Monthly Archives: April 2018

LBN – Monday, April 23rd, 2018

*Nashville Schools on Lockout Amid Manhunt for Waffle House Shooting Suspect

Nashville schools will stage a lockout Monday as a manhunt for the suspect in the Waffle House shooting continues. The schools affected have been searched and cleared by local police and, although students will be able to move freely within the building, no guests or visitors will be allowed inside. The lockouts at the designated schools will continue until the manhunt has ended or the police say the suspect is no longer in the area, according to an announcement by Metro Nashville Public Schools. Travis Reinking, 29, is the suspect in the shootings early Sunday morning that killed four people and injured several others. Reinking allegedly fled the scene of the shooting completely naked except for a jacket, and police believe he went to his apartment, put on a pair of pants, and may have escaped into the woods. SWAT officers cleared his apartment late Sunday.

*Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Baby Boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy. The boy, whose name has not yet been announced, is William and Kate’s third child and is now fifth in line to the British throne. The news was announced by Kensington Palace on Monday morning with a tweet saying: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

*Armenian Prime Minister Resigns After 11 Days of Protests

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has announced he’ll step down after 11 days of mass protests against him. Police arrested opposition leader and parliament member Nikol Pashinyan on Sunday, which angered many demonstrators. Pashinyan was released soon after, due to the backlash. “Nikol Pashinyan was right. I was wrong. The situation has several solutions, but I will not take any of them. That is not mine. I am leaving office of the country’s leader, of prime minister,” Sargsyan said in a statement. “The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand.” The protests were sparked by Sargsyan’s decision to take the PM role after serving a decade as the country’s president, and shortly after changes were made to the presidency to give the post more power.

*DeVos Cuts Down on Civil-Rights Investigations in Schools

The U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos has rolled back on civil-rights investigations in schools, giving districts room to discriminate in their disciplinary systems, ProPublica reports. A leaked June 2017 memo shows DeVos ordered investigators put in place during the Obama administration to “limit proactive civil-rights probes rather than expanding them to identify systemic patterns.” The change has resulted in a move away from finding unfair racial disparities in schools and given more power to regional offices to resolve cases themselves. Under DeVos’ tenure, the Department of Education has closed “65 school-discipline investigations opened under Obama,” saying that a majority of them had “‘moot’ allegations or insufficient evidence or details.” In one case that was closed in Bryan, Texas, a school was found to discipline black students four times more than it did with white students, according to a ProPublica analysis. The Department of Education claimed the changes are working toward trying to solve civil-rights cases in a “more timely and efficient manner[.]”

*Paris Attack Suspect Salah Abdeslam Found Guilty of Brussels Shootout

The sole surviving suspect of the 2015 Paris terror attacks has been found guilty of terrorism-related attempted murder over his involvement in a police shootout in Brussels in 2016 daysbefore his capture. Salah Abdeslam, who’s still awaiting trial for his suspected role in the Paris attacks of November 2015 which killed 130 people, was found guilty for his involvement in a shootout with police in Brussels ahead of his capture in 2016, and has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. A court in the Belgian capital said “there can be no doubt” about Salah Abdeslam and his co-defendant Sofiane Ayari’s involvement in extremism. Four police officers were wounded in the gun battle after police received a tip-off over the Paris attacks and raided a flat in the Forest area of Brussels on 15 March 2016. Abdeslam was arrested three days later. He remains in jail in France awaiting a separate trial over the 2015 Paris attacks.

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*Complaints Filed Against 18 Students Over ‘Extremely Racist’ Theta Tau Video

The Department of Public Safety and Student Affairs at Syracuse University has filed complaints against 18 students who are connected to videos that showed Theta Tau fraternity brothers using racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs, according to The Daily Orange. Bobby Maldonado, chief of the Department of Public Safety, said the students were removed from classes out of an “abundance of caution” and concern for the community. They’ll attend “alternate class and study arrangements” as the school’s judicial process goes forward, the student newspaper reported. The fraternity chapter was permanently expelled from Syracuse on Saturday. Students have staged protests on campus demanding the release of the videos—but Maldonado said the school “will not be party” to distributing the “hateful and hurtful content.” Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in an email to students last week that the videos were, “extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities.”

