LBN – Saturday, June 9, 2018

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*Anthony Bourdain used the belt from his bathrobe to kill himself:

The prosecutor of Colmar in France’s Alsace region says that writer and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain hanged himself in the bathroom of his French hotel room. Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told The Associated Press on Saturday that the famed chef and host of the CNN series “Parts Unknown” used the belt of his hotel bath robe to commit suicide on Friday. Of the 61-year-old American’s death, Rocquigny said “there is no element that makes us suspect that someone came into the room at any moment.” He also said a medical expert had concluded there were no signs of violence on Bourdain’s body. The prosecutor said toxicology tests were being carried out, including urine tests, to see if Bourdain took any medications, to try to help his family understand if anything led him to kill himself.

*Trump Pitches ‘No Tariffs’ at G7 Meeting:

President Trump reportedly suggested ending all tariffs between the U.S. and other G7 nations after a tense meeting on trade at the summit in Quebec, a stark turnaround from his recent tough talk on trade imbalances. “We should at least consider no tariffs, no barriers—scrapping all of it,” Trump said at a private gathering with European leaders, according to sources cited by Politico. Officials familiar with the discussion said Trump’s remarks were largely seen as rhetorical by other world leaders present, but German Chancellor Angela Merkelis said to have offered to take the suggestion as a “starting point.” The apparent about-face comes after Merkel and other leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeauand French President Emmanuel Macron, reportedly confronted Trump over his threats to impose steep tariffs, pushing back against his repeated claims that the U.S. is a victim of unfair trade practices by its European allies. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reportedly offered to visit Washington to continue trade talks with Trump, though the U.S. president is said to have not responded to that proposal.

*‘DARKEST HOUR’ – HBO Moves Ahead With Game of Thrones Prequel:

HBO has ordered a pilot episode for a Game of Thronesspinoff that would keep some of the hit show’s characters alive after the final season in 2019. In a statement late Friday, the network said the new series comes from author George R.R. Martin and British screenwriter and producer Jane Goldman. The spinoff, one of several Game of Thrones projects in the works, is set thousands of years before the days of the Iron Throne. If the show gets picked up, it will focus on “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” the network said. “From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know,” the network teased of the series.

*Former CIA Officer Kevin Mallory Convicted of Espionage:

Former CIA officer Kevin Patrick Mallory was convicted of espionage Friday after being accused of transmitting classified documents to a Chinese agent, according to a Justice Department memo. According to court documents and evidence, Mallory completed all of the necessary steps to send eight documents to China, one of which was classified “top secret” and two of which were “secret.” The memo states that “Mallory was convicted of conspiracy to deliver, attempted delivery, delivery of defense information to aid a foreign government, and making material false statements. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when sentenced on Sept. 21.” During his time as a government employee, Mallory worked both as a CIA covert case officer and as an intelligence officer for the DIA. “It is a sad day when an American citizen is convicted of spying on behalf of a foreign power,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers. “This act of espionage was no isolated incident. The People’s Republic of China has made a sophisticated and concerted effort to steal our nation’s secrets. Today’s conviction demonstrates that we remain vigilant against this threat and hold accountable all those who put the United States at risk through espionage.”

*WHO READS LBN?: City National Bank Vice-President Steve Shapiro along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

*TERRIFYING – Body of Woman Snatched by Alligator Found in Florida:

Florida wildlife authorities say the remains of a 47-year-old woman attacked by an alligator on Friday have been recovered after her arm was reportedly found inside the 12-foot, 6-inch beast. The woman, identified as Shizuka Matsuki, was found late Friday at the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park after apparently being dragged into a pond while walking her dogs, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “This is heartbreaking for everyone involved and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this time,” the agency announced on Twitter. Matsuki was reportedly seen walking her two dogs early Friday but the pets were later spotted wandering around alone, one with an apparent bite wound. Local police told the Sun Sentinel the dogs “won’t leave the pond” after Matsuki was dragged into the water. The park has been closed until further notice following the incident.

