Monthly Archives: May 2018

LBN – Sunday, May 20, 2018

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*US, China agree to abandon trade war- Beijing:

Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, Chinese state media reported Sunday. The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what President Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair commercial relationship between the two economic giants. Vice-Premier Liu He, who led Chinese negotiators in Washington said: “The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other,” state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday. Liu called the agreement a “necessity”, but added: “At the same time it must be realized that unfreezing the ice cannot be done in a day, solving the structural problems of the economic and trade relations between the two countries will take time.”

*Witnesses: Santa Fe Gunman Taunted Victims, Sang ‘Another One Bites the Dust’:

The suspected gunman in Friday’s deadly Santa Fe High School shooting reportedly taunted his victims as he gunned them down one by one. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, sang “Another one bites the dust” each time he allegedly shot a fellow classmate with his Remington 870 shotgun and .38-caliber handgun, according to sources cited by the New York Post. He also reportedly played a Japanese military anthem on his phone and at times cheered, “Woo-hoo!” Deedra Van Ness, the mother of one of the survivors, wrote on Facebook that she was told Pagourtzis shouted “Surprise!” before shooting through a closet door at several students hiding inside. At least two of them were killed, and Pagourtzis allegedly mocked those cowering inside by asking, “Are you dead?” The victims have been identified as eight students and two teachers. Authorities released their names on Saturday as students Kimberly VaughanShana FisherAngelique RamirezChristian Riley GarciaJared BlackSabika SheikhChristopher Jake Stone and Aaron Kyle McLeod. The two teachers were named as Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale.

*Abbas taken to hospital for the third time in a week: 

Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was taken to a Ramallah hospital Sunday for the third time in a week. A Palestinian official told the Associated Press Abbas had a fever. His office said Abbas was undergoing a follow-up examination after having surgery in his ear Tuesday, and that doctors said he was in “satisfactory” condition. A PA source earlier told the Ynet news website the Palestinian leader had been suffering from chest pains. “It might be pneumonia,” the source said. “He’s being examined at the hospital.”

*REJECTED- Texas Shooting Victim Spurned Gunman’s Advances, Mother Says:

A 16-year-old girl killed in Friday’s massacre at Santa Fe High School had rejected the advances of accused gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis shortly before the shooting, according to her mother. Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, told the Los Angeles Times her daughter “had 4 months of problems from this boy.” “He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no,” Rodriguez was quoted as saying. After Pagourtzis became aggressive toward her, Fisher stood up to him in front of other students and humiliated him, Rodriguez said. “A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like. Shana being the first one,” she said. Authorities say Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at the high school, has confessed to the rampage that left 10 people dead and more than a dozen injured. He is currently being held in isolation and faces a capital murder charge.

*Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change:

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushed a radical idea on Twitter: Parents should pull their children out of school until elected officials pass stricter gun control laws. His tweet came hours after a shooting rampage at a Houston-area high school Friday killed 10 people — a mass shooting that came just three months after 17 students and staffers were slain atMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

*Parents outraged at school’s silent tribute for Gaza victims:

This moment of silence caused a lot of noise. Students at the elite Beacon School were asked to pause from their studies last week to pay tribute to the victims of violence in Gaza, where some 60 Palestinians were killed the day before by Israeli soldiers. The school-wide announcement Tuesday stunned some students and has outraged parents who question why the school is entering into the divisive Palestinian-Israeli conflict with what they see as an anti-Jewish bent. “I am extremely upset because I did not send my child to a New York City public school to pray for Hamas operatives,” said one father, who is Jewish.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Millionaires

1. In the United States, approximately 7% of households are millionaires.

2. A 2010 study argues that millionaires (those in the top 1% of earners) pay approximately 40% of all taxes in the United States.

3. According to the book The Millionaire Next Door, only 20% of millionaires inherited their wealth. The other 80% earned their cash on their own.

4. The preferred car of millionaires is a FordCadillacs are second and Lincolns are third. Many millionaires avoid high-priced cars in favor of a more economical set of wheels because cars are investments with little return.

5. Only 20% of millionaires are retirees. Around 80% still go to work.

6. Just 17% of millionaires or their spouses attended a private elementary or high school. However, 55% of millionaires’ children have attended/are attending private schools.

7. It often surprises people that millionaires go bankrupt, too.

8. The average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times.

9. Many millionaires think that the ideal occupations for their kids are accountants or attorneys. Tax advisors and estate planning experts are also in the top of the list.

