Monthly Archives: February 2016

LBN – Special Report – Monday


Iranian moderates on Monday won a majority in parliament and in the body that selects the Islamic Republic’s next supreme leader. President Hassan Rouhani, in addition to his moderate conservative allies won 15 out of the capital’s 16 seats on the clerical body. Reformists, who are in favor of a relationship with the West and social freedoms, won at least 85 seats in parliament. Reformists and moderate conservatives now have a reported majority in the 290-seat assembly. Voter turnout was at  62 percent, according to Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, and the election was seen as a major blow to the hardline conservative Islamic establishment. “This election can be a turning point in the history of the Islamic Republic,” said an editorial in reformist newspaper Mardom-Salari, whose managing editor, Mostafa Kavakebian, won a parliamentary seat in Tehran.

*Moscow Nanny Held Up Kid’s Severed Head

A nanny allegedly waited until a 4-year-old’s parents left their apartment, killed the child, decapitated her, and set the house on fire. The woman was detained in Moscow after she was caught on camera holding the girl’s head to the sky near a metro station and shouting “I am a terrorist!” The suspect has been identified as a 39-year-old Uzbekistan woman named Gyulchekhra Bobokulova. Local media reports say police tried to check the woman’s papers and she responded by taking the head out of her bag. Video footage reportedly shows one officer charge at the woman before a group of others tackle her to the ground. A round object can be seen rolling away as she falls. Police have said they are not treating the incident as related to terrorism.

*ACCOUNTABILITY – Top Cardinal Testifies in Abuse Inquiry

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s financial adviser, admitted that the Catholic Church made “enormous mistakes” in handling sexual-abuse allegations. The cardinal testified late Sunday into early Monday to an Australian inquiry into child sex abuse via video link from Rome. Australia’s most senior Catholic acknowledged that he heard an Catholic school teacher might’ve been involved in “pedophilia activity” during his time as a priest in the 1970s in the Ballarat diocese in southern Australia. However, Pell denied allegations that he ignored warnings and maintained that he wasn’t’’ aware of the “catastrophe” caused by clergy abuse. Pell also admitted that he made mistakes in believing priests over victims, saying, “if a priest denied such activity, I was very strongly inclined to accept the denial.”


*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington (1732-1799). He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The cause célèbre in Hollywood during this year’s Oscars was diversity — but over at the Beverly Hills Hotel VIPs have largely forgotten about a boycott over gay rights. In 2014, Tinseltown was up in arms about the controversy surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel’s parent, Dorchester Collection, because of its backer, the Sultan of Brunei’s stance against gay rights in his homeland. Two years on, Taylor Swift, Calvin Klein, Kevin Spacey, Lorne Michaels and others have reportedly been seen dining at the hotel’s Polo Lounge, and over the weekend, Russell Crowelunched with Leo DiCaprio and DJ Khaled by the pool. Sean Penn even set up a command center there during his “El Chapo” p.r. whirlwind.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Chris Rock came out swinging in one of the most anticipated opening monologues in years and took on the diversity controversy from the get-go at the 88th Academy Awards. Last night also saw Brie Larson win Best Actress, Leonardo DiCaprio snag Best Actor in his fifth nomination, Alejandro G. Iñárritu was named Best Director and Spotlight won Best Picture. With all that, the Oscars themselves did not have a great night ratings-wise with a 23.1/37 in metered market results. Declining to an 8-year low, that’s down 6% from the 24.6/39 that the ceremony got last year in early results from the 56 markets across the country. That 2015 Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars were matched with the 2011 Oscars for the third worst the Academy Awards has done in MM ratings since the last time Rock fronted the gig in 2005 – only 2009’s Hugh Jackman-hosted 23.3 and 2008’sJon Stewart-hosted 21.9 were lower. Obviously, in the early results, last night’s show dipped below 2009 and close to 2008 numbers.

*LBN-DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that nine (9) member of the Manhattan Club staff read LBN daily?

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was spotted at Vanity Fair’s dinner before the Oscars, along with the event’s LA regulars like Judd Apatow, Don Rickles, Larry David, Martin Short and dapper designer Tom Ford. Busy Kelly this month closed a book deal that’s said to be worth about $10 million with HarperCollins, and she graced the February issue of VF.   ***PMK•BNC p.r. gurus Cindi Bergerand Marian Koltai-Levine hosted their annual Oscars dinner at Craig’s on Friday night — one of the weekend’s newer traditions as a cozy, clubby respite from over-branded scrums. Supping together at one table was a trio of former high-ranking Disney execs: Anne Sweeney, Discovery’s Rich Ross and his husband, Adam Sanderson. Also chowing down was legal powerhouse Patricia Glaser, and Matt Rutler, the fiancé of Christina Aguilera.

