LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

*U.K. Police ID Bomber, Arrest 2nd Man in Manchester Attack
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that officials know the identity of the attacker who killed 22 people at anAriana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night. Officials said the perpetrator acted alone and died at the scene, and have declined to release his name. Separately, police also tweeted Tuesday morning that they had arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester in connection with the attack. May said the bombing, which injured dozens about 10:30 p.m. Monday, was one of the worst the country has seen. “We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage,” she said. “But we can continue to resolve to thwart such attacks in future. To take on the ideology that often fuels this violence.” May’s speech came as the first victim of the attack has been publicly identified: Georgina Callander, 18 years old, was reported by officials at her former school in the village of Croston to have died of injuries suffered in the explosion. The BBC reports the youngest victim was primary-school age, which is 4 to 11 years old in Britain.
*ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Attack
An online site connected to the Islamic State terror group claimed Tuesday that one of its members carried out the Manchester Ariana Grande concert bombing that killed 22 people and injured dozens more. In a post monitored by SITE intelligence analysts, the website declared that a “soldier of the caliphate” was responsible for the attack. Officials said Monday night that they suspected terrorism in the blast, which happened at about 10:30 p.m. after Grande finished her set. One suspect died in the bombing, and police announced hours later that a 23-year-old had also been arrested in connection to the explosion.
*Trump Calls Manchester Attackers ‘Losers’

President Trump on Tuesday slammed the “evil losers” who bombed an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night, killing more than 20 people and injuring dozens. “So many young people, beautiful people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life—I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term; they think that is a great name,” Trump said. “I will call them from now on ‘losers’ because that’s what they are: They are losers and there will be more of them, but they are losers. Remember that.” Trump spoke in Bethlehem on his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. “We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people, and in today’s attack it was mostly innocent children,” Trump continued. Such murderers “must be driven out of our society forever,” he said. “This wicked ideology must be obliterated and I mean completely obliterated.”

*007 – Roger Moore, Immortalized as James Bond, Dies

Sir Roger Moore, the British actor best known for playing James Bond, has died at age 89. Moore’s family announced his death in a statement, saying he died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.” Moore played 007 in seven films as part of his 50-year career in television and movies. He became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991. Moore is survived by his wife and three children.

*Two Men Publicly Caned in Indonesia for Gay Sex

Hundreds of Indonesians gathered to watch two men be publicly caned Tuesday for having gay sex. Each man received 82 lashings, the punishment handed down by an Islamic court that said the pair was found in bed together. The caning took place in the city of Banda Aceh in Aceh province, an area known for its ultraconservative religious police. Authorities forced the pair to stand on a raised platform as masked men flogged them, with as many as 1,000 spectators jeering and filming the scene on smartphones, Reuters reported. The caning marked the first application of anti-homosexuality legislation enacted in the province in 2014, and some spectators used the opportunity to display signs and banners condemning the province’s LGBT community. In addition to the two men, at least eight other people were caned for other offenses. Last year, the province caned 339 people for various crimes, Human Rights Watch reported.
Judge Presiding Over ‘El Chapo’s’ Case Shot, Killed While Jogging Outside Home
The judge who presided over Sinaloa Cartel drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s case was shot in the head while jogging outside of his home Monday near Mexico City, according to media reports. Judge Vicente Bermudez Zacarias, 37, was the judge presiding over Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s case, according to SDP Noticias. Zacarias lived in Metepec, which is 45 miles west of Mexico City.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Facebook had to assess nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge pornography and “sextortion” on the site in a single month, according to a leaked document. Figures shared with staff reveal that in January Facebook had to disable more than 14,000 accounts related to these types of sexual abuse – and 33 of the cases reviewed involved children.   ***At current levels, Apple Inc’s AAPL, +0.01% market capitalization of about $803 billion is 38% larger than the real GDP of Chicago, $581 billion in 2016. Apple isn’t the only Silicon Valley notable to top Chicago (and all other U.S. cities save two), either. Google parent Alphabet GOOGL, +0.72% has a market capitalization of $657.9 billion, making its pockets about 13% deeper than the GDP of the home of deep-dish pizza.


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*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Bad blood indeed. Katy Perry was not holding back when, during her Carpool Karaoke that aired during tonight’s Late Late Show Primetime SpecialJames Corden followed up a jam sesh to “Swish Swish” with a question about the alleged beef between her and Taylor Swift. “There’s a situation,” Perry said. “Honestly, it’s really like she started it, and it’s time for her to finish it.” In case you’ve been a bit out of the Perry/Swift loop, the two have been publicly feuding for a few years now without really calling each other by name, or even unfollowing each other on social media. Many people believed Taylor’s “Bad Blood” to be about Katy, and now, it appears that “Swish Swish” is Katy’s response.

*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-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.


*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 AffleckGal GadotJason 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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