LBN – Special Report – Monday, May 15th, 2017

*Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey Dies at 59
Brad Grey, the former Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO, died on Sunday night of cancer. He was 59. His family issued a statement on Monday morning: Brad passed away yesterday evening at his home in Holmby Hills, CA with his family by his side. The cause of death was cancer. He was 59 years old. Brad is survived by his wife Cassandra Grey, their son Jules, his three grown children Sam, Max and Emily from his marriage to Jill (nee Gutterson) Grey, his mother Barbara Schumsky, his brother Michael Grey and his sister Robin Grey.

*Cyberattack Still Felt Across the Globe
As the second wave of a global “ransomware” cyberattack spread to at least 150 countries over the weekend and into Monday, the National Health Service in Britain—the first high-profile target last week—was still struggling to recover. The initial attack’s malware, dubbed “WannaCry,” hit Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, India, and Japan, paralyzing computers in factories, banks, government agencies, transport systems, and hospitals. FedEx Corp. in the U.S. and Russia’s interior ministry were two of the larger targets. A French plant for carmaker Renault said it wasn’t reopening Monday to prevent further damage while technicians handle the aftermath of its attack. In Japan, Hitachi and Nissan were both reporting problems. In China, at least 29,372 institutions have been infected.
*North Korea Says Latest Missile Test Aimed at Carrying Nuclear Warhead
North Korea says a missile it tested over the weekend was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The medium-long-range strategic missile, which reportedly landed about 60 miles from the coast of eastern Russia, was “capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead,” according to Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency. Japanese officials said the missile flew at an unusually high altitude of about 1,240 miles, indicating it was a different kind of missile than those previously used. The United Nations Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday about the latest test launch, at the request of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. The White House issued a statement late Sunday saying the test launch should “serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.”

*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:

*HORROR – Man Dies After Burning Alive on Facebook Live
A local Memphis musician died at a hospital after setting himself on fire in an attempted suicide on Facebook Live on Saturday. The man has been identified by reports as 33-year-old Jared McLemore. In the video, the man pours kerosene on himself before bursting into flames and running off. People in a local spot called Murphy’s said the man then ran in around 12:30 in the morning while still in flames.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: MOTHERS
·  Gaia, or Mother Earth, was the first goddess in Greek mythology. She created herself out of primordial chaos. She also created Earth and the universe.
·  The African Black Eagle typically will lay two eggs. After they hatch, the mother will just feed one of the chicks. The other chick is usually pecked to death by the other chick while the mother looks on.
·  The mother who gives birth to the largest baby on Earth is a mother elephant. After enduring 22 months of pregnancy, she gives birth to a blind, 200-pound calf.
·  A mother koala will feed her baby her own feces. Baby koalas—or joeys—haven’t developed the intestinal bacteria that help detoxify the highly poisonous eucalyptus leaves, which are a koala’s main diet.
·  Polar bear moms put on around 400 pounds during their pregnancy. If the mother doesn’t double her weight, her body will simply reabsorb the fetus.

*‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Reigns Supreme at Box Office

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 claimed No. 1 at U.S. box offices for the second weekend in a row, easily defeating Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in its opening weekend. Marvel’s quirky superhero film pulled in $63 million domestically in its second weekend, bringing its grand total to $246.2 million. The highly anticipated King Arthur fell short of analysts’ expectations, earning $14.7 million in its debut weekend. Snatched, an R-rated comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, managed to beat King Arthur to claim second place, with $17.5 million in North American theaters.

*THINK FREELY – READ LBN:

