LBN – Special Report – Friday


The rest of the world economy and Wall Street may have been shaky, but American employers were full steam ahead in March, adding a stronger-than-expected 215,000 jobs, according to new figures Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average hourly wages rose 0.3 percent, up from the 0.1 percent registered in February. However, the unemployment rate edged up to 5 percent, a slight bump from 4.9 percent a month ago. So far this year, average monthly job gain have averaged out at 209,000.

*Record 25,741,000 Foreign-Born People Employed in the U.S

The number of foreign-born people employed in the United States hit a record high in March, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the BLS, 25,741,000 foreign-born people had a job in the U.S. last month, an increase of 246,000 over the previous high recorded in November. The unemployment rate among the foreign-born population was 4.8 percent. The BLS statistics on the foreign-born do not distinguish between people who are in the country legally versus illegally. The agency’s data on foreign-born employment is available through 2005.

*NEVER TOO LATE – Philly Sorry for Jackie Robinson Racism

Philadelphia’s City Council is apologizing for the abhorrent slursJackie Robinson faced while playing against the Phillies in 1947. The team’s then-manager, Ben Chapman, led the players in yelling racial slurs at Robinson, including comments like, “Go back to the cotton fields” and “They’re waiting for you in the jungles, black boy.” Robinson was even refused a room at a Philadelphia hotel where the rest of the Dodgers were staying for a game in May of that year. On Thursday, the city council passed a resolution recognizing Robinson’s achievements and apologizing for the events. The resolution will be sent to Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, who is now 93 years old.


*WHO READS LBN? Actress Ali MacGraw

*THE FUTURE – Unseen Tesla Model 3 Gets 115K Preorders

Before Tesla had even unveiled its new electric wonder sedan, the Model 3, on Thursday, the company had already amassed $130 million from preorder deposits for the vehicle. The 115,000 preorders were garnered in a 24-hour period. “This is kind of crazy,” Elon Musk said when he announced the number at a launch event late Thursday. The Model 3 could finally bring electric vehicles to the masses—at a cost of $35,000 each, Musk said. The eccentric chief executive called it “the final step in the master plan, which is a mass market, affordable car.” The Model 3, which will become available in late 2017, is reported to travel at least 215 miles on a single charge and accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in six seconds.

*LBN-SEE IT: Two bumbling drugs smugglers were caught live on TV sneaking into the United States over the border fence

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Acclaimed political commentator Susan Estrich will be the special guest-of-honor at “City Talk” next Monday in a private room at the popular Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.

*LBN-MY REVIEW: “I don’t only read LBN, I love LBN!” —–
Louis Perry, President Kadima Security Services.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Hillary Clinton slammed rival Donald Trump at a closed-to-the-press Lower East Side fundraiser in NYC on Wednesday — calling the GOP front-runner “an id with hair.” The Freudian low blow came as Clinton and Trump lead polls in the New York state primary. “Really, I feel like we are watching an id — an id with hair,” Clinton huffed at the Capitale event for LGBT supporters, including Trump’s old archenemyRosie O’Donnell, Cynthia Nixon, Billie Jean King andMichael Urie.

1. Facebook has over 350 million active users. More than 35 million users update their status each day, with more than 55 million status updates each day.

2. More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.

3. The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.

4. Among children under 18, Facebook was ranked third in the top 100 searches of 2009, behind YouTube and Google. Sex and porn rounded out the top five searches.

5. A recent survey of 500 top colleges found that 10% of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social networking sites such as Facebook to evaluate applicants. Thirty-eight percent of admissions officers said that what they saw negatively affected the applicant.i
Facebook is not only beating MySpace traffic, but it is also the second-ranked site overall in the U.S. behind Google.

6. Americans spend 13.9 billion minutes a year on Facebook and five billion minutes on MySpace.

7. In 2003, Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg created Facemash, where he placed photos of undergraduates side by side so viewers could rank which one was “hotter.” Zuckerberg would later turn Facemash into the now ubiquitous Facebook.

8. In 2008, a 23-year-old woman named Lauren Michaels created a group titled “I Need Sex” on Facebook. Within 10 minutes, she had 35 members and soon attracted 100—50 of whom she eventually slept with. Facebook has since removed her page.

9. An 18-year-old Wisconsin man posed as several different girls on Facebook to blackmail underage male teens into performing sexual favors by coaxing them to send nude photos of themselves. He could be facing up to 300 years in prison.

10. Beacon, part of Facebook’s controversial advertisement system that broadcasted information about a user’s shopping activity on other sites, was the target of a class action lawsuit in 2009. The resulting settlement required Facebook to pay $9.5 million into a settlement fund.

11. If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world, after China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia.

12. In 2009, an EMT at the crime scene took a cell phone picture of the body of a New York woman who had been strangled and beaten and then posted it on his Facebook profile. He was later arrested on charges of official misconduct and was fired from his job.

13. The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales warned that Facebook and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide because such sites encourage teens to build transient relationships and dehumanize community life.

14. Facebook includes eating disorder groups such as “Get Thin or Die Trying,” and “Quod me nutrit me destruit” (“What nourishes me destroys me”). While such eating disorder sites were typically anonymous on the Web, their growing presence on Facebook makes them more public and accessible to more people

*LBN-R.I.P.: Dame Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born British architect whose soaring structures left a mark on skylines and imaginations around the world and in the process reshaped architecture for the modern age, died in Miami on Thursday. She was 65. Ms. Hadid contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in the hospital, her office, Zaha Hadid Architects in London, said.

*LBN-COMMMENTARY by PAGAN KENNEDY:  Is it possible to extract blood from people without causing pain? For decades, this problem has stumped the medical industry. In an effort to replace the old-fashioned needle, companies are trying to deploy laser beams and tiny vacuums to draw blood. In 2014, an engineer at Harvard named Ridhi Tariyal hit on a far simpler workaround. “I was trying to develop a way for women to monitor their own fertility at home,” she told me, and “those kinds of diagnostic tests require a lot of blood. So I was thinking about women and blood. When you put those words together, it becomes obvious. We have an opportunity every single month to collect blood from women, without needles.” Together with her business partner, Stephen Gire, she has patented a method for capturing menstrual flow and transforming it into medical samples. “There’s lots of information in there,” Ms. Tariyal said, “but right now, it’s all going in the trash.” Why did Ms. Tariyal see a possibility that had eluded so many engineers before her? You might say she has an unfair advantage: her gender.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Frances Bean Cobain faced a home intruder on Wednesday evening. The daughter ofCourtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain was alone at her Hollywood home during the incident, reports TMZ. Frances, 23, was in her bedroom around 7 p.m. when she heard noises and upon checking out the situation she spotted a guy leaving through her front door. The site adds the unidentified man, whom she didn’t recognize, left without stealing anything.   ***Iman’s mother has died less than three months after her husband David Bowie’s shocking death. On Friday morning, the 60-year-old model broke the news via social media.“Saddened by the death of my mom Maryan Baadi,” she wrote on Instagram. “May Allah grant her the highest jennah. I beg that you respect my family’s privacy during our time of grief #ripmaryanbaadi.”   ***Miley Cyrus has some new ink. The wild pop star was overheard talking about getting a new tiny tattoo that says “leetle” — we assume that means “little”? — at Fun City Tattoo on St. Marks Place on Wednesday with a pal, Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne. Cyrus already has more than 20 tats, with ink including a peace sign, the word “karma,” and one of her deceased dog Floyd with the saying “With a Little Help From My Fwends.” (Coyne has the same tattoo.) Fun City is owned by its lead tattoo artist Big Steve.

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