LBN – Special Report – Saturday

*Report: EgyptAir Black Boxes Found

The black boxes from EgyptAir Flight 804, which mysteriously fell from the sky on Thursday, have been found, Egyptian government sources told CBS News. As The Daily Beast reported on Friday, data from a report in Aviation Herald showed that there may have been a fire on the plane as the emergency alarm system was triggered.

*New Law Removes Word ‘Negro,’ ‘Oriental’

President Obama on Friday signed into law a measure that will strike racial terms like “Negro” and “Oriental” from federal law. They will be replaced with the terms “African-American” and “Asian-American.”

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*Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson Beef Over Facebook Meeting

The Daily Caller founder and Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson has gone public with accusations that Glenn Beckbehaved in a sycophantic manner during the conservative media meeting with Facebook this week. “I went to that meeting expecting Beck to cry, rend his garments while quoting James Madison, but that’s not at all what happened,” Carlson told Politico. He began the most extended assiduous suck-up I think I’ve ever seen a grown man commit. He acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg’s manservant—it was awe-inspiring… There’s a billionaire there, so he sniffs the throne.” Beck had notably offered high praise for the meeting while decrying fellow attendees who called for more intellectual diversity at the social-media giant—which Carlson admits was his doing, but says was “mischaracterized” by Beck. “My point was a simple one, which is diversity is deeper than ethnicity,” he explained. In response, Beck told Politico: “I have no beef with Tucker or any other progressive Republican, I just disagree with shakedowns of private or publicly traded companies.”

*Mark Cuban Would ‘Absolutely’ Consider Hillary VP Slot

Mark Cuban says he would “absolutely” listen to an offer from Hillary Clinton to be her running mate. In an interview with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, the billionaire clarified that Clinton would “have to go more center” in order for him to accept the role. “I like the fact that Sen. Clinton has thought-out proposals,” Cuban explained, adding that Bernie Sanders has “dragged her too far to the left.”

*LONG OVER-DUE – 140 Are Arrested in Gang Raids in Chicago 

The police here on Friday announced widespread arrests and seizures of numerous weapons and tens of thousands of dollars in drugs as part of a two-day operation the department called one of the largest gang raids in the city’s history. Minutes after the announcement at Police Headquarters on the South Side, two people were shot about a block away in what apparently was a gang-related shooting. A witness said a young man with a gun had ridden by on a bicycle. Soon after, the police said, a passer-by, a woman in her 40s who had been walking out of a nearby Starbucks, was shot and killed. A man, who the police said was apparently the intended target, was wounded. In all, 140 people were arrested in an urgent push to tamp down the gun violence that has plagued the city, and that many here fear may rise along with temperatures. As of mid-May, 216 people have been murdered in Chicago, a 62 percent increase from the same period last year, and shootings have increased by 60 percent.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina conducted a detailed survey of the packaged foods and drinks that are purchased in American grocery stores and found that 60 percent of them include some form of added sugar. When they looked at every individual processed food in the store, 68 percent had added sugar. Some of those products are more obvious sugary foods, but not all. The list includes many sauces, soups, fruit juices and even meat products.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***The fight for control overSumner M. Redstone’s $40 billion media empire has escalated significantly. In an unexpected development, Mr. Redstone on Friday removed Philippe P. Dauman, the chief executive of Viacom, from the trust that will control his companies after he dies or is declared incompetent. Mr. Redstone also removed George Abrams, a longtime director at Viacom. Mr. Dauman and Mr. Abrams were also removed from the board of National Amusements, the private theater chain company through which Mr. Redstone, 92 and in frail health, controls his media empire.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Aerosmith has issued a statement denying that the band is looking to replace singer Steven Tyler. “Any rumor out there about us looking for another singer is completely untrue,” guitarist Joe Perry said in a statement. “All five of us were just on the phone together talking about how excited we are to go to South America and Mexico City.” Aerosmith is scheduled to embark on their Latin American tour in September.


*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Michael Strahan, with a group of friends, at Bowery Meat Company in NYC, sitting at a table near Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday.   ***Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie and Seth Semilof, co-founder of Haute Media Group, at Haute Living Los Angeles’ cover release party in New York.   ***Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, US Soccer Federation PresidentSunil Gulati and Fox Sports President Eric Shanks at a Copa America Centenario event at Mastro’s in Midtown in NYC.   ***Lela Rose, Hamish Bowles and other fashionistas sipping Casa Dragones Blanco cocktails at Voutsa’s Nolita pop-up shop, hosted by George Venson and Sam Masters.


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur C. Brooks: Through census data, we know that Americans are less geographically mobile today than at any point since 1948. Other scholarship suggests that the decline stretches back further. This might help explain why our country is having such a hard time getting out of its national funk. Mobility is more than just a metaphor for getting ahead. In America, it has been a solution to economic and social barriers. If you descended from immigrants, I’m betting your ancestors didn’t come to this country for the fine cuisine. More likely they came in search of the opportunity to work hard and get ahead.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: His back hurts. His memory is slipping. He can’t cook, but then he never could. Igloo-making is no longer one of his diversions. The wit is sharp, quick as ever, but now he’s prone to … what’s the word? Oh, and he has Parkinson’s disease. Michael Kinsley is aging so you don’t have to. The editor in him, the one who held the reins at The New Republic, Harper’s and Slate, and grasped for a few hours the chance to helm The New Yorker, would refine that. Here’s how he puts it, in his guidance to the 74 million baby boomers entering the years of living less dangerously: “But when it comes to the ultimate boomer game, competitive longevity, I’m on the sidelines doing color commentary.” His chronic disease, which gives him many of the symptoms of old age but which he believes is no more likely to bring him to an early death than slipping on a bar of soap, has presented him with “an interesting foretaste of our shared future.”


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Macaulay Culkin has made another bizarre appearance as he hit the stage of a nightclub in Cambridge, England — in a performance that eyewitnesses called “confused” and “strange.” The 35-year-old “Home Alone” star only managed to stay onstage with director/musician pal Adam Green for a short time.   ***Sean Penn and Charlize Theron were awkwardly back together on the red carpet in Cannes to debut their film “The Last Face” — a year after the Hollywood duo broke up following 2015’s fest. But after seemingly ignoring each other before the movie began, the two ended things with a friendly hug and kiss. Penn and Theron dated for two years before calling it quits last June.

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