should take a dance class or find something else to take her mind off of things. “Don’t be an ass,” she replied.   ***A statue of Ed Sullivan was taken from its pedestal at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood on Sunday. The solid bronze statue, which weighs about 20 pounds and stands 18 inches tall, was being displayed in an outdoor exhibit, along with several other TV personalities and pioneers who have been inducted into the Academy’s Hall of Fame.   ***NBC‘s Josh Elliott is off the market — the venerable bachelor and former “GMA” host is engaged to beautiful WABC anchor Liz Cho, sources confirmed.   ***Amanda Bynes is back to her old ways, getting arrested for driving under the influence on Sunday. The 28-year-old former child star was taken into custody by the California Highway Patrol at 3 a.m. Sunday. Bynes was booked on a misdemeanor DUI charge when police “determined she was under the influence of a controlled substance.”   ***It took months of planning and an estimated $13 million for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin‘s star-studded, three-day Italian wedding — but it only took 10 minutes for the newlyweds to make it legal.

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LBN-ETC: Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to driving a car. Sure, there will be times when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but you’ll always get out of the rut with genuine perseverance. Without it, you won’t even be able to start your engine. The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, though the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination. To learn more about how to overcome obstables to success, sign up for the Free “excel” report: www.TheExcelReport.com .

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U.S. TROOPS TO STAY IN AFGHANISTAN: A senior advisor to President Obama said Afghanistan’s newly-sworn in president will sign a deal to allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan. John Podesta said Monday in Kabul that President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would sign an agreement on Tuesday to allow U.S. troops to stay after the official international combat mission ends on December 31. Approximately 10,000 U.S. troops would be permitted to remain in Afghanistan. Ghani’s predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had distanced himself from the U.S. and resisted having American troops stationed there.

DEREK JETER GETS RBI IN FINAL AT-BAT: Derek Jeter capped off his 20-season career in baseball Sunday with an RBI single. The captain of the New York Yankees finished at Boston’s Fenway Park. The hit marked number 3,465, and it sealed his career batting average at .310. Despite the historic rivalry, the Red Sox honored Jeter with a pre-game ceremony that including Aretha Franklin performing her classic “Respect.” Jeter led the Yankees to five World Series championships over his two decades with the team. “It is what we’ve known. He’s been the Yankees shortstop,” said Joe Girardi, the Yankees manager and former teammate of Jeter. “It is hard to believe it is coming to an end.”

IRAQ ARMY WOOS DESERTERS BACK TO WAR ON ISIS: The Iraqi military command has begun a campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who abandoned their units, a crucial step in its effort to rebuild an army that has been routed in battle after battle by Islamic State jihadists. Even as the government has continued to equip volunteers, the de facto amnesty for deserters is an acknowledgment that the army desperately needs experienced soldiers — even ones who ran — for a force that is sustaining heavy losses despite the American-led airstrike campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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U.S. PEDIATRICIANS PUSH IUDS FOR TEENS: The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging sexually active teenage girls to use IUDs or hormonal implants. Condoms are the most common form of birth control among teenagers, but they are often the least effective of contraception options. Teenagers have to remember to regularly use condoms or take contraceptive pills, as opposed to an IUD or a hormonal implant, which is nearly 100 percent effective for three to 10 years once it is inserted. Although it usually costs hundreds of dollars to get an IUD because it needs to be inserted via a formal medical procedure, it is less expensive in the long run than over-the-counter condoms or prescription birth-control pills, said Dr. Mary Ott, an adolescent medicine specialist and associate pediatrics professor who was the lead author on the updated policy. Teens were still urged to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections. “All methods of hormonal birth control are safer than pregnancy,” said Ott. The updated policy was published Monday in Pediatrics.

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ASHRAF GHANI SWORN IN AS AFGHAN PRESIDENT: Ashraf Ghani, the former World Bank technocrat and prominent intellectual, on Monday became the first modern leader of Afghanistan to take office in a peaceful transfer of power.His inauguration as president came under a dark cloud, however, dogged by fraud allegations that were so serious he was forced to accept a power-sharing arrangement with his opponent, the official runner-up, Abdullah Abdullah. Even that deal nearly collapsed at the last minute, as Mr. Abdullah threatened to pull out of the inauguration ceremony over a series of disputes, including an unseemly fight over office space in the presidential palace.

LBN-SEE IT:… The G.O.P. has treated Ron Paul as a kook; his son Rand understands which of his views to emphasize and which to downplay.


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***For most of its existence, the New Yorker magazine specialized in covers that were calmly reflective and artistic, but they have turned timely, political and poignant.


DOLLY HUBBY FED-UP: Dolly Parton spent her recent wedding anniversary on stage, and sources say hubby Carl Dean is “fed up!”The incident came after Carl learned the star planned a “commitment ceremony” with rumored lesbian love Judy Ogle. According to an insider, Carl thinks “enough is enough,” and pals are urging him to take Dolly – worth an estimated $450 million – “to the cleaners.” “It could be one of the dirtiest divorces in Nashville history! Carl knows about the plastic surgery, the fights – and what the truth is about Dolly and Judy,” a source said.

LBN-INVESITGATES: 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.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Quincy Jones surprising long time friends the Heath Brothers at their sound check at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC on Thursday.   ***Bill Cunningham and drag icon Joey Arias at an Indochine farewell dinner for Patrick McDonald, who’s moving to Palm Springs.   ***Nick Offerman backstage at “It’s Only a Play” to surprise his wife Megan Mullally on their anniversary.    ***Steven Spielberg filming his latest movie with Tom Hanks on Love Lane in Brooklyn.   ***Dita Von Teese seeing jazz musician Brian Newman play the Rose Bar in NYC.   ***Steven Spielberg dining with wife Kate Capshaw at BLT Steak on East 57th Street in NYC.   ***Bruce Willis hanging out with his daughter and neighborhood kids at a Central Park West playground in NYC.   ***Quincy Jones and filmmakers Barry Levinson and Alex Gibney at the New York premiere of jazz documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On”.   ***Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling taking a class at the Movement in the Flatiron District in NYC.   ***Fox News’ Alan Colmes celebrating his birthday with wife Jocelyn at Da Tommaso restaurant in NYC.   ***Prominent Harper One editor Roger Freet having lunch with media expert and author Michael Levine at One Market in San Francisco last week.   ***Music composer Linda Thompson having dinner at Nikita in Malibu.   ***Hollywood legend Shirley MacLaine and veteran agent Jack Gilardi having cheesecake at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.    ***Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger having lunch at the popular Coral Tree Café in Brentwood.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The authors are uniting. Last spring, when Amazon began discouraging customers from buying books published by Hachette, the writers grumbled that they were pawns in the retailer’s contract negotiations over e-book prices. During the summer, they banded together and publicly protested Amazon’s actions. Now, hundreds of other writers, including some of the world’s most distinguished, are joining the coalition. Few if any are published by Hachette. And they have goals far broader than freeing up the Hachette titles. They want the Justice Department to investigate Amazon for illegal monopoly tactics.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Following the global success of their most recent album 13, which debuted at Number One in the United States and several other countries, Black Sabbath have decided to record another album. Ozzy Osbourne told Metal Hammer that he hoped to begin the writing sessions with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler in early 2015. “We’re going to do one more album, and a final tour,” he said.

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FloodSmart.gov

“FloodSmart provides flood insurance, flood zone maps, floodplain maps and flood information to help protect your home from flooding and elevated water tables.”

LBN-R.I.P.: Gaby Aghion, who founded the Chloé fashion line in 1952, died on Saturday at her home in Paris. She was 93. Her death was confirmed by her son, Philippe. Ms. Aghion was not as well known as some of her fashion house’s designers, like Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney, but she played a pivotal role in creating less formal ready-to-wear fashions. She brought a working woman’s sensibility to the industry, as well as pluck and humor.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: In a famous passage from “Survival in Auschwitz,” Primo Levi relates an incident upon arrival in the Nazi death camp that captures the intersection of the human with the inhuman. He and other Italian prisoners have been held in a shed as they await their fate. Levi looks around in search of some means to quench his thirst: “I eyed a fine icicle outside the window, within hand’s reach. I opened the window and broke off the icicle but at once a large, heavy guard prowling outside brutally snatched it away from me. ‘Warum?’ I asked him in my poor German. ‘Hier ist kein warum,’ (there is no why here), he replied, pushing me inside with a shove.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Retailers rely on several psychological triggers to attract consumers into their store, such as placing limits on items, offering “gifts” with purchase, employing visual tricks, and declaring that sales are ending soon (when in fact discounts are common throughout the season).

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Half a century ago, a classic essay in The New Yorker titled “Our Invisible Poor” took on the then-prevalent myth that America was an affluent society with only a few “pockets of poverty.” For many, the facts about poverty came as a revelation, and Dwight Macdonald’s article arguably did more than any other piece of advocacy to prepare the ground for Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. I don’t think the poor are invisible today, even though you sometimes hear assertions that they aren’t really living in poverty — hey, some of them have Xboxes! Instead, these days it’s the rich who are invisible.

LBN-COMMENTARY by President Barack Obama: It is time for the world – especially Muslim communities – to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of al Qaeda and ISIL. It is the task of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world. No children – anywhere – should be educated to hate other people. There should be no more tolerance of so-called clerics who call upon people to harm innocents because they are Jewish, Christian or Muslim. It is time for a new compact among the civilized peoples of this world to eradicate war at its most fundamental source: the corruption of young minds by violent ideology.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jennifer Lopez and “King of Queens’’ star Leah Remini were struck by a drunk hit-and-run driver who rear-ended the “Booty’’ singer’s new car in California on Saturday. Remini was driving with J.Lo in the passenger’s seat, and J.Lo’s two kids in the backseat.

LBN-ETC: Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to driving a car. Sure, there will be times when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but you’ll always get out of the rut with genuine perseverance. Without it, you won’t even be able to start your engine. The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, though the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination. To learn more about how to overcome obstables to success, sign up for the Free “excel” report: www.TheExcelReport.com .

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Sunday • September 28, 2014

OBAMA: U.S. UNDERESTIMATED RISE OF ISIS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA: President Obama acknowledged that the U.S. underestimated the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also called ISIL) and overestimated the ability of the Iraqi military to fend off the militant group in an interview that will air Sunday on 60 Minutes. The president was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft about comments from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has said the U.S. not only underestimated ISIS, it also overestimated the ability and will of the Iraqi military to fight the extremist group. “That’s true,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s absolutely true.”

U.S., DEFENDING KURDS IN SYRIA, EXPANDS AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS: The Pentagon said on Saturday that it had conducted its first strikes against Islamic State targets in a besieged Kurdish area of Syria along the Turkish border, destroying two armored vehicles in an area that has been the subject of a weeklong onslaught by the Islamic State. The action around Kobani, where at least 150,000 refugees have crossed into Turkey, appeared to signify the opening of a new front for American airstrikes in Syria, and came on a day when several other strikes took place in Raqqa, the de facto headquarters of the Islamic State’s forces, and other sites in the eastern part of the country.

SECRET SERVICE BOTCHED 2011 INCIDENT: The Secret Service bungled the response after a gunman managed to fire into the first family’s living room on November 11, 2011. While the gunman, Oscar R. Ortega-Hernandez, was apprehended, the Secret Service failed to properly investigate the shooting, according to an investigation by the Washington Post. When the bullet first struck the White House, Secret Service officers were reportedly mistakenly instructed “No shots have been fired. . . . Stand down.” Secret Service initially insisted the bullet was not aimed towards the White House, but was rather a stray bullet from gang members in a gun fight. It also took Secret Service four days to realize the bullet had reached the White House residence, and that was only after a housekeeper noticed broken glass and a chunk of cement where the bullet hit. The discovery of the security lapses comes days after a man wielding a knife was able to jump the White House fence and sprint towards the front door. The Secret Service has also been caught in unprofessional situations, including soliciting prostitutes in Colombia in 2012 and getting drunk on the job this past March.

FORMER CONGRESSMAN JAMES TRAFICANT DEAD: Former Ohio congressman James Traficant has died at age 73, a family spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday. Traficant was in “very critical condition” after a tractor accident on Tuesday when the 1943 tractor he was driving rolled over backward on top of him. He had shown no brain activity since the accident, according to family friends. Traficant served 17 years in the House as a Democrat until he was expelled in 2002 after a federal jury convicted him of 10 felony counts including racketeering, bribery, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice. He was only the second member of Congress since the Civil War to be expelled.

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PRIVATE BANK FUELS FORTUNES OF PUTIN’S INNER CIRCLE: Weeks after President Vladimir V. Putin annexed Crimea in March, an obscure regulatory board in Moscow known as the Market Council convened inside an office tower not far from the Kremlin to discuss the country’s wholesale electricity market. It is a colossal business, worth 2 percent of Russia’s gross domestic product, and a rich source of fees for the bank that had long held the exclusive right to service it. With no advance notice or public debate, though, the board voted that day in April to shift that business to Bank Rossiya, a smaller institution that lacked the ability to immediately absorb the work. For Bank Rossiya, it was a tidy coup set to yield an estimated $100 million or more in annual commissions, yet it was hardly the only new business coming in. State corporations, local governments and even the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea were suddenly shifting their accounts to the bank, too.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: It is against Michigan state law to tie a crocodile to a fire hydrant.

FERGUSON COP SHOT DURING ROBBERY: A Ferguson, Missouri cop was shot Saturday night interrupting a burglary, but he is expected to recover. Ferguson police say the officer was on routine duty when he noticed two men trying to break into a local business. When he ran after them, they fired on him, striking his left arm. “We have no indication either suspect was shot,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar during a press conference. Dozens of police cars rushed to the shooting, but the suspect is still at large. Police believe he may have fled into a nearby woods. Police said they didn’t believe the exchange was linked to protests surrounding the shooting and killing of Michael Brown, but in the background of the press conference, protesters could be heard shouting “We are going to shut this down!” The Department of Justice is leading a civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Police Department, after it was discovered the officers had a history of abuse and mistreatment.

U.S., DEFENDING KURDS IN SYRIA, EXPANDS AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS: The Pentagon said on Saturday that it had conducted its first strikes against Islamic State targets in a besieged Kurdish area of Syria along the Turkish border, destroying two armored vehicles in an area that has been the subject of a weeklong onslaught by the Islamic State. The action around Kobani, where at least 150,000 refugees have crossed into Turkey, appeared to signify the opening of a new front for American airstrikes in Syria, and came on a day when several other strikes took place in Raqqa, the de facto headquarters of the Islamic State’s forces, and other sites in the eastern part of the country.

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ROCHE BREAST CANCER DRUG APPEARS TO GREATLY EXTEND PATIENTS’ LIVES: A drug used to treat advanced breast cancer has had what appears to be unprecedented success in prolonging lives in a clinical trial, researchers reported on Sunday. Patients who received the drug — Perjeta, from the Swiss drug maker Roche — had a median survival time nearly 16 months longer than those in the control group. That is the longest amount of time for a drug used as an initial treatment for metastatic breast cancer, the researchers said, and it may be one of the longest for the treatment of any cancer. Most cancer drugs prolong survival in patients with metastatic disease for a few months at most. Metastasis means the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

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MAN WITH HORN IMPLANTS GUILTY OF MURDER: Caius Veiovis, a 34-year-old Pittsfield, Mass. native with bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead, was found guilty of murder and other charges on Friday for the 2011 killing of three Massachusetts men. The victims’ bodies were found dismembered and buried 10 days after they disappeared in the town of Becket. Veiovis’s two co-defendants in the case were convicted of the same charges earlier this year and are serving life without parole in prison, the minimum sentence for Veivois. Prosecutors say Vevois, Adam Lee Hall, 37, and David Chalue, 47, kidnapped and shot the victims in the weeks before one of them, David Glasser, 44, was set to testify against Hall in an assault case. The other two, according to prosecutors, were killed to eliminate witnesses. When convicted, Vevois shouted at the jury, “I’ll see you all in hell.”

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Merriam-Webster: Visual Dictionary Online

“The Visual Dictionary is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work.”

