Monthly Archives: April 2016

LBN – Special Report – Saturday

*Protesters Storm Iraqi Parliament

Hundreds of anti-government protesters on Saturday entered the Iraqi parliament, carrying the national flag and chanting against the government. In order to enter parliament, they climbed over the walls fortifying the so-called “Green Zone.” The breach, which comes as political tensions in Iraq are reaching their boiling point, is the first of its kind. The American embassy has not been evacuated.

*WHO READS LBN? Celebrity Dentist Dr. Jay Grossman

*Sanders Drops Lawsuit Against DNC

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign will drop its lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, staffers announced Friday. The Sanders campaign filed the suit in December, after the DNC temporarily restricted Sanders staffers’ access to voter files in punishment for the campaign’s access of Hillary Clinton campaign files. The Sanders campaign said it was abandoning its lawsuit after an independent investigation allegedly proved them innocent of improperly accessing Clinton files. The details of the investigation have not been made public.


1. The word “dream” is most likely related to the West Germanic draugmus, (meaning deception, illusion, or phantom) or from the Old Norse draugr (ghost, apparition) or the Sanskrit druh (seek to harm or injure).

2. You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

3. Adults dream off and on, for a total of about an hour and half to three hours every night.

4. By the time we die, most of us will have spent a quarter of a century asleep, of which six years or more will have been spent dreaming—and almost all of those dreams are forgotten upon waking.

5. The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. That’s about four per night.

6. Egyptian pharaohs were considered children of Ra (Egyptian sun god) and, thus, their dreams were seen as being divine.

7. In the Chinese province of Fu-Kein, people called on their ancestors for dream revelation by sleeping on graves.

8. Scientists suggest that the dreams of fetuses are mostly composed of sound and touch sensations, given the lack of visual stimuli in the womb.

9. Among the six dreams reported in the New Testament are the dreams that communicate divine knowledge, instruction, and warning to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

10. About 80% of neonatal and newborn sleep time is REM sleep, suggesting a tremendous amount of time dreaming.

11. According to Plato, dreams originate in the organs of the belly. Plato describes the liver in particular as the biological seat of dreams.

12. Elias Howe (1819-1867) said one inspiration for his invention of the sewing machine came from a nightmare he had about being attacked by cannibals bearing spears that looked like the needle he then designed.

13. Modern research has shown that a sharp decrease in daily calories results in fewer nocturnal ejaculations in men and an overall decrease in the sexual themes of dreams for both sexes.


*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***For a decade, Dweezil Zappa, a son of the rock star Frank Zappa and a noted guitarist in his own right, has been paying tribute to his father’s music under the name Zappa Plays Zappa. The project, which features exacting performances of Frank Zappa’s famously complex music, has toured the world and won a Grammy. But when Dweezil Zappa takes the project on the road this summer, it will be with a far less catchy name: Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa. “It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue,” he said in an interview, “but this is being done under duress.” The name change is the most visible sign of a rift that has grown within one of the rock world’s most famous families since the death last year of Gail Zappa, the widow of Frank Zappa, who had managed her husband’s musical legacy with a firm hand since his death in 1993. This month, the Zappa Family Trust, which owns the rights to Mr. Zappa’s music, informed Dweezil that he did not have permission to tour as Zappa Plays Zappa — the name is a trademark owned by the trust — and that he risked copyright infringement damages of $150,000 each time he played a song without proper permission.   ***A coat worn byPrince in iconic 1984 film Purple Rain is going up for auction. The late music legend wore the black-and-white, leather-sleeved blazer while riding a motorcycle with co-star Apollonia Kotero, The Associated Press reports.

