LBN – Special Report – Monday

LBN – Special Report – Monday

Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign released a statement Sunday night announcing the Republican presidential candidate will focus his efforts on Indiana and allow rival Gov. John Kasich to devote his resources in Oregon and New Mexico. “Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans,” the statement said. “To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead.” The Ohio governor’s campaign confirmed Kasich is ceding Indiana to Cruz, and refocusing efforts in Oregon and New Mexico.

Mexico ‘Blocked’ Student Massacre Probe:

A panel of independent investigators tasked with probing the 2014 apparent massacre of 43 student teachers in Iguala concluded Sunday that the Mexican government had actively stonewalled its progress. During a press conference, the international experts cast doubt on the federal government’s official story: that municipal police in Guerrero state collaborated with a local drug gang to kidnap and incinerate the victims at a garbage dump. While local police seemed to have assisted in the massacre, the probe revealed, federal police should also be investigated. In addition, the panel suggested, the “incineration” theory is scientifically impossible given the heat required to fully reduce 43 bodies to ash. Since the panel convened in January, they reportedly hit roadblocks with the Mexican government—which claims to have been fully cooperative—including withheld evidence and a lack of access to key potential witnesses.

Cleveland to Pay Tamir Rice Family $6M

The City of Cleveland has settled a federal lawsuit brought by the family of Tamir Rice for $6 million, it was announced Monday. Rice, 12, was shot dead by a police officer in 2014 within seconds of responding to an erroneous report of a male threatening people in a park with a gun. Rice was in fact holding an Airsoft gun that looked like a pistol. Prosecutors declined to charge Officer Timothy Loehmann for Rice’s death.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately 130,000 computers are thrown out every day in the U.S. Over 100 million cell phones are thrown out annually.

Prince No. 1 on Billboard Top 200 Chart

Prince’s albums The Very Best of Prince and Purple Rain topped the Billboard 200 albums chart almost immediately following the rock and R&B legend’s untimely death at age 57. After the Purple One passed away Thursday—the final day of that week’s album-sales tracking—fans rushed to purchase enough of his music in just a half-day that the aforementioned records qualified for the two highest-selling albums of the week. The Very Best ranked No. 1 with 179,000 units sold, and his 1984 soundtrack Purple Rain sold 69,000 units. Additionally, Prince’s 1993 box set The Hits/The B-Sides entered the top 10 with 41,000 units sold. According to Billboard, the late singer’s massive posthumous sales come not just as a reflection of his popularity but also of his music’s limited availability for streaming online.

Obama to Send 250 More Troops to Syria

President Barack Obama is expected Monday to announce plans to send an additional 250 troops to Syria to support local forces in the battle against ISIS. The deployment will boost the number of U.S. forces in Syria to about 300, with most coming from special-operations forces, the AP reports. The group will also include medical and logistical personnel. Obama is expected to make the announcement in Hanover, Germany, where he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the Syria crisis. The two leaders will meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renziafter his speech. The Wall Street Journal first reported Obama’s decision on Sunday.

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Manziel Indicted in Family-Violence Case

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was indicted on a misdemeanor assault charge, a person in the district attorney’s office told WFAA-TV. The announcement is expected to be formally announced Monday, the person said, on condition of anonymity. Manziel’s family-violence case was heard by a Dallas County grand jury Thursday. He was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, in Dallas in January. In the wake of Manziel’s domestic-violence case, the former Heisman Trophy winner has been dropped by two agents in two months, and was accused of causing more than $30,000 in damage at a Los Angeles home during a party this month.


LBN-NOTICED:   ***Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and wife Beth, dined Saturday night with legendary “Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Fall Guy” star Lee Majors and his wife, Faith, at the Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC to celebrate Majors’ 77th birthday. The Majors are in town to be honored at the St. Christopher’s Inn annual dinner gala on Wednesday night at Gotham Hall. The Ailes are serving as the honorary co-chairs.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: San Francisco, America’s boom town, is flooded with the cash of well-paid technology workers and record numbers of tourists. At the same time, the city has seen a sharp jump in property crime, up more than 60 percent since 2010, though the actual increase may be higher because many of the crimes go unreported. Recent data from the F.B.I. show that San Francisco has the highest per-capita property crime rate of the nation’s top 50 cities. About half the cases here are thefts from vehicles, smash-and-grabs that scatter glittering broken glass onto the sidewalks.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and “Philadelphia Soul” classic “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died Sunday. Paul, whose career spanned for more than 60 years, died at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey, his co-manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press. Paul, 80, had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer, Gay said.    ***L.A.. radio station KPCC posted a little while ago that Steve Julian has died. Julian went public last fall with his diagnosis of advanced stage brain cancer. Since then, he and his wife, Felicia Friesema, have keep friends and fans in the loop with regular posts about the progression of the disease and their attempts to cope with his nearing death. Julian had been off the air since November. Julian, the morning news host at KPCC since 2000, was the best friend of longtime KPCC host Larry Mantle.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – : In 1969, just under half of American children walked or biked to school. By 2009, the walkers and bikers have dropped to 13%. Because the school bell coincides with rush hour, the shift to driving home from school adds to traffic at the worst possible time of day.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Star of HBO’s “Vinyl” James Jaggermarried artist Anoushka Sharma in England, at a ceremony attended by his family including his father Mick Jagger and his mother Jerry Hall. James formally wed Anoushka at Cornwell Manor in Oxfordshire this past weekend, after the pair reportedly tied the knot in a private ceremony on top of a hill in the Catskills last September.

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