LBN – Special Report – Tuesday

*20+ Gitmo Detainees Set for Release

The Obama administration is poised to release more than 20 long-term detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay to various countries as part of a plan to reduce their ranks before the president leaves office, The Guardian reports. The facility houses 80 men, its lowest occupancy since the prison opened in 2002. If the deals in question are approved, Guantanamo would have fewer than 58 detainees. Most of those who remain are in the process of U.S. military tribunals or said to be too dangerous to release.

*WHO READS LBN? Kenneth W. Starr, the president and chancellor of Baylor University

*Paul McCartney: I Was a Drunk

Paul McCartney says he battled depression and developed a drinking problem after the Beatles broke up in 1970. “I was depressed,” McCartney told BBC Radio 4. “You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends.” McCartney went on to say that he considered quitting music altogether before forming Wings. “We were terrible,” he said. “We knew Linda couldn’t play, but she learned, and looking back on it, I’m really glad we did it.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cocaine

1. Cocaine is an extraction of the leaves of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which is indigenous to the Andean highlands of South America. Most of the cocaine available in the U.S. is transported from the country of Colombia.

2. Cocaine comes in two main forms, powder and crystalline. The crystal rock form, commonly known as crack or freebase, is cocaine that has not been neutralized by an acid.

3. Approximately 35.9 million Americans aged 12 and older have tried cocaine at least once in their lifetime, according to a national survey, and about 2.1 million Americans are regular users.

4. Drug enforcement personnel estimate that about 2,500 Americans every day try cocaine for the first time.

5. After marijuana, cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.

6. Cocaine is the most frequently reported illicit substance associated with drug abuse fatalities and causes three times more deaths than any other illegal drug.

7. Cocaine may be administered by snorting through the nose, injecting into the bloodstream with a needle, or smoking to produce vapors. Powder cocaine is generally snorted or mixed with water and injected, while crack cocaine is most commonly smoked.

8. Of the more than two million Americans that currently use cocaine, just over 700,000 are users of freebase or crack cocaine.

9.Cocaine is the most powerful central nervous stimulant found in nature. Its physical effects include constricted blood vessels and increased temperature, heart rate, and blood flow. Users of the drug experience greater alertness, energy, self-confidence, and even power after administration.

10. Cocaine produces its euphoric effect by activating the nerve cells in the brain that release dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure and mental alertness. The drug then inhibits neural transporters from “mopping up” the dopamine and storing it for a later time. The longer the dopamine stays active, the longer the sense of euphoria lasts.

*THINK FREELY – READ LBN

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***“Hamilton” brought a boost. “The Lion King” provided ballast. And Broadway, once again, broke a record: The theater season that just ended attracted more people, and more money, than any before. Broadway seems to be defying the cultural odds: An ancient art form in the digital age, it is strengthening thanks to an ever-increasing influx of tourists and a resurgent enthusiasm for musical theater. The season that ended on Sunday included 13,317,980 visitors to Broadway shows — a record number, up 1.6 percent over the previous season, according to figures released on Monday by the Broadway League. Theaters grossed $1.373 billion, also a record, up 0.6 percent over the previous season, although the grosses are not adjusted for inflation.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***The 52-year-old lead singer of The Tragically Hip has reportedly been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Gord Downie, who received the prognosis in December, announced the news on Tuesday. The band is still planning to do a summer tour. “This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us,” the band announced on its website. “We’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.”

