LBN- Special Report Thursday November 24, 2016

New York Using Sand-Filled Trucks at Macy’s Parade:

New York police will be using sand-filled trucks, radiation detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs and heavily armed officers at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday after the Islamic State urged followers to attack the event. About 3.5 million people are expected to walk the parade route through Manhattan for the annual parade that sees cartoon character balloons float along with participants. Authorities say 82 sand trucks from the city’s Sanitation Department will be used to protect the parade from a possible terrorist attack. The sand trucks, which weigh more than 30 tons when filled with sand, are meant to prevent any vehicles from being able to ram through the parade’s perimeter. “We are aware of some of the reports that have been out there, but I want to assure all New Yorkers there’s no credible and specific information of any specific threat directed toward this parade,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said ahead of the parade on Wednesday. Ahead of the parade, the Islamic State told followers the heavily televised parade would be a perfect target for a holiday attack. In its online magazine, the group encouraged followers to use vehicles for mass attacks, similar to the Bastille Day attack in Nice.

Arab social media ablaze with ‘Israel is burning’ posts celebrating fires: 

Inflammatory social media posts celebrating widespread fires in Israel go viral in the Arab world as blazes rage in the Jewish state. Arab social media networks on Thursday were rife with inflammatory celebratory reactions in light of the myriad of brush fires that have been blazing across central and northern Israel since Tuesday. Dry conditions and high winds have spread the flames across the central and northern regions of Israel as well as parts of the West Bank. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said Thursday morning that he suspected that up to half of the fires had be intentionally ignited by arsonists. Meanwhile, Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) suggested that those who set them could not be Jewish. “Tel_Aviv_IsBurning” was the most common Arabic hashtag trending on Arab social media platforms on Thursday morning.

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Dying Civilians Trapped in Mosul Battle:

The slow painful battle to oust ISIS from their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul is forcing military officials to second guess their strategy of asking the city’s civilian residents to stay at home and wait out the fighting. More and more innocents have been caught in the crossfire or deliberately targeted by ISIS fighters. After six weeks of battle, there is no end in sight and the Iraqi military is reluctant to bring in the heavy weaponry which would defeat ISIS for fear of killing civilians in even greater numbers. There are fears that a mass evacuation at this stage would leave the residents of Mosul even more vulnerable.

Report: Trump Skipping Intel Briefings:

According to a report from The Washington Post, president-elect Donald Trump has only received two classified intelligence briefings since winning the election this month, which is notably lower than previous presidents at this stage. Vice president-elect Mike Pence has set aside time for near daily briefings, according to officials. Trump transition team officials said that he is devoting time to filling his administration at this stage and not to make too big a deal of the lack of briefings thus far. Trump also hasn’t met with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper yet.


Huckabee Warns Trump: Don’t Hire Mitt Romney:

Mike Huckabee, a close ally of Donald Trump, warned the president-elect on Wednesday that hiring Mitt Romney to be secretary of state would be an insult to Trump backers. Appearing on Fox & Friends, the former Arkansas governor lamented that Romney is even being considered for a major post after bitterly fighting with Trump during the campaign. “He attacked [Trump] on a personal level about his character, his integrity, his honor,” Huckabee said. “There’s only one way that Mitt Romney can be considered for a post like that, and that is if he goes to a mic in a very public place and repudiates everything he said.” Furthermore, the twice-failed Republican candidate added, a Romney appointment “would be a real insult to all those Donald Trump voters who worked really hard.”

Jill Stein Raises Enough for Wisconsin Recount:

Jill Stein has raised enough money for a recount in Wisconsin, the Green Party presidential nominee’s campaign said Thursday. In less than a day, Stein raised at least $2.7 million, her fundraising page said. “Congratulations on meeting the recount costs for Wisconsin. Raising money to pay for the first round so quickly is a miraculous feat and a tribute to the power of grassroots organizing,” a statement released by her campaign said. On Wednesday, Stein questioned whether the election results were reliable after the “divisive and painful” election campaign was plagued by reports of hacked voter databases. “These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified,” Stein said in a statement. Stein is also seeking to raise funds for a recount in Michigan and Pennsylvania, both of which have deadlines set for next week. Filing fees for a recount in Michigan amount to $600,000, and a recount in Michigan will cost $500,000.

