LBN- Special Report- Saturday

CHICAGO HORROR! Grandson of U.S. Rep. Davis Killed in Chicago:

The 15-year-old grandson of Illinois Rep. Danny Davis was shot in the head Friday night in a home invasion on Chicago’s South Side. His grandson, Jovan Wilson, was at his home in Engelwood with other family members when two teenagers broke in and began arguing with him, police said. At some point during the dispute, one of the assailants – a 15-year-old boy — pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. The other assailant was a 17-year-old girl. As of Saturday, the two assailants were still at large. Police say the attack was not random and that Wilson knew the two assailants, the Chicago Tribune reported. Davis said he was shocked by the incident and described his grandson as a completely normal teenage boy. “Unfortunately, here he was in the house at home, minding his own business, and some intruders would come and snuff his life away,” the congressman said at a news conference. “I guess that I always knew that the possibility existed that it could happen close to me,” Davis said, vowing to continue his fight against gun violence in Chicago. Davis, representing the 7th Congressional District of Illinois since 1996, has campaigned to prevent gun violence throughout his career. “Unfortunately, this is just another example of a 15-year-old with a gun,” he said of the shooter. The killing of his grandson was “a manifestation of the tremendous urban crisis that we are facing in Chicago,” he said.

Pence Booed, Called Out at Broadway Hit ‘Hamilton’:

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was singled out by a cast member at a Friday night showing of Broadway’s hit play “Hamilton.” After being met by boos from the crowd upon arriving, Pence got a talking to from Actor Brandon Victor Dixon as the show finished. Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, called Pence out from the stage after the curtain call. “We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your newadministration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” Dixon said. “We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.” Pence reportedly walked out during Dixon’s speech but listened to the rest of it from the hallway. “Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen,” Dixon said from the stage. Jeffrey Seller, the show’s lead producer, said after Pence left that he hopes the vice president-elect will have taken something from the show’s main message: “I hope that maybe it inspires him to feel for those not like him.”


Donald Sterling Settles NBA Lawsuit:

Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has settled a lawsuit with the NBA over his 2014 sale of the team. Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer purchased the team for $2 billion after Sterling was forced to sell it when the NBA gave him a lifetime ban for his racially insensitive remarks that were unearthed by TMZ. “Donald is pleased with the outcome and is looking forward to focusing on future endeavors,” Sterling’s attorney told The Los Angeles Times. In March, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit Sterling filed against the league and its commissioner, Adam Silver, calling it “plainly insufficient” and “clearly implausible.”

Vince Neil to Perform at Trump Inauguration:

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil will perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20 in Washington, D.C., Billboard revealed Friday afternoon. According to the singer, he was asked about his availability “months ago”—before Trump ever won the election—and will be performing with his own band. “The promoters asked if I was available, and I said yes,” Neil reveals. “So we sent all of the band’s passports to the Secret Service so everybody can get in, and all of the crew people, not knowing who was winning. But we were already scheduled to play.” Neil got in trouble with the law earlier this year when he was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly assaulting a woman in Las Vegas, in a scuffle famously broken up by actor Nicolas Cage. The victim has also sued Neil for $150,000, claiming a hip injury and a fractured tailbone.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***After more than a week of accusations that the spread of fake news on Facebook may have affected the outcome of the presidential election, Mark Zuckerberg published a detailed post Friday night describing ways the company is considering dealing with the problem. Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chairman and chief executive, broadly outlined some of the options he said the company’s News Feed team was looking into, including third-party verification services, better automated detection tools and simpler ways for users toflag suspicious content. “The problems here are complex, both technically and philosophically,” Mr. Zuckerberg wrote. “We believe in giving people a voice, which means erring on the side of letting people share what they want whenever possible.”   ***A leading bank regulator on Friday reversed course and revoked Wells Fargo’s right to shield the pay of former executives after a fake-accounts scandal. The regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, also said Wells Fargo must now seek advance approval before naming new bank leadership. Wells Fargo in September agreed to pay $185 million to settle charges that bank employees opened as many as two million accounts banking and credit card without customers’ knowledge.

Singer Sharon Jones Passes Away:

Singer Sharon Jones passed away at the age of 60, according to the official website of Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings. “We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer,” a statement on the website read. “She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.”

