Monthly Archives: June 2016

LBN- Late Breaking News

*Laugh? Cry? – Smugglers use Uber-registered drivers to move migrants to U.S. border!

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Human traffickers are finding increasingly creative ways of shuttling Central American migrants through Mexico to the U.S. border and that includes hiring Uber-registered drivers.
On June 10, five vehicles carrying 34 Central American migrants were apprehended while traveling together between the northern Mexican states of Zacatecas and Coahuila, said Segismundo Doguin, a Coahuila state official at the National Migration Institute (INM).
Four of the vehicles were linked to the Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] platform, Doguin said, but it was unclear whether the human smugglers had hailed the drivers using the Uber app. The drivers said they were not the owners of the cars but worked as Uber chauffeurs, he said.
Uber Mexico said in a statement that it bore no responsibility but was cooperating with authorities.
“The company does not own the cars registered on the platform, nor does it employ the drivers, who are independent contractors,” Uber said.

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LBN – Special Report – Thursday

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that seven (7) leading executives of Virgin Airlines read LBN daily?:

*BETRAYAL – Brexit Leader Quits Prime Minister Race:

Boris Johnson, who was favorite to become Britain’s next prime minister a few days ago, sensationally pulled out of the race Thursday. He was stunned a few hours earlier when his closest ally turned against him. Michael Gove, who was going to be Johnson’s campaign manager, announced that he would stand for the leadership himself and claimed that he was forced to do so because Johnson had proved himself unfit to lead. The old friends successfully worked together to win the Brexit vote.
*Nancy Grace Leaving HLN After 12 Years:

Nancy Grace—one of cable TV’s most recognizable faces—will be leaving HLN in October, after 12 years with the network. The 56-year-old announced the move Thursday to her staff of 18. Grace began her TV career in the late 1990s while co-hosting Court TV with Johnnie Cochran. A new series will replace her 8 p.m. timeslot and “utilize the expertise of the current team,” The Hollywood Reporter writes. Grace told a reporter that she felt “really mixed” about the new step and that she’s been considering the decision for at least three years. Grace said she has no plans to quit working and that her next move will have “a very large digital component.” She added, “I will always be wedded to a traditional platform—which is TV, God help me. My plan is to merge those two in an effective way, in my voice, the ‘anti-crime’ voice.”

*U.S. Strikes Kill 100s of IS Fighters:

U.S. officials said a coalition attack near the city of Fallujah, Iraq, on Wednesday killed at least 250 ISIS fighters and destroyed some 40 vehicles. If confirmed, the series of airstrikes would be one of the most deadly against the terrorist group. It comes just one day after an attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport left 41 dead and wounded more than 230.

*WHO READS LBN? Columnist Charles Blow:

*Nearly All U.S. Banks Pass Fed’s Stress Test:

All but one of the nation’s largest banks earned an unconditional passing grade from federal regulators on their annual stress tests, which measure their preparedness to weather a financial crisis. The one American-based institution that did not pass unconditionally was Morgan Stanley, a Wall Street bank that has been struggling to regain its footing after the financial crisis of 2008. Regulators raised concerns over the company’s internal controls and processes. The Federal Reserve gave failing grades to the American subsidiaries of two European banks, Deutsche Bank and Santander, which both failed in previous years.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: For years, gynecologists have had a bird’s-eye view on a phenomenon that is now so popular as to be almost commonplace: female genitalia, bereft of hair.Sometimes called “grooming,” the practice of shearing off pubic hair — parodied on “Saturday Night Live,” celebrated as a girl-bonding ritual by various “Real Housewives” — has prompted sexual health experts to ask what motivates women to do it. A new study published in the journal JAMA Dermatology on Wednesday confirmed just how widespread the practice is. Sixty-two percent of a nationally representative sample of 3,316 women said they opted for complete removal of their pubic hair; 84 percent reported some grooming.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Lindsay Lohan is the guru you didn’t know you needed. “I am in the process of writing a book, and I am very excited to share my personal experiences in life and how to overcome obstacles,” Lohan, who turns 30 on July 2, dished to Vanity Fair. “I hope that my words will connect with those who need some guidance when [or] if they are in a tough place.”