*SF Cops Release Racist Text Transcripts

San Francisco police on Friday released the transcripts of racist and homophobic text messages allegedly exchanged between a former lieutenant and two former officers. In one text message, an officer responds to a picture of a blackened Thanksgiving turkey by asking, “Is that a Ferguson turkey?”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Peter Facinelli celebrating his dad Pierino’s birthday at Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Billy Magnussen watching a screening of Shane Kidd and Matthew Fifer’s new short “Jay & Pluto,” which features Isiah Whitlock Jr., at No. 8.   ***Channing Tatum, who is launching his own vodka, at a Las Vegas spirits convention talking with Martin Silver of Georgi vodka.   ***House Speaker Paul Ryan at the Kimberly Hotel.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levineeating a piece of 7 layer cake named after him last night at the popular Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***NBA legend Glen Rice married his baby-mama Tia Santoro on Thursday despite their troubled past. The former New York Knicks star wed Santoro in a glitzy Miami ceremony — even though they were once on such bad terms that police had to escort her into their home to get her belongings back after she moved out, according to reports. The three-time NBA All-Star had also demanded a paternity test for their young daughter, Bella, in 2011.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:  *** Tomorrow, May 1st, the premier episode (Part 1) of the “Without Notes” interview with famed legal journalist Linda Deutsch will be available on YouTube.Linda Deutsch is a was the legendary Special Correspondent for the Associated Press, where she has covered trials for nearly fifty years. Deutsch is also the co-author of Covering the Courts: An Associated Press Manual for Reporters and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for her coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. She has covered numerous trials for the Associated Press, including those of Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst, Angela Davis, Daniel Ellsberg, John Z. DeLorean, Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood, William Kennedy Smith, and the Menendez Brothers.

*LBN-MY REVIEW: “What I most admire about LBN is that it is fearlessly brave, speaking truth to power.”——Rodney R., an LBN reader from San Juan, Puerto Rico

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Philip Kives, a Canadian entrepreneur whose company, K-tel, saturated North American airwaves for decades with ads for a gaggle of gadgets (the Patty Stacker, the Miracle Brush and the emblematic Veg-O-Matic) and a cornucopia of compilation albums (“Hit Machine: 20 Original Hits, 20 Original Stars,” “25 Polka Greats” and “A Musical Journey: Pan-Flute”), died on Wednesday in Winnipeg, Canada. He was 87. His family confirmed the death.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Prince signed up for rehab to battle his pain pill addiction before his untimely death, according to reports Friday. The 57-year-old “Purple Rain” singer knew he was hooked on Percocet before his death, possibly of an overdose, last week — so he entered an out-patient treatment program, the Minneapolis station KSTP 5 Eyewitness News reported. The superstar attended the unnamed rehab center to move away from using medication prescribed for his severe hip pain, according to the station.   ***Naomi Campbell and Lenny Kravitz sparked fake dating rumors after leaving Gigi Hadid’sbirthday party at the Nice Guy in LA. They held hands and even smooched inside his car, but a Kravitz source said it was all in fun.   ***Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green’s differences apparently are reconcilable. After five years of marriage, the sultry “Transformers” star, 29, filed for divorce from her “Beverly Hills 90210” actor husband last August, citing “irreconcilable differences,” but the pair has reunited in the wake of Fox’s third pregnancy. “They’re a couple again,” a source close to the couple said. “They’re moving back in with each other.”

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LBN – Special Report – Friday

Did you know that LBN is now read in 26 foreign countries daily? From China to England, from France to India, from Cuba to Canada, from Brazil to Russia, from Greece to Korea, from Mexico to Sweden, from Spain to Australia.

*N. Korea Jails Another U.S. Citizen

North Korea sentenced a U.S. man on Friday to 10 years of hard labor for spying, just a month and a half after University of Virginia student Otto F. Warmbier was handed down a 15-year prison term for allegedly stealing a propaganda banner and “crimes against the state.” Kim Dong Chul, a 62-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in South Korea, was arrested last October in the special economic zone of Rason. The verdict was first reported by China’s state-run Xinhua news agency and Japan’s news service Kyodo. Kim made an alleged confession before reporters last month, claiming he had been paid by South Korean intelligence officers. News of his prison sentence comes after Pyongyang’s failed attempt to launch two mid-range ballistic missiles Thursday. The failed launches prompted a UN Security Council emergency meeting.

*FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Test

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency-use authorization Thursday for America’s first commercial test to diagnose the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The test, developed by Quest Diagnostics, uses the same method that government labs use to identify the virus in a patient’s blood. However, the test only works on a person who is currently infected and cannot detect evidence of past infections. The new test costs $500 and can give doctors results in three to five days. Prior to the FDA’s approval, the only Zika tests authorized under the emergency-use authorization were used by CDC-designated labs, Quest officials said. The virus is linked to causing severe birth defects such as microcephaly.

*WHO READS LBN? Legendary songwriter Paul Simon

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Security means everything to Facebook — security for Mark Zuckerberg, that is. The social-media company shelled out $5 million last year to make sure its co-founder and CEO had protection around the clock, according to regulatory filings. Maybe Zuckerberg really does need protection, after ISIS earlier this year threatened him and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.


