Monthly Archives: September 2017

LBN – Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

*DHS: Russian Hackers Targeted 21 States During Election

The Department of Homeland Security notified 21 states on Friday about attempts from Russian governments hackers to breach their systems during the 2016 election. Among those that have confirmed that they were targeted are Alabama, Washington, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Those four states said that the breach attempts were unsuccessful. According to Politico, a DHS official said that only a few networks were successfully breached and none involved vote tallying. “DHS notified the Secretary of State or other chief election officer in each state of any potential targeting we were aware of in their state leading up to the 2016 election,” DHS spokesman Scott McConnell said.

*Trump Rants About Firing NFL Players Who Protest

President Trump says NFL players who engage in silent protests during the national anthem should be fired. Speaking at an Alabama rally for Republican Sen. Luther Strangelate Friday, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now—he’s fired.” Trump also urged fans to simply “leave the stadium” if players take a knee in protest, saying “things will stop” if the games are boycotted. The president’s comments, which seemed to be a veiled jab at Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback whose national anthem protest last year kicked off a wave of debate over racism and police brutality, immediately drew backlash from the NFL. NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell issued a statement saying such “divisive comments” show a “failure to understand the overwhelming force for good” represented by NFL players, many of whom rushed to help Houston residents following Hurricane Harvey. The NFL Players Association also hit back, saying the union will “never back down” from supporting the players’ “constitutional right” to protest.

*China Says ‘Suspected Explosion’ Behind North Korea Quake

Authorities in China on Saturday said a “suspected explosion” was thought to be behind a 3.4-magnitude earthquake in North Korea, raising concerns of yet another nuclear test by Pyongyang. The quake was detected in North Hamgyong Province, near North Korea’s Punggyeri nuclear site. South Korean authorities, however, said they believed the tremors had been caused by a natural earthquake. “We use several methods to tell whether earthquakes are natural or man-made,” an official was cited as saying by Reuters. “A key method is to look at the seismic waves or seismic acoustic waves and the latter can be detected in the case of a man-made earthquake. In this case we saw none. So as of now we are categorizing this as a natural earthquake.” The U.S. Geological Survey said it detected a 3.5-magnitude quake near the site of previous nuclear tests but could not confirm whether the event was natural or man-made.

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*Iran Tests New Missile in Defiance of U.S. Warnings

Iran said Saturday it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile despite warnings from the U.S. that such a move could jeopardize a landmark nuclear deal. Footage of the Khoramshahr missile’s launch was broadcast on state television Saturday, with no indication of when the test took place. The Khoramshahr missile, which has a range of about 1,242 miles, is capable of carrying multiple warheads, according to Iran’s state TV. A day earlier, officials said the missile would be tested “soon” after unveiling it at a military parade in Tehran attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani vowed to boost the country’s military power and continue with its missile activities “as a deterrent” after President Trump slammed Iran’s missile program at the United Nations earlier in the week. Trump on Tuesday urged other world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to take a harder line on Tehran, saying “we cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles.”

*Trump Withdraws White House Invite to NBA Star Stephen Curry

President Trump continued his tirade against professional athletes on Saturday morning, withdrawing an invitation for NBA star Stephen Curry to visit the White House because the athlete apparently wasn’t grateful enough to accept the “great honor.” “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted. Curry, who leads the Golden State Warriors, had made clear on Friday that he doesn’t “want to go” to the White House with his team. The NBA All-Star said he wanted to boycott the visit to show that “we don’t stand for what our president has said, and the things he hasn’t said at the right time.” Curry also hinted that he’d taken inspiration from NFL star Colin Kaepernick in trying to “inspire some change for what we tolerate in this country.” Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Kaepernick for his national anthem protest and on Friday said NFL players who protest on the field should be fired.

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*Bob Dole Hospitalized Due To Low Blood Pressure

Former presidential candidate Bob Dole, 94, has been hospitalized since last week due to low blood pressure. His spokeswoman, Marion Watkins, said that Dole was admitted to the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Sept. 13. “After a routine check-up it was determined that he had low blood pressure which they’re correcting with medication,” Watkins said. “Right now they hope to release him within a matter of days.”