*Man Fined for Hate Crime After Filming Pug’s ‘Nazi Salutes’

A Scottish man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes and uploaded the footage to YouTube has been fined £800 (around $1,120). Mark Meechan, who goes by the name of Count Dankula on his social-media pages, recorded his girlfriend’s pug responding to statements such as “Sieg Heil” and “Gas the Jews” by raising its paw. Meechan, from Coatbridge in Scotland, was found guilty last month of committing a hate crime and was in court to hear his sentence Monday. His case has been taken up by free-speech campaigners and comedians such as Ricky Gervais, who tweeted last month: “A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed ‘grossly offensive.’ If you don’t believe in a person’s right to say things that you might find ‘grossly offensive,’ then you don’t believe in Freedom of Speech.” Meechan has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying he made the video to annoy his girlfriend.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Dr. Robert Kotler – Best of Los Angeles Award 2018 — https://youtu.be/nGuRlGki-uA

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Pew Research Center: Social and Demographic Trends

The Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Every Marvel Movie Up To Infinity War – CRAM IT! (Avengers edition) — https://youtu.be/U5sb8LBeaQQ


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LBN – Sunday, April 22, 2018

*Bloomberg to Cut $4.5 Million Check for Paris Climate Accord
Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and current UN special envoy for climate change, has pledged to write a $4.5 million check to cover Washington’s financial commitment to the Paris climate accord after President Trump withdrew last year. Speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Bloomberg said the money would come out of his pocket personally. “America made a commitment and as an American if the government’s not going to do it, we all have responsibility,” he said. “I’m able to do it … I’m going to send them a check for the monies that America had promised to the organization as though they got it from the federal government.” The billionaire also urged Trump to “change his mind” after pulling out of the climate pact, saying America is “part of the problem” and should therefore “go in and help the world stop a potential disaster.” The U.S. became the only country to reject the agreement last year after Trump claimed it placed an unfair burden on Washington.

*Naked Gunman Opens Fire in Nashville Waffle House, Killing 4

Nashville police say a man wearing nothing but a jacket entered a Waffle House in the suburb of Antioch early Sunday morning and opened fire on customers, killing four and wounding several others. The gunman, described as a white man with short hair, is said to have abandoned his jacket and fled naked and on foot after a customer wrestled his rifle away from him. Police have asked the public to keep an eye out for a person of interest identified as 29-year-old Illinois resident Travis Reinking. “Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual—if you see a nude guy walking around this morning—call the police department immediately,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

*Romney Fails to Win GOP Nomination for Utah Senate Bid, Forced to Enter Primary

Mitt Romney on Saturday was unable to secure the Utah Republican Party’s nomination to run unopposed for the U.S. Senate seat belonging to retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee fell short of the required 60 percent of votes, earning only 49 percent, according to CNN. Romney, who got a ringing endorsement from his on-again, off-again foe President Trump in February, will now have to square off against 11 other contenders in a June primary. He said he’s looking forward to it, however. “ This is terrific for the people of Utah, and I really want to thank the delegates who stayed so late to give me the kind of boost that I got here today,” he said late Saturday. “We’re going to have a good primary.”

*Trump Considers ‘Full Pardon’ of Late Boxer Jack Johnson After Sylvester Stallone Call

President Trump says he is considering issuing a “full pardon” for a boxer who died in 1946 after getting a call from Sylvester Stallone. “Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial,” Trump tweeted late Saturday. “Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!” he said. Johnson became the first black heavyweight boxing champion in 1908 and dominated the boxing scene for years. But in 1913, he was convicted by an all-white jury for transporting his white girlfriend across state lines, a charge for which he spent a year in prison. He died in 1946. Johnson’s great-great niece and several lawmakers have called for a posthumous pardon for years, but previous presidents have declined to grant one. Justice Department guidelines advise against posthumous pardons, saying “the pardon and commutation requests of living persons” are generally preferred.