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Insider buzz is strong for the film JOHNNY – a raw, intimate drama about confronting our darkest secrets – will make its West Coast Premiere at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival on July 10th. JOHNNY tells the story of a lonely and conflicted older man who hires a young male sex worker to be his first sexual experience with another man. The emotional night they share forces both men to come face-to-face with difficult truths they’ve been trying to outrun. Directed by Micah Stuart and written by Brandon Crowder, JOHNNY explores the story of two men struggling with feelings of guilt and shame in connection to their sexual identity. The brief night they share incites an awakening in both of them, allowing the men to finally see themselves for who they truly are. JOHNNY navigates the complicated journey of coming out and coming of age as a gay man in today’s world, exploring themes of bullying, internalized homophobia, and a population of LGBT youth who find themselves turning to sex work in order to survive.   ***Prominent entertainment writerSandy Cohen, veteran of the Associated Press in Hollywood for the last decade, will  be the next guest-of-honor at the influential “City Talk” event at the private room of Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood on Monday, July 11th at 6pm.

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Summer

1.The word “summer” is from the Proto-Indo-European root *sam-, meaning summer. The root *sam is a variant from the Proto-Indo-European root *sem-, which means “together/one.”

2.The “dog days of summer” refer to the weeks between July 3 and August 11 and are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, discomfort, and sickness that occurred during the summer.

3. Summer is the by far the busiest time at movie theaters, and Hollywood always hopes to earn a significant portion of total annual ticket sales through summer blockbuster months. To date, the top 10 most famous summer blockbusters of all time are 1) Jaws, 2) Star Wars, 3) Jurassic Park, 4) The Dark Knight, 5) Raiders of the Lost Ark, 6) E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, 7) Forrest Gump, 8) Ghostbusters, 9) Animal House, and 10) Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

4. In the United States, over 650 million long-distance summer trips are made.

5. In the United States, the top 5 most popular summer vacations are 1) beach/ocean (45%), 2) a famous city (42%), 3) national parks (21%), 4) a lake (17%), and 5) a resort (14%).

6. The top 5 most popular summer vacation activities in the United States are 1) shopping (54%), 2) visiting historical sites (49%), 3) swimming/water sports (49%), 4) going to a park or national park (46%), and 5) sightseeing tours (46%).

7. Eiffel Tower ParisThe Eiffel Tower is 6 inches taller in the summer than in the winter.

8. In the summer heat, the iron in France’s Eiffel Tower expands, making the tower grow more than 6 inches.

9. The month of June was named after either Juniores, the lower branch of the roman Senate, or Juno, the wife of Jupiter.

10. Marc Antony named the month of July, in honor of Julius Caesar.

11. The month of August was named for Julius Caeser’sadopted nephew Gaius Julius Caesar Octavius, who held the title “Augustus.” He named the month after himself.

*LBN-R.I.P.: Alvin Toffler, the celebrated author of “Future Shock,” the first in a trilogy of best-selling books that presciently forecast how people and institutions of the late 20th century would contend with the immense strains and soaring opportunities of accelerating change, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87. His death was confirmed by his consulting firm, Toffler Associates, based in Reston, Va.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas B. Edsall: Black political power is declining in cities across the country, including Oakland, St. Louis, Cleveland and Atlanta — even as African-Americans are gaining majority status in an increasing number of suburbs. At the same time, African-American emigration to the South has started to weaken Republican control of some deep red states. Let’s start with Washington, D.C. The shift there (as elsewhere) is driven both by gentrification and by a black movement away from urban centers. In 1957, Washington became the first large city in the United States to become majority African-American. In 1973, Congress gave home rule to the District. The first mayoral election was held in 1974, and Walter Washington, who had been appointed to the position in 1967, won it. He was the first of a series of black mayors that has continued to this day. One area of Washington’s politics — campaign money — is already dominated by whites and has been for a long time. “D.C.’s White Donor Class,” a new study by Sean McElwee, a policy analyst at Demos, a liberal think-tank, found that among contributors of $1,000 or more to the 2014 campaign for mayor and city council campaign, “62 percent of mayoral donors and 67 percent of City Council donors are white.”
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Caitlyn Jenner has been celebrated on the cover of Sports Illustrated — but the former Olympian has been dumped by her own plastic surgeons according to sources. The 66-year-old is constantly going under the knife, pumping her face and lips with injections in a desperate bid to turn back time said the source. ***“Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough could soon go public as a couple. Sources say that Brzezinski and her husband of 23 years have quietly divorced. Popular MSNBC stars Scarborough and Brzezinski are widely rumored to be romantically involved — and there’s plenty of on-air chemistry for all to see. But while Scarborough is also divorced — since 2013 — the TV duo have never confirmed they’re romantically involved.   ***Working with Woody Allen gave Blake Lively a confidence boost. “[Woody] creates a very pleasant set where everybody’s just happy to be there and happy to be making a movie, and happy to be a part of film history,” the actress shared with Hamptons magazine. “For him to have that confidence in you almost give you the confidence in yourself to just go with the flow. And those are the moments he really likes, the found moments, the moments that aren’t written but just happen.”

