LBN – Special Report – Wednesday

Obama Arrives in Saudi Arabia Amid a New Round of Contention

President Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia met in Riyadh on Wednesday amid deepening tensions between their two governments over Iran, the fight against terrorism and the potential release of long-delayed documents said to implicate Saudi officials in the Sept. 11 attacks. Mr. Obama arrived at Erga Palace after a brief motorcade trip along an empty highway lined with palm trees and past well-manicured royal grounds. The president and the king briefly traded pleasantries under a large glass chandelier in a reception room before beginning their private meeting.

*JUSTICE – 3 Charged With Flint Crimes

According to the Detroit Free Press, three Michigan officials were charged Wednesday by the state’s attorney general in connection with the Flint water-contamination crisis. Mike Glasgow, the city’s water quality supervisor, was charged with tampering with evidence; Mike Prysby, a Department of Environmental Quality official, was charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, and engaging in treatment violation. Prysby faces a total of six charges. Stephen Busch faces eight counts, including misconduct in office. Busch served as the Lansing and Jackson district supervisor for the Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance.

*UN: 500 Dead in Overloaded Migrant Boat

Officials said early Wednesday that as many as 500 migrants may have drowned off the coast of Libya in an overloaded boat. The repurposed fishing vessel was aiming to reach Libya, survivors said. The UN refugee agency said the boat became overburdened when smugglers tried to pile on more people from a smaller craft, while miles away from shore. “Due to the overcrowding, the large boat sank,” the agency said in a statement. There were 41 survivors, from Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan. Though rumors of the shipwreck had been swirling since last week, it had not been confirmed until the agency was able to interview and release testimony from survivors.

*Calif. Has Nation’s Most Polluted Air

A new American Lung Association report cites two of California’s urban areas as America’s worst polluted areas. Bakersfield topped the list, having the most unhealthy days due to particle pollution, which comes from heavy traffic, diesel trucks, and farm equipment, while Los Angeles remained the No. 1 city for harmful ozone pollution. The annual “State of the Air” report, which collected data from 2012 to 2014, also found about 52 percent of the population—166 million Americans—lives in the 418 counties where they’re exposed to unhealthful pollution levels. The figure is a marked increase from last year’s report, which only found four in 10 Americans, or about 138.5 million people, living in such conditions. High pollution levels can trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks, premature death, or cause lung cancer.

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*WHO READS LBN: Rock icon Pete Townsend

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Anyone hoping to see Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reuniting in concert can forget making plans. Paul has announced that Simon & Garfunkel are officially defunct — telling Rolling Stone magazine that another reunion tour is “out of the question. We don’t even talk!”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick seeing “Eclipsed” on Broadway in NYC.   ***NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, wife Rikki Klieman, former Boston commish Ed Davis and Beantown p.r. man George Regan at Scampo in the Liberty Hotel in Boston the night before the marathon.   ***Michael Cera at “Arrested Development” co-starAlia Shawkat’s birthday at Fort Greene dive the Alibi on Monday.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***After ABC News PresidentJames Goldston announced in a memo Tuesday that former New York Giants star Michael Strahan would exit “Live With Kelly and Michael” to move full-time to “Good Morning America,” speculation immediately began over who will take his role. Sources said on Tuesday that Ripa’s close pal Anderson Cooper is now the front-runner to replace Strahan, who came on as co-host with Kelly Ripa in 2012 after Regis Philbin retired in 2011. The show had tried out a string of guest hosts at the time including Cooper, Seth Meyers, Neil Patrick Harris, Ripa’s husband Mark Consuelos and Jeff Probst.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.  —www.TheExcelCommunity.com

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Milt Pappas, a cagey right-hander who won more than 200 big league games but whose most memorable, if unlucky, legacy is that he was traded for the future Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson in what has been considered one of the most lopsided exchanges in baseball history, died on Tuesday at his home in Beecher, Ill. He was 76. His death was confirmed by his wife, Judi, who said she was unsure of the cause.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Melissa Healy: The scourge of loneliness has been with us since time immemorial, but only in recent years has its toll on human health gained appreciation. New research shows that feeling lonely or socially isolated bumps up a person’s average risk for coronary heart disease and stroke — two of the developed world’s most prolific killers — by 50%. As a risk factor for heart attack, clogged arteries or stroke, those statistics put loneliness on a par with light smoking, anxiety and occupational stress. And they make social isolation a more powerful predictor of such vascular diseases than are either high blood pressure or obesity. Moreover, the study found, the toxic effects of loneliness strike men and women equally, researchers found.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Meg Ryan has announced that she’s given up men after breaking up with rocker boyfriend John Mellencamp, who moved on to supermodel Christie Brinkley.“I’m on a little break,” Meg said, adding: “I’m [in love] with my life right now in a way that I adore.”

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