LBN – Special Report – Thursday

*UCLA Murderer Mainak Sarkar Accused Professor of Stealing His Code

A disgruntled Ph.D. student shot and killed his professor at UCLA on Wednesday after accusing him of stealing his computer coding, police told the Los Angeles Times. Mainak Sarkar shot and killed Prof. William Klug inside an engineering building before turning the gun on himself. According to the Times, Sarkar called Klug a “very sick person” in a since-deleted blog post, writing that he could not be trusted. Klug had been Sarkar’s adviser at the UCLA engineering school and “expressed gratitude to Klug for his help and support” in a 2013 doctoral dissertation, the Times reports.  Sarkar earned his master’s degree at Stanford after graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, according to a LinkedIn account in his name.  CBS News reports that police said Sarkar used a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and had no known criminal history. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said that found what could be considered a suicide note but “we do not know at this point.” TMZ reports that the note did not mention Klug.


*Clinton Email Architect Pleads the 5th

Bryan Pagliano refuses to talk. The former State Department staffer who had a hand in setting up Hillary Clinton’s private email server will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and decline to answer questions on the matter in a June 6 deposition, lawyers say. Pagliano—who worked on the likely Democratic presidential nominee’s 2008 campaign—is set to be deposed in a civil public-records lawsuit in Washington, D.C. Pagliano has also refused to appear before a House panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack. The Department of Justice granted Pagliano immunity in aspects of a criminal investigation regarding classified information, The Washington Post has reported.

*WHO READS LBN? Columnist Charles Blow

*Feds Clamp Down on Payday Loan Rates

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rolled out a new proposal Thursday that would limit payday loan interest rates. The loans, which have carried interest rates as high as 390 percent, would face new regulation. Agency Director Richard Cordray called the proposal “common sense,” adding that “too many borrowers seeking a short-term cash fix are saddled with loans they cannot afford and sink into long-term debt.” He continued, “It’s much like getting into a taxi just to ride across town and finding yourself stuck in a ruinously expensive cross-country journey.” The proposal includes a “full-payment” assessment for anyone borrowing up to $500 over the short-term. Lenders would be required to evaluate whether a potential borrower can even afford loan payments and still meet basic living expenses, Reuters reports.

*CNN Finds Somali ‘War Criminal’ Working at U.S. Airport

A former Somali commander accused of war crimes during the country’s civil war has been found  working at a United States airport. A CNN investigation discovered that Yusuf Abdi Ali has been employed by Washington’s Dulles International Airport, several miles outside D.C., as a security guard. Ali was known as “Colonel Tukeh,” and allegedly oversaw the mass torture and execution of the Isaaq clan during the brutal Somali civil war. According to the cable network, Ali came to the United States via Canada, with the assistance of his wife, who herself lied about her status to obtain citizenship in the United States. When CNN producers confronted him with a camera at the airport, he openly admitted his name was Yusuf Ali. However, upon being confronted at his residence, he refused to further answer questions. Ali is no longer employed by Dulles Airport.


1. The word “urine” is from the Latin urina, which is from the variant of the Proto-Indo-European root *awer, meaning “to moisten, flow.”

2. Some women in ancient Rome drank turpentine (which can be poisonous) because it made their urine smell like roses.

3. In ancient Egypt and Ireland, women stood to urinate. It was the men who sat or squatted.

4. In many Muslim countries, both men and women sit or squat to pee. They think standing up to urinate is something dogs, not humans, do.

5. In ancient China, both men and women stood up to urinate. Chinese noblemen would urinate into hollow canes so the urine would flow far way from their bodies.

6. Approximately 200 years ago, European women urinated standing up. They wore long dresses and no underpants.

7. Each year in Canada, about 225 men fall overboard and drown as a consequence of standing up in a boat to urinate overboard.

8. Ancient Roman spies used urine as invisible ink to write secrets between the lines of their official documents, hence the saying: “read between the lines.” The messages appeared only when heated.

9. The word “piss” is an onomatopoetic term for urine and has been used since before the 14th century.

10. American pioneers treated earaches by pouring warm urine in their ears and then plugging them with cloth.

11. It would take a dozen mice one entire day to fill a tablespoon with urine.

12. A horse such as a Clydesdale can urinate more than 4.5 gallons per day.

13. An elephant can urinate more than 13 gallons per day. It’s easier to measure this on a male elephant, as female elephants often poop and urinate at the same time.

14. A fin whale’s bladder can hold 5½ gallons of urine.

15. Tortoises in the Mojave Desert store up to 1/3 of their body weight in urine. When they need water, the water in their urine flows back into their bodies while the waste remains and expels.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: It is now here — Episode 2 – “Without Notes” TV interview show with iconic legal journalist Linda Deutsch

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Millions of Americans are missing out on a chance to avoid debilitating fractures from weakened bones, researchers say, because they are terrified of exceedingly rare side effects from drugs that can help them. Reports of the drugs’ causing jawbones to rot and thighbones to snap in two have shaken many osteoporosis patients so much that they say they would rather take their chances with the disease. Use of the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis drugs fell by 50 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to a recent paper, and doctors say the trend is continuing.

*LBN-SEE IT: Mikhail S. Gorbachev at his office in Moscow last month. “I keep saying that Russia needs more democracy,” he said.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Bruce Springsteen at Claridge’s in London.   ***Tom Brady and Caitlyn Jenner “hobnobbing” at Gallow Green in Chelsea in NYC.   ***James Franco seeing “American Psycho” before it closes on Sunday in NYC.   ***Leo DiCaprio at Chiltern Firehouse in London.   ***Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and wife Princess Katherine at a Lifeline Humanitarian Organization luncheon at Alfredo 100.


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