LBN – Monday, May 14, 2018

*LBN – READ ALL OVER THE WORLD: Did you know that LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries daily – from China to India, from Brazil to Russia, from Germany to Japan, from France to Israel, from England to Korea, from Sweden to Iraq, from Australia to Greece, from Mexico to Spain, from Canada to Germany.

*Supreme Court lifts federal ban on sports gambling:

The Supreme Court has removed the national ban on sports betting. In a 7-2 decision Monday, the high court ruled that Congress overstepped its authority in 1992 by banning states that did not already allow sports gambling from entering the lucrative business. “Just as Congress lacks the power to order a state legislature not to enact a law authorizing sports gambling, it may not order a state legislature to refrain from enacting a law licensing sports gambling,” Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said in his 31-page opinion. By repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the Supreme Court opens the door for any state to legalize sports betting.

*Exposed – Report: New Facebook Data Leak Affected 3 Million Users:

Intimate data from as many three million users of a popular Facebook personality quiz could have been leaked, according to a New Scientist investigation. The myPersonality app requested personal information—such as the results of psychological tests—which was then reportedly distributed by academics at the University of Cambridge with insufficient security measures. More than 6 million people completed the tests on the myPersonality app and almost half agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the project. The data sets were controlled by the University of Cambridge’s Psychometrics Centre. Alexandr Kogan, a data scientist at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica allegations, was previously involved in the project. More than 280 people from nearly 150 institutions gained access to the full data set by registering as collaborators on the project, including researchers at companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Facebook suspended the myPersonality app from its platform on 7 Aprilsaying it may have violated its policies. The U.K.’s data watchdog told New Scientist that it’s investigating.

*Foreign Envoys Shun U.S. Embassy Launch in Jerusalem:

The controversy over Donald Trump‘s decision to move theU.S. Israeli embassy to Jerusalem has been underlined after foreign envoys gave a wide berth to the celebrations marking its launch. Envoys from just 33 of the 86 countries which have diplomatic missions in Israel attended the event, according toReuters, ahead of Monday’s official opening. Ivanka Trump,Jared Kushner, and Benjamin Netanyahu were at the celebrations. Among the envoys that did arrive were delegates from Guatemala and Paraguay, which will open their own Jerusalem embassies later this month. Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has said the Jerusalem embassy is evidence that negotiations and “appeasement” have failed Palestinians and Muslims must carry out jihad against the United States. However the move has been welcomed in Jerusalem, where a local soccer team renamed itself Beitar Trump Jerusalem in honor of the “courageous” president.

*Family of ‘Golden State Killer’ claim he saw men rape his 7-year-old sister:

The “Golden State Killer” lost his mind — and morals — after witnessing his sister being raped at a young age, spurring his decade-long bloody rampage, relatives suggested in a new report. After evading authorities for nearly 40 years, retired copJoseph James DeAngelo, 72, was identified last month as the serial rapist and killer who terrorized California between 1974 and 1986. Decades earlier, when he was about 9 or 10, he watched as two airmen raped his 7-year-old sister, Constance, in an Air Force base warehouse in Germany, the woman’s son told BuzzFeed News. “That’s pretty crazy for a kid to see his sister violated,” said Jesse Ryland, 35, who learned of the incident from his mother just before she died of cancer last year. “Maybe that was the start of Joe going wacko.”

*MILITANT TAKEOVER – Anti-American Firebrand Cleric Takes Lead in Iraq Election:

A coalition headed by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose fighters clashed with U.S. troops after Saddam Hussein was driven from power, is on course for a shock victory in the Iraqi election. The nationalist cleric’s group was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with more than half the votes counted, the electoral commission said Monday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who, despite entering the election as the frontrunner, appeared to be running third behind Sadr andShi’ite militia chief Hadi al-Amiri. Sadr is an enemy of both the U.S. and Iran, and led two uprisings against U.S. forces in Iraq.The Pentagon once said his militia had “replaced al Qaeda in Iraq as the most dangerous accelerant of potentially self-sustaining sectarian violence.” Sadr’s apparent victory does not mean his bloc will necessarily form the next government as whoever wins the most seats must negotiate a coalition government, and Sadr will not become prime minister as he did not run. However, his apparent victory may put him in a position to pick someone for the job.