10. Most modern American millionaires today (about 80%) are first-generation millionaires. Usually the fortune they build will dissipate by the second or third generation.

11. Those with Russian ancestry have the highest concentration of millionaire households in America. The Scottish rank second and Hungarians rank third. English ancestry groups rank fourth. The Russian American millionaire group has approximately $1.1 trillion, or nearly 5% of all the personal wealth in America.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The longest walk around the world was completed by a former neon-sign salesman, Jean Beliveau. He walked 46,600 miles around 64 countries. The trip took him 11 years.

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*LBN-SEE IT:   ***Police Chief Art Acevedo of Houston, center, walking with demonstrators during a “March for Our Lives” protest in March. After a school shooting in Santa Fe, Tex., on Friday, he wrote on Facebook that he had hit “rock bottom” about inaction on gun control.


*LBN-NOTICED:   ***An impressive 49 senators turned out for the world premiere of a documentary on fellow pol John McCain. Majority and minority leaders Mitch McConnell andChuck Schumer co-hosted the special screening of HBO’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” along with Amy Klobuchar andLindsey Graham. The power players filled the Capitol Auditorium, as did McCain’s 106-year-old mother, Roberta, his brother, Joe, and several of his children and grandchildren.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The first medicine designed to prevent migraines was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, ushering in what many experts believe will be a new era in treatment for people who suffer the most severe form of these headaches. The drug, Aimovig, made by Amgen and Novartis, is a monthly injection with a device similar to an insulin pen. The list price will be $6,900 a year, and Amgen said the drug will be available to patients within a week. Aimovig blocks a protein fragment, CGRP, that instigates and perpetuates migraines. Three other companies — LillyTeva and Alder — have similar medicines in the final stages of study or awaiting F.D.A. approval.

*LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Levi Strauss Patents Iconic Metal Rivet for Reinforcing Pants Pockets (1873)

If you are wearing blue jeans, chances are a version of tailor Jacob Davis‘s invention is hugging your hips right now. Davis did not invent jeans—that was the more famous Levi Strauss—but he did invent one crucial component: the copper rivets that reinforce the corners of the pockets, now ubiquitous on denim pants. Because Davis did not have the money to file the necessary patent paperwork, he wrote to Strauss—then Davis’s fabric supplier—suggesting they apply together.

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*LBN- VIDEO LINK: The 99% Is a Myth—Here’s How It Really Breaks Down — https://youtu.be/hb28kAavh0M

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Grace Kim (Author): Starbucks Corp. said Saturday it is creating an official policy that allows all guests to use its cafes, including its restrooms, whether or not they make a purchase. Their choice, of course but who wants to bet that this will go down as one of the most self-destructive decisions in business history. No matter how well intentioned, does Starbucks actually believes that their customers will enjoy the experience of spending $4 or more on a cup of coffee while sitting inside a unsanitary, semi-homeless shelter in many part of America? Good luck, Starbucks. You may well need it.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Harriet Beecher Stowe: The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Gossip queen Wendy Williams puts the jokes aside when talking about Kanye West. “I will tell you, I feel very, very bad for Kanye West,” she said at a Q&A session for New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival on Saturday evening. “He’s not well and that is the very foundation of everything he says.” West found himself at the center of controversy after giving Donald Trump major love on Twitter, going off the rails on TMZ where he said “slavery was a choice,” and then admitted to once suffering from an opioid addiction and undergoing liposuction.   ***Another royal reception requires another dress for the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The now-wife of Prince Harry donned a white, sleeveless, high-neck Stella McCartney gown — after much speculation saying she would sport the British, eco-friendly designer at some point during Saturday’s massive celebration.

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LBN – Saturday, May 19, 2018

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:  The Flu

1. The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.

2. The English adopted the word “influenza” in the mid-eighteenth century, while the French called it la grippe from gripper, meaning “to grasp or hook.” There is also a similar-sounding phrase in Arabic, anf-al-anza, which means “nose of the goat,” used because goats were thought to be carriers of the disease.

3. Annual flu viruses (not including flu pandemics) infect up to 20% of Americans, put 200,000 in the hospital with flu-related complications, and kill about 36,000 people.

4. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between three and five million people worldwide get a serious case of the regular flu each year; tens of millions get milder cases. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people globally die of the flu every year.

