LBN – Saturday, October 7th, 2017

*BRACE FOR IMPACT – Storm Expected to Hit Louisiana Upgraded to Hurricane

Tropical Storm Nate has been upgraded to Hurricane Nate as it makes its way toward the U.S. Gulf Coast with Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi in its path. The storm, which has already been blamed for 21 deaths in Central America, is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane late Saturday night or early Sunday, prompting states of emergency and evacuations along the coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph early Saturday, though it is expected to strengthen as it passes over the Gulf of Mexico. Coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama have been warned to brace for dangerous storm surges of up to 5 to 9 feet. A hurricane warning is currently in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border.

*British Tourist Faces Jail in Dubai for Brushing Against Man in Bar

A Scottish man is reportedly facing three years behind bars in Dubai for accidentally touching a man’s hip in a bar. Representatives for the man, Jamie Harron, told British media he’d been trying not to “bump and spill drinks” when he touched another bar patron, but Dubai authorities arrested him for public indecency and drinking alcohol. Harron has reportedly already been stuck in Dubai for three months to fight the charges, having lost his job and spent tens of thousands in legal fees. The 27-year-old electrician had his passport confiscated after being released on bail, though he was hit with another 30 days of imprisonment this week for failing to show for a court hearing he said neither he nor his lawyer were informed of. A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the arrest of a British man in Dubai but did not disclose further details, saying only “consular assistance” was being provided.

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*Three Charged For Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot in New York

Federal prosecutors announced on Friday that three men had been arrested in connection with an alleged ISIS-inspired plot to target New York City concerts, landmarks, and subways in 2016. Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said that Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen, Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen based in Pakistan and Russell Salic, a 37-year-old Philippines citizen were all arrested on terror-related charges. El Bahnasawy was reportedly detained in May of 2016 after traveling to New Jersey. Haroon was arrested in Pakistan and Salic, who allegedly wired money to fund the attack, was arrested in his home country.

*Dozens Detained in Anti-Putin Protests Across Russia

Dozens of demonstrators have reportedly been arrested at protests across Russia, as thousands took to the streets Saturday in a show of support for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The rallies, timed to coincide with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday, were held in about 80 Russian cities, with most of the events unauthorized by police. The protests came in response to Navalny’s appeal for supporters to take to the streets in a bid to force authorities to let him run in next year’s presidential election. Electoral officials say he’s been barred from running due to a conviction in a case Navalny has said was politically motivated. He is currently serving a 20-day jail term for violating rules on public meetings. While expressing support for Navalny, protesters also railed against Putin. Several hundred protesters in downtown Moscow demanded the president’s ouster, chanting “Putin, go away!” and “Russia will be free!”

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*Weinstein Taking Leave of Absence During Harassment Inquiry

Harvey Weinstein is taking “an indefinite leave of absence” from his film company pending an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. “We take extremely seriously the accusations published in today’s New York Times about our Company’s co-chairman Harvey Weinstein,” a statement from members of the Weinstein Company’s Board of Representatives read. “It is essential to our Company’s culture that all women who work for it or have any dealings with it or any of our executives are treated with respect and have no experience of harassment or discrimination.” The statement goes on to say that the company has hired a lawyer, John Kiernan of Debevoise  & Plimpton LLP, to “undertake a thorough and independent investigation and report to the full Board on the results of that investigation.” “In the meantime, the Company is under the leadership of its Co-Chairman, Bob Weinstein, and its Chief Operating Officer, David Glasser, who plan to proceed with business in the ordinary course,” the statement concludes.

*WHO READS LBN? Realtor Natalie Todd

*LBN-SEE IT:…An image taken by a wedding photographer, in 2010, shows the view from the Las Vegas shooter’s hotel window.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Veteran TV executive and producer Rob Lee is returning to agenting, joining UTA’s Alternative Television division as agent. He’ll be based in Los Angeles and will report to Alternative Television Head, Brett Hansen.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Ralphie May, a loud and large comedian known for his extensive touring and comedy specials on Netflix and other outlets, died on Friday in Las Vegas, where he had been in residence at Harrah’s casino. He was 45. His publicist,Stacey Pokluda, said the cause was cardiac arrest. She said he had been treated for pneumonia and had canceled some shows over the past month.   ***Jack Good, who popularized rock ’n’ roll on British television in the 1950s, then followed the British invasion to the United States, where he produced “Shindig,” a prime-time series with a frantic pace, go-go dancers and guests like the Beatles, James Brown and the Rolling Stones, died on Sept. 24 in Oxfordshire, England. He was 86. The cause was complications of a fall, his daughterGabriella said.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The most effective way to do it, is to do it. —- .

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Barbie Latza Nadeau:  Many print journalists will relate to the circumstances leading to the macabre murder of 30-year-old Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Those who do solo reporting (no TV crew, no photographer, no colleagues) surely have found themselves from time to time alone with a source who is at once fascinating and unnerving.  Sometimes the contact makes an inappropriate sexual gesture, a common complaint that is not limited to women interviewing men by any means. Sometimes they start out docile and then turn angry and defensive if you ask what they believe is a provocative question. You are suddenly placed in a position where you either have to walk away and leave the story behind or go forward, trying to calculate the risk. In reality, most of us just take the risk.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: “War,” Georges Clemenceau supposedly said, “is too serious a matter to be left to military men.” Maybe it’s time for someone to say that peace is too serious a matter to be left to pacifists. The thought comes to mind on news that a little-known organization called the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The NGO, founded just a decade ago, was cited by Oslo “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” This makes ICAN that very familiar creature — another tediously bleating “No Nukes” outfit, much like the Pugwash Conferences that won the prize in 1995 — with one big twist. ICAN doesn’t just want to get rid of nuclear weapons by the usual voluntary means. It set out to ban them outright. In July, delegates from 122 countries voted in favor of an 11-page treaty that would ban the development, testing, building, acquisition, possession, transfer or threatened use of nuclear weapons, much as biological and chemical weapons are now banned. The treaty is supposed to enter into legal force if 50 states ratify the deal. So far, only Guyana, Thailand and the Vatican have done so.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: Those who create our culture feel free to lecture normal Americans—on news shows, on late night comedy shows. Why do they have such a propensity for violence? What is their love for guns? Why do they join the National Rifle Association? The influential grind away with their disdain for their fellow Americans, whom they seem less to want to help than to dominate: Give up your gun, bake my cake, free speech isn’t free if what you’re saying triggers us.  Would it help if we tried less censure and more cultural affiliation? Might it help if we started working on problems that are real? Sure. But why lower the temperature when there’s such easy pleasure to be had in ridiculing your mindless and benighted countrymen?

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on Las Vegas tragedy, Trump-Tillerson tensions —

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Plato: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

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

*LBN- A DIFFERENT VIEW:….United Daughters of the Confederacy, circa 1912.

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***It’s Cain and Abel — Hollywood style. Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein may have been stabbed in the back by his own brother, who, sources told The Post, has been trying for years to replace his sibling as the sole head of their marquee film studio. Bob Weinstein, the disgruntled co-founder of The Weinstein Company, may have been the mastermind behind an exposé of lurid sex allegations that led to his brother’s humiliating downfall, the sources said.  “Bob’s wanted Harvey out for years,” said a former staffer, who added that the two brothers are becoming increasingly suspicious of each other. Insiders believe that Bob may have helped concoct the explosive New York Times story that exposed the harassment allegations from Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and other former employees.   ***Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone has landed a deal worth up to $10 million to become the face of LVMH brand Louis Vuitton. The “La La Land” star has been in talks with the luxury brand for nearly a year, and has just agreed to sign on for two years.