LBN- Special Report- Monday

*Donald Trump, Shifting Immigration Tone, Stresses a ‘Fair’ Approach:
Donald J. Trump, tempering the tone of his hard-line approach to tackling immigration reform, said on Monday that he wants tocome up with a plan that is “really fair” to address the millions of undocumented immigrants now in the country. The softer comments from Mr. Trump, who is planning a major immigration speech this week, follow months of vows to build a wall along the southern United States border with Mexico and deport immigrants who have entered the country illegally. The strategy was a centerpiece of the platform that helped propel Mr. Trump to winning the Republican presidential nomination. Asked on Fox News if he was flip-flopping on his immigration ideas, Mr. Trump insisted that he still intends to be “strong” while emphasizing the importance of fairness.

*Trump Threatens to Expose Joe Scarborough’s ‘Real Story’:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to attack MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. The real-estate mogul and onetime “friend” of the political talk-show stars threatened to expose Scarborough’s alleged “long-time” relationship with “insecure” Brzezinski, saying that after everything “calms down” he’ll tell the “real story.” Earlier this summer, Brzezinski finalized her divorce from ex-husband James Hoffer, a WABC reporter, further fueling speculation that she would go public with an alleged relationship with Scarborough. Trump’s tweets seemingly came in response to a Monday morning segment in which Brzezinski mocked his recent Virginia speech as “the most impolite delivery I’ve ever seen,” at one point joking that he was belting “like he’s had a lot to drink.”


*Islamist: Sorry I Wrecked Heritage Site:

For the first time on record, an International Criminal Court defendant has entered a guilty plea to war crimes. Islamist extremist Ahmad al-Mahdi on Monday admitted to destroying religious monuments in the Mali’s Timbuktu and apologized for the attacks on the holy sites. Mahdi, who led a group of al Qaeda-linked fighters in destroying 14 of the ancient city’s 16 mausoleums in 2012 in an attack on symbols of “idolatry,” stood before judges in The Hague to enter his plea “with deep regret and great pain.” The structures were on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Mahdi urged other Muslims not to pursue similar destruction. “They are not going to lead to any good for humanity,” he said. The trial is also the first to pursue the eradication of cultural artifacts as a war crime.

*WHO READS LBN? Singer Frank Ocean:

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Medivation, which makes treatments for prostate and breast cancers, has finally found its buyer in a fellow American drug maker, Pfizer. Pharmaceutical companies from all over the world placed bids for Medivation in an auction after it rebuffed an offer by the French drug maker Sanofi. On Monday, Pfizer said that it had prevailed, with a $14 billion agreement to acquire Medivation, representing about $81.50 a share in cash.   ***Speedo drops sponsorship of Olympian Ryan Lochte, donating $50,000 portion of Lochte’s fee to children in Brazil.   ***The net worth of the world’s richest person, Bill Gates hit an all-time high of $90 billion on Friday, fueled by gains in public holdings including Canadian National Railway Company and Ecolab Inc. Gates’s fortune is now $13.5 billion bigger than that of the world’s second-wealthiest person, Spanish retail mogul Amancio Ortega, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. At $90 billion, the Microsoft Corp. co-founder’s net worth is equal to 0.5 percent of U.S. GDP.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Chris Hardwick and Lydia Hearst are married. The “Talking Dead” host, 44, and the publishing heiress and model, 31, wed at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday.   ***Entertainment attorney Michael London outside Starbucks at the Beverly Glen Center in Bel Air, California.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dr. Donald A. Henderson, a leader of one of mankind’s greatest public health triumphs, the eradication of smallpox, died on Friday in Towson, Md. He was 87. Dr. Henderson, who lived in Baltimore, died in a hospice of complications of a hip fracture, including infection with antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus, a dangerous pathogen he had himself researched and raised alarms about, said his daughter, Leigh Henderson.

*UNIQUELY, LBN: Zara and Harry, two (2) LBN readers from St. Paul, Minnesota.


