LBN- Special Report- Monday

*Poll: Trump’s Voter-Enthusiasm Advantage Crumbles:

According to the latest tracking poll from ABC News, Donald Trump’s 12-point advantage in voter enthusiasm from early September has now crumbled to a 3-point deficit to rival Hillary Clinton. Entering the final stretch of the 2016 election season, 52 percent of Clinton supporters polled describe themselves as “very enthusiastic” about their choice—her highest level to date, up sharply from the 36 percent in surveys taken just after Labor Day. By contrast, 49 percent of Trump’s supporters can say the same about their enthusiasm for the reality-TV-star-turned-candidate. Additionally, the ABC News poll found, Clinton has improved in terms of “negative support”: 56 percent of her supporters say they will vote for her mainly to support her candidacy rather than to oppose Trump; whereas, 54 percent of Trump’s voters are motivated by opposition to Clinton.

*France Begins Clearing Calais ‘Jungle’ Migrant Camp:

French authorities have begun clearing out the so-called Junglemigrant camp at Calais, where 1,200 police and officials are working to remove at least 7,000 people from the squalid conditions. According to BBC News, the first 60 coach buses full of migrants left the camp as of Monday morning, transporting the people to various refugee centers across the country. When all migrants exit the camp, officials will begin dismantling it. The operation is expected to take three days. Calais, which has been the temporary home to many migrants attempting to make their way to the United Kingdom, became a flashpoint for protests by locals and truck operators as well as the site of many reports of violence. British officials have reportedly begun to accept some of the 1,300 unaccompanied minors that were staying at Calais.

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*Study Finds Youth Football May Affect Brain as Young as 8:

A study published Monday in the journal Radiology found the youngest football players, ages 8 to 13, who have shown no concussion symptoms still suffer changes associated with traumatic brain injury after just one year of playing. The subtle changes only became evident, however, when compared with brain scans taken before a child started to play football. Before and after the single season studied by researchers, the participating players underwent brain-imaging scans to detect tiny changes in the structure of white matter—neurons in the brain—which tell doctors about the effects of head trauma. After the season, the scans found, boys who had experienced more head impacts experienced more changes in the white-matter structures. “We aren’t out to destroy football, by any means,” lead co-researcher Joel Stitzel told The Atlantic. “This is the type of work that’s going to save and help football going forward.”

*Tom Hayden, Famed Liberal Activist, Dead at 76:

Iconic political activist Tom Hayden, who led progressive anti-war and civil-rights movements throughout his life, died Sunday at the age of 76. His wife confirmed the news to the Associated Press. Hayden had suffered from heart issues and had fallen ill while attending the Democratic National Convention in July. During his early years, Hayden was a founder of Students for a Democratic Society, a defendant in the trial of the Chicago Seven following riots at the 1968 DNC, and a protester for peace  who married fellow activist Jane Fonda. He later ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in California, in 1976, but lost to incumbent John V. Tunney; he eventually turned his attention to state politics and became a Democratic California assemblyman in 1982, serving for a decade before becoming a state senator from 1993-2000.

*Clinton Ally Helped Campaign of FBI Official’s Wife:

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an FBI official who later became involved in the investigation into Clinton’s email use. The Wall Street Journal cited campaign financial records that showed McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 political campaign of Jill McCabe, wife of Andrew McCabe, who is now the deputy director of the FBI. In addition, the Virginia Democratic Party donated an additional $207,788 to McCabe’s state senate campaign. More than a third of all campaign funds raised for the race thus came from entities in which McAuliffe played a major role. (She lost the race.) McAuliffe and the FBI have both played down the link between McAuliffe’s campaign donations and the later investigation into Clinton’s email use, however. McAuliffe said he had barely ever even come into contact with Jill McCabe’s husband, and the FBI released a statement reiterating that Mr. McCabe had “played no role” in his wife’s political campaign and was promoted to deputy months after it had ended.

*LBN-SEE IT:…Norah Jones discusses motherhood, her complex relationship with late father Ravi Shankar and how “intense” world events inspired her new LP.

*‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ Wins Weekend Box Office:

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween easily won the box office for the weekend of October 21-23, racking up $27.6 million from more than 2,000 North American theaters, and defeating Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The much-hyped action sequel came in second with $23 million across 3,780 theaters. Madea’s substantial opening weekend gave Perry his best showing in six years as a director, and his most diverse audience yet: Previous installments in his Madea series brought out 80-90 percent black audiences, while for Boo! that percentage dropped to 60.

*Heath Ledger’s NYC apartment was a shrine to the Joker:

Heath Ledger‘s well-documented obsession with his psychopathic role as the Joker in the Batman movie “The Dark Knight” has a new twist: He turned his Manhattan apartment into a shrine dedicated to the iconic supervillain, The Post has learned. Police investigators who responded to the Oscar-winning actor’s Soho loft after his fatal 2008 drug overdose walked into a world filled with Batman comic books, literature on the Joker and clowns, small clown statues and recordings of Ledger practicing his oddly shifting Joker voice in high and low octaves, a law enforcement source revealed.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***A climate scientist who studied glaciers died in Antarctica on Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding went into a 100-foot-deep crevasse, according to the National Science Foundation, which was funding his research. The accident is under investigation, officials said. The researcher, Gordon Hamilton, died on White Island in the continent’s Ross Archipelago, according to the University of Maine, where he was an associate research professor in the glaciology group at the Climate Change Institute. He was 50.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:  ***Téa Leoni has been carrying a secret heartache for more than 20 years. The “Madam Secretary” star’s dear cousin, 33-year-old Tim Pantaleoni, disappeared while hiking on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in 1995 — and has never been found. “We put up posters everywhere and had volunteers walking the trails,” Tim’s mother, Patricia Pantaleoni said.

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