LBN- Special Report- Saturday

*Hundreds of Civilians Freed From ISIS in Syria:
Hundreds of civilians have been freed from the Islamic State in northern Syria, as the group was forced to retreat from Manbij in the face of advancing U.S.-backed forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late Friday that hundreds of civilians held by the terror group had been released, as dramatic images of the freed civilians crying in joy flooded the Internet. Many of those freed had been used by ISIS as human shields against air strikes. The battle for Manbij had been ongoing since May, when the Syrian Democratic Forces first launched an assault on the ISIS-held city. About 437 civilians, including more than 100 children, were killed during the fight for Manbij, according to the observatory.

*ISIS’s Afghanistan Leader Killed in Drone Strike:
Hafiz Saeed Khan, the leader of ISIS operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike on July 26, Afghan and U.S. officials report. Khan, also suspected of engineering a 2008 terror attack that left 165 dead in Mumbai, was reportedly killed along with 23 high-ranking ISIS officials. Khan was also reported dead last year, but the unconfirmed reports turned out false.

*WHO READS LBN? Former CIA head Michael Morell:

*Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine Show New Tax Returns, Pressuring Donald Trump:
Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, released a new batch of their own income tax returns on Friday, ratcheting up the pressure on her opponent, Donald J. Trump, to begin making public his own forms. The newest tax return of Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, showed an adjusted gross income of $10.6 million for 2015, a large drop from previous years but still enough to place them in the top 0.1 percent of American households. They paid about $3.6 million in federal taxes for an effective tax rate of about 35 percent. More than half their income came from speeches; Mrs. Clinton also earned $3 million from “Hard Choices,” her memoir of her years as secretary of state.


*U.S. Women’s Soccer Eliminated from Rio:
The U.S. Women’s Soccer team was eliminated Friday in the Olympic quarterfinals, making it the first time the national team will not win a medal in the Summer Olympics. The U.S. women lost to Sweden in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation time. The U.S. team had won the gold medal at every Olympic Games tournament between 1996 and 2012, with the exception of the 2000 games in Sydney, at which they took home the silver. The women’s national team also won the most recent Women’s World Cup tournament in 2015.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:   ***Bill and Hillary Clinton, all told, the couple earned $151.5 million over the past nine years, and some $238 million since they left the White House in 2001. Mrs. Clinton has famously described herself as “dead broke” when they left the White House, saying they were in debt.

*WHO READS LBN? Former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick:

*Health Emergency in Puerto Rico Over Zika:
U.S. authorities have declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico as 1,914 new cases of the Zika virus were reported in the past week. “This administration is committed to meeting the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico with the necessary urgency,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement Friday. The declaration allows the department to award grants, access emergency funds and temporarily appoint personnel to fight the spread of the virus. Puerto Rico has recorded 10,690 cases of the virus since December, with a huge increase in the past week. Of those infected, 1,035 were pregnant women, fueling concerns of serious birth defects among the next generation. The U.S. surgeon general visited Puerto Rico earlier this week and warned that he expected 25 percent of Puerto Rico’s population to be infected with Zika by the end of 2016.

*De Niro on Trump: ‘God Help Us’:
Robert De Niro on Saturday told a Sarajevo audience that America’s Republican nominee Donald Trump is “totally nuts.” Speaking as part of a presentation of the digital version of the film “Taxi Driver,” De Niro expressed confusion that Trump had managed to get the GOP nomination. “I don’t know, it’s crazy that people like Donald Trump …, he shouldn’t even be where he is, so God help us,” De Niro said, adding that “what he’s been saying is really totally crazy, ridiculous … he is totally nuts.” De Niro’s remarks, which elicited major applause from the crowd, came after he opened the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday, where he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his films.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***UTA’s raid of CAA agents isn’t over, and now, UTA has fired a very public warning shot by asking the court for the green light to go after senior talent agents at CAA. The agencies have been trading escalating blows in court since May 2015, when a handful of CAA comedy agents defected to UTA in what has been labeled the “lawless midnight raid.” Now an amended cross-complaint makes it clear there’s more drama brewing between the agencies outside the courtroom.  “UTA also wishes to compete for the services of other CAA agents who have executed documents that, alone or in combination, purport to bind them to employment with CAA for continuous periods in excess of seven years,” writes UTA attorney Bryan Freedman. “UTA contends that it may do so without interfering with an enforceable contract because the Seven-Year-Rule renders any part of such a document unenforceable against the agent for the period beyond seven years.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose, discussing her new Givenchy boots with Will Smith’s son, Jaden, at SIXTY on the Lower East Side in NYC.   ***Madonna and teen son Rocco Ritchieshopping at Buffalo Exchange in the East Village in NYC.   ***Former “Gossip Girl” stars Jessica Szohr and Chace Crawford at STK Los Angeles’ one-year anniversary.   ***Drake celebrating with friends including French Montana at Jue Lan Club after his MSG gig, and Naomi Campbell in the Virginia Black lounge backstage earlier at theshow.   ***Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole and media expert and author Michael Levine talking about the problems of homeless at Bareburger on Main Street in Santa Monica yesterday.    ***Hollywood agent Don Victor Cisternino having dinner last night at the old-world Italian restaurant, Vito, in Santa Monica.   ***Comedian and author Adam Christing having dinner at the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.   ***Men’s clothing designer, Alan Au having lunch at the popular Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica.