LBN-R.I.P.: Michael Harari, an Israeli intelligence agent who led the hit squad that was sent to avenge the murders of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, died on Sept. 21 in Tel Aviv. He was 87. His death was reported by The Associated Press, citing a statement by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who called Mr. Harari “one of the great warriors for Israel’s security.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Mazirow Commercial, Inc., a Commercial Real Estate Tenant Rep firm, welcomes the appointment of Jason A. Froehlich as Vice President in its Beverly Hills office. With more than 25 years’ of Real Estate experience on Los Angeles’ Westside, Mr. Froehlich’s focus will be exclusive to the representation of Tenants and Buyers of commercial properties and ensuring his clients have access to the same level of intellectual property that Landlords and Sellers negotiate with; eliminating any conflict of interest inherent in the standard brokerage model.   ***Germany-based INFUSIO®, for years on the cutting-edge of integrative therapies for difficult-to-treat ailments and conditions, is opening its first U.S. medical center in Beverly Hills, California. Long the destination for international clientele who sought answers to various conditions previously thought untreatable, INFUSIO® is among medicine’s new benchmark for holistic and naturalistic treatments, offering care and support for ailments such as Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, immune-related ailments, cancers, and more.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Prominent divorce attorney Neal Hersch having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***Author Mark Townsend having coffee at the popular Urth Café on Main Street in Santa Monica.   ***Famed A.P legal writer Lind Deutsch interviewing Shelly Sterling at attorney Pierce O’Donnell’s law office in Century City.   ***Author Donna Antebi having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***Actress Jessica Alba having lunch at the popular Coral Tree Café in Brentwood.   ***Prominent L.A. attorney Gail Title having lunch at the Century Plaza Hotel.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Marcy Levitas Hamilton and Strath Hamilton of TriCoast Worldwide have just signed Worldwide distribution rights to the film “Kung Fu Brother”. The film is scheduled for a 2015 release.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: When it comes to bullying, to sexual assault, to gun violence, we want and need our schools to be as safe as possible. But when it comes to learning, shouldn’t they be dangerous? Isn’t education supposed to provoke, disrupt, challenge the paradigms that young people have consciously embraced and attack the prejudices that they have unconsciously absorbed? Isn’t upset a necessary part of that equation? And if children are lucky enough to be ignorant of the world’s ugliness, aren’t books the rightful engines of enlightenment, and aren’t classrooms the perfect theaters for it?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: Like most children of the Reagan era, I grew up with a steady diet of media warnings about the perils of religious cults — the gurus who lurked in wait for the unwary and confused, offering absolute certainty with the aftertaste of poisoned Kool-Aid. From the 1970s through the 1990s, from Jonestown to Heaven’s Gate, frightening fringe groups and their charismatic leaders seemed like an essential element of the American religious landscape. Yet we don’t hear nearly as much about them anymore, and it isn’t just that the media have moved on. Some strange experiments have aged into respectability, some sinister ones still flourish, but over all the cult phenomenon feels increasingly antique, like lava lamps and bell bottoms. Spiritual gurus still flourish in our era, of course, but they are generally comforting, vapid, safe — a Joel Osteen rather than a Jim Jones, a Deepak Chopra rather than a David Koresh.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The president was at the United Nations on Wednesday urging young people across the Muslim world to reject benighted values, even as America clambers into bed with a bunch of Middle East potentates who espouse benighted values. President Obama has been working hard to get a coalition that includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates because they provide cover in the fight against the brutal, metastasizing threat of the Islamic State, a “network of death” known as ISIS, that our blunders — both of action and inaction — helped create.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading Ken Adelman’s fascinating history “Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War.” Adelman, who led Reagan’s arms control agency, was an adviser at Reagan’s 1986 Iceland summit meeting with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Using some newly declassified documents, Adelman fills out the extraordinary dialogue between the two leaders that set in motion a dramatic cut in nuclear arms. You learn a lot about Reagan’s leadership in the book. For me, the most impressive thing was not Reagan’s attachment to his “Star Wars” strategic defense initiative, which is overrated in ending the Cold War. What is most impressive about Reagan is that he grasped that Gorbachev was a radically different kind of Soviet leader — one with whom he could make history — long before his intelligence community did. That made a big difference.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Hankoff: I fully understand that we live in a society that is adverse to discomfort.  Maybe that’s just human nature, but when did it become OK to end a relationship with an email or – even worse – a text?  During World War Two things were bad enough with what was called the “Dear John letter,” but at least that was most likely written by a human hand with an actual signature.  OK, I understand the impersonal goodbye if there is some mortal danger, but I’m not talking about “Fatal Attraction” or even “The Cable Guy.” I’m talking about that good bye moment in the non-blood sport called “dating.”  There may not be any easy way to break things off…but there is certainly a cowardly way.  I suppose the only advantage to receiving that email or text is that it’s “People’s Exhibit A” for forwarding to friends when the sting of rejection finally becomes something to laugh about.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Danielle Ofri: Two newly minted doctors—dead within days of each other. Both took their lives leaping off the roofs of institutions of medical learning last month. Physician suicide is no surprise: Doctors have the highest suicide rates of any professional group. We know that nearly every day, at least one doctor in the United States chooses to end his or her life. But it devastates us every time.  Especially when these are doctors just setting out in their careers after investing years of their life in preparation, with so much potential to help others and so much time to reap the joys and gratification of medicine.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: For the second time Dodgers announcer Vin Scully told about  Jackie Robinson obliterating Giants 2nd baseman Davey Williams covering first base at Ebbets Field in 1955 and then  Giant shortstop Alvin Dark knocking Jackie over at third base later in retaliation. Both times Scully said, “Of course, Jackie held onto the ball.” I saw that game and Scully is rewriting history. In fact, Robinson dropped the ball and Dark was safe. Jackie Robinson is one of the great heroes of the 20th Century; he doesn’t need Vin Scully or anyone else changing facts on his behalf.

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THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND by Ray Richmond: ***“I can’t get used to saying “Happy New Year!” in September.   ***Please, no more social media shots of your food. I’m begging you.   ***Parents can finally cross “Isis” off the list of possible names to give their baby.   **Dogs don’t know they’re always naked. Cats do, but don’t care.   ***ADD was invented by the pharmaceutical industry to sell drugs to people exhibiting normal human behavior.   ***The only time the NFL cares about a football player punching a woman is when there’s a surveillance video capturing it.   ***I’m waiting for Apple to make an iPhone as big as Wyoming.   ***The worst pain you can have is touching a hot curling iron.   ***Smile for once, will ya?”. Write back directly to Ray Richmond. E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net. (Please put “Ramblin’ Mind” in the subject line).

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: “Welcome to Starbucks, now get the fuck out!” That is the new feeling I am getting at Starbucks which is turning in to a to-go coffee shop with good lighting. Couches and chairs are replaced almost entirely by uncomfortable stools so you “get the fuck out!”. I have already started looking for a new place to buy my coffee and hope you will.   ***Shout-back at Ericka T. E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net. (Please put “Ericka T.” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin were married Saturday in a private ceremony in Venice, Italy, the actor’s representative said. Clooney’s long-time representative Stan Rosenfield announced the news in a single sentence. It’s expected to be the only communication on the much-anticipated marriage of the actor who long reigned as Hollywood’s most-eligible bachelor.

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Saturday • September 27, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Alexander Nolen calls himself “Jah’Keem Yisrael” on his Facebook page, where he uploaded photos of himself reading the Koran and wearing Muslim religious clothing. Nolen’s Facebook “cover” photo appears to be of several Taliban fighters, according to a Google reverse image search. He also posted images of Osama bin Laden and wrote in a caption on a photograph of the 9/11 attacks “A Future Prophecy Revelation 18:8 She (The statue Of Liberty) is going into flames. She and anybody who’s with her.”

SIGNALING POST-SNOWDEN ERA, NEW IPHONE LOCKS OUT N.S.A: Devoted customers of Apple products these days worry about whether the new iPhone 6 will bend in their jean pockets. The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt their investigative abilities. The phone encrypts emails, photos and contacts based on a complex mathematical algorithm that uses a code created by, and unique to, the phone’s user — and that Apple says it will not possess.

3 NATIONS OFFER LIMITED SUPPORT TO ATTACK ON ISIS: Britain, Belgium and Denmark lined up Friday behind the United States in its fight against the Islamic State group, agreeing to military operations in Iraq — but drawing a line for now against direct intervention in Syria. Even the half-step of support, however, offered a boost to President Obama’s effort to cast the fight as a global campaign to beat back a jihadist force that has assembled thousands of radical fighters and seized territory straddling Iraq and Syria.

WOMAN BEHEADED AT OKLAHOMA FOOD COMPANY: A man fired from his job yesterday allegedly beheaded a coworker Friday in Moore, Oklahoma and stabbed another. Alton Nolen, 30, was shot by a coworker and taken into custody by police at the food-processing facility where he had worked. Colleen Hufford, 54, was beheaded with a knife apparently used to cut vegetables. After killing Hufford, police said Nolen attacked Traci Johnson, 43. Mark Vaughn, chief operations officer at Vaughn Foods, confronted Noel and shot him. “There’s no doubt Vaughn saved Traci Johnson’s life,” a police sergeant said. Vaughn is a reserve officer in the Oklahoma County police. “They have this ISIS thing on their minds and now this guy has brought it to America,” a spokesman for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City said. There is no official motive given for Nolen’s attacks. Several years ago he was convicted on drug-related charges and of assaulting a police officer.

CHELSEA CLINTON GIVES BIRTH TO BABY GIRL: It’s a baby girl for the nation’s former First Daughter. Chelsea Clinton announced the birth of her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky in a statement posted shortly after midnight on her Twitter feed. “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky,” the statement said. Clinton announced in April that she was pregnant during a speech in New York City, with her mother Hillary Clinton at her side. The pregnancy announcement by the daughter of former President Bill Clinton had gone viral on the Internet, setting off speculation about whether the child would be a boy or girl (the mother-to-be and her husband reportedly chose not to know in advance) and fueling suggestions and guesses about a name for the eagerly awaited child. The birth announcement came just as the proud new grandparents had finished this year’s annual Clinton Foundation Global Initiative. Hillary and Bill have spoken often about their joy at the prospect of becoming grandparents. Their daughter’s Twitter reveal sparked an outpouring of responsive tweets, most congratulating Chelsea, also known for her work as an NBC News special correspondent–a job she resigned late last month. She is regarded by many as the once and future first daughter: her mother is widely expected to run for president in 2016, and is seen as having a good shot at winning if she does.

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PENTAGON: 15K REBELS NEEDED TO BEAT ISIS: 15,000 Syrian rebels are needed to defeat ISIS, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff estimated Friday, but the United States is only training 5,000. General Martin Dempsey said between 12,000 and 15,000 rebels are required to recapture territory in eastern Syria from ISIS. Dempsey added that the 5,000 being trained by the U.S. was never intended to represent the total number of troops needed. Congress last week approved a plan to train rebels, which Dempsey estimates could take 12 months.

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TOP EBOLA DOC PUTS HERSELF IN QUARANTINE: Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s chief medical officer, has decided to put herself under quarantine after her office assistant died of Ebola. Dahn has not shown any symptoms, she says, but wants to make sure she is not infected. Her quarantine will last 21 days, which the World Health Organization says is the maximum incubation period for Ebola. Dahn, a deputy health minister, has also instructed the rest of her office to remain at home for three weeks.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cats don’t have sweat glands over their bodies like humans do. Instead, they sweat only through their paws.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A new chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee shows a startling fact: Almost 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 25-54 (or prime working years) are not working.

TRAVEL HELL! ARSON SHUTS DOWN CHICAGO FAA CENTER: A fire that was intentionally set at the FAA radar center in Aurora, Illinois, grounded hundreds of flights in Chicago and across the country on Friday. “There is no terrorist act,” said Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas. He also said the issue appears to be “a local issue with a contract employee and nothing else.” The employee in question was found in the basement of the facility with self-inflicted wounds.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Seven years ago, Radiohead attempted a bold experiment in media distribution by letting its fans pay any price — even nothing — for the band’s album “In Rainbows.” On Friday, Thom Yorke, Radiohead’s lead singer, tried another unusual approach by releasing his solo album, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” through BitTorrent, a technology for transferring large files over the Internet. The data “bundle” that included the album cost $6, and in a statement, Mr. Yorke described the move as a test of a new way for artists to release their work online.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Gay teens are three times more likely than heterosexual teens to report having been bullied. In contrast, gay teens were about 80% less likely than heterosexuals to say they had bullied someone else.

MUHAMMAD ALI FAMILY FEUD: Frail boxing legend Muhammad Ali is at the center of a vicious family feud, sources say. The famed athlete’s only natural son claims Ali’s wife of 27 years, Lonnie, is blocking his nine children from seeing their Parkinson’s-stricken father. Muhammad Ali Jr. believes that he and his siblings – not Lonnie – should oversee their father’s care, and they may go to court to fight for visitation rights, as well as conservatorship of their ailing dad. “I can only speak for myself, but we don’t get to see my father as much as we’d like to. We’re considering taking legal action,” the 42-year-old Ali Jr. said.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***John Mack Carter, a Kentucky-born journalist who had the singular distinction of editing all of the so-called Big Three women’s magazines and, in doing so, helped transform the genre during the feminist era, died on Friday at his home in Bronxville, N.Y. He was 86. The cause was Parkinson’s disease, his wife, Sharlyn Carter, said.   ***Don Keefer played many distinctive roles in a long acting career. He was the son of Willy Loman’s neighbor in the original Broadway cast of “Death of a Salesman,” which opened in 1949, and for the next half-century he was a sought-after character actor onstage and in films, including “The Caine Mutiny,” Woody Allen’s “Sleeper” and “Liar, Liar,” starring Jim Carrey. But Mr. Keefer, who was 98 when he died on Sept. 7 in Sherman Oaks, Calif., may be best remembered for his role in a classic 1959 episode of “The Twilight Zone.”

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O.J. SIMPSON: FOUL PRISON STEW: O .J. Simpson is living a prison nightmare after his correctional facility shut down the water supply – and forced inmates to defecate in plastic bags. Simpson, 67, has been locked up at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada since December 2008 on armed robbery and kidnapping busts. On Labor Day weekend, the prison had massive water outages that lasted four days, “meaning they didn’t have running water for the toilets, food preparation, showering or washing their hands for four days,” said a source. “The entire inmate population was in disarray. 
O.J. and the rest of the inmates had to use plastic bags to defecate and urinate in.

IT’S A VAST WORLD AFTER ALL: The world’s population currently stands at 7.2 billion and is projected to rise to between 9.6 and 12.3 billion by the end of this century. Earlier estimates had forecast a leveling off of world population around 2050, but higher-than-expected birth rates in sub-Saharan Africa mean the number of people on the planet will likely continue to rise instead. In Africa alone, the population is expected to rise from the current 1 billion to between 3.5 and 5.1 billion by 2100.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Taliban Captures Kabul (1996)

During the chaotic period that followed the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, a militia of Islamic fundamentalist students known as the Taliban became increasingly powerful. In 1996, the Taliban captured the capital city of Kabul and declared itself the legitimate government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, establishing a strict Islamic regime that became a haven for extremists.

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

“The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. It operates two landmark facilities that, together, welcome more than eight million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country. It also is home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: When she was writing, Maya Angelou would get up every morning at 5:30 and have coffee at 6. At 6:30, she would go off to a hotel room she kept — a small modest room with nothing but a bed, desk, Bible, dictionary, deck of cards and bottle of sherry. She would arrive at the room at 7 a.m. and write until 12:30 p.m. or 2 o’clock. John Cheever would get up, put on his only suit, ride the elevator in his apartment building down to a storage room in the basement. Then he’d take off his suit and sit in his boxers and write until noon. Then he’d put the suit back on and ride upstairs to lunch.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: Snoop Dogg is investing in a new app that helps people trade stocks more easily. It’s the first stock app that encourages people to both buy and sell high.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: One of the hardest things for us to do is to envision a future that is different from the present. For instance, we live in an age of paralyzed politics, so it is hard, in the here and now, to imagine what could change that. A second example: It is difficult to think of a scenario where federal gun legislation could be passed over the objections of the National Rifle Association. And a third: Income inequality has been the trend for some three decades; doesn’t it look as if it will always be that way? What prompts these thoughts are two papers that landed on my desk recently. Although they tackle very different issues, they have one thing in common: They imagine a future that breaks from the present path.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Letterman: White House security problems won’t happen anymore. They’ve decided that at night — it doesn’t make any difference what’s going on — they’re locking that front door.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The wife of former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage. Erika Jackson filed for divorce Friday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.

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Friday • September 26, 2014

BRITISH PARLIAMENT VOTES TO BOMB ISIS: The British Parliament voted Friday 524 to 43 in favor of a government plan to join U.S. and Arab air forces in bombing ISIS in Iraq. The motion also condemned the “barbaric acts” by ISIS, such as the beheading of British nationals, and pointed to the request for military assistance from Iraq as the legal basis for action. It does not, however, authorize action in Syria. The win for Prime Minister David Cameron comes a year after the House of Commons rejected a proposal to authorize force in Syria after the Assad regime used chemical weapons. One Labour member of Parliament, Rushanara Ali, resigned her senior party role in protest at the airstrikes.

U.S. ECONOMY GROWS MOST SINCE 2011: The U.S. economy grew at a revised 4.6 percent annualized rate in the second quarter of 2014, the Commerce Department announced Friday. That is up from the previous estimate of 4.2 percent. The increase follows a 2.1 percent decline in the first quarter of the year, which economists are now viewing as an aberration. The spring growth rate is the highest since the final quarter of 2011. The increase was largely triggered by increased corporate spending on equipment and properties, as well as investments in nonresidential properties.

ARSON SHUTS DOWN CHICAGO FAA CENTER: A fire that was intentionally set at the FAA radar center in Aurora, Illinois grounded hundreds of flights in Chicago and across the country on Friday. “There is no terrorist act,” said Aurora police Chief Greg Thomas. He also said the issue appears to be “a local issue with a contract employee and nothing else.” The employee in question was found in the basement of the facility with self-inflicted wounds.

