LBN – Special Report – Wednesday


In the weeks before the city of Flint began getting its water from the Flint River in April 2014, Michigan officials were offered—and passed on—a corrosion-control plan, according to an AP report. “You don’t need to monitor phosphate because you’re not required to add it,” Michigan Department of Environmental Quality representative Mike Prysby is said to have told Mike Glasgow, the city plant’s lab supervisor at the time. Phosphate normally would have been added to prevent corrosion in lead pipes. Glasgow said he was surprised by those instructions, as treating drinking water with anti-corrosive chemicals is standard practice. In an interview with the AP, Glasgow said he later realized that exchange was a fateful moment. “I did have some concerns and misgivings at first,” he later said. “But unfortunately, now that I look back, I relied on engineers and the state regulators to kind of direct the decision. I looked at them as having more knowledge than myself.” Lee-Anne Walters, who has helped bring official attention to the high lead levels after they were discovered at her own home, told reporters that hearing about those instructions made her “nauseous.” She added, “That one meeting was the difference between this city being poisoned and not being poisoned.”

*LBN-DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that in addition to being read in all 50 of the United States, LBN is read in 26 foreign countries daily including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Germany, Israel, France, Korea, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Iraq, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, among others

*CNN to Trump: You Act Like a 5-Year-Old

During a CNN town-hall forum Tuesday night, Donald Trumpreiterated the falsehood that Sen. Ted Cruz was responsible for spreading around an image of his wife Melania in a nude pose. “I thought it was a nice picture of Heidi,” Trump said of an image he retweeted clearly meant to make her look unattractive compared to his wife. “Come on,” Anderson Cooperresponded. “I thought it was fine,” Trump insisted. Continuing to deny culpability, he said “I didn’t start it.” Cooper sensibly retorted, “That’s the argument of a 5-year-old.”

*TABLES TURN – Apple Wants FBI to Reveal How It Hacked iPhone

Now that the FBI says it has hacked into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, Apple wants the Bureau to reveal how it did it. According to the Los Angeles Times, the tech giant’s attorneys are researching legal tactics to compel the government to hand over details of its hack—information the company deems important for understanding flaws in their product and for protecting consumer privacy. It remains unclear whether the FBI’s hack would work on other iPhones, and a Times law-enforcement source said its applications are limited.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: To keep our muscles healthy deep into retirement, we may need to start working out more now, according to a new study of world-class octogenarian athletes. The study found substantial differences at a cellular level between the athletes’ muscles and those of less active people.  Muscular health is, of course, essential for successful aging. As young adults, we generally have scads of robust muscle mass. But that situation doesn’t last.

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*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Tina Fey and her “Sisters” co-star John Cena having lunch at the Wayfarer in NYC.   ***LeBron Jamesat Serafina Meatpacking in NYC.   ***Don Cheadle and Nicole Scherzinger at Troy Liquor Bar  in NYC.   ***Dean Winters at Il Mulino Prime. ***David Hasselhoff at Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC with girlfriend Hayley Roberts. ***Miley Cyrusdemanding that DJ Sammy Needlz only play Rihanna and Gwen Stefani at GoldBar.***Adam Sandler at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Bar in NYC.  ***Producer Bruce Nahin having dinner last night at the popular Izzy’s Deli.


*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Hollywood’s agency wars continue to heat up, after private equity firms — and agent defections rocked the industry. Now WME’s Ari Emanuel andPatrick Whitesell have fired the latest salvo, boasting that rival CAA is “freaking out right now,” in an interview in The Hollywood Reporter. “Since we bought IMG, we signed Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds — and what’s happened to their careers? It’s hard to sit here without being boastful about it,” Whitesell declares in his and Emanuel’s first extensive interview since, as THR’s Matthew Belloni puts it, “WME’s brash $2.4 billion cash purchase of the sports and fashion powerhouse IMG was completed in May 2014.” Gyllenhaal and Reynolds, who revived his career in this year’s smash “Deadpool,” both defected from CAA in recent years.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Princess of Beverly, the Malitpoo who has taken social media by storm, and owner Stacey Whitmore have struck a deal with Hobby Lobby that puts new Princess products on shelves in all 800 stores. The famous pooch will now be available in a line of children’s toys and gifts thanks to a collaboration with DEMDACO that will introduce every young girl to her new best friend. People worldwide have watched the young, adopted pup grow into an intelligent and talented, fairy-tale living pooch through her social media pages. “We are more than thrilled to partner with the sweet, pink puppy that has taught manners and kindness to children surrounded by a world obsessed with technology and fast-paced lives,” say Hobby Lobby representatives. Now children and tweens across America will be able to share in Princess’ values and globe-trotting journeys with their own Princess plushies, Palace Play Sets, Plush Carriers and more.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Patty Duke, an Oscar-winning actress renowned at midcentury as a child star of stage, film and television, who, amid public struggles with bipolar disorder, went on to cultivate a respected career in adulthood as an actress and mental-health advocate, died on Tuesday at a hospital near her home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She was 69. The cause was complications of a ruptured intestine that Ms. Duke suffered on Thursday, said her husband, Michael Pearce.   ***Lester C. Thurow, a prominent and provocative economist who earned a dedicated following through his long writing and speaking career, and who was known for his prescient warnings about the growing income gap between rich and poor Americans, died on Friday in Westport, Mass. He was 77. His wife, Anna, confirmed his death.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Being back in Iraq after two years’ absence has helped me to put my finger on the central question bedeviling U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East today: What do you do when the necessary is impossible, but the impossible is impossible to ignore — and your key allies are also impossible? Crushing the Islamic State, or ISIS, is necessary for stabilizing Iraq and Syria, but it is impossible as long as Shiites and Sunnis there refuse to truly share power, and yet ignoring the ISIS cancer and its ability to metastasize is impossible as well. See: Belgium.


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