LBN – Special Report – Friday

*May Labor Report: Tepid 38,000 New Jobs

The U.S. economy added just 38,000 jobs during the month of May, the Department of Labor announced Friday morning. While the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent—the lowest since 2007—overall job creation has been tepid throughout the last few months, falling well short of the average of 200,000 over the past two years. Additionally, wage growth in May clocked in at just 2.5 percent, well below the 3.5 percent officials had been looking for. The new numbers come as a Federal Reserve panel is considering increasing interest rates this month.

*Paris Flooding Forces Louvre to Move Art

Conservationists at the Louvre were working quickly Friday to move several priceless works of art at the famed museum in an attempt protect the pieces from rising floodwaters. The Seine has topped its banks after several days of heavy rains in France, Germany, and across Central Europe; 12 people have been reported dead. The works will be moved to less vulnerable locations on higher levels of the museum. The Louvre was closed Friday, as was the Musee d’Orsay.

*Prince Died From Accidental Overdose of Opioid Painkiller

Prince, the music icon who struggled with debilitating hip pain during his career, died from an accidental overdose of self-administered fentanyl, a type of synthetic opiate, officials in Minnesota said Thursday. The news ended weeks of speculation about the sudden death of the musician, who had a reputation for clean living but who appears to have developed a dependency on medications to treat his pain. Authorities have yet to discuss how he came to be in possession of the fentanyl and whether it had been prescribed by a doctor.

*WHO READS LBN? Actor David Schwimmer

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Kanye West released a brand-new song Friday from the upcoming compilation album by his record label GOOD Music. On Los Angeles-based hip-hop station Real 92.3, Yeezy previewed the first single from Cruel Winter, expected to drop—perhaps ironically—over the summer. The track, titled “Champions,” is a celebratory collaboration between West and his label signees Travis Scott, Quavo, Big Sean, Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, andDesiigner.


*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Kate Moss and younger beau Count Nikolai von Bismarck were back together again Wednesday night after a recent reported breakup. The partying pair stayed close in London at a Chiltern Firehouse party for Moss’ collaboration with fashion line Equipment, spies said.

*LBN-MY REVIEW: “LBN is unbiased, unafraid, smart, independent. I read it every day to expand my mind.”—–Reynolds E., an LBN reader from Austin, Texas.


1. Penguins are one of about 40 species of flightless birds. Other flightless birds include rheas, cassowaries, kiwis, ostriches, and emus. Most flightless birds live in the Southern Hemisphere.

2. Most scientists agree that there are 17 species of penguins. Of the 17 species, 13 are either threatened or endangered, with some on the brink of extinction.

3. The Erect-crested Penguin (Eudyptes sclateri) has lost approximately 70% of its population over the last 20 years. The Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) has lost over 50% since the 1970s, and their chance of becoming extinct this century is 30%. The most common threats to all penguin survival are pollution, loss of habitat by human encroachment, commercial fishing, oil dumping, algae blooms, and global warming.

4. Generally, penguins are not sexually dimorphic, meaning male and female penguins look alike.

5. Penguins often slide on their tummies over ice and snow. This is called tobogganing. Researchers believe they do this for fun and as an efficient way to travel.

6. The Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is named after Ferdinand Magellan, who first saw them in 1520. Oil spills kill approximately 20,000 adult and 22,000 juvenile Magellanic Penguins off the coast of Argentina every year.

7. Penguins find all their food in the sea and are carnivores. They eat mostly fish and squid. They also eat crustaceans, such as crabs, shrimp, and krill. A large penguin can collect up to 30 fish in one dive. Penguins (and any animal) that eat only fish are called piscivorous.

8. Penguins do not have teeth. Instead they use their beak to grab and hold wiggling prey. They have spines on the roof of their beak to help them get a good grip. Penguins even have spines on their tongues.

9. Penguins swallow pebbles and stones as well as their food. Scientists believe that the stones may help grind up and digest their food. The stones may also add enough extra weight to help penguins dive deeper.

10. Penguins spend several hours a day preening or caring for their feathers. If penguins don’t keep them well maintained, their feathers would not stay waterproof. For extra protection, penguins spread oil on their feathers. The oil comes from a special gland near their tail feathers.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Boxing great Muhammad Ali is hospitalized in the Phoenix area with what two people familiar with his condition say may be more serious problems than his previous hospital stays. The people told The Associated Press on Thursday that Ali is fighting respiratory issues that are complicated by the Parkinson’s that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s. The two spoke separately in describing Ali’s condition that they say is concerning to family members.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Roger Enrico, the PepsiCo chief executive who nearly dethroned Coca-Cola in the 1980s, died on Wednesday while vacationing in the Cayman Islands. He was 71. His death, on Grand Cayman, was sudden, his family said, and the cause was not immediately specified.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Rubin: I recently gave a talk at the state prison in San Quentin, Calif. At the event, a former inmate said, “I don’t understand why over the 18-year period of my incarceration, over $900,000 was paid to keep me in prison. But when I was paroled, I was given $200 and told ‘good luck.’ ” He’s right. For our economy to succeed, we need to equip every American to be effective in the national work force. But the more than 600,000 people who leave prison every year are not getting the support they need. That fails them and fails the economy for all of us.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF:  In the last half-century, the prevalence of autoimmune disease — disorders in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue in the body — has increased sharply in the developed world. An estimated one in 13 Americans has one of these often debilitating, generally lifelong conditions. Many, like Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, are linked with specific gene variants of the immune system, suggesting a strong genetic component. But their prevalence has increased much faster — in two or three generations — than it’s likely the human gene pool has changed. Many researchers are interested in how the human microbiome — the community of microbes that live mostly in the gut and are thought to calibrate our immune systems — may have contributed to the rise of these disorders. Perhaps society-wide shifts in these microbial communities, driven by changes in what we eat and in the quantity and type of microbes we’re exposed to in our daily lives, have increased our vulnerability.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: As individuals, we all try to build on our strengths and work on our weaknesses, and it’s probably a good idea to balance these two activities. But as a country we are completely messing this up. In this election we’ve been ignoring the parts of America that are working well and wallowing in the parts that are fading. This has led to a campaign season driven by fear, resentment and pessimism. And it will lead to worse policy-making down the road, since prosperity means building on things we do well, not obsessing over the things that we’ve lost. The person chiefly responsible for this all-warts view of America is, of course, Donald Trump. Trump has focused his campaign on the struggling white neighborhoods in the industrial Midwest. The prototypical Trump voter is an upscale man from a downscale place.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….Anderson Cooper

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   **Calvin Harris breaking up withTaylor Swift because he’s “intimidated by her success is a bunch of crap,” a source close to the DJ said. “She broke up with him this week,” the source said. “She gave a bulls–t excuse about her career. He was ring shopping.”

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