WATER ON EARTH IS OLDER THAN THE SUN: According to a new study published in Science, 30 to 50 percent of water on Earth is “primordial water,” meaning its molecules were created more than 4.5 billion years ago. That makes them older than Earth, the solar system, and even the sun. Scientists contend that the chemical signature of the primordial water could only have formed before the birth of planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. “It’s pretty amazing that a significant fraction of water on Earth predates the sun and the solar system,” said study leader Ilse Cleeves, an astronomer at the University of Michigan. The scientists still aren’t sure how the water arrived here, but some experts believe it came from ice in comets and asteroids that collided with a once-dry Earth.

FBI: 12 AMERICANS IN ISIS, NOT 100: FBI Director James Comey declared Thursday that there are not more than 100 Americans fighting alongside extremists in Syria—there are roughly 12. The 100 number, Comey explained, included the 88 or so Americans who have been killed or arrested, or traveled or attempted to travel to join the militants. While Comey has clarified his remarks, other administration officials’ numbers have not come with that clarification, even in recent weeks.

WALL STREET’S ‘BOND KING’ STEPS DOWN: The founder and chief investment officer of the trillion-dollar bond fund PIMCO has stepped down. Bill Gross, who was known both for his moniker “The Bond King” and his $200 million salary, has left for Janus Capital. The news comes after Gross has a terrible year, as his PIMCO Total return fund has seen 16 straight months of outflows totaling $68 billion. MarketWatch dubbed it his “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.”

APPLE: BENDING IPHONE AN OVERBLOWN MYTH: Facing ridicule for its software problems as well as criticism for the new iPhones’ bendability, Apple spoke out Thursday night. “With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said. On social-media networks, stories about how the new iPhone bends when placed in back pockets or while wearing skinny jeans had gone viral. Apple also apologized for all of the software glitches its latest operating system has caused. “We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users,” Muller said. With all of the bad news after the euphoria of the launch, Apple shares lost nearly 4 percent on Thursday, representing a drop of nearly $23 billion in market value.

GEORGE CLOONEY’S 4-DAY WEDDING CELEBRATION DESCENDS ON VENICE: Now it’s official: George Clooney is to marry his British-Lebanese fiancée in a civil ceremony in Venice town hall on Monday. The guest list is rumored to include newlyweds Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Ellen Barkin, Bono and Cindy Crawford. Clooney’s best man is Crawford’s husband, Rande Gerber. Andrea Bocelli is expected to sing at the ceremony and Lana Del Ray at the dinner. Many guests have booked the five-star Belmond Cipriani on the island of Guidecca, which was a favorite of Clooney for years.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013, becoming the oldest world no. 1 player in WTA’s history. Williams is also regarded by some experts and former tennis players to be the greatest female tennis player in history. She is the only female player to have won over $60 million in prize money, and is the reigning US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles champion


LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: THE BEATLES LAST ALBUM, ABBEY ROAD, IS RELEASED (1969)

First issued on 26th September, 1969 Abbey Road was the final Beatles album to be recorded but not their last to be released. Let It Be, though mainly recorded in January, 1969 was finally released in May, 1970 alongside the film of the same name. For the first time on a Beatles album, the front cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title just that iconic photograph taken on the zebra crossing near the entrance to the studios in London NW8 in August 1969. Abbey Road entered the British album chart at no.1 in October and stayed there for a total of seventeen of its 81 weeks in the chart. In the US, it spent eleven weeks at #1 during its initial chart stay of 83 weeks.

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Thursday • September 25, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Obamacare

  1. Obamacare is officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACAP). It also known as Obama care, Affordable Care Act (ACA), and health care reform.
  2. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, and after several court challenges, it was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012 (due to the federal government’s sovereign right to tax).
  3. Obamacare, together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, is the most significant regulatory revision of the U.S. health care system since Medicare and Medicaid were passed in 1965.
  4. Obamacare doesn’t create insurance; it expands and improves insurance options.
  5. Obamacare requires insurers to spend between 80–85% of every premium dollar on medical care (as opposed to administration, advertising, and so on). If insurances do not meet this, they have to rebate the excess to their customers. The law is already in effect and, consequently, insurers are expected to rebate $1.1 billion in 2013.
  6. All the provisions of Obamacare aren’t implemented right way, but take effect incrementally between 2010 and 2020.
  7. During the last election, both Hilary Clinton and Obama proposed a health care plan to cover the approximately 45 million Americans who don’t have insurance at some point during the year. The main difference between Obama’s and Clinton’s proposals was that Clinton’s plan would have required all Americans to get coverage (an individual mandate), while Obama’s plan provided a subsidy while rejecting the use of an individual mandate. However, Obama now seems to strongly favor a mandate.
  8. The purpose of Obamacare is to reform the health care industry by 1) giving Americans access to quality, affordable health insurance and 2) reduce the growth in health care spending.
  9. Obamacare has two main ways for increasing insurance coverage: 1) expand Medicaid eligibility to include individuals within 138% of the federal poverty level and 2) create state-based insurance exchanges where small business and individuals can buy private health insurance plans.
  10. Several states filed and lost a suit against the federal government. The states argued that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to make individual citizens buy health insurance (those with incomes between 100%–400% of the poverty level will be eligible for subsidies to buy health insurance).
  11. Among the people who will remain uninsured under Obamacare will be 1) illegal immigrants (around 8 million), 2) those who are eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled, 3) those who wish to pay the penalty rather than purchasing insurance, 4) citizens whose insurance coverage would cost more than 8% of household income and are exempt from paying the annual penalty, and 5) citizens who live in states that opt out of the Medicaid expansion and who don’t qualify for existing Medicaid coverage or subsidized coverage through the state’s new insurance exchanges.
  12. The drafters of Obamacare believe that increasing insurance coverage will increase quality of life, reduce job lock (the inability of an employee to leave a job due to loss of health coverage), and help decrease medical bankruptcies, which are the leading cause of bankruptcies in America.
  13. Obamacare does not replace private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. It expands the affordability, quality, and availability of private and public health insurances. It does this through insurance exchanges, taxes, subsidies, regulations, consumer protection, and other reforms.
  14. One of the most controversial changes that will take place under the Affordable Care Act is the requirement that contraceptives be covered without a co-pay.
  15. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2022, the Affordable Care Act will cover 33 million Americans who would otherwise not have insurance.
  16. Politicians and journalists—such as Jonathan Alter from the Washington Post, Chris Matthews from MSNBC, and Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—note that Obamacare, specifically the individual mandate, actually has conservative origins in the Heritage Foundation think tank.
  17. NPR notes that while patients, taxpayers, and lawmakers debated the impact of Obamacare, Washington lobbyists (several sponsored by pharmaceutical companies) benefited. Specifically, about 1,750 business and organizations spent at least $1.2 billion in 2009 on lobbying teams to work on the health care overhaul.
  18. Anger over health care reform has lead to a nearly three-fold increase in serious threats against Congress members.
  19. According to the New York Times, Obamacare would leave 2–4 million Americans unable to afford family coverage under their employers’ plans yet ineligible for subsidies to buy coverage elsewhere.
  20. Obamacare eliminates gender discrimination and pre-existing conditions.
  21. Under Obamacare, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate on pre-existing conditions.
  22. Obamacare is expected to spend a bit over $1 trillion in the next 10 years, but its spending cuts (many which fall on Medicare) and tax increases are expected to raise a little more than that, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will slightly reduce the deficit.
  23. Obamacare’s success at controlling costs will depend on the way health care is delivered, which previously has had little regulation. Types of regulation include penalizing hospitals with higher rates of preventable infections to creating an independent board able to quickly implement new reforms through the Medicare system.
  24. The House of Representatives tried to repeal or defund Obamacare over 40 times.
  25. Under Affordable Care Act, health insurance premiums will be based on three or four factors, depending on the state. All states will use 1) age rating (older people will not pay more than 3 times the amount young people pay), 2) premium rating area (high-cost health areas will charge more than low-cost health areas), and 3) number of family members (the more people covered, the higher the premium). The only lifestyle factor allowed by the ACA is tobacco use. In states that allow it, tobacco users will pay up to 1.5 times the premium of non-tobacco users.
  26. In 2014, employees will have to self-report their employer’s coverage ability. If the coverage is deemed affordable, the employee can still purchase insurance on the exchange, but they will not be eligible for a premium tax credit. In 2015, large employers will be required to offer affordable insurance.
  27. If an individual is on COBRA, they will be eligible for a policy on the exchange. They do not have to wait until his or her COBRA expires.

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Wednesday • September 24, 2014

OBAMA, AT U.N., LAYS OUT FORCEFUL BLUEPRINT TO FIGHT ISLAMIC EXTREMISM: President Obama laid out a forceful new blueprint on Wednesday for deeper American engagement in the Middle East, telling the United Nations General Assembly that the Islamic State understood only “the language of force” and the United States would “work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.” In a much-anticipated address two days after he expanded the American-led military campaign into Syria against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, Mr. Obama said, “Today, I ask the world to join in this effort,” declaring, “we will not succumb to threats; and we will demonstrate that the future belongs to those who build, not those who destroy.” “Those who have joined ISIL should leave the battlefield while they can,” Mr. Obama said in a blunt declaration of his intentions

ISIS U.K. HOSTAGE PLEADS FOR LIFE IN AUDIO FILE: The family of Alan Henning, the British volunteer aid worker held captive by ISIS, has received an audio file in which he pleads for his life, according to his wife, Barbara Henning. Details of the message have not been released, but in response Mrs. Henning called on ISIS, or Islamic State, to release him. In a statement she said her husband has been to a Sharia court and cleared of “being a spy and declared to be no threat.” Henning, 47, is a taxi driver from Manchester, England. He was kidnapped last December while in Syria. His fellow ISIS British captive David Haines recently was beheaded.

SURVEY: SUPPORT FOR LEGAL WEED DROPS 7 POINTS IN THE PAST YEAR: National support for legalized marijuana has slipped by seven percentage points in the past year, from 51 percent in 2013 to 44 percent today, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. PRRI asked 4,500 Americans about the intensity of their support for or opposition to legalizing marijuana. The year-over-year drop in overall support was concentrated among those who favored marijuana legalization last year, but not strongly. Opposition increased greatest among those who strongly opposed legal marijuana.

CDC: DIABETES BOOM FINALLY STOPS: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the rate of Type 2 diabetes has appeared to stabilize among adults, after it steadily increased for close to two decades. From 1990 to 2008, the rate of Type 2 diabetes among adults jumped to 7.9 percent from 3.5 percent. By 2012, it had stalled at 8.3 percent. While the rate has stabilized among the general adult population, Type 2 diabetes is still increasing among blacks and Latinos, as well as among Americans ages 20 to 44 and those with a high-school education or less. The report was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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BIN LADEN’S RIGHT-HAND FREED IN JORDAN: Abu Qatada, the radical Muslim cleric who was accused of having ties to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, was found not guilty of terrorism charges in Jordan on Wednesday. A state security court acquitted Qatada, 54, of his involvement in a 2000 bomb plot to target Americans, Israelis, and other Western tourists at millennium celebrations. In June, Jordan acquitted Qatada on his other terrorism charge of conspiring to attack an American school in Amman, Jordan. In 1999 and 2000, Jordan convicted Qatada of these charges in abstentia and sentenced him to life in prison. The reversal of his charges came shortly after Qatada condemned ISIS. Jordan is one of the five Arab nations in the U.S.-led coalition of nations launching airstrikes against Syria. Qatada’s lawyer said he is now expected to be freed within the next few hours.

NUDE EMMA WATSON PHOTO THREAT A HOAX: The threatened nude Emma Watson photo leak was actually just a hoax to create publicity to shut down the website 4Chan. Rantic Marketing was behind EmmaYouAreNext.com, which threatened to release naked photos of the 24-year-old actress. The site threatened to post the photos on Saturday at 12 a.m. ET. However, by Wednesday, the site pushed visitors to Rantic Marketing’s homepage, which has an open letter to President Obama asking that 4Chan be shut down. 4Chan has been linked to other nude celebrity photo leaks. Rantic Marketing claims to have been hired by celebrities to push for the 4Chan shutdown and for Internet censorship. A Reddit user identified that EmmaYouAreNext.com is hosted by a common server as FoxWeekly.com, which, in its former name of Swenzy, was linked to the 2013 Family Guy Boston bombing Internet hoax.

WALMART TO OFFER CHECKING ACCOUNTS: Walmart isn’t content to sell you rifles, bug spray, Barbie dolls, and peanut butter. The retail giant also wants to be your new bank. Walmart announced plans to start offering low-cost alternative checking accounts to pretty much anyone over the age of 18 who passes an ID check. Walmart is teaming up with Green Dot to offer the new accounts under a service called GoBank. If users have direct deposits that come to under $500 a month in total, the accounts will cost $8.95 a month. Daniel Eckert, senior vice president at Walmart, said the store’s accounts wouldn’t charge overdraft fees or for bounced checks, unlike many national banks. Walmart said the accounts will be available nationwide by the end of October. The checking accounts aren’t exactly a shocking move. Walmart has been wanting to expand to financial services for several years and even tried–and failed–to secure a federal bank charter.

EUROPE’S ANTI-SEMITISM COMES OUT OF THE SHADOWS: From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer. “Death to the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in Belgium and France. “Gas the Jews!” yelled marchers at a similar protest in Germany. The ugly threats were surpassed by uglier violence. Four people were fatally shot in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A Jewish-owned pharmacy in this Paris suburb was destroyed in July by youths protesting Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. A synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, was attacked with firebombs. A Swedish Jew was beaten with iron pipes. The list goes on. The scattered attacks have raised alarm about how Europe is changing and whether it remains a safe place for Jews. An increasing number of Jews, if still relatively modest in total, are now migrating to Israel. Others describe “no go” zones in Muslim districts of many European cities where Jews dare not travel.

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MARRIAGE RATE DOWN: Of all the milestones on the road to adulthood, Americans are increasingly forgoing one of the biggest: marriage. Marriage Rates Keep Falling, as Money Concerns Rise: Twenty percent of adults older than 25, about 42 million people, have never married, up from 9 percent in 1960, according to data in a Pew Research Center report published Wednesday. The trend has been consistent for decades. Since 1970, each group of young adults has been less likely to marry than the previous generation. Although part of the trend can be attributed to the fact that people are simply marrying older, Pew projects that a quarter of today’s young adults will have never married by 2030, which would be the highest share in modern history.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Bruce Springsteen’s first seven studio albums are being re-released in a box set entitled Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984 that will hit stores on November 17th. Each album will come in a recreation of its original packaging and the set will contain a 60-page book of vintage press clippings, photos and memorabilia from the era. They’re all newly remastered by Bob Ludwig and Toby Scott and will be available on both CD and vinyl. The set is now available for pre-order.The Recording Academy has named Bob Dylan as its MusiCares Person of the Year for 2015. The influential singer-songwriter will be honored at a special ceremony two days before the Grammys on February 6th.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Robert E. Poli, who led the tumultuous 1981 air traffic controllers’ strike, which prompted President Ronald Reagan to dismiss 11,500 controllers and is viewed as a pivotal moment in the decline of organized labor, died on Sept. 15 at his home in Meridian, Idaho. He was 78. His son, Rob, said the cause was kidney and liver failure.   ***Flavored ice drinks had been around since the Romans, and machines had been churning them out under various brand names for almost as long, it seems, when Will Radcliff, a peanut salesman, had the ice beverage inspiration that made him rich. He called it a Slush Puppie. Thirty years later, when he sold the company he had founded to make and market the product, the Slush Puppie had become a staple among aficionados of brain-freezing supersweet drinks all over the world. Mr. Radcliff, who died on Thursday in Cincinnati at 74, was inspecting a slush-making machine he had come upon at a trade fair in Chicago in 1970 when the idea struck him: “I could sell a drink for 10 cents, and make 7 cents” on each sale, he told The Cincinnati Enquirer in 1998.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jim Henson (1936) Henson was an American filmmaker, television producer, and puppeteer who created the puppet group the Muppets. He was the leading force behind their long, creative run in films and in the television series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Henson crafted the prototype for his signature character, Kermit the Frog, from his mother’s green coat and two ping pong ball halves for eyes.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Motadel: IN the last few years, there has been a dramatic rise of a seemingly new type of polity: the Islamic rebel state. Boko Haram in West Africa, the Shabab in East Africa, the Islamic Emirate in the Caucasus and, of course, the Islamic State in the Middle East, known as ISIS, or ISIL — these movements not only call for holy war against the West, but also use their resources to build theocracies. Though in some respects unprecedented, these groups also have much in common with the Islamic revivalist movements of the 18th century, such as the Wahhabis on the Arabian Peninsula and the great jihadist states of the 19th century. They waged jihad against non-Muslim powers, and at the same time sought to radically transform their own societies.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: There is a tension at the heart of President Obama’s campaign to confront the Islamic State, and it explains a lot about why he has so much trouble articulating and implementing his strategy. Quite simply, it is the tension between two vital goals — promoting the “soul-searching” that ISIS’s emergence has triggered in the Arab-Muslim world and “searching and destroying” ISIS in its strongholds in Syria and Iraq. Get used to it. This tension is not going away. Obama will have to lead through it. The good news: The rise of the Islamic State, also known and ISIS, is triggering some long overdue, brutally honest, soul-searching by Arabs and Muslims about how such a large, murderous Sunni death cult could have emerged in their midst. Look at a few samples, starting with “The Barbarians Within Our Gates,” written in Politico last week by Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Al-Arabiya, the Arabic satellite channel.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***All’s fair in love and reality television. Soon after Kris and Bruce Jenner officially filed for divorce, it’s been revealed that the former couple will divide their $60 million fortune down the middle, TMZ reported Tuesday.   ***Some guys have all the luck — just ask Mostafa Kashe, who says he got a broken nose courtesy of Rod Stewart. The 69-year-old ​”Rod the Mod” regularly punts soccer balls into the crowd at his concerts, but ​Kashe is throwing a red card at ​the singer after one ball smashed into his face ​so hard that it bro​​ke his nose at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas​, according to court papers​.   ***The man and woman who were arrested after burglarizing Miley Cyrus’ San Fernando Valley, Calif., home in late May and driving off her in 2014 Maserati Quattroporte will serve time. Naomi Charles and Tylor Scott accepted plea deals on Monday.