*LBN-LEGAL INSIDER: L.A. uber-attorney Tom Girardi will be the guest of honor at next week’s “City Talk” event on Monday, March 7th at the elegant and popular steak house, Baltaire on San Vincente Blvd. in Brentwood. “City Talk” is an invitation only month conversation series for L.A. movers and shakers.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (Award-winning mediator): A great many people wrongly believe that shaming others produces positive results. According to Brene’ Brown, Ph.D., “separating self from behavior is the difference between shame and guilt. Shame is very correlated with addiction, depression, suicide, aggression, violence, bullying, and eating disorders. Guilt, on the other hand, is inversely correlated with those same outcomes.” We have a huge problem with the consequences of a shame-based culture. Let’s start addressing the cause of our problems, rather than just the symptoms.  I therefore strongly recommend that people take the time to learn from Dr. Brown’s research on vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***After an investigation, Salma Hayek’s neighbor has confessed to killing her beloved dog Mozart. The unidentified neighbor told Washington state authorities that he was fed up with Hayek’s dogs entering his property and attacking his dogs, according to TMZ. On the day of the incident, the neighbor says he spotted Hayek’s dogs in his garage and fired a pellet gun to scare them off. Although he didn’t intend on killing any of the animals, he claims, a pellet struck the German Shepherd mix nicking him in an artery near his heart.

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LBN – Special Report – Sunday

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The United States has now gone a record 10 straight years without 3 percent growth in real Gross Domestic Product. The calculation for GDP for each year going back to 1929 and it has calculated the inflation-adjusted annual change in GDP (in constant 2009 dollars) from 1930 forward. In the 85 years the annual change in real GDP there is only one ten-year stretch—2006 through 2015—when the annual growth in real GDP never hit 3 percent. During the last ten years, real annual growth in GDP peaked in 2006 at 2.7 percent. It has never been that high again.

*Rubio Mocks Trump’s Face, Hair, and Tan

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio hit frontrunnerDonald Trump hard on Saturday, saying, “Donald Trump likes to sue people; he should sue whoever did that to his face.” Rubio also mocked Trump’s “spray tan,” mistyped tweets, and hair. “He’s learning how to spell, I guess. But he’s flying around on Hair Force One and tweeting,” Rubio said.

*ON THE BRIGHT SIDE – Buffett: Candidates Are Wrong on Economy
In a letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, businessmanWarren Buffett said that presidential candidates who hype economic woes are “dead wrong.” “It’s an election year, and candidates can’t stop speaking about our country’s problems (which, of course, only they can solve),” Buffett wrote. Because of this outlook, he wrote, many believe that their children’s future is worse off. “That view is dead wrong: The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history,” Buffett said.

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*SERIOUSLY? – Trump Won’t Denounce KKK Support
When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday about David Duke and the KKK supporting his candidacy, Donald Trumppassed on refuting them. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” he said. “So I don’t know. I don’t know — did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.” When Tapper said he was specifically talking about the KKK, Trump continued saying, “I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about.” He then declared, “You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I’d have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them and certainly I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong. You may have groups in there that are totally fine — it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups and I’ll let you know.”


*DOMINO – Hillary Clinton Wins South Carolina
The South Carolina Democratic Primary has been called forHillary Clinton. According to early surveys, roughly eight in ten black voters went for Clinton. The win also reverses her 2008 primary loss in the state to Barack Obama and gives her two wins in a row as the candidates head in to Super Tuesday. According to exit polls conducted by the AP, 6 in 10 voters in Saturday’s South Carolina primary were black and about “7 in 10 said they wanted the next president to continue Obama’s policies, and only about 20 percent wanted a more liberal course of action.”