5. There have been four major global flu pandemics since 1900. The most recent pandemic is the current swine flu (officially named “Novel H1N1 Influenza A”). The last global pandemic was the Hong Kong flu (1968-1969) which killed approximately one million people. The Asian flu pandemic (1957-1958) originated in China and is estimated to have killed between one and four million people. The Spanish flu pandemic (1918-1919) killed between 50-100 million people worldwide.

6. Flu viruses mutate each year

7. Flu viruses can live up to 48 hours on hard, nonporous surfaces such as stainless steel and up to 12 hours on cloth and tissues. They can remain infectious for about one week at human body temperature, over 30 days at freezing temperatures, and indefinitely at temperatures below freezing.

8. Scientists believe that flu pandemics occur two or three times each century.

9. The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in the three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.

10. At the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, any student caught without a mask during the Spanish flu was automatically suspended, and a town in Arizona passed a law forbidding people to shake hands.

11. The Spanish flu was sometimes called “the purple death” because the worst symptom, signally certain death, was known as “heliotrope cyanosis,” when the lungs were starved of oxygen and the patient would turn purple, black, or blue.

*Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney Among Royal Wedding Guests:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were declared husband and wife Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in a star-studded ceremony attended by celebrities including George and Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, among others. Tennis star Serena Williams was also in attendance, along with sports legend David Beckham and his wife Victoria. Singer James Blunt and actor Idris Elba were among the other big names to watch the pair walk down the aisle. Hundreds of fans of the royal couple camped out outside Windsor Castle overnight to see the newlyweds in their horse-drawn carriage. “I’m here for that 10 seconds when that coach goes around the corner,” Canadian royal-watcher Bernadette Christie told theAssociated Press. More than 2,000 members of the public were invited to attend the ceremony, which saw Queen Elizabeth II name Prince Harry as the Duke of SussexEarl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Markle has also gained a new title, the Duchess of Sussex.

*NFL Star J.J. Watt to Pay for Funerals of Santa Fe Victims:

Houston Texans’ star J.J. Watt has offered to pay for the funeral services of all 10 people killed Friday in a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School. The Houston Texans confirmed the news late Friday, according to ABC 13. Watt has been mostly mum on the massacre, apart from a solemn two-word tweet Thursday in which he called the events “absolutely horrific.” In addition to the 10 people killed, another 10 were injured after 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly opened fire on classmates using a shotgun and .38-caliber pistol. He has been jailed without bond and faces a capital murder charge. Watt, a defensive end for the Texans, has been known to come to the aid of the Houston community in times of crisis. He raised millions of dollars for hurricane relief afterHurricane Harvey left a trail of devastation throughout Houston last year.

*Court Docs: Texas School Shooter Spared Students He Liked So He Could ‘Have His Story Told’:

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old suspected shooter arrested after killing 10 and wounding 10 others at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, admitted to the shooting, according to police. In court documents, reported on by theHouston Chronicle, Pagourtzis reportedly said he spared some students’ lives whom he liked in order to “have his story told.” He was charged with capital murder and jailed without bond.

*Pair of teachers among victims of Santa Fe school shooting:

An exchange student from Pakistan, an art teacher and three students attending her class were among the 10 people savagely gunned down in Friday’s mass shooting at a Santa Fe High School in Texas. Sabika Sheikh — who was scheduled to head home to Pakistan next month — was in a State Department-sponsored program to better link the US to the Muslim world, the Pakistani Embassy said Friday night. The manager of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad, which hosted Sheikh, was “devastated” by the girl’s death.

*Hundreds of Apps Can Empower Stalkers to Track Their Victims:

KidGuard is a phone app that markets itself as a tool for keeping tabs on children. But it has also promoted its surveillance for other purposes and run blog posts with headlines like “How to Read Deleted Texts on Your Lover’s Phone.” A similar app, mSpy, offered advice to a woman on secretly monitoring her husband. Still another, Spyzie, ran ads on Google alongside results for search terms like “catch cheating girlfriend iPhone.” As digital tools that gather cellphone data for tracking children, friends or lost phones have multiplied in recent years, so have the options for people who abuse the technology to track others without consent. More than 200 apps and services offer would-be stalkers a variety of capabilities, from basic location tracking to harvesting texts and even secretly recording video, according to a new academic study. More than two dozen services were promoted as surveillance tools for spying on romantic partners, according to the researchers and reporting by The New York Times. Most of the spying services required access to victims’ phones or knowledge of their passwords — both common in domestic relationships.

