LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: 32% of parents would install a “nanny cam” and not tell the babysitter.

*EpiPen Maker Offers Discount After Outrage Say Media Expert:

Following extremely critical news coverage and condemnation from politicians including Hillary Clinton, pharmaceutical maker Mylan has agreed to offer a discount to the patient cost of the EpiPen, the emergency epinephrine shot that stops anaphylaxis according to media expert and author Michael Levine ( ). The cost of the severe-allergy treatment had increased by more than 400 percent in the past 10 years. According to Levine, “Mylan said Thursday it would provide a savings card that covers $300 of the EpiPen 2-Pak, which would reduce the out-of-pocket cost for the drug by 50 percent.”  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) had asked this week that the Senate Judiciary Committee investigate the price hike. Klobuchar, whose daughter relies on the drug, called the price spike “unjustified.” “Only an idiot would deny that social media played a huge role in this decision” said Levine. “People were furious and organized and were quickly heard.”

*Trump Calls Clinton a Bigot as British ‘Brexit’ Leader Stumps for Him:
Thousands of miles away from home, in a solidly Republican state, a British populist politician came here on Wednesday todeliver “a message of hope and a message of optimism.” “You have a fantastic opportunity here,” said Nigel Farage, the outgoing U.K. Independence Party leader in Britain who is credited with leading the Brexit movement months ago. “You can go out, you can beat the pollsters, you can beat the commentators, you can beat Washington, and you’ll do it by doing what we did for Brexit in Britain.” In a campaign that has staked its reputation on “America First,” the presence of a foreign politician was as unexpected as a Republican presidential candidate campaigning in a deeply conservative state with 11 weeks left in the election, yet Mr. Farage delivered a rousing speech in support of Donald J. Trump, keeping in line with the candidate’s populist message and offering supporters a vision and an example that they can win. He repeatedly referred to how the Brexit vote represented an upstart victory for the “little people,” how his political effort turned out “people who have never voted in their lives” and how “anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared to stand up to the establishment.”

*Italian Earthquake Killed Nearly 250:
The 6.2-magnitude earthquake that hit central Italyearly Wednesday morning has killed at least 247 people, rescue officials say. That number is expected to rise as search operations continue throughout the day. Overnight, people were pulled slowly out from the rubble of their homes in the villages and towns east of Rome. The quake hit around 3:30 a.m. local time, destroying entire towns while their residents slept. The death toll on Wednesday jumped from an initial 2, to 73, to 120, to 159, to 247. More aftershocks, measuring about 5.1 and 5.4, hit the area early Thursday morning. “I haven’t slept much because I was really afraid,” a man who spent the night in a tent camp for survivors told Reuters.

*KINDNESS — Orlando Hospitals Won’t Bill Pulse Shooting Victims:

The Florida emergency facilities that treated the victims of the Pulse gay nightclub massacre in Orlando this summer will not bill the patients involved in the horrific event. The companies, Orlando Health and Florida Hospital, announcedWednesday they will instead write off at least $5.5 million in care. On June 12, 49 people were killed and dozens more were injured, after Omar Mateen opened fire on more than 100 unsuspecting club-goers. “The Pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community,” said Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong. “During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support. This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward.” Orlando Health’s main hospital is Orlando Regional Medical Center, which treated 44 of the victims. The families of the nine patients who died after arriving at the facility also will not be charged. Florida Hospital said it won’t even be billing the victims’ insurance, and will also absorb the costs of follow-up surgeries for survivors. “It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting,” said Daryl Tol, the president and CEO. “We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando.”

*UN: Syrian Regime and ISIS Have Used Chemical Weapons:
United Nations investigators have concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as well as ISIS militants, carried out chemical attacks in the country in 2014 and 2015. The UN and another group—the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons—said Syria used chlorine gas in at least two attacks and that ISIS likely used mustard gas in another. The organizations looked at nine cases in seven towns. Outside of the three confirmed, evidence led investigators to believe the others were legitimate cases in which responsibility simply couldn’t be officially established. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power called for action against Assad’s government, saying the findings were no different than the “numerous other confirmed cases of chemical weapons use across Syria, and countless other allegations of such use, including as recently as several weeks ago.” The French ambassador to the UN, Alexis Lamek, said: “When it comes to proliferation, use of chemical weapons, such weapons of mass destruction, we cannot afford being weak and the council will have to act.” The UN Security Council will convene to discuss the issue on Aug. 30.

