LBN – Special Report – Wednesday

*‘I’m the Shooter’: Mateen Called TV Station During Attack:

About 45 minutes after Omar Mateen began shooting up Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, a News 13 producer in the city received a phone call that he says was from the killer.Matthew Gentili said he answered one of the many phone calls coming in to ask about the shooting, but this one was different. “I will never forget the words he said to me,” he said. “I answered the phone as I always do: ‘News 13, this is Matt.’ And on the other end, I heard, ‘Do you know about the shooting?’” Then, a man claiming to be Mateen responded: “I’m the shooter. It’s me. I am the shooter.” Then the man said, “I did it for ISIS. I did it for the Islamic State.” At one point, the caller began speaking Arabic. Gentili asked where he was, but the man said it was “none of my [expletive] business.” Gentili said in an interview, “It was silent for a while. I asked him: ‘Is there anything else you want to say?’ He said no and hung up the phone.” Gentili was interviewed at home by FBI agents after everything was over. A managing editor at the station tracked the number back to Omar Mateen, though agents wouldn’t confirm his identity. “I’m definitely changed,” Gentili said afterward. “When you get a phone call like that, I’m never going to be able to answer the phone again without thinking this is the most serious call I’ll ever get in my life.”

*Trump to Talk ‘Terror Loophole’ With NRA:

Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that he will meet with the National Rifle Association to discuss preventing people on the federal government’s no-fly list and terror watch list from purchasing firearms. Though the Republican presidential candidate has maintained that he is “open” to such a policy since at least December, he was endorsed last month by the NRA—the nation’s largest gun lobby and staunch opponent of closing the so-called “terror loophole.” Democratic candidateHillary Clinton said on Monday that she’s “bewildered” by Republican Congress members’ “refusal to block suspected terrorists from buying guns who are on the no-fly list.”

*Alligator Drags Child Into Water at Disney Resort:

Police in Orlando are searching for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into a lagoon at a Disney resort by an alligator. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Seven Seas Lagoon in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. By 1 a.m., after nearly four hours of searching, the boy had still not been found. He had been sitting on a sandy area with his parents and two other siblings when the alligator attacked him, police said, and the father tried to wrestle the boy from the animal and was minorly injured but was unsuccessful. The mother also went into the water to try to find him. Police vowed to continue searching through the night with the help of Fish and Wildlife workers. Orange County Sheriff Jeff Demings said, “The sad reality of it is it’s been several hours and we’re not likely going to recover a live body.” Officials are using sonar, marine units, and an alligator trapper. They do not plan to stop searching until he is found.

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Cocaine is an extraction of the leaves of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which is indigenous to the Andean highlands of South America. Most of the cocaine available in the U.S. is transported from the country of Colombia.

Cocaine comes in two main forms, powder and crystalline. The crystal rock form, commonly known as crack or freebase, is cocaine that has not been neutralized by an acid.

Approximately 35.9 million Americans aged 12 and older have tried cocaine at least once in their lifetime, according to a national survey, and about 2.1 million Americans are regular users.

Drug enforcement personnel estimate that about 2,500 Americans every day try cocaine for the first time.

After marijuana, cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.
Cocaine is the most frequently reported illicit substance associated with drug abuse fatalities and causes three times more deaths than any other illegal drug.

However, prescription drug abuse has recently passed cocaine abuse as the leading cause of all drug-related deaths.

Cocaine may be administered by snorting through the nose, injecting into the bloodstream with a needle, or smoking to produce vapors. Powder cocaine is generally snorted or mixed with water and injected, while crack cocaine is most commonly smoked.

Of the more than two million Americans that currently use cocaine, just over 700,000 are users of freebase or crack cocaine.

Cocaine is the most powerful central nervous stimulant found in nature. Its physical effects include constricted blood vessels and increased temperature, heart rate, and blood flow. Users of the drug experience greater alertness, energy, self-confidence, and even power after administration.

Cocaine produces its euphoric effect by activating the nerve cells in the brain that release dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure and mental alertness. The drug then inhibits neural transporters from “mopping up” the dopamine and storing it for a later time. The longer the dopamine stays active, the longer the sense of euphoria lasts.

Coca leaves, the source of pure cocaine, have been chewed and ingested for thousands of years for the euphoric effects of the drug. They were first used by members of the Inca civilization in the Andes mountains, who believed the coca plant was a gift from the gods.

Pure cocaine was first extracted from the leaves of the coca plant in 1859 and was marketed in a fortified wine in France as early as 1863.

Cocaine was first used in the U.S. in the 1880s, where it was applied as an anesthetic in eye, nose, and throat operations. This use has since become obsolete with the development of safer drugs.

In 1884, William Stewart Halsted, a famous American physician, performed the first surgery using cocaine as an anesthetic. Subsequently, Halsted became the first cocaine-addicted physician on record.

Cocaine hydrochloride, the purified chemical from the leaves of the coca plant, was the main active ingredient in several tonics and elixirs produced for a variety of illnesses in the early 1900s. One product, Tucker’s Asthma Specific, contained 420 milligrams of cocaine per ounce of the medicine.