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Tuesday • September 23, 2014

OBAMA, AFTER AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA, SAYS U.S. WILL ‘DO WHAT IS NECESSARY’ AGAINST ISIS: President Obama on Tuesday hailed the American-led coalition that conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night, declaring, “We’re going to do what is necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group.” Speaking on the South Lawn of the White House just before leaving for New York City to attend the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Obama emphasized that the extensive operation had included Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.

GAME ON! U.S., ALLIES BOMB ISIS IN SYRIA: The U.S. war against ISIS has begun in Syria. On Monday night, the United States—along with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates—launched cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs around Raqqa and along Syria’s border with Iraq. Three other ISIS strongholds (Dair Elzur, Hasakah, and Abu Kamal) were also targeted. Speaking from the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday, President Obama addressed the strikes against ISIS and also acknowledged the eight strikes west of Allepo against the “Khorosan Group,” an Al Qaeda splinter group the U.S. says was planning an “imminent attack” against America and the West. “It must be clear to anyone who would plot against America, we will not tolerate safe havens,” Obama said. No word yet on terrorist or civilian casualties.

STRIKES AGAINST ISIS IN SYRIA DRAW MIXED REACTIONS IN MIDDLE EAST: The new military intervention in Syria by the United States and five Arab allies has drawn mixed reactions across the Middle East, a region where many people hate the brutality of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, but are also deeply skeptical of the motives behind any type of foreign intervention. Looming over the new campaign are memories of recent American-led interventions in Libya and Iraq, which many Arabs welcomed at first but later turned against, because they led to new waves of instability and civil war.

ABU GHAITH, A BIN LADEN ADVISER, IS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON: A ​Kuwaiti-born cleric who sat with Osama bin Laden in a remote Afghan cave hours after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and later became a fiery spokesman for the Qaeda leader, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a federal judge in Manhattan. The defendant, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, who became the most senior adviser to Bin Laden to be tried in a civilian court in the United States since the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted in March of three counts: conspiracy to kill Americans, and providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to do so. In imposing the sentence, the judge, Lewis A. Kaplan of United States District Court, rejected a defense request for leniency on grounds that Mr. Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Bin Laden’s, had been convicted essentially for offensive language.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: More people are killed by bee stings and lightning than by shark attacks. Worldwide about 30 people die each year from shark attacks, which means a person has a one in 300 million chance of being killed by a shark. A shark attack most often occurs when a shark mistakes a person for a seal or other animal.

ISRAEL: WE SHOT DOWN SYRIAN AIRCRAFT: On Tuesday, the Israeli military said it intercepted and shot down a Syrian aircraft over the Golan Height. The plane “infiltrated into Israeli airspace” at around 9:15 a.m., according to a statement from the Israeli military. It was a Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jet with “at least one or two pilots or navigators aboard,” said Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. It is not yet clear how long the fighter jet was in Israeli airspace or how deeply it flew. “This is developing, we’ll have to see where it goes,” said Lerner. Since the start of the Syrian civil war three years ago, Israel has responded to errant fire. However, the announcement of the downing of the Syrian fighter jet came hours after a U.S.-led coalition began strikes against ISIS forces in Syria. Israel said it would not get involved with fighting ISIS in Syria unless the violence reaches its country.

U.S. WARNED SYRIA IN ADVANCE OF STRIKES: The Syrian foreign ministry said the U.S. forewarned the country that it would launch airstrikes targeting ISIS. “The American side informed Syria’s permanent envoy to the U.N. that strikes will be launched against the Daesh [an Arabic name for ISIS] terrorist organization in Raqqa,” according to a brief statement published on Syrian state media. Raqqa is ISIS’s self-declared capital of Syria. The U.S.-led strikes, which began last night around 8:30 p.m. ET, hit the city of Raqqa as well as a number of other villages and cities, including ones in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour and the village of Kfar Derian between the northern province of Aleppo and Idlib. Syria has stated it would consider any uncoordinated attacks against ISIS an act of aggression and a violation of its national sovereignty. U.S. officials have also previously raised doubts over the legal justifications for the anti-ISIS airstrikes and over whether they will be sufficient to stop ISIS in Syria.

800 ROUNDS IN WHITE HOUSE INTRUDER’S CAR: According to federal prosecutors, the man who jumped the White House fence on Saturday had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car. Omar Gonzalez, 42, had also been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map that had the White House marked. Even more shocking, he was stopped, but not arrested, back in August while walking past the White House with a hatchet. Relatives told the AP that Gonzalez suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and needs treatment. His sister said he is a kind, gentle man scarred by war. Gonzalez enlisted in the Army in 1997, served until 2003, and then re-enlisted in 2005 and retired in 2012, having served in Iraq from October 2006 to January 2008, the Army said.

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WHO WARNS OF HUGE EBOLA SURGE BY NOVEMBER: The World Health Organization has said previously that the number of Ebola cases could “eventually” surpass 20,000, but now the agency is warning that number will be reached by November 2, soaring by the thousands every week unless countries ratchet up efforts to halt the outbreak. WHO officials said in a statement that “without drastic improvements in control measures” the number of new cases and deaths will rise from hundreds to thousands per week. The outbreak in West Africa already has killed 2,800 people from among 5,800 infection cases. “We are seeing exponential growth and we need to act now,” said Christopher Dye, a co-author of the WHO study. Dye said the fear is that Ebola “will become more or less a permanent feature of the human population.”

ISRAELI FORCES KILL 2 SUSPECTS IN MURDER OF JEWISH TEENAGERS: Israeli forces killed two Palestinian men early Tuesday whom they suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June, according to a military spokesman, closing a crucial chapter in what became the bloodiest period of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in decades. The spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, said the two suspects, Marwan Qawasmeh, 29, and Amer Abu Aisha, 33, “came out shooting” around 6 a.m. as troops breached a two-story structure in Hebron where the men had been holed up for a week.

AS U.S. BOMBS FALL, BRITISH HOSTAGE OF ISIS WARNS OF ANOTHER VIETNAM: As American airstrikes began raining down on the de facto capital of the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night, the militant group issued a new installment in its “lecture series” delivered by a British hostage, John Cantlie. In the propaganda video, Mr. Cantlie is again seated at a table wearing an orange jumpsuit, in a reference to the outfits worn by Muslim prisoners at American detention centers at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He reads from a script, explaining how the United States’ involvement in the Syrian conflict will mirror its misadventures in Vietnam.

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U.S. HITS CORPS PULLING BURGER KING MOVE: On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new rules aimed at stopping “inversion” deals—agreements involving U.S. companies reincorporating abroad to avoid taxes. Burger King did an infamous deal with Tim Hortons this summer that took the burger chain’s headquarters to Canada. The regulations, which are effective immediately, will mostly hurt future inversion deals, but there are tax penalties for those that have already inverted. It may make things more complicated for Burger King, as the company has agreed to an inversion, but has not yet completed the deal. “If they are closed and done as of today, then they are not subject to this,” said a senior Treasury official. “If they are closed tomorrow or after, they are subject to this.”

KRIS JENNER FILES FOR DIVORCE: It’s official. The well-documented demise of Kris and Bruce Jenner’s marriage is over, as Kris Jenner has officially filed for divorce, and Bruce is expected to file as well. Kris filed pro per, meaning no lawyer, citing “irreconcilable differences.” They will reportedly have joint custody of their children, and neither partner will get spousal support. The deal was worked out between the pair’s managers after they separated in 2013.

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WEIGHT LOSS: People have noticed a difference in Gov. Chris Christie but no one besides him knew how much weight he has lost. Gov. Christie has lost 85 pounds since weight-loss surgery, according to The New York Times which reported that’s what the governor told conservative donors at David Koch’s New York apartment. It was a closed door meeting, no press allowed, but The Times said a guest talked about what occurred.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I’ve been living in and visiting New York for almost a half-century now. One thought occurs as I walk around these days: The city has never been better. There has never been a time when there were so many interesting places to visit, shop and eat, when the rivers and the parks were so beautiful, when there were so many vibrant neighborhoods across all boroughs, with immigrants and hipsters and new businesses and experimental schools. I suppose New York isn’t as artistically or intellectually rich as it was in the 1940s and 1950s, but daily life is immeasurably better.

LBN-COMMENATARY by Robert Kotler, MD: MDs who game the insurance system and collect inappropriate payment from patients and/or insurers are thieves. And, insurers who roll over and automatically cut the checks for unconscionable amounts are co-conspirators.  Recall that insurers justify higher  premiums because of “ higher medical costs”. Those“ higher medical costs” must include these unjustified overpayments. In Mario Puzo’s book, The Godfather, the frontispiece credits Don Vito Corleone with this observation: “ A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a criminal with a gun”. Now we can update that to: “ A doctor with a pen and insurance form can steal more than……….”  MD-racketeers need to lose their licenses. They can always get jobs as hospital orderlies.

LBN-RANT: My oldest friend died last week. I met her when we were both seven. We became lesbians at about the same time. Wendy was quite friendly, but her lack of manners made her seem gauche in formal settings. I will miss her terribly even though we hadn’t spoken over the last five years. We had a terrible argument involving vibrators which injured our friendship (I know it sounds odd). May she rest in peace.

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Tuesday • September 23, 2014

AMEN! WHITE HOUSE WILL NOW LOCK THE FRONT DOOR:

The White House on Monday said it would do what most homeowners practice to secure their property: Lock the front door.

“After Friday night’s incident, when the door is not in use, it will be secured,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, clarifying that officials would, in fact, lock the door.

An Iraq war veteran armed with a knife managed to scale the outer fence of the White House Friday night and make it through the North Portico doors, near the residence of the first family.

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Monday • September 22, 2014

U.S. RAMPING UP MAJOR RENEWAL IN NUCLEAR ARMS: A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines. It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for “a nuclear-free world” and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy. The original idea was that modest rebuilding of the nation’s crumbling nuclear complex would speed arms refurbishment, raising confidence in the arsenal’s reliability and paving the way for new treaties that would significantly cut the number of warheads

ROCKEFELLER FAMILY DENOUNCES OIL: The Rockefeller family, whose legendary fortune was built by John D. Rockefeller through Standard Oil, announced that its $860 million philanthropic foundation is joining the divestment movement and abandoning fossil fuels. The announcement comes just ahead of the United Nations climate-change summit that starts Tuesday in New York City, and is part of a broadening divestment initiative in which people commit to selling shares of energy stocks. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has already eliminated investments involving coal and tar sands, while increasing its investment in alternative energy sources, the fund’s president said. Unwinding other investments in a complex portfolio involving a broader range of fossil fuels will take longer, he noted.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 72% of whites think the police do a good job of treating blacks and whites equally. Only 36% of blacks do. Just 6% of blacks say police do a good job in using an appropriate amount of force, while 41% of whites say police generally use force appropriately. 62 % of Americans agree that the U.S government should not pay ransoms to free hostages being held by terrorists. 21% think it should.

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BIG APPLE SALE: Early sales of Apple’s new iPhones have lived up to high expectations. The company on Monday said it sold more than 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days they were available in stores. That is higher than the nine million new iPhones it sold last year in their first weekend on sale.


TOP-LEVEL TURNOVER MAKES IT HARDER FOR DHS TO STAY ON TOP OF EVOLVING THREATS: An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyber attacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database.

EBOLA LOCKDOWN DECLARED A SUCCESS: Sierra Leone’s three-day curfew designed to contain the Ebola virus in the country has ended, with authorities declaring it a huge success and saying it will not be extended. The lockdown began Friday morning and confined most of the nation’s 6 million inhabitants to their homes while about 30,000 medical volunteers went to affected neighborhoods to find and treat patients and distribute soap. Authorities said they discovered 22 new cases, which they said would have increased transmission if not found. The curfew was the most aggressive measure in West Africa so far against Ebola. In hardest-hit Liberia, meanwhile, the number of beds for Ebola patients has quadrupled.

AFGHAN ARMY OFFICERS GO MISSING IN U.S.: Three officers from Afghanistan’s national army have been reported missing while in the United States for a joint military training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, American authorities say. The officers arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 11 and were reported missing by base security personnel late Saturday. They were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall, in Hyannis, Mass. Officials said all Afghan military personnel were fully vetted before they arrived in the U.S. and that there is no indication the missing officers pose any threat to the public. Base and local police were trying to locate the three officers. About a dozen other Afghan soldiers continue to participate in the training exercise. Two Afghan policemen recently went missing while in Washington, D.C. for a DEA training program; they were found safe somewhere outside D.C.

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In Europe, milk was not pasteurized until the 1890s and was avoided, particularly for infants, because people believed their child would grow up to resemble the animal.

WARRANT IN HUNT FOR MISSING UVA STUDENT: Virginia State Police have issued an arrest warrant for Jesse L. Matthews, the last person to have been seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. “I believe that Jesse Matthews was the last person she was seen with before she vanished off the face of the Earth,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo said Sunday. Matthews was brought to the Charlottesville police station for questioning Saturday afternoon and asked for a lawyer. Police were “overtly” monitoring Matthews when he left the station. He proceeded to speed off through Abermale County in a manner that was “reckless and placed others in danger,” said Longo. Now, police are “aggressively pursuing” Matthews and intend to arrest him, he said. Graham has been missing for more than a week. She was last heard from at 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 13, when she sent a text message to a friend.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer having lunch together at Michael’s in Midtown in NYC.   ***Design duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz, who’ve moved to L.A. with their seven kids, toasting their 9 by Novogratz collection for Walmart.com at Lure Fishbar.   ***Ben Stiller, Amy Schumer, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Cynthia Nixon and Kathy Najimy taking in Bridget Everett’s “Rock Bottom” at Joe’s Pub in NYC.   ***Lily Collins at the Organic Pharmacy in Beverly Hills getting a facial.   ***Prominent L.A. film editors Micah Stuart having dinner at the popular Natalee Thai restaurant in Culver City.   ***Acclaimed L.A. acting teacher Aaron Speiser having lunch at the popular Luna Park restaurant in L.A.   ***Power music attorney John Branca and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch last week at Via Alloro in Beverly Hills.   ***Elite Beverly Hills matchmaker Craig Donaldson having lunch at Bedford and Burns restaurant in Beverly Hills.    ***Acclaimed Life Coach to the stars Lisa Haisha was sighted at The Moulin Rouge in Paris on a short break between her multi-city speaking tour throughout the EU.

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LBN-SEE IT: Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdish regional government. In July, he told the Kurdish parliament, “The time has come to decide our fate, and we should not wait for other people to decide it for us.”


LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Patrick Stewart who will star in the Starz Comedy Blunt Talk, has signed with Anonymous Content.   ***Jason Patric, who recently starred in the Lionsgate’s The Prince, was signed with Gersh.   ***Twilight’s Cam Gigandet, now appearing on CBS summer drama Reckless, has signed with UTA.   ***Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife in Killing Kennedy, has signed with Gersh.   ***Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary (Da Vinci’s Demons) has signed with Kraft-Engel.   ***Golden Boy alum Bonnie Somerville has signed with APA- Rebecca Sun.   ***Hot comedian Erica Rhodes signing with Gersh.