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*Hope Solo Suspended for 6 Months:

U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for six months from the national team for “conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles,” according to U.S. Soccer. After her team lost to the Swedish team at the Olympics, Solo called the team a “bunch of cowards” in an interview. “Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement Wednesday. Solo said she was “saddened by the federation’s decision” late Wednesday, noting that she had “never wavered” in her commitment to the sport. “I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven’t made the best choices or said the right things,” she said in a statement on her Facebook page. “My entire career, I have only wanted the best for this team, for the players and the women’s game and I will continue to pursue these causes with the same unrelenting passion with which I play the game.”


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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***When is it safe for a woman with breast cancer to skip chemotherapy? A new study helps answer that question, based on a test of gene activity in tumors. It found that nearly half of women with early-stage breast cancer who would traditionally receive chemo can avoid it, with little risk of the cancer coming back or spreading in the next five years. The so-called genomic test measures the activity of genes that control the growth and spread of cancer, and can identify women with a low risk of recurrence and therefore little to gain from chemo. “More and more evidence is mounting that there is a substantial number of women with breast cancer who will not need chemotherapy to do well,” said Dr. Rachel A. Freedman, a breast cancer oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She was not involved in the study.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***L.A.’s Rock ‘n Roll royalty were out in force at the elegant estate of power music attorney John Branca last night in Beverly Hills for this third evening of “Music Trivia”. Hosted by Branca, manager Jeff Jampol and Branca’s daughter Jessica, trophies were awarded for rock trivia from 1950’s – 1980’s.   ***Rachel Weisz at a premiere for her latest film, “Complete Unknown,” at Metrograph. In the 45 seconds we were allowed by organizers to interview her, she told us: “I would like to get off the grid. That appeals to me. Solar panels and no Internet, that sounds like fun for a few weeks a year”.   ***Björn Borg and Rod Laver with Tony Godsick and Dirk Ziff at San Pietro after a press conference announcing the Laver Cup.   ***The Weeknd, French Montana and Nick Cannon celebrating Noah Tepperberg’s birthday at Marquee.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirkhas nabbed a book deal to write essays about his life and comic journey. Random House announced Wednesday that the still-untitled book will explore Odenkirk’s career working at Chicago’s Second City to writing and acting on “Saturday Night Live,” ”Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” ”Mr. Show,” ”Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Crafting Ideas Into Legal Solutions: —-

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. is not a public company, but every three months, dozens of shareholders get on a conference call to hear the latest details on its business performance from its head of finance, Gautam Gupta. On Friday, Gupta told investors that Uber’s losses mounted in the second quarter. Even in the U.S., where Uber had turned a profit during its first quarter, the company was once again losing money. In the first quarter of this year, Uber lost about $520 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, according to people familiar with the matter. In the second quarter the losses significantly exceeded $750 million, including a roughly $100 million shortfall in the U.S., those people said. That means Uber’s losses in the first half of 2016 totaled at least $1.27 billion.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: “Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas; he must burst it open.” – Albert Einstein ——

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Sonia Rykiel, the Paris fashion designer who planted her contrarian flag on the Left Bank in the 1960s, flouted haute couture conventions and created chic ready-to-wear clothes that caught on around the world with generations of women on the go, died on Thursday at her home in Paris. She was 86. The death was announced by the Élysée Palace, the office of the French president, and by Ms. Rykiel’s daughter, Nathalie, the artistic director of the fashion house her mother began. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Diana Ross just placed a full-page ad in Variety to congratulate daughter Tracee Ellis for her Emmy nomination for “Black-ish” — but the diva is less gracious when it comes to grocery shopping. Sources caught Miss Ross shopping in West Hollywood and pulling right into a handicap spot.   ***Billionaire Tesla titan Elon Musk has been trying to court newly divorced actress Amber Heard for four years. Sources reported that the pair spent a weekend together in June at the Delano South Beach in Miami.

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