LBN-Special Report-Saturday

*Stirring Farewell to Muhammad Ali, Just as He Scripted It:
Muhammad Ali spent the better part of a decade planning his funeral, his friends and family said, and by late Friday afternoon it was evident what had taken him so long. In a spectacle that fanned across miles of his hometown, in memories that stretched over some of 20th-century America’s most turbulent years, and in prayers from the palette of faiths that he honored as paths to truth, he was laid to rest, one week after his death at age 74. Ali was eulogized in a grand sports arena by, among others, a priest and an imam, a rabbi and a monk, a former United States president and a famous comedian. Protégées and daughters and his wife remembered him. As they spoke, all stood beneath the flags of the United States and the Olympic Games, symbols of a man who saw himself as a citizen of America and of the world.


*Singer Fatally Shot at FL Concert
Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on The Voice, died early Saturday after she was shot at her Orlando concert Friday night. The 22-year-old singer had been signing autographs after her show when a man walked up and shot her in the head before fatally shooting himself. After initially being rushed to the hospital and described as in critical condition, Grimmie’s publicist announced early Saturday that she didn’t make it. Grimmie came in third place on the popular TV show in 2014, and had gained a massive following with her YouTube videos even before her participation in the show. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. The shooter’s identity has not yet been released and it is unclear what relation, if any, he had to the singer.

*ISIS Kills More Than a Dozen at Damascus Shrine
More than a dozen people were killed in blasts claimed by the Islamic State in a Damascus suburb on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, has put the death toll at more than 20 after a suicide bomber and a car bomb struck near the country’s holiest Shi’ite Muslim shrine. At least 13 of those killed were civilians. The Islamic State, which considers Shi’ites to be sworn enemies of Islam, took responsibility for the blasts and said two suicide bombers had been involved and a car bomb set off. The target of the attack, the Sayeda Zeinab shrine, is a hot spot for Shi’ite militia fighters.

*Billions for Fighting Boko Haram Stolen
More than 50 senior Nigerian officials have been fired over corruption after billions of dollars allocated for the fight against Boko Haram was stolen. The sacked officials include major generals, brigadier generals, lieutenant colonels and colonels—all those tasked with wiping out the Islamic insurgency that has killed thousands over the past few years. An officer speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity said dozens had already been dismissed in the shakeup, while an army representative said only that “quite a number” had been fired in the scandal. The names of all those involved have not yet been disclosed, but two former chiefs of defense staff are among those facing corruption allegations.
*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that in addition to being read in all 50 of the United States, LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Japan, England, France, Mexico, Korea, Australia, South Africia, Israel, Greece, Spain, Canada, among others.

*Petraeus Forms Gun-Control Group for Vets
Gen. David Petraeus announced Friday that he has formed a new gun-control group for veterans with retired astronaut Mark Kelly. The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense will lobby for stronger background checks in gun purchases as a means to preventing vets—often afflicted with depression and PTSD—from committing suicide. Kelly is the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who became a vocal proponent of gun-control efforts after she was shot in the head in 2011.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: While the ostrich lays the largest eggs on land, the whale shark lays the largest eggs in the world. An egg from a whale shark measuring 14 inches in diameter was found in the Gulf of Mexico in 1953.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Eric Clapton, one of the most iconic guitarists of the rock era,  is struggling to play the instrument on which he made his name.Clapton, 71, said damage to his nervous system had made it hard for him to play the guitar because of the illness.“I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year. It started with lower back pain, and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy – which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg,” he told Classic Rock magazine.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: ***SHIRAN SHIRAN ***CHARLES MANSON —– “Without Notes” – An intimate interview with legal journalist Linda Deutsch —–

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Gawker Media, the irreverentcompany that pioneered the wry tone and take-no-prisoners approach that came to embody a certain style of web journalism, put itself up for sale on Friday in an acknowledgment that its future as an independent news organization was in doubt. Gawker said it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and would conduct a sale through an auction. The company is under significant financial pressure from a $140 million legal judgment in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit by the former wrestler Hulk Hogan and facing a determined foe in the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who is funding legal cases against it.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.” —–

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The questions buzzed aroundStephen Curry and Klay Thompson like tiny insects. Where was their familiar form? Why were they missing so many shots? Curry and Thompson, the star backcourt of the Golden State Warriors, did what they could to evade all the noise in the hours before Game 4 of the N.B.A. finals on Friday night. But deep down, they knew that they would need to perform. Both players delivered as the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-97, at Quicken Loans Arena to put themselves on the cusp of another championship. Golden State seized a three-games-to-one lead in the series and can claim its second straight title — a fitting final act in a history-making season — when it hosts Game 5 on Monday night.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “The business book “Broken Windows, Broken Business is inspired, impactful and important. The right message for our time.”—Stephen Covey (Author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” —–

*LBN-R.I.P.: They called him the Pocket Hercules. As a teenager he could bend steel bars in his bare hands, as well as with his teeth. At 39, after he had taken up bodybuilding, he won the Mr. Universe competition. And he managed all this despite being only 4 feet 11 inches, thus the nickname. Manohar Aich died last Sunday in India at 103, remembered not only for his almost superhuman strength but also for a colorful life. As an airman in the colonial Royal Air Force, he was court-martialed for insubordination and imprisoned.


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