LBN – Special Report – Thrusday


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*AR-15 Inventor’s Family: It Was Never for Civilians:

The family of the now-deceased inventor of the AR-15 rifle spoke out Wednesday against civilian usage of the weapon. “Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47,” the Stoner family said. “He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events.” Members of the family asked for individual anonymity but said as a group that he was an “avid sportsman, hunter, and skeet shooter.” They said he neither used his creation for sport, nor kept it for personal defense. He never owned one, they said.

*Dem Secures Vote with 15-Hour Filibuster:

Sen. Chris Murphy ended his nearly 15-hour filibuster early Thursday after GOP leaders allegedly agreed to allow votes on two potential gun-control bills. Murphy said he felt satisfied with the compromise, after vowing to stand and speak “until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together.” The two measures that will be voted on involve whether to expand background checks at gun shows and online sales, as well as whether to ban those on the terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses. “We did not have that commitment when we started today,” Murphy said. During the filibuster, the Connecticut Democrat discussed mass shootings, background checks, and banning gun sales to those on watch lists. Murphy said, “I can’t tell you how hard it is to look into the eyes of the families of those little boys and girls who were killed in Sandy Hook and tell them that almost four years later, we’ve done nothing, nothing at all to reduce the likelihood that that will happen again to another family.” Murphy spoke for 14 hours and 50 minutes, revitalized in his effort by Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 53 others. “I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of the ongoing slaughter of innocents, and I’ve had enough of inaction in this body,” Murphy said.

*WHO READS LBN? NBA Super-star LeBron James:

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Government sources briefed on the FBI investigation said Omar Mateen watched ISIS beheading videos and told his co-workers about them. He also reportedly said he wanted to be a “martyr” for the Islamic State terror group and that if the FBI “raided his house and killed his wife and child, that would free him to martyr himself in an operation.” Mateen was also apparently addicted to steroids at one point.

*Ichiro Tops Pete Rose’s Hit Record:

Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki scored his 4,257th career hit Wednesday, exceeding Pete Rose’s record total of 4,256. But the former Cincinnati Reds star said this week that Suzuki’s hits weren’t equal to his own because some were recorded in Japan. “I’m not trying to take anything away from Ichiro—he’s had a Hall of Fame career—but the next thing you know, they’ll be counting his high-school hits,” he said. “I don’t think you’re going to find anybody with credibility say that Japanese baseball is equivalent to Major League Baseball.” But Suzuki said he wasn’t even trying to top Rose’s record, saying “It was just kind of a weird situation to be in because of the combined total.” Suzuki said it’s not about the record for him. “It’s about my teammates and the fans.” Rose was banned from Major League Baseball in 1989 for gambling on games.


*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***“Mickey Maose” has officially arrived. In a rain-dampened ceremony attended by Chinese dignitaries, the Walt Disney Company on Thursday opened its $5.5 billion Shanghai Disney Resort, a theme park and hotel complex that represents a hard-fought victory in China for the singularly American entertainment conglomerate. “Our dream comes true,” a beaming Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, said in Mandarin at the ceremony’s start. The park — Disney’s first on the Chinese mainland — was held up as nothing less than a historic symbol of United States-China relations. Mr. Iger read aloud a letter sent by President Obamathat heralded the resort as capturing “the promise of our bilateral relationship.” In a letter of his own, China’s president,Xi Jinping, called the project, which took nearly two years of bruising negotiations to realize, a sign of China’s “commitment to cross-cultural cooperation and our innovation mentality in the new era.”

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Should parents talk to an overweight child about weight? Or should they just keep their mouths shut? Parents in this situation are understandably torn. Say something, and they risk shaming a child or worse, triggering an eating disorder. Say nothing, and they worry they’re missing an opportunity to help their child with what could become a serious long-term health problem. Now a new study offers some guidance: Don’t make comments about a child’s weight.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Voted – “Best Computer Consultant in L.A.” – three (3) years in a row – Best of Los Angeles Award : —–

*WHO READS LBN? Senator Pat Toomey:


1. The British drink about 165 million cups of tea a day.

2. The United Kingdom drinks about 165 million cups of tea a day, or 62 billion cups per year.

3. Britain is the second-largest nation of tea drinkers per capita. Ireland is the first.

4. In Morocco, it is the man’s job to pour the tea. He holds the long spouted pot high above the glass while pouring so that each glass of tea has a slightly frothy head to it.

5. China is the world’s largest producer of tea. In 2009, China produced 1,359,000 tonnes; India was second with 979,000 tonnes.

6. It is widely believed that iced tea was invented in 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair by Richard Blechynden, a British tea merchant. However, at least one late 19th century cookbook includes a recipe for iced tea.

7. An estimated 85% of tea that is consumed in the United States is iced tea.

8. Over 519 million pounds of tea are imported into the United States each year.

9. Over 1.42 million pounds of tea are consumed in the U.S. every day.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Californians (Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Laraine Newman, Kenan Thompson, Betty White, Taylor Swift) reunite and get some surprising news about their pool boy Craig (Bradley Cooper). Plus,David Spade and Cecily Strong bring the sketch to an abrupt end. ——

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Oprah Winfrey arriving with Cynthia Erivo as a surprise guest to a Rainbow Room lunch in NYC for O Magazine.   ***Home Depot mogul Kenneth Langone at Primola in NYC with developer Larry Silverstei Amar’e Stoudemire, Ray Lewis and Jay Williams watching the NBA Finals at American Cut in NYC.   ***Clive Davis and Alan Aldaseeing cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform after a premiere of the HBO doc “The Music of Strangers”.   ***Giovanni Ribisi dining atAñejo Tribeca in NYC.   ***Chloë Sevigny at RM 09 boutique at Haven Montauk.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are expecting their second child, her rep confirmed on Wednesday night. In May, Kunis, 32, revealed on “Ellen” that she and Kutcher were trying to have another baby.   ***Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters, a vocal critic of Israel, is dating Palestinian journalist and author Rula Jebreal after divorcing his fourth wife. Waters, 72, and Jebreal, 43, have been dating for a few months, in the aftermath of Waters’ split with wifeLaurie Durning.

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