LBN- Special Report- Sunday

*Report: 2 Officers Dead in Baton Rouge Shooting:

The East Baton Rouge Parish’s mayor’s office told reporters that two police officers were killed in a shooting in the city, which has seen protests in the wake of Alton Sterling’s death earlier this month. A manhunt was still underway for the shooter, or shooters. “They say stay home. Stay off the streets,” wrote Advocate reporter Rebekah Allen. William Daniel, the city-parish’s chief administrative officer, reportedly confirmed the deaths. The mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish,Kip Holden, told CNN that at least three police officers were feared dead. “There is still an active scene. They are investigating. Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything. It’s just been one thing after another,” Holden said. Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola confirmed the shooting had injured several officers and East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies. Coppola called the scene “contained” as of about 11 a.m. EST. The shooting occurred near Airline and Old Hammond highways, Baton Rouge police said.

*France Attack Driver’s Texts: ‘Bring More Weapons’:

The attacker who killed at least 84 people on Bastille Day in Nice reportedly sent text messages in the minutes leading up to the attack asking someone to “bring more weapons.” The discovery, according to French authorities, confirms suspicions that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, had accomplices. Two more suspects were arrested on Sunday, bringing the total number of people detained in the attack to seven, including Bouhlel’s wife. The phone with the text messages was found in the 19-ton refrigerator truck used to mow down scores of people on Thursday.

*ISIS Claims Truck Attacker in France Was Its ‘Soldier’:

The Islamic State claimed on Saturday that the man who attacked the seaside city of Nice was one of the group’s “soldiers.” France’s defense minister promptly blamed the terrorist network for inspiring the assault, while its top law enforcement official said the attacker, who was not previously known to intelligence agencies, may have “radicalized himself very quickly.” The attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, carried out the assault on Thursday evening using a 19-ton refrigerated truck and an automatic pistol. The death toll remained at 84, but the number of injured rose to 303, of whom 121 were in hospitals, 26 of them in intensive care.

*Erdogan Demands U.S. Extradite Imam:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the U.S. Saturday to extradite an imam currently living in Pennsylvania to Turkey. Erdogan has accused Fethullah Gülen of being behind the failed coup attempt of his government. In a speech Saturday night, Erdogan said Turkey has never denied the U.S.’s extradition requests for terrorists. A Turkish official told the Associated Press that the country “has been preparing a formal application with detailed information about Gülen’s involvement in illegal activities.”


*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Popular Deli owner Izzy Freeman and his wife Marilyn at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood Friday night watching the show “In & Of Itself”.   ***The 56-year-old U2 lead singer was on the terrace of La Petite Maison, next to the seafront in the French city when mass murderer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel struck.

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Hollywood super lawyer Marty Singer is a master at helping celebrities caught in the glare of — usually bad — publicity. But the spotlight could now be pointed at him. Journalist David Margolick is working on an extended Vanity Fair profile on Singer — who has represented countless stars, including Arnold SchwarzeneggerSylvester StalloneCharlie Sheen and, most controversially, Bill Cosby — and his famously hard-nosed methods. Insiders say the piece, for which VF contributing editor Margolick interviewed dozens of people, will likely focus on Singer’s contributions to Cosby’s defense against sexual-assault allegations made by more than 50 women. Cosby and Singer parted ways in October 2015 after Singer had served as his attorney for years.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***The frontman for electronic music duo Suicide, Alan Vega, died on Saturday at the age of 78. “Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16,” a statement from Vega’s family said. “Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique.” Suicide recorded five studio albums.   ***Nate Thurmond, the Hall of Fame center for the Golden State Warriors who became one of the N.B.A.’s most dominant defensive players and rebounders while battling some of the leading big men in league history, died Saturday in San Francisco. Thurmond, who was named one of the N.B.A.’s 50 greatest players in 1996 when it celebrated its 50th anniversary, was 74. The cause was leukemia, his wife, Marci, confirmed.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: W. comes across as a naïve, willful, spangly cartoon cowboy. Sometimes, when at last you get a peek behind the curtain, your worst fears come true.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Rick Avery: (Legendary Stuntman and Author): I have watched numerous actors in my 35 years on sets all over the world. Some are selfish, some self-absorbed. But there is always one who is exceptional. For example, when one actor is rehearsing a scene, he or she might require certain things to make that scene work for their character. I have found Robert De Niro to never argue a case but it so resilient as to yield to the other actors needs no matter what direction he needs to take. No ego involved, just an expertise that rises above the rest.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Watching Donald Trump on TV early last week, I got a shock. He read from a teleprompter. He sounded like a statesman — well, sort of. He kept the boasting to a minimum. He held the taunts in check. But what really threw me was his hair. Its color was as muted as the rest of him. I saw flecks of pale silver where I’d grown accustomed to showy gold. For a fleetingly presidential moment, he had a fittingly presidential mane.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***As her 10-year marriage to cheating TV chef Bobby Flay flamed out, former “Law & Order” beauty Stephanie March, 41, decided that a boob job might make things better. Instead, the surgery turned into a flat-out nightmare. Her new boobs exploded, Stephanie revealed, and she was allergic to fluid in the implants.   ***Once the darling of pro football, hulking William “The Refrigerator” Perry, a defensive lineman known for his ability to score touchdowns, is now a sick, broke boozer. The 53-year-old diabetic weighs a whopping 450 pounds. Sadly, he’s now living in a South Carolina nursing home and spends his days guzzling cups of vodka or beer parked under a tree in his white Hummer.

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