LBN – Special Report – Monday, June 19th, 2017

*London Mosque Attacker Blew a Kiss at Angry Crowd from back of Police Car:

The driver of the vehicle that plowed into worshipers leaving a London mosque was caught on video being attacked by pedestrians screaming “Killer!” — then apparently blowing a kiss from the back of a police vehicle. The madman ran into a crowd of people as they were helping an elderly worshiper who had collapsed after Ramadan night prayers at the Finsbury Park Mosque, officials said. The man later died, though it was unclear if his death was caused by the attack, the Telegraph reported. The 48-year-old attacker, who has not yet been identified, shouted about killing Muslims. “I did the job … I done my bit!” a witness said the man shouted. “I’d do it again! I’d do it again!”

*Records for 198 Million Voters Exposed Online

Voting records for 198 million Americans were left exposed on an unsecured server owned by a Republican data analytics firm. The data from Deep Root Analytics includes information on possibly every registered U.S. voter for more than a decade, including profiling data suggesting the political leanings of each person. The server has since been secured. Since PresidentObama’s 2008 campaign, considered the first data-driven campaign, Republicans have put millions of dollars into big data analysis to better target voters.
*Supreme Court Strikes Down Sex Offender Social Media Ban

The United States Supreme Court on Monday struck down a North Carolina law barring convicted sex offenders from using popular social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. The justices unanimously ruled in favor of Lester Packingham Jr., who bragged online that he had beat a traffic ticket, leading to his conviction for violating the 2008 law intended to keep sex offenders away from social networking sites frequented by children. He was previously convicted of statutory rape. The state claimed the law holds the virtual world to the same standards as the real world: in which sex offenders are not allowed on playgrounds. Instead, wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy, the law was a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of free speech. “This case is one of the first this court has taken to address the relationship between the First Amendment and the modern Internet. As a result, the court must exercise extreme caution before suggesting that the First Amendment provides scant protection for access to vast networks in that medium,” Kennedy wrote for the court.
*Diana Taurasi Breaks WNBA Scoring Record

Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury broke the WNBA career scoring record Sunday, hitting 7,494 career points, passingTina Thompson’s mark of 7,488. Taurasi scored 19 in a 90-59 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks, breaking the record in the closing seconds of the first half, after which the game was halted to celebrate the achievement. The crowd gave her a warm ovation. Taurasi took only 13 seasons to become the league’s new top scorer. Earlier this season, she passed Katie Smith’s record for three-pointers.
*WHO READS LBN? Author Elizabeth Wurtzel:

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The gluten-free craze is unlikely to go away anytime soon. Many people say they feel better after adopting a diet free of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, even though relatively few gluten avoiders have been given diagnoses of celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that can attack the intestines and other tissues when gluten is consumed. Approximately one person in 140 is known to have celiac disease, which can remain silent for decades and become apparent at any age. The true incidence may be a lot higher. In a Denver study that followed children born from 1993 through 2004 into their teen years, 3.1 percent turned out to have celiac disease. “That’s an unbelievable number of Americans who may be affected,” said Dr. Joseph A. Murrayof the Mayo Clinic, an international expert on the disease.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***After vacationing together on a private yacht along the French Riviera, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez hit the Louvre in Paris on Saturday. Sources said the pair went to view the Mona Lisa and were mobbed by fans. A-Rod is an avid art collector, but we hear it was his first time at the famed museum.   ***Music legend Clive Davis was spotted backstage at Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” over the weekend, where he also met with the show’s star, Brendon Urie, in his dressing room. A spy said that Davis “told Urie — who is taking time away from his band Panic! at the Disco to star in the show — that ‘no matter what one’s commitment is to rock, theater is a unique and gratifying pursuit.’”   ***Lorde — who penned tracks for her new album, “Melodrama,” on the F train in NYC — performed the new release to a packed house at Bowery Ballroom on Friday during a “secret show” for SiriusXM. Before singing the piano-based “Liability,” she explained, “It’s about this feeling that I don’t think you ever grow out of … Like feeling like a loser at parties. But I don’t think you really grow out of the feeling of wondering if you’re too much for everyone, wondering if you take up too much space … I was like, ‘Everyone’s gonna leave me.’ That’s what everyone does when you take up too much space.”


Moses Harry Horwitz, AKA Moe Howard (1897)

Howard was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of the Three Stooges. The fourth of five brothers, he never graduated high school and got into show business by running errands for performers. In 1923, he formed the vaudeville act accompanying Ted Healy that would later become the Three Stooges. The men went on to make more than 200 popular comedy shorts featuring their characteristic brand of violent slapstick
*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:  ***The Hollywood Reporter has added Peter Kiefer as real estate and city editor based in Los Angeles and Jeremy Barr as a media and politics writer based in New York…

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: E-Meth – Saturday Night Live—

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill —–

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Stephen Furst, whose early role as the hapless, lovable fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit 1978 comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House” earned him lasting recognition, died early Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif. He was 63. The cause was probably congestive heart failure brought on by complications of diabetes, his son Nathan said.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: A remarkable, revealing TV interview —- “Without Notes” with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 3: Getting Political —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Christy Ford Chapin: The problem with American health care is not the care. It’s the insurance. Both parties have stumbled to enact comprehensive health care reform because they insist on patching up a rickety, malfunctioning model. The insurance company model drives up prices and fragments care. Rather than rejecting this jerry-built structure, the Democrats’ Obamacare legislation simply added a cracked support beam or two. The Republican bill will knock those out to focus on spackling other dilapidated parts of the system. An alternative structure can be found in the early decades of the 20th century, when the medical marketplace offered a variety of models. Unions, businesses, consumer cooperatives and ethnic and African-American mutual aid societies had diverse ways of organizing and paying for medical care. Physicians established a particularly elegant model: the prepaid doctor group. Unlike today’s physician practices, these groups usually staffed a variety of specialists, including general practitioners, surgeons and obstetricians. Patients received integrated care in one location, with group physicians from across specialties meeting regularly to review treatment options for their chronically ill or hard-to-treat patients


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***“Wheel of Fortune” is under fire for using a photographic backdrop showing two African-Americans in slave-era clothing. The photo that was used for “Southern Charm” week sparked outrage from viewers. “Someone please tell me why @WheelofFortune has slaves in their ‘Southern Charm Week’ images?” tweeted a user named Joshua Itiola. The popular game show’s executive producer expressed contrition and vowed that the image will no longer air on reruns of the episode.   ***“Shock waves” are running through Tony Bennett’s family, we’re told, after his son announced that his girlfriend is pregnant — on the day that her father was sentenced to jail for his part in the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State child-sex scandal. Danny Bennett — also the legendary crooner’s manager — is expecting with Hadley Spanier, daughter of Graham Spanier, who was recently sentenced to two months in jail and two more under house arrest for failing to report a 2001 allegation that Sandusky was molesting young boys. We’re told the “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” singer’s family is horrified that his name is now associated with one of the most infamous pedophilia scandals of recent years.