LBN – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

*PANIC – Las Vegas Witness: ‘It Was Just Mass, Mass Blood Everywhere’

Witnesses described scenes of horror as tens of thousands of people fled the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas late Sunday as a gunman opened fire from 32 stories above the show, with music fans dropping to the ground after being hit and strangers rushing to the aid of those wounded. “We were all dancing, we were having a good time, and all of a sudden I heard all of these shots,” said Candace LaRosa, of Huntington Beach, California, told the Las Vegas Sun. At first, she thought the sounds were coming from a fireworks show. “It was just mass, mass blood everywhere,” she said. Festival worker Heather Kerr said the emergency became clear when the stage went dark, and she ran to cover in a concert trailer. Kerr said people were helping victims at the scene, making makeshift tourniquets from belts to stem out-of-control bleeding. Others said a fence penning in the crowd was knocked down by a man with a truck in order to get everyone out.

*ISIS Claims Vegas Shooting, Without Any Evidence

Without providing even a shred of evidence, the Islamic State terror group on Monday morning claimed responsibility for Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 50 people and injured hundreds of others. Without naming the suspect, Stephen C. Paddock, 64, ISIS said in a statement, via its news agency, that he “executed the operation in response to calls to target countries of the coalition.” In recent months, the militant organization has claimed some attacks that were ultimately unrelated to their group: For example, ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a Philippines casino that later turned out to have been perpetrated for financial motivations by a debt-ridden former public servant. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the press earlier Monday morning that there was no evidence indicating terrorist motivations for the Vegas attack.

*Trump Says Tillerson Is ‘Wasting His Time’ on North Korea

President Trump undercut his own secretary of state on Sunday, calling his effort to open lines of communication with North Korea a waste of time, and seeming to rule out a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear-edged confrontation with Pyongyang. A day after Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said he was reaching out to Pyongyang in hopes of starting a new dialogue, Mr. Trump belittled the idea and left the impression that he was focused mainly on military options. Mr. Trump was privately described by advisers as furious at Mr. Tillerson for contradicting the president’s public position that now is not the time for talks. “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter, using the derogatory nickname he has assigned to Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. “Save your energy Rex,” he added, “we’ll do what has to be done!”

*3 Americans Awarded Nobel Prize for Medicine

Three U.S. researchers into the body’s daily biological rhythms have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Officials in Stockholm announced Jeffrey Hall of Brandeis University,Michael Rosbash of Rockefeller University, and Michael Young of the University of Maine were to be lauded for their discoveries about Circadian rhythms and “were able to peek inside our biological clock and elucidate its inner workings.” The trio will split a $1.1 million prize.

*DEATH BY NERVE AGENT – Suspects in Kim Jong Nam Killing Plead Not Guilty

Two women accused of assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother at a crowded airport in Kuala Lumpur in February have entered not-guilty pleas as the trial in the high-profile case begins. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam entered the pleas at Malaysia’s High Court on Monday, nearly eight months after Kim Jong Nam was poisoned in broad daylight. The two suspects—who could face the death penalty if convicted—are accused of smearing a banned nerve agent on Kim’s face in a busy airport terminal, though they insist they thought they were playing a harmless prank for a TV show. Several North Koreans suspected of involvement in the killing left Malaysia before police could question them. The defense for the two suspects has asked the judge to order that four other individuals, listed on the charge sheet as having a motive to kill Kim, be identified in court.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Shares of Las Vegas casino operators fell as much as 5 percent on Monday after a gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded 200 others in a mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay hotel from where the gunman opened fire, dropped as much as 4 percent to $31.29. Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd, Wynn Resorts Ltd and Las Vegas Sands Corp each fell 1 to 2 percent.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The New York Times have long asked readers to pay for access to online articles. But many reading this article online are probably familiar with an easy workaround: Plug a search term or headline into Google, and voilà! Free access to articles normally locked behind pay walls. That digital sleight of hand is great for inquisitive readers, but bad for the publishers that are increasingly dependent on subscription dollars for survival. So now, in an acknowledgment of this industry wide strategy shift, Google is working on new tools that could help news organizations bolster their subscription businesses. The tools are part of a broader effort to preserve the kind of journalism that Google’s dominance, and that of other web giants like Facebook, has threatened.   ***“60 Minutes” exec producer Jeff Fager says the show may never find a replacement for Andy Rooney, who appeared from 1978 till his death in 2011, although he’s been searching. “We have not filled that position because he is hard to replace,” Fager told us. “We just have not found them, but I have looked.”

*WHO READS LBN? Film producer Mike Flint

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Digby Diehl, a journalist and author who collaborated on celebrity autobiographies with Esther WilliamsNatalie ColePatti LuPone and more, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 76. His wife, Kay Beyer Diehl, said he had Alzheimer’s disease.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***As customers increasingly shift their retail shopping toward e-commerce, Starbucks is bucking the trend: It shuttered its online store on Sunday. The company posted a notice in late August on its online store notifying shoppers that the site would soon close. The digital store stocked items like Starbucks coffee and branded mugs and tumblers, along with a selection of espresso machines, brewing tools and other accessories. “You can purchase your favorite coffee and Starbucks merchandise in your local Starbucks,” the company wrote in a note to customers about the closing of the online store. “We cannot guarantee availability of any product in stores, but we know you will find many choices to enjoy.”

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*LBN-BOOK NEWS: New short story collection, Mojo Rising: Masters of the Art, edited by James L. Dickerson, highlights writers such as William FaulknerTennessee Williams,Richard Wright and others. Writes Peter Cooley, Director of Creative Writing at Tulane University: “With perennial favorites such as Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily’ and a previously unpublished story by Ellen Gilchrist, this anthology is a little treasure trove from a region which constitutes a veritable gold mine of literature.”


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Miller: “Immigrants – we get the job done” is one of the most famous lines from “Hamilton,” the hit Broadway musical. But the play’s creator, Lin Manuel Miranda, might well have written: “Immigrants – we keep the country young.”  The Trump administration’s move last week to end protections and benefits for young people who were brought into the United States illegally as children is a nightmare for undocumented people and so-called Dreamers.  But the immigration crackdown also adds to the challenges the United States faces in adjusting to an aging population. The U.S. 65-and-over population will nearly double over the next three decades, from 48 million to 88 million by 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That will make us a much older country – 21 percent will be over age 65, up from 13 percent in 2010 and 10 percent in 1970.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer (Acclaimed security expert): I will protect Hugh Hefner even after he has died. Some negative articles about him are coming out. I was there for close to 6 years, protecting both Hef & Playboy. He was not just a good man, he was great.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Italian Restaurant – SNL   —


The Twilight Zone Premieres on CBS (1959)

A classic science-fiction show that ran for just five years, The Twilight Zone was created by veteran television writer Rod Serling. More than half of its 155 unrelated episodes were written or co-written by Serling, who also narrated each half-hour episode with his trademark deadpan. The show often starred soon-to-be-famous actors such as William Shatnerand Robert Redford. Many episodes featured frightening or ironic plot twists

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  – Welcome to Episode #3 – “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 3: Specializing in Losing Campaigns —-



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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Baby Speidi has arrived. Former “Hills” stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt welcomed their first child Sunday afternoon, son Gunner Stone.   ***Lady Gaga is recovering nicely after postponing her tour for severe physical pain. “Gettin’ stronger everyday for my #LittleMonsters can’t wait to get back on stage & be w u at JoanneWorldTour #PawsUp,” the “Born This Way” singer tweeted Saturday. Last month, Gaga, 31, announced that the European leg of her Joanne World Tour was postponed due to chronic pain, for which she was briefly hospitalized.