LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

*Black Turnout Soft in Early Voting, Boding Ill for Hillary Clinton: 
African-Americans are failing to vote at the robust levels they did four years ago in several states that could help decide the presidential election, creating a vexing problem for Hillary Clinton as she clings to a deteriorating lead over Donald J. Trump with Election Day just a week away. As tens of millions of Americans cast ballots in what will be the largest-evermobilization of early voters in a presidential election, the numbers have started to point toward a slump that many Democrats feared might materialize without the nation’s first black president on the ticket. The reasons for the decline appear to be both political and logistical, with lower voter enthusiasm and newly enacted impediments to voting at play. In North Carolina, where a federal appeals court accused Republicans of an “almost surgical” assault on black turnout and Republican-run election boards curtailed early-voting sites, black turnout is down 16 percent. White turnout, however, is up 15 percent. Democrats are planning an aggressive final push, including a visit by President Obama to the state on Wednesday.

*Cubs Send World Series to Game 7:

The 2016 World Series will come down to a Game 7 thanks to the Chicago Cubs’ Tuesday night slugfest, in which they defeated the Cleveland Indians 9-3. A trio of home runs from Cubs hitters, including a grand slam by Addison Russell, gave the Cubs a confident lead throughout the game. Cubs ace Jake Arrieta went 5⅔ innings, throwing nine strikeouts and holding the Indians to just two runs before handing the ball to the bullpen, including a 20-pitch, 1.1-inning outing from closer Aroldis Chapman. Game 7 will take place Wednesday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with Indians ace Corey Klubertaking on the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks. The winner of that game takes the crown and ends more than 100 years of fan frustration.

*Suspect in Custody in Iowa Cop Murders:

Authorities in Iowa said they have detained Scott Michael Greene, 46, the suspect in the ambush-style shooting deaths of two police officers early Wednesday morning. Greene was reportedly caught in Dallas County, west of Urbandale. He wasreported to be considered to be armed and dangerous, driving a blue 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck. An Urbandale officer was found dead in his squad car at around 1 a.m. after other police responded to reports of gunfire, and a Des Moines officer was fatally shot a few miles away 30 minutes later. It was the first time a Des Moines police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty since 1977. Officers in the area were working in pairs for safety reasons. Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek called the shootings a “cowardly act.” The names of the victims have not yet been released. In 2014, Greene pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree harassment. In the same year, he also pleaded guilty to interference with official acts.

*Obama: Army Corps Considering ‘Rerouting’ Dakota Access Pipeline:

President Obama on Tuesday provided a glimmer of hope to protesters unhappy with the Dakota Access oil pipeline’s proposed path. After violent clashes between activists andauthorities, Obama said in a NowThis interview that his administration is working on possible ways to “reroute” the project, saying he is aware of concerns from Native Americans that the $3.8 billion pipeline’s location is slated to be built less than a mile from tribal lands in North Dakota. “We’re monitoring this closely,” Obama said. “My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans. And I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline.” He added, “We’re going to let it play out for several more weeks and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of First Americans.”

*Lil Wayne Doesn’t Feel ‘Connected’ to Black Lives Matter:

Hip-hop star Lil Wayne gave an interview to ABC’s Nightline in which he said he doesn’t “feel connected” to the Black Lives Matter movement. “What is it? What does it mean?” he said. “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me.” He added, “I’m a young black rich mother****er. If that don’t let you know that America understand.” In the past several months, Lil Wayne has faced a backlash for public statements on social issues, including in September when he told Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed he believed there’s “no such thing as racism.”


