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*LBN-NOTICED: ***Tracy Morgan stopping by boxer Terence Crawford’s Madison Square Garden in NYC in locker room to congratulate and crack up Crawford after he defended his junior welterweight title. ***Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn at Greenwich Village restaurant Loring Place in NYC, taking out ICM Partners power agent John Burnham and his daughters, Daisy, Phoebe and Kate to celebrate Kate’s graduation from the New School. ***On-and-off diminutive power couple Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman remain close, even though they separated in 2012, reconciled in 2013, then said in March they were calling it quits again after 35 years of marriage. A source said that on Friday night, “They were having a date together at Le Zie in Chelsea in NYC . . . They lingered with drinks for a long time after eating, and seemed perfectly happy together.” Our source said the two were so comfortable, “At one point they were both flossing at the same time — it was actually very cute.”
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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Funny Or Die Presents: Lindsay Lohan’seHarmony Profile – https://youtu.be/F6g85lp2wJc
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dina Merrill, the actress and heiress to two fortunes who wintered at her family’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., as a child before becoming a leading lady in movies, most often in upper-class roles, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93. Her death was confirmed by her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, who said she had Lewy Body dementia.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The campaign of 2016 was an education in the deep problems facing the country. Angry voters made a few things abundantly clear: that modern democratic capitalism is not working for them; that basic institutions like the family and communities are falling apart; that we have a college educated elite that has found ingenious ways to make everybody else feel invisible, that has managed to transfer wealth upward to itself, that crashes the hammer of political correctness down on anybody who does not have faculty lounge views. As Robert W. Merry put it recently in The American Conservative, “When a man as uncouth and reckless as Trump becomes president by running against the nation’s elites, it’s a strong signal that the elites are the problem.” The last four months, on the other hand, have been an education in the shortcomings in populism. It’s not only that Donald Trump is a bad president. It’s that movements fueled by alienation are bound to fail. Alienation, the sociologistRobert Nisbet wrote, is a “state of mind that can find a social order remote, incomprehensible or fraudulent; beyond real hope or desire; inviting apathy, boredom, or even hostility.”
*LBN-COMMENTARY by MONICA LEWINSKY: This is not another obituary for Roger Ailes, who died last week 10 months after being ousted at Fox News. It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally. Just two years after Rupert Murdoch appointed Mr. Ailes to head the new cable news network, my relationship with President Bill Clinton became public. Mr. Ailes, a former Republican political operative, took the story of the affair and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly, 24 hours a day. It worked like magic: The story hooked viewers and made them Fox loyalists. For the past 15 years, Fox News has been the No. 1 news station; last year the network made about $2.3 billion. Some experts have noted that viewers found Fox for the first time because of the crisis. John Moody, a Fox executive editor, reflected on that period: “The Lewinsky saga put us on the news map.” As he put it in another interview: “Monica was a news channel’s dream come true.”
*LBN-COMMENTARY by KJ DELL’ANTONIA: Many American children consume more than half of their fruit as juice, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines clarifying its stance on that substitution: For most kids, it’s a bad thing. The new guidelines aren’t just intended to persuade pediatricians to talk to parents about the disadvantages of the ubiquitous juice box. They also take aim at the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are the basis for the nutritional guidelines in the Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program — guidelines that allow for the replacement of half of the recommended daily servings of fruits with 100 percent fruit juice, a substitution that has been enthusiastically embraced by the food and beverage industry and school lunch programs nationwide.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Kotler, MD: In 2017 two college students have died during fraternity ritual initiation. Both were plied with alcohol until unconscious. Unable to easily rouse the young men, multiple “brothers” exerted nonsensical and worthless means to revive them. As precious hours elapsed, the disasters unfolded. At one fraternity house, a call to the fraternity’s national headquarters. At both, no call to “911”. Mass stupidity, callousness, and lack of judgment. No common sense. In wiser times in America, before Tweets, Facebook, texting, e-mailing, and the Kardashians-as-celebrities, likely that someone would have had the brains to call 911.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***In a sad turn of events, Joss Whedon has stepped in to take over for Justice League director Zack Snyder after the filmmaker’s 20-year-old daughter, Autumn Snyder, committed suicide in March, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, is currently in post production. With the help of the Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator, the film is still set to be on track for its original release date of Nov. 17, 2017. Snyder told the outlet that he had seen a rough cut of Justice League and wanted to write additional scenes, but was not up to the task, so he brought Whedon on board. ***The intriguing romances of the Kennedy clan continue.Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy III is in a serious relationship with Montana Coady, the blond equestrian who until recently was the wife of Starz mogul Chris Albrecht, one of the highest-paid media CEOs. Sources said beautiful Coady, 31, and Kennedy, 32 — the son of Robert Kennedy Jr. and his first wife, Emily Ruth Black — had been friends for years but “started quietly dating in February.” ***O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this year after spending nearly a decade behind bars. The former NFL star will be up for parole in July, the Nevada Department of Corrections said Monday, although a date for the hearing has not yet been set.
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