*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:    ***Paul Simon drops a couple of F bombs and the word ‘shit’ in his new single “Cool Papa Bell.” The single is from Simon’s new album “Stranger to Stranger,” due June 3rd. Like its predecessor, “Wristband,” this song is bass heavy with an unusual construction that echoes Simon’s songs stretching from “Cecilia” to “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” to “Boy in the Bubble.” The cursing is ironic.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Jenny Diski, a British writer who channeled the turmoil of her early years, which included suicide attempts and confinement in mental hospitals, into a stream of richly observed and mordant novels, memoirs and essays, died on Thursday at her home in Cambridge, England. She was 68. The cause was a lung tumor and pulmonary fibrosis, her agent, Peter Straus, said.   ***Willie L. Williams, the first African-American to lead the police forces in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, cities in which hostilities between the police and black citizens had recently flared into violence, died on Tuesday at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. He was 72. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his sister-in-law Patricia Odoms.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Oscar-winning directorKevin Macdonald will helm a documentary about Whitney Houston that has been authorized by the singer’s estate since her death in 2012.   ***After 39 years, Ian Schrager is finally ready to tell the real story of Studio 54. He’s signed a contract with award-winning documentary producer John Battsek, who made the Oscar winner “Searching for Sugar Man.” Matt Tyrnauer, who was behind the doc “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” will direct.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Patti Davis: Dear Mr. Ferrell, I saw the news bulletin—as did everyone—that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer’s for a comedy that you are also producing. Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous. Alzheimer’s doesn’t care if you are President of the United States or a dockworker. It steals what is most precious to a human being—memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to those we have come to know and love.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican presidential nominee. So for those of us appalled by this prospect — what are we supposed to do? Well, not what the leaders of the Republican Party are doing. They’re going down meekly and hoping for a quiet convention. They seem blithely unaware that this is a Joe McCarthy moment. People will be judged by where they stood at this time. Those who walked with Trump will be tainted forever after for the degradation of standards and the general election slaughter. The better course for all of us — Republican, Democrat and independent — is to step back and take the long view, and to begin building for that. This election — not only the Trump phenomenon but the rise of Bernie Sanders, also — has reminded us how much pain there is in this country. According to a Pew Research poll, 75 percent of Trump voters say that life has gotten worse for people like them over the last half century. This declinism intertwines with other horrible social statistics. The suicide rate has surged to a 30-year high — a sure sign of rampant social isolation. A record number of Americans believe the American dream is out of reach. And for millennials, social trust is at historic lows.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Gerald Marzorati: Let me suggest something that might do all of these things — which is to say, might not — but will, as nothing else will, provide you with a deeply satisfying sense of yourself that you did have when you were much, much younger. Find something — something new, something difficult — to immerse yourself in and improve at. When is the last time you improved at anything? I’m not talking about self-improvement, though I have nothing at all against turning to deep yogic breathing when your spouse irritates you. And I am not talking about the kind of improvement your company subjects you to, the training that comes with the promotion and vesting stock: Here’s the late-afternoon-meeting gaze that assures your team you are interested in everything they are suggesting. I am talking about improving at a demanding skill or set of skills — a craft, a discipline. I have in mind something that will take years to get proficient at, something that there is a correct way of doing, handed down for generations or even ages, and for which there is no way for you to create shortcuts with your cleverness or charm. Playing the cello, maybe. Or cabinetry. Or, in my case, tennis, serious tennis.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Gloria Steinem took aim at Donald Trump as having “Barbie-doll hair” and a “gelatinous mask” during her annual Ms. Foundation for Women’s Gloria Awards at the Pierre Hotel Wednesday. “I noticed there is new evidence of equality in the air,” the feminist icon told the crowd. “He so constantly berates women, and berates good ones like Rosie O’Donnell. I noticed that women have yet to berate him.”

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LBN – Special Report – Thursday

*ICE Releases 19,723 Criminal Illegals, 208 Convicted of Murder, 900 of Sex Crimes 

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in 2015 decided not to deport but release 19,723 criminal illegal immigrants, including 208 convicted of murder, over 900 convicted of sex crimes and 12,307 of drunk driving, according to new government numbers. Overall, those released into virtually every state and territory of America had a total of 64,197 convictions among them, for an average of 3.25 convictions each, according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. ICE also said that the group were convicted of 8,234 violent crimes.