*Margot Kidder, ‘Superman’ Actress, Dies at 69:

Margot Kidder, who rose to prominence playing Lois Lane in the 1978 film “Superman” opposite Christopher Reeve, diedSunday, according to an obituary published by the Franzen-Davis funeral home. She was 69. According to the obituary, Kidder died at her home. Arrangements are pending under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston, Montana. Born in Canada in 1948, Kidder appeared in a number of low-budget Canadian films and TV shows, and appeared in films including the 1973 thriller “Sisters,” the Robert Redford Drama “The Great Waldo Pepper” and the 1979 horror film “The Amityville Horror,” as well as “Superman” and its sequels.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: 40 percent of Mississippi’s population doesn’t have internet connection– that’s the highest amongst the 10 states with the most dead zones.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The body can detect taste in .0015 seconds, which is faster than the blink of an eye.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Carbon monoxide from keyless cars has killed more than two dozen people since 2006, as drivers unwittingly leave their vehicles running inside garages, a new report has found. Toyota models, including Lexus, were behind almost half of the 28 deaths and 45 injuries that were identified Sunday by the New York Times. In all cases, drivers unintentionally filled their homes with toxic fumes by leaving their cars on inside attached garages.   ***The World Health Organization on Monday announced a sweeping plan that urges governments around the globe to eliminate the use of trans fats, the industrially produced edible oil that gave birth to margarine, Crisco and other artery-clogging products that have been linked to millions of premature deaths. Artificial trans fats, better known to many American consumers as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, have contributed to a half million deaths a year, many of those in developing countries ill-equipped to address the health threats posed by a product cherished for its low price and long shelf life. The campaign, more a set of guidelines than an edict, seeks to eradicate trans fats from global food supplies by 2023, potentially saving some 10 million lives, according to the W.H.O.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Famed attorney Tom Girardi having lunch at Morton’s in downtown, L.A.  ***Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti’s personal media crusade is paying off. This weekend he was spotted in the Hamptons cozying up to another famous blonde, Christie Brinkley. Avenatti was photographed in deep conversation with the supermodel at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor on Saturday night. Billy Joel’s ex-wife had been dining with her kids, TMZ reported, and Avenatti joined them later. But they stayed long into the night chatting.   ***Ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been partying at the Cannes Film Festival. We hear the tech exec — who was criticized for giving his staffers crude frat-guy party tips — was spotted at a party thrown by Grey Goose at Nikki Beach on Saturday.   ***Veteran Hollywood personal managerJosh Silver having dinner at Maria’s Italian Kitchen in Encino, CA.

*LBN-SEE IT: “Treadwell, New York,” from a 1986-2001 photo series by Andrea Modica. A new wave of fiction features women in self-imposed isolation — literal and figurative — as a way to critique the culture.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***In a move that escalates an internal battle for control, CBS has filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court against Shari RedstoneSumner Redstone and National Amusements, Inc., currently the controlling stakeholder for CBS. The Redstones have made it clear they would like to see CBS merge with Viacom. The Redstones hold Class A common stock in CBS, which means they currently have the voting power over other public shareholders who maintain Class B common stock.


1. A 2010 study found that people who drank both diet and regular soda gained more fat around their waist than people who did not drink any soda.

2. Warm Dr Pepper was popular in the southern United States during the 1960s. This warm, syrupy drink was thought to help with colds and other ailments. It was also a popular drink at Christmas parties.