*Here Are the Mugshots of the Guys Who Allegedly Run Mugshots.com (And Why They Were Booked):

The alleged owners of Mugshots.com have been charged and arrested. These four men–Sahar SaridKishore Vidya BhavnanieThomas Keesee, and David Usdan–only removed a person’s mugshot from the site if this individual paid a “de-publishing” fee, according to the California Attorney General on Wednesday. That’s apparently considered extortion. On top of that, they also face charges for money laundering, and identity theft. If you read a lot of articles about crime, then you’re probably already familiar with the site (which is still up as of Friday afternoon). They take mugshots, slap the url multiple times on the image, and post it on the site alongside an excerpt from a news outlet that covered the person’s arrest. According to the AG’s office, the owners would only remove the mugshots if the person paid a fee, even if the charges were dismissed or if the suspect was only arrested because of “mistaken identity or law enforcement error.”

*Hitler definitely died in 1945, according to new study of his teeth:

French researchers claim to have put an end to conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Adolf Hitler, after a study of his teeth proved he definitely died after taking cyanide and shooting himself in the head in Berlin in 1945. The researchers reached their conclusion after they were given rare access to fragments of Hitler’s teeth which have been held in Moscow since the end of World War II. “The teeth are authentic, there is no possible doubt. Our study proves that Hitler died in 1945,” said professor Philippe Charlier.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Netflix has canceled its Friday premiere of the second season of 13 Reasons Why, following the school shooting in Sante Fe, Texas, on Friday. The new season reportedly has a plot line involving a school shooting that was thwarted. “Our hearts are with the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting, and with all victims of gun violence. In light of today’s tragedy, we are canceling the 13 Reasons Why S2 premiere event tonight,” Netflix said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***To rein in emergency medicine costs, Anthem is reviving an old, contentious tactic: pushing back on patients who visit the emergency room for ailments deemed minor. Anthem denied thousands of claims last year under its “avoidable E.R. program,” according to a sample of emergency room bills analyzed by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The program, which Anthem has been rolling out in a handful of states in recent years, reviews claims based on the final diagnosis of patients. Emergency room physicians say that, last year, the company did not routinely request medical records for denied patients, and therefore could not review the symptoms that brought them to the emergency room. Anthem says it is now reviewing such records before issuing denials. The company says the policy goal is to reduce use of the emergency department, one of the most expensive places to receive medical care. Anthem recommends that patients with sprains and upper respiratory infections instead consider a visit to a primary care doctor or an urgent care center.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Studies show that yoga reduces the risk of heart disease by improving arterial flow. Similarly, studies show that yoga also helps treat diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma.


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*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:    

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Richard Pipes, the author of a monumental, sharply polemical series of historical works on Russia, theRussian Revolution and the Bolshevik regime, and a top adviser to the Reagan administration on Soviet and Eastern European policy, died on Thursday at a nursing home near his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 94. His son Danielconfirmed the death.   ***Joseph Campanella, a versatile actor whose television career began in the 1950s on anthology series and continued for decades on shows like “Mannix,” “The Bold Ones” and “One Day at a Time,” died on Wednesday at his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 93. His wife, Jill Campanella, said the cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Shmuel Rosner (Mr. Rosner is a contributing opinion writer and the political editor at The Jewish Journal): It is customary to adopt an apologetic tone when scores of people have been killed, as they were this week inGaza. But I will avoid this sanctimonious instinct and declare coldly: Israel had a clear objective when it was shooting, sometimes to kill, well-organized “demonstrators” near the border. Israel was determined to prevent these people — some of whom are believed to have been armed, most apparently encouraged by their radical government — from crossing the fence separating Israel from Gaza. That objective was achieved. Of course, the death of humans is never a happy occasion. Still, I feel no need to engage in ingénue mourning. Guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing, and guarding the border is what Israel did successfully. Why so many thousands of Gazans decided to approach that fence, even though they were warned that such acts would be lethal, is beyond comprehension. Excuses and explanations are many: The event was declared a “march of return,” supposedly an attempt by Palestinian refugees to return to their places of origin within Israel; it was tied in many news reports to the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem; it was explained by referring to undesirable living conditions in Gaza and the lack of prospects for improvement; it was explained as related to intra-Palestinian political conflict and to the need ofHamas, the terrorist group that runs Gaza, to divert the attention from its many failures. All of those things may have some degree of validity, but they don’t explain why people joined these demonstrations.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: THE BEST OF “WITHOUT NOTES” TV’S REVEALING INTERVIEW SHOW —- Without Notes – Former FBI chief hostage negotiator Chris Voss.- Chris Voss Pt. 3 —  https://youtu.be/nlTAmPMkUiA

