LBN – Special Report – Friday

*WORRY! Murder Rates Jump in Many Major U.S. Cities, New Data Shows

More than 20 major cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, have seen large increases in murders in recent months, a spike that the director of the F.B.I. linked to less aggressive policing stemming from a “viral video effect.” The new data released Friday showed clashing trend lines across the country, with many cities seeing a sharp increase in murders while rates in others — including New York and Miami — were down significantly from last year. After receiving an advance look at the data, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., expressed alarm Wednesday about the spike in murders in some major cities. Reigniting the debate over a “Ferguson effect,” he told reporters that he believed the trend could be linked to a “viral video effect” because officers were being less aggressive for fear of ending up on videos.

*Trump ‘Pretended’ He Was a Spokesman

Donald Trump used to use pseudonyms to call reporters and plant stories about his life, according to a Washington Post investigation. Despite an audio recording that sounded like him, the presumptive nominee claimed it was a “scam” on the Today show Friday. “It was not me on the phone,” he said. On the recording obtained by the newspaper, a spokesman named “John Miller” sounded a lot like Trump. Reporters who covered Trump’s Manhattan office in the 1970s through the ’90s would often experience phone encounters with either “John Miller” or “John Barron,” who the Post says were, in fact, Trump himself. The newspaper said they corroborated that account with several journalists and former aides of the reality-TV star. In 1990, Trump reportedly testified during a court case: “I believe on occasion I used that name.”

*Top Hezbollah Commander Killed in Israeli Airstrike

Hezbollah has announced that its top commander, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed this week when an Israeli airstrike hit the Lebanese-Israeli border. A statement released by the group described Badreddine as a “great jihadi leader” and noted that he’d been part of the “Islamic resistance” since 1982. He was killed Tuesday night. Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the European Union, and Badreddine himself was under sanctions by the U.S. for his role supporting Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. He was also indicted by the United Nations’ Special Tribunal for Lebanon for killing a Lebanese official in 2005.


*World’s Oldest Person Dies at 116

The world’s oldest person, Susanna Mushatt Jones, has died in New York at the age of 116. She’d lived at a senior housing facility for three decades before she died late Thursday in Brooklyn. Jones had been sick for about 10 days before she passed on. She had been a record holder for the Guiness World Records title since July 2015. Jones said many times that her secret to a long life involved sleep and steady bacon consumption.

*WHO READS LBN? Veteran Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gary Alter


1. The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.

2. The English adopted the word “influenza” in the mid-eighteenth century, while the French called it la grippe from gripper, meaning “to grasp or hook.” There is also a similar-sounding phrase in Arabic, anf-al-anza, which means “nose of the goat,” used because goats were thought to be carriers of the disease.

3. Annual flu viruses (not including flu pandemics) infect up to 20% of Americans, put 200,000 in the hospital with flu-related complications, and kill about 36,000 people.

4. The cost of treating annual flu epidemics, including lost wages and productivity of workers, is billions of dollars each year in just the United States alone.

5. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between three and five million people worldwide get a serious case of the regular flu each year; tens of millions get milder cases. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people globally die of the flu every year.

6. There have been four major global flu pandemics since 1900. The most recent pandemic is the current swine flu (officially named “Novel H1N1 Influenza A”). The last global pandemic was the Hong Kong flu (1968-1969) which killed approximately one million people. The Asian flu pandemic (1957-1958) originated in China and is estimated to have killed between one and four million people. The Spanish flu pandemic (1918-1919) killed between 50-100 million people worldwide.

7. Scientists believe that flu pandemics occur two or three times each century.

8. The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in the three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.

9. The Spanish flu killed more Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

10. At the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, any student caught without a mask during the Spanish flu was automatically suspended, and a town in Arizona passed a law forbidding people to shake hands.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain    —–

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*How Much Is Too Much Marijuana to Drive? Lawmakers Wonder

It’s relatively easy to determine when someone is too drunk to drive. If a driver’s blood-alcohol level is 0.08 percent or higher, that person is considered legally impaired. But a study says that measuring the effects of marijuana on drivers is far trickier, and that blood tests are an unreliable indication of impairment by cannabis. As more states consider legalizing the substance, that presents a challenge to legislators seeking to create laws on driving while impaired by marijuana. The study, commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that laws in six states that legally assess impairment by measuring how much THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) is in a person’s blood are not supported by science.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Justin Bieber at Delicatessen in NYC.   ***Michael Kors seeing “American Psycho”.   ***Jay Z andBeyoncé at Shuko in NYC.   ***Molly Ringwald performing at Glenn Fuhrman’s FLAG Art Foundation in Chelsea in NYC.   ***Omari Hardwick joined celebrity hat designer Nick Fouquet for the launch of Dobel Humito smoked tequila in LA.   ***Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon Osbourne showed no signs of marital distress at a conference on Thursday. The pair put on a united front days after Sharon openly discussed her husband’s alleged cheating with stylist Michelle Pugh. During the media event, which was used to create buzz for Ozzy’s upcoming Black Sabbath tour, Ozzy hugged his wife, 63, from behind.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***John Bradshaw, whose ideas about family dysfunction and the damaged “inner child” concealed within most adults made him one of the most popular and influential self-help evangelists of the 1990s, died on Sunday in Houston. He was 82. The cause was heart failure, his son, John Jr., said.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: I’m sure a sizable number of people cheered the finding that 60 seconds of strenuous exercise may be just as beneficial as a sweaty 45 minutes. Who needs to run through the woods, cycle across the city or pound the hamster wheel at the gym when you can get the same results in less time than it takes to microwave a burrito? The exercise expediency enthusiasts may be the same people who like Soylent, the meal replacement beverage for those who think eating actual food is a time-wasting nuisance. A substitute for sleep cannot be far behind. Count me among the skeptics of shortcutting life’s essentials. We’ve shamed lunch to a sad, solo fuel-slop at the desk. Religion is an app. “The One Minute Manager” book (a very slim volume) is a business bible to millions.



*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Joan Rivers‘ daughter Melissa Rivers has settled a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctors accused of botching a routine throat procedure that led to her comedienne mother’s untimely death. “In accepting this settlement, I am able to put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation,” Melissa said in a statement. “Moving forward, my focus will be to ensure that no one ever has to go through what my mother, Cooper and I went through and I will work towards ensuring higher safety standards in out-patient surgical clinics,” she said, referring to her son.

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