3. Drinking one soda a day can age you by as many as 4.6 additional years.

4. Most of the popular soda drinks today originated and flourished in pharmacies during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Early sodas were marketed as cure-alls for impotence, stomach pain, scurvy, alcoholism, opium addictions, nervousness, and more.

5. A 12-ounce can of regular Coke contains 39 grams of total sugar, which is about 9 1/3 teaspoons of sugar.

6. Americans consume over 1.7 million tons of sugar each year from Coca-Cola alone. This is equivalent to 10.8 pounds of sugar per person, per year.

7. Soda is the largest source of added sugar in American diets.

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*LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Seinfeld Series Finale Airs (1998)

One of the most successful situation comedies in the history of television, Seinfeld is often described as a show about nothing. Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter of whom starred as a fictionalized version of himself on the show, it featured a collection of selfish and neurotic characters obsessed with the minutiae of everyday life. After nine seasons, the series came to an end.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Ernest L. Medina, the Army captain who was accused of overall responsibility for the March 1968 mass killings of unarmed South Vietnamese men, women and children by troops he commanded in what became known as the My Lai massacre, but was acquitted at a court-martial, died on Tuesday in Peshtigo, Wis. He was 81. His death was confirmed by the Thielen Funeral Home in Marinette, a nearby town where he had lived. The cause was not given.   ***Chuck Knox, a three-time N.F.L. coach of the year who believed so strongly in the running game that he earned the nicknameGround Chuck, but who persuaded the New York Jets to take the pass-throwing Joe Namath in the draft, died on Saturday. He was 86. His death was announced by the Seattle Seahawks, who said he had dementia. The team did not say where he died.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Steven Townsend (assistant professor of chemistry, Vanderbilt University): While living in a mother’s womb, cushioned by amniotic fluid and protected from the outside world, babies have only minimal exposure to microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. Shortly after birth, a newborn’s collection of microorganisms—their microbiome—begins to develop as a succession of bacteria colonizes their gut. A variety of factors, such as mode of delivery (cesarean or vaginal birth) and antibiotic use, influence this population of bacteria. After that, human milk serves as a primary way more bacteria are introduced to a baby’s system, as it can contain up to 700 different species of bacteria. In my research as a chemist, I’ve been focusing on the complex sugars that human milk contains. My colleagues and I are interested in how these sugar molecules help mold a baby’s microbiome and contribute to overall health. Ultimately we hope that knowing more about individual molecules in human breast milk will lead to the development of better infant formulas that can be used in cases where breastfeeding isn’t possible.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bryce Covert (Ms. Covert is contributing opinion writer who has previously covered mergers and acquisitions): Anyone with a cellphone should have paid attention to the big merger news on April 29: T-Mobile andSprint announced their intention to tie the knot after years of speculation. If it goes through, it will leave the country with just three major wireless carriers instead of four. Less noticed, on the same day, about a dozen other corporate marriages were announced worldwide, worth a combined $120 billion. So far this year, $1.7 trillion worth of deals have been declared globally, higher than the pre-financial-crisis record set in 2007. This year’s big-dollar mergers in the United States range fromCigna’s purchase of Express Scripts, oil refiner Marathon Petroleum buying rival Andeavor, and Dr Pepper Snapplecozying up to Keurig Green Mountain. That’s in addition toAT&T’s play for Time Warner in 2016, CVS’s offer for Aetna, and Amazon swallowing up Whole Foods. All this activity means fewer companies, which means less competition. For consumers, that can raise prices if the merged companies face less pressure to keep things cheap. That’s the main test these deals have to pass: whether regulators, including the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission, think consumers will fare worse.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***TV personality and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump is calling her brother’s death “a shock to us all,” according to a report in the Daily Mail Sunday.The British tabloid reported that 59-year-old Mark Vanderpump, who worked as a DJ, died of a suspected drug overdose at his home in Gloucestershire, England, on April 30. It’s unclear it the fatal overdose was accidental or deliberate, according to the paper.

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