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Infant and maternal tetanus was officially eliminated from the Americas this year, the Pan American Health Organization announced on Thursday. At one time, the infection killed about 10,000 newborns annually in the Western Hemisphere; tetanus still kills about 35,000 infants around the world. It was one of several significant global health advances, including new programs against malaria and H.I.V., announced last week in conjunction with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Daniel Yankelovich, the pollster, author and public opinion analyst who for a half-century mirrored the perceptions of generations of Americans about politics, consumer products, social changes and, not least, themselves, died on Friday morning at his home in the La Jolla section of San Diego. He was 92. His daughter, Nicole Yankelovich Mordecai, said the cause was kidney failure.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Farhad Manjoo: I knew the big Mark Zuckerberg speech was coming. It always does. Scandals involving Facebook tend to follow a well-worn pattern: Throughout the social network’s short history, when the company has felt pummeled by users or lawmakers or shareholders over one of the dozens of controversies that have plagued its rise, there comes a moment when the clamor reaches a fever pitch. You begin to wonder why on earth they aren’t doing more. Can’t they see how deep they are in it?

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Madonna released a live album last Friday. News to me. News to everyone, apparently. The “Rebel Heart” Tour album sold just 3,848 CDs and downloads according to Buzz Angle and the website, Hits Daily Double. It had no streaming that was reported.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on GOP’s health care, Trump’s UN nationalism –  https://youtu.be/T9HdnE_5Yu8

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Candida Moss: If a recent history of the subject is to be believed, the average man or woman will spend 20 seconds a week in orgasm—or, to extrapolate, around twelve minutes a year or ten hours in a typical lifetime. For something that takes so little of our time, the orgasm occupies a grossly outsized portion of our economy, science, and cultural imagination. There’s no shortage of handbooks—ancient and modern—that can advise you about the best ways to satisfy your lover. If we want to say something is good we describe it as “better than sex”; anything that tastes delicious or illicit is “orgasmic”; and Arnold Schwarzenegger is even able to describe flexing his biceps as “as satisfying as ejaculating.”  For ancient medics the orgasm was what Thomas Lacquer, author of Making Sex, has called a “bodily signal of a cycle of mortality and generation.” Ancient thought held that certain conditions—sluggishness, for example—were caused by an excess of phlegm in the body. The congestion could be relieved by ejaculating; Aristotle actually calls semen “the secretion of an excrement.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by George Clooney: I grew up in Kentucky around the Confederate flag, and although Kentucky was technically neutral during the Civil War, it’s very much a part of the South. I remember these guys would come into town and we’d do these Civil War reenactments, and you could choose whichever side you wanted. They’d bring you uniforms and guns with blanks in it, and you could play either a Rebel or Union soldier, and we’d do battle all around town. We all wanted to be Rebels because it was fun—everybody wants to be a “rebel”—and we never thought twice about the Confederate flag; it never even dawned on me that that was a symbol of hate. And also, I was pretty young and wasn’t paying enough attention. But as you get older you see that this was only a symbol of hate, and you remember that the Confederate flag was designed to be marched into battle against the United States of America in favor of racism, and they lost.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Malcolm Jones: Hillary Clinton’spublisher just released a victory lap press release about her new book this week. According to Simon and Schuster, What Happened sold an impressive 300,000 copies in its first week of publication.  That figure comprises all formats in which the book is sold, with hardcovers making up more than half of that figure, with 167,000 copies sold. Audio CDs, e-books, and digital downloads combined made up the difference. The publisher said it was the best week for audiobook sales in the company’s history.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Kris Jenner is keeping quiet about her 20-year-old daughter Kylie‘s pregnancy. “She’s not confirmed anything,” the Kardashian-Jenner matriarch told The Cut while at Milan Fashion Week Saturday. “I think it’s kind of wild that everyone is just assuming that that’s just happening. On Friday, sources confirmed that the reality TV star turned makeup mogul is expecting a baby girl with boyfriend Travis Scott.   ***Peter Landesman — the director of “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House,” about the identity of Deep Throat — says Felt was ashamed of the nickname given to him during the Watergate investigation. The pseudonym for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s secret Watergate source “was a porn reference and was actually one of the reasons Mark felt so ashamed,” Landesman told us. “He was a real Christian, and that actually was a big deal for him.” Felt had been the No. 2 official at the FBI in the 1970s and finally came out as the secret source in 2005 at age 91.   ***David Foster‘s daughter Erin appears to have inducted her father’s rumored girlfriend, Katharine McPhee, into their family. Foster, who has been married four times, was honored at this week’s 2017 Grammy Museum Gala, where he performed with McPhee. Also in attendance was Erin Foster, who took to Instagram to show her approval of her dad’s relationship with McPhee.

