LBN – Special Report – Saturday


*€94 Billion Will Be Spent on Migrants

The German government plans to spend 93.6 billion euros on the migrant crisis by 2020, according to a report by German newsmagazine Der Spiegel. The report cited a figured found in a draft obtained from the German federal finance ministry. A spokesman for the finance ministry declined to comment.

*Hezbollah Leader Killed by Syrian Shells

Hezbollah said on Saturday that its top military commander who had been killed on Friday died in a shelling attack executed by Syrians, not Israelis, as a Hezbollah member had reported previously. “Investigations have showed that the explosion, which targeted one of our bases near Damascus International Airport, and which led to the martyrdom of commander Mustafa Badreddine, was the result of artillery bombardment carried out by takfiri [hardline Sunni] groups in the area,” Hezbollah said in a statement.

*Rahm to Disband Police Oversight Agency

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to abolish the Independent Police Review Authority, a city agency tasked with investigating allegations of police misconduct. The news was released Friday in advance of an essay Emanuel wrote for publication in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Founded in 2007, the IPRA has been the subject of recent criticism, particularly after the city released footage of a Chicago police officer shooting teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. Emanuel is calling for a new oversight body, writing “that it is clear that a totally new agency is required to rebuild trust in investigations of officer involved shootings and the most serious allegations of police misconduct.”

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*Pfizer: Don’t Use Our Drug in Executions

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer will not allow its drugs to be used in lethal injections, the company announced Friday. Pfizer joins more than 20 other U.S. and European drug manufacturers with bans against their products’ use in executions. This latest ban makes it increasingly difficult for U.S. states with the death penalty to obtain drugs for lethal injections.

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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: Just how securely are banks moving money around the world? New details emerged on Friday about a pair of related attacks on banks that use the Swift message service, which allows financial firms and companies to transfer payments around the world. Computer security researchers briefed on the investigation into one of the attacks, on the Bangladesh Bank, raised several theories about the crime, including the possibility that groups from Pakistan and North Korea may have been spying on the bank. Other analysts investigating the attacks said there were striking similarities between the “multiple bespoke tools” used by the hackers in both the banking cases and the attack on Sony Pictures in 2014.

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*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Meryl Streep seeing “The Humans” on Broadway.   ***Javier Bardem chatting with Lucia Penrod at Nikki Beach in Cannes, France.   ***Ansel Elgort, a k a DJ Ansolo, telling pals he’ll drop two new EDM songs at Maison Montaigne trade show Maison&Objet Americas.   ***Odell Beckham Jr. at Bodega Negra in NYC.    ***Ray Kelly at a Cutting Room book party for Carmine Appice’s “Stick It! My Life of Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll”.   ***Rachel McAdams in the audience at Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s “Bright Star”.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (Award-winning family law mediator) : Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t tap “into a ‘sea of change in separation’” with her “conscious uncoupling.”  That change was already occurring.  Many people didn’t want “their parents’ divorces” because they didn’t want to subject themselves, their children and their families to such chaos, destruction and the associated costs. Former couples were increasingly utilizing meditation and collaborative divorce to accomplish such things.  Also, it takes two to tango and Chris Martin deserves equal credit.  Paltrow and Martin’s “conscious uncoupling” was big news and they have worked hard to ensure its success.  Their positive role modeling may have trickled down to the masses.


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