LBN- Special Report- Thursday December 1, 2016

Hillary’s Popular Vote Lead Passes 2.5 Million:

Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote lead over Donald Trump has now surpassed 2.5 million votes, giving her a nearly 2 percentage-point lead over the president-elect. Clinton’s lead over Trump has grown in the days following the election as remaining votes were tallied in Democratic strongholds across the country. Trump won the Electoral College with 306 votes to Clinton’s 232, largely buoyed by his wins in traditionally Democratic states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The five-second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on carpet. And, thanks to “microbial adhesion,” germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting.


Magic Mushrooms Ingredient May Lessen Depression Symptoms:

Psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” can help treat anxiety and depression, according to two new studies that involved people with advanced cancer. U.S. researchers say a single dose of psilocybin can alleviate symptoms for six months or longer. “I think it is a big deal both in terms of the findings and in terms of the history and what it represents,” said Stephen Ross, a director of addiction psychiatry at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Research on such chemicals “was part of psychiatry and vanished and now it’s been brought back,” he said. The Guardian reports that volunteers had profound spiritual experiences that made many participants “rethink life and death, ended their despair, and brought about lasting improvement in the quality of their lives.” The Journal of Psychopharmacology published the results of the research with commentaries from experts in palliative care and psychiatry, many of whom had backed similar research independently in their careers.

MLB Owners, Union Reach New Labor Deal:

After two days and nights of sleepless negotiations, Major League Baseball’s team owners and players’ union reached anew five-year labor deal late Wednesday evening. While the league has yet to reveal the full details of the pact, which effectively averted a lockout at next week’s winter meetings, sources told ESPN and the Associated Press that some of the major portions include: the granting of World Series home-field advantage to the pennant winner with the better regular-season record; the lengthening of the season to include more off-days, starting in 2018; a rise in the minimum salary for qualifying players; an increase in the luxury-tax threshold over the next few seasons; and a removal of the rule forcing teams who sign “premium” free agents to give up a first-round draft pick to the team losing that athlete.


Kanye West Released From Hospital After 9 Days:

Rapper Kanye West has reportedly been released from UCLA Medical Center following nine days of treatment for what has been described as a “mental breakdown” after he delivered a rant against Jay Z and Beyoncé as a concert in Sacramento. West subsequently canceled his remaining tour dates and was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 21 to treat “temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration.” The day before his release, US Weekly reported that West was attempting to record music from his hospital bed against the wishes of his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who remained by his side throughout the ordeal.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Sharon Stone at Nikki Beach St. Barts.   ***Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel at Juice Press on Prince Street in NYC.   ***Christopher Abbott at the Borderline Films retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens in NYC.   ***Mike Tyson at Empire Steak House with a group of 20, when Chazz Palminteri stopped by the restaurant and joined them.   ***President Barack Obama welcomed four recipients of the Nobel Prize to the White House on Wednesday. Singer Bob Dylan wasn’t among them. Obama used the Oval Office meeting to send a reminder that America is unique in its ability to attract talent from all around the world to study at its universities. Obama met with Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz, laureates of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics; Oliver Hart, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; and Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Target, Wal-Mart and Kohl’s each set some sort of online record over the five-day shopping extravaganza that ended Cyber Monday. Yet for many bricks-and-mortar retailers, blockbuster digital growth wasn’t enough to close the gap with Amazon.  According to new data by Slice Intelligence, which scanned more than 1 million online shopping receipts from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, Amazon accounted for 30.9 percent of sales. It was followed by Best Buy at 7.4 percent, Target at 4.4 percent, and Wal-Mart at 4.1 percent.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Jim Delligatti, the McDonald’s franchise owner who invented the Big Mac, died on Monday at his home in Fox Chapel, Pa. He was 98. The death was confirmed by his son Michael.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Gingrich on President-elect Trump’s greatest challenges  —-

Lenny Rosenberg & Adesa Swan Founders of Lars Productions Signs with UTA and Passes 250,000 Twitter Followers:

Lars Productions, started by Lenny Rosenberg, owner of the iconic Lenny’s Deli in Westwood, California and partner Adesa Swan in Lars Productions has generated over 250,000 followers on Twitter & over a million views on their Lars Productions You Tube Chanel for various television segments. With growing success, Rosenberg and Swan are now represented by UTA. Lars Productions, a full service reality TV production company, currently has a few projects in the works, that are sure to be big hits with a growing following on social media and a top talent agency to represent them. Of these projects, The Grub, premiered May 23, 2016 on JLTV. Represented by “super agent” Adam Leibner of UTA, Rosenberg and Swan are pitching a new show called, “In The Dough.” The show will follow Rosenberg and Swan as they invest and rebrand ailing restaurants around the country. Each exciting episode will take viewers on a new adventure. To learn more about Lars Productions, visit and follow them on twitter @larsproduction.

LBN-COMMENTARY by President Barack Obama: The challenge is, the technology is moving so fast that it’s less an issue of traditional media losing money. The New York Times is still making money. NPR is doing well. Yeah, it’s a nonprofit, but it has a growing audience. The problem is segmentation. We were talking about the issue of a divided country. Good journalism continues to this day. The challenge is people are getting a hundred different visions of the world from a hundred different outlets or a thousand different outlets, and that is ramping up divisions. It’s making people exaggerate or say what’s most controversial or peddling in the most vicious of insults or lies, because that attracts eyeballs. And if we are gonna solve that, it’s not going to be simply an issue of subsidizing or propping up traditional media; it’s going to be figuring out how do we organize in a virtual world the same way we organize in the physical world. We have to come up with new models.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: You are President of the United States and you have an irresistible urge to sound off against media bias and ‘fake news.’ Would you really use Rolling Stone magazine as your megaphone?  After all, a federal jury recently ruled that Rolling Stone defamed a dean at the University of Virginia. That is just the first fallout from Rolling Stone’s infamous 2014 article called ‘A Rape on Campus.’ That ‘rape’ never happened, which the magazine’s editors certainly should have known. But despite Rolling Stone’s aversion to the truth, President Obama granted a post-election audience to that thoroughly disgraced publication. In fact, he actually took a moment to praise the ‘great work’ being done by Rolling Stone. Why? Because the magazine and its boss Jann Wenner have been licking the president’s boots for eight years.  President Obama and his dazzling smile have adorned the magazine’s cover ten times, enough to make the long-forgotten band Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show jealous. You may remember Dr. Hook for these poetic lyrics: ‘It’s the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone.’

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Do You Want To Excel In The New Year:

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….Sarah Silverman:

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