  1. Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), a Swiss psychiatrist, first termed “autism” but applied it to adult schizophrenia. In 1943, the term was redefined by Leo Kanner (1894-1981) who dissociated autism from schizophrenia to create the modern understanding of the disorder.
  2. Autism affects one in every 150 children born in the United States.
  3. If one identical twin is diagnosed with autism, the other twin has about 90% chance of develop an autistic disorder.
  4. Mutations on chromosome 16 have been tied to autism. The glitch is in a DNA region that contains “morpheus” genes, or genes which historically have changed very rapidly as humans evolved. In other words, the same method that helped evolve human intelligence may contribute to autism.
  5. There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism. Diagnosis relies on behavioral observation and screening.
  6. “Naughty Auties” is a virtual resource center for those with autism.
  7. Environmental factors that could trigger predisposed genes to mutate and cause autism are vast and could include certain drugs, chemicals, heavy metal exposure, antibiotics, extensive television viewing, flame retardant, or infections during pregnancy.
A study suggests that counties with higher precipitation levels have higher autism rates
  1. A study from three states suggests that counties with higher precipitation levels have higher autism rates. Higher precipitation rates might carry more pollutants, decreased vitamin D levels, and increased television watching that could trigger autism.
  2. Across a mere 10-year period—1993-2003—statistics from the U.S. Department of Education revealed a 657% increase in the nationwide rate of autism. Researchers debate whether autism rates are increasing or if broadening definitions of autism allow more people to be diagnosed.
  3. Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela —–

Alfred Hitchcock (1899)
Hitchcock was a six-time Academy Award-nominated English-American filmmaker who directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. A master of the suspense thriller, he developed a style that is so distinctive that any filmmaker working in the suspense genre invariably risks comparison to him. He was one of the best known directors of his time, often making humorous cameo appearances in his own films.
*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Glenn Yarbrough, a folk singer who at midcentury found fame and fortune with the popular trio the Limeliters but who walked away from it all for a life at sea, died on Thursday at his daughter’s home in Nashville. He was 86. The cause was complications of dementia, his daughter, Holly Yarbrough Burnett, said.   ***Thomas Steinbeck, the eldest son of the novelist John Steinbeck and, later in life, a fiction writer who fought bitterly in a family dispute over his father’s estate, died on Thursday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 72. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Gail Knight Steinbeck, said.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Thomas Gibson has been fired from “Criminal Minds” following an on-set fight. “Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from ‘Criminal Minds,’” ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios said in a joint statement Friday. “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.” Gibson, 54, was initially suspended for two episodes of the CBS series after a physical altercation with co-executive producer and writer Virgil Williams two weeks ago.   ***First he was Carlos Danger. Now — in yet another sexting scandal — he’s a randy “mongoose.” Sext fiend Anthony Weiner boasted of his animal prowess — claiming he was “deceptively strong . . . like a mongoose” — and gave his cellphone number to a college student during a flirty, private online chat on a recent trip to Los Angeles, sources say. But the joke was on the horndog pol, whose wife, Huma Abedin, is a top aide and close confidante of Hillary Clinton. The target of his online affection was really a dude.

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