Moon Jae-in, the new South Korean president, has ordered a new probe into the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system after more launchers were brought into the country without warning, his spokesman said. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system battery had just two of its maximum six launchers when it was deployed in March. Four more launchers were recently added. The system was brought in to the southeastern region of Seongju to handle the growing North Korean missile threat. Moon said it was “shocking” to hear the four new launchers were installed without being reported to the new government, his spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, reportedly said at a media briefing. Moon campaigned for president on a more moderate political approach to dealing with Pyongyang.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***John Mayer and Andy Cohen sitting together at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. ***Film producer Mike Flint having dinner last night at Izzy’s Deli on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. ***DJ Stretch Armstrong andKareem “Biggs” Burke at a Parajumpers cocktail party at Urban Cowboy in NYC. ***Alessandra Ambrosio andCandice Swanepoel at Corey Lane and Roberto Buchelli’ssunset sessions party at the Penthouse on Rivington in NYC. ***Emma Watson at the Walker Hotel Greenwich Village in NYC. ***Ne-Yo at Beautique in NYC. ***Andre 3000 eating chicken noodle soup at Esther & Carol in NYC. ***Jessica Lange seeing “War Paint” on Broadway in NYC. Gliada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay dining together at Gato in NYC. ***Noted hypnotist Kimberly Friedmutter hanging withMartha Stewart at a party for Stewart’s wine brand. ***Ian Mellencamp and his girlfriend Princess Jasmine Grace Grimaldi of Monaco, locking lips at the Montauk Beach House during a poolside party celebrating Ian’s birthday weekend on Saturday. ***John Lennon’s psychic Frank Andrews at “paranormal artist” Ivy Supersonic’s East Village studio in NYC. ***Days before the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” The Beatles’ remaining members were spotted celebrating with some fellow legends in Hollywood. Spies said that on Friday night, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were sitting at a corner table at LA Italian eatery the Ponte with Eagles rocker Joe Walsh, country star Vince Gill and Jack Nicholson. McCartney and Starr were next to each other in the group. The Ponte is the new hot spot opened by NYC chef Scott Conant.
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*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Frank Deford, who mined the sports world for human stories and told them with literary grace over six decades in Sports Illustrated, a shelf of books and many years of radio and television commentary, died on Sunday at his home in Key West, Fla. He was 78. His wife, Carol, confirmed his death on Monday but said she did not yet know the cause.
*LBN-COMMENTATY by David Brooks: Jared Kushnerdeserves a bit of sympathy. All his life he’s been serving his father or father-in-law. All his career he’s been thrust into roles he’s not ready for. His background has ill prepared him for national government. Now he is in a realm where his instincts seem to lead him astray and where there’s a chance he will end up in disgrace and possibly under indictment. The Kushner family drama begins in the Holocaust. In 1941, Rae Kushnerwas living in Belarus and was among the teenage girls selected to clean blood from the cobblestones after one of the Nazi mass executions. Rae and other family members tunneled out from the ghetto and joined an armed resistance camp. After the war they eventually made it to New Jersey, where her husband set up a successful construction business that flourished under their son. So far this is an inspiring story of family struggle and immigrant hustle. But as riches rained down on the family, so did betrayal. The feud between Jared’s father and uncle was over grabbing family money, and from the various accounts it’s hard to tell who betrayed the family most. We do know that Jared’s father, Charles, hired a prostitute to have sex with his brother-in-law so he could send a tape of the act to his sister, and ended up pleading guilty to 18 felony counts.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***An “extremely sleepy” Tiger Woodswas passed out behind the wheel and failed a sobriety test when cops busted him for DUI in Florida, according to a new report. Woods was asleep in his Mercedes with the engine running and right blinker flashing, and had “extremely slow and slurred speech” when he was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday in Jupiter, TMZ reported Tuesday, citing a police report. The golf pro told police he was “coming from L.A. California from golfing” – but then changed his story, saying he didn’t know where he was. Woods flunked the field sobriety test after he couldn’t stand on one leg or touch his nose. When cops asked him to do the alphabet test, he bizarrely mumbled, “Yes, recite entire national anthem backwards.” ***Speaking to a class of Brown University graduates Sunday, Robert De Nirolamented that “in movie terms,” the U.S. was once “an inspiring uplifting drama” but has now turned into “a tragic dumbass comedy,” according to sources. De Niro, who received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Ivy League school, urged the graduates to “work to stop the insanity” and to strive to make the world a better place.
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