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday

*Istanbul Toll Hits 41, 230+ Injured:


The death toll has risen to 41 in the bombings at the Istanbul airport. Reports suggested that the fatalities included at least 23 Turkish citizens and 13 foreign nationals while officials worked to identify the others. At least 230 people are reported to have been injured in the suicide attack. “The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world,” Turkish President Recep TayyipErdogan said.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:   At 74, legendary songwriter – singerPaul Simon often needs 15 hours of sleep at a stretch.

*Ex-NFL Player Zurlon Tipton Accidentally Kills Self:

Former NFL running back Zurlon Tipton accidentally shot and killed himself Tuesday at a Michigan car dealership. According to police, Tipton, 26, pulled into the dealership’s service bay and removed a duffel bag containing two guns from his trunk. One of those guns went off, striking Tipton in the stomach. He was reportedly conscious and speaking with people at the scene, but later succumbed to his injuries.

*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
*Media Expert Levine: Facebook to Change News Feed to Focus on Friends and Family:

For years, Facebook has courted publishers of all sizes, asking them to depend more and more on the social media giant to expand their audiences. Now, Facebook has a new message for publishers: Tamp down your expectations. Facebook said on Wednesday that it planned to make a series of changes to its news feed algorithm so that it will more favorably promote content posted by the friends and family of users. According to media expert and author Michael Levine(http://www.MichaelLevineMedia.com) “the bottom line to those changes,  is that content posted by publishers will show up less prominently in news feeds, resulting in significantly less traffic to the hundreds of news media sites that have come to rely on Facebook. There will be much more friends and family flavor to the Facebook recipe.”

*Australian Mosque Attacked After Istanbul Bombings:

A mosque in Western Australia was attacked late Tuesday in what is being described as an anti-Muslim “act of hate.” Police in Perth confirmed that four cars were set ablaze outside the mosque, one of which exploded, while the mosque’s imam said he suspected a petrol bomb had been used. Yahya Adel Ibrahim, the imam, said young children had been praying inside the mosque at the time of the attack. The attackers also defaced the building with spray paint. The incident occurred after suicide bombers struck an Istanbul airport, killing at least 36 people, though it is not clear if the attackers were motivated by that tragedy.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Toyota Motor said Wednesday it was recalling 1.43 million vehicles worldwide over a possible airbag fault. But it said the components in question had not been manufactured by Takata, the airbag supplier at the heart of the largest safety recall in the history of the car industry. Toyota, based in Japan, did not name the supplier of the airbags that were subject to the recall announcement. Keeping suppliers’ names private is a common practice among automakers; Takata was named only after the scale and severity of its problems drew intense public scrutiny. In a separate announcement, Toyota also said it was recalling 2.87 million vehicles worldwide over fuel tank issues.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cats

1. Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in Asia.

2. On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.

3. Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.

4. When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

5. The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”

6. A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

7. Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.

8. A cat cannot climb head first down a tree because its claws are curved the wrong way.

9. A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.

10. Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.

