LBN – Friday, March 2nd, 2018

*IF – O.J. Simpson in 2006 Interview: If I Did It, I Had Help

Fox will air a previously unseen 2006 interview with O.J. Simpson in which the notorious football great hypothesizes about what might have happened the night his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were murdered. O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? will air March 11, and TMZ reports that it will contain an explosive theory from Simpson himself: that an accomplice may have joined him that night, if he’d carried out the killings. Sources familiar with the program told TMZ that: “It sounded like a first-person account of the murders and, although it’s not a clear confession, it’s in that arena. We’re told Simpson flat-out talks about an accomplice who was with him at Nicole’s home. He did not name the accomplice.” The interview was scheduled to run 12 years ago—alongside a ghost-written book from Simpson that was to be titled If I Did It—but both the interview and the book were canned due to a backlash from the public and families of Brown and Goldman. The families are reported to have given their consent for Fox to finally air the interview this month.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries in 11 separate time-zones from China to India, from Russia to Brazil, from Germany to Japan, from England to Mexico, from France to Korea, from Israel to Australia, from Canada to Iraq, from Cuba to Sweden and more.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: If someone held cholesterol in his/her hand, it would look like a waxy substance that had been scraped from a whitish-yellow candle.

*YIKES – Teen Behind Bieber Concert Terror Plot Given Life in Prison

A 17-year-old has been jailed for life for planning to bomb a Justin Bieber concert in Cardiff, Wales, on behalf of ISIS, one month after the deadly 2017 Manchester terror attack on an Ariana Grande show. Prosecutors said Lloyd Gunton researched the security of the Bieber concert and wrote a “martyrdom letter,” which reportedly read: “I am a soldier of the Islamic State. I have attacked Cardiff today because your government keep on bombing targets in Syria and Iraq. There will be more attacks in the future.” Authorities said Gunton was apprehended at his home in South Wales the day of the concert, where police found a “claw hammer and a gutting knife” in his backpack. The prosecution also told the U.K. jury that Gunton wrote out a plan, with bullet points that included “run down the non-believers with a car” and “strike the infidels who oppose Allah in the neck.” On the stand, Gunton denied he actually believed in Islam, saying, “I wanted to see how easy it was for people who had an interest in terrorism to go online and get information… I wanted to see if it was possible, not for me, but from someone else’s point of view.” He will have to serve 11 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The vast majority of Uber and Lyft drivers are earning less than minimum wage and almost a third of them are actually losing money by driving, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A working paper by Stephen M. Zoepf, Stella Chen, Paa Aduand Gonzalo Pozo at MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research says the median pretax profit earned from driving is $3.37 per hour after taking expenses into account. Seventy-four percent of drivers earn less than their state’s minimum wage, the researchers say. Thirty percent of drivers “are actually losing money once vehicle expenses are included,” the authors found.

*Fighting Talk – Trump Insists ‘Trade Wars Are Good’ After Global Markets Tumble

Donald Trump has insisted that “trade wars are good” after global stocks were sent tumbling by the president’s announcement Thursday that the U.S. will impose huge tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. On Twitter, Trump wrote: “When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!” Trump said Thursday that a duty of 25 percent would be imposed on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, with experts and governments around the world predicting other countries will take retaliatory measures and spark a global trade war. “The imposition of a tariff like this will do nothing other than distort trade and ultimately, we believe, will lead to a loss of jobs,” said Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo. “My concern remains that on the back of actions like this we could see retaliatory measures that are put in place by other major economies. That is in no one’s interest.”

*Report: Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty to Present Best Picture Oscar Again

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, the dynamic duo behind last year’s now-infamous Oscars flub, are reportedly slated to be getting another chance to present the Best Picture award at this year’s ceremony. Dunaway and Beatty have already begun rehearsing their lines, which will apparently include some light-hearted mockery of their previous fiasco, TMZ reports. After reportedly refusing to rehearse onstage together ahead of last year’s ceremony, the presenters wound up announcing La La Land as the winner, only to learn in the midst of the film cast’s acceptance speech that they’d opened the wrong envelope and Moonlight had actually won. The mistake was ultimately blamed on an accountant responsible for tallying the votes, but both Dunaway and Beatty took flak for the blunder long after the ceremony. They will reportedly poke fun at that epic screw-up this time around. Dunaway will open by saying, “Presenting is better the second time around,” to which Beatty will name the winner as Gone With the Wind.