*Trump Won Wealthy, Educated Voters

Exit polls following Donald Trump’s huge sweep of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island this week show that he was able to attract a large group of wealthy and well-educated voters. Though Trump had trouble attracting those demographics in previous polls, he won some of the wealthiest and best-educated areas in the country on Tuesday, including Newport County, Rhode Island and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The real estate-magnate secured the votes of more than half of Republican voters who earn more than $100,000 a year and about the same percentage of GOP voters with undergraduate degrees. “I think people may have gotten used to Trump, he’s not as outrageous as he used to be,” said Randall Miller, who studies American politics. Trump still doesn’t perform well in national polls with the same demographics, Reuters reports.

*U.S. Economy Grew 0.5% in First Quarter, Slowest Pace in 2 Years 

The American economy edged further into the slow lane last quarter, as consumers took their foot off the gas and businesses pulled back. The 0.5 percent growth rate in the first three months of 2016, which the Commerce Department reported on Thursday, underscores a downshift that began late last year.While consumers eased up slightly on spending, business investment fell sharply, stung by lower outlays on equipment and infrastructure like factories and drilling rigs.

*North Korea Fails Another Missile Test

North Korea reportedly fired a mid-range ballistic missile on Thursday but the test launch failed within seconds, South Korean officials said. The missile allegedly had a range of 1,800 miles. Yang Uk, a policy advisor to the South Korean navy, told Reuters that the northern country is “in a rush to show anything that is successful” because of the upcoming Workers’ Party congress. Instead of reconfiguring the malfunction following the last missile-launch failure, the country tried again too soon. He added, “They need to succeed but they keep failing.”

*WHO READS LBN? Legendary rock drummer Ginger Baker

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Having lots of friends can be ‘better than morphine’, new research suggests. Scientists at Oxford University found people with large groups of friends have a higher tolerance for pain. Experts looked into endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers. The chemical is a ‘potent analgesic, indeed more so than the pain-relieving opiate drug morphine’, the authors write in the journal Scientific Reports.


*Manager: Chyna Died of Accidental Drug Overdose
The manager for former WWE star Chyna said he believes she died of an accidental overdose of Ambien and Valium. “She accidentally and unintentionally misused her legally prescribed medication over the course of 2-3 weeks. It’s an epidemic,” manager Anthony Anzaldo said in an email to Los Angeles Times. Chyna, whose real name is Joanie Laurer, died at the age of 46 at her Redondo Beach, Calif., home. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has not revealed a cause of death, and the Coroner’s office Assistant Chief Ed Winter said the test results have yet to be completed. “It’s premature to give a cause of death on a case that the final tests are not in yet,” Winter said.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Tax evasion has been noted as an important contributing cause to the fall of the Roman Empire.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The chief executive of Volkswagen said on Thursday that he personally apologized to President Obama this week for cheating on vehicle emissions tests, while making what amounted to a plea for mercy as the German carmaker negotiates penalties with United States officials. Volkswagen is in talks with American authorities about the fines it must pay for programming engines to cheat on emissions tests. The company said on Thursday that it had set aside 7 billion euros, or $7.9 billion, for legal costs worldwide, indicating that it expected fines in the United States to be much lower than some analysts have estimated.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation in a $3.8 billion acquisition deal that will bolster an entertainment business that includes film, television and theme parks. The deal, announced Thursday morning, will pay DreamWorks Animation shareholders $41 a share in cash, more than 50 percent over its close. The boutique studio, run by Jeffrey Katzenberg, will become part of the filmed entertainment group of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Madonna at Shuko on East 12th Street in NYC, wearing a diamond “M” ring and “dishing the entire time about her custody battle with former husband Guy Ritchie”.   ***Julianne Moore picking up groceries at Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in the West Village in NYC.   ***Music attorney Allen Grubman hosting a “Monday night out” dinner at Antica Pesa in Brooklyn for pals including Bette Midler, Jon Bon Jovi, Meg Ryan, John McEnroe and Bill Bratton.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Michael Douglas will be amongMegyn Kelly‘s guests on a prime-time Fox TV special. Fox said Wednesday that interviews with the actor and former O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro will be part of “Megyn Kelly Presents.” The network previously announced that Kelly’s special will include Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***The publishers of an upcoming book on Scientology’s David Miscavige, by the church leader’s own dad, received a stern legal letter this week in an attempt to block it. But the UK publisher of “Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me” by Ron Miscavige, told us he has no plans to change a Tuesday release. He also doesn’t believe Scientology members have seen the tome.


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