11. A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***See Jane Go, Inc. today announced the launch of its women-driving-women ride-hail platform that offers a trusted alternative to existing ride-hail services. The company is placing women in the driver seat of the ride-hail industry by providing a same-sex atmosphere and eliminating barriers in a previously male-dominated industry. See Jane Go is creating a movement to provide a new, trusted option for women to use ride-hail services for traveling or earning an income on their own terms. Until now, many women have shied away from the business opportunity of driving for a ride hail company, which led the founder of See Jane Go and prominent wealth manager, William Jordan, to be inspired by his two daughters to create a new choice for women in the ride-hail industry.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***As chatter about a pending merger between Starz and Lionsgate intensifies, Starz has locked in its top executive for the foreseeable future. The pay cable network has extended the contract of CEO Chris Albrecht; his new employment agreement starts July 1, 2016 and goes through 2020. As part of the new contract, Albrecht will add the role of President to his current position as CEO.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Scotty Moore, the rock pioneer who wasElvis Presley’s first guitarist, died in his Nashville home Tuesday at the age of 84. Moore, who backed the King on “That’s Alright Mama,” “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Jailhouse Rock,” among many others, was widely considered a rock groundbreaker, and many credit him with pioneering Elvis’s sound and inspiring future generations of guitarists. Priscilla Presley issued a statement Tuesday saying Moore was a “legend in his own right” and that the music he made would “live forever.” Other friends and fans echoed those sentiments. Moore was the last survivor of the original team surrounding Presley, which included bassist Bill Black and producer Sam Phillips.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The British vote by a narrow majority to leave the European Union is not the end of the world — but it does show us how we can get there. A major European power, a longtime defender of liberal democracy, pluralism and free markets, falls under the sway of a few cynical politicians who see a chance to exploit public fears of immigration to advance their careers. They create a stark binary choice on an incredibly complex issue, of which few people understand the full scope — stay in or quit the E.U. These politicians assume that the dog will never catch the car and they will have the best of all worlds — opposing something unpopular but not having to deal with the implications of the public actually voting to get rid of it. But they so dumb down the debate with lies, fear-mongering and misdirection, and with only a simple majority required to win, that the leave-the-E.U. crowd carries the day by a small margin. Presto: the dog catches the car. And, of course, it has no idea now what to do with this car. There is no plan. There is just barking. Like I said, not the end of the world yet, but if a few more E.U. countries try this trick we’ll have quite a little mess on our hands. Attention Donald Trump voters: this is what happens to a country that falls for hucksters who think that life can just imitate Twitter — that there are simple answers to hard questions — and that small men can rearrange big complex systems by just erecting a wall and everything will be peachy.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Fulghum: If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Stan Moore: The statement by the NY Times that there is “no evidence of wrongdoing or shortcomings on the part of Hillary Clinton” and that “military forces could not have reached Benghazi in time to save the four Americans” is extreme disinformation and a great disservice to the four who died. Hillary put politics ahead of the lives of Americans that night with total inaction and multiple lies that continue even today. Hey, what difference does it make? If your blood doesn’t boil and your heart doesn’t weep while watching the film 13 Hours and reading the recent Benghazi report, then…vote Hillary.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The son of “The Good Wife” starJace Alexander was busted with child pornography — and is strolling out of jail! Jace Alexander was given a sentence of 10 years on probation after cops caught him with a computer that had two clips of underage girls performing sex acts. One of the twisted videos featured a 6-year-old girl.   ***“Anger Management” actor Charlie Sheen has jettisoned the second of his three Mulholland Estates homes in Los Angeles for $5.4 million, says the Los Angeles Times. The troubled star bought the Spanish-style house four years ago from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, paying $4.8 million. This is Sheen’s second Mulholland Estates sale in a year. The star recently sold a six-bedroom Mediterranean-style home there for $6.6 million, a little shy of the $7 million he paid in 2011, when he bought it from producer Mike Medavoy.

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LBN- Late Breaking News

*AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH – Seven Refugees With Active TB Sent to Idaho:

Seven refugees with active tuberculosis (TB) were diagnosed shortly after their resettlement in Idaho between 2011 and 2015, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
This makes Idaho the seventh state to confirm that recently arrived refugees have been diagnosed with active TB.
The other states in which recently arrived refugees have been diagnosed with active TB include: Louisiana (twenty-one), Florida (eleven), Colorado, (ten), Indiana (four), Kentucky (where nine were diagnosed in one county), and North Dakota (where four refugees who resided in the United States for less than five years were diagnosed in one county).

