LBN – Special Report – Saturday, April 1, 2017

FEAR!  Report: ISIS Can Make Laptop Bombs That Evade Airport Security:

ISIS militants are reportedly able to plant explosive devices inside laptops and other electronic devices that can evade screening procedures at airport security checkpoints, U.S. intelligence officials believe. The militants have reportedly acquired equipment used for airporting security screenings, and have used it to determine whether the explosives can get through undetected. CNN reported Friday that the intelligence has been “gathered in the last several months” and “played a significant role” in the federal government’s decision last week to ban large electronic devices from U.S.-bound flights originating in eight Middle Eastern and African nations. “Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in electronics,” the Department of Homeland Security told CNN, without commenting on the specific reporting.

Tillerson Delivers NATO Allies a Familiar Message: Pay Up:

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson joined on Friday a growing list of Trump administration officials to visit the hub of North Atlantic solidarity and scold the United States’ European allies, saying they do not spend enough on their collective defense. “Allies must increase defense spending to meet their commitments,” Mr. Tillerson said, again and again, in a speech to NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. Like Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis before him, Mr. Tillerson insisted that all 28 members of the alliance spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on their military, a level only a handful of members meet.

Filings: Ivanka To Keep Stake In Trump Hotel:

According to new ethics filings released by the White House on Friday, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, will keep a stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. The hotel and its lease have been a hot-button issue for ethics watchdogs since President Trump took office. According to a report in The New York Times, Ivanka Trump and her husbandJared Kushner, now both involved in the White House, will be the beneficiaries of their collective investment and real estate empire that is worth as much as $741 million. Per Kushner’s financial disclosures, Ivanka Trump made between $1 million and $5 million from the hotel between January 2016 and March 2017. The value of her stake in the hotel is between $5 million and $25 million according to the disclosures.

LBN-INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS: Indie rock veteran Craig Finn

Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker Dead at 65:

Gilbert Baker, the artist and LGBT civil-rights activist who designed the Rainbow Flag, passed away Friday at the age of 65. According to the Bay Area Reporter, Baker’s cause of death has not been disclosed and he passed away in New York. Baker’s long-time friend and fellow gay-rights activist Cleve Jones confirmed the news, posting on Twitter, “My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert Baker gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship.” Baker designed the iconic symbol of the gay pride movement in 1978.

S.C. Man Arrested for Second Time Allegedly Trying to Aid ISIS:

The South Carolina man arrested Thursday night for allegedlytrying to board a plane to join ISIS in Syria had just been released from prison less than a year ago. Zakaryia Abdin was arrested at age 16 on ISIS-related weapons charges and released from a juvenile prison in May 2016 at age 18, despite the police chief’s protests. York Police Chief Andy Robinsonand 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett confirmed to the Post and Courier that Abdin was the man charged in the juvenile case. “I am not upset, but only because no one was hurt,” Robinson said. “This is exactly why we have been pushing our state legislators to pass (the bill) and make it state law so thissort of thing doesn’t happen again in the future, possibly with a much graver outcome.” Abdin’s defense attorney in the prior case had told The Daily Beast that his client was not an ISIS sympathizer, but a young man with family in Syria who was concerned about the well-being of the Syrian people. He was a religious boy whose father had died, and who was searching for meaning but had backed out of the alleged plot. “He never was anti-American or anything like that. His whole thing was going to Syria, and being with the Syrian Free Army,” BJ Barrowclough said. “There was no anti-American sentiment, there was no wanting to go join ISIS and be a terrorist.”

MORE DEATH BY TEXTING! Accounts of fatal crash prove texting while driving is never worth it: 

A witness says the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, acknowledged he had been texting while driving — a development that highlights the dangers of sending messages on smartphones while behind the wheel. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt.Conrad Hein wouldn’t comment Friday on whether texting might have played a role in the Wednesday collision on a two-lane road about 75 miles west (120 km) of San Antonio, near the town of Concan. But officials have said the truck driver appeared to have crossed the center line.


LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have taken their love from Miami to the Bahamas, and now they’ve hit New York City with some PDA! The new couple were spotted at New York hot spot Marea restaurant, having lunch with a group of friends. An onlooker tells E! News J.Lo looked “very happy” as she left the restaurant, holding onto her boo who held an umbrella over them both.   ***Award-winning L.A. mediator Mark Baer and his husband Andyhaving dinner last night at a packed Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.   ****SofÍa Vergara and husband Joe Manganielloat John O’Groats Restaurant in LA having breakfast. Said a gobsmacked spy: “She was in sweats and a baseball cap. He is quite striking . . . and enormous!”.   ***Katie Holmes at Primola on the Upper East Side in NYC, powwowing with her p.r. rep, and at Black Tap Soho with daughter Suri.   ***Soon-Yi Previnand her kids seeing a matinee of “Dear Evan Hansen”.   ***Kirsten Dunst seeing Britney Spears play Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, while Dunst was in town for CinemaCon.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Are You A Brand? ——

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Alec Baldwin got sober on Feb. 23, 1985 — but if he hadn’t, the “Boss Baby” star is confident he would have straightened out at some point. Baldwin, 58, detailed his experiences with substance abuse, addiction, and recovery in his memoir, “Nevertheless,” hitting shelves Tuesday.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ****For the third time in the last four years, Tiger Woods will not play in the Masters, announcing Friday night on his website that he had not had enough time to prepare to play. “I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn’t allow me the time to get tournament ready,” Woods said.

LBN – This Day In History:
Apple Inc. Is Formed (1976)
Apple Computer, Inc., was the first successful personal computer company. The company has its roots in the Jobs family’s garage, where cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak assembled the first Apple computer. Consisting of a handmade motherboard, the Apple I did not even include a monitor or keyboard. The Apple II, introduced the next year with a plastic case and color graphics, launched Apple to success. By 1980, Apple had earned more than $100 million.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***New research from China has found insomnia can be a cause for an increased risk in having a heart attack or stroke, a finding that can help cardiologists better predict a patient’s risk for experiencing an adverse cardiac event. The study, conducted by researchers at China Medical University in Shenyang, China, was published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. In addition to heart attack and stroke, the study showed that insomnia increases the risk of acute myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease and heart failure.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***William T. Coleman Jr., who championed the cause of civil rights in milestone cases before the Supreme Court and who rose above racial barriers himself as an influential lawyer and as a cabinet secretary, died Friday at his home in Alexandria, Va. He was 96. His death was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers, where Mr. Coleman was a senior partner in its Washington office. He lived at a care facility with his wife of more than 70 years, Lovida Coleman.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes – The Podcast –This week’s guest is acclaimed jazz singer Sarah Partridge

GoFundMe or Pray For – Addy Wardrope
Addy Wadrope has SCN8A – a disease which can encompass learning disabilities to severe mental retardation to even unexplained epileptic death. Addy is 1 of 2 children to ever have this specific gene mutation. Right now she’s fighting for her life (having multiple seizures a day at times). A GoFundMe page can be found help pay for Addy’s medical expenses – – Even if you do not wish to contribute, please feel free to offer prayers or thoughts of love to Addy’s Family who’ve never left her side since her nightmare began.

LBN-COMMENTARY by TOM VANDERBILT:  Netflix, as you may have heard, is killing off its stars. At a recent newsconference at its headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif., the company announced it was shedding its former one-to-five-star rating system in favor of binary digits: namely, thumbs up or thumbs down.“Now it’s easier to tell us what you like,” the site promises. The writing had been on the wall. When I visited the company in 2012, full of questions about how it turned my methodical rating behavior into recommendations about what to watch next, Netflix’s vice president of product innovation, Todd Yellin, told me the firm was “de-emphasizing” ratings in its algorithms. Stars were on the out for several reasons. For one, Netflix was transitioning from a DVD rental business to a streaming company. It was less reliant on you telling it what you liked (via ratings), because it could already tell what you liked — simply by analyzing what you had watched.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: Repeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead. It has been declaredso, but what that means is that, for now, the president has (apparently) washed his hands of it and the House Republicans appear unable to reconcile their differences. Neither condition need be permanent. There are ideological differences among the various GOP factions, but what’s overlooked is the role that procedure played in producing the deadlock. And procedure can easily be changed. House leadership crafted a bill that would meet the delicate requirements of “reconciliation” in order to create a (more achievable) threshold of 51 rather than 60 votes in the Senate. But this meant that some of the more attractive, market-oriented reforms had to be left out, relegated to a future measure (a so-called phase-three bill) that might never actually arrive.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***It looks like there’s a new romance in Hollywood…Naya Rivera and David Spade are dating and the two have been doing their very best to keep their budding relationship out of the public eye. A source tells us that the former Glee actress and the longtime comedian have been seeing each other for a couple of weeks now and were trying really hard to keep things private for the time being.

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