LBN – Special Report – Sunday February 26, 2017

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A report by the New York-based Conference Board predicted that dog walkers will be more in demand than elementary-school teachers in the next decade — presumably because millennials are more interested in having dogs than babies. “The pet market has been transformed by humanization of pets,” David Sprinkle, the research director at, told the New York Times recently. “The term ‘pet parent’ has increasingly replaced ‘pet owner.’ ”

Dozens Injured After Truck Crash at Mardi Gras Parade:

At least 28 people were injured when a man drove a truck into the crowd at a Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans on Saturday night. The driver of the truck, who is in custody, hit two cars before ramming into the crowd and is believed to have been highly intoxicated, Police Chief Michael Harrison said. None of the injuries are life-threatening, but five people were seriously hurt. Harrison added that there is no evidence yet that the incident amounted to terrorism.

Malaysia: Kim Jong Nam Died Within 20 Minutes:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, died within 20 minutes of coming in contact with a nerve agent that was smothered on his face earlier this month at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s health minister said on Sunday. Kim Jong Nam died on Feb. 13 after two women allegedly rubbed VX nerve agent on his face. “VX only requires 10 milligrams to be absorbed into the system to be lethal, so I presume that the amount of dose that went in is more than that,” Subramaniam Sathasivam said at a news conference. “The doses were so high and it did it so fast and all over the body, so it would have affected his heart, it would have affected his lungs, it would have affected everything.” South Korea has blamed the killing on the north, which has denied involvement. Malaysian officials believe four North Korean men who left Malaysia the day Kim Jong Nam was killed provided the two women with the nerve agent, a banned substance under international law. One of the two women, an Indonesian, previously said she thought she was participating in a TV prank. She also said she was given $90 before rubbing the nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face.


Hitler was routinely injected with cocaine, meth and opiates: 

When we think of Adolf Hitler, we tend to imagine him as theraging, crowd-inciting dictator. But “Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich” paints a very different picture, one of a full-on junkie who could barely show up for military meetings without his regular injections of cocaine, methamphetamine and opiates. In one of the book’s most harrowing scenes, author Norman Ohlerdescribes how “Hitler’s veins were so wrecked” by late 1944 that even his personal physician “could hardly penetrate them.”When he finally did manage to break the skin, “it actually made a crunching noise.” Some of the best stories read like scenes from a stoner movie comedy. When Hitler visits his vacation mountain home in Obersalzberg — “his frozen cloud-cuckoo-land,” writes Ohler — he spends his free time watching ravens and performing “his wearing impersonations of the sounds made by different machine guns used in the Second World War.” Ohler just lets that visual scene play out in your head and then offers, “Whether he did so high or not, we cannot tell.”

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Actor Bill Paxton Dies at 61:

Actor Bill Paxton died on Saturday, according to TMZ, aftercomplications from surgery. The Emmy Award-winner was 61. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” his family said in a statement. “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.” Paxton starred in films including TitanicTwisterApollo 13, and The Terminator. Paxton leaves behind a wife and two children.

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Report: U.S. Considers Dropping Off of UN Human Rights Council:

The U.S. is reportedly considering dropping off of the United Nations Human Rights Council over alleged anti-Israel bias. Aformer State Department official told Politico that the administration is also questioning the council’s “usefulness overall,” due to the fact that some countries with subpar human rights records are allowed on the council. Politico reports that a final decision on whether to pull out of the body would involve President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. When asked about the possibility of dropping off, State Department spokesman Mark Toner only said the U.S. delegation “will be fully involved in the work of the HRC session which starts Monday.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:    ***The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community, started three (3) years ago to spotlight the best people, places and things in L.A., has surpassed 3,000 member over the weekend.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Nanci Ryder — the Hollywood publicist who was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 — was honored at the annual Publicists Guild Awards on Friday before the Oscars. “This is going to be some of the best acting I’ve ever done and it’s for you,” said Renée Zellweger as she fought back tears while presenting Ryder with the President’s Award. “Can I borrow a napkin?” she asked from the stage at the Beverly Hilton.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Are YOU a Brand? —–

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Patty Freedman, an actress who became a publicist, died in her New York home on Feb. 17. The 64-year-old had been battling breast cancer. Born in Detroit but raised in Southfield, Mich., Freedman started performing early at Cass Tech, Detroit’s performing arts high school, before attending Interlochen Arts Camp and University of Michigan, from which she graduated with honors and musical theater degree.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes”, TV’s most revealing interview. Episode # 2 featuring the world most famous dominatrix Isabella Sinclaire. She tells a shocking story of her being stalking by a criminal.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Much has been made of Melania Trump’s absence from the capital. But our new president’s most intense, primal, torrid relationship is in full “The War of the Roses” bloom here. And it is not with his beautiful, reserved wife. It’s with the press, the mirror for the First Narcissus. President Trump thinks that the mirror is cracked and the coverage is “fake.” And many in the press, spanning the ideological spectrum, think that he is cracked and that a lot of his pronouncements are fake. Can this strange, symbiotic relationship be saved? Probably not. It is too inflamed and enmeshed, too full of passionate accusations. It’s going to end like all those plays and movies — from “Othello” to “Endless Love” — where the mutual attraction is so powerful, it’s toxic.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Natalie Portman will not be rocking maternity styles on the red carpet at the 2017 Oscars or the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards this weekend. The 35-year-old star is unable to attend either ceremony due to her pregnancy. Portman is expecting her second child with husband Benjamin Millepied and is in her third trimester. The baby will join big brother Aleph, 5.   ***Meryl Streep isn’t holding back when it comes to addressing Karl Lagerfeld head on. Two days after WWD published an interview with the Chanel creative director in which he accused the Florence Foster Jenkins star of enlisting another designer to create her 2017 Oscars look because she wished to receive financial compensation for wearing it, the actress has responded in a statement. “In reference to Mr. Lagerfeld’s ‘statement,’ there is no ‘controversy’: Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist, and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication,” Meryl’s statement reads.   ***Former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and his girlfriend, Silicon Valley CEO Anne Wojcicki, have broken up after dating for just under a year, sources confirm. Rodriguez — who is in Los Angeles this weekend and will be attending Oscar parties, including the Vanity Fair bash, solo — and Wojcicki, the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, quietly separated a few months ago we’re told.

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