LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*Report: U.S. Swimmers ‘Fabricated’ Robbery Story:
Brazilian police sources have reportedly told ABC News the U.S. Olympic swimmers who claimed they were robbed in Rio over the weekend may have fabricated their story. The source told a reporter that “one of the swimmers was seen on CCTV footage breaking down the door to the bathroom at the gas station and fighting with a security guard” on the night of the alleged crime. Ryan Lochtesaid Sunday that he and three teammates were held at gunpoint in a taxi at around 4 a.m. He then told Matt Lauer on Wednesday that the men used a restroom at the gas station and that the driver held the car still while men approached with weapons and badges. Lochte left Rio on Tuesday, just before an order was issued for him to remain in Brazil. Other swimmers were pulled off a plane Wednesday night while they tried to return to the U.S.

*Normandy Museum to Sell Its D-Day Tanks:

The Normandy Tank Museum plans to sell its entire collection of armored vehicles, including some used during the D-Day invasion, at an auction next month. The museum commemorates, among other events, the June 6, 1944, landing of 160,000 Allied troops on France’s northern beaches. They clashed with Axis forces along a 50-mile stretch of the coastline, leading to the fall of Hitler’s reign. The auction, to be held Sept. 18, will also include motorcycles, trucks, aircraft, and other military vehicles. Most of the collection has been restored and is functional. More than 40 armored vehicles will be up for sale with other military keepsakes. “We thought the museum would attract more people,” co-founder Stephane Nerrant said. Nerrant’s father started the collection in the 1980s, and the museum opened in 2013.


*Convicted Terror Plotter Released Early:

A man in Germany who was convicted of training in Pakistan with an al Qaeda offshoot in order to bomb U.S. targets based in Germany was released early from prison this week. Fritz Gelowicz, 36, was sentenced in 2010 to serve 12 years and was discharged by a Düsseldorf court because he was no longer believed to be a danger. His good behavior and earlier time served while awaiting trial were also factors. He will be required to regularly check in with a probation officer, officials said. His defense attorney, Dirk Uden, told reporters that his client had expressed remorse and co-operated fully with authorities. “I’m sure he will not use any violence against anybody,” he said. The United States has officially designated him a terrorist, and he is on a sanctions list by the United Nations.

*Whitey Bulger Asks Supreme Court to Hear Appeal:
Convicted Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger has turned to the U.S. Supreme Court to have his appeal of multiple racketeering convictions heard. Bulger, 86, is serving a life sentence for his role in 11 murders in the Boston area from the 1970s to late 1990s. In his petition to the Supreme Court, Bulger’s lawyer Hank Brennan argues that a judge’s ruling to bar Bulger from telling the jury about his immunity claim violated his right to fair trial. Bulger said he had been promised immunity from federal authorities during his time leading the White Hill Gang. “This error affected the fundamental fairness of Mr. Bulger’s trial and his convictions should be automatically reversed as a result,” Brennan said. An earlier appeal to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was unsuccessful, with a three-judge panel ruling that Bulger had failed to prove his right to a fair trial was violated.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Arthur Hiller, an Academy Award-nominated director whose long career began in live television and flourished in the movies in the 1970s with crowd-pleasers like the phenomenally successful “Love Story,” died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 92. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced his death.   ***John F. Timoney, a blunt Irish-born cop who could outrun crooks and quote Yeats and who, as a ranking police official in New York, Philadelphia and Miami, plotted innovative strategies that reversed years of skyrocketing crime, died on Tuesday in Miami. He was 68. The cause was complications of lung cancer, his brother, Ciaran, said. Mr. Timoney was living in Miami and died in a hospital there.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***In early 2014, The New York Times introduced an app called NYT Now that would provide a curated list of stories — for a lower price than a full digital subscription — to what it hoped would be a younger, mobile-savvy audience. Jill Abramson, then the executive editor of The Times, unveiled the app at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Tex. On Thursday, The Times announced it was officially shelving NYT Now. The app will no longer be available to download starting the week of Aug. 29.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Veteran producer Tony Dimond back from Memphis, Tenn. where he directed an episode of “Fatal Attraction” for the TV One Network.   ***Oprah Winfrey and Gayle Kinghaving an early dinner at Upland in NYC.   ***John Legend at Mamo in Soho in NYC.   ***Jack Nicholson in a blue Hawaiian shirt at the UA East Hampton Cinema at midnight with two pals.   ***Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of “Hamilton” celebrating the show’s one-year anniversary on Broadway at Geoffrey Zakarian’sLambs Club in NYC.   ***Geraldo Rivera and wife Ericacelebrating their “lucky” 13th wedding anniversary at the Polo Bar in NYC.   ***ESPN’S Michael Wilbon hanging at the Local Chicago with five pals.   ***“Harry Potter” star Tom Felton at Hunt & Fish Club for a romantic dinner of oysters and Champagne with a mystery woman.   ***Mary-Louise Parker at Foot Heaven in Chinatown. The Pell Street salon, which features a prominent “Legitimate Service: No Hanky Panky” sign, is said to deliver the best foot massage in Manhattan.   ****Gwyneth Paltrow at BookHampton.   ***Marylou Whitney being serenaded by Bob Hardwick’s band with original tune “Marylou” at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Annual Ball.   ***Katie Holmes and designer Zac Posen were spotted taking Holmes and Tom Cruise’s daughter, Suri, 10, and two of Suri’s tween friends to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.” Spies said Suri and company then went backstage to meet the musical’s star, Leona Lewis.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:  ***Phoenix didn’t get a chance to say “hello” to Adele on Wednesday after the chanteuse came down with a nasty cold, forcing her to cancel her second performance in the city.“Hello, everyone, specifically everyone in Phoenix and Arizona,” the singer, 28, said in an Instagram video late Wednesday afternoon. “I can’t do my show tonight, my second show here. I’m really, really sorry. I’ve had a cold for a couple days, and I’ve been pushing through it and I did my show last night and I loved it, but I pushed too hard.” Noticeably hoarse and without makeup, she added, “My cold has gotten the better of me, and as you can hear, even if I did my show, it wouldn’t be very good.”

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Shannen Doherty won’t stop living her life because she’s battling breast cancer — and her ex-manager thinks that’s grounds for her to be deposed for a second time. Doherty, 45, sued Steven Blatt for mismanaging her insurance premiums and allowing her health insurance to lapse last year, claiming she couldn’t go to the doctor until she had insurance. That allegedly led to a delay in her breast cancer diagnosis, which ended up spreading during her lapse. Blatt’s team already deposed Doherty for seven hours, which is the standard time in California, but are requesting an extension, TMZ reports. Blatt and his lawyers claim that because Doherty has been doing press and traveling she’s healthy enough for another deposition, which would likely be four hours long.

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