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros‘ lawsuit against the network is over. The complaint was dismissed Friday in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, after the judge issued a blistering ruling. Tantaros sued Fox in April 2017. She claimed the network spied on her, hacked her personal electronic devices, and used proxy social media accounts to harass her online. Co-president Bill Shine, former CEO Roger Ailes (who Tantaros previously claimed sexually harassed her), and other execs were named as defendants. In the amended complaint, she said Ailes surreptitiously had a close-circuit TV system record female Fox employees as they changed on the premises. In his new ruling, Judge George B. Daniels picked apart Tantaros’s complaint for lacking evidence.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrew Sullivan: In one respect, it seems to me, the presidency of Donald Trump has been remarkably successful. In 17 months, he has effectively erasedBarack Obama’s two-term legacy. I don’t want to say or face this. I still want to believe my colleague, Jonathan Chait, whose thesis is that the changes Obama made in his difficult but tenacious eight years in office are too great to reverse. And there are a couple of shifts that do indeed seem to be as permanent as anything is in politics: marriage equality and legal cannabis. But neither, one recalls, was a signature goal of Obama. He began as an alleged opponent of marriage equality, even though, of course, he was bullshitting. He wouldn’t touch the marijuana issue in his entire term and even at one point dismissed it as trivial. As for the rest, in specific policy terms, Trump and the Republican Congress have succeeded in undoing Obama’s work to an extent I barely anticipated.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on Jerusalem embassy conflict, Mueller investigation takeaways   —https://youtu.be/NMvghBQ3Rew

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Extremism is naturally contagious. To fight it, whether at home or abroad, you have to answer the angry shout with the respectful offer. It feels unnatural. But it’s the only way.

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LBN – Friday, May 18, 2018

*Dimitrios Pagourtzis Reportedly ID’d as Santa Fe, Texas Shooting Suspect:

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was identified by law-enforcement officials to CBS News as the suspected gunman who killed at least eight people at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday. Students described the suspect as a fellow student. Explosive devices were left at the school, Galveston County’s sheriff told reporters. Authorities were reportedly searching his residence after the shooting.

*Parkland Parents and Kids React to Texas School Shooting: ‘We Cannot Let This Continue’:

Survivors of the mass shooting at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School in February and the leaders for the March for Our Lives movement took to Twitter to voice their outrage about Friday morning’s fatal shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. “Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms,” David Hogg, arguably the most prominent Parkland survivor, said in a statement. “I should be celebrating my last day of high school, but instead my heart is broken to hear of the tragedy at Santa Fe,” Stoneman Douglas student Delaney Tarr wrote. “We cannot let this continue to be the norm. We cannot.” Another survivor, Cameron Kasky, shot back at President Donald Trump’s terse tweet about the shooting, writing that he was “treating it like a sports game” and calling him a “sick bastard.” David Hogg tweeted, “We are fighting for you,” and Fred Guttenberg, father of a Parkland victim, said, “we need action and we need it now.” Some Santa Fe students also participated in the national school walkout against gun violence in April after the Parkland shooting and the March for Our Lives rally.

*Trump to Propose Sweeping New Abortion Restrictions:

The Trump administration is expected to announce major new restrictions on abortion on FridayThe New York Times reports. The new White House policy will ban Planned Parenthood and other facilities that receive federal funds from “providing or mentioning abortions,” according to the Times. President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in part due to the widespread support he got from evangelical and socially conservative voters. Currently, Planned Parenthood is unable to use federal funds directly for abortions.

*Chinese Gov’t Concerned About Sex-Abuse Allegations Against USC Doctor:

The Chinese government expressed “concerns” after the University of Southern California admitted that a campus gynecologist continued working at the school despite allegations of sexual misconduct, according to The New York Times. The doctor allegedly seemed to target “students from China,” according to the report. In a statement, the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles asked that USC “deal with the case in a serious manner, conduct an immediate investigation and take concrete measures to protect the Chinese students and scholars on campus from being harmed.” Medical staff at the university made reports about George Tyndall over the years, alleging that he “inappropriately touched students during pelvic exams and made sexual and offensive comments about their bodies.” USC forced Tyndall to step down in 2016, but “did not report the accusations to the California Medical Board” and deemed the findings to be a “personnel matter” that did not need to be reported. After USC sent out an email to students and alumni about Tyndall, officials say they received “85 complaints” about him by lateWednesday.