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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:

For almost a decade, humans have been wandering the planet with a small computer in their hands. And to see just how attached we are to our smartphones, researchers at dscout explored in-the-moment behaviors of 94 Android users. The study found that the average person swipes, taps and pinches their display about 2,617 times a day, for a grand total of one million times per year.
*Benghazi Report: No New Wrongdoings by Hillary Uncovered:

Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday released their long-awaited report  about what exactly happened the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in the Libyan city that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. According to the report, no new evidence of wrongdoing or shortcomings on the part of Hillary Clinton were uncovered. Investigators also affirmed that U.S. military forces could not have reached Benghazi in time to save the four Americans. They also said the military was not prepared enough to respond to such attacks, and accused the Obama administration of changing its narrative after the attack, “rather than tell[ing] the American people the truth and increas[ing] the risk of losing an election.”
*Merkel Vows to Keep Europe Together After ‘Brexit’:
Stunned by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, leaders of the bloc’s member states converged in Brussels on Tuesday to respond to one of the greatest challenges ever to confront the 28-nation bloc. Before departing for Brussels, ChancellorAngela Merkel of Germany said she would use “all her strength” to prevent the European Union from drifting apart. In a 20-minute speech to the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, Ms. Merkel said she expected that Britain would want to maintain “close relations” with the European Union after it leaves, but also signaled that Britain could not expect business as usual. “Whoever wants to leave this family cannot expect to have no more obligations but to keep the privileges,” she said.
*WALK OF SHAME – British PM Gets Dressing Down in Europe:

David Cameron was forced to face his fellow European leaders Tuesday after his humiliating defeat in Britain’s referendum on membership in the European Union. Cameron was due to meet Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, to discuss ways to proceed after Britain’s vote to leave. Speaking before the meeting, Juncker slapped down British suggestions that negotiations could begin before London formally triggers its exit from the EU. “They have expressed their view. Now there have to be consequences,” he said. “There can be no secret negotiations. No. No secret negotiations.” Britain had hoped to begin talks without the two-year countdown that would be activated once the British prime minister invokes Article 50.

*Egypt Says ‘Black Box’ Has Been Fixed:


The so-called black box from the crashed EgyptAir flight that disappeared over the Mediterranean in May en route from Paris to Cairo has been successfully repaired, officials said. The plane’s recorders, which contain flight data and voice recordings from the flight deck, were given to French officials when they were damaged and recovered from the wreckage. Egyptian investigators had not been able to download their information. The repaired data recorder is to be returned to Cairo for analysis, but the cockpit voice recorder is still being repaired. French authorities have said there is no evidence linking the crash to terrorism, after a preliminary investigation was opened. Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, has said an inquiry was launched Monday to look into a formal accident investigation.

*WHO READS LBN? Singer / songwriter Jackson Browne:

*Seeking to Improve Ties With Russia, Turkey Apologizes for Downing Warplane:

Turkey continued its diplomatic fence mending on Monday, apologizing for downing a Russian jet near its border with Syria last year. In a letter to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday, the same day Turkey announced a rapprochement with Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed regret about the November episode, in which Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had violated its airspace. The downing infuriated Russia and paralyzed relations between the two countries: The Kremlin ordered sanctions on Turkish food imports, stopped visa-free travel for Turks and barred Turkish tour operators from offering Russian tourists vacation packages.

*China Bans Lady Gaga Over Dalai Lama:


China’s Communist Party has added Lady Gaga to its list of foreigners banned from the country after she posted her meeting with the Dalai Lama to her Facebook account. The party’s propaganda department has reportedly banned her from entering mainland China. Websites and other organizations have been told to stop distributing her songs after she met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and recorded a 19-minute video of it. The two talked about meditation and mental health, but the recording garnered an angry reaction. Officials have called the Dalai Lama a “wolf in monk’s robes,” despite the fact that he claims he’s seeking autonomy for Tibetans. He was exiled in March 1959.

*Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser to testify before Senate Panel in Hearing on Cover-Up of Islamist Terror by Obama Administration:

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy will testify before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. in a hearing titled Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism.” “The hearing will examine the Obama administration’s refusal to attribute the terrorist threats we face with radical Islam, hobbling our ability to combat the enemy. The hearing will specifically investigate how the federal government has not only refused to appropriately identify the specific threat of radical Islam, but has sought to undermine the people and information who have sought to highlight the threat.”

