LBN – Special Report – Monday

*Ex-FB Workers ‘Sqaushed’ Conservative News

An ex-Facebook employee said several workers regularly quashed conservative news stories in the “trending” list on the social-media site, Gizmodo reports. Stories about Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and others were kept from appearing in the news section despite the fact that they were actually trending, the source told a reporter. Others were allegedly asked to put other stories into the section despite their actual performance. The report contradicts Facebook’s consistent claims that the list is solely made up of “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.”

*Afghanistan Hangs 6 Taliban Prisoners

Afghan officials hanged six Taliban inmates as a part of a crackdown following a Kabul attack last month that left 64 people dead. The condemned, which included two Taliban members accused of killings of two senior government officials, “perpetrated grave crimes against civilians and public security,” the presidential palace said Sunday. One inmate staged a suicide attack on President Burhanuddin Rabbani in 2011 while a second prisoner was involved in the 2009 assassination of Abdullah Laghmani, the deputy chief of the Afghan National Directorate of Security. The executions follow last month’s suicide bombing in Kabul, in which President Ashraf Ghani vowed a tougher response to insurgent attacks.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Illegal immigrant households receive an average of $5,692 in federal welfare benefits every year, far more than the average “native” American household, at $4,431, according to a new report on the cost of immigration released Monday. The Center for Immigration Studies, in an analysis of federal cost figures, found that all immigrant-headed households — legal and illegal — receive an average of $6,241 in welfare, 41 percent more than native households. As with Americans receiving benefits such as food stamps and cash, much of the welfare to immigrants supplements their low wage jobs. The total cost is over $103 billion in welfare benefits to households headed by immigrants. A majority, 51 percent, of immigrant households receive some type of welfare compared to 30 percent of native households, said the analysis of Census data.

*WHO READS LBN? Artist Alex Katz

*Trump: Higher Taxes on the Rich Under Me

Donald Trump said he believes that even though his proposals would include cuts, taxes on the wealthy would likely go up during his hypothetical presidency. “On my plan they’re going down. But by the time it’s negotiated, they’ll go up,” the presumptive GOP nominee said Sunday on ABC’s This Week. “I’d like to get [lowered taxes] and we’ll fight for it, but from a practical standpoint, it’s going to get renegotiated. And in my opinion, the taxes for the rich will go up somewhat.” The alleged billionaire added that he is willing to pay a higher rate: “I am willing to pay more. And you know what? Wealthy are willing to pay more. We’ve had a very good run.”


*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: **Tonight’s “City Talk” conversation series welcomes radio icon Norm Pattiz as their guest of honor tonight in the private room of the elite Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.  **Variety unveils a redesign on Tuesday.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Episode 1 of the Linda Deutsch “Without Notes” TV show. Award-winning AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch discusses the beginning of her career and her experience covering the 196 civil rights march and MLK’s “I have a dream” speech.— Click here.


1. Earthquakes kill approximately 8,000 people each year and have caused an estimated 13 million deaths in the past 4,000 years.d
The moment magnitude scale (MMS) replaced the 1930s-era Richter scale in the 1970s as the method of measuring the size of earthquakes in terms of energy released.

2. In Japan mythology, a giant catfish called Namazu is responsible for earthquakes.

3. The Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004 generated enough energy to power all the homes and businesses in the United States for three days.

4. Aftershocks occur because the displaced fault line and crust are adjusting to the effects of the main earthquake. Larger earthquakes can have aftershocks that last for years.

5. Shock waves produced by Rayleigh waves or waves that roll through the Earth’s surface—in contrast to side-to-side waves or Love waves—can travel far enough upward to cause a disturbance in the ionosphere. The ionosphere is the layer of Earth’s atmosphere about 50-300 miles (80-480 km) above Earth’s surface.

6. Parkfield, California, is known as “The Earthquake Capital of the World” and has a bridge that spans two tectonic plates.

7. Earthquakes are mostly caused by geological faults, but they can also be caused by landslides, nuclear testing, mine tests, and volcanic activity.

8. The “focus” or “hypocenter” is the earthquake’s initial point of rupture. Its “epicenter” is the point at ground level above the hypocenter.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***As promised, Radiohead have released A Moon Shaped Pool, the band’s much anticipated ninth studio album and the follow-up to their 2011 LP The King of Limbs. Check out the band’s new A Moon Shaped Pool site for streaming and downloading links.   ***Bruce Springsteenand the E Street Band are returning to America this summer for a mixture of stadium, arena and amphitheater dates as part of their ongoing River tour. It kicks off August 23rd with a two-night stand at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and wraps up September 14th at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, though it’s possible more dates will be added.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Katie Couric and Jennifer Westfeldt at Zuma in NYC.   ***WILL.I.AM and Rita Ora dining separately at Philippe in NYC.   ***Chris Cuomo at A.G. Kitchen on Columbus Avenue in NYC.   ***“American Sniper” star Bradley Cooper at Juice Press on West 22nd Street in NYC.  ***Mario Lopez at American Cut in Midtown in NYC.   *** Stephen Hawking at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.   ***Barry Levinson and former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly seeingJames Toback’s lost documentary, “The Big Bang,” at the Metrograph cinema in NYC.   ***Keith Urban performing a private 90-minute show at Stage 48.   ***Roger Waters at an Institute for Middle East Understanding gala at Capitale in NYC.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Howard Garfinkel, who changed the landscape of college and professional basketball through an innovative high school scouting service and a celebrated instructional camp that helped groom top young players like Michael Jordan and LeBron James, as well as a roster of now-renowned coaches, died on Saturday in his native Manhattan. He was 86. The cause was complications of lung cancer, said a spokesman at Mount Sinai West Hospital, where Garfinkel died.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: The Republican Party is trapped between a rock and huckster. Now that all of their other presidential candidates have dropped out of the race, Donald Trump is the last demagogue standing. He is their presumptive nominee. Their party belongs to him. It’s a YUUGE … disaster.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Truly, Donald Trump knows nothing. He is more ignorant about policy than you can possibly imagine, even when you take into account the fact that he is more ignorant than you can possibly imagine. But his ignorance isn’t as unique as it may seem: In many ways, he’s just doing a clumsy job of channeling nonsense widely popular in his party, and to some extent in the chattering classes more generally. Last week the presumptive Republican presidential nominee — hard to believe, but there it is — finally revealed his plan to make America great again. Basically, it involves running the country like a failing casino: he could, he asserted, “make a deal” with creditors that would reduce the debt burden if his outlandish promises of economic growth don’t work out.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The supermodel wife of Adam Levine has told the wild rocker: “Just Say No” to his love of marijuana. Five-months-pregnant Behati Prinsloo has put her pretty foot down, demanding the Maroon 5 frontman crush those butts for the sake of their soon-to-be newborn. “Adam has been smoking pot since his teens, so it’s a long habit for him,” a friend dished. “But Behati said it’s time to grow up … she needs him sharp, not stoned. Adam has agreed that he needs to give it up — but it does worry him a little bit!”

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