  1. The human brain weighs approximately 3.0 pounds. Human skin (all three layers) weighs approximately 20 pounds, intestines 7.5 pounds (large intestine: 4.0 lbs., small intestine: 3.5 lbs.), lungs 5 pounds (2.5 lbs. each), the liver 3.2 pounds, and the heart 0.6 pounds.
  2. Déjà vu (French for “already seen”) has never been fully explained, though some scientists believe that a neurological glitch causes an experience to be registered in the memory before reaching consciousness.
In 1955, Einstein’s brain was preserved for research
  1. Albert Einstein’s brain was removed within seven hours of his death by Princeton pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey (1912-2007). Harvey sectioned the preserved brain into 240 blocks and removed the eyes and gave them away. He kept pieces of the brain for himself and gave other pieces to other prominent pathologists. He was fired from Princeton Hospital because he refused to return the brain. Other brains that have been preserved include German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, Vladimir Lenin, and the Native American Ishi.
  2. While Einstein’s brain weighed 1,230 grams, which is within normal human range, the brain had no parietal operculum in either hemisphere and had an enlarged Sylvan fissure. Certain parts of his brain also had more glial cells in relation to neurons.
  3. A mother’s illness may severely affect fetal brain cells; studies suggest that influenza or malnutrition during pregnancy may be associated with the development of schizophrenia. Damage to developing cells may also occur from maternal smoking and drinking, prenatal exposure to chemicals, or excess heat.
  4. The brain takes the longest of any organ to develop and goes through more changes than any other organ.
  5. A UCLA study found that both Caucasians and African Americans have similar brain activity when seeing photographs of African Americans. Both races showed more activity in the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with alarm, when shown expressionless photographs of African Americans than when they were shown expressionless photographs of Caucasians.
  6. What appears as random bursts of light when people hit their heads is actually caused by a jolt to the brain cells responsible for vision. Stars most often appear following a blow to the back of the head because that is the location of the visual cortex.
  7. A human brain is 75% water and has the consistency of tofu or gelatin.
  8. The human brain consists of approximately 100 billion neurons (which is as many cells as there are stars in the Milky Way). Each neuron has somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 synapses, equaling about 1 quadrillion synapses. If all the neurons in the human brain were lined up, they would stretch 600 miles. As a comparison, an octopus has 300,000 neurons, a honeybee has 950,000, and a jellyfish has no brain at all.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by JOHN KASICH:  Two decades ago, Republicans and Democrats in Congress came together to make historic changes to our nation’s welfare program, working to strike the right balance between helping people in need while setting standards for personal responsibility. Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed their bill into law, famously declaring, “Today, we are ending welfare as we know it.” Many people in both parties will look at this anniversary as a reason to celebrate one of the greatest legislative achievements of the 1990s. But I’m here to tell you that it didn’t work — our welfare system still isn’t doing what it’s supposed to. I should know. In 1996, as a Republican representative from Ohio and the chairman of the House Budget Committee, I was proud to be part of the bipartisan team that overhauled our federal welfare system. These reforms, for the first time, introduced personal accountability into the welfare equation and began moving America down a better path by imposing lifetime limits on cash benefits, requiring recipients to work or get training and giving flexibility to states in shaping their own welfare programs to meet their particular needs. But today, it’s clear that our welfare system is still deeply flawed, thanks in part to later changes from Washington. In 2005, Congress pulled power back from the states, reducing local flexibility by enforcing a one-size-fits-all approach that sets arbitrary time limits on education and training for people seeking sustainable employment. As a result, too many lives are thrown away by a rigid and counterproductive system that treats an individual as a number, not as a person who is desperate to gain new skills and opportunities in life.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The ring is still on. On Sunday, Lindsay Lohan flaunted her dazzling emerald engagement ring on Instagram — but on her right ring finger. Lohan, 30, who called off her engagement to fiancé Egor Tarabasov earlier this summer, has been wearing her gorgeous gemstone despite two well-documented blowouts with her former beau.   ***Eddie Murphy says he refused cocaine from John Belushi and Robin Williams. He told the Hollywood Reporter, “[John] Belushi and Robin Williams offered me some blow and I didn’t take it,” and claims Belushi called him a “tight-ass.”

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