LBN – Special Report – Friday

TMZ: Prince Overdosed 6 Days Ago

Doctors gave Prince a “save shot”—generally used in opiate overdoses—six days before his death, TMZ reported, citing multiple sources. The music legend’s jet was forced to land last week in Illinois, just 48 minutes from his Minnesota home, and he was rushed to the hospital. His representatives at the time told TMZ he was suffering from the flu. Authorities in Minnesota are working to determine a cause of death after Prince was found unresponsive in his Paisley Park studio Thursday morning, and an autopsy will be conducted.
Late Thursday, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 transcript with an unidentified male who called to report that Prince was dead. “We have someone who is unconscious,” he told dispatcher Emily Colestock. “We’re at Prince’s house.” The man struggled to find an address before identifying Prince’s home at Paisley Park. “You’re at Paisley Park, OK, that’s in Chanhassen.” “The person is dead here,” he said. “And the people are just distraught.” Colestock asked if he knew how the person died, to which the man said “I don’t know, I don’t know.”

*U.S. Suicide Rate Highest in 30 Years

The suicide rate in the United States has risen sharply to the highest levels in almost 30 years, particularly among women and middle-age Americans, according to federal data released Friday. The suicide rate for women ages 45-64 increased by 63 percent from 1994 to 2014, while it jumped 43 percent for men in the same age range, according to a National Center for Health Statistics study. The overall suicide rate climbed 24 percent during the period of the study. In fact, there were so many increases in every age group that it raised the nation’s suicide rate to its highest since 1986: 13 per 100,000 people. Researchers found 42,773 people took their own lives in 2014, compared with 29,199 in 1999. According to the study, the suicide rate for girls ages 10 to 14, which is still low, also tripled to 150 in 2014 from 50 in 1999. Economic distress, more drug addiction, increased social isolation, and the rise of the Internet and social media may have contributed to the higher rate, the study says.

*Brussels Bomber ID’d as ISIS Prison Guard

One of the Brussels airport bombers has been identified by former ISIS hostages as one of their prison guards, The Guardian reported Friday. According to the British outlet’s sources, four French journalists who’d been kidnapped in Syria by ISIS fighters positively identified suspected suicide bomber Najim Laachraoui as the man known as “Abou Idriss,” who guarded foreign hostages for the extremist militants. Reports on Thursday from Belgian television station VTM also indicated that Laachraoui may have worked at the targeted airport for five years.

*Chicago Shootings Hit 1K Earliest Since ’90s

The number of people shot in Chicago in 2016 has already has already passed 1,000, marking the fastest pace the city has hit such a number since an extraordinarily violent mid-1990s. According to data compiled by the Chicago Tribune, the Windy City hit the 1,000 mark six to nine weeks earlier than each previous year since 2012. At this same point in 2015, there were about 600 shooting victims; and in 2014, at this same point, there had only been 483.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Last week, Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies were shut down in China, just six months after they were started there. Initially, Apple apparently had the government’s approval to introduce the services. But then a regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, asserted its authority and demanded the closings, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible,” an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement. The about-face is startling, given Apple’s record in China. Unlike many other American tech companies, Apple has succeeded in introducing several new products — like its mobile payments system Apple Pay — in China recently. New resistance from the Chinese government to that expansion could potentially hurt the Cupertino, Calif., company.   ***While other New York City institutions have succumbed to the insatiable appetite of a hungry real estate market, the 128-year-old Katz’s Delicatessen, with $19.95 pastrami sandwiches and a legion of fans, found a way to hang on. Last year, the family-owned deli at 205 East Houston Street sold two neighboring properties and its air rights for about $17 million, paving the way for a developer to build an 11-story condominium next door. The arrangement ensures that, for at least another generation, New Yorkers will be able to get corned beef and brisket at the Lower East Side deli that was immortalized in the 1989 film “When Harry Met Sally.”   ***Regulators released long-awaited rules on Thursday morning that aim to restrict how big financial institutions can pay their top executives. The new limits on banker bonuses would make the highest-paid employees at the biggest banks wait at least four years to receive parts of their annual pay. If the proposals are completed in the coming months, banks would also have to reclaim bonuses from bankers who take risks that lead to big financial losses.

*Uber Settles Cases With Concessions, but Drivers Stay Freelancers

Uber has long been embroiled in a debate over the status of its drivers: Should they be independent contractors or full-time employees? Uber says that as independent contractors, its drivers get flexibility. Their freelancer status also lets the company sidestep the costs of full-time employees, including paying minimum wage and the employers’ share of Social Security. But labor groups and lawyers have argued that Uber drivers should be classified as employees to receive worker protections. On Thursday, Uber moved a step closer to getting its way. The company reached a settlement in a pair of class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that will let it continue to categorize drivers in those states as independent contractors — a landmark agreement that could have lasting implications for the long-term viability of the ride-hailing service.

*WHO READS LBN? Comedy writer Mark Miller

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: America’s Premier Mediator —

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Vegetarianism and Veganism

1. Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first 3 hours after meals.

2. A number of researchers argue that while the human body is capable of digesting meat, our bodies are actually designed to be herbivores. For example, the human molars are similar to those of an herbivore, flat and blunt, which make them good for grinding, not gnashing and tearing.

3. Vegetarianism has roots in ancient India. In fact, currently 70% of the world’s vegetarians are Indians and there are more vegetarians in India than in any other country in the world.