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*Pippa Middleton Expecting Her First Child

Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, is reportedly expecting her first child with husbandJames Matthews. Sources cited in British media say she has already revealed the big news to family and friends after getting a 12-week scan last week. Kate Middleton, who is about to give birth to her third child with Prince William, reportedly “could not have been more delighted” with the news. A friend quoted by the Sunday Express said Pippa’s pregnancy had provided “much-needed happiness” to the family. The news comes just weeks after David Matthews, Pippa’s father-in-law, was charged by French authorities for the alleged rape of a minor.

*LBN- ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: A Quiet Place has climbed back to the top spot in theaters in its third weekend, earning $22 million. The thriller, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who also directs the film, so far boasts a total domestic haul of $132 million less than a month after its release. Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage, an action flick about animals that mutated into monsters, dropped down to second place this weekend with $21 million. Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty debuted to $16.2 million, claiming third place despite less than stellar reviews.

*LBN- FACT OF THE DAY:  In rare instances, some spider bites can cause blood disorders. For example, the brown recluse venom may cause red blood cells to burst. This can lead to other symptoms, such as acute kidney injury and jaundice.


*LBN- THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work.” – William Shakespeare

*LBN- R.I.P.: Nabi Tajima, the world’s oldest known person and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday in a Japanese hospital. She was 117. “She passed away as if falling asleep. As she had been a hard worker, I want to tell her ‘rest well,’” Hiroyuki, her 65-year-old grandson, told Japan’s Kyodo News. Tajima was hospitalized about a month ago, but she spent most of her recent years bedridden. Born on April 4, 1900, she raised seven sons and two daughters, and at the time of her death reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including several great-great-great-grandchildren. With Tajima’s passing, the title of world’s oldest person has been handed over to another Japanese woman, 116-year-old Chiyo Miyako.

*LBN- FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Jack Nicholson (1937)

Jack Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for more than 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. His most known and celebrated films include the road drama Easy Rider (1969), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment(1983), and the horror film The Shining (1980).

LBN- SITE OF THE DAY:    

USGS: Earthquake Map

The maps and lists show events which have been located by the USGS and contributing agencies within the last 30 days. They should not be considered to be complete lists of all events in the US and adjacent areas and especially should not be considered to be complete lists of all events M4.5+ in the world. In most cases, we locate and report on earthquakes worldwide of magnitude 5.0 and larger in 30 minutes or less. Additionally, we locate and report on earthquakes magnitude 4.0 and larger within the contiguous US and populated regions of Alaskawithin 30 minutes. Earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 or greater within the US and populated regions of Alaska are often rapidly reported if they occur within the region of a contributing local seismic network.

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*LBN OVERHEARD:   ***Jay-Z appeared to give Cardi B and her forthcoming baby his blessing this weekend during round 2 of Beyonce‘s Coachella set by rubbing her belly and giving her prayer hands.   ***Verne Troyer — best known for playing Mini-Me in the ‘Austin Powers‘ comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world — has died. Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We’d been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning. Verne’s family says during the recent adversity, “he was baptized while surrounded by his family.”   ***Kourtney Kardashian celebrated big the year before her big 4-0 … at the happiest place on earth. The 39-year-old and her extended brood hit up Disneyland Saturday.  Boyfriend Younes BendjimaKris JennerCorey Gamble, and her children, Mason and Penelope joined her.   ***Jimmy Kimmel celebrated his son Billy’s first birthday on Saturday. Billy was diagnosed with tetralogy of fallot with pulmonary atresia and underwent open-heart surgery at 3 days old. In December, at 7-months old, Billy underwent his second heart surgery. Since going public with his family’s troubles, Kimmel has become outspoken about the health care in America. He publicly slammed the GOP health care bill last fall.