*LeBron sweepstakes begins as insiders guess landing spots:

It’s not a fait accompli, but more than half of eight NBA front-office types/coaches interviewed at the Draft Combine said they expect LeBron James to bolt Cleveland this summer as a free agent now that the Cavaliers failed for the second straight season to win a title. The Cavaliers’ season ended Friday atQuicken Loans Arena in a four-game sweep to the Warriors, and speculation over James’ future will go into overdrive from now until July 1, when he can become a free agent. TheKnicks have a new coach in David Fizdale, who was close to James in Miami, but none of those interviewed predicted he would land at the Garden this summer.

*Redmond O’Neal charged with attempted murder:

The son of actor Ryan O’Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett has been charged with attempted murder in an alleged crime spree last month that included randomly attacking five men and robbing a 7-Eleven convenience store. Los Angeles police sayRedmond O’Neal was charged FridayKABC-TV reports that the 33-year-old O’Neal, who’s struggled with drug addiction, is charged with punching or stabbing five men over several days last month in the Venice Beach and Palms neighborhoods. Police say two men were seriously injured, including one who was stabbed in the face. O’Neal already pleaded not guilty to aMay 8 robbery and other charges, including possessing methamphetamine and heroin. He’s been jailed for a month.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: After decades of research, effective prevention strategies are lacking. It remains difficult, perhaps impossible, to predict who will commit suicide, and the phenomenon is extremely difficult for researchers to study.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***KFC says it’s cooking up a new, healthier recipe, one that will be missing the restaurant chain’s most famous ingredient: chicken. The company famous for its “finger lickin’ ” Southern fried chicken announced this week that it was testing chicken-like “vegetarian options” in Britain with its signature blend of herbs and spices. “Development of the recipe is still in its very early stages, and so the options we’re exploring in our kitchen are still top secret,” a spokesman for KFC said in a statement.   ***Mark Zuckerberg thought his fellow Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk was behaving like an alarmist. Mr. Musk, the entrepreneur behind SpaceX and the electric-car maker Tesla, had taken it upon himself to warn the world that artificial intelligence was “potentially more dangerous than nukes” in television interviews and on social media. So, on Nov. 19, 2014, Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, invited Mr. Musk to dinner at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. Two top researchers from Facebook’s new artificial intelligence lab and two other Facebook executives joined them. As they ate, the Facebook contingent tried to convince Mr. Musk that he was wrong. But he wasn’t budging. “I genuinely believe this is dangerous,” Mr. Musk told the table, according to one of the dinner’s attendees, Yann LeCun, the researcher who led Facebook’s A.I. lab.


1. One in five Americans has experienced some form of mental illness, with one in 25 experiencing serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

2. Suicide accounts for over 800,000 deaths globally each year, with over 41,000 in the U.S. alone. It is the second leading cause of death worldwide for 15-29 year olds.

3. The rate of mental health disorders doubles for those who have been to war or lived through a major disaster.

4. People with a mental health issue are generally nonviolent. In fact, only 3-5% of violent acts can be attributed to people with a serious mental illness.

5. Many factors can lead to mental illness, including genetics, physical illness or injury, and traumatic life experiences.

6. Many people do not seek treatment for mental illness due to the associated stigma. Only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental illnesses receive treatment.

7. Treatment for mental health problems doesn’t only consist of prescribed or OTC medication. Therapy, yoga, meditation and holistic treatments can all help to assuage symptoms.

8. By addressing risk factors such as trauma, it is possible to prevent certain mental health disorders, especially in children and adolescents.