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Volkswagen has solved one big problem stemming from its diesel emissions deception, as the carmaker agreed on Tuesday to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle claims in the United States. But the final financial toll — once the company deals with a long list of fines, lawsuits and criminal investigations around the world — will be far higher. The continuing fallout could leave Volkswagen vulnerable to billions of dollars more in expenses, at a time when profit is already under pressure and the industry is facing a period of technological upheaval. So far, Volkswagen has set aside 16.2 billion euros, or about $17.9 billion, for scandal-related costs.Matthias Müller, the Volkswagen chief executive, said less than two weeks ago that the amount was adequate. But the American settlement, with the government and car owners, will consume most of that money. And Volkswagen still faces more scrutiny in the United States and around the world.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Marion “Suge” Knight has filed a lawsuit against Chris Brown and the owners of West Hollywood nightclub 1 Oak, where Knight was shot seven times at an August 2014 pre-VMA party hosted at the venue by the singer. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Brown and club owners of failing to have adequate security and allowing entry to at least one armed individual.   ***Graham Nash has plenty of experience with the vagaries of rock & roll documentaries. Take Woodstock, for one: “There were three days of really good music and the movie was three hours,” he says, “so there are a lot of great performances that have never been seen apart from bootlegs.” No one knows that more than Nash, since Neil Young refused to be filmed during Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s career-making set at the festival. In the film, you’ll hear an announcer say, “Crosby, Stills, Nash” – but no Young. “Neil threatened to deck anybody who filmed him,” Nash says. “So I heard – after the fact.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Scarlett Johansson and Paul Thomas Anderson seeing “The Humans” in NYC.   ***Warriors playerAndre Iguodala at Philippe in NYC.   ***“Vanderpump Rules” star Stassi Schroeder celebrating her birthday with series frenemies Kristen Doute, Scheana Shay and Katie Maloneyat Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina.   ***Aviva Drescherand her family at 1633 restaurant on the Upper East Side in NYC.   ***Sheryl Sandberg and her boyfriend, the billionaire video games mogul Bobby Kotick, dropped in for coffee at Soho café in NYC, Happy Bones over the weekend. The couple visited the coffee shop to see owners Kirsten and Craig Nevill-Manning who have been dubbed New Zealand’s Google-Facebook dream couple.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt died early Tuesday from complications of early-onset dementia at the age of 64. “It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt,” Tyler Summitt said in a statement. “She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.” She was diagnosed with a neurological disease in August 2011. During her entire coaching career, Summitt had a 1,161-212 record, the most wins in NCAA Division I history.   ***Longtime NFL CoachBuddy Ryan passed away Tuesday at the age of 82. Ryan, a defensive guru, coached for 35 seasons in the league, including two stints as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. As defensive coordinator for the unstoppable 1985 Chicago Bears, he was largely credited for the game’s best defensive squad ever, which carried the Bears to a Super Bowl win.*LBN-SEE IT:….Singer Sophie Beem:


*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Anybody who spends time in the working-class parts of America (and, one presumes, Britain) notices the contagions of drug addiction and suicide, and the feelings of anomie, cynicism, pessimism and resentment. Part of this pain arises from deindustrialization. Good jobs are hard to find. But hardship is not exactly new to these places. Life in, say, a coal valley was never a bouquet of roses. What’s also been lost are the social institutions and cultural values that made it possible to have self-respect amid hardship — to say, “I may not make a lot of money, but people can count on me. I’m loyal, tough, hard-working, resilient and part of a good community.”  We all have a sense of what that working-class honor code was, but if you want a refresher, I recommend J.D. Vance’s new book “Hillbilly Elegy.” Vance’s family is from Kentucky and Ohio, and his description of the culture he grew up in is essential reading for this moment in history.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Inspired, impactful and important. The right message for our time.”—–Stephen Covey: http://www.BrokenWindowsBook.com

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***His marriage to Katy Perry only lasted 14 months — but that hasn’t put Russell Brand off getting hitched for a second time. The serial womanizer and former Bizarre Shagger of the Year has popped the question to long-term girlfriend Laura Gallacher.

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