LBN- Special Report- Saturday

*Obama and Xi Formally Commit U.S. and China to Paris Climate Accord:
President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China formally committed the world’s two largest economies to the Paris climate agreement here on Saturday, cementing their partnership on climate change and offering a rare display of harmony in a relationship that has become increasingly discordant. On multiple fronts, like computer hacking and maritime security, ties between China and the United States have frayed during the seven and a half years of Mr. Obama’s presidency. The friction has worsened since the ascension of Mr. Xi as a powerful nationalist leader in 2013.

*Jared Fogle Blames Victim’s Parents in Lawsuit:
In a new court filing, former Subway fast-food chain pitchman Jared Fogle argues the parents of one of his female child-pornography victims is to blame for her “destructive behaviors.” Fogle says the parents’ constant verbal arguments and alcohol abuse make them responsible for some of the victim’s allegations outlined in a civil lawsuit against him. Fogle was sentenced to 15 years behind bars last November for additional child-pornography charges and illegal sexual contact with a minor.

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*Report: Trump Has Not Paid Top Staffers:
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has not paid at least ten of his top staff members for their work, according to a new Reuters report based on federal campaign finance filings. Those who apparently worked for free on the campaign include top staffers such as Paul Manafort, who recently stepped down amid scandal over his earlier business dealings with corrupt Ukrainian leaders. In addition, Trump’s California state director Tim Clark, communications director Michael Caputo and two senior aides who left in June to work for a Trump Super PAC have all not been paid, according to the campaign finance filings. Trump has repeatedly claimed that his campaign’s affordability, with his team spending about one-third of what Hillary Clinton has spent, is proof of his business smarts. It’s not clear if the staffers had agreed to work as volunteers or will simply deprived of pay. At least one of those on the list, Michael Caputo, told a radio station in June that he’d never offered to volunteer, but had simply never been paid. Two others, Ken McKay and Laurance Gay, told Reuters that they had worked as volunteers, though they each later received $60,000 through a Trump-backed Super PAC. Other top staffers who have not been paid include finance chairman Steven Mnuchin, national political director Rick Wiley and senior adviser Barry Bennett, according to FEC filings.


*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***The Revolution didn’t come to party. Prince’s best-known backing band reunited for the first time in five years Thursday night at First Avenue, the Minneapolis club their late bandleader made famous in Purple Rain, to publicly acknowledge his irreplaceability on the same stage they once shared. The night was struggle to determine how best to simultaneously mourn his absence and honor his groove.   ***Barbra Streisand has pulled it off again. Her odd “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” album debuts at number 1 this week, beating Britney Spears, Florida Georgia Line, and Frank Ocean by a mile or two. Streisand’s real triumph here is that her numbers were entirely from sales, not streaming. She sold 150,000 CDs and digital downloads. Her streaming numbers were minimal.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:    ***More than a year ago, in what has become known as the “LawlessMidnight Raid,” a handful of CAA agents left to work for UTA, spurring a heated legal battle that has partially been fought in open court. Judge Nancy Newman has not yet decided if she’ll pause CAA’s opencourt dispute with UTA, Gregory Cavic and Gregory McKnight pending a separate arbitration involving their colleagues Martin Lesak, Jason Heyman and Nick Nuciforo. In a tentative ruling issued last month, Newman indicated she would issue a stay and she opened a Friday hearing by saying supplemental briefings submitted by both parties have not changed her mind. However, she ended the hearing without adopting her tentative ruling and said she expects to issue a decision next week.


*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Only approximately 142,000 tons of gold have been mined throughout history. Assuming the price of gold is $1,000 per ounce, the total amount of gold that has been mined would equal roughly $4.5 trillion. The United States alone circulates or deposits over $7.6 trillion, suggesting that a return to the gold standard would not be feasible.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Acclaimed author Lawrence Grobelwill the next guest-of-honor at the “City Talk” conversation series on Monday, September 12 at 6pm in the private room at the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “A halo has to fall only a few inches to be a noose.”—–

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Diane Lane taking in Bess Wohl’srecently-extended play “Small Mouth Sounds” at the Signature Theater off-Broadway in NYC. Lane will star in “The Cherry Orchard” this fall on Broadway, returning to a play that was her Broadway debut in 1977 when she was 12 years old.   ***New York power attorney and Venezia FC owner Joe Tacopina on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival for the inauguration ceremony.   ***Kanye West working out with a personal trainer at Equinox Soho in NYC on Friday.   ***Publicist and former LCO President Liam Collopy got married last night at the Saddle Peak Lounge in Calabasas to his long-time girlfriend Alexandria.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Why Are Americans Working Fewer Hours?

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Fred Hellerman, a singer, guitarist and songwriter and the last surviving member of the Weavers, the quartet that in the 1950s helped usher in the folk music revival, died on Thursday at his home in Weston, Conn. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his son Caleb.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Alec Baldwin is eyeing a $16.5 million penthouse in West Chelsea in NYC as his wife, Hilaria, prepares to give birth to their third child together. The actor has taken a liking to the penthouse at 470 W. 24th St., close to the High Line, which is said to be owned by “Sopranos” creator David Chase and has a stunning wrap-around terrace.   ***Lindsay Lohan’s European vacation won’t end soon, say friends, even though her engagement is off. The actress, who split with wealthy, London-based Russian Egor Tarabasov earlier this summer, “is upset that the tumultuous relationship consumed so much of her time but didn’t lead to marriage,” said a source, who added, “But she enjoys living in Europe and she won’t be returning to the US anytime soon,” despite her family’s pleas for her to come home.

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