LBN – Friday, September 22nd

*North Korea Threatens to Detonate Bomb in Pacific Ocean

North Korea’s foreign minister threatened Friday to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, as tensions continue to escalate between the hermetic East Asian nation and the United States. “It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” said Ri Yong Ho, the foreign minister, according to South Korean state news agency Yonhap. “We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.” Kim called President Donald Trump “mentally deranged” Thursday after the president, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.

*Inside the twisted revenge porn site that’s ruining women’s lives: 

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Lisa M. can’t walk around her hometown without wondering who has seen her naked. The 28-year-old from Gardner, Mass., was only 17 when her then-boyfriend snapped a couple of topless photos of her when she wasn’t looking. She loved him, trusted him and had no idea he even owned a camera. Years later, the pictures would surface online and spread all over her tiny hometown. “To see those online was just like a total betrayal of trust, and on top of that, there’s nothing you can do about it — it’s just there, and you can’t take it down, and you don’t know who’s seen it,” she said. The pictures had been posted to the website Anon-IB, a k a Anonymous Image Board, one of the world’s main online promoters of revenge porn — intimate photos that are uploaded typically by a former sex partner and without the subject’s consent. Anon-IB is where naked pictures of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence surfaced in 2014 and where dozens of male Marines posted illicit photos of female comrades earlier this year. And it’s the site where thousands of other women — including underage girls — are exploited daily for twisted reasons ranging from perversion to revenge to financial gain.

*Rouhani Lashes Back at Trump, as Iran Unveils New Missile:

Escalating a war of words with the United States, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran declared on Friday that his country would continue to develop new missiles and “would not seek anyone’s permission to defend our land.” As he spoke at a military parade in Tehran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps unveiled a ballistic missile with a range of about 1,250 miles, making it capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel. Mr. Rouhani’s nationally televised speech at the parade — which commemorates the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88 — and the show of force were a direct display of defiance toward President Trump, who signed a bill in August imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. Although United Nations provisions seek to limit ballistic missile technology, the nuclear agreement negotiated in 2015 by Iran and six world powers, including the United States, does not prohibit Iran from developing such weapons.

*New Bill Clinton Novel to Be Made Into Showtime Series

Showtime is set to turn an upcoming novel written by Bill Clinton and James Patterson into a TV series, the network has announced. The novel, titled The President Is Missing, is due for publication in June 2018 and the network has beat out other film studios and networks to acquire the rights. Described by Showtime as the “startling story” of a sitting U.S. president’s disappearance, the book marks the first time a former U.S. president has co-authored a thriller. The series will be Clinton’s first book-to-screen adaptation after writing three books since his departure from the White House in 2001. Details on the plot are scarce, but a statement announcing the joint effort back in May promised “insider details that only a president can know.” “Though fictional, the story brings to life the pressures and realities of the most important position in the world,” Showtime said in a statement released Friday.

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*BEWARE – Sessions Warns of ‘Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing’ Among Unaccompanied Minors

Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned law-enforcement agencies that unaccompanied minors trying to get into the U.S. should be seen as “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” In a speech to local and national officers in Boston on Thursday afternoon, Sessions said major gangs like MS-13 use an unaccompanied-minors program that has been around since 1980 “as a means by which to recruit new members,” Politico reports. “This is America. We will not allow the likes of MS-13 or any other gang to prey upon our communities, to decapitate individuals with machetes, baseball bats and chains,” Sessions said.

