LBN- Special Report- Friday

*Vicious Fight for Mosul Now ‘Street to Street’:

The fight for Mosul heated up Friday as Iraqi forces announced they had recaptured six districts in the eastern portion of the city occupied by ISIS militants. According to the military’s statement, government forces took back from ISIS the neighborhoods of Malayeen, Samah, Khadra, Karkukli, Quds, and Karama. According to multiple reports, Iraqi forces struck ISIS early in the morning, sending the militant group’s ambulatory units scrambling to extricate their wounded and dead from the battle. In return, militants were able to destroy a U.S.-made M1 Abrams tank being used by the government forces. One Iraqi soldier described to CNN the “crazy resistance” put up by ISIS fighters, with army convoys encountering heavy fire from suicide vehicle bombs, RPGs, and heavy machine guns. Anti-ISIS forces entered the city’s limits Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years and on Thursday the jihadis’ leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released a message warning militants against any retreat, calling for “total war,” including the use of suicide explosions. Officials have warned that the battle to retake Mosul could end up being fought as a brutal “street to street” war. Mosul, with a population of 1.5 million, is the largest Iraqi city under ISIS control, and will likely become the scene of urban warfare as the U.S.-backed forces push further into the city’s center, and ISIS militants reportedly begin using citizens as human shields.

*Giuliani: Obama Must Promise Not to Pardon Hillary Clinton:

President Obama must promise the American people that he will not pardon Hillary Clinton for any crime she might be charged with, regardless of “whether she’s elected or not,” according to top Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani. Appearing late Thursday on Fox News’s Hannity, the former mayor of New York City revealed “Rudy’s list”—a rundown of specific crimes he believes the Democratic nominee could be charged with, including bribery, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury. Asked by Sean Hannity—a prominent Trump booster—whether he believes Clinton will get away from the latest FBI investigation into her private email server without any indictment, Giuliani said, “No way. There’s one way. If in his lame-duck status Obama gives her a pardon. And he should promise the American people that he will not give her a pardon whether she’s elected or not elected.”

*Sting to Headline Bataclan’s First Show Since Attack:

Sting is set to headline the first concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris since it became the focal point of the terror attacks that killed 130 people across the city one year ago. The British rock star will perform the concert on Nov. 12, the night before the deadly siege’s one-year anniversary. A total of 89 people werekilled, and hundreds of others were injured in the theater when three men, armed with rifles and explosives, stormed the venue during an Eagles of Death Metal concert, firing into the crowd and killing those trapped by the chaos. “In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile. First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theater represents,” Sting said in a statement. “In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life-affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them.” The Bataclan itself released a statement of hope for the theater’s future as a leading music venue rather than a symbol of tragedy. Since the bloody attacks, the theater has been entirely refurbished.

*San Francisco Sues Developer of ‘Sinking’ Tower:

The City of San Francisco is filing a lawsuit against the developer of the “sinking” Millennium Tower, claiming it knew the building was sinking and tilting, but did not tell condominium buyers who spent millions of dollars on luxury residences. Since its construction and completion eight years ago, the 58-story tower has sunk 16 inches into soft soil at its base, and has a slight tilt. The developer, Mission Street Development, has made hundreds of millions of dollars selling the luxury condo units. “They went ahead and sold condominiums for a handsome profit without telling the buyers about the situation,” a resident of the building told The New York Times. “This is every homeowner’s worst nightmare.” A spokesman for Mission Street says the claims in the lawsuit have “no merit” and that the sinking was caused by the construction of a nearby rail station, which removed water from the ground. “The city attorney’s action today has nothing to do with protecting public safety, the building, or its residents,” the spokesman said.

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*Michael Bublé’s 3-year-old son diagnosed with cancer:

Michael Bublé‘s 3-year-old son, Noah, has been diagnosed with cancer, the singer announced Friday. “We are devastated about the recent cancer diagnosis of our oldest son Noah who is currently undergoing treatment in the US. We have always been very vocal about the importance of family and the love we have for our children. Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well,” the singer, 41, said in a statement via Facebook.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***To explain their infatuation with Trader Joe’s, fans of the offbeat grocery chain typically cite three factors: low prices, an appealing selection of high-end products and, perhaps above all, irrepressibly friendly employees. The company’s workers are urged to walk customers to any item they couldn’t locate, tear open bags of food for impromptu tastings and accept returns with no questions asked. That they go the additional step of doing it all with a smile is no accident. John Shields, the longtime chief executive who died two years ago and had personally interviewed prospective managers, once said he eliminated any candidate who didn’t flash a grin within 30 seconds. Trader Joe’s also backed up its preference for cheerfulness with cash. Workplace experts have praised the company for its “good jobs” strategy of offering generous pay and benefits and recouping the cost through lower turnover and higher sales.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***China’s Dalian Wanda Group announced on Friday its $1 billion acquisition of Dick Clark Productions, the TV company that produces the Golden Globes and the “Miss America” pageant. One of China’s most important conglomerates, Wanda already owns AMC Theatresand bought Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion in January. It also announced a movie partnership in September with Sony Pictures.   ***International comedy sensation Ismosigned with Michael Levine Media for media and branding representation. Levine’s P.R firm represented countlesscomedian super-stars including George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison, among others.   ***Jason Momoa, who will continue to play the DC superhero in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League and his stand-alone Aquaman movie, has moved from APA to WME. The actor first rose to stardom with his role on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, and he also starred on TV series The Red Road. He will soon be seen in Netflix and Discovery Canada’s upcoming action-thriller series Frontier.


