LBN- Special Report- Sunday

*Powerful Blast Injures at Least 29 in Manhattan; Second Device Found:
A powerful explosion caused by what the authorities believe was a homemade bomb injured at least 29 people on a crowded sidewalk in the bustling Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night. A few hours later, the authorities found and removed what they described as a second explosive device four blocks away, raising the possibility that two bombs had been planted in the heart of the city. Mayor Bill de Blasiocalled the explosion — which occurred about 8:30 p.m. on West 23rd Street — “an intentional act” but initially said there was no connection to terrorism and no immediate claim of responsibility. Police officers swarmed Chelsea’s streets after the blast, which reverberated across a city scarred by terrorism and vigilant about threats, just days after the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

*Russia: U.S. Strikes in Syria Threaten Ceasefire:
Russia on Sunday warned the U.S. that coalition airstrikes on Syrian army forces are threatening the stability of a ceasefire agreed to by the two nations. In a statement, Russia’s foreign ministry even accused the U.S. of collusion with ISIS. “The actions of coalition pilots—if they, as we hope, were not taken on an order from Washington—are on the boundary between criminal negligence and connivance with Islamic State terrorists,” the foreign ministry said. “We strongly urge Washington to exert the needed pressure on the illegal armed groups under its patronage to implement the ceasefire plan unconditionally. Otherwise the implementation of the entire package of the U.S.-Russian accords reached in Geneva on Sept. 9 may be jeopardized.” The escalated war of words comes as the U.S. acknowledged it was behind a coalition airstrike that killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers.

*Obama: ‘Personal Insult’ to My Legacy If Black Voters Don’t Back Hillary:
President Barack Obama on Saturday night encouraged the African-American community to vote for Hillary Clinton, saying it would be a “personal insult” to his legacy if they stay home on Election Day. “I will consider it a personal insult—an insult to my legacy—if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” Obama said at the Congressional Black Caucus gala. “You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote.” The president also joked about the so-called “birther” controversy, in light of Donald Trump’s acknowledgement that he was born in the country. “I mean: ISIL, North Korea, poverty, climate change—none of those things weighed on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate,” Obama said. “And to think: that with just 124 days to go, under the wire, we got that resolve.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Lester Holt, Martha RaddatzAnderson Cooper and Chris Wallace won’t have toworry about their bosses feeding them questions in their ears when they moderate the presidential debates in the coming weeks. The Commission on Presidential Debates sent out a message to news organizations Thursday banning moderators from wearing earpieces. Holt’s NBC colleague Matt Lauer wore an earpiece when he interviewed presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on his Sept. 7 “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” which left many criticizing the veteran “Today” anchor’s interviewing skills and judgment. Multiple sources told us that Lauer’s disastrous performance during his interview with Clinton was largely due to NBC News chief Andy Lack pressuring him to push her on her e-mail scandal.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Legendary Motown founder Berry Gordyand media expert and author Michael Levine talking and laughing about their work together in the past at the annual Brent Shapiro fundraiser held last night at the huge Ron Burkle estate.   ***Emily Ratajkowski wearing a mesh DKNY body suit outside hotel HGU New York.   ***Indie noise-rock band Girls Against Boys eating at Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits in Berwyn, Ill.    ***A$AP Rocky at a party at new club Squares for designer Tim Coppens’ Under Armour line.   ***Bobby Cannavale, Paul Rudd, Whoopi Goldberg and CNN boss Jeff Zucker at the New York premiere of Ron Howard’sdocumentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years,” hosted by Paul Shaffer and Steven Van Zandt.   ***Humor author Burt Teplitzky having lunch yesterday at Bareburger on Main Street in Santa Monica.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Shortly before the newest U.S. News & World Report college rankings came out last week, I got a fresh glimpse of how ridiculous they can be — and of why panicked high school seniors and their status-conscious parents should not spend the next months obsessing over them. I was reporting a column on how few veterans are admitted to elite colleges and stumbled across a U.S. News sub-ranking of top schools for veterans. Its irrelevance floored me. It merely mirrored the general rankings — same institutions, same order — minus the minority of prominent schools that don’t participate in certain federal education benefits for veterans. It didn’t take into account whether there were many — or, for that matter, any — veterans on a given campus. It didn’t reflect what support for them did or didn’t exist. It was just another way to package and peddle the overall U.S. News rankings, illustrating the extent to which they’re a marketing ploy. No wonder so many college presidents, provosts and deans of admissions express disdain for them. How sad that they participate in them nonetheless.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author) : Big phone companies have existing technology right now that would make it much easier for their customers to block those horribly annoying unwanted robocalls. The only problem? We need to get these companies to make those tools freely available to all of their customers. Last month, thanks to activists, these big phone companies agreed to come together in a “Strike Force” that will detail a plan to solve the robocall problem. But people need to keep the pressure up and demand that the Strike Force representatives come up with a detailed plan and goals to eliminate these harassing calls as quickly and totally as possible.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Fred Specktor (Legendary theatrical agent): LBN is not telling the truth about The Clinton Foundation. They have an A rating.  You are beginning to sound like Donald Trump…..lying and putting garbage in the ether.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lisa Sharkey (Book Editor): I feel compelled to reiterate something I’ve been thinking about and talking about for a while now. I wish and pray that when out and about on the streets of NYC we would all stop obsessively looking down at our phones all the time and having our ears plugged with earbuds and instead choose to connect with oneanother with our beautiful smiling eyes .. Let’s look up out and around! We can’t “see something and say something” good or bad if we are lost inside our collective smart phones and the world of scrolling through other people’s lives.  We have one life and it’s now and we need face to face — hug to hug contact. I totally understand mobile attraction and addiction, I suffer from it too. But when we are out on the streets and on the subways and on the buses can we please try put away our phones and take them out again when we get to our destinations? We might save some lives or see something amazing!

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Tragic rocker Prince died from a lethal dose of the drug fentanyl — but he was also on a “cocaine diet” that kept him wired for days. “He would sometimes stay up for five days at a time without sleep, food or even water, going nonstop back and forth to the studio,” recalled his ex-gal pal Charlene Friend. “I had to sneak in catnaps to keep from passing out from exhaustion! The first time that happened, I asked him, ‘How do you do this?’” She said Prince answered: “Angel food. Food of the spirit, not of the flesh.” Charlene claimed Prince’s late half-brother, Duane, also told her the singer was on a “cocaine diet.”   ***Authorities say rapper Coolio has been arrested after a loaded firearm was found in a carry-on bag during security screening at Los Angeles International Airport. LAX police were alerted Saturday morning by the Transportation Security Administration and detained a man who claimed the bag was his.

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