LBN – Special Report – Wednesday

*Investigators: EgyptAir Black Boxes Heard

Egyptian officials said early Wednesday that a French ship has picked up signals from under the Mediterranean consistent with the so-called black boxes of the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month with 66 people aboard. Agence France-Presse reported later Wednesday that French officials confirmed they’ve detected sounds from the devices.

*U.S. Death Rate Up 1st Time in a Decade

The U.S. death rate rose for the first time in a decade last year, according to new federal data. New numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics show more Americans are dying from drug overdoses, suicide, and Alzheimer’s disease. The rates have been declining for years amid improvements in medical technology, disease management, and overall health. While certain groups, like less-educated whites, have seen sharp rises in death rates due to the prescription-drug epidemic, national increases for the entire population have become exceedingly rare. Robert Anderson, chief of mortality statistics at the NCHS, said it’s significant because the uptick doesn’t usually happen. “But the question is,” he added, “what does it mean? We really need more data to know. If we start looking at 2016 and we see another rise, we’ll be a lot more concerned.”

*WHO READS LBN? Public relations agency owner Karen Murphy O’Brien

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Andy Griffith and his second bananaDon Knotts came off as shy country bumpkins on their hit sitcom set in fictional Mayberry, North Carolina. But they used their squeaky-clean act to fool America and mask their real lives. Now a just-released blockbuster book, “Andy & Don,” rips the lid off the shameful secrets of the beloved stars who played Sheriff Andy Taylor and his bumbling deputy Barney Fife on the popular series, which ran from 1960 to 1968. Written by Don’s brother-in-law Daniel De Visé, the book has branded both men as sex-crazed womanizers who cheated on their first wives — and going on secret double dates with their mistresses.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***AC/DC and guest singer Axl Rose have announced the 10 rescheduled U.S. dates of their Rock or Bust Tour, their final shows with the Guns N’ Roses singer filling in for longtime vocalist Brian Johnson. GN’R’s Not in This Lifetime tour wraps up August 22nd in San Diego, California. Just five days later, on August 27th, Rose will be back onstage in Greensboro, North Carolina for the opening of AC/DC’s 10-date tour. The rescheduled jaunt concludes September 20th at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Wells Fargo Center.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Ethan Hawke dining on the patio at Nick & Toni’s in NYC Sunday night with family and friends. Hawke noshed on the whole fish entrée.   ***Tom Brady eating tuna tacos at Del Frisco’s Grille Chestnut Hill in Massachusetts.   ***Kiefer Sutherland in aviator shades stopped for lunch at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, LI, for a prime rib sandwich with two friends on Saturday afternoon.   ***Dwayne Wade and wife Gabrielle Union partying in VIP with 50 Cent and Akon at the 1Oak pop-up in Monaco.   ***Sharon Osbourne has been staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel as she sorts out her split from husband Ozzy, sources said. “She was there all weekend,” a spy said, despite Sharon famously boycotting the Dorchester Collection property in 2014.

*LBN-LEGAL INSIDER:   ***Criminal attorney Mark Geragoswill be the next guest-of-honor at the “City Talk” conversation series next Monday, June 6th at 6pm in the private room of Baltaire in Brentwood.

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*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***UTA obviously doesn’t like being on the receiving end of a lawsuit that alleges it caused a dozen former CAA agents who repped top stars including Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt and Ed Helms to defect in a “lawless midnight raid.” In fact, it smells hypocrisy on the part of its rival, CAA. “Forget the days of Michael Ovitz and ‘The Art of War,'” states a filed answer on Tuesday. “CAA has a new company handbook: ‘The Art of Whining.'”

*LBN-DID YOU KNOW?  Did you know that LBN is read by 12 members of the White House staff, daily?

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***S. Mitra Kalita arrived last year to be one of three managing editors at the Los Angeles Times. Her portfolio here was billed as editorial strategy. She announced today she is leaving June 10 to move back to New York City and join CNN in a new position as vice president of digital programming. There she will work for Meredith Artley, the editor in chief of CNN Digital who herself was a senior editor at the LA Times some years back.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Your Honor, I rise this week in defense of Hillary Clinton. I see from polls that Hillary scores very low on “trustworthy” questions. Well, let’s talk about truth in politics. All politicians shade the truth at times. Some do it more than others. Indeed, when Donald Trump tells the truth, it should be labeled “Breaking News — Trump tells truth without immediately contradicting himself. We’re going live to the scene right now.” Here is what is relevant: Lying is serious business. But Hillary’s fibs or lack of candor are all about bad judgments she made on issues that will not impact the future of either my family or my country. Private email servers? Cattle futures? Goldman Sachs lectures? All really stupid, but my kids will not be harmed by those poor calls. Debate where she came out on Iraq and Libya, if you will, but those were considered judgment calls, and if you disagree don’t vote for her. But while Hillary’s struggles with the whole truth on certain issues have garnered huge attention, driving up her negatives, Trump and Bernie Sanders have been getting away with some full Burger King Double Whoppers that will come crashing down on the whole country if either gets the chance to do what he says.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: If there’s a gayer country than Italy, I haven’t ogled it. I don’t mean demographically gay. That’s unknowable. I mean spiritually gay. I mean the self-conscious style and gaudy opera of the place. It’s shaped like high-heeled footwear. It’s a mecca of high-priced men’s wear. Its signature hunk of marble, the David, looks less like he’s girding for Goliath than like he’s posing between squats at the local Equinox. And have you seen those Venetian glass chandeliers, with their wild colors and wacky tentacles? They could be gay octopi on their way to an underwater Cher concert. So why isn’t Italy kinder to gays?

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