LBN – Special Report – Sunday April 9, 2017


In it comes to treating a serious illness, two brains are better than one. A new study finds that nearly 9 in 10 people who go for a second opinion after seeing a doctor are likely to leave with a refined or new diagnosis from what they were first told.  Researchers at the Mayo Clinic examined 286 patient records of individuals who had decided to consult a second opinion, hoping to determine whether being referred to a second specialist impacted one’s likelihood of receiving an accurate diagnosis. The study, conducted using records of patients referred to the Mayo Clinic’s General Internal Medicine Division over a two-year period, ultimately found that when consulting a second opinion, the physician only confirmed the original diagnosis 12 percent of the time.

North Korea: Syria Strikes Justify Our Nuclear Program

North Korea says the U.S. airstrikes in Syria prove that its nuclear weapons program is justified, calling the strikes “absolutely unpardonable.” The remarks were made by an unnamed official from the country’s foreign ministry, according to state-run Korean Central News Agency. “We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the U.S. evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force,” the North Korean official said. President Donald Trump authorized the bombings after SyrianPresident Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons to kill civilians, including children. North Korea has maintained that its missile program is necessary in the face of what it calls U.S. aggression.

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Tillerson: ‘Real Failure’ on Syria is Russia

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that U.S. “military posture” in Syria has not changed as a result of the airstrikes that were carried out in response to a chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and that the “real failure” when it comes to the chemical weapons ban agreed to in 2013 is Russia’s. “We are asking Russia to fulfill its commitment and we’re asking and calling on Bashar al-Assad to cease the use of these weapons. Other than that, there is no change to our military posture,” Tillerson said in an interview airing Sunday on ABC’s This Week, explaining that the U.S. strikes were deployed in direct response to the chemical weapons attack which killed dozens of civilians, including children. Reuters reported that Tillerson spoke by phone with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrovon Saturday.
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U.S. Sends Warships to Korean Peninsula

The U.S. has sent warships to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea, which is continuing to develop its nuclear program. “The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability,” said U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Dave Benham. President Donald Trump has said the U.S. is prepared to act unilaterally in order to counter the growing threat. The deployment, announced late Saturday night, includes an aircraft carrier, destroyers and a cruiser.
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Egypt Church Blasts Kill Dozens on Palm Sunday

An explosion at a Coptic Christian church in northern Egypt on Sunday killed at least 25 people, according to state TV. The bomb was reportedly placed underneath a seat inside the St. George Coptic church in Tanta, and exploded during a Palm Sunday service. In addition to those killed, at least 60 people were wounded. A separate blast was reported at a church in Alexandria. The Associated Press, citing Egypt’s health ministry, reports an additional six people were killed in that attack. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings.

