LBN- Special Report- Saturday

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Just 5.7 percent of the Clinton Foundation’s massive 2014 budget actually went to charitable grants, according to the tax-exempt organization’s IRS filings. The rest went to salaries and employee benefits, fundraising and “other expenses.” The Clinton Foundation spent a hair under $91.3 million in 2014, the organization’s IRS filings show. But less than $5.2 million of that went to charitable grants.

*Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Fail to Make Cut for First Debate: 
The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump this month will exclude two leading third-party nominees — Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and the Green Party’s Jill Stein — the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday. The failure to be invited to the Sept. 26 debate at Hofstra University deals a significant blow to Mr. Johnson and Ms. Stein, who are desperate for national exposure to promote their long-shot bids for the White House. Their running mates will also not be allowed to participate in the vice-presidential debate on Oct. 4, the commission said.

*2 Officers Shot by Man Targeting Cops:
A lone gunman shot a Philadelphia police sergeant, an officer from the University of Pennsylvania, and four civilians on Friday night around 11:20 p.m. One of the civilians, a 25-year-old woman, died Saturday morning of her injuries, police said. She was shot seven times in the torso by the gunman. According to Police Commissioner Richard Ross, a letter found at the scene of the shooting believed to be by the suspect was filled with rants about hating police officers and listed a parole officer as a target. The unnamed suspect allegedly walked up to Sergeant Sylvia Young’s police car and began shooting at the officer. She was shot eight times. He was then chased by other officers in the area and shot four civilians while fleeing—a man and woman in a bar and a man and woman sitting in a car. After being followed into an alley, he shot University of Pennsylvania Officer Eddie Miller. In the alley he was also shot and killed by police. Both wounded officers are now awake and talking.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: On Tuesday, when the Census Bureau released one of the country’s most important reports on income and poverty, dozens and dozens of facts were revealed. We found out that real middle-class incomes in America grew a phenomenal 5.2 percent, and that the poverty rate fell by the largest percentage in nearly 50 years. That got the headlines. But after the initial buzz, a few reporters across the country, me included, were intrigued by two lines in the first table: While incomes in metropolitan areas grew 6 percent, those in rural areas fell 2 percent. That detail prompted articles on how the recovery was unevenly shared. One problem, though: The number is wrong. Median household incomes in rural America actually grew 3.4 percent in 2015, according to policy experts who study the census numbers very closely. It’s worth mentioning what the Census Bureau views as urban and rural. It has a specific, quite narrow definition for rural: a given area that encompasses fewer than 2,500 people. Everything else is “urban,” thus excluding places that many people would consider rural.


*Zika Zone in Miami Beach Expanded After 5 New Cases:
Florida authorities have tripled the active Zika transmission zone in Miami Beach after five new cases of the virus were identified in the area. Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement released Friday that the active transmission zone now spans 4.5 square miles rather than the initial 1.5 square miles. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said authorities in Miami Beach would begin spraying larvicide throughout the area on Saturday to combat what he described as the “serious problem.” “Once again, we must take all reasonable and safe action to eliminate this. This is a problem,” Levine told the Miami Herald. Thirty-five cases of non-travel related Zika infections have now been recorded in Miami Beach, and 93 in the entire state of Florida. The decision to expand the active transmission zone comes after the Florida Department of Health said it identified five new cases in the area. The Zika virus can cause severe birth defects and pregnant women have been advised to avoid Miami Beach altogether.

*WHO READS LBN? Veteran Talent Agent Sid Levin
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Rocker Jack Antonoff at Cookshop in Chelsea in NYC with a table of 12 that included his fashion designer sister Rachel, Lorde, Nick Kroll, “SNL” star Vanessa Bayer and “Arrested Development” actress Alia Shawkat.   ***Fashion editors and bloggers, including the Cut’s Cathy Horyn and Fashionista’s Alyssa Klein, indulging in McDonald’s at Alexander Wang’s show.   ***Josh Lucasbiking with his son, Noah, in Harlem in NYC.   ***Dolph Lundgren — who starred as Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV” — at Yamashiro in Hollywood, Calif.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Edward Albee, a three-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright who wrote the classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” passed away on Friday at the age of 88 in NewYork City. No cause of death was given at the time of his passing. After August Wilson and Arthur Miller passed away, Albee was considered one of the greatest living American playwrights.   ***Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella, author of “Shoeless Joe,” died on Friday by doctor-assisted suicide in Hope, British Columbia, his literary agent said in a statement. No further details about his health were disclosed, but assisted deaths became legal in Canada only in June. Kinsella’s work was renowned for combining magical realism with baseball. His novel 1982 “Shoeless Joe” served as the foundation for a 1989 Oscar-nominated film called “Field of Dreams.”

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson ——

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that nine (9) members of the staff of Zabar’s in NYC read LBN daily?

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The NSF estimates that a human brain produces as many as 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, depending on how deep a thinker a person is. Most of the so-called random daily thoughts are about our social environment and ourselves.

*LBN-COMMENTARY By DAVID Z. HAMBRICK and ALEXANDER P. BURGOYNE: Are you intelligent — or rational? The question may sound redundant, but in recent years researchers have demonstrated just how distinct those two cognitive attributes actually are. It all started in the early 1970s, when the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky conducted an influential series of experiments showing that all of us, even highly intelligent people, are prone to irrationality. Across a wide range of scenarios, the experiments revealed, people tend to make decisions based on intuition rather than reason. In one study, Professors Kahneman and Tversky had people read the following personality sketch for a woman named Linda: “Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in antinuclear demonstrations.” Then they asked the subjects which was more probable: (A) Linda is a bank teller or (B) Linda is a bank teller and is active in the feminist movement. Eighty-five percent of the subjects chose B, even though logically speaking, A is more probable. (All feminist bank tellers are bank tellers, though some bank tellers may not be feminists.) In the Linda problem, we fall prey to the conjunction fallacy — the belief that the co-occurrence of two events is more likely than the occurrence of one of the events. In other cases, we ignore information about the prevalence of events when judging their likelihood. We fail to consider alternative explanations. We evaluate evidence in a manner consistent with our prior beliefs. And so on. Humans, it seems, are fundamentally irrational.

*LBN-CURRENTLY READING: Jazz singer Sarah Partridge ( is currently reading:  “I am currently reading Kate Atkinson’s “A God In Ruins” ( After delighting in her last piece of work, “Life After Life” 9, I was intrigued by the subject matter of her most current novel.While not a sequel, “A God In Ruins” focuses on the life of a character introduced in her previous story. I love Atkinson’s style. Clearly she is not just a superb writer, but an artist who observes the nuances of life and writes about them with great poignancy. I am a true fan of her talent.”


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***After playing a mommy in “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” Renée Zellweger desperately wants to get pregnant in real life. The 47-year-old Oscar winner is jonesing for a baby with longtime love Doyle Bramhall II — no matter the risks, sources said.   ***Amber Rose has got some sound sex advice. “Masturbate in front of the mirror,” Rose, 32, advised listeners to Thursday’s “Loveline with Amber Rose” episode. “I’m the queen of that … I highly suggest it, by the way. Just go home and masturbate in the mirror. It’s f–king amazing. You should try it.”

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