*LBN-NOTICED:   ***It appears that Ryan Phillippe is already getting back into single-guy mode. The day before news broke that he’d reportedly split with fiancée Paulina Slagter, the actor was spotted flying solo at a party for his cover of TV Guide Magazine in Beverly Hills. The hunky “Shooter” star looked to be in “good spirits” at Wednesday night’s soiree, a spy said, as he mingled with mag publisher Paul Turcotte and editorial director Nerina Rammairone at Riviera 31 at the Sofitel Los Angeles.   ***Lin-Manuel Miranda seeing “Spamilton,” the spoof of his “Hamilton,” a second time.   ***Michael Cerawaiting for the F train at Bergen Street in Brooklyn. ***Woody Allen at Avra Madison in NYC.   **Coco Rocha at Electric Lady Studios celebrating Brad Walsh’s “Six Infinite” album.   ***The Giants’ Rashad Jennings holding a charity benefit class at The Fhitting Room in NYC.   ***RuPaul showing up backstage at “Kinky Boots”.   ***Despite getting “flirty” with Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton on Halloween, tennis champ Serena Williams was out a night later with her ex-boyfriend Common, spies said. A tipster said Williams and the rapper/actor were at Chinese eatery RedFarm on the Upper West Side at 11 p.m. on Tuesday.   **Best-selling author Lynda Resnick having lunch yesterday with friend N.Y. Times columnist David Brooks at Café Boulard.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Kay Starr, the self-described hillbilly singer who crisscrossed jazz, country, pop, blues and rock ’n’ roll in the 1950s with hits like “Wheel of Fortune” and “Rock and Roll Waltz,” died on Thursday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94. The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, her daughter and only immediate survivor, Katherine Yardley, said.   ***Miriam Weinstein, the mother of the filmmakers Harvey and Bob Weinstein and an inspiration for the name of their first film company, Miramax, died on Wednesday at her home in Westport, Conn. She was 90. Her death was confirmed by a spokesman for the Weinstein Company.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Engaging in kinky sex may send you into an altered state of consciousness and even unlock your inner creativity, according to a new study. Using a small sample of participants from the kink-focused social network Fetlife, researchers investigated the mind-altering effects of BDSM – bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism. Not only were these activities found to produce two types of altered states, but research suggests BDSM also reduces psychological stress, improves moods, and increases sexual arousal.

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Iran Hostage Crisis Begins (1979)
In 1979, an Islamic revolutionary government overthrew Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi of Iran. When the exiled shah was admitted to the US for medical treatment, a crowd of about 500 seized the US embassy in Tehran, demanding the shah’s extradition. US President Jimmy Carter halted Iranian oil imports and froze Iranian assets, but his diplomatic initiatives proved fruitless, and a US rescue mission failed. Fifty-two hostages were held for 444 days until the end of the crisis in 1981.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: A few weeks ago I met a guy in Idaho who was absolutely certain that Donald Trump would win this election. He was wearing tattered, soiled overalls, missing a bunch of teeth and was unnaturally skinny. He was probably about 50, but his haggard face looked 70. He was getting by aimlessly as a handyman. I pointed to the polls and tried to persuade him that Hillary Clinton might win, but it was like telling him a sea gull could play billiards. Everybody he knows is voting Trump so his entire lived experience points to a Trump landslide. He was a funny, kind guy, but you got the impression his opportunities had been narrowed by forces outside his control. One of the mandates for the next president is to help improve the life stories of people like that. Trump speaks to this man’s situation and makes him feel heard. But when you think practically about which candidate could improve his life, it’s clear that Clinton is the bigger change agent.

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During high-comfort social interactions, our feet and legs will mirror those of the person with whom we are talking (also known as isopraxism).


*LBN-OVERHEARD:    ***Actress Susan Sarandon on Thursday tore into the Democratic National Committee (DNC), calling it “completely corrupt.” “After my experience in the primary, it’s very clear to me the DNC is gone,” she told CNN’s Carol Costello. “Every superdelegate is a lobbyist. The way that the system is set up in terms of trying of having superdelegates — you could win a state and not get the delegates. It’s crazy.”

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