Sweden Suspect Sought Asylum, Was Rejected

The man suspected of being behind the truck attack in Stockholm last week sought asylum in Sweden but was rejected by the authorities. He was being tracked down for deportation at the time of the attack. The 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan was rejected last year, and officials could not locate him because he was not present at the address listed on his application. A top police official added that the suspect, who is in police custody, was “sympathetic to extremist organizations.” The four victims of the attack included two Swedes, one Briton and a Belgian. A second suspect was detained on Sunday.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Stephen K. Bannon has read the book three times. He still keeps a copy of it — one that’s creased and copiously underlined — in a library with the rest of his favorites at his father’s house in Richmond, Va. The book, “The Fourth Turning,” a 1997 work by two amateur historians,Neil Howe and William Strauss, lays out a theory that American history unfurls in predictable, 80-year cycles of prosperity and catastrophe. And it foresees catastrophe right around the corner. The book delineates history into four seasonal cycles, or “turnings”: growth, maturation, decay and destruction. It is the kind of wild, provocative idea that Mr. Bannon loves. But it is also just the kind of thinking that his opponents see as evidence that he is too Machiavellian and idiosyncratic for the job of President Trump’s chief strategist. The basis of his worldview — which has been described as everything from Leninist to alt-right, an extremist fringe movement associated with white nationalism — is still shrouded in mystery and conjecture. But by his own telling, much of the foundation for his political beliefs can be found in the book, which predicts that America is hurtling toward a crisis on par with the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Great Depression.   ***Fadi Fawaz will soon have an opportunity to lift the lid on life with tragic music legend George Michael. The heartbroken photographer, 43, is in line for a £1million book deal according to a new report in the Daily Star. A publishing insider told the paper that there’s interest on both sides of the Atlantic – and bidding for Fadi’s story could be huge.
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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   **Chuck Berry fans are getting their chance to pay their respects to the rock ‘n’ roll visionary, roughly three weeks after his death at age 90 near his hometown of St. Louis. Fans of the legend behind such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven” can file past his casket later Sunday at The Pageant, a St. Louis club where he frequently performed. The public viewing will be followed by a private service for family and friends, including those in the music industry.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Mimi Sheraton: There aren’t too many advantages of ageing, but at least you have a perspective on trends. The danger, of course, is in thinking an idea will not work because it did not work before, when, in fact, times may have changed enough to give an old idea new relevancy. That said, I have been thinking a lot about trends in health food and responsible eating, which I have witnessed through the years. Clearly, I’m not the only one. The New York Time’s recently published an intriguing article, titled “The Hippies Have Won”. The preponderance of evidence that the author, Christine Muhlke, cites is the fact that so many new restaurants and cookbooks tout vegan and vegetarian menus featuring whole and ancient grains, kale, fermented ingredients (aka pickling) and products that are local, sustainable, organic and fair-trade. Many of these things, were, of course, touted by the counter-culture twenty or so years ago. (Never mind that at the same time we are being happily inundated with barbecue pits, steak and chop houses, delicatessens with new riffs on pastrami, nose-to-tail menus and a recent surge of French restaurants offering the long-cooked meats of the cuisine bourgeoise.)  In my gastronomic coming of age from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, the best-known health food guru wasAdelle Davis who in her various writings advocated a diet of whole yogurt and milk, brewers’ yeast, blackstrap molasses, wheat germ, carrot juice, raw beef liver, beans and a blender concoction called Tiger’s Milk (the first smoothie?) that combined some of those ingredients, but thankfully neither the liver nor the beans. In addition, she recommended a vitamin-pill regime with her own devised combination sold as Balanced-B in many health food stores.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: I first noticed it during the 2016 Republican presidential debates, which were crazy-making for so many reasons that I’m not sure how I zeroed in on this one. “Who” was being exiled from its rightful habitat. It was a linguistic bonobo: endangered, possibly en route to extinction. Instead of saying “people who,” Donald Trump said “people that.” Marco Rubio followed suit. Even Jeb Bush, putatively the brainy one, was “that”-ing when he should have been “who”-ing, so I was cringing when I should have been oohing. It’s always a dangerous thing when politicians get near the English language: Run for the exits and cover the children’s ears. But this bit of wreckage particularly bothered me. This was who, a pronoun that acknowledges our humanity, our personhood, separating us from the flotsam and jetsam out there. We’re supposed to refer to “the trash that” we took out or “the table that” we discovered at a flea market. We’re not supposed to refer to “people that call my office” (Rubio) or “people that come with a legal visa and overstay” (Bush). Or so I always assumed, but this nicety is clearly falling by the wayside, and I can’t shake the feeling that its plunge is part of a larger story, a reflection of so much else that is going wrong in this warped world of ours.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Janet Jackson is closing the chapter of her life dedicated to Wissam Al Mana. The pop star has split from the Qatari business man after five years of marriage, according to sources. The couple welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Eissa Al Mana, just months ago on January 3, 2017.  A source told The Mail, who was first to report the news, “They’re both busy people but determined to be good parents, even if they’re apart. It’s amicable and Eissa will stay with his mother, who is basing herself in London.”   ***Just married! Omarosa Manigault, the Apprentice‘s first and most famous villain who now works as a White House aide, wed Florida pastor John Allen Newman at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. Saturday. The two got engaged last July. Omarosa, 43, posted a photo of the two at their wedding on Twitter, while videos were also circulated online. In one, the two are seen exchanging their vows and the bride appears to jokingly recite, “for richer and for richer,” drawing laughter.

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