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LBN – Saturday, April 21, 2018

*North Korea Says It Will Suspend Nuclear, Missile Tests

North Korea says it will stop conducting nuclear and long-range missile tests on Saturday, according to state media. In addition, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced that he will shut down a nuclear-test site in the north where six tests were conducted. “From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the Korean Central News Agency said in a report, according to The Washington Post. The announcement comes ahead of a historic meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump. In less than a week, Kim is set to meet with South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

*SEX CULT: ‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Indicted for ‘Sex Trafficking,’ ‘Forced Labor’

Former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was indicted for “sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy” Friday afternoon in connection with “sex cult” Nxvim, according to a Justice Department release. Mack was indicted along with Keith Raniere, the alleged leader of the advertised “self-help group,” and will be arraigned in court later Friday. “As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” said U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue in the release. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.” Mack was reportedly a “key recruiter” of the cult, and also led the cult’s women’s group, Jness. Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month for “sex-trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor” through the cult. The group expected the women to have sex with Raniere and do chores for the “masters.” Women were allegedly branded and also required to recruit members or face physical punishment.

*Hamas Member Killed in Malaysia

Hamas on Saturday said one of its members was assassinated in Malaysia, just a day after an Israeli official warned of using targeted killings against the militant group. Fadi al-Batash, described by Hamas as a researcher in “the field of energy,” was said to have been killed while on his way to a Kuala Lumpur mosque. Kuala Lumpur police confirmed the killing of a 35-year-old Palestinian man but did not identify him as a member of Hamas. On Friday, Israel’s intelligence minister,Yisrael Katz, reportedly warned Hamas rulers that any threats against Israeli commanders would be met with targeted killings. Israeli authorities have blamed the militant group for weeks of unrest at the Gaza border, with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday accusing the group of using demonstrators as human shields. Four Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops on Friday, including a 15-year-old boy. The death toll of Palestinians now stands at 32 in less than a month, though Lieberman said the “only culprits” in the latest killings are Hamas members.

*India Set to Introduce Death Penalty for Child Rapists

India’s cabinet has prescribed the death penalty for those convicted of sexually assaulting children under the age of 12 after accusations the government wasn’t doing enough to combat sexual violence. Those convicted of raping children under the age of 16 will also face harsher punishment. The move comes after a spate of brutal sexual attacks on young girls, including a high-profile case in which an 8-year-old girl was raped and murdered. Amid growing outrage over the matter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called an emergency meeting of his cabinet, where an executive order amending the criminal law to allow for the death penalty was approved. It will now be sent to the president for approval.

*Trump: Cohen Won’t ‘Flip’ on Me

President Trump says his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, will not “flip” on him even if federal prosecutors go easy on him for doing so. In a Saturday morning Twitter tirade, Trump blasted The New York Times for a story published Friday saying Cohen is likely to cooperate with federal investigators on work he did for the president. In response to claims in the Times’ article that Cohen may no longer have any loyalty for a man who treated him “like garbage,” Trump on Saturday praised Cohen as a “fine person with a wonderful family.” “Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected,” Trump wrote. “Most people will flip if the government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!”

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*Stormy Daniels’ Former Lawyer Cooperating With Feds in Cohen Probe

A former lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels at the center of a $130,000 payoff from President Trump’s personal lawyer,Michael Cohen, is cooperating with federal authorities investigating Cohen’s business dealings, The Washington Post reports. Keith Davidson was contacted by investigators and asked to provide them with “certain limited electronic information” for the ongoing probe, according to his spokesman, Dave Wedge. “He has done so and will continue to cooperate to the fullest extent possible under the law,” Wedge said in a statement. Davidson negotiated a nondisclosure agreement with Cohen shortly before the 2016 election that saw Daniels receive the $130,000 payment to stay quiet about her alleged affair with the soon-to-be-president. He also represented Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal in a $150,000 agreement with a Trump-friendly tabloid that prevented her from telling her story of an alleged affair with the president.

