LBN- Special Report- Friday

*Micah Johnson ID’d as Dallas Sniper:
Dallas police have identified Micah Johnson of Texas as the sniper who killed five officers during a Black Lives Matter protest Thursday night. At a press conference before Johnson was identified, Chief David Brown said the 25-year-old man told police he was killing white officers for killing black men. The suspect also said he acted alone. Johnson has no known criminal record.

*Dallas Cops ‘Took Out’ Suspect With Robotic Explosive:
Dallas police “took out” the main suspect in the deadly attack on its officers Thursday night using a robotic explosive device, the city’s mayor told CNN early Friday. “We were able to take out one of the suspects, who had been cornered in the garage, with an explosive device,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “We’ve got other possible suspects that we’re interviewing. They’re not being real cooperative at this point. We’ve called in a lot of people to make sure that we’ve got all the background material we need.” Rawlings also indicated that the deceased suspect was a male and that another person in custody is a female. In a press conference, Dallas Police ChiefDavid Brown confirmed, “The male suspect was killed by the bomb,” adding that, during the standoff, he stated “he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.
*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 18 leading executives from the Lipton Tea Company read LBN daily?
*Jobs Roar Back With Gain of 287,000 in June, Easing Worry:
Quashing worries that job growth was flagging, the government on Friday reported that employers increased payrolls by 287,000 in June. It was an arresting surge in hiring just weeks before the Republican and Democratic conventions where the presidential nominees will present their competing economic visions. The official unemployment rate did rise to 4.9 percent, from 4.7 percent, but that was largely because more Americans re-entered the work force. And average hourly earnings ticked up again, continuing a pattern of rising wages that brought the yearly gain to 2.6 percent. “Wow, this one takes my breath away,” said Diane Swonk, an independent economist in Chicago.

*WHO READS LBN? TV anchor Greta Van Susteren

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Something strange is going on in medicine. Major diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, are waning in wealthy countries, and improved diagnosis and treatment cannot fully explain it. Scientists marvel at this good news, a medical mystery of the best sort and one that is often overlooked as advocacy groups emphasize the toll of diseases and the need for more funds. Still, many are puzzled. “It is really easy to come up with interesting, compelling explanations,” said Dr. David S. Jones, a Harvard historian of medicine. “The challenge is to figure out which of those interesting and compelling hypotheses might be correct.”

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***50 Cent’s bankruptcy case has ended, with a judge signing off on a deal that finds the rapper (real name Curtis Jackson) paying out $23 million to his creditors over the next five years.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Teresa Giudice at Antica Pesa in Williamsburg in NYC.   ***Peyton Manning at Il Gattopardo in NYC.   ***Spice Girl Mel B keeping in shape at Las Vegas spin studio XCycle.   ***Taryn Manning at the Lindeman restaurant in NYC.   ***Fergie performing at No. 8 in NYC.   ***Martha Stewart,Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper at the LongHouse Reserve benefit.   ***Social media expert Brooke Taylor having lunch with her daughter Isabella at Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica.



  1. The word “diabetes” is Greek for “siphon,” which refers to the copious urine of uncontrolled diabetes. “Mellitus” is Latin for “honey” or “sweet,” a name added when physicians discovered that the urine from people with diabetes is sweet with glucose.h
  2. Scientists predict that there may be 30 million new cases of diabetes in China alone by 2025.a
  3. The earliest recorded mention of a disease that can be recognized as diabetes is found in the Ebers papyrus (1500 B.C.), which includes directions for several mixtures that could “remove the urine, which runs too often.”a
  4. The name “diabetes” is attributed to the famed Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia who practiced in the first century A.D. He believed that diabetes was caused by snakebite.a
  5. William Cullen (1710-1790), a professor of chemistry and medicine in Scotland, is responsible for adding the term “mellitus” (“sweet” or “honey-like”) to the word diabetes.a
  6. In 1889, Oskar Minkowski (1858-191931) discovered the link between diabetes and the pancreas (pan – “all” + kreas – “flesh) when a dog from which he removed the pancreas developed diabetes.a
  7. Insulin was coined from the Latin insula (“island”) because the hormone is secreted by the Islets of Langerhans in the pancreas.i
  8. Before the discovery of insulin, surgeons rarely operated on diabetic patients with gangrene because the patients typically would not heal and would inevitably die. On occasion, an area of gangrene would “auto-amputate,” meaning it would dry up and fall off.a
  9. Before the discovery of insulin in 1921, physicians would often put their patients on starvation or semi-starvation diets, recommending they eat only foods such as oatmeal.a
Obesity has led to a dramatic increase in Type 2 diabetes
  1. Approximately 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are obese.c

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Peter J. Powers, a high school friend whom Rudolph W. Giuliani recruited to impose order on his chaotic novice mayoral campaign and later installed as his even-tempered alter ego to manage New York City’s government, died on Thursday in the Bronx. He was 72. The cause was complications of lung cancer, Mr. Giuliani said. Mr. Powers, who lived in Manhattan, died at Calvary Hospital Hospice.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: What Really Happened in the O.J. Trial: “Without Notes TV Interview Show” ————-

TED Talks: Our Unhealthy Obsession with Choice
“We face an endless string of choices, which leads us to feel anxiety, guilt and pangs of inadequacy that we are perhaps making the wrong ones. But philosopher Renata Salecl asks: Could individual choices be distracting us from something bigger – our power as social thinkers? A bold call for us to stop taking personal choice so seriously and focus on the choices we’re making collectively.”
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.” —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Western society is built on the assumption that people are fundamentally selfish. Machiavelliand Hobbes gave us influential philosophies built on human selfishness. Sigmund Freud gave us a psychology of selfishness. Children, he wrote, “are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.” Classical economics adopts a model that says people are primarily driven by material self-interest. Political science assumes that people are driven to maximize their power. But this worldview is clearly wrong. In real life, the push of selfishness is matched by the pull of empathy and altruism. This is not Hallmark card sentimentalism but scientific fact: As babies our neural connections are built by love and care. We have evolved to be really good at cooperation and empathy. We are strongly motivated to teach and help others. As Matthieu Ricardnotes in his rigorous book “Altruism,” if an 18-month-old sees a man drop a clothespin she will move to pick it up and hand it back to him within five seconds, about the same amount of time it takes an adult to offer assistance. If you reward a baby with a gift for being kind, the propensity to help will decrease, in some studies by up to 40 percent.


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