*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***It is quite a reversal for aninvention once billed as the biggest chance to end smoking as we know it and take aim at the country’s largest cause of preventable death. Use of the devices is slumping because they are not as good as cigarettes at giving a hit of nicotine. Dealing another strike against them, the country’s top public health authorities have sent an unwavering message: Vaping is dangerous. The warning is meant to stop people who have never smoked — particularly children — from starting to vape. But a growing number of scientists and policy makers say the relentless portrayal of e-cigarettes as a public health menace, however well intentioned, is a profound disservice to the 40 million American smokers who could benefit from the devices. Smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans a year.   ***For years, YouTube users in Germany have searched for music videos on the online streaming service, only to be confronted with one of the most hated icons on the internet here: a small red TV-shaped symbol informing them they were unable to view the video. On Tuesday, the long-running dispute over royalties between YouTube and Germany’s main music rights organization that set off the error message finally came to an end. The two sides said they had reached a deal on compensating artists, resolving a dispute that began in 2009, long before stars like Katy Perry and Pharrell Williamsbegan accusing YouTube of paying too little in royalties and seeking to change laws.

*E! scrambles as ‘Kardashians’ ratings drop:

With ratings for its “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” meal ticket on a downward trend, we’re told execs at cable network E! want to try their hand at daytime TV. Insiders say the NBC-owned station — home to reality shows such as the upcoming Mariah Carey series “Mariah’s World” — has developed a pilot for a daily panel show it hopes will rival CBS’s “The Talk,” ABC’s “The View” and “The Chew,” and syndicated hit “The Real.” The new show will target a millennial audience with a bent toward celebrity news — also a mainstay of the network, which hosted pop-culture obsessed shows such as Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea Lately” and Joel McHale’s “The Soup.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The internet is distorting our collective grasp on the truth. Polls show that many of us have burrowed into our own echo chambers of information. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 81 percent of respondents said that partisans not only differed about policies, but also about “basic facts.”

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The New York Times Company reported a steep decline in print advertising revenue for the third quarter on Wednesday, adding to the newspaper industry’s woes. For the quarter, print advertising revenue fell 19 percent, driving an 8 percent decline in total advertising revenue. The drop followed a 14 percent decline in print advertising revenue in the second quarter.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Sarah Jessica Parker and hubby Matthew Broderick at ‘21’ in NYC being joined by Martin Short.   ***John Travolta at Chicago Chinese eatery Imperial Lamian before Game 5 of the World Series.   ***Julianna Margulies at TodayTix’s party to celebrate David Hare’s play, “Plenty,” which has been extended to Dec. 1.   ***Michael Korsat Serendipity 3 in NYC.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD NOTES:   ***Producer Bruce Nahin is moderating a seminar for PGA members on November 5. The seminar will explore the current issues in business affairs and will feature lawyers, payroll and insurance specialists.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***David H. Brooks, a former military contractor who was found guilty of insider trading and fraudulently enriching himself through company funds, died on Thursday in prison in Danbury, Conn. He was 61. A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed the death. A lawyer for Mr. Brooks’s children, Judd Burstein, said the cause was being investigated.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that this lady does NOT read LBN?

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: What happened to Little Rascals William “Buckwheat” Thomas?

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: This is my last column until after the election, so I’d like to address the people least likely to read it: Donald Trump voters. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get lucky and a few of them will buy fish wrapped in this column, and they’ll accidentally peruse it! Desperate times call for desperate measures. While I’ve opposed the Trump candidacy from the start, I’ve never disparaged Trump voters. Some are friends and neighbors; they’re all fellow Americans. We should take their concerns seriously. But we should also demand that they be serious, that they draw distinctions between these two presidential candidates. Yes, Hillary Clinton is a flawed leader — but in the way so many presidents were. We know her flaws: She has a weakness for secrecy, occasionally fudges truths, has fawning aides and a husband who lacks discipline when it comes to moneymaking and women. But she is not indecent, and that is an important distinction. And she’s studious, has sought out people of substance on every issue and has taken the job of running for president seriously. Trump is not only a flawed politician, he’s an indecent human being. He’s boasted of assaulting women — prompting 11 to come forward to testify that he did just that to them; his defense is that he could not have assaulted these women because they weren’t pretty enough.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: At 3-1 Saturday night, FiveThirtyEight gave the Cubs less of a chance to win the World Series than Trump had to win the White House. But then the Cubs won Sunday night and the odds got better. What will happen if things don’t go well in Cleveland, I asked David Axelrod. “If they lose,” he replied, “we’ll know that it was rigged