*LBN INVESTIGATES:

Tuk-tuks are small vehicles used for urban transport. They are especially popular in the traffic-congested and densely populated cities of Southeast Asia, such as Bangkok. Often employed as taxis, tuk-tuks usually have sheet metal bodies with canvas roofs and drop-down or removable sides. They rest on three wheels—one in front and two in back—have a small cabin for the driver, and seating for up to three passengers.

*LBN- FACT OF THE DAY: Scientists estimate that there were over 1,000 different species of non-avian dinosaurs and over 500 distinct genera. They speculate there are many still undiscovered dinosaurs and that there may be as many as 1,850 genera.

*DNC Sues Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks, Russia Over Election Interference

The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks, “alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump,” according to The Washington Post. The multi-million dollar suit claims that the president’s campaign officials “conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency” to damage Hillary Clinton‘s campaign by hacking DNC networks and distributing stolen emails. “This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, names Donald Trump Jr.Jared KushnerPaul ManafortRick Gates, and Roger Stone as defendants. It also names Russian military intelligence agency GRU and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is still underway. House intelligence committee Republicans concluded that no collusion occurred after their investigation.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: Comcast may have found a way to disrupt Walt Disney Company’s plan to buy most of 21st Century Fox: topping Fox’s bid to buy the British satellite broadcaster Sky with its own $31 billion takeover offer. The bid, announced on Tuesday, seizes upon 21st Century Fox’s difficulties buying the piece of Sky that it does not already own. British regulators have expressed repeated concerns about giving Rupert Murdoch and his family more control over the country’s media, stretching the approval process out over more than a year and forcing 21st Century Fox to offer more concessions. Comcast has said that buying Sky would help it expand in Europe, where the broadcaster has 23 million customers and owns rights to show the English Premier League and other professional soccer leagues. Disney, too, has been keen on expanding internationally, with the British company serving as an important part of its $52 billion plan to buy a significant portion of 21st Century Fox.

*LBN- TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Queen Elizabeth II (1926)

Queen Elizabeth II became the constitutional monarch of 16 countries and the Supreme Governor of the Church of England after her coronation in 1953. She became the longest reigning monarch in British history.

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Missing Money

MissingMoney.com is a database of governmental unclaimed property records. State and provincial governments working together to safeguard and return your lost unclaimed property funds. Common types of unclaimed property include: Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents; Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends; Un-cashed checks and wages; Insurance policies, CD’s, trust funds, and Utility deposits, escrow accounts.

*LBN SPOTTED: On Friday afternoon, American television personality Steve Edwards was enjoying lunch at Jerry’s Deli in Encino, CA with sports commentator Roy Firestone.

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LBN OVERHEARD:   ***Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney celebrating the one-year anniversary of their CBS Sports Network show at American Whiskey. Guests included Roc Nation Sports’ Shawn “Pecas” Costner.   ***Famed singer Roberta Flack was rushed to the hospital from her Apollo Theater gig Roberta’s rep tells us … the singer’s checked out of the hospital, but doctors are still running tests to determine why she fell ill during the Apollo show. The rep adds, Roberta had a stroke in 2016, and doctors want to make sure this episode is not related to the stroke.   ***American Idol host Ryan Seacrest was spotted leaving E Baldi restaurant in Beverly Hills Friday evening and asked if he’s concerned at all about the revived singing competition struggling to attract viewers. Doesn’t seem like it … because he knows it’s a great show.    ***Ex-NBA star Glen “Big Baby” Davis has been officially named a suspect in an assault with a deadly weapon case that left a man seriously injured … TMZ Sports reports. We’re told cops believe Davis got into a physical altercation with a man outside of a West Hollywood nightclub on April 8 — and ultimately slammed the man down on the concrete. Davis allegedly fled the scene before cops arrived. Sources say the victim was hospitalized with multiple broken bones and a broken tooth and he was on a ventilator for a day.

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