4. The first Vegetarian Society was formed in England in 1847. The society’s goal was to teach people that it is possible to be healthy without eating meat.

5. In 2012, the Los Angeles city council unanimously approved a resolution that all Mondays in the City of Angels will be meatless. The measure is part of an international campaign to reduce the consumption of meat for health and environmental reason.

6. Several researchers argue that a vegetarian diet can feed more people than a meat-based diet. For example, approximately 20,000 pounds of potatoes can be grown on one acre of land. Comparatively, only around 165 pounds of beef can be produced on 1 acre of land.

7. There are several types of vegetarians. The strictest type is vegans. Vegans avoid not only meat but also all animal products. There is a debate within the vegan community about whether honey is appropriate for a vegan diet. For example, the Vegan Society and the American Vegan Society do not consider honey appropriate because it comes from an animal.

8. Studies show that a vegetarian diet could feed more people than a meat-based diet. For example, only around 20% of the corn grown in the United States is eaten by people, with about 80% of the corn eaten by livestock. Additionally, approximately 95% of the oats grown in the U.S are eaten by livestock. Studies show that the number of people who could be fed by the grain and soybeans that are currently fed to U.S. livestock is approximate 1,300,000,000.

9. A fruitarian is a type of vegetarian in which a person eats just fruits, nuts, seeds, and other plant material that can be harvested without killing the plant.

10. The total production of excrement by the U.S. population is 12,000 pounds per second. The total production of excrement by U.S. livestock is 250,000 pounds per second, which would be greatly reduced if humans ate a more plant-based diet and had little or no need for domesticated livestock. Less livestock would also greatly reduce Earth’s trapped greenhouse gases.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Paul Giamatti and Ethan Hawke at Jue Lan Club in NYC.   ***Oprah Winfrey at a Press Lounge party Gayle King threw for exiting “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht, who’s taking over as showrunner of Stephen Colbert’s show.   ***“Wicked” composer Stephen Schwartz seeing “Tuck Everlasting”.   ***Lorne Michaelshosting an “SNL” party at Zuma in NYC.   ***Jesse Eisenbergat the Cherry Lane Theatre seeing “Exit Strategy”.   ***Bernie Sanders at City Lobster in Midtown in NYC.   ***Zach Braff in a Blade chopper at Coachella.   ***Emma Roberts bumming a cigarette off a female partygoer at Le Bain.    ***Sienna Millercozying up to an unidentified man at the Boom Boom Room after the premiere of her new film “High-Rise.” Luke Evanswas vaping in the VIP area, where Tom Hiddleston was also seen mingling with pals.   ***Zachary Quinto being honored at the annual Housing Works Groundbreaker Awards Dinner at Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Guy Hamilton, a director whose emphasis on fast pacing and witty repartee made “Goldfinger” a model for the James Bond films to follow, and who directed three more installments in the series, died on Wednesday on the Mediterranean island of Majorca. He was 93. His death was announced in a statement to The Associated Press by the Hospital Juaneda Miramar in the city of Palma. It provided no other details.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Many nations have attempted the transition from revolutionary socialism toward some form of democratic capitalism; Cuba just happens to be the final one. The country has many things going against it as it tries to make the journey. It suffers from the dysfunctions that afflict countries that have giant bureaucratic states lying heavy on society. Those at the top have been trained all their lives to regulate and control. The governing elites speak (at great length) in lifeless ideological jargon. The current government slogan — not without haste, but without pause — suggests a steady reform process, but in fact the old people running this effort are halting and glacial. The world is changing Cuba faster than the Cuban state can cope. The neighborhoods feel warmer and more communal than those in many other nations, but there are certainly a lot of young men lethargically hanging about all day without much to do.

*LBN-COMMENTARY By CURTIS BRADLEY and JACK GOLDSMITH: There has been much debate about whether a bill advancing through Congress that aims to expose Saudi Arabia to lawsuits in American courts for its alleged connection to the 9/11 attacks would unduly harm diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries. But the bill’s potential for harm extends far beyond bilateral relations with one ally. It would also violate a core principle of international law, and it would jeopardize the effectiveness of American foreign aid and the legitimacy of the United States’ actions in the war on terrorism. A nation’s immunity from lawsuits in the courts of another nation is a fundamental tenet of international law. This tenet is based on the idea that equal sovereigns should not use their courts to sit in judgment of one another. Many nations have tacitly agreed to limit immunity in specified contexts, such as when they engage in certain commercial activities. But apart from those exceptions (or where a binding treaty or Security Council resolution otherwise dictates), international law continues to guarantee immunity, even for alleged egregious crimes.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***A disheveled and dazed Matthew Perry has left fans and medical experts fearful that the former “Friends” star has suffered a stroke! Matthew, 46, who has long battled substance abuse, appeared to be slurring his speech and struggling to spit words out during an April 4 appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”   ***Kim Basingerhad spent the past several months fearing that Prince was about to rip the covers off their sex secrets. The legendary rock star was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park complex in Minnesota on Thursday. The famously eccentric performer had recently announced an upcoming memoir entitled “The Beautiful Ones” — and Kim was convinced that she’d be one of the beautiful ones exposed in the tell-all.   ***John Stossel has been slapped around by wrestlers and taken on academic frauds — but now the FOX News personality is taking on the fight of his life! “I write this from the hospital,” John reported for the FOX News website. “Seems I have lung cancer.”

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