LBN- Special Report – Tuesday January 10, 2017

WTF? Half of young people have so many ’emotional problems’ they cannot focus at school, study finds: 

Half of young people have so many emotional problems theycannot focus at school, a study has found.Some 48 per cent of youngsters said that they experienced problems during their school years that prevented them from concentrating on their academic work. Of these, 46 per cent did not talk to anyone about their problems, mainly because they did not want other people to know that they were struggling. More than half (58 per cent) did not think that asking for help would solve the problem. The latest report from the Youth Index, which gauges how students feel about a range of topics from home life to health, showed that mental health is at its lowest level since the Index was first commissioned.

Clemson Wins College Football National Championship:

The Clemson Tigers won the College Football Playoff national championship Monday in a last-second victory against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The ending to the 35-31 game stunned the crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. “It’s like a movie,” Clemson center Jay Guillermo said. “All the sports movies you watch, the storybook ending. It’s one they’re going to be writing about for a really long time.” Quarterback Deshaun Watson found Hunter Refroe in the end zone and connected for a dramatic second touchdown of the game, giving Clemson its first national title since 1981. Just one year ago, Clemson was bested in the playoff final against Alabama in a 45-40 loss.

INSIDE JOB – Kim Kardashian’s chauffeur arrested in robbery case:

Authorities in Paris have arrested Kim Kardashian’s chauffeur and his brother as they focused Tuesday on a possible inside job into the theft of more than $10 million from the reality TV star. Officials confirmed the arrest of the driver, Michael Madar, 40, and his brother, Gary Madar, 27, among 17 people taken into custody Monday. They worked for the same livery company. It also emerged Tuesday that two other, unrelated brothers allegedly disposed of the swiped $4.5 million ring, which Kardashian’s rapper hubby, Kanye West, gave her as an anniversary gift. The unidentified brothers – who are in their 50s and live in the Parisian suburb of Raincy – were “involved in the diamond trade, and are thought to have handled the stolen jewelry,” a law-enforcement source told the paper.

Bernie Sanders heaps praise on Donald Trump: 

Sen. Bernie Sanders once called Donald Trump a “pathological liar,” but at a forum at George Washington University in Washington, DC, the self-described socialist praised the president-elect’s “extraordinary accomplishment” in winning the White House. “Trump took on the Republican establishment, he took on the Democratic establishment, took on the media establishment and he ended up winning the election to become president of the United States. And that is an extraordinary accomplishment. And it talks about perseverance, it talks about very strong political instincts, it talks about a way to connect with people,” Sanders said. “So I give Donald Trump his due,” he said.

Coldplay to do Israel-Palestine Peace Concert:

Coldplay has announced it will perform two concerts in an effort to boost peace efforts between Israel and Palestine, Israeli media reports. The British rock band will play near the Dead Sea at outdoor venues, identified so far only as “agricultural areas.” The concerts will take place on Nov. 3 and 4. They are intended to promote human rights and coexistence, according to media reports. Other musicians have played in Israel, including Leonard Cohen and Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd. Coldplay, though, would be the largest musical group to attempt such a peace show in the area. The band will sell 50,000 tickets for the two dates.

Rep. Lewis to Join Sessions AG Confirmation Panel:

Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for the post of U.S. attorney general will pit him against civil-rights advocates Rep.John Lewis (D-AL), Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ). Sessions has Donald Trump’s backing for the Cabinet post, and the support of Republican colleagues in Congress, including Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee where Sessions will have his confirmation hearing. But that same committee previously rejected Sessions for a federal judgeship in 1986, when his behavior was deemed too racist for the post. Sessions’s alleged bigotry is expected to be front and center when his confirmation hearing begins Tuesday.

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Suspected Ft. Lauderdale Shooter Canceled NYE Trip to NYC:

Authorities said Esteban Santiago, the suspected gunman in Friday’s Fort Lauderdale airport mass shooting, canceled a trip to New York on New Year’s Eve, and are questioning if he was perhaps scared off by the city’s heightened security measures. New York City counterterrorism officials are now reportedly looking into Santiago’s plans to determine if he may have been plotting an attack on the city, ABC News reported Monday. He booked his ticket to Florida just a few days after canceling his trip to New York, though it’s not yet clear why he changed his plans, the report said. Santiago made his first court appearance Monday, where he was told he may be facing the death penalty for killing five people in last week’s massacre.


