LBN – Special Report – Saturday February 25, 2017

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ASTOUNDING!  Indonesia: Suspect Paid $90 to Kill Kim Jong Nam:

Indonesian embassy officials in Malaysia on Saturday met with the 25-year-old Indonesian woman in custody in connection with the Feb. 13 murder of the North Korean leader’s half-brother at Kuala Lumpur’s airport. The woman, Siti Aisyah, has reportedly stood by her earlier claim that she was tricked into carrying out the attack, believing it was part of a television prank. She said she was given the equivalent of $90 to smearKim Jong Nam’s face with a substance similar to baby oil, Indonesian officials said Saturday. Tests showed that Kim was killed by the highly toxic nerve agent VX, considered a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. Indonesian Deputy Ambassador Andreano Erwin said Aisyah did not exhibit any signs of exposure to the toxic substance during a meeting on Saturday, the BBC reported. He also said she was unable to identify who exactly it was that supposedly put her up to the killing. “She only said in general that somebody asked her to do this activity. She only said in general she met with some people who looked Japanese or Korean,” Erwin said. North Korea is widely believed to have carried out the attack, and Malaysian police have identified a North Korean diplomat among the suspects. So far, Aisya and two others are in custody, including a Vietnamese woman and a North Korean man. Vietnamese officials met with the woman, Doan Thi Huong, on Saturday but have not yet released any comments. Seven other suspects are still wanted in connection with the killing.

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Report: N. Korea Evading Sanctions With Overseas Companies:

An upcoming United Nations report seen by Reuters warns that North Korea is evading sanctions with a network of overseas companies that allow for continued access to the international banking system. The 100-page draft report was prompted by reports that North Korea was violating sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. “Designated entities and banks have continued to operate in the sanctioned environment by using agents who are highly experienced and well trained in moving money, people and goods, including arms and related materiel, across borders,” the report warns. Two trading companies are identified in the report and reported to be tied to North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, the country’s intelligence agency. UN members are urged to “exercise heightened vigilance” regarding North Korean diplomats involved in commercial activities, because they may be involved in the illegal network. The country’s “evasion techniques” are also said to be “increasing in scale, scope and sophistication.” The news comes as North Korea is accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un, in a brazen attack on Malaysian soil. The first planned official meeting between North Korean and U.S. authorities representing President Trump’s White House has been canceled amid the scandal, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

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Pentagon: We Officially Call Them ISIS, Not ISIL:

The Pentagon issued a memo on Friday establishing the use of the acronym “ISIS” as the U.S. government’s official lexicon to describe the terror group. The Obama administration, including President Obama himself, uniformly used ISIL, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. A spokesman said the department believes ISIS, ISIL and Da’esh can be used interchangeably, but ISIS is the preferred acronym because it is the most recognizable for Americans. Others around the world simply refer to the group as IS, or Islamic State.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Lionel Richie has postponed his spring tour with Mariah Carey, set to launch on March 15thin Baltimore, due to a recent knee surgery.

The Magic Castle Magician’s Body Discovered Possible Suicide:

The Magic Castle shut down to the public Friday evening afterthe body of a magician was found in a closet … and it appears the man hanged himself. We’re told paramedics responded to the Hollywood landmark around 7:30 PM after a man with a bag over his head, and dressed only in his underwear, was found by an employee.  The magician, who we’re told is Daryl Easton was pronounced dead at the scene. The Magic Castle is a legendary private restaurant and performance nightclub … and has become a favorite for magicians while they’re in L.A. As of now, cops are investigating the death as a possible suicide.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Barack Obama has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office last month, and he largely avoided the spotlight on Friday night — at least as much as a former president can when he is attending a Broadway show. Shortly after the lights went down at the American Airlines Theater on West 42nd Street in NYC, there was a blur, and the brief shining of a flashlight. Three people quickly took their seats several rows back from the stage: Mr. Obama; his eldest daughter, Malia; and Valerie Jarrett, who was a senior adviser to the president.   ****A son of boxing legend Muhammad Aliwas held for questioning for two hours at a Florida airport upon returning from Jamaica because of his Arabic-sounding name, US media reported. Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, who was born in Philadelphia and has a US passport, was traveling with his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the late sports icon’s second wife, friend and lawyer Chris Mancini told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Ground-breaking comedian Paul Rodriquez will be the next guest-of-honor at the prestigious “City Talk” conversation series on Monday March 6th in the private room of the elegant Baltaire restaurant.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “The first method of estimating the intelligence of a leader is to look at the men or women he has around him.” —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: At the heart of President Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. Practically every member of the team — the heads of State, Homeland Security, the CIA, and most especially Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster — could fit in a Cabinet put together by, say, Hillary Clinton.  The commander in chief, on the other hand, is quite the opposite — inexperienced, untraditional, unbounded. His pronouncements on everything from the one-China policy to the two-state (Arab-Israeli) solution, from NATO obsolescence to the ravages of free trade, continue to confound and, as we say today, disrupt. The obvious question is: Can this arrangement possibly work? The answer thus far, surprisingly, is: perhaps.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas (Small business owner):Mayor Bill de Blasio is playing a very dangerous political game. When he was sworn in, he swore he would uphold all laws of New York and our Nation-HE LIED-and now the people of New York know it. When this hardcore gang member kills an innocent bystander that blood will be on his hands and his hands only! God help the people of New York.

LBN-COMMENTARY by K. Pearson Brown: According to LBN “breaking news,” Starbucks’ took a “massive hit” and went into a “downward spiral” after CEO Howard Schultz announced he would hire 10,0000 refuges. Then the story reveals “perception is still positive overall” and this “significantly lower” percentage in positive perception is only 6%, when consumers were asked if they’d consider buying from Starbucks the next time they were craving coffee. So far there’s no proof that this slight change, if its accurate, is related to Schultz’s announcement or that it’s impacted the company’s bottom line. This non-story is certainly not breaking news. LBN prides itself in being fiercely independent, but that clearly does not mean objective, as this “news items” is obviously meant to scare others into silence about Trump’s xenophobic policies.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fan-favorite Erika Girardi aka Erika Jayne (her stage name) is set to join the cast for  the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. While ABC does not comment on casting rumors, our source says that fans can expect to see the RHOBH star appear when the full season 24 line-up of celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners are announced on Good Morning America on March 1. Since making her debut in the sixth season of the Bravo reality it, Erika, who is married to famous attorney Thomas Girardi, quickly became popular, thanks to her alter ego, pop star Erika Jayne, producing hits such as “Rollercoaster,” “How Many F–ks” and “Xxpensive.”   ***US Rep. Charlie Crist has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly nine years, Carole. Carole, who was a glamorous fixture on the New York and Hamptons scene when she met Crist in 2007, was previously married to Blue Star Jets’ former owner Todd Rome, with whom she has two daughters. “I think the world of Carole. She’s an amazing person. It just didn’t work out for us,” former Florida governor Crist told the Tampa Bay Times. “I wish all the best for her.”

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