*50 Cent Sued Over ‘Revenge Porn’ Claims:

Rapper 50 Cent is being sued over allegations that he posted “revenge porn” of Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood star Teairra Mari, according to USA Today. During a Thursday press conference with attorney Lisa Bloom, Mari explained that her ex-boyfriend, actor Akbar Abdul-Ahad, posted a “sex tape and an obscene photo” of her on her own Instagram account in an attempt to “humiliate” her. When the posts on her account were taken down for being inappropriate, she claims Abdul-Ahad’s “good friend” 50 Cent then posted a “sexually explicit photo of her” on his account, which has over 18 million followers. “Apparently, 50 Cent’s misogyny and ego is so inflated that he still needs to be schooled that the law applies to him, just like everyone else,” Bloom said during the press conference. 50 Cent responded to the claims by posting a photo on his Instagram with lawyer Gloria Allred, the caption reading: “Oh Lisa stop, don’t make me tell your mom.” Mari also jabbed back with her own Instagram post, saying that she is in “pursuit of justice” against revenge porn.

*Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts, Sending Plume of Ash 30,000 Feet Into Sky:

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted on Thursday, after a week of lava-spewing fissures causing evacuations and an enormous ash plume developing over the volcano. The eruption sent a plume of ash and smoke 30,000 into the sky. The most immediate concern seems to be the volcanic ash left on the island, which can make roads “extremely slippery” and cause “conditions of poor visibility,” according to The Huffington Post. The U.S. Geological Survey also warned that “volcanic ash can disrupt downwind populations by causing breathing problems, impacting water quality, clogging air filters, shorting out power systems and making transportation difficult.” The agency advised residents to seal open doors and windows, seal open water sources, and avoid going outside. After the eruption, USGA said the ash plume rose from 12,000 feet to 30,000 feet. The prolonged volcanic activity, which started on May 3, has destroyed 37 homes and has forced about 2,000 residents to evacuate.

*Kushners and Qatari-Linked Company Near Deal for NYC Tower:

The real estate company owned by White House advisorJared Kushner’s family is close to “receiving a bailout” for their troubled 666 Fifth Avenue tower in New York City from a company with ties to the Qatari government, according to The New York Times. Jared’s father, Charles Kushner, is reportedly in “advanced talks” with Brookfield Properties—a Canadian company whose second-largest shareholder is theQatar Investment Authority—over “a partnership to take control” of the property. The Kushners bought the building 11 years ago for $1.8 billion, a record in New York City, but it now only generates “about half its annual mortgage payment.” Although Jared Kushner has divested from the family business, his work in the White House focuses on the Middle East, and he reportedly lost his high-level security clearance because of concerns that another nation could “gain influence with the White House by doing business with the Kushner Companies.”

*Bill Gates- Trump Didn’t Know the Difference Between HIV and HPV:

Bill Gates told an audience recently that President Donald Trump did not seem to know the difference between HIV andHPV. Gates made the remarks shortly after meeting with the president. “He wanted to know if there was a difference between HIV and HPV. So I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other,” Gates said in a video clip obtained by MSNBC’s All In. HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus that affects the immune system and can lead to AIDS, while HPV is the human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted infection that is mostly harmless.

*Paul Manafort’s Former Son-in-Law to Cooperate With Feds:

Paul Manafort’s former son-in-law will reportedly cooperate with federal investigators and has cut a plea deal. According to ReutersJeffrey Yohai, who was previously married to Manafort’s daughter, could be asked to assist with special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution of Manafort, the formerTrump campaign manager. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the plethora of charges against him, and continues to fight the special counsel in court.

*LBN- INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS: Did you know that LBN is read by 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners? www.LBNElert.com


*LBN-VIDEO LINK: THE BEST OF “WITHOUT NOTES” TV’S REVEALING INTERVIEW SHOW —- Without Notes, Episode 1 with Chris Voss– a former FBI Interrogator/Chief International Hostage and Kidnapping Negotiator, member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force, and the CEO of Blackswan Group.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pYH0nxPCQI

*LBN- INVESTIGATES: Hippos

1. Hippos can’t swim or float! They walk or stand on surfaces below the water like sandbanks. Even so, they spend most of the day in water to protect their sensitive skin from the sun.

