LBN – Special Report – Friday


*UN: Iran Complying With Terms of Nuclear Deal

Iran is in compliance with the historic nuclear agreement reached last year with six world powers, according to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency. One violation—too much production of heavy water—was swiftly corrected, according to inspectors with the international watchdog.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Research by Northwestern University Law Professor James Lindgren shows that the legal system feeding cases to the Supreme Court over-represents Democrats and under-represents Christians. While 41% of the working population are Democrats, 61% of lawyers claim that affiliation. At the same time, 68% of lawyers are Christians compared to 78% of working Americans.

*North Korea Linked to Bank Hacks

A series of digital attacks on global banks appears to have been perpetrated by North Korea, security researchers claim. The actions may be the first known case of a nation using such means for financial gain, and included breaches of the SWIFT international financial-transfer network. Researchers at Symantec—a digital-security firm—say that in three of the attacks, the culprits used the same rare piece of code that has only been seen twice before: the Sony Pictures hack and the hack on media and banking companies in South Korea. Both of those were believed to be perpetrated by North Korea. Symantec researcher Eric Chien said: “If you believe North Korea was behind those attacks, then the bank attacks were also the work of North Korea.”


*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Bruce Willis with wife Emma Hemingand pals at Myles Chefetz’s Prime 112 in Miami.   ***Damon Wayans seeing “Shuffle Along” in NYC.   ***Rick Ross at Jue Lan Club in NYC.   ***Aziz Ansari in the audience at “Eclipsed” in NYC.   ***Sting singing “Englishman in New York” at Rizzoli Bookstore to toast new book, “Bill Jacklin’s New York”.   ***Susan Lucci at Serendipity 3.   ***Mick Jagger at SushiSamba in the West Village in NYC with grown kidsGeorgia May, James and Jade.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***New York rapper Troy Ave, himself a victim in Wednesday’s night shooting at New York’s Irving Plaza that left one man dead, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the New York Police Department.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Another comedy powerhouse has signed with UTA, as The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned that Amy Sedaris has joined the agency from Paradigm.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***The international best-selling business book (hailed by The New York Times, Psychology Today Magazine, The Harvard Business Review)  “Broken Windows, Broken Business” (  has now been included on the most influential business book list for over a decade. An incredible feat.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: In general, you shouldn’t pay much attention to polls at this point, especially with Republicans unifying around Donald Trump while Bernie Sanders hasn’t conceded the inevitable. Still, I was struck by several recent polls showing Mr. Trump favored over Hillary Clinton on the question of who can best manage the economy. This is pretty remarkable given the incoherence and wild irresponsibility of Mr. Trump’s policy pronouncements. Granted, most voters probably don’t know anything about that, in part thanks to substance-free news coverage. But if voters don’t know anything about Mr. Trump’s policies, why their favorable impression of his economic management skills?


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Ali MacGraw says accused rapist and disgraced TV dad Bill Cosby once tried to get her up to his hotel room — and wonders if she would have been victimized had she gone! Years ago, she recalled, Ali and the now-disgraced Cosby, 78, were “both on some kind of tour.”   ***Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s May-December marriage was on the rocks after just three months, sources say— but the starry couple agreed to give their shaky union a year before calling it quits. Depp, 52, and Heard, 30, tied the knot in February of last year, but by May it was all but over, we hear. They decided to give themselves “a year” in hopes of patching things up and avoiding the embarrassment of a three-month marriage.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Marcelle Luna

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