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“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

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USA TODAY: America’s 50 Best Cities to Live In

“When choosing where to live, Americans consider a variety of factors. For some, the quality of schools is important. For others, the strength of the local economy or personal safety takes priority. To determine America’s best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 areas measured by the U.S. Census Bureau with populations of 65,000 or more. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, educational attainment, and housing affordability, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s 50 best cities to live.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrea Mckee and Andrew Salnersept: Lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer, claims the lives of approximately 435 people in the United States every day. In fact, more women die of lung cancer each year than breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined. While lung cancer is curable with surgery in its early stages, most people are given diagnoses of lung cancer after symptoms develop, when the disease is often advanced and resistant to treatment. Now, however, there is good evidence that we can reduce the number of people who die of this devastating disease. A recent study called the National Lung Screening Trial proved that we do that by using a low-dose CT scan to detect early stage lung cancer. The study showed that in older people, both current and former heavy smokers, annual screening reduced the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer (Security expert): Would the US Secret Service stop a semi-organized attack at the White House? We are concerned if ISIS of some terrorist group attacked the President what would happen?  Here are facts of three recent incidents: Incident one – Last week a person jumped the White House fence & was arrested.   Incident two – On Friday at 7:20pm Omar Gonzales carrying a knife jumped the fence & went in the front door at the White House.  Obama & his two daughters’ departed four minutes before this incident.  Incident three – Later that day, Kevin Carr drove up to a gate at the White House, would not leave & was arrested.  Solutions: Terminate the employees that allowed this to happen. Secret Service is going through a leadership problem at the detail leader level.  They need retraining & have lowered their standards.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Vicki Madden: In spite of our collective belief that education is the engine for climbing the socioeconomic ladder — the heart of the “American dream” myth — colleges now are more divided by wealth than ever. When lower-income students start college, they often struggle to finish for many reasons, but social isolation and alienation can be big factors. In “Rewarding Strivers: Helping Low-Income Students Succeed in College,” Anthony P. Carnevale and Jeff Strohl analyzed federal data collected by Michael Bastedo and Ozan Jaquette of the University of Michigan School of Education; they found that at the 193 most selective colleges, only 14 percent of students were from the bottom 50 percent of Americans in terms of socioeconomic status. Just 5 percent of students were from the lowest quartile.

LBN-COMMENTARY by DANIEL C. ESTY: Smart people in the 20th century thought we could tackle climate change with a treaty in which the world’s nations agreed to “targets and timetables” for reducing emissions. These reductions would be implemented by top-down, national mandates and government support for clean energy technologies. But 22 years after the original climate agreement, emissions continue to rise and threats of significant harm loom larger.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon joined her friends Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen for a private dinner at the Jazz Room at the General after the premiere of their new film “Two Faces of January” on Wednesday. Sources said Gordon and Mortensen spent nearly the whole meal talking about a secret project they’re working on, while Dunst hung out with Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.   ***Nearly 40 years after his sister was brutally raped and murdered, “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer continues his battle to keep her killers behind bars. The Emmy-winning actor personally appeared at a hearing to oppose parole for a convicted felon suspected of being involved in his sister’s death.

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Monday • September 22, 2014

U.S. RAMPING UP MAJOR RENEWAL IN NUCLEAR ARMS: A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines. It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for “a nuclear-free world” and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy. The original idea was that modest rebuilding of the nation’s crumbling nuclear complex would speed arms refurbishment, raising confidence in the arsenal’s reliability and paving the way for new treaties that would significantly cut the number of warheads

 

ROCKEFELLER FAMILY DENOUNCES OIL: The Rockefeller family, whose legendary fortune was built by John D. Rockefeller through Standard Oil, announced that its $860 million philanthropic foundation is joining the divestment movement and abandoning fossil fuels. The announcement comes just ahead of the United Nations climate-change summit that starts Tuesday in New York City, and is part of a broadening divestment initiative in which people commit to selling shares of energy stocks. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has already eliminated investments involving coal and tar sands, while increasing its investment in alternative energy sources, the fund’s president said. Unwinding other investments in a complex portfolio involving a broader range of fossil fuels will take longer, he noted.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 72% of whites think the police do a good job of treating blacks and whites equally. Only 36% of blacks do. Just 6% of blacks say police do a good job in using an appropriate amount of force, while 41% of whites say police generally use force appropriately. 62 % of Americans agree that the U.S government should not pay ransoms to free hostages being held by terrorists. 21% think it should.

 

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BIG APPLE SALE: Early sales of Apple’s new iPhones have lived up to high expectations. The company on Monday said it sold more than 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days they were available in stores. That is higher than the nine million new iPhones it sold last year in their first weekend on sale.


 

TOP-LEVEL TURNOVER MAKES IT HARDER FOR DHS TO STAY ON TOP OF EVOLVING THREATS: An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyber attacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database.

 

EBOLA LOCKDOWN DECLARED A SUCCESS: Sierra Leone’s three-day curfew designed to contain the Ebola virus in the country has ended, with authorities declaring it a huge success and saying it will not be extended. The lockdown began Friday morning and confined most of the nation’s 6 million inhabitants to their homes while about 30,000 medical volunteers went to affected neighborhoods to find and treat patients and distribute soap. Authorities said they discovered 22 new cases, which they said would have increased transmission if not found. The curfew was the most aggressive measure in West Africa so far against Ebola. In hardest-hit Liberia, meanwhile, the number of beds for Ebola patients has quadrupled.

 

AFGHAN ARMY OFFICERS GO MISSING IN U.S.: Three officers from Afghanistan’s national army have been reported missing while in the United States for a joint military training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, American authorities say. The officers arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 11 and were reported missing by base security personnel late Saturday. They were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall, in Hyannis, Mass. Officials said all Afghan military personnel were fully vetted before they arrived in the U.S. and that there is no indication the missing officers pose any threat to the public. Base and local police were trying to locate the three officers. About a dozen other Afghan soldiers continue to participate in the training exercise. Two Afghan policemen recently went missing while in Washington, D.C. for a DEA training program; they were found safe somewhere outside D.C.

 

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WARRANT IN HUNT FOR MISSING UVA STUDENT: Virginia State Police have issued an arrest warrant for Jesse L. Matthews, the last person to have been seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. “I believe that Jesse Matthews was the last person she was seen with before she vanished off the face of the Earth,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo said Sunday. Matthews was brought to the Charlottesville police station for questioning Saturday afternoon and asked for a lawyer. Police were “overtly” monitoring Matthews when he left the station. He proceeded to speed off through Abermale County in a manner that was “reckless and placed others in danger,” said Longo. Now, police are “aggressively pursuing” Matthews and intend to arrest him, he said. Graham has been missing for more than a week. She was last heard from at 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 13, when she sent a text message to a friend.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer having lunch together at Michael’s in Midtown in NYC.   ***Design duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz, who’ve moved to L.A. with their seven kids, toasting their 9 by Novogratz collection for Walmart.com at Lure Fishbar.   ***Ben Stiller, Amy Schumer, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Cynthia Nixon and Kathy Najimy taking in Bridget Everett’s “Rock Bottom” at Joe’s Pub in NYC.   ***Lily Collins at the Organic Pharmacy in Beverly Hills getting a facial.   ***Prominent L.A. film editors Micah Stuart having dinner at the popular Natalee Thai restaurant in Culver City.   ***Acclaimed L.A. acting teacher Aaron Speiser having lunch at the popular Luna Park restaurant in L.A.   ***Power music attorney John Branca and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch last week at Via Alloro in Beverly Hills.   ***Elite Beverly Hills matchmaker Craig Donaldson having lunch at Bedford and Burns restaurant in Beverly Hills.    ***Acclaimed Life Coach to the stars Lisa Haisha was sighted at The Moulin Rouge in Paris on a short break between her multi-city speaking tour throughout the EU.

 

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LBN-SEE IT: Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdish regional government. In July, he told the Kurdish parliament, “The time has come to decide our fate, and we should not wait for other people to decide it for us.”


 

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Patrick Stewart who will star in the Starz Comedy Blunt Talk, has signed with Anonymous Content.   ***Jason Patric, who recently starred in the Lionsgate’s The Prince, was signed with Gersh.   ***Twilight’s Cam Gigandet, now appearing on CBS summer drama Reckless, has signed with UTA.   ***Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife in Killing Kennedy, has signed with Gersh.   ***Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary (Da Vinci’s Demons) has signed with Kraft-Engel.   ***Golden Boy alum Bonnie Somerville has signed with APA- Rebecca Sun.   ***Hot comedian Erica Rhodes signing with Gersh.

 

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“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

 
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USA TODAY: America’s 50 Best Cities to Live In

“When choosing where to live, Americans consider a variety of factors. For some, the quality of schools is important. For others, the strength of the local economy or personal safety takes priority. To determine America’s best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 areas measured by the U.S. Census Bureau with populations of 65,000 or more. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, educational attainment, and housing affordability, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s 50 best cities to live.”

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrea Mckee and Andrew Salnersept: Lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer, claims the lives of approximately 435 people in the United States every day. In fact, more women die of lung cancer each year than breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined. While lung cancer is curable with surgery in its early stages, most people are given diagnoses of lung cancer after symptoms develop, when the disease is often advanced and resistant to treatment. Now, however, there is good evidence that we can reduce the number of people who die of this devastating disease. A recent study called the National Lung Screening Trial proved that we do that by using a low-dose CT scan to detect early stage lung cancer. The study showed that in older people, both current and former heavy smokers, annual screening reduced the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer (Security expert): Would the US Secret Service stop a semi-organized attack at the White House? We are concerned if ISIS of some terrorist group attacked the President what would happen?  Here are facts of three recent incidents: Incident one – Last week a person jumped the White House fence & was arrested.   Incident two – On Friday at 7:20pm Omar Gonzales carrying a knife jumped the fence & went in the front door at the White House.  Obama & his two daughters’ departed four minutes before this incident.  Incident three – Later that day, Kevin Carr drove up to a gate at the White House, would not leave & was arrested.  Solutions: Terminate the employees that allowed this to happen. Secret Service is going through a leadership problem at the detail leader level.  They need retraining & have lowered their standards.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Vicki Madden: In spite of our collective belief that education is the engine for climbing the socioeconomic ladder — the heart of the “American dream” myth — colleges now are more divided by wealth than ever. When lower-income students start college, they often struggle to finish for many reasons, but social isolation and alienation can be big factors. In “Rewarding Strivers: Helping Low-Income Students Succeed in College,” Anthony P. Carnevale and Jeff Strohl analyzed federal data collected by Michael Bastedo and Ozan Jaquette of the University of Michigan School of Education; they found that at the 193 most selective colleges, only 14 percent of students were from the bottom 50 percent of Americans in terms of socioeconomic status. Just 5 percent of students were from the lowest quartile.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by DANIEL C. ESTY: Smart people in the 20th century thought we could tackle climate change with a treaty in which the world’s nations agreed to “targets and timetables” for reducing emissions. These reductions would be implemented by top-down, national mandates and government support for clean energy technologies. But 22 years after the original climate agreement, emissions continue to rise and threats of significant harm loom larger.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon joined her friends Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen for a private dinner at the Jazz Room at the General after the premiere of their new film “Two Faces of January” on Wednesday. Sources said Gordon and Mortensen spent nearly the whole meal talking about a secret project they’re working on, while Dunst hung out with Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.   ***Nearly 40 years after his sister was brutally raped and murdered, “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer continues his battle to keep her killers behind bars. The Emmy-winning actor personally appeared at a hearing to oppose parole for a convicted felon suspected of being involved in his sister’s death.

 

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Sunday • September 21, 2014

POPE IN ALBANIA URGES MUSLIMS TO CONDEMN EXTREMISM:



Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world.

“To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman,” Francis told representatives of Albania’s Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities during a half-day visit to Tirana in which he recalled the brutal persecution people of all faiths suffered under communism.

Media expert and author Michael Levine called the Pope’s remarks “valuable, important and long, long over-due.”

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Sunday• September 21, 2014

U.S. SUSPECTS MORE DIRECT THREATS BEYOND ISIS: As the United States begins what could be a lengthy military campaign against the Islamic State, intelligence and law enforcement officials said another Syrian group, led by a shadowy figure who was once among Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, posed a more direct threat to America and Europe. American officials said that the group called Khorasan had emerged in the past year as the cell in Syria that may be the most intent on hitting the United States or its installations overseas with a terror attack. The officials said that the group is led by Muhsin al-Fadhli, a senior Qaeda operative who, according to the State Department, was so close to Bin Laden that he was among a small group of people who knew about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before they were launched.

EX-TITAN ROB BIRONAS KILLED IN CAR CRASH: Former Tennessee Titan Rob Bironas died Saturday night after a car accident less than a mile from his home. The former kicker lost control of his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali after 11 p.m. Saturday night. He was speeding when it ran off the road and crashed into several trees before coming to a stop upside down. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Vanderbilt University hospital. Bironas played nine seasons with the Ttitans, holding the record as their second all-time leading scorer. He was also the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history. Bironas has trained with the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the off-season. In June, he married Rachel Bradshaw, the daughter of Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw.” Rob made a significant impact as a player in his nine years with the team and more importantly touched many lives in the Nashville community off the field,” the Titans said in statement.

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ASHRAF GHANI TO BE AFGHAN PRESIDENT: After months of bitter disputes, Ashraf Ghani will become the president of Afghanistan. He and his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, signed an agreement to form an Afghan government in unity on live television on Sunday. Under the unity deal, Abdullah will still get a significant amount of power. He will get to nominate a national CEO (including, potentially, himself) who will effectively serve as a prime minister. Both men shook hands and embraced in a clear attempt to unify a country after a rancorous election, during which both candidates accused the other of fraud. Outgoing president Hamid Karzai thanked both men for agreeing to deal for the sake of “the progress and development of this country.”

WHITE HOUSE INTRUDER IS IRAQ WAR VET: The man who successfully broke into the White House Friday night wielding a knife has been identified as an Iraq War Veteran. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, was stationed in Iraq from 2006 through 2008 and served as a sniper, according to his relatives. He is the first intruder to make it into the White House. He sprinted 70 yards across the North Lawn and opened the door of the North Portico, which was unlocked. He was stopped once he stepped inside. “The location of Gonzalez’s arrest is not acceptable,” the Secret Service said in a statement and announced an investigation into the security breach. Just a day after Gonzalez’s entry, a New Jersey teenager also attempted to break into the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. On Saturday, Kevin Carr, 19, tried to drive through a White House barricade, but he was unable to get through and the barricade was not damaged.

LBN-READER QUESTION: Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Tex., jumped the black iron fence that surrounds the White House around 7:20 p.m. on Friday and ran straight to the North Portico door, the grand entrance that is flanked by white marble columns and faces Pennsylvania Avenue. He made it through the unlocked doors. Is this a symbol of a totally incompetent government or just a unfortunate one time incident? Please send your commentary (100 words or less) with your name and city to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net

60,000 FLEE TO TURKEY AWAY FROM ISIS: Around 60,000 people, mostly Syrian Kurds, crossed the border into Turkey on Friday and Saturday out of fear of an ISIS attack, according to Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus. Turkey opened its borders on Friday to Syrians fleeing the strategically placed Kurdish town of Kobane, which ISIS is believed to be approaching. At least 11 Kurdish civilians, including boys, have been executed by ISIS in towns near Kobane, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has now topped more than 847,000.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the audience at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s in NYC opening night on Thursday to witness the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ and Chucho Valdés’ Cuban-tinged piece.    ***Chrissy Teigen at the Brickwood in NYC.   ***Kim Cattrall, John Leguizamo and Tyson Beckford taking in “The Boomer List” at the Paley Center for Media in NYC.   ***Sam Worthington and Zosia Mamet taking in J. Cole’s and Bleachers’ performances to kick off Mountain Dew’s Dew Tour.   ***Popular L.A. comedian Joey Garza having lunch at Shutter’s Hotel in Santa Monica.   ***Author Sandra Sellani having dinner at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood.

LBN-SEE IT: Alicia Keys said she knew this image would draw attention, which is just what she wants as she builds an army of fans who want to make the world a better place for all.



EGYPT TO HOST ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN TALKS: An aid to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians this week. Azzam al-Ahmed said on a Palestinian radio show Sunday that talks would begin in Cairo on Tuesday. Not only will the negotiations aim to bring a long-term Gaza ceasefire, they will try to rectify Palestinians’ internal riff between Hamas and Fatah. Israelis and Palestinians fought a bloody 50-day long war this summer that came to a close in August, but without a long-term peace deal. Egypt has served as a major moderator in trying to resolve conflicts over Gaza.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***In a growing practice that some experts call drive-by doctoring, medical assistants, consultants and other hospital staffers, often called in without patients’ knowledge, are charging hefty fees.   ***The longstanding debate about the advisability of replacing sugar in one’s diet with artificial sweeteners just got a little more complicated. Researchers found that the no-calorie sugar substitutes, meant to help keep things like weight and blood sugar levels in check, alter the balance of gut microbes linked to metabolic diseases like diabetes and may lead, or contribute, to elevated blood sugar levels. The research focused on three common artificial sweeteners: saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame.