*LBN-NOTICED:   **Christopher Meloni, Dana Delany, Troy Garity, Rachel Roy, Michelle Collins, Daniel Benedict andGreg Calejo enjoying a four-course gourmet dinner at Geoffrey Zakarian’s Beverly Hills restaurant Georgie.   ***Jennifer Lopez’s guitarist Andy Abad strummed for the crowd at the Avión tequila-hosted feast in NYC.   ***Al Roker announcing his new show, “Turn Table,” which combines his love for cooking and music at Rumble Yard’s NewFronts presentation at Sony Music Headquarters.   ***Sen. Ted Cruz dining with GOP strategist Ed Rollins at Smith & Wollensky in Midtown in NYC Thursday night. At a nearby table was real estate attorneyPetro Zinkovetsky with publicist Ronn Torossian.   ***Dave Matthews, Wesley Snipes and Wanda Sykes separately at Del Frisco’s in Midtown in NYC.   ***Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Amy Schumer and the new chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film Stacey Snider at STK Los Angeles for the “Snatched” film premiere party sponsored by Casamigos.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levineinterviewing famed novelist Wally Lamb at the legendary Player’s Club in NYC last week.   ****Hillary Clinton attended a private dinner with supporters Thursday night in Beverly Hills at the home of Haim Saban, “as she works to build a new political group resisting Donald Trump,”. Guests included Bill Clinton, Kevin de León, Eric Garcetti, Warren Beatty, Eva Longoria, Casey Wasserman and Reps. Ted Lieu andMaxine Waters, among others.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cannabis (marijuana) seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Former ESPN anchor Sara Walsh may have settled into her new role as a mother of two, but her road to parenthood wasn’t easy: She revealed she once had a miscarriage on the air. Weeks after she was axed by the sports giant in its dramatic round of layoffs, Walsh, 39, opened up about her struggles to conceive in a heartfelt Instagram post on the first Mother’s Day since the birth of her twins. “My mother bought them these onesies because she thought they were funny. For us, they’re especially poignant,” Walsh wrote alongside a photo of the toddlers in outfits that read “GOOD EGG.”

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Google Art Project
“Experience the world’s museums from your home. Get closer to art! Simply select a museum from the homepage and then either choose ‘Explore the museum’ or ‘View Artwork’. Once you are in the main site use the drop-down menus or the side info bar to navigate between artworks and museums. Finally create and share your own collections online.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com) : Random processes are repeating processes whose outcomes follow no describable deterministic pattern. In mathematical, social, and religious settings, the term randomness refers to an innate “fairness” or lack of order or bias. Although randomness is an objective property, people often question whether a process is truly random. Many superstitions rest on the idea that seemingly random processes are actually governed by a hidden set of rules.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer:  It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney GeneralRod Rosenstein. It was implausible that Comey was fired by President Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as when, at a July news conference, Comey publicly recited her various email misdeeds despite recommending against prosecution. It was implausible that Trump fired Comey for, among other things, reopening the Clinton investigation 11 days before the election, something that at the time Trump praised as a sign of Comey’s “guts” that had “brought back his reputation.”

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Henry Chung, who brought the lessons of Chinese cooking from his grandmother’s rural kitchen to the United States, where he opened one of the first American restaurants to specialize in spicy Hunanese cuisine, died on April 23 in San Francisco. He was 98. His death was confirmed by his granddaughter MacKenzie Fegan.   ***Powers Boothe, the character actor known for playing villainous roles in films like Sin City and Tombstone and television series like Deadwood and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., died Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 68.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Pippa Middleton may not be marrying into the royal family, but in a matter of just a few days, she’ll have wealthy and respected new relatives all her own. Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s younger sister is set to walk down the aisle on Saturday to her fiancé James Matthews, a former race car champion-turned-hedge fund manager.   ***Jenna Dewan Tatum has set the record straight. Long before she became an actress and judge on NBC’s World of Dance, the world knew Dewan-Tatum as one of Justin Timberlake‘s backup dancers—and that period of her life was briefly touched upon in Lifetime’s unauthorized Britney Spears biopic, Britney Ever After. When Dewan-Tatum stopped by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Sunday, a viewer called in to ask whether the dance-off between Spears and Timberlake really happened.  ***Howard Stern fans can rest easy. After taking a rare day off on Wednesday, Stern was back on the radio Monday morning to explain that he’s been sick with a fever and the flu. “I don’t want to be here,” he said. “There was a lot of speculation, ‘Where was I on Wednesday?’ Many people pointed out that me taking what they call a ‘personal day,’ by the way, I never said ‘personal day.’ I didn’t take a personal day, I took a sick day and I’m still sick, you can still hear it in my voice.”   ***Ozzy Osbourne has backed plans to open a dog care center for up to 30 mutts on his $6.4 million country estate. It comes after wife Sharon Osbourne branded him a “dirty dog” for his alleged affair with a hairdresser last year. A dog walking business is set to use four acres of the rocker’s Buckinghamshire farm for the pet project.

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