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*UN Takes Coffee Off Cancer-Causing List:

The World Health Organization, the public-health arm of the United Nations, says coffee is no longer deemed a possible carcinogen. There isn’t enough proof to indicate a causal link to cancer, so the group’s research team has downgraded its classification. “I’m not really sure why coffee was in a higher category in the first place,” said an epidemiologist at Oxford University who studied the possible connection. “The best evidence available suggests that coffee does not raise the cancer risk.”

*Boeing Makes 1st U.S. Deal With Iran:

An Iranian official said Tuesday the country has reached a deal to buy planes from Boeing. The deal would be the first of its kind between Iran and a U.S. company since sanctions were lifted this year. An Iranian minister of roads and urban development, Abbas Akhound, said details would be forthcoming over the next week. The planes would massively improve Iran’s fleet: They are considered some of the oldest and most dangerous planes worldwide. Boeing also said Tuesday that the company was in communication with Iranian airlines about “potential purchases” regarding commercial passenger planes, but did not provide details of those discussions.

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*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Josh Groban at the New York Theatre Workshop’s production of “Hadestown”   ***Bella Hadid andKate Hudson at Zuma, where EJ Johnson celebrated his birthday.   ***Claire Danes at Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen in NYC.   ***Sarah Jessica Parker, Nathan Lane and Angela Lansbury seeing Matthew Broderick in “Shining City” at the Irish Repertory Theatre.   ***Marea chef Michael White making grub at Gin Mare’s West Village roof party Med Rooftops in NYC.   ***Jessica Alba and Rebecca Minkoff at restaurant Rebelle in NYC.   ***Viacom chairman emeritus Sumner Redstone paid a visit to the Paramount Pictures lot last week, where the media mogul had a conversation with studio chiefBrad Grey and took a tour of the grounds, according to an industry source. The 93-year-old owner of Viacom, along with daughter Shari Redstone, arrived around 11 a.m. on Friday, said the source. Grey was summoned to meet the mogul at the minivan in which he was riding, which was parked in front of the Sumner Redstone Building.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The popular Coral Tree Café has opened a new location in Beverly Hills on Beverly Drive.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Chips Moman, a producer and songwriter who helped define the Memphis sound in soul music in the 1960s, generated dozens of pop, soul and country hits and helped resuscitate Elvis Presley’s career in the late ’60s, died on Monday in LaGrange, Ga. He was 79. The cause was complications of emphysema, said Donny Turner, a friend.  ***Philip W. Majerus, a biochemist who was credited as being the first to theorize that taking small doses of aspirin regularly can prevent heart attacks and strokes in vulnerable patients, died on June 8 at his home in St. Louis. He was 79. The cause was prostate cancer, his wife, Dr. Elaine Majerus, said. He had taught at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for almost 50 years.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I want to talk today about the horrific human tragedy of Orlando. But first I want to talk about Hiroshima — or, more precisely, the profound speech that President Obama gave there on May 27 that got lost in all the campaign noise here. Hiroshima, Obama suggested, represents a world in which for the first time ever a country possessed the power to kill all of us — and if it had to be any country, I am glad it was America. But today, he said, we’re entering a world where small groups — maybe even soon a single super-empowered person — will be able to kill all of us; therefore we’d better start thinking about the moral implications of where technology is taking us. “Science allows us to communicate across the seas and fly above the clouds, to cure disease and understand the cosmos, but those same discoveries can be turned into ever more efficient killing machines,” the president noted. “The wars of the modern age teach us this truth. Hiroshima teaches this truth. Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution as well.” What the president was describing is the central strategic issue of our time: the growing mismatch between the combined rapid evolution of our technological prowess and the powers this gives to a single individual or group to destroy at scale (you can make your own gun now with a 3-D-printer), and the pace of our moral and social evolution to govern and use these powers responsibly.


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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Richard Simmons is slamming rumors he’s becoming a woman.“Some tabloids have recently falsely reported that I am transitioning,” he said in a short statement on his Facebook page on Tuesday. “In response, I feel compelled to set the record straight and refute these lies. Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey.”  ***Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, has shed light on the reported 20 tattoos she has at the age of 18. “Some people like them, some people absolutely hate them,” she posted on Instagram. “I appreciate art . . . especially when that art means something to me.” Paris, who just added a tattoo of her late dad, wrote, “I can look at my inner forearms and see art that has meaning . . . I don’t see a dark past anymore. My scars and past of self-hatred have been covered by loving marks, creativity, ingenuity . . . and depth.”   ***The Georgetown mansion that former first lady Jackie Kennedy bought after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy has hit the Washington, DC, market for $10 million.   ***Hopper Penn was almost of the victim of his father Sean Penn’s obsession with red meat. “My dad wanted to name me Steak, the food, because he loves it so much,” Hopper, now 22, revealed in Interview magazine’s Ones to Watch issue. But Hopper says his mother Robin Wright wasn’t keen on the idea.


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