Clooney Blasts Trump for Bashing Streep:

In case you missed it, Donald Trump called Meryl Streep an “over-rated” actress. Meryl Streep. The greatest actress ever. He did it in a tweet, as is his wont. He did it after Streep dedicated part of her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globes to sharing how she was disturbed by the time Trump mocked a disabled reporter. That happened. On Monday, George Clooney weighed in on Trump’s bizarre vendetta against Streep at a Clooney Foundation event celebrating the Netflix documentary White Helmets. “I’ve always said that about Meryl,” Clooney sarcastically told People of Trump’s “over-rated” comment. “She’s maybe the most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on Fantastic Mr. Fox as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated,” he said with a wry smile. “Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?” he asked Trump rhetorically.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Last night saw a packed room at the first “City Talk” event of the new year at the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood featuring famed attorney Robert Shapiro as the guest-of-honor. The conversation series, which begins its third year, has  become an L.A. premier cultural event. Included in the group of movers and shakers last night were Priscilla Presley, Bloomberg news L.A. bureau chiefChris Palmeri, KNX radio anchors Frank Mottek and Bob Brill, Hollywood Reporter legal editor Ashley Cullins, CNN’sSandro Monetti, music manager Kay Douglas, film producerHoward Rosenman, tech pioneer Alan Duke, mediator Mark Baer, author Cathy Byrd, film producer B.D. Gunnell among others.   ***Exes Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone seemed to keep their distance from each other over Golden Globes weekend. Sources said that Stone attended her agency WME’s Sunday bash at the Chateau Marmont, but didn’t go to CAA’s rival party across the street at the Sunset Tower Hotel in L.A., where Garfield was partying, even though she was stayingat Sunset Tower.   ***Rob Gronkowski at Madison Square Garden in NYC for the Professional Bull Riders’ Monster Energy Buck Off.   ***LeBron James having dinner with a group of friends at Quality Italian in NYC.   ***Omari Hardwick celebrating wife Jennifer Pfautch’s birthday at Omar’s in NYC.   ***Jenna Lyons and June Ambrose seeing “The Color Purple’s” final show in NYC.   ***Carrie Keagan at Rochelle’s in NYC.   ***Angela Yee of Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club” and 92.3 AMP DJ Astra on the Air having a birthday brunch at Milk River in Brooklyn.   ***Snooki having dinner with a large group of friends at Scott Conant’s Impero Caffè at the Innside NoMad hotel in NYC.   ***Charles Esten at a “Nashville” season premiere watch party at new Southern restaurant Printers Alley in Times Square in NYC.

Soccer World Cup to Expand to 48 Teams:

One of the world’s biggest sporting events, the soccer World Cup, will expand to comprise 48 national teams beginning in 2026, in one of the first moves by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) since the departure of disgraced former President Sepp Blatter in 2015. FIFA officials said the expansion from 36 teams will secure it more than $1 billion in revenues. The decision was made Tuesday morning at a meeting at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, with the 37-member ruling council unanimously voting for an expansion of the quadrennial tournament from 2026. The number of matches played will rise to 80 from 64, but no team will play more than seven matches and the tournament be completed over the same period of time as current month-long version. The tournament will have 16 groups of three teams, with the top two sides in each group reaching a last-32 knockout stage.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Amy Schumer is headed to Netflix. The comedian’s next stand-up special will launch globally on the platform March 7. The special was taped Nov. 5 at Denver’s Bellco Theatre.

L.A. needs to borrow millions to cover legal payouts, city report says:

The Los Angeles City Council in recent years has repeatedly settled costly, high-profile lawsuits, agreeing to spend millions of dollars to end litigation brought by grieving families, disability-rights groups and people wrongfully convicted of crimes. City Hall leaders championed some of the settlements as having a silver lining for taxpayers, such as one in 2015 that created a program to fix L.A.’s buckling sidewalks. But a surge in legal settlements, along with court judgments against the city, is outpacing the city’s ability to keep up. With payouts projected to total at least $135 million this fiscal year, budget officials said Monday that the city needs to immediately borrow up to $70 million to avoid dipping into its emergency reserve fund.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: How to defend someone pushing you  —

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: It’s becoming clear that for the next few years American foreign policy will be shaped by the struggle among Republican regulars, populist ethno-nationalists and the forces of perpetual chaos unleashed by Donald Trump’s attention span. The Republican regulars build their grand strategies upon the post-World War II international order — the American-led alliances, norms and organizations that bind democracies and preserve global peace. The regulars seek to preserve and extend this order, and see Vladimir Putin as a wolf who tears away at it. The populist ethno-nationalists in the Trump White House do not believe in this order. Their critique — which is simultaneously moral, religious, economic, political and racial — is nicely summarized in the remarks Steve Bannon made to a Vatican conference in 2014. Once there was a collection of Judeo-Christian nation-states, Bannon argued, that practiced a humane form of biblical capitalism and fostered culturally coherent communities. But in the past few decades, the party of Davos — with its globalism, relativism, pluralism and diversity — has sapped away the moral foundations of this Judeo-Christian way of life.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Going forward, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will handle their divorce in a private forum. The actors released a joint statement Monday night—their first since Jolie filed for divorce in September. “The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues,” the former power couple’s statement read (via People magazine). “The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.”   ***Jim Carrey opened up about his life to help craft the upcoming Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here” about stand-up comedy in the ‘70s, but the star is content working behind-the-scenes at this point in his life. “I had so many incredible experiences. I’m lucky to be alive, really,” he joked during a press panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. Though the show, is all about stand-up when asked if he wanted to return to the stage, Carrey was clear he isn’t interested.

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