LBN – Special Report – Wednesday

*Istanbul Toll Hits 41, 230+ Injured:

The death toll has risen to 41 in the bombings at the Istanbul airport. Reports suggested that the fatalities included at least 23 Turkish citizens and 13 foreign nationals while officials worked to identify the others. At least 230 people are reported to have been injured in the suicide attack. “The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world,” Turkish President Recep TayyipErdogan said.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:   At 74, legendary songwriter – singerPaul Simon often needs 15 hours of sleep at a stretch.

*Ex-NFL Player Zurlon Tipton Accidentally Kills Self:

Former NFL running back Zurlon Tipton accidentally shot and killed himself Tuesday at a Michigan car dealership. According to police, Tipton, 26, pulled into the dealership’s service bay and removed a duffel bag containing two guns from his trunk. One of those guns went off, striking Tipton in the stomach. He was reportedly conscious and speaking with people at the scene, but later succumbed to his injuries.

*Media Expert Levine: Facebook to Change News Feed to Focus on Friends and Family:

For years, Facebook has courted publishers of all sizes, asking them to depend more and more on the social media giant to expand their audiences. Now, Facebook has a new message for publishers: Tamp down your expectations. Facebook said on Wednesday that it planned to make a series of changes to its news feed algorithm so that it will more favorably promote content posted by the friends and family of users. According to media expert and author Michael Levine( “the bottom line to those changes,  is that content posted by publishers will show up less prominently in news feeds, resulting in significantly less traffic to the hundreds of news media sites that have come to rely on Facebook. There will be much more friends and family flavor to the Facebook recipe.”

*Australian Mosque Attacked After Istanbul Bombings:

A mosque in Western Australia was attacked late Tuesday in what is being described as an anti-Muslim “act of hate.” Police in Perth confirmed that four cars were set ablaze outside the mosque, one of which exploded, while the mosque’s imam said he suspected a petrol bomb had been used. Yahya Adel Ibrahim, the imam, said young children had been praying inside the mosque at the time of the attack. The attackers also defaced the building with spray paint. The incident occurred after suicide bombers struck an Istanbul airport, killing at least 36 people, though it is not clear if the attackers were motivated by that tragedy.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Toyota Motor said Wednesday it was recalling 1.43 million vehicles worldwide over a possible airbag fault. But it said the components in question had not been manufactured by Takata, the airbag supplier at the heart of the largest safety recall in the history of the car industry. Toyota, based in Japan, did not name the supplier of the airbags that were subject to the recall announcement. Keeping suppliers’ names private is a common practice among automakers; Takata was named only after the scale and severity of its problems drew intense public scrutiny. In a separate announcement, Toyota also said it was recalling 2.87 million vehicles worldwide over fuel tank issues.


1. Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in Asia.

2. On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.

3. Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.

4. When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

5. The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”

6. A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

7. Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.

8. A cat cannot climb head first down a tree because its claws are curved the wrong way.

9. A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.

10. Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.

11. A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***See Jane Go, Inc. today announced the launch of its women-driving-women ride-hail platform that offers a trusted alternative to existing ride-hail services. The company is placing women in the driver seat of the ride-hail industry by providing a same-sex atmosphere and eliminating barriers in a previously male-dominated industry. See Jane Go is creating a movement to provide a new, trusted option for women to use ride-hail services for traveling or earning an income on their own terms. Until now, many women have shied away from the business opportunity of driving for a ride hail company, which led the founder of See Jane Go and prominent wealth manager, William Jordan, to be inspired by his two daughters to create a new choice for women in the ride-hail industry.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***As chatter about a pending merger between Starz and Lionsgate intensifies, Starz has locked in its top executive for the foreseeable future. The pay cable network has extended the contract of CEO Chris Albrecht; his new employment agreement starts July 1, 2016 and goes through 2020. As part of the new contract, Albrecht will add the role of President to his current position as CEO.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Scotty Moore, the rock pioneer who wasElvis Presley’s first guitarist, died in his Nashville home Tuesday at the age of 84. Moore, who backed the King on “That’s Alright Mama,” “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Jailhouse Rock,” among many others, was widely considered a rock groundbreaker, and many credit him with pioneering Elvis’s sound and inspiring future generations of guitarists. Priscilla Presley issued a statement Tuesday saying Moore was a “legend in his own right” and that the music he made would “live forever.” Other friends and fans echoed those sentiments. Moore was the last survivor of the original team surrounding Presley, which included bassist Bill Black and producer Sam Phillips.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The British vote by a narrow majority to leave the European Union is not the end of the world — but it does show us how we can get there. A major European power, a longtime defender of liberal democracy, pluralism and free markets, falls under the sway of a few cynical politicians who see a chance to exploit public fears of immigration to advance their careers. They create a stark binary choice on an incredibly complex issue, of which few people understand the full scope — stay in or quit the E.U. These politicians assume that the dog will never catch the car and they will have the best of all worlds — opposing something unpopular but not having to deal with the implications of the public actually voting to get rid of it. But they so dumb down the debate with lies, fear-mongering and misdirection, and with only a simple majority required to win, that the leave-the-E.U. crowd carries the day by a small margin. Presto: the dog catches the car. And, of course, it has no idea now what to do with this car. There is no plan. There is just barking. Like I said, not the end of the world yet, but if a few more E.U. countries try this trick we’ll have quite a little mess on our hands. Attention Donald Trump voters: this is what happens to a country that falls for hucksters who think that life can just imitate Twitter — that there are simple answers to hard questions — and that small men can rearrange big complex systems by just erecting a wall and everything will be peachy.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Fulghum: If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Stan Moore: The statement by the NY Times that there is “no evidence of wrongdoing or shortcomings on the part of Hillary Clinton” and that “military forces could not have reached Benghazi in time to save the four Americans” is extreme disinformation and a great disservice to the four who died. Hillary put politics ahead of the lives of Americans that night with total inaction and multiple lies that continue even today. Hey, what difference does it make? If your blood doesn’t boil and your heart doesn’t weep while watching the film 13 Hours and reading the recent Benghazi report, then…vote Hillary.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The son of “The Good Wife” starJace Alexander was busted with child pornography — and is strolling out of jail! Jace Alexander was given a sentence of 10 years on probation after cops caught him with a computer that had two clips of underage girls performing sex acts. One of the twisted videos featured a 6-year-old girl.   ***“Anger Management” actor Charlie Sheen has jettisoned the second of his three Mulholland Estates homes in Los Angeles for $5.4 million, says the Los Angeles Times. The troubled star bought the Spanish-style house four years ago from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, paying $4.8 million. This is Sheen’s second Mulholland Estates sale in a year. The star recently sold a six-bedroom Mediterranean-style home there for $6.6 million, a little shy of the $7 million he paid in 2011, when he bought it from producer Mike Medavoy.

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