*Jerry Lewis disinherited five of his children 

Jerry Lewis left nothing to any of his children from his first marriage in his last will and testament. The comedian, who passed away in August at 91, explicitly excluded sons Gary Lewis, Ronald LewisAnthony Joseph LewisChristopher Joseph Lewis and Scott Anthony Lewis, whom he shared with first wife Patti Palmer, from inheriting anything from his estate, documents obtained by The Blast revealed. Lewis also noted that son Joseph, also from his first marriage, is deceased, having died of a drug overdose in 2009. Lewis was married to Palmer from 1944 until 1980. The sole beneficiaries of Lewis’ estate are his second wife, SanDee, whom he married in 1983, and their daughter Danielle, 25, whom they adopted together in 1992.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Women

  • The word “vagina” was first used on film in Walt Disney’s production “The Story of Menstruation.” This 1946 film explains menstruation and gives tips on how to help women stop feeling sorry for themselves.

  • In 16th century France, women could charge their husbands with impotence as a reason for divorce. The convicted husbands would have to prove themselves in a public trial through successfully ejaculating.

  • The two highest IQ scores in recorded history belong to women.

  • In ancient Egypt, Greece, and Japan, women used softened papyrus, lint wrapped around wood, and paper to absorb menstruation bleeding. Aging isn’t all so bad.

  • A woman’s clitoris grows throughout her lifetime. This means that many women in their forties and fifties have stronger orgasms than they did during their teens and twenties.

  • A bill proposed to the British Parliament in 1770 suggested that any woman wearing make-up should be punished for witchcraft.

  • It is estimated that 6-10% of incarcerated women are pregnant, with as many as 1,400 births in prisons annually in the United States.

  • Women earn more than 60% of all college degrees in the United States.

  • In the 1940s, women in the United States advertised products to gain weight and thus become more ideally curvy and beautiful. “Men wouldn’t look at me when I was skinny,” said one advertisement, “but since I gained 10 pounds this new, easy way, I have all the dates I want.”

  • In Greek mythology, the first god to be born after Chaos (the first element to exist) was a woman named Gaia, or Mother Earth. Gaia then birthed Uranus, (the Sky) the Mountains, and Pontus (the Sea) without a man.

*‘Sammy the Bull’ Gravano, former MafiaHitman, Turncoat, Released From Prison

A notorious Mafia hitman and turncoat has been released from prison at the age of 72, after serving most of his 20-year sentence in Arizona.Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano served as an underboss in New York’s Gambino crime family, where he took some part in at least 19 killings. He was eventually sentenced for drug-related convictions. His lawyer declined to specify where Gravano served out his sentence or where he would be living next. He left prison Monday. “He’s in good health, in good spirits,” his lawyer added. “He’s just focused on re-acclimating with society…. A lot’s happened in 17 years.”

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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Like a cold, good and bad moods can be ‘picked up’ from those around you. Your friends have the most impact, according to a new study led by the University of Warwick. “Evidence suggests mood may spread from person to person via a process known as social contagion,” said Public health statistics researcher Rob Eyre who led the study.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Both “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot and “The Big Sick’s” Kumail Nanjiani will host their own episodes of “Saturday Night Live” for the show’s upcoming 43rd season, NBC announced Thursday. Gadot will host the Oct. 7 episode with musical guest Sam Smith, while Nanjiani will host the Oct. 14 episode with musical guest P!nk.   ***The “Best of Los Angeles Award” Community (www.facebook.com/BestOfLosAngelesAwards), which was formed approximately two and a half years ago to spotlight the very people, places and things in Los Angeles,  has grown to over 3,300 members throughout Southern California.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Jay-Z apparently won’t be following in the footsteps of his wife, Beyoncé. Or those of Bruce SpringsteenKaty PerryMichael JacksonLady Gaga and the numerous others who have performed during the halftime show at the Super Bowl. According to a report by the Source earlier this week, the superstar rapper was offered the prestigious gig at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Feb. 4, but turned it down.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Why we self sabotage — https://youtu.be/k1eYiq_V5cM

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:


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The USPS site is packed with things to do online find a zip code, calculate postage, stop your mail, buy stamps or print shipping labels, all from the comfort of a home office.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Episode 2 of the hit television interview show “Without Notes” with guest, Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, political commentator, and feminist advocate.  —–  https://youtu.be/IQXPvgxeX8g