VICTIM ATTACKED BY ‘NINJA’ SISTER-WIVES: A 15-year-old witness in a Utah rape trial was the target of an attack by two of the defendant’s wives, who snuck into the girl’s house late one Thursday night dressed like ninjas and armed with knives and stun guns. A male relative of the girl found the women in the house after he heard a noise downstairs. “I heard a creak, and there was silence for about 30 seconds,” he said. “I went to the bottom of the stairs and saw a couple of ninjas coming down. They were all dark gray or black and they had black rubber gloves on and masks. All I could see was their eyes.” The “ninjas,” according to the man (who declined to be identified to protect the identity of the witness), then covered his mouth and grabbed his throat before he threw them off. The women are now behind bars.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Stephen King (1947)

King is a popular American author of horror stories and one of the best-selling writers worldwide. His work bears the mark of the 19th-century Gothic tradition, often taking everyday situations and revealing their macabre and horrific potential. He is noted for his cinematic style, and several of his novels and stories have been made into successful movies, including The Shining, Stand by Me, and The Shawshank Redemption

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Houzz: Home Design

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: This was an interesting week to visit Britain and Spain — first to watch the Scottish separatists push for independence and then to watch Basque and Catalan separatists watching (with disappointment) the outcome of the vote. One reaction: I’m glad a majority of Scots rejected independence. Had they not, it would have clipped the wing of America’s most important wingman in the world: Britain. Another reaction: God bless America. We have many sources of strength, but today our greatest asset is our pluralism — our “E pluribus unum” — that out of many we’ve made one nation, with all the benefits that come from mixing cultures and all the strengths that come from being able to act together.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Mariah Carey has been crying on the shoulder of director Brett Ratner since her split from husband Nick Cannon. We’re told Carey, who has been “living apart” from Cannon for months, has been seeking advice from her good friend Ratner. “They speak frequently,” we’re told.

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Saturday • September 20, 2014

WHO’S IN CHARGE -THE THREE STOOGES? INTRUDER WALKS INTO WHITE HOUSE: An intruder scaled the White House’s north fence on Friday and made it all the way into the front door before being caught by the Secret Service, triggering a rare evacuation of most of the people inside and bringing the Secret Service under intense scrutiny. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just left the White House when Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old unarmed Texan, made it in and remaining staffers and journalists were rushed out through a side door. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House of Representatives’ subpanel on national security oversight, called the incident “totally unacceptable,” but just one of many recent instances of Secret Service failings. “Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job,” Chaffetz said. “These are good men and women, but the Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer.” The Secret Service has said the incident will be reviewed to make sure proper protocols were followed.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The agent that gives Twinkies their smooth feel, cellulose gum, is also used in rocket fuel to give it a slightly gelatinous feel.

GOODELL ‘NEVER CONSIDERED’ QUITTING: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell emerged from nine days of obscurity at a press conference Friday to discuss the epidemic of domestic violence in the league. Saying, “I never considered” resigning, Goodell did admit he “got it wrong” when it came to the lax, tardy punishment of Ray Rice. Moving forward, “nothing is off the table” when it comes to changing the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, he said. The league will use discipline and education to curb “domestic violence, including child abuse, sexual assault, irresponsible ownership or handling of firearms, the illegal use of alcohol or drugs.” All NFL staff will undergo education led by a team of experts. (The NFL will also provide funding to National Domestic Violence Hotline.) As for the Rice tape, he stands by his claim that the NFL asked for it but didn’t receive it, contrary to an AP report last week saying a law-enforcement source gave a league official the tape.

EX-EMPLOYEES SAY HOME DEPOT LEFT DATA VULNERABLE: The risks were clear to computer experts inside Home Depot: The home improvement chain, they warned for years, might be easy prey for hackers. But despite alarms as far back as 2008, Home Depot was slow to raise its defenses, according to former employees. On Thursday, the company confirmed what many had feared: The biggest data breach in retailing history had compromised 56 million of its customers’ credit cards. The data has popped up on black markets and, by one estimate, could be used to make $3 billion in illegal purchases. Yet long before the attack came to light this month, Home Depot’s handling of its computer security was a record of missteps, the former employees said. Interviews with former members of the company’s cyber security team — who spoke on the condition they not be named, because they still work in the industry — suggest the company was slow to respond to early threats and only belatedly took action.

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DOZENS OF ISIS HOSTAGES RELEASED: Dozens of Turkish hostages, who were kidnapped over three months ago by ISIS, were freed on Saturday. 46 Turks, including Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz and his family, were abducted from the Turkish consulate in Mosul in June, along with three local Iraqi employees. All have since been freed, though it is unclear how. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked intelligence officials in a statement on his website. “I thank…every single member of the national intelligence agency from the director to the field operatives,” he wrote. “I congratulate them for their big success from the bottom of my heart.” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the rescue a late-night operation. “At around 11:30 at night, this rescue effort reached its final stage,” Davutoglu said. “Be assured that for months we worked toward this. I thank those in our national intelligence agency who worked relentlessly and with great sacrifice

POMP, LITTLE ACTION EXPECTED AT UN CLIMATE SUMMIT: More than 120 world leaders will convene for a U.N. climate summit. Environmentalists will take to the streets in what is being billed as the largest march ever on global warming. Celebrities, CEOs and climatologists will appear at a string of events and press conferences. Despite the hoopla in New York this week, little action is expected on saving the planet.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Saudi Arabia

1.     Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to the religion’s holiest shrines, Mecca and Medina.

2.     The Saudi king’s official title is “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.” King Abdullah Bin Abd el-Aziz Al Saud has been king since 2005.

3.     According to Forbes magazine, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is the 8th most powerful person in the world and the world’s most powerful Muslim.

4.     Saudi Arabia has 83,000 square miles (2,149,690 square km) in total area, which makes it the 13th largest country in the world. It is the largest country in the Middle East, about the size of Western Europe and one-quarter the size of the U.S.

5.     Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world without a river.

6.     Based on fatalities per head of population, a World Bank report in the year 2000 found that Saudi Arabia along with Malaysia, Thailand, and South Africa were the most dangerous countries in which to drive. Saudi Arabia fared even worse when this was measured in fatalities per vehicle.

7.     In 2012, Saudi Arabia banned smoking in government offices and most public places, which includes a ban on shishas (water pipes) and prohibits the selling of tobacco to minors. Saudi statistics state that country is the world’s fourth largest importer of tobacco, and Saudis spend about US$8 million a day on cigarettes.

8.     Motorists in Saudi Arabia have invented a perilous but exciting new driving sport called Sidewalk Skiing, which involves balancing a car on its side while the car is in motion.

9.     Fifteen of the 19 accused hijackers of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001, came from Saudi Arabia.

10.  Construction on Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower began in 2014. The new, tallest building in the world will stand 3,280 feet (1 km) high and will dwarf the Burj Khalifa hotel in Dubai by 600 feet (183 meters).

NFL INSIDERS OPEN UP ON RAY RICE: As more details unravel around how the NFL has handled Ray Rice’s domestic abuse scandal over the past seven months, it is apparent just how tangled the web of facts and misguided information is. In an in-depth look at the chain of events sparked by the Feb. 15 altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City Casino, ESPN interviewed over 20 sources close to the case revealing “a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL.” Sources reveal that Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh urged management to cut Rice from the team shortly after seeing the outside-elevator footage in February and again in March, but was denied both times. Multiple sources also claim that the organization made no effort to see the inside-elevator footage or investigate into the matter further, even after warned of its graphic nature.

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WILD – JOE BIDEN MAKES THIRD GAFFE OF THE WEEK: Vice President Joe Biden topped off his week of political gaffes (he apologized to Jewish groups for using the word “Shylock” and made another comment about “the Orient” earlier this week) by praising former Senator Bob Packwood, who was disgraced and resigned after allegations of sexual assault against more than 10 women. Biden was in the midst of lamenting that the modern Republican is now much more conservative than previous Republicans, including Packwood. Ironically, he spent much of the rest of his speech defending the Violence Against Women Act and saying there is still much work to be done. “What constitutes success? There will always be some man raising his hand against someone weaker, violently,” Biden said during part of his speech. “But success will come when not a single woman in America asks, ‘What did I do?”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***During a press conference today in Atlanta, Garth Brooks confirmed that his highly-anticipated new album will be available on November 11th, though the album title is still a well-kept secret. The album includes his current hit, “People Loving People” and will be released via his own Pearl Records in a new partnership with RCA Nashville.   ***A collection of Polaroid self-portraits that Stevie Nicks took during the mid-Seventies will be shown in an exhibition, “24 Karat Gold,” at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. The photo set accompanies her upcoming album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault – tunes she wrote and demoed mostly between 1969 and 1987 and recently re-recorded – due out October 7th. The deluxe edition of the album contains a 48-page book with many of the pictures in the gallery showing, which opens on October 10th and ends on Halloween.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***”The future of L.A. real estate” will be the topic of the next L.A. City Talk cocktail party at Luna Park in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. The guest-of-honor will be Syd Leibovitch, President of hugely successful Rodeo Realty.

LBN-NOTICED: ***It’s back to work. So what did you do on your summer vacation? “I was in Rome, Mykonos and Istanbul,” says Roy Price, director of Amazon studios.   ***Doug Ellin hit the same trifecta of countries.   ***Ryan Seacrest, with new girlfriend Shayna Taylor, also made it to Mykonos as well as Ibiza.   ***Elsewhere on the island front, Warner Bros. marketing chief Sue Kroll went to St. Barts.   ***Maker studios head Ynon Kreiz checked out the Dominican Republic (before kite- surfing in Brazil).   ***Mike and Irena Medavoy journeyed to Tahiti to the Brando resort, which opened in July on Tetiaroa, once Marlon Brando’s private island.   ***On the continent, FilmNation’s Ben Browning visited the painting village of Honfleur in the north of France for a kids- free holiday with his wife.   ***Shine America CEO Rich Ross and his partner, Disney communications senior vp Adam Sanderson, set out for Italy’s Puglia region.    ***Electus’ Ben Silverman hit Biarritz’s Basque country “for the food and surf with some French producer and actor buddies.”   ***Barry Diller brought Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale aboard his yacht, which made it way around the Mediterranean, ending up in Ibiza for designer Riccardo Tisci’s 40th birthday. … Rihanna was sailing off the Amalfi Coast.   ***In the U.S., UTA partner Jeremy Barber visited Martha’s Vineyard over July Fourth, “treating the family to a real Americana vacation.”   ***Lorenzo di Bonaventura rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with his 16-year-old son.   ***Brian Grazer went to a shooting range om Sun Valley with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman and Pintrest CEO Ben Silbermann.   ***Producer- director David Katzenberg wore feathers at Burning Man.

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BOO BOO BOO HOO! MAMA JUNE & SUGAR BEAR SPLIT: Mama June Shannon & Sugar Bear Thompson call it quits – multiple reports. The redneck reality queen, 35, whose progeny is the family bread winner Honey Boo Boo told media that she and Sugar Bear have decided to “take some time apart to figure out some things…” Reportedly, Mama June got fed up with Sugar Bear aka Mike Thompson, who’s been trolling for honeys on dating site PlentyOfFish.com.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: John Lennon Leaves the Beatles (1969)

Tensions were high during the recording sessions for what were to be the Beatles’ final albums. John Lennon described working on Let It Be as “hell.” Exactly a month after finishing “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”—the last time all four Beatles would be in the studio together—Lennon told his bandmates that he was going solo. To avoid jeopardizing sales of Abbey Road, which was released just days later, Lennon’s departure was kept a secret

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Sophia Loren (1934)

Sophia Loren is a famous film actress who grew up in poverty near Naples, Italy. With the help of Italian producer Carlo Ponti, whom she later married, she gained international fame, acting in both tragic dramas and boisterous comedies. She won the first Academy Award for a foreign-language performance for her role in the 1961 film Two Women, and she received a special Academy Award in 1991 for her body of work.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: I’m glad to have the Russians back as enemies. No one else will really do as America’s geo-political opponent. Fighting Islamic extremists is like battling self-destructive, insane, violent homeless people. It’s all well and good to snap them with drones, crackle them with airstrikes, and pop them into Gitmo. But it’s a little disheartening to know that, if we leave them alone, they’ll all eventually kill each other anyway. The last lunatic standing will light off his suicide vest to canoodle with 72 virgins in paradise.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: I turned on ESPN about 15 minutes before Roger Goodell’s Friday afternoon news conference. There was a round table of analysts and reporters, led by Bob Ley, the journalist who covers the serious side of sports for the network. If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought they were prepping for a coming news conference by a politician in trouble rather than the commissioner of the National Football League.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: Both NBC and CBS show the 40 second delay of game timer counting down on their NFL graphics. Fox doesn’t and should.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Greg Bennick (Speaking coach): The top 3 ways to overcome your fear of public speaking: PREPARE, REWRITE, REHEARSE. 1. Prepare by knowing your topic thoroughly. 2. Rewrite the story in your mind: you really don’t need to be nervous. 3. Rehearse by speaking more often: step into your fear instead of running from it.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: Joan Rivers was a Republican, always a surprising thing in show business, and in a New Yorker, but she was one because, as she would tell you, she worked hard, made her money with great effort, and didn’t feel her profits should be unduly taxed. She once said in an interview that if you have 19 children she will pay for the first four but no more. Mostly she just couldn’t tolerate cant and didn’t respond well to political manipulation. She believed in a strong defense because she was a grown-up and understood the world to be a tough house. She loved Margaret Thatcher, who said what Joan believed: The facts of life are conservative. She didn’t do a lot of politics in her shows—politics divides an audience—but she thought a lot about it and talked about it. She was socially liberal in the sense she wanted everyone to find as many available paths to happiness as possible

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My oldest friend wrote a book recently. The jejune novel was full of trite phrases and dull banter that went on for pages at a time, but I nevertheless read it from cover to cover. Why? Because the lead character was just like ME! Plus there were many unusual paragraphs involving vibrators.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Bernie Madoff’s Upper East Side NYC penthouse Ponzi palace, despite being rumored to be cursed, has sold to another prominent New York family dynasty for $14.5 million. Penthouse A at 133 E. 64th St. — the former home of the infamous schemer, where he lived under house arrest — has finally sold to Lawrence Benenson, whose family firm, Benenson Capital Partners, has been in real estate investment and development for more than a century.   ***Will “Celebrity Apprentice” fans ever get to see the rumored on-air catfights between crazy contestants Vivica A. Fox and Brandi Glanville? RadarOnline reported earlier this year on the “epic screaming matches” between the two. And the 14th season of Donald Trump’s reality show is finished and ready to air, but NBC hasn’t yet put it on the schedule.   ***Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn are ghost whisperers. The “Wish I Was Here” actress, 35, revealed that the mother-daughter duo “can see dead people.” “It is not really seeing, it is feeling a spirit. A fifth energy,” she told Alan Carr on the “Chatty Man Show” on Friday (via E! Online). “I believe in energy. I believe our brains can manifest into visual things.”   ***Keanu Reeves kept his cool earlier this week when he woke up to find a crazed fan had broken into his Los Angeles-area home. According to the website, the “Matrix” star, 50, woke at 4 a.m. Monday to strange noises coming from his library. Once in the room, the actor encountered the unnamed woman, who said she was there to meet him. Not missing a beat, Reeves got on the phone with police and told them to come to his house. The woman was apprehended and taken for psychiatric evaluation.   ***He might have a very particular set of skills, but there’s one thing that makes Liam Neeson cower: heights. “I’m a wimp about heights. I just am,” the 62-year-old star of “A Walk Among the Tombstones” told People Wednesday.   ***A Los Angeles lawyer named Svitlana Sangary is in deep legal shit this week after she got caught Photoshopping herself into pictures with an assortment of high-profile celebrities and posting them to her website in an attempt to lure in new clients.

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Friday • September 19, 2014

RIFT WIDENS BETWEEN OBAMA, U.S. MILITARY OVER STRATEGY TO FIGHT ISLAMIC STATE:

Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship.

Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group.

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who served under Obama until last year, became the latest high-profile skeptic on Thursday, telling the House Intelligence Committee that a blanket prohibition on ground combat was tying the military’s hands. “Half-hearted or tentative efforts, or airstrikes alone, can backfire on us and actually strengthen our foes’ credibility,” he said. “We may not wish to reassure our enemies in advance that they will not see American boots on the ground.”

SHOCK! ANGRY WITH WASHINGTON, 1 IN 4 AMERICANS OPEN TO SECESSION: The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

SCOTLAND REJECTS INDEPENDENCE: Scottish voters turned out in record numbers Thursday to decide whether to sever their 307-year-old union with England, and in the end decided to stay in the United Kingdom. Turnout for the referendum was as high as 91 percent in some constituencies as the no vote prevailed 55 percent to 45 percent. The unprecedented turnout made it difficult for analysts to accurately forecast the outcome of the vote, which gripped the nation. British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to boost the powers of the Scottish parliament regardless of the vote.

RELIGION OF PEACE? ‘BLASPHEMOUS’ MUSLIM ASSASSINATED: Muhammad Shakil Auj, a liberal Muslim scholar accused of blasphemy, was shot dead in Karachi on Thursday. Dr. Auj was accused of the crime by four other professors after giving a speech in the U.S. in 2012 as well as for his liberal views, such as the idea that Muslim women should be allowed to marry non-Muslim men. He was shot in the head and neck by gunmen on a motorbike. Dr. Auj had previously complained to the police about death threats. Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan, and in recent years there has been an uptick in vigilante killings related to accusations. Dr. Auj had written 15 books about Islam and last month was awarded the presidential medal of distinction in Pakistan for education and research.