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Ralph Branca, Dodgers Legend, Dead at 90: 

Brooklyn Dodgers pitching great Ralph Branca passed away Tuesday at his home in Rye, N.Y., at the age of 90. Branca was a three-time All-Star who, despite his solid pitching career, became known for giving up a ninth-inning home run to Bobby Thomson in a 1951 National League championship game. The so-called “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” sent the Dodgers packing for the offseason. (Thomson and the New York Giants went on to lose the World Series in six games to the New York Yankees.) No official reason was given for Branca’s passing.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***A Thanksgiving morning Today show segment that profiled Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago retreat featured a bubbly interview with the President-elect’s former butler — with no mention that the former Trump employee was investigated by the Secret Service for writing that Obama should be “hung for treason!!!”Anthony Senecal, the Trump butler, was included on a segment talking about the specs of Trump’s “winter White House” in Florida, where the mogul typically resides during the holidays and spent “the past twenty Thanksgivings.”

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***An experimental Alzheimer’s drug that had previously appeared to show promise in slowing the deterioration of thinking and memory has failed in a large Eli Lilly clinical trial, dealing a significant disappointment to patients hoping for a treatment that would alleviate their symptoms.The failure of the drug, solanezumab, underscores the difficulty of treating people who show even mild dementia, and supports the idea that by that time, the damage in their brains may already be too extensive. And because the drug attacked the amyloid plaques that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s, the trial results renew questions about a leading theory of the disease, which contends that it is largely caused by amyloid buildup. No drug so far has been able to demonstrate that removing or preventing the accumulation of amyloid translates into a result that matters for patients: stalling or blocking some of the symptoms of dementia. “It’s not going to be disease-modifying therapy for mild patients, so that’s heartbreaking,” said Dave Ricks, the incoming president and chief executive of Eli Lilly.   ***People in their 20s and 30s are being treated for varicose veins, knee joint problems and other conditions usually associated with old age. Bad postures and sedentary lifestyles have led to a rise in the number of younger people experiencing complaints such as back pain and hemorrhoids, according to analysis by Bupa.

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jennifer Aniston at Chiltern Firehouse in London.   ***Mick Jagger at Amaranth in NYC.   ***Kentucky coach John Calipari at Fresco by Scotto in NYC.   ***Questlove at the Vnyl in NYC.   ***Conor McGregor at Troy Liquor Bar in NYC.   ***Seth Meyers at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to see his alma mater Northwestern beat Texas in college basketball.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Warren Beatty’s backers are a new billionaire boys’ club. The 17 producers of Beatty’s new film about Howard Hughes, “Rules Don’t Apply,” include Steve Bing, Ron Burkle, James Packer, Jeffrey Soros and Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra, who famously gave many millions to the Clinton Foundation. Steven Mnuchin, finance chair of the Trump campaign, is not only a producer, he has a stiff cameo as a banker.   ***Filmmaker Spike Lee and his companies are being sued by the directors of three union benefit plans who contend he didn’t make sufficient health and pension contributions. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Lee, Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Black Butterfly Productions. It claims an audit found nearly $45,000 in unpaid contributions between September 2007 and March 2010.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   **People in the music industry are speculating that Kanye West was put on a psychiatric hold to recoup insurance money for the millions he would lose by backing out of his “Saint Pablo” Tour. He had just canceled for no reason, no injury, no force majeure, so they were going to lose a bunch of money,” said a music insider. “Kanye is crazy, but not crazy enough to not get his insurance money. [He] knows what he is doing.”

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Edgar Chase Jr., known as Dooky, who with his wife, the chef Leah Chase, turned his family’s New Orleans restaurant into a showcase for Creole cuisine and a gathering spot for activists during the civil rights era, died on Tuesday in New Orleans. He was 88. The death was confirmed by his granddaughter Tracie Griffin.



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