*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Albert Speer Jr., an internationally prominent architect who sought throughout his life to distance himself from the dark legacy of his father, a member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died on Sept. 15 at his home in Frankfurt. He was 83. His death was announced by his architectural firm, AS & P, in Frankfurt. It said the cause was complications of surgery he had undergone after falling at his home.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David BrooksThe only time I saw Sam Francis face-to-face — in the Washington Times cafeteria sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s — I thought he was a crank, but it’s clear now that he was at that moment becoming one of the most prescient writers of the past 50 years. There’s very little Donald Trump has done or said that Francis didn’t champion a quarter century ago. In a series of essays for conservative magazines like Chronicles, Francis hammered home three key insights. The first was that globalization was screwing Middle America. The Cold War had just ended, capitalism seemed triumphant and the Clinton years seemed to be an era of broad prosperity. But Francis stressed that the service economy was ruining small farms and taking jobs from the working class. His second insight was that the Republican and conservative establishment did not understand what was happening. He railed against the pro-business “Economic Men” who thought G.D.P. growth could solve the nation’s problems, and the Washington Republicans, who he thought were infected with the values of the educated elites. In 1991, when his political mentor, Pat Buchanan, was contemplating a presidential bid, Francis told him to break with the conservative movement. “These people are defunct,” Francis told Buchanan. “Go to New Hampshire and call yourself a patriot, a nationalist, an America First-er, but don’t even use the word ‘conservative.’ It doesn’t mean anything anymore.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frances Berman: Here we go again with Donald Trump’s back door behavior. During his joint press conference this morning in New York City with President Moon Jae-in, the South Korean President used the word “deplorable” to describe the behavior of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Laughter quickly came from the gallery of reporters whereby Trump quipped “I promise I didn’t tell him to use that word”. Maybe not, but I have no doubt that Trump could have previously used the term (more than once) in the presence of Moon Jae-in to describe the behavior himself. Just a thought.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Ryan Seacrest is still sore over Mariah Carey’s claims his production team sabotaged her ill-fated “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” performance. During her performance, Carey lip-synced and stumbled her way through her segment, saying that her inner ear monitors weren’t working properly. Her manager, Stella Bulochnikov, claimed later that Dick Clark Productions was aware of the issue before the performance began and did nothing to address it. “Once things went wrong, they took the decision to keep rolling and make her look like a train wreck for the ratings,” Bulochnikov  said.

LBN – Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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*Nicaragua Will Join Paris Accord, Leaving the U.S., Syria as Its Only Holdouts

Nicaragua has decided to join the Paris climate accord, and President Daniel Ortega has told state media that his government will “soon” sign on to the landmark agreement. Ortega initially refused to join the deal in 2015, claiming it did not mandate enough sacrifices from wealthier countries. It isn’t yet clear what changed Ortega’s mind. In any case, that leaves the U.S. and Syria as the only two nations that have refused to support the agreement to combat global warming. President Donald Trump has said it creates too many restrictions on U.S. companies.

*Trump Pushes to Revisit Iran Nuclear Deal, and Asks Allies to Help:

President Trump is seeking to revisit the nuclear agreement with Iran to toughen its provisions rather than scrap it right away as he has threatened, enlisting allies to pressure Tehran to return to the negotiating table, administration officials said Wednesday. Mr. Trump, who denounced the agreement in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week as an “embarrassment to the United States,” wants to expand on it by extending its time frame and imposing new limits on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles. Although European officials strongly back the current deal, some signaled openness to negotiating a separate follow-up agreement. The maneuvering suggested a possible path forward for Mr. Trump short of abandoning the accord, but it remains uncertain whether he can reach consensus with the European allies, much less with Russia and China, the deal’s other patrons. Iran on Wednesday ruled out revisiting the agreement as President Hassan Rouhani declared it a “closed issue” and warned that if the United States pulled out, Iran might resume uranium enrichment.

*Spicer: I Never ‘Knowingly’ Lied During Time at White House

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he never “knowingly” lied to the American people while serving in President Trump’s administration. “I made mistakes,” Spicer said. “There’s no question. I think we all do.” Though he said he will never offer a “blanket apology,” Spicer acknowledged that he has “tried to own” some of his mistakes. Still, he said, “the personal attacks, questioning my integrity … you know, what my intentions were, I think, were really over the top.”