*WHO READS LBN? Comedian sensation Erica Rhodes

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Sharon Stone and Cindy Crawford withJerry Inzerillo at Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star Recipients Dinner at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ****Weight Watchers International Inc. says it will be shifting its focus from weight loss to overall wellness, and it has hired a new executive to help. More people are joining Weight Watchers for “something more than getting into a size 8,” Chief Executive Mindy Grossman said on the company’s late Tuesday earnings call, according to a FactSet transcript. Rather, people want to feel healthy at any size or weight and are focused on wellness measures like blood pressure and cholesterol count.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***A group of entertainment’s top dealmakers are leaving Loeb & Loeb for Paul Hastings.Craig Emanuel, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, Susan Zuckerman Williams, and presumably other members of their teams, announced their resignations this week. Each of them has been featured as one of the top attorneys in the business .. Emanuel represents TV powerhouse Ryan Murphy, who just signed an overall deal with Netflix reportedly worth $300 million, as well as other top tier talent like Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Richard E. Taylor, a Canadian-born experimental physicist who shared the 1990 Nobel Prize for the discovery of quarks, one of the fundamental particles in the universe, died on Feb. 22 in Stanford, Calif. He was 88. Stanford University, where he worked, announced his death but did not cite a cause.   ***William H. T. Bush, a wealthy investor and the brother and uncle of presidents, died on Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 79. His nephew Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, confirmed the death in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday. He did not give the cause.   ***Harvey Schmidt, the composer of “The Fantasticks,” which made its debut when Dwight D. Eisenhower was still president and became the longest running musical in history, has died. He was 88. His death on Wednesday was confirmed by Dan Demello, a publicist for the off-Broadway show.



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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Secrets To Avoid Getting Mugged: A Veteran Thief Reveals All | TODAY —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I wonder if I’m wrong on the subject of guns. I started this latest round of the debate with the presumption that supporters of moderate gun restrictions are popularly strong but legislatively weak. Since Sandy Hook in 2012, more than two dozen states have passed gun laws and almost all of those laws have LOOSENED gun restrictions. Roughly 360 gun bills have been introduced in Congress, and they have all failed but one, which also loosened gun use. The blunt fact is that Republicans control most legislatures. To get anything passed, I thought, it would be necessary to separate some Republicans from the absolutist N.R.A. position. To do that you have to depolarize the issue: show gun owners some respect, put red state figures at the head and make the gun discussion look more like the opioid discussion. The tribalists in this country have little interest in the opioid issue. As a result, a lot of pragmatic things are being done across partisan lines. The people pushing for gun restrictions have basically done the exact opposite of what I thought was wise. Instead of depolarizing the issue they have massively polarized it. The students from Parkland are being assisted by all the usual hyper-polarizing left-wing groups: Planned Parenthood, Move On and the Women’s March. The rhetoric has been extreme. Marco Rubio has been likened to a mass murderer while the N.R.A. has been called a terrorist organization. The early results would seem to completely vindicate my position. The Florida Legislature turned aside gun restrictions. New gun measures in Congress have been quickly shelved. Democrats are more likely to lose House and Senate seats in the key 2018 pro-gun states. The losing streak continues.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Conclusion: Episode # 3 – “Without Notes” The Revealing TV Interview Show – Dr. Srini Pillay–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Barbara Garro: The LBN Blog could be true to its claims of independence, and it chooses to follow corrupt media in its mission to brainwash America against Donald J. Trump as a person and as President of the United States of America Since President Trump entered the White House, never has Barbara Garro seen one LBN full Elert that was not in some critical of Donald J. Trump, most containing multiple diversified critiques. Sad commentary for a blog that keeps calling itself “FIERCELY INDEPENDENT.” LBN is about as ‘FIERCELY INDEPENDENT” as Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer.  Rarely does LBN ever criticize Liberals, Democrats, even when they commit crimes, break the law, try to force the election of Hillary Clinton as President of the United States of America in the November 2016 election.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Josiah Quincy: When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:.Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963, being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***“My 600-Lb. Life” participant Robert Buchel died of a heart attack while filming the show. Buchel, 41, died of a heart attack in November. His death was revealed when his episode aired on Wednesday. He weighed 842 pounds during his time on the TLC show, and viewers watched him lose over 200 pounds after moving in with his fiancé,Kathryn Lemanski. She helped him through his painkiller addiction on the show and spoke at his funeral which was televised.

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