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The World Health Organization declared an end to its global health emergency over the spread of the Zika virus on Friday, prompting dismay from some public health experts confronting the epidemic. An agency advisory committee said it ended the emergency — formally known as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern — because Zika is now shown to be a dangerous mosquito-borne disease, like malaria or yellow fever, and should be viewed as an ongoing threat met as other diseases are, sometimes with W.H.O. help. Committee members repeatedly emphasized that they did not consider the Zika crisis over.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Conflict really does sell. An angry letter John Lennon wrote to Paul McCartney has gone for nearly $30,000 at auction. The bitter piece of correspondence went for a staggering $29,843 when bidding concluded Thursday, according to Boston’s RR Auction, the company that put on the sale. “The letter captures the intense rivalry between Lennon and McCartney in the months, and even years, surrounding the breakup of the Beatles,” the company’s Executive VP Robert Livingston said in a statement.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***J.J. Abrams and one of his kids at the Public Theater seeing “Tiny Beautiful Things” in NYC.   ***Miranda Lambert eating shrimp cocktail and wedge salad at New York Yankees Steakhouse while prepping for her “Tonight Show” performance.   ***“Allied” director Robert Zemeckis seeing “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway in NYC.   ***Alan Cumming at the Accessible Art Fair at the National Arts Club in the Gramercy Park area of New York City.   ***Chris Nothat TBar Steak and Lounge in NYC.   ***Roger Daltrey performing at the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation gala.   ***Restaurateur Jean Claude Pujol telling pals at Primola in NYC he’ll spend Christmas in Brazil with pal Pelé.   ***Karlie Kloss at the Whitney Museum’s Art Party in NYC.   ***It was boy’s night out for plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman, former book publisher Bill Hartley and actor Justin Born who discussed the recent election last night at dinner at the popular Bareburger restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica.   ***Patrick Dempsey called off his divorce to his wife of 17 years, Jillian, recently and was seen with her in Rome this week at a romantic dinner for two. A spy said the duo was at Antica Pesa by a fireplace where “they were very intimate . . . staring lovingly into each other’s eyes.” The lovebirds arrived at 9 p.m. and left at midnight.

·  Pence’s favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz.
·  Superman is Mike Pence’s favorite superhero.
·  After he lost two bids for a U.S. congressional seat, Pence became a conservative radio and TV talk show host in the 1990s.
·  Mike Pence’s favorite flavor of ice cream is Moose Tracks.
·  Pence is a life-long Chicago Cubs’ fan.

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LBN-R.I.P:   ***Dr. Denton A. Cooley, the renowned surgeonwho was the first to implant a totally artificial heart in a patient and in the process set off one of medicine’s greatest feuds, died on Friday at his home in Houston. He was 96. The Texas Heart Institute, which Dr. Cooley founded, confirmed his death. He stopped performing surgery on his 87th birthday but had never retired, remaining active at the institute as its president emeritus. The institute said he last showed up there on Monday.   ***David Mancuso, a self-described “musical host” who revolutionized night life in New York with weekly dance parties he gave at his downtown loft, beginning in 1970, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 72. The New York City medical examiner’s office said it was investigating the cause.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Veteran literary agent Spencer Baumgarten has joined ICM Partners as a partner. He comes to the agency from CAA. Although it’s still unknown which of his clients will follow, Baumgarten repped Neil Burger, John Woo, Kurt Wimmer, Zhang Yimou, Michael Polish, Shekhar Kapur, and Pierre Morel.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: There is a long list of things that did not improve, perhaps even got worse, over the past eight years.  Our tax code is more complex and stifling than ever, and small business formation has been crushed. The number of Americans demanding and receiving free stuff has never been higher. President Obama is a man of very few regrets. And those he has are microscopic. He actually said this earlier this year: ‘It is one of the few regrets of my presidency that the rancor and suspicions between the parties has gotten worse.’ Earth to President Obama: You have presided over the weakest recovery in memory. While the official unemployment rate is low, tens of millions of Americans have given up looking for work and the national debt is approaching $20-trillion.  Illegal immigrants have flooded across our border and some have committed heinous crimes. In too many of our metropolises, murder rates are up and hope is down. You remember ‘hope,’ don’t you? The old sidekick of ‘change.’  Things are far, far worse for many others around the globe. The Middle East is in chaos, refugees have overrun parts of Europe, and Iran gives the USA the middle finger. Presuming that is not against Sharia law, of course. Worst of all, the bloodshed in Syria has been nauseating. But just this week, asked whether President Obama has any regrets about his inaction in Syria, his press secretary deftly, and earnestly, ducked the question. While President Obama is still personally liked by most Americans, he is fully aware of what happened to the Democratic Party and its progressive ideology under his watch.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Garrison Keillor (Author): He will never be my president because he doesn’t read books, can’t write more than a sentence or two at a time, has no strong loyalties beyond himself, is more insular than any New Yorker I ever knew, and because I don’t see anything admirable or honorable about him. This sets him apart from other politicians. The disaffected white blue-collar workers elected a Fifth Avenue tycoon to rescue them from the elitists — fine, I get that — but they could’ve chosen a better tycoon. One who served in the military or attends church or reads history, loves opera, sails a boat — something — anything — raises llamas, plays the oboe, runs a 5K race now and then, has close friends from childhood. I look at him and there’s nothing there. But politics is not everything. Life goes on. A person has to keep that in mind. The day after the election, my wife and I set out to replace some burnt-out light bulbs in some interesting fixtures chosen by an elderly interior decorator years ago. We are from Minnesota and we hesitate to impose our taste on others, even when we’re paying the bill. So we have several truly ugly and impractical light fixtures that use odd rare bulbs not sold at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Ace Hardware, or even at boutiques with names like Let There Be Light Bulbs. Long cylindrical bulbs. Perhaps handmade by Cistercian monks on a mountaintop in Montana.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bruce Nahin (Producer): I love the cohesive, supporting loving family Donald Trump leads..We have just enjoyed a, wonderful family man and am happy we will have another.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Lawrence Grobel (Author): In the spirit of unity, allow me to say this positive thing about Donald Trump. At least, he’s not Ted Cruz.


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