2. They secrete an oily red substance that acts as a moisturiser, sunblock and protects them from germs. This also makes them look like they are sweating blood.

3. Although hippos can hold their breath for approximately seven minutes, most adult hippos resurface every three to five minutes to breathe. This is an automatic process – even sleeping hippo surface to breathe without waking.

4. Hippos can close their nostrils and ears to prevent water from entering. This is why hippo calves can suckle on land or underwater.

5. An open mouth is not a yawn but rather assign to warn you off. You will only see hippo ‘yawning’ while in the water because they are only territorial while in the water. You will also hear them ‘honking’ and ‘grunting’ which how they mark their territory.

6. A hippo can live for up to 40 years.

7. Hippos usually come out of the water for four to five hours at night to graze and can cover up to 10km in this time. Their diet consists of grass and they graze using muscular lips.

8. The hippo is considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa and it is highly aggressive, particularly if you get between it and the water. Their canine teeth (sharp teeth) are used for fighting.

9. The hippo’s closest living relatives are whales and porpoises.

10. The hippopotamus is the third largest land mammal after the elephant and white rhino.

*LBN- QUOTE by Elon Musk: “It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.”

*LBN- TODAY’S FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Tina Fey (May 18, 1970)

Comedienne, actress, writer, and producer who became the first female head writer at Saturday Night Live and achieved phenomenal success as creator and lead actress on the hitNBC series 30 Rock.

*LBN- TODAY IN HISTORY: On May 18, 1860, the Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president.

*LBN- ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Ex-Playboy Playmate Took Son in Fatal Jump at Midtown New York Hotel

Former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams jumped with her 7-year old son from a penthouse-floor window of a Midtown hotel in New York City Friday morning. The New York Post reports Adams leapt from a window at around 8:15 a.m. at the Gotham Hotel, and both were pronounced dead at the scene, sources said. Adams was reported to be in a “fierce court battle” with her estranged husband, Charles Nicolai, over the child, VincentThe Post reported that Adams was recently ordered by Nicolai’s lawyers to turn over Vincent’s passport. A source also told the newspaper in March that handovers for visitation rights would happen at the First Precinct in Tribeca to ensure “no violence takes place.”

*LBN- REPORTS: Prince Charles Will Walk Down the Aisle With Meghan Markle

Prince Charles has come to the rescue after Meghan Markle’s dad confirmed he won’t be able to walk his daughter down the aisle. Kensington Palace announced Charles will accompany his future daughter-in law when she gets married to Prince Harry this Saturday. A statement said Markle personally asked Charles to walk her down the aisle after her dad’s heart surgery prevented him from making the wedding at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. “The Prince of Wales [Charles] is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the Royal Family in this way,” read the statement. It’s also been confirmed that Prince Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip, who has been recovering from a hip operation, will be able to attend the wedding.

*LBN- SITE OF THE DAY:    

The Royal Wedding

In one of the most anticipated royal celebrations of the year,CBS News will bring extensive and live coverage of the royal wedding between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle starting at 4 a.m. ET (9 a.m. GMT) on Saturday, May 19. “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King and “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Kevin Frazier will anchor the coverage from Windsor Castle. The coverage will be televised and streamed live on CBSN.

*LBN- A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


*LBN-  INVESTIGATES: Ridiculous US laws still in effect today

1. If you cut down a cactus, you could be sentenced to 25 years in prison. (Arizona)

2. Policemen are allowed to bite a dog if they think it will calm the dog down. (Paulding, Ohio)

3. It’s illegal to sell your eyeballs. (Texas)

4. It’s against the law to sing off-key. (North Carolina)

5. You are not allowed to eat fried chicken any other way than using your hands .(Gainesville, Georgia)

6. Marriage between cousins is against the law only if they are younger than 65. (Utah)

7. You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit. (Wyoming)

8. It’s illegal to attend a public event or use public transportwithin 4 hours of eating an onions or garlic. (Indiana)

9. It’s illegal for a man to give his fiancé a box of candy that weighs more than 50 lbs. (22.5 kg) (Idaho)

10. You can be arrested or fined for harassing Bigfoot. (Washington)

LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston