LBN – Special Report – Friday

Did you know that LBN is now read in 26 foreign countries daily? From China to England, from France to India, from Cuba to Canada, from Brazil to Russia, from Greece to Korea, from Mexico to Sweden, from Spain to Australia.

*N. Korea Jails Another U.S. Citizen

North Korea sentenced a U.S. man on Friday to 10 years of hard labor for spying, just a month and a half after University of Virginia student Otto F. Warmbier was handed down a 15-year prison term for allegedly stealing a propaganda banner and “crimes against the state.” Kim Dong Chul, a 62-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in South Korea, was arrested last October in the special economic zone of Rason. The verdict was first reported by China’s state-run Xinhua news agency and Japan’s news service Kyodo. Kim made an alleged confession before reporters last month, claiming he had been paid by South Korean intelligence officers. News of his prison sentence comes after Pyongyang’s failed attempt to launch two mid-range ballistic missiles Thursday. The failed launches prompted a UN Security Council emergency meeting.

*FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Test

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency-use authorization Thursday for America’s first commercial test to diagnose the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The test, developed by Quest Diagnostics, uses the same method that government labs use to identify the virus in a patient’s blood. However, the test only works on a person who is currently infected and cannot detect evidence of past infections. The new test costs $500 and can give doctors results in three to five days. Prior to the FDA’s approval, the only Zika tests authorized under the emergency-use authorization were used by CDC-designated labs, Quest officials said. The virus is linked to causing severe birth defects such as microcephaly.

*WHO READS LBN? Legendary songwriter Paul Simon

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Security means everything to Facebook — security for Mark Zuckerberg, that is. The social-media company shelled out $5 million last year to make sure its co-founder and CEO had protection around the clock, according to regulatory filings. Maybe Zuckerberg really does need protection, after ISIS earlier this year threatened him and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.


*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:    ***Paul Simon drops a couple of F bombs and the word ‘shit’ in his new single “Cool Papa Bell.” The single is from Simon’s new album “Stranger to Stranger,” due June 3rd. Like its predecessor, “Wristband,” this song is bass heavy with an unusual construction that echoes Simon’s songs stretching from “Cecilia” to “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” to “Boy in the Bubble.” The cursing is ironic.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Jenny Diski, a British writer who channeled the turmoil of her early years, which included suicide attempts and confinement in mental hospitals, into a stream of richly observed and mordant novels, memoirs and essays, died on Thursday at her home in Cambridge, England. She was 68. The cause was a lung tumor and pulmonary fibrosis, her agent, Peter Straus, said.   ***Willie L. Williams, the first African-American to lead the police forces in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, cities in which hostilities between the police and black citizens had recently flared into violence, died on Tuesday at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. He was 72. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his sister-in-law Patricia Odoms.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Oscar-winning directorKevin Macdonald will helm a documentary about Whitney Houston that has been authorized by the singer’s estate since her death in 2012.   ***After 39 years, Ian Schrager is finally ready to tell the real story of Studio 54. He’s signed a contract with award-winning documentary producer John Battsek, who made the Oscar winner “Searching for Sugar Man.” Matt Tyrnauer, who was behind the doc “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” will direct.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Patti Davis: Dear Mr. Ferrell, I saw the news bulletin—as did everyone—that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer’s for a comedy that you are also producing. Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous. Alzheimer’s doesn’t care if you are President of the United States or a dockworker. It steals what is most precious to a human being—memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to those we have come to know and love.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican presidential nominee. So for those of us appalled by this prospect — what are we supposed to do? Well, not what the leaders of the Republican Party are doing. They’re going down meekly and hoping for a quiet convention. They seem blithely unaware that this is a Joe McCarthy moment. People will be judged by where they stood at this time. Those who walked with Trump will be tainted forever after for the degradation of standards and the general election slaughter. The better course for all of us — Republican, Democrat and independent — is to step back and take the long view, and to begin building for that. This election — not only the Trump phenomenon but the rise of Bernie Sanders, also — has reminded us how much pain there is in this country. According to a Pew Research poll, 75 percent of Trump voters say that life has gotten worse for people like them over the last half century. This declinism intertwines with other horrible social statistics. The suicide rate has surged to a 30-year high — a sure sign of rampant social isolation. A record number of Americans believe the American dream is out of reach. And for millennials, social trust is at historic lows.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Gerald Marzorati: Let me suggest something that might do all of these things — which is to say, might not — but will, as nothing else will, provide you with a deeply satisfying sense of yourself that you did have when you were much, much younger. Find something — something new, something difficult — to immerse yourself in and improve at. When is the last time you improved at anything? I’m not talking about self-improvement, though I have nothing at all against turning to deep yogic breathing when your spouse irritates you. And I am not talking about the kind of improvement your company subjects you to, the training that comes with the promotion and vesting stock: Here’s the late-afternoon-meeting gaze that assures your team you are interested in everything they are suggesting. I am talking about improving at a demanding skill or set of skills — a craft, a discipline. I have in mind something that will take years to get proficient at, something that there is a correct way of doing, handed down for generations or even ages, and for which there is no way for you to create shortcuts with your cleverness or charm. Playing the cello, maybe. Or cabinetry. Or, in my case, tennis, serious tennis.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Gloria Steinem took aim at Donald Trump as having “Barbie-doll hair” and a “gelatinous mask” during her annual Ms. Foundation for Women’s Gloria Awards at the Pierre Hotel Wednesday. “I noticed there is new evidence of equality in the air,” the feminist icon told the crowd. “He so constantly berates women, and berates good ones like Rosie O’Donnell. I noticed that women have yet to berate him.”

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