LBN – Special Report – Saturday, July 8th, 2017

*Islamist Militants Behead Nine Civilians in Kenya

Al-Shabab militants from Somalia beheaded nine men in an overnight attack on a Kenyan village on Saturday, authorities said. The attack occurred in the village of Jima in Lamu County, not far from the site of a day-long battle between the group and security forces less than a week ago. Villagers said the attackers went from home to home rounding up non-Muslims before gathering their victims together and beheading them. “They were slaughtered like chickens, using knives,” one witness told Reuters. Al-Shabab has stepped up its attacks in Kenya after the country sent troops to Somalia in 2011. The latest attack came after members of the terrorist group, now considered the deadliest Islamist group in Africa, killed three Kenyan policemen after a fierce battle three days ago.
*Tillerson: Trump and Putin Want to ‘Move Forward’ From Election Hacking

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday told press that President Trump opened his 140-minute meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin by discussing Kremlin interference in the 2016 election. Additionally Tillerson—who was in the room for the conversation—relayed that the meeting was “rightly focused on how do we move forward from something that may be an intractable disagreement at this point.” Additionally, Tillerson said, “There was a very clear positive chemistry between the two… There was not a lot of re-litigating things from the past.” According to The New York Times’ Moscow bureau chief, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed President Trump accepted statements from Putin that the Kremlin did not hack the 2016 election.

*Kendall and Kylie Jenner Sued Over Tupac T-Shirts

Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been sued by a commercial photographer for using his photograph of rapper Tupac Shakuron T-shirts the sisters sold for $125 each. Michael Miller is seeking at least $150,000 apiece for each use of his photos in a copyright infringement suit filed in Los Angeles on Friday. Miller says he never gave permission for the Jenners to use his photo. The lawsuit is just the latest fallout from the sisters’ “vintage” T-shirts, which triggered a flurry of criticism after they were put up for sale last month. The T-shirts featured images of music icons like Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, and Ozzy Osbourne, with photos of Kendall and Kylie Jenner superimposed over them in neon colors. Although they managed to sell some of the T-shirts, they stopped selling them late last month after a barrage of criticism from friends and family of the stars featured on the shirts.


*Police: Video Shows Venus Williams Legally Entered Intersection Before Fatal Car Crash

Florida police say that video footage shows that tennis superstar Venus Williams legally entered an intersection in Fort Lauderdale before being cut off by another car, leading to a crash with a third car that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man. According to ESPN, the footage, taken by a security camera, shows Williams’ car being forced to stop when the driver of another car enters the intersection, after which her car was struck by a sedan driven by Linda Barson. Barson’s husband, Jerome Barson, died on June 22 from injuries sustained in the crash. The footage has prompted Fort Lauderdale police to rescind their original conclusion that Williams, who has not been cited or charged in relation to the incident, had been at fault in the crash.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Heart disease accounts for 40% of all U.S. deaths, more than all forms of cancer combined.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Conservative political commentator and radio host Laura Ingraham dining at Lexington Avenue eatery Davio’s in NYC, where she was recognized by fellow diners who offered to pay for her dinner. Ingraham instead took photos with the group.

Dow Jones Averages Reaches Its Lowest Point of the Great Depression (1932)
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, often referred to as the Dow, is the best-known and most widely followed market indicator in the world. Tracking the performance of 30 blue-chip US stocks—which sometimes change—the Dow is thought to reflect the overall condition of the US economy. In 1932, the Dow reached its lowest point of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22—down almost 90 percent since 1929. It did not return to pre-1929 levels until 1954.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD.O) is closing eight of its namesake department stores and 35 Kmart locations to cut costs and square footage in an effort to return to profitability, Chief Executive Officer Eddie Lampert said on Friday. The store closings are in addition to 150 the company announced in January. Once the largest U.S. retailer, Sears has struggled with years of losses and declining sales as shoppers have shifted from the mall to the web. The company said in February it would cut costs this year by at least $1 billion.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Rap trio Migos was removed from a Delta flight on Friday, just hours before a concert, and their manager is reportedly accusing the airline of racial profiling. Migos were on a flight from Atlanta to Des Moines, Iowa, but the plane returned to the gate before it departed to drop off the trio. Their manager told TMZ, which first reported the news, that the three members of the group were in first class, andTakeoff’s bag was on the ground and not in the overhead storage as required. Delta said in a statement to Variety that the group was removed for a failure to follow crew member instructions and properly stow away their items in the overhead bins. Their manager, however, told TMZ that Takeoff failed to follow instructions and place his bag in the bin because he was asleep.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Bill Maher – This is why Trump will win again in 2020 —–

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Spencer Johnson, who left behind a medical career to write short books about life and business, including “Who Moved My Cheese?” — a parable about embracing change that has sold 28 million copies worldwide — died on Monday in San Diego. He was 78. The cause was complications of pancreatic cancer, said Nancy Casey, his executive assistant.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Mark Baer ——  —- Award-winning Attorney Mark B. Baer goes above and beyond his duties as a skilled lawyer and mediator.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Srini Pillay M.D. (Author): The experience of trauma takes a hold on us in different ways. Sometimes it occurs immediately, like when we lose a loved one. At other times, it occurs more slowly, as when our hearts are broken over and over again. In each instance, it disrupts our sense of internal continuity—our sense of self. The fearful fragmented self: When your core sense of self feels fragmented, it fears further annihilation. As a result, it metaphorically contracts like a snail, withdrawing its head from any pertinent threat. It feels no need to be in the uncertainty and ambiguity of relationships. For this self to emerge again, it must first feel more coherent. Then, slowly, it will begin to express itself more fully in this life.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***His marriage is “Gone, Girl.” A scruffy and disheveled Ben Affleck was spotted Thursday with his new gal pal — the actor’s first flame since his marriage with Jennifer Garner went down the toilet.  The Oscar winner — who was recently treated for alcoholism — was escorting “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus to an Italian bistro in Santa Monica, Calif.