U.S. FACES TOUGH STRUGGLE ON GROUND TO OUST ISIS: The American air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Obama’s strategy in Iraq and Syria. Soon begins the next and much harder phase: rolling back their gains in Mosul, Falluja and other populated areas, which will require American advisers to train and coordinate airstrikes with Iraqi forces. Pentagon officials are more willing than their counterparts at the White House to acknowledge that this will almost certainly require American Special Operations forces on the ground to call in airstrikes and provide tactical advice to Iraqi troops. “There is no one in this building who does not know that clearing out the cities will be much harder,” a senior Defense Department official said in an interview. “That’s when the rubber is going to meet the road.”

STONERS ON THE JOB: NEARLY 10% OF AMERICANS WENT TO WORK HIGH: Showing up to work high? You’re not alone.  A new report has found nearly 1 in 10 Americans are showing up to work high on marijuana. Mashable.com conducted the survey in partnership with SurveyMonkey, and found 9.7 percent of Americans fessed up to smoking cannabis before showing up to the office. The data analyzed the marijuana and prescription drug habits of 534 Americans. What’s more, nearly 81 percent said they scored their cannabis illegally, according to the survey.

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SENATE VOTES TO ARM, TRAIN SYRIANS TO FIGHT ISIS: The Senate approved by a comfortable margin President Obama’s plan to arm and trained moderate rebels to help in the campaign to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, also known as Islamic State. A number of senators had questioned the proposal, with some Republican hawks complaining that Obama’s policy was not aggressive enough, and some Democrats fretting that the move would help drag the United States into another drawn-out Mideast conflict. Other critics expressed doubts about the extent to which there are any “moderate” Syrian rebels. In the end the Senate passed the legislation by a 78-22 margin. The bill now goes to the president, who thanked congressional leaders after the vote for “the speed and seriousness with which they approached this issue.” The House voted in favor of the measure on Wednesday.

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FRANCE LAUNCHES FIRST IRAQ AIR STRIKES: Just hours after announcing that it had agreed to conduct airstrikes in Iraq, French fighter jets struck a logistics depot controlled by ISIS on Friday morning. It was “entirely destroyed” announced the French president’s office, which declared, “other operations will follow in the coming days.” That strike made France the first country to publicly aid the U.S. militarily. The U.S. has so far conducted 176 airstrikes in Iraq since August 8. President Francois Hollande insisted that the French government would not go beyond air strikes, and would not attack targets in Syria, where ISIS extremists also have seized territory. Hollande said he approved the strikes during a meeting with his top defense and security advisers on Thursday.

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FEDS: NO CHRISTIE LINK IN BRIDGEGATE: After nine months of investigating Chris Christie’s role in Bridgegate, the Justice Department has so far found no information that the New Jersey governor knew in advance or directed the closing of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, NBC 4 New York reports in a story quoting federal officials. The officials said the probe is continuing and that no final determination has been made. Christie has maintained that he did not direct underlings to close lanes on the bridge in September 2013. A Christie staffer and political appointees worked together to create traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey. They allegedly did so to punish Fort Lee’s mayor for not endorsing Christie in last year’s gubernatorial election.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***After enjoying the Obama Bump and the looky-loos curious to see the new anchor, Chuck Todd’s Meet The Press tumbled 13% in viewers and 19% in the news demo in its second week, falling from first place back to third. In total viewers, the show dropped from previous week’s winning 2.991 million, to 2.589 million, behind CBS’ Face The Nation with 3.054 million viewers, followed by ABC’s This Week with 2.889 million. In demo viewers, MTP plunged to 668,000 viewers – creating quite a gap between it and from This Week’s winning 947,000 and Face The Nation’s 913,000. It was This Week’s largest new demo lead over MTP in six months.

MAN HELD ON $10M BAIL FOR CALI WILDFIRE: Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has burned 114 square miles, forced 2,800 people to flee their homes, and is still only 10 percent contained. Huntsman has a criminal history, including auto theft and assault with a deadly weapon. His sister, however, claims there is no way he started the fire intentionally, as he loves being in the forest. Authorities have not made public what they think his motive was.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Alibaba Group’s IPO came out with a monster roar today, climbing more than 36%, from $68 a share to $92.70 after its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. That surge instantly raised the company’s total market value from $168 billion to more than $200 billion.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir was slapped with a scathing defamation suit by his estranged husband Thursday. Victor Voronov filed for divorce against the three-time national champion in February after a nasty, widely publicized split that included allegations of domestic violence.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Warner Bros. Entertainment is expected to cut as many as 900 to 1,000 jobs worldwide as part of a studio-wide cost-cutting move, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. The estimated reductions would amount to more than 10% of the studio’s 9,000-person workforce. The cuts will be made in late October or early November.

ANTIDEPRESSANTS RAPIDLY ALTER BRAIN ARCHITECTURE, STUDY FINDS: A single dose of a popular class of psychiatric drug used to treat depression can alter the brain’s architecture within hours, even though most patients usually don’t report improvement for weeks, a new study suggests. More than 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. use these drugs, which adjust the availability of a chemical transmitter in the brain, serotonin, by blocking the way it is reabsorbed. The so-called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, include Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Paxil and Zoloft.

WORLD POPULATION MAY HIT 11 BILLION BY 2100: The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century’s end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday. That would mean two billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birth rates in Africa, said the report in the US journal Science.

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HOME DEPOT BREACH BIGGER THAN TARGET: Home Depot announced Thursday that a total of 56 million debit and credit cards were affected by a months-long data breach, far surpassing the hack of Target in 2013. According to Home Depot, the malware has been deleted and the chain claims there is no proof that pin numbers were compromised. The company also announced it has undergone a significant payment security upgrade. Target, which saw 40 million credit and debit cards compromised, saw its sales and profits fall when customers were put off by the data breach. The largest theft of credit and debit card information is still that of TJX Company in 2007, which affected 90 million records.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Somebody recently asked me what I would do if I had $500 million to give away. My first thought was that I’d become a moderate version of the Koch brothers. I’d pay for independent candidates to run against Democratic or Republican members of Congress who veered too far into their party’s fever swamps. But then I realized that if I really had that money, I’d want to affect a smaller number of people in a more personal and profound way. The big, established charities are already fighting disease and poverty as best they can, so in search of new directions I thought, oddly, of friendship.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: This just in: Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free. But will anyone believe the good news? I’ve just been reading two new reports on the economics of fighting climate change: a big study by a blue-ribbon international group, the New Climate Economy Project, and a working paper from the International Monetary Fund. Both claim that strong measures to limit carbon emissions would have hardly any negative effect on economic growth, and might actually lead to faster growth. This may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. These are serious, careful analyses.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: The union has survived, comfortably enough in the end. Scotland will remain part of Britain. The queen’s title will stay unchanged: Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her Other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. Phew: In that mouthful lurks a lot of history and stability. Relief is palpable. The pound rallied. David Cameron, the Tory prime minister who risked all, exhaled. A clear majority of 55 percent of Scots rejected independence in a referendum that had many merits. The questioning of democracy has become fashionable. Stillborn after the Arab Spring, paralyzed by discord in the United States, increasingly pliant to money, dithering in its processes beside the authoritarian systems of China and Russia, often unable to deliver growth or stem rising inequality, democracy has become the problem child of the 21st century.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Doctors become inured to death. I have become inured to rage!

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Thursday • September 18, 2014

WOW! NUMBER OF BILLIONAIRES HITS RECORD HIGH IN 2014: The world economy is going through a rough patch, yet the world’s billionaire population is at an all-time high.

A new survey shows that 155 new billionaires were minted this year, pushing the total population to a record 2,325 – a 7 percent increase from 2013.

Credit goes to the United States – home to the most billionaires globally – where 57 new billionaires were recorded this year, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014 released on Wednesday.

Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean were also large contributors, with 52 and 42 new entrants, respectively.

“The fastest growing segment of the billionaire population, in terms of wealth source, are those who inherited only part of their fortunes and became billionaires through their own entrepreneurial endeavors,” the report said, noting that 63 percent of all billionaires’ primary companies are privately held.

Billionaire populations in emerging markets showed mixed signals however.

AUSTRALIA COPS FOIL ISIS TERROR PLOT: Hundreds of Australian police swooped down on homes in Sydney and Brisbane prompted by intelligence reports that ISIS supporters were planning a public execution in the country, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Authorities on Wednesday arrested several people in the coordinated raids, which amounted to the biggest antiterrorism operation in Australia’s history. Intelligence authorities indicated that the targeted individuals were planning public beheadings and that “direct exhortations” were coming from “an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstrations here,” Abbott told reporters. Police allege that some suspects had been planning their attack for months.

HOUSE APPROVES OBAMA’S ISIS CAMPAIGN: On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to approve President Obama’s plan to combat ISIS by training and providing equipment for moderate Syrians. By a vote of 273 to 156, the House moved Obama’s strategy against ISIS a step closer to implementation. A notable 40 percent of Democrats opposed the plan, with Republicans providing needed support. Many politicians are dubious about the plan, particularly Obama’s vow not to put U.S. soldiers on the ground. Military officials have expressed doubts about this approach. On Tuesday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey specifically said U.S. troops may be needed. The Senate is expected to approve the bill on Thursday. If it does so, the U.S. will begin its third major military involvement in Iraq in the last 25 years.

JOAN RIVERS DOCTOR IDENTIFIED: According to TMZ, Joan Rivers’ personal physician who allegedly took a selfie while performing a biopsy is popular celebrity doctor Gwen Korovin. Korovin was reportedly not authorized to practice at the Yorkville Endoscopy center. Apparently, Korovin has patients including Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, John Mayer, and Brooke Shields. When TMZ reached out to her for comment, her office replied, “We do not comment on matters related to patients.”

NEW ISIS VIDEO FEATURES BRITISH HOSTAGE: Departing from its serial beheading videos of Western hostages that have outraged the world, the Islamic State released a new video on Thursday starring a captive British journalist, seated behind a desk, explaining the group’s message and warning that America and its allies are foolishly heading into another unwinnable war. The Internet video, titled “Lend Me Your Ears” and subtitled in Arabic, shows the journalist, John Cantlie, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and apparently reading from a script, recalling how he was captured by the militant group also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL after he arrived in Syria in November 2012.

TEXAS EXECUTES WOMAN FOR STARVING BOY TO DEATH: Authorities in Huntsville executed a Texas woman convicted of starving and torturing her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago. Lisa Coleman, who was 38, received a lethal injection Wednesday evening, about an hour after the Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her life. She became the ninth killer and second woman to receive a lethal injection in Texas in 2014. She’s the 15th woman executed nationally since 1976, when the high court allowed the death penalty to resume. That compares with 1,400 men in the same period. Coleman smiled and nodded to an aunt and some friends who watched through a window, and said, “I’m all right.”

SCOTTISH VOTE WEIGHS PRIDE AGAINST RISK: The people of Scotland decide Thursday whether national pride outweighs economic risk. The vote on independence is taking place without any of the usual factors that drive the dissolution of great nations: no war, no acute economic crisis, no raging territorial dispute. In fact, the situation is quite the opposite: peace, a slowly recovering economy and a central government in London that promises to grant more powers over taxing and spending to the Scottish Parliament.

MANHATTAN HAS WIDEST WEALTH GAP IN U.S.: East Coast politicians talking about inequality might want to look in their own backyard. The top 5 percent of households in Manhattan earn 88 times what the poorest 20 percent make, according to new Census data. The income for the top percent rose 9 percent from 2012 to 2013 (the final year of the Bloomberg administration) to $864,394. Overall in New York City, household income went up in every borough except Staten Island. Overall in the U.S., while the poverty rate declined from 15.0 percent to 14.5 percent, the number of people living in poverty (45.3 million) did not change.

BORDER PATROL TESTING BODY CAMERAS: After criticism over agents’ use of force, the U.S. Border Patrol announced it has purchased body cameras and will being testing them at its training academy this year. The agency did not say how many cameras were bought, or when they might be used in the field. However, introducing the cameras is likely to face opposition from the union representing border agents. In May, an internal report released by the agency highlighted issues about agents using unnecessary deadly force.

AWFUL – THOUSANDS FACE TOLLS FOR EVADING GUNFIRE: Thousands of drivers who were detoured by police to avoid a huge gunfight last month in Los Angeles have been fined for not having a transponder for the toll lanes to which they were diverted. On Aug. 13, police had closed the regular lanes from 3 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on part of the 110 freeway due to a gunfight between two men and police that ended with an officer wounded and a gunman killed. After an uproar, transit officials said people who received the fines did not have to pay them, and those who already did would be refunded. Xerox, which handles the tolls, says a system malfunction that the company can’t explain is the reason why people were charged. Drivers had received notices about fine increases if the tolls weren’t paid.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***One of Saturday Night Live’s longest-tenured cast members is being called upon to replace SNL’s longest-serving employee. In August, SNL announcer Don Pardo passed away at the age of 96. Pardo had introduced the cast nearly every season since the sketch comedy show kicked off in 1975. With the 40th season of Saturday Night Live set to premiere on September 27th, producer Lorne Michaels has recruited Darrell Hammond, a member of the SNL cast from 1995 to 2009, to take over in the announcer role.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year. The world’s largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees’ hours low.    ***Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Thursday again defended Burger King’s purchase of Canadian chain Tim Hortons, a deal criticized by many as an inversion plan by the fast food company to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate where Buffett serves as president and CEO, invested $3 billion to help finance the deal. Appearing on MSNBC, Buffett insisted that the purchase was not a tax dodge.

GINGRICH WARNS GOP OF ‘POPULATION IN TURMOIL’ THIS FALL: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned current and former lawmakers of a “population in turmoil” this election cycle, aggravated that Republicans have failed to offer a positive alternative to President Obama’s agenda. “There’s a poll out today that when asked, ‘do you think most members of Congress deserve reelection,’ it is 87-5,” Gingrich said Wednesday evening. “Now that frightens me. That tells me nobody here should assume we understand what’s going to happen on election day because you have a population in turmoil. They don’t like anybody and they have good sound reasons for it, in my judgment.”

NEW MARKETING TREND: Create an “Identity Video.” Want to sell more of your services? Here’s a secret: Show them. Don’t tell them. 70% of Google searches are now for video content (Google owns YouTube). Savvy Business owners and professionals are creating 2-minute identity videos to tell their story. Here are 3 tips for creating yours: 1. Make it fast-paced. 2. Repeat your key marketing advantage–from the buyer’s perspective. 3. Use lots of humor!  Watch this clever identity video as an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LiYe5COL2I

MEREDITH VIERIA: I WAS VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Meredith Vieria’s chilling confession to millions of viewers. “When people talk about domestic violence it is really, really, a complicated issue,” Vieria, 60, admitted on her talkshow. “It’s not so easy to just get away.” The former TODAY show anchor said she was prompted to share her personal; nightmare, in part because of the recent social media campaign with the hashtags #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft, in which people shared their personal stories. Vieira explained, “It started out, I loved this guy, it started out we’d have a fight and he’d just sort of grab my arm.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: President Obama’s rollout of a military campaign in Syria against the Islamic State gets messier by the day. Obama’s initial framing of the campaign, as a limited effort in partnership with allies, to degrade the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS, made sense, and it was encouraging that Obama dampened expectations and clearly understood how much could go wrong.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Videotape of the medical procedure performed on Joan Rivers will help investigators determine what led to her tragic death, sources say. While the New York State Health Department probes the Aug. 28 incident at a Manhattan outpatient clinic, sources say there is at least one film of doctors working on the 81-year-old comedy legend.

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Wednesday • September 17, 2014

STUDY: CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS SMELL DIFFERENT: A new study from the American Journal of Political Science indicates that different political affiliations may actually correspond with different body odors. The researchers, led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott, found that conservatives and liberals smell dissimilar. While the difference is small, it is apparently significant enough that we subconsciously prefer the scent of those who vote like we do. “It appears nature stacks the deck to make politically similar partners more attractive to each other in unconscious ways,” the researchers wrote. Previous research has found a number of other political view correlations with unknown degrees of biological and cultural influences. From eating preferences (the left likes strawberry jelly, while the right favors grape) to alcohol choices (Republicans like brown liquors; Democrats drink the clear stuff), conservatives and liberals live as distinctly as they vote.

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ISLAMIC STATE ISSUES VIDEO CHALLENGE TO OBAMA: In one of the Islamic State’s first responses to President Obama’s declaration that he would “degrade and ultimately destroy” it, the group released a short video late Tuesday in which it appeared to say that its militants would kill American ground forces should President Obama deploy them. The timing of the video’s release was curious. Just hours earlier, President Obama’s top military adviser had told Congress that he would recommend calling out American troops against the Islamic State if the current airstrike campaign was not sufficient — even though Mr. Obama has ruled out that option. The clip is only 52 seconds long and is billed as a preview for a longer video. With slow-motion replay, quick edits and high-quality video images, it looks like a Hollywood trailer.