9. Each year, serious mental illnesses cost the U.S. almost $200 billion in lost earnings.

10. 50.5% of adults in the U.S. who have had a problem with substance abuse also suffer from mental illness.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Top-ranked Simona Halep has won the French Open by defeating Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. It is Halep’s first Grand Slam title after she lost twice in the French Open final and was runner-up at the Australian Openearlier this year. Halep is the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy. Her manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open 40 years ago.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Let’s call it Thursday Night Fever. John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, celebrated their upcoming movie “Gotti” at hotspot LIV at Fontainebleau in Miami Thursday evening. The couple was “spotted playing DJ in the club’s booth,” a spy said. The DJ even played a song from Travolta’s 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever,” and he “struck a disco pose much to the excited crowd’s delight,” said our spy. While Travolta enjoyed a glass of iced tea, Preston sipped on white wine. “They stayed at the club until 1:30 a.m. and were in very good spirits and super friendly, waving to club patrons,” said the insider.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Charlotte Fox, who climbed to dizzying heights as the first American woman to conquer three 26,000-foot or higher mountains and once defied a freak blizzard as she descended Mount Everest, died on May 24 in Telluride, Colo. She was 61. Ms. Fox was found dead inside her home in the Rocky Mountains from injuries apparently suffered after slipping down a steep flight of stairs, Emil Sante, the San Miguel County Coroner, said.   ***Danny Kirwan, the formerFleetwood Mac guitarist who played on five of the British band’s albums, died Friday at the age of 68. Mick Fleetwood, who recruited the then-18-year-old Kirwan to join Fleetwood Mac in 1968, confirmed Kirwan’s death with a tribute on the band’s Facebook. No cause of death was announced.

*LBN-SEE IT: On Dec. 15, 1941, thousands of Jews were marched to a beach in Liepaja, Latvia, forced to strip, and shot in groups of 10.


BBC: How Long Are You Going To Live?

Life expectancy is rising globally – people born in 2016 will on average live seven years longer than those born 25 years ago.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tanya Basu: There’s a huge problem within the mental health community right now, which is reeling from the fact that not only did two well-liked, highly followed celebrities with strong fan following potentially spark a suicide contagion, but also a report out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that proves what we’ve suspected: Suicide rates are spiking in every state in America, with about half of states seeing levels skyrocketing 30 percent more than previously reported. One of the most astonishing facts reported in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is the fact that 54 percent of people who committed suicide had previously unknown mental health issues. Only after they died did loved ones figure out that there were issues beneath their outward facade.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Best of Los Angeles Awards


*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dr. Helen Kim (Author): Nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from October 2016 through February of this year, according to a senior government official, as this administration has implemented stricter border enforcement policies. Now I can’t wait to watch the whining liberals, who clearly hate Trumpmore than concept of illegal aliens invading our country, go crazy about how mean, racist, ugly the President is for simply enforcing our laws.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Suicide of Europe

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Clarence Thomas: Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.

“Without Notes” with Tom Girardi – Episode 1: The Early Years —

Thomas Vincent Girardi (born June 3, 1942) is a founding partner of Girardi & Keese, a downtown Los Angeles law firm. In 1970, Girardi became the first attorney in the state of California to win a $1 million-plus award for a medical malpractice case. Girardi has handled major cases against the former Lockheed Corp (now the Lockheed Martin Corp.), Pacific Gas & Electric Co, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Hollywood’s seven major movie studios. In one of his better known cases against Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility company agreed to pay $460 million to 650 residents of the desert community of Hinkley, California. The residents blamed incidents of cancer and other diseases on contaminated water leaked from a gas pumping station. This case was the inspiration for the film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts. In another high-profile matter, Girardi was among a group of lawyers who attempted to enforce in U.S. courts a $489 million default judgment entered by a court in Nicaragua, allegedly against Dole Food and Shell Chemicals based on the effects of the pesticide, DBCP, upon exposed workers. The U.S. courts found that Girardi and others had submitted a translation of the pertinent Nicaraguan documents that was flawed in crucial respects. Girardi and others were formally reprimanded and their law firm was fined for violation of their duty of candor to the courts.


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