LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 84% of LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries find LBN “independent”?

*70+ Dead as Powerful Quake Hits Italy:

At least 73 people were killed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy in the middle of the night Wednesday near the town of Perugia, the U.S. Geological Survey said, in what is being described by the Italian Civil Protection agency as a “severe” seismic event. The epicenter is in the province of Rieti, northeast of Rome. Residents in the capital city reported tremors that lasted as long as 20 seconds. At least 150 people are still missing.  The mayor of Amatrice, a small town with a population of a few thousand, said buildings collapsed and that residents are stuck under debris. “The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone. There are people under the rubble,” Mayor Sergio Perozzi said in a radio interview on RAI. “There’s been a landslide and a bridge might collapse.” According to the Associated Press, a family of four in the town of Accumoli was “trapped under debris, without any signs of life.” The quake hit at 3:36 a.m. local time.  Italian media said several aftershocks were reported, including one that was a magnitude 5.5. Many of the buildings in the affected towns are centuries old. A USGS geophysicist told CNN the region could be facing “very significant losses.” Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s office said in a tweet that the government is “in contact with all affected areas” and was deploying rescue efforts.

*Trump to Hit Clinton on Crime Bill:

As part of a new strategy to appeal to black voters—and white voters who do not want to appear racist by voting for him—Donald Trump is reportedly going to hit Hillary Clinton for the 1994 crime bill her husband signed while in office. Additionally, a report in The Washington Post detailed how Trump plans on going to urban areas and into black and Latino communities, with one potential visit to Detroit to visit Ben Carson’s hometown.

*Turkish Military Begins Major Offensive Into Syria in Fight Against ISIS:
Turkey mounted its largest military effort yet in the Syrian conflict on Wednesday, sending tanks, warplanes and special operations forces over the border in a United States-backed drive to capture an Islamic State stronghold in Syria. The joint offensive on the city of Jarabulus, one of the last border strongholds of the Islamic State, began hours before Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, the Turkish capital. The timing seemed aimed at easing tensions between the two countries raised by the failed coup in Turkey last month.


*LBN-INVESTIGATES:   ***The latest combined polling data gives Democrats a 60 percent chance of winning control of the chamber in November. Included within this 60 percent is a 17 percent chance that the Senate ends up evenly split with a Democratic vice president providing the tie-breaking vote. By count, the Democrats need to win five seats among the 11 most competitive races. (The Democrats will need to win six if Donald J. Trump wins the presidential race; we put Mr. Trump’s chances of winning at only 11 percent). Ten of these seats are held by Republicans, and one by a Democrat, Harry Reid of Nevada, who is retiring.

*MY REVIEW: “LBN tells it like is! No bull. LBN keeps it really real!”—–Earline W., an LBN reader from Carson City, Nevada.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Roger Waters having lunch at 75 Main in Southampton.   ***Chris Rock at Sotto Sopra in Amagansett.   ***Ad guru Jerry Della Femina mixing martinis at the home of Michael Mailer to celebrate Jason Hirsh joining the Web series, “Ivy League Crimelords,” as executive producer.   ***Former “Scrubs” star Judy Reyes at lingerie shop Rigby & Peller on FifthAvenue in NYC.   ***Sacha Baron Cohen, Harry Styles, Kourtney Kardashian and Rashida Jones, celebrating A List founder Ashlee Margolis’ 40th birthday at a private residence in LA.   ***A visit to Hawaii for most people is relaxing and fun, but not for Amy Schumer. The comedian says she was hospitalized this summer with bronchitis while shooting a film with Goldie Hawn in Hawaii. As a guest Monday night on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Schumer said she had difficulty speaking, was bedridden and coughed so much that she fractured some ribs.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:   ***1. Google was originally named “Backrub.”   ***2. There are 84 people in the U.S. named “LOL”   ***3. Albert Einstein could never remember his telephone number.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***On Aug. 11, CAA President Richard Lovett convened the agency’s monthly staff meeting not with an update on top-priority clients but by addressing a sizable elephant in the room. “This book was not sanctioned by CAA,” Lovett told the troops gathered at the company’s Century City headquarters, according to two sources who were there. The new “book” in question is James Andrew Miller’s Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency, which has revealed embarrassing financial details about the company and its leadership and has led to some rank-and-file morale issues at the storied agency. The book, which CAA did not initiate but did participate in extensively, reports that the agency’s top three partners — Lovett, Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane — each earned $20 million when TPG Capital made its second investment in the agency in 2014, plus $20 million for each of the three men that came out of a discretionary proceeds fund controlled by Lovett and Lourd. That previously undisclosed windfall came at a time when, according to sources, many staff members were told their own bonuses and expense accounts were being trimmed thanks to the private equity firm’s now-majority stake in the agency.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Although she has gone to extraordinary lengths to distract and deceive American voters, the truth is finally coming out: Hillary Clinton has an 11th toe. I don’t have the medical records. She refuses to release them. But just try to come up with some other explanation for why she’s so infrequently photographed in sandals or flip-flops; why she seldom appears barefoot in public; why, during debates, she keeps her legs, especially the lower halves, tucked carefully behind the lectern. She’s covering something up, and it’s that freakish, disqualifying digit. Have you watched her walk? Look closely. She wobbles a bit, or maybe it’s more of a teeter, combined with a lurch, and the likeliest cause is podiatric asymmetry. I consulted foot specialists. At least they referred to themselves that way online, and when I assured them that an interview with me could be their springboard to Sean Hannity, they opened up.

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*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that nine (9) members of the Laugh Factory staff read LBN daily?

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Trent Kendrick: I’m a casual LBN reader. I’m an independent from Kansas. And I’m with Hillary… unlike your editorial department, which too-often mirrors the corporate media’s predictable response to Clinton’s lead: superficial coverage of scandals in the hopes that polls tighten and ratings soar. You perpetuate these stories without any of the deeper political context that should interest us: Money now legally influences politicians. Why? (Hint: The Supreme Court) How do we fix it? (Hint: Hillary will appoint the first liberal Supreme Court since the 1960s.) Not to mention, the many-unmentioned, charitable success stories that complicate downsizing their Foundation. (See:

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