G.O.P. GAINS STRENGTH AND OBAMA GETS LOW MARKS, POLL FINDS: A New York Times/CBS News poll shows that President Obama’s approval ratings are similar to those of President George W. Bush in 2006 when Democrats swept both houses of Congress in the midterm elections.  A deeply unpopular Republican Party is nonetheless gaining strength heading into the midterms, as the American public’s frustration with Mr. Obama has manifested itself in low ratings for his handling of foreign policy and terrorism.

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U.S. GENERAL OPEN TO GROUND FORCES IN FIGHT AGAINST ISIS IN IRAQ: President Obama’s top military adviser said Tuesday that he would recommend deploying United States forces in ground operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq if airstrikes proved insufficient, opening the door to a riskier, more expansive American combat role than the president has publicly outlined. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that while he was confident that an American-led coalition would defeat the Islamic State, he would not foreclose the possibility of asking Mr. Obama to send American troops to fight the militants on the ground — something Mr. Obama has ruled out.

IN BRUTAL YEAR FOR NEWS MEDIA IN AFGHANISTAN, A 7TH JOURNALIST IS KILLED: An Afghan woman has become the seventh journalist killed in Afghanistan so far this year, an Afghan media group said Wednesday, adding to a toll that has already made 2014 by far the deadliest year for the news media here since the fall of the Taliban. Palwasha Tokhi, who worked for Bayan Radio in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, was called out of her home purportedly to receive a wedding invitation from a visitor on Tuesday night. (Wedding invitations are typically delivered by hand in Afghanistan.)

ADRIAN PETERSON BARRED AS VIKINGS REVERSE COURSE: Less than two days after saying that Adrian Peterson would play this weekend, the Minnesota Vikings ceded to public pressure Wednesday and barred their star running back from the team while he deals with his arrest in Texas on charges that he beat his 4-year-old son. The reversal, announced around 1 a.m. in Minnesota, came after the Vikings were stridently criticized by fans, women’s groups and sponsors who said the team was insensitive to the issue of domestic violence.

MARIJUANA INDUSTRY BATTLING “STONER” STEREOTYPES SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot. According to media expert and author Michael Levine, “they are planning posters, brochures, billboards and magazine ads to caution consumers to use the drug responsibly and warn tourists and first-timers about the potential to get sick from accidentally eating too much medical-grade pot.” Marijuana activists plan to spend $75,000 by year’s end and eventually expand it to Washington State, where pot is also legal according to Levine.

NUMBER OF WEBSITES EXPLODES PAST A BILLION (AND COUNTING): The number of websites has burst above one billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time by online tracker Internet Live Stats. Tim Berners-Lee, considered the father of the World Wide Web, touted the milestone on Twitter — one of the most prominent websites in the mushrooming but sometimes murky Internet world.

LEAGUE AND PLAYERS’ UNION AGREE ON REVISED DRUG POLICY: The National Football League and the union representing its players have agreed to a revised drug policy that includes HGH testing starting this season, the two sides said on Wednesday. The formal agreement, which should see HGH (Human Growth Hormone) testing begin by the end of the month, comes nearly a week after the players’ union agreed to terms for a new policy following a vote by player representatives.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to a Time Magazine article published in 1945, the longest pregnancy on record is 375 days (as opposed to the usual 280 days). Amazingly, the delivered baby was only 6 pounds, 15 ounces.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The Japanese electronics giant Sony said Wednesday that it expected to post a loss of more than $2 billion for the fiscal year, almost five times larger than it previously forecast, exposing signs of serious wear in its mobile unit. The electronics maker said the loss of 230 billion yen, or $2.14 billion, for the fiscal year that ends in March — compared with an earlier projection of ¥50 billion — was deeper than it had expected because of reduced growth in its once-thriving mobile segment. The additional losses come from a quarterly write-down charge on the unit’s value of about ¥180 billion. It also said it would not pay a dividend for the year.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Men

1.     In Old English, human men were referred to as wer, while the term man was used to describe humanity as a whole. During the thirteenth century, man gradually replaced wer as the term for an adult human male while also maintaining its use as an expression for the entire human species.

2.     Worldwide, there are approximately 107 baby boys born for every 100 baby girls. Scientists believe the elevated birth rate in favor of boys may be linked to the higher mortality rates of boys in infancy and childhood.

3.     Globally, boy babies are 25% more likely to die in infancy than girl babies.

4.     Average height today for men in the U.S. is just over 5′ 9″ (175 cm) and average weight is approximately 190 pounds (86 kg). In 1960, average height for men was about 5′ 8″ (172 cm) and average weight was just over 166 pounds (75 kg).

5.     Worldwide, men have a life expectancy of 64.52 years, as compared to a life expectancy of 68.76 years for women.

6.     The most common cause of death for men in the U.S. is heart disease (the same as for women), and the average age of a first heart attack for men is just 66 years.

7.     In the U.S., men have higher death rates for all of the 15 leading causes of death (with the exception of Alzheimer’s disease) and die more than five years younger than women.

8.     The brains of adult men are about 10% larger in total size than the brains of women. Because men generally have a larger stature and more muscle mass than women, their brains require more neurons to control the body.

9.     Scientists have discovered than men’s and women’s brains actually function somewhat differently. When focused on a task, men tend to use only one side of their brain at a time, devoting all of their attention and concentration to the task at hand. Women, on the other hand, tend to use both sides of the brain at the same time, making them more adept at “multi-tasking.”

10.  The word “boy” has been in recorded use since A.D. 1154 as a descriptive term for a male child. The exact etymology of the word is unclear, but it is believed to have descended from the Anglo-Saxon word boia, meaning “servant” or “farm worker.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: This Sunday’s “People’s Climate March” in New York City could be the biggest demonstration yet for action on climate change. The march is scheduled to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit, which begins two days later. Despite the advance billing and the official nature of the summit, the march is what matters. The U.N. Summit will be a clubby gathering of world leaders and their representatives who will try to figure out ways to reward polluters for pretending to fix a problem for which they’re responsible in the first place; a fiasco. That’s not hyperbole, either. The summit is a little like a professional wrestling match: There appears to be action but it’s fake, and the winner is predetermined. The loser will be anyone who expects serious government movement dictating industry reductions in emissions.

TRUST IN MASS MEDIA RETURNS TO ALL-TIME LOW: After registering slightly higher trust last year, Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%. Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

LBN-COMMENTARY BY THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN: An existential struggle is taking place in the Arab world today. But is it ours or is it theirs? Before we step up military action in Iraq and Syria, that’s the question that needs answering. What concerns me most about President Obama’s decision to re-engage in Iraq is that it feels as if it’s being done in response to some deliberately exaggerated fears — fear engendered by YouTube videos of the beheadings of two U.S. journalists — and fear that ISIS, a.k.a., the Islamic State, is coming to a mall near you. How did we start getting so afraid again so fast? Didn’t we build a Department of Homeland Security?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Whenever Barack Obama seems in danger of falling, do we have to hear that George W. Bush made the cliff? It happened with the economy. For the president’s staunchest defenders, legitimate questions about whether the stimulus was wisely crafted and whether Obamacare was rushed took a back seat to lamentations over the damage that his predecessor had done. Obama wasn’t perfect, but at least he wasn’t Bush. And with the Middle East, those defenders sometimes turn Bush’s epic mistakes into Obama’s hall pass. Perhaps he hasn’t figured out what’s right, but he isn’t guilty of the original wrong, which is constantly being litigated anew, as if a fresh verdict on the events of 2003 could alter the challenges and stakes of 2014.

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Tuesday • September 16, 2014

U.S. AIRSTRIKES HIT TARGETS NEAR BAGHDAD HELD BY ISIS: The United States, as promised by President Obama, has stepped up its airstrike campaign in Iraq, hitting targets near Baghdad in the effort to help the Iraqi government win back territory seized by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon officials said Monday. The offensive is the first expansion of the United States’ campaign against the Islamist militant group that Mr. Obama outlined last week in a speech to the nation.

PETERSON REPORTEDLY BEAT ANOTHER SON: Adrian Peterson may have also beaten another son of his, according to photo and text evidence that surfaced Monday. The Minnesota Vikings star is being charged with felony injury to a child after beating his 4-year-old son so hard with a tree branch in May that he left cuts and bruises on the boy’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs, and scrotum. Another 4-year-old boy, who has a different mother, was given an injury that left a scar over his eye after “he got a whoopin in the car,” according to text messages between Peterson and the mother. On Monday, prior to the new allegations, Peterson says he’s learned such a vicious beating isn’t the only way to discipline children. “I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child. I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen.” Peterson said he voluntarily cooperated with a grand jury and police, maintaining he “never intended to harm my son.” The Vikings announced Monday that Peterson is no longer deactivated and is expected to play this Sunday.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Millions of dollars in oil revenue have made ISIS one of the wealthiest terror groups in history. Experts estimate the value of the output from the dozen or so oil fields and refineries under its control in Iraq and Syria at $1 million to $2 million a day. The group controls many of Syria’s eastern oil fields. In July, ISIS fighters took control of the country’s largest oil field, Omar, which was producing about 30,000 barrels a day when it was fully functioning. Recently it was producing about a third of that or less. ISIS expanded its attacks into Iraq’s oil-producing areas in June, and an August sweep into the Kurdish region gave it access to more of the country’s oil assets. Experts estimate that the Iraqi oil fields under ISIS control may produce 25,000 to 40,000 barrels of oil a day — worth a minimum of $1.2 million in the underground market.

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UNINSURED FELL BY 3.8 MILLION IN EARLY 2014: The number of Americans without health insurance fell by 3.8 million in early 2014, according to new federal figures. The first government analysis of how the Affordable Care Act has affected insurance-coverage rates showed that the percentage of people without health insurance dropped from an average of 14.4 percent to 13.1 percent in the first three months of this year. About 3.7 million people in the survey said they obtained private coverage through online exchanges run by states and the federal government. The tally of people who acquired coverage could be low because the survey might not reflect a late surge in enrollment. The study mirrors some outside findings: Gallup has reported that the number had fallen to 13.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014. The Obama administration announced that more than 8 million people bought coverage through the exchanges.

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NUMBER OF PRISONERS IN U.S. GREW SLIGHTLY IN 2013, REPORT FINDS: Breaking three consecutive years of decline, the number of people in state and federal prisons climbed slightly in 2013, according to a report released Tuesday, a sign that deeper changes in sentencing practices will be necessary if the country’s enormous prison population is to be significantly reduced. The report by the Justice Department put the prison population last year at 1,574,700, an increase of 4,300 over the previous year, yet below its high of 1,615,487 in 2009. In what criminologists called an encouraging sign, the number of federal prisoners

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OBAMACARE ABORTION RULE ISN’T FOLLOWED: The vast majority of insurers reviewed by the Government Accountability Office don’t follow a significant abortion provision in the new federal health-care law. Antiabortion supporters of the Affordable Care Act pushed for a regulation that makes insurers separately itemize elective abortions, but the GAO found that only one of 18 companies is doing so. The provision was meant to be a safeguard against federal subsidies being used to pay for elective abortions. The GAO did not determine whether the fact that these insurers did not follow the abortion-itemization stipulation meant federal funds were going to abortions.

ATLANTIC CITY LOSES FOURTH CASINO: Trump Plaza was shuttered Tuesday at 6 a.m., making it the fourth Atlantic City casino to close in 2014. The Atlantic Club, the Showboat and Revel casinos already closed during the year, cutting the number of casinos in the city famous for gambling by a third. Trump Plaza’s sister casino, the Taj Mahal, may also but shut down in November. Atlantic City has struggled to stay afloat among new competition, as other casinos have cropped up in nearby states.

DUNAWAY’s FACE WENT THAT-A-WAY: Faye Dunaway’s tragic plastic as pals fears she’s addicted to facial metamorphosis.  AT 73, Faye Dunaway’s face is puffier than a marshmallow – and friends fear the oncenatural beauty has become a plastic surgery addict.  Photographers recently caught the “Network” Oscar winner in Beverly Hills, hiding under a fedora. “Faye’s almost unrecognizable!” said a pal. Another friend begged her to stop having surgery, telling her, ‘There’s nothing left to lift!’ “But Faye won’t listen,” the pal added.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: About forty percent of European Jews hide their identity, the Rabbinical Center of Europe and the European Jewish Association claimed on Monday.

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ROBIN THICKE AS A DRUG ADDLED BRICK: Robin Thicke’s stunning drug use confessional in “Blurred Lines”- Marvin Gaye family legal war. Thicke made shocking admissions during a deposition that was acknowledged in court on Monday — including bombshells about his drug and alcohol abuse, revealing that he was drunk or high during “every single interview” he did last year. While embroiled in a heated legal battle with music legend Marvin Gaye ‘s family over claims that Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. ripped off is classic “Got To Give It Up,” Thicke’s depo were  unsealed by the judge.

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SUSAN SMITH WILD LIFE BEHIND BARS: Susan Smith’s wild life has not slowed down behind bars!  She’s attempted suicide, fallen victim to prescription pills and had a steamy lesbian love affair. The monster mom was found in a pool of blood inside a cell after slashing her wrist, a former prisoner at South Carolina’s Leath Correctional Institution said in 2012. She also became hooked on prescription pills including Wellbutrin, the anti-seizure medication Neurontin and the painkiller Parafon Forte, disclosed an insider.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In Iran, men who do not marry stay with their natal family their entire life and are described as na-mard (not-men).

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“Fear is the parent of cruelty.” – James Anthony Froude

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Imagine two cities. In City A, town leaders notice that every few weeks a house catches on fire. So they create a fire department — a group of professionals with prepositioned firefighting equipment and special expertise. In City B, town leaders don’t create a fire department. When there’s a fire, they hurriedly cobble together some people and equipment to fight it. We are City B. We are particularly slow to build institutions to combat long-running problems. The most obvious example is the fight against jihadism. We’ve been facing Islamist terror for several decades, now, but every time it erupts — in Lebanon, Nigeria, Sudan, Syria and beyond — leaders start from scratch and build some new ad hoc coalition to fight it.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: What is it going to take to get serious about data breaches? I ask this question in the wake of the recent Home Depot breach, in which the “bad guys” — presumably cybercriminals in Russia — apparently penetrated the company’s point of sale terminals and came away with an untold number of credit and debit card data. (Home Depot acknowledges that all 2,200 stores in the United States and Canada were likely hacked, but hasn’t yet revealed the number of cards from which data were stolen.)

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Dining alfresco is one of my great summer pleasures. Dining alfresco naked is even better!

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sean Parker‘s gone from Napster to nap-time. The entrepreneur who co-founded the now defunct file-sharing service and his wife Alexandra are expecting their second child together.   ***After amassing a private collection of African-American art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art announced Monday that the entire Cosby collection will go on view in November in a unique exhibit juxtaposing African-American art with African art.

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Monday • September 15, 2014

FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS! 46,496,145: Food Stamp Recipients Can Fill Yankee Stadium 925 Times:


In June 2014, there were 46,496,145 recipients of the food stamp program, which is enough to fill the Yankee Stadium 925 times, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Yankee Stadium is equipped to hold 50,291 persons, meaning that the 46,496,145 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in June 2014 could fill the stadium 925 times.  The number of recipients was up 270,999 since the previous month in May 2014 when there were 46,225,146 individuals participating in the program.

Similarly, the number of households participating in the SNAP program has increased as well from the 22,590,393 participating in May 2014 to the 22,713,934 participating in June 2014, an increase of 123,541 households.

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Monday • September 15, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Babies

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

2.     In medieval Europe, leeches were commonly used to treat babies’ illnesses. For example, leeches were placed on a baby’s windpipe for croup. Additionally, teething babies were commonly purged or bled.

3.     In China, a baby is born with a birth defect every 30 minutes. Birth defects in that country have increased nearly 40% since 2001.

4.     The protein that keeps a baby’s skull from fusing is called “noggin.”

5.     A baby’s eyes are 75% of their adult size, but its vision is around 20/400. By six months, a baby’s vision should reach 20/20.

6.     Newborns are more likely to turn their head to the right than to the left.

7.     The inner ear is the only sense organ to develop fully before birth. It reaches its adult size by the middle of pregnancy.

8.     Within a few days of birth, a baby can distinguish between the touch of bristles that are of different diameters.

9.     A baby has around 10,000 taste buds, far more than adults. They are not just on the tongue but also on the sides, back, and roof of the mouth. Eventually these extra taste buds disappear.

10.  Adults have 206 bones. When babies are born, they have 300. Their bones fuse as they grow, resulting in fewer bones as adults.

11.  The intestines of a newborn are about 11 feet long. The length will double by the time the baby grows to adulthood.

12.  A newborn urinates about every 20 minutes and then roughly every hour at 6 months.

13.  Human babies are the only primates who smile at their parents.

14.  If a person who was born 8 lbs. and 20 in. at birth continued growing at the same rate as he does the first year, by the time he reached 20, he’d be 25 ft. tall and weigh nearly 315 lbs.

15.  A baby is born in the world every three seconds.

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“When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.” – Mohandas Gandhi.

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