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Bubba Smith, the All-Pro defensive end in the N.F.L. who went on to a second career as a movie actor, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, when he died in 2011. The findings were confirmed by researchers affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation, and released on Tuesday morning with the permission of the executor of Smith’s estate. Smith is the 90th former N.F.L. player found to have had C.T.E. by the researchers at the Boston University brain bank; they have examined 94 former pro players. On a scale of 1 to 4 used by the neuropathologist who examined Smith’s brain, Smith had Stage 3 C.T.E., with symptoms that included cognitive impairment and problems with judgment and planning.   ***NFL owners voted Tuesday to expand the system to cover game administration issues, including penalty enforcement, proper down, spot of foul and status of game clock, and to allow for on-field officials to consult with NFL headquarters for application of playing rules.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling at Antica Pesa restaurant in Rome after a premiere of “The Nice Guys”.   ***Lea Michele enjoying a grilled vegetable and goat cheese pizza at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in LA.   ***Woody Harrelson working out with a personal trainer at Equinox 50th Street in NYC in NYC.   ***Owen Wilsonstanding out in front of Bareburger restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica.   ***Diane Lane seeing “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in NYC.   ***Jane Krakowski and Laura Benanti at an Actors Fund celebration for David Rockwell at Vandal in NYC.   ***“House of Cards” vice president Reed Birney being praised for his role in “The Humans” by Patti LuPone, Stockard Channing and Bernadette Peters at Bar Centrale in NYC.   ***Anjelica Huston in the audience at Broadway show “She Loves Me” in NYC.   ***Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary by seeing “Hamilton.”

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:    ***Neighborhoods designed for walking may decrease the rates of being overweight or obese and having diabetes by more than 10 percent, a new study concludes. Canadian researchers studied more than three million people in 8,777 neighborhoods in urbanized areas of Ontario, ranking them for “walkability” on a 100-point scale that measures population density, numbers of facilities within walking distance of residences and how well connected their webs of streets are.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I understand why Donald Trump is so unpopular. He earned it the old-fashioned way, by being obnoxious, insulting and offensive. But why is Hillary Clinton so unpopular? She is, at the moment, just as unpopular as Trump. In the last three major national polls she had unfavorability ratings in the same ballpark as Trump’s. In the Washington Post/ABC News poll, they are both at 57 percent disapproval. In the New York Times/CBS News poll, 60 percent of respondents said Clinton does not share their values. Sixty-four percent said she is not honest or trustworthy. Clinton has plummeted so completely down to Trump’s level that she is now statistically tied with him in some of the presidential horse race polls. There are two paradoxes to her unpopularity. First, she was popular not long ago. As secretary of state she had a 66 percent approval rating. Even as recently as March 2015 her approval rating was at 50 and her disapproval rating was at 39. It’s only since she launched a multimillion-dollar campaign to impress the American people that she has made herself so strongly disliked.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by By JOHN KERRY, JOHN MCCAIN and BOB KERREY: As President Obama visits Vietnam, we are struck by the fact that most citizens of both countries have no living memory of a conflict that claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and upward of a million Vietnamese. As Americans who fought in that war, we are frequently asked about its lessons. There are few easy answers, in part because every conflict is unique and because we have learned that attempts to apply past lessons to new crises sometimes do more harm than good. But a few things are clear. The first is not personal to us, but a principle that applies to all who wear the uniform: We must never again confuse a war with the warriors. American veterans deserve our deepest respect, gratitude and support whenever and wherever they serve. The second lesson is that our leaders need to be honest with Congress and the American people about our plans, goals and strategy when the lives of our fighting men and women are put at risk. (The mission of the first American combat troops deployed to Vietnam was described as “flood relief.”) The third is to exercise humility in assuming knowledge about foreign cultures. During the war in Southeast Asia, neither America’s allies nor our adversaries acted in accordance with our expectations. A fourth and final lesson of the Vietnam conflict is playing out before our eyes: that with sufficient effort and will, seemingly unbridgeable differences can be reconciled. The fact that Mr. Obama is the third consecutive American president to visit Vietnam is proof that old enemies can become new partners.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Her rock star father may have a long history of cheating on her mom, but Kelly Osbourne seems to have taken out her anger at Ozzy Osbourne’s alleged mistress last night — posting a California phone number with the message: “Anyone looking for cheap chunky LOW-lights, a blow out and a bl*w job call +1(323)9——-.”

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