*SINFUL – Pope Candidly Admits Church ‘Arrived Late’ in Confronting Abuse: 

Pope Francis, in some of his most candid and personal comments on the sexual abuse of children by priests, said on Thursday that the Catholic Church had “arrived late” in dealing with the problem.  Francis, speaking in unscripted remarks to a commission advising him on how to root out sexual abuse, also acknowledged that early in his papacy he had made one bad call in being too lenient with an Italian priest who later went on to abuse again. He also said he had decided to change current procedures for dealing with abusive priests by eliminating appeals trials in cases where there was definitive proof.

*WHOOPS – KB Home Cuts CEO Jeffrey Mezger’s Bonus After His Kathy Griffin Rant

Following an expletive-laden rant aimed at comedian Kathy Griffin, KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger will get a sizable reduction in his annual bonus, the company said in a filing on Thursday. In the two-minute recording, Mezger chastises Griffin and her boyfriend for calling the police on the noise-level coming from his home, using anti-gay and sexist language. The company board reportedly decided to chop the bonus Mezger would have “otherwise been entitled to receive” by 25 percent because his “recent behavior in his personal dealings with a neighbor is unacceptable and a negative reflection on KB Home.”

*Study: Fewer Pregnancies, More Fetal Deaths in Flint After Lead Levels Rose

Flint, the Michigan city where lead levels in drinking-water supplies notoriously spiked in April 2014, saw fewer pregnancies and an increase in fetal deaths during the period of time when they were exposed to such levels, according to a new study that examined local and state health records. Fetal death rates jumped 58 percent after April 2014. Fertility rates decreased by about 12 percent among women. The Flint data was compared to the rest of the state of Michigan from 2008 to 2015. Lead can cause infertility in both men and women. It can also damage a baby’s central nervous system, which could have caused miscarriages and stillbirths in the region.

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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: China and the world received a fresh warning on Thursday that the country’s dramatic debt binge of recent years threatens the stability of one of the global economy’s most important growth engines. Standard & Poor’s downgraded its rating on China, saying the country’s strong economic growth has been fueled by heavy borrowing — and that it expects that borrowing to continue. That could hurt the ability of the world’s second-largest economy to handle potential financial shocks, like a crisis among its banks, and could lead to longer-term growth problems.  ***Responding to evidence that its tools had allowed ads to be directed at users who used racist comments or hate speech in their profiles, Facebook said Wednesday that it would change how ads can be targeted. That its ad-targeting tools could be used in such a way was “a fail” for the company, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said in a post. She added that Facebook would add “more human review and oversight” to its automated systems to prevent further misuse. Ms. Sandberg, who was directly addressing the social network’s recent advertising issues for the first time, also said the company would do more to ensure that offensive content — including that which attacks people for their race or religion — could not be used to target ads.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***The hunt is on for an actress to play groundbreaking studio boss Sherry Lansing in a movie version of her recent biography. Sources say Paramount and “Mission: Impossible” producer Paula Wagner are in early discussions to turn the Hollywood legend’s tome into a film, with an actress attached. The book, “Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker,” was penned by Stephen Galloway.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 22 professors from Stanford University read LBN daily?

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Beatles’ widow Yoko Ono has sued a drinks firm selling lemonade called John Lemon. Yoko, 84 — who administers late husband John Lennon’s estate — claimed his image was hijacked.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Kate Hudson, Coldplay rocker Chris Martin, Rosario Dawson, Demi Moore and Emanuelle Chriqui at the Ace Theatre in LA seeing poet In-Q’s new show, “The Echo Chamber.” The popular poet started out as a songwriter for Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus.


