LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*HIGH TIMES! Study: 10 Million More Americans Smoke Pot Now Than 12 Years Ago

In comparison to 12 years ago, about 10 million more Americans now smoke pot, according to a study published in the British medical journal Lancet. The study’s author, Wilson M. Compton, said “we certainly expected, based on other research, to find an increase.” He added, “It’s well known in the U.S. that the laws related to marijuana have been changing; we’ve seen a number of states passing laws to allow marijuana for medical purposes.” The study drew from data through the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2002 to 2014. Compton said he was most surprised at the uptick in “how many people there are using marijuana in a daily or near-daily basis”—a figure that doubled to 8.4 million from 3.9 million.

*SpaceX Rocket Explodes at Cape Canaveral:
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is reported to have exploded during a routine test Thursday morning at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as it was resting on a launch pad. Multiple blasts were reported before thick, dark smoke filled the sky. Eyewitnesses tweeted that nearby buildings shook. The rocket was set to take off on Saturday to deliver a satellite. Brevard County’s emergency management office said in a tweet that the explosions posed no threat to the general public. SpaceX said in a statement later Thursday morning that the incident was an “anomaly … resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload,” and confirmed there were no injuries.

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*Trump: Mexico Will Still Pay for Wall:
Hours after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he’d warned Donald Trump that Mexico would not pay for any wall between the two countries, Trump doubled down and told a crowd in Phoenix that Mexico, not the U.S. would cover all costs of the wall. “Mexico will pay for the wall, 100 percent. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for it,” Trump said in a fiery immigration speech Wednesday night, adding that the wall would be “beautiful” and “impenetrable.” Oddly, Trump’s comments seemed to contradict not only the Mexican president, but also himself, as he’d admitted after the pair’s meeting that there had been no discussion on who would pay for the wall. Despite praising his meeting with Nieto as “substantive” and “constructive,” Trump took on a much harsher tone in his speech to supporters in Arizona. Promising “extreme vetting” of immigrants, Trump said he’d have no mercy on undocumented immigrants. “Day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone,” he said, promising to create a “deportation task force,” joking that “maybe they’ll be able to deport” Hillary Clinton.

*Report: U.S. Agreed to Secret Exemptions for Iran:
The U.S., along with other world powers, reportedly agreed to secret exemptions that “favor Iran” after the parties’ 2015 nuclear pact, according to Reuters. The other negotiating partners were Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany. The report’s author, former UN weapons inspector David Albright, contends that he gathered information based on unnamed officials from those nations. When questioned by Reuters reporters, U.S. officials say no such secret arrangements were made. The report will be released Thursday by the Institute for Science and International Security. “The exemptions or loopholes are happening in secret, and it appears that they favor Iran,” Albright said. According to Albright, the allowances were made so that an economic deadline could be met for Iran.

*WHO READS LBN? Actress Aya Cash:

*Samsung Halts Galaxy Note 7 Shipments After Reports of Fires:
Samsung has halted shipments of its Galaxy Note 7 in order to test the device, after reports surfaced of the smartphones catching fire or exploding while charging. A Samsung spokesman did not confirm the reports of the fires and would not say whether the delay was applicable outside of South Korea. He did not say why the shipments were halted. Social-media sites showed photos of scorched devices, and a national news agency reported there were at least five verifiable claims of the devices combusting.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Kim Kardashian and Kanye Westhaving dinner at Zuma in Midtown in NYC sans security.   New York Yankee legend and Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly visiting the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Wednesday with his family.   ***Christy Turlingtonand husband Ed Burns at Sunset Beach in NYC.   ***Ryan Lochte dining at Carmine’s in NYC on Monday night, drinking wine with friends over dinner.   ***LBN Editor Addie Beaulieu having dinner last night with her parents at Baltaire in Brentwood.


*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Are You Ready To Brand Yourself? —

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Sir Paul McCartney, performing at an exclusive Hillary Clinton Hamptons fundraiser, poked fun at the event’s sky-high ticket prices, saying, “This is the first time in my entire life when I have paid to hear myself sing.” The former Beatle took to the stage at the $25,000-a-ticket fundraiser at Jimmy Buffett’s house in Sagaponack on Tuesday. Prices went up to $100,000 for those who would be listed as hosts and receive a private photo and reception with Hillary. McCartney joked about Clinton’s cash grab onstage, saying, “I have performed before and not gotten paid. But this is the first time in my entire life when I have paid to hear myself sing.”

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***The Sumner Redstone saga will get the tell-all treatment by Christine Peters — the girlfriend who ended the Viacom/CBS owner’s 52-year marriage. Peters, theglamorous ex-wife of movie producer Jon Peters and former business partner of Paramount boss Bob Evans, is working with New York literary agent David Vigliano on finding a publisher for her memoirs. “It’s about my years in Hollywood and working with some of the most crazy, genius, dysfunctional producers in the business,” the mother of two told me.   ***In his new book, Vibes from the Screen: Getting Greater Enjoyment from Films, film class instructor and enthusiast Bob Moss explains how movie fans can get more out of their movie-going experience by becoming familiar with the many processes involved in creating a film.

*WHO READS LBN? Producer B.D. Gunnell:

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Welcome to Episode #2 of the TV Interview Show “Without Notes” – A revealing interview about the painful childhood of a prominent Catholic Priest Father Michael Manning:

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dr. Joy Browne, the syndicated radio and television psychologist who dispensed advice and earnest inspiration over the air for nearly four decades, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 71 and still hosting her daily three-hour radio program. Her death was confirmed by her brother David Oppenheim, who did not give a cause.

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***While Drake gave a touching speech at the VMAs, calling Rihanna “someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old,” insiders say he’s actually the one who’s been holding out. Says a source, “She’s always been into him. It’s him, not her, who has been backing off the relationship.” But now they are on the same page. The pair was “all over each other” at E11even in Miami on Tuesday.   ***Barbra Streisand has complained several times about people mispronouncing her name — and the diva even called Apple CEO Tim Cook when Siri (on an iPhone) got it wrong. So she couldn’t have been happy when CBS spelled her name incorrectly on their Sunday morning special. The broadcast used a graphic with two pictures of the singer with the words, “Legends: Barbra Steisand.”

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