LBN – Special Report – Saturday

*Protesters Storm Iraqi Parliament

Hundreds of anti-government protesters on Saturday entered the Iraqi parliament, carrying the national flag and chanting against the government. In order to enter parliament, they climbed over the walls fortifying the so-called “Green Zone.” The breach, which comes as political tensions in Iraq are reaching their boiling point, is the first of its kind. The American embassy has not been evacuated.

*WHO READS LBN? Celebrity Dentist Dr. Jay Grossman

*Sanders Drops Lawsuit Against DNC

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign will drop its lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, staffers announced Friday. The Sanders campaign filed the suit in December, after the DNC temporarily restricted Sanders staffers’ access to voter files in punishment for the campaign’s access of Hillary Clinton campaign files. The Sanders campaign said it was abandoning its lawsuit after an independent investigation allegedly proved them innocent of improperly accessing Clinton files. The details of the investigation have not been made public.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dreams

1. The word “dream” is most likely related to the West Germanic draugmus, (meaning deception, illusion, or phantom) or from the Old Norse draugr (ghost, apparition) or the Sanskrit druh (seek to harm or injure).

2. You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

3. Adults dream off and on, for a total of about an hour and half to three hours every night.

4. By the time we die, most of us will have spent a quarter of a century asleep, of which six years or more will have been spent dreaming—and almost all of those dreams are forgotten upon waking.

5. The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. That’s about four per night.

6. Egyptian pharaohs were considered children of Ra (Egyptian sun god) and, thus, their dreams were seen as being divine.

7. In the Chinese province of Fu-Kein, people called on their ancestors for dream revelation by sleeping on graves.

8. Scientists suggest that the dreams of fetuses are mostly composed of sound and touch sensations, given the lack of visual stimuli in the womb.

9. Among the six dreams reported in the New Testament are the dreams that communicate divine knowledge, instruction, and warning to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

10. About 80% of neonatal and newborn sleep time is REM sleep, suggesting a tremendous amount of time dreaming.

11. According to Plato, dreams originate in the organs of the belly. Plato describes the liver in particular as the biological seat of dreams.

12. Elias Howe (1819-1867) said one inspiration for his invention of the sewing machine came from a nightmare he had about being attacked by cannibals bearing spears that looked like the needle he then designed.

13. Modern research has shown that a sharp decrease in daily calories results in fewer nocturnal ejaculations in men and an overall decrease in the sexual themes of dreams for both sexes.

*DON’T BE A TOAD – READ LBN

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***For a decade, Dweezil Zappa, a son of the rock star Frank Zappa and a noted guitarist in his own right, has been paying tribute to his father’s music under the name Zappa Plays Zappa. The project, which features exacting performances of Frank Zappa’s famously complex music, has toured the world and won a Grammy. But when Dweezil Zappa takes the project on the road this summer, it will be with a far less catchy name: Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa. “It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue,” he said in an interview, “but this is being done under duress.” The name change is the most visible sign of a rift that has grown within one of the rock world’s most famous families since the death last year of Gail Zappa, the widow of Frank Zappa, who had managed her husband’s musical legacy with a firm hand since his death in 1993. This month, the Zappa Family Trust, which owns the rights to Mr. Zappa’s music, informed Dweezil that he did not have permission to tour as Zappa Plays Zappa — the name is a trademark owned by the trust — and that he risked copyright infringement damages of $150,000 each time he played a song without proper permission.   ***A coat worn byPrince in iconic 1984 film Purple Rain is going up for auction. The late music legend wore the black-and-white, leather-sleeved blazer while riding a motorcycle with co-star Apollonia Kotero, The Associated Press reports.

*SF Cops Release Racist Text Transcripts

San Francisco police on Friday released the transcripts of racist and homophobic text messages allegedly exchanged between a former lieutenant and two former officers. In one text message, an officer responds to a picture of a blackened Thanksgiving turkey by asking, “Is that a Ferguson turkey?”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Peter Facinelli celebrating his dad Pierino’s birthday at Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Billy Magnussen watching a screening of Shane Kidd and Matthew Fifer’s new short “Jay & Pluto,” which features Isiah Whitlock Jr., at No. 8.   ***Channing Tatum, who is launching his own vodka, at a Las Vegas spirits convention talking with Martin Silver of Georgi vodka.   ***House Speaker Paul Ryan at the Kimberly Hotel.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levineeating a piece of 7 layer cake named after him last night at the popular Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***NBA legend Glen Rice married his baby-mama Tia Santoro on Thursday despite their troubled past. The former New York Knicks star wed Santoro in a glitzy Miami ceremony — even though they were once on such bad terms that police had to escort her into their home to get her belongings back after she moved out, according to reports. The three-time NBA All-Star had also demanded a paternity test for their young daughter, Bella, in 2011.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:  *** Tomorrow, May 1st, the premier episode (Part 1) of the “Without Notes” interview with famed legal journalist Linda Deutsch will be available on YouTube.Linda Deutsch is a was the legendary Special Correspondent for the Associated Press, where she has covered trials for nearly fifty years. Deutsch is also the co-author of Covering the Courts: An Associated Press Manual for Reporters and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for her coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. She has covered numerous trials for the Associated Press, including those of Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst, Angela Davis, Daniel Ellsberg, John Z. DeLorean, Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood, William Kennedy Smith, and the Menendez Brothers.

*LBN-MY REVIEW: “What I most admire about LBN is that it is fearlessly brave, speaking truth to power.”——Rodney R., an LBN reader from San Juan, Puerto Rico

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Philip Kives, a Canadian entrepreneur whose company, K-tel, saturated North American airwaves for decades with ads for a gaggle of gadgets (the Patty Stacker, the Miracle Brush and the emblematic Veg-O-Matic) and a cornucopia of compilation albums (“Hit Machine: 20 Original Hits, 20 Original Stars,” “25 Polka Greats” and “A Musical Journey: Pan-Flute”), died on Wednesday in Winnipeg, Canada. He was 87. His family confirmed the death.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Prince signed up for rehab to battle his pain pill addiction before his untimely death, according to reports Friday. The 57-year-old “Purple Rain” singer knew he was hooked on Percocet before his death, possibly of an overdose, last week — so he entered an out-patient treatment program, the Minneapolis station KSTP 5 Eyewitness News reported. The superstar attended the unnamed rehab center to move away from using medication prescribed for his severe hip pain, according to the station.   ***Naomi Campbell and Lenny Kravitz sparked fake dating rumors after leaving Gigi Hadid’sbirthday party at the Nice Guy in LA. They held hands and even smooched inside his car, but a Kravitz source said it was all in fun.   ***Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green’s differences apparently are reconcilable. After five years of marriage, the sultry “Transformers” star, 29, filed for divorce from her “Beverly Hills 90210” actor husband last August, citing “irreconcilable differences,” but the pair has reunited in the wake of Fox’s third pregnancy. “They’re a couple again,” a source close to the couple said. “They’re moving back in with each other.”

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