*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Norah Jones – Black Hole Sun (Detroit Fox Theatre 5.23.17)   —- https://youtu.be/XbQ08Ixczvo

*LBN-R.I.P.:  ***Lillian Ross, who became known as the consummate fly-on-the-wall reporter in more than six decades at The New Yorker, whether writing about Ernest Hemingway, Hollywood or a busload of Indiana high school seniors on a class trip to New York, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. She was 99. Her longtime editor, Susan Morrison, said the death, at Lenox Hill Hospital, was caused by a stroke.   ***Dr.Edmond I. Eger II, a leader in the development of a now universally used technique to determine the proper dose of anesthetic gas administered in operating rooms — an advance that has saved an untold number of lives — died on Aug. 26 at his home in Tiburon, California. He was 86. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Dr. Steven L. Shafer, a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University, and the editor of a coming autobiography of Dr. Eger.   ***Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned poet, painter and actor known for parts in films such as “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” has died. He was 78. Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, his talent agent Erin Connor said.

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The revealing TV interview show –  “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 2: The Kennedy Campaign —-  https://youtu.be/IQXPvgxeX8g

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: 


Once every few years a book comes along with an insight so penetrating, so powerful – and so simply, demonstrably true -that it instantly changes the way we think and do business. Such a book is Broken Windows, Broken Business, a breakthrough in management theory that can alter the destiny of countless companies striving to stay ahead of their competition. “In this vital work, author Michael Levine offers compelling evidence that problems in business, large and small, typically stem from inattention to tiny details. —– www.BrokenWindowsBook.com

*Lenny Rosenberg, “The Restaurant Doctor”, Is Furious Over $15 Dollar an Hour Minimum Wage Increase

Lenny Rosenberg, since the tender age of seventeen (17), has been investing, rebranding and flipping restaurants. He is often referred to as, “The Restaurant Doctor.” His talent and expertise are unsurpassed by anyone in the past twenty-five (25) years, as he’s continued to perfect his craft by using “I.F.S.”, placing an emphasis always on inventory, food, and service. He started flipping restaurants in New York and has been doing so through the mid-west and Malibu over the years. The $15 dollar an hour minimum wage increase, however, he believes may work against his restaurant flipping efforts as well as other restaurant workers. Lenny says, “The minimum wage in the old days would increase at an incremental rate and over long periods of time. Now what they’re doing is raising that wage one to two dollars a year, and forcing the small business owners to raise their pricing anywhere from 15 and 25% to account for that raise.” He continues, “Not only that, now they also can’t afford to hire as many people, which means more unemployment.” When no other business owner was willing to go on camera to discuss the sensitive issue, Lenny allowed himself to be interviewed by So Cal News over 2 years ago when the accelerated minimum wage raises were first announced to explain why it would be so bad for small business and, eventually, the economy. Now that we are halfway through the process of the accelerated raises, we are seeing massive closings of establishments that have been around for decades. — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in9A4Z4TZYc&t=3s
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Plant (Singer, Led Zeppelin): I got to a point where I could no longer watch the Trump coverage. The media makes it such a garish feast. I just decided that there’s a process that will sort itself out and rectify itself in due course. Which it will. I keep my head down and dissolve into books.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Hear the late Frank Vincent’s final media interview on the “Outer Limits of Inner Truth” radio show. Mr. Vincent discusses how he met Joe Pesci, how he got into acting, his experience on the Sopranos, and his real life run in with a famous mobster. — http://www.outerlimitsradio.com/frankvincent/
*100+ Volunteers Needed for “Stand Down 2017” Homeless Veteran Benefit Event in Los Angeles
From October 26th-October 27th, Village for Vets and Brentwood School are partnering to coordinate volunteers for “The Stand Down 2017,” an event providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. The event is taking place at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. 1500 homeless and family members expected to partake in one day of food, showers, housing, assessments, services and more. Volunteers needed for all services. To volunteer, sign up here: www.bwscampus.com/standdown
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Olivia Newton-John isn’t ruling anything out in terms of treatment for her breast cancer. In a pre-taped interview that aired Thursday on “Today,” the “Grease” star shared that she’s using marijuana that her husband, John Easterling, grows to help relieve the pain and nausea that come with cancer and chemotherapy. “People have this vision from the ’60s of people just sitting around and getting stoned,” Newton-John, 68, told Natalie Morales. “I think that it’s not about that. This plant is a healing plant. I think we need to change the vision of what it is because it helped me greatly and it helps with pain and inflammation.”