*Stephen Curry Breaks Record for 3’s

On Saturday night Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors broke the record for number of three-pointers in the regular season — and there are still 24 games left. Curry in fact broke his own record of 286, which he set last season. In addition, Curry tied the record for number of three-pointers made in a single game, making 12 of his 16 attempted three-pointers.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Before hosting his Oscar night bash,Elton John hit a starry gallery opening on Thursday. He powwowed with megacollector Eli Broad at a dinner at Mr. Chow after the opening of a Hollywood-inspired show by LA artist Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis at Larry Gagosian’sBeverly Hills gallery.   ***Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner last night at Louise Trattoria in Santa Monica.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer —-

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Wesley A. Clark, a physicist who designed the first modern personal computer, died on Monday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 88. The cause was severe atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to his wife, Maxine Rockoff.   ***Sam Beall, who turned Blackberry Farm, his parents’ country inn in Walland, Tenn., into a national destination for fine dining and a leader in the farm-to-table culinary movement, died on Thursday in Vail, Colo. He was 39. A spokeswoman for the farm said he had died in a skiing accident, but she provided no further details.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, was released from a Manhattan hospital Saturday afternoon after being treated overnight for the flu, according to her son and hospital officials. “Thanks again for everyone’s concern,” Sean Ono Lennon tweeted just after 5 p.m. on @seanonolennon.

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LBN – Special Report – Saturday

*WHO READS LBN? House Intelligence         Committee Chairman Devin Nunes

*SERIOUSLY? – Saudi Man Gets 10 Years for Tweets
A Saudi man has received 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes as punishment for expressing his atheism on Twitter. Al-Watan online daily reported Saturday that police in charges of monitoring social networks found more than 600 tweets expressing anti-Islamic sentiments and, for example, ridiculing Quranic verses. The report said the 28-year-old admitted his atheism and refused to repent.

*Yoko Ono Hospitalized With Flu Symptoms 

Yoko Ono has been hospitalized with “extreme” flu-like symptoms, according to her publicist. Ono, 83, was taken to the hospital on Friday night. “Her doctor thought it would be a good idea for her to get checked,” said publicist Elliot Mintz. Mintz denied reports that Ono had suffered a stroke and said that she would likely be discharged Saturday.

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Americans buy over 29 million bottles of water every year. Making all those bottles uses 17 million barrels of crude oil annually, which would be enough fuel to keep 1 million cars on the road for one year. Only 13% of those bottles are recycled. Plastic bottles take centuries to decompose – and if they are burned, they release toxic byproducts such as chlorine gas and ash containing heavy metals.

*‘Making a Murderer’ Creators Plan Sequel

The filmmakers behind immensely popular Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer have reportedly begun planning a second installment of the series that told the story of Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree in Wisconsin who found himself the prime suspect in a murder case as he attempted to expose local corruption. During an panel event Thursday evening, directors Laura Riccardi and Moira Demos said they have continued to talk with Avery: “From our perspective this story is obviously not over,” Ricciardi said. “To the extent that there are significant developments, we would like to continue documenting this [case].” However, a continuation of the series could prove difficult as the directors have become the butt of “hostility” among locals who feel they’ve been misrepresented.


*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: In an unusually public flare-up, one of MSNBC’s television personalities clashed with the network on Friday in a dispute about airtime and editorial freedom and said she was refusing to host the show that bears her name this weekend.The host, Melissa Harris-Perry, wrote in an email to co-workers this week that her show had effectively been taken away from her and that she felt “worthless” in the eyes of NBC News executives, who are restructuring MSNBC. “Here is the reality: Our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season,” she wrote in the email, which became public on Friday. “After four years of building an audience, developing a brand and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced.”

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: A cure for dementia could be found within five years, the leader of the global council on the disease has said. Dr. Dennis Gillings, outgoing chairman of the World Dementia Council, said recent scientific progress had surpassed his expectations, with two potential breakthroughs now on the horizon.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Oscar Party Summit Meeting- Last night at Larry Gagosian’s annual Oscar Nominees reception at his Beverly Hills Gallery,  music icons Elton John and agentNorby Walters of The Night of 100 Stars Oscar Party,  chatting about their competing Oscar bashes.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, Elvis Presley’s personal physician in the decade before his death in 1977, who lost his medical license for overprescribing addictive drugs for years to numerous patients, died on Wednesday in Memphis. He was 88. Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis announced his death in a post on its website.


*LBN-OVERHEARD: Despite what everyone else may think,Jennifer Garner claims that her ex-nanny had nothing to do with her divorce from Ben Affleck. “Let me just tell you something,” the actress, 43, said in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair. “We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation.”

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