LBN – Special Report – Friday, May 26th, 2017

*Gianforte Apologizes for Body-Slamming Reporter

After claiming victory in a special election for Montana’s U.S. House seat on Thursday night, Republican Greg Gianforteapologized for body-slamming a Guardian reporter a day earlier. Speaking after he won about 50 percent of the vote, Gianforte said he “learned a lesson” after the incident with reporter Ben Jacobs, who he reportedly grabbed by the neck and slammed to the ground. “Last night I made a mistake,” Gianforte said. “I should not have responded in the way that I did and for that I’m sorry. I should not have treated that reporter that way and for that, I am sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs,” he said. Gianforte’s campaign had claimed the reporter had provoked the violent reaction with aggressive behavior, and the tech executive faces assault charges over the incident. He is due to appear in court before June 7 and faces jail time of as much as six months on the charges.

*LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan as NBA’s All-Time Playoffs Scorer

LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader, after scoring 35 points against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. The Cleveland Cavaliers claimed their third consecutive Eastern Conference title and a ticket to the NBA Finals with a 135-102 win over the Celtics. James earned his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals and reached 5,989 career playoff points—just past Jordan’s 5,987. “I’ve always told you guys, any time I’m linked to any of the greats and even the greatest in Mike, it’s an honor,” James said Thursday morning amid speculation he’d be on par with Jordan. “It’s a tribute to what I’ve been able to do with this game,” he told ESPN.

*Budget Director: ‘Big Bird’ Is a Fat Cat, ‘Makes More than Everybody In This Room’:

Big Bird doesn’t need taxpayer handouts, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday. Testifying before the House Budget Committee Wednesday, Mulvaney defended the elimination of taxpayer funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting required by the White House’s budget proposal. Mulvaney said he’s got nothing against “Sesame Street” and that he even watched it as a child: “Regarding the public broadcasting, look, I mean, my mom tells me I saw the very first ‘Sesame Street.’ Okay. In fact, I was curious that there’s a printer in the back room here with Bert’s picture on it. They’ve, evidently, named the printers here, Ernie and Bert.” But, Big Bird is doing “extraordinarily well,” so he can support himself – and, in fact, makes more than any of the congressmen who want to keep taking money from American families in order to pad his wallet: “It’s a for-profit corporation. And, it does extraordinarily well. I don’t know if Henson Associates is owned by Disney, has a license agreement with Disney. “I can assure you Big Bird makes more money than everybody in this room.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to new research, the age women claim to have the best and most fulfilling sex is actually 36.

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Researchers have noted that infants who had early accelerated head growth were at risk for autism.
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*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Chris Cornell babbled incoherently and ranted about “blowing” his voice to his wife in the moments leading up to his suicide in a Detroit hotel room, according to a new report. The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, 52, was slurring when he last spoke with his wife,Vicky, 30 minutes before he hanged himself last week, TMZ reported Friday. Vicky recalled the odd conversation to friends and family, according to TMZ, telling them that she believed Cornell had done drugs other than the two Ativan, an anti-anxiety drug, he claimed he took.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Bob Dylan – Blood In My Eyes- — In 1993, Bob Dylan released his twenty-ninth studio album, World Gone Wrong, a solo acoustic album of blues and folk classics. Watch the official music video of ‘Blood In My Eyes’ now. —- https://youtu.be/nz542iQchN4 .

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that seven (7) members of staff of Michael’s Restaurant in NYC read LBN daily?

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jon Hamm seeing “Sweat” on Broadway in NYC.   ***Colin Jost at Answer the Call’s 5th Annual Red & Blue Soiree at the Bowery Hotel in NYC.   ***Bill Murray teeing off in a “plaid ensemble, hot pink gloves, and a floral bucket hat” at the Dean & Deluca Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.   *Matt Lauer chatting with former NYPD Commish Bill Brattonand wife Rikki Klieman at Elio’s in NYC on Wednesday, whileJon Corzine had a cocktail at the bar.   ***“LOGAN” star Boyd Holbrook signing bottles of fragrance Diesel Bad at the Viceroy Hotel in NYC.   ***Entrepreneur Sandy Arntzen having dinner last night at the popular Coral Tree Café in Brentwood, CA.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”  —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Jerry Perenchio, an entertainment mogul who promoted the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier heavyweight championship fight in 1971, produced television shows withNorman Lear and turned Univision into the dominant Hispanic TV network in the United States, died on Tuesday at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 86. The cause was lung cancer, a family spokeswoman said.

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

HowStuffWorks: 5 Everyday Things You Can Do to Keep Your Computer Healthy
“In this article, we’ll look at the best ways to keep your machine working smoothly and quickly without breaking your budget – or causing more problems as you learn.”

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes” with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 2: The American Dream — https://youtu.be/xjCOe2TTw6U .

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas E. Ricks: On the morning of May 10, 1940, having been informed that the Germans had begun invading Holland and Belgium, and knowing he likely would take office later that day, Churchill breakfasted on fried eggs and bacon, and then enjoyed a cigar. It was a hearty meal for an aging man on shaky ground. He was 65 years old, at a time of life when many people then retired. Instead, after decades of striving, he was on the verge of achieving his lifelong ambition to be the prime minister of Great Britain. It would be an extraordinary day. His first meeting was at six o’clock that morning, with the ministers of war and air. At seven, there was another meeting, of the Military Co-ordination Committee. The full War Cabinet met at eight at the prime minister’s residence, reviewing the forlorn state of affairs—Germany was bombing Belgium and northern France, German paratroopers were landing in Belgium, British fighter squadrons were being moved to France. The HMS Kelly had been torpedoed off Belgium. Given all this, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s first thought was that he should remain in office until the crisis passed. A message arrived later that morning atChurchill’s office: “Mr. Chamberlain was inclined to feel that the great battle which had broken upon us made it necessary for him to remain at his post.” No, came the response from Churchill’s allies: The crisis made it all the more urgent that Chamberlain give way to a new national government.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: America has always been a divided, sprawling country, but for most of its history it was held together by a unifying national story. As I noted a couple of months ago, it was an Exodus story. It was the story of leaving the oppressions of the Old World, venturing into a wilderness and creating a new promised land. In this story, America was the fulfillment of human history, the last best hope of earth. That story rested upon an amazing level of national self-confidence. It was an explicitly Judeo-Christian story, built on a certain view of God’s providential plan. But that civic mythology no longer unifies. American confidence is in tatters and we live in a secular culture. As a result, we’re suffering through a national identity crisis. Different groups see themselves living out different national stories and often feel they are living in different nations.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by John Densmore (Drummer of The Doors): Former President Bill Clinton is very eloquent about saxophonist John Coltrane in the new documentary “Chasing Trane” because he’s been there. Not that the prez is the Prez (Lester Young’s nickname) … far from it, but Bill did learn how to operate a tenor saxophone. You see, if you’re a layperson and haven’t picked up a musical instrument, or a tennis racket for that matter, you don’t physically understand what it takes to make that shot or play that riff. It takes a tremendous amount of time learning the craft. And in doing so … you pay. Physically, you pay … and pay … and pay. Every job has an occupational hazard, whether you’re jackhammering on a roadway, or playing violin. Some part of your body (or several) has to “take” that constant over-and-over impact. Sandy Koufax had several operations on that gifted, left-handed pitching arm. Ravi Shankar admitted that his spine was twisted into a knot from years of sitting in front of that sitar. Freddie Hubbard knocked many years off his life not pacing himself channeling air into that tiny trumpet mouthpiece.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ****Sophia Bush is hanging up her badge and gun and packing up that winter parka. In other words, Bush is leaving Chicago PD after four seasons. The season four finale of Chicago PD featured Bush’s character, Det. Erin Lindsay, getting a job offer with the FBI in New York. Bush has been with the show, a spinoff of Chicago Fire, since the start.   ***“Will & Grace” diva Debra Messing issued a long list of banned items she is allergic to before gracing a magazine event in Manhattan. Messing dished out details of an array of allergies before attending Tuesday’s bash for Haute Living at hip Soho restaurant Mamo. She appears on the cover of the magazine’s latest issue. Messing’s unpalatable roll call includes, “Food allergies: Debra is allergic to ALL WHITE FISH, chicken, mushrooms, gluten, dairy, butter (except feta and goat cheese). Debra does not eat game, beans, yogurt, broccoli, cauliflower. She is lactose intolerant. She cannot have cheese or milk (only coconut milk).”The list continues, “Additional Allergies: Debra is allergic to wool, cats, cashmere, down feathers, flowers and gabardine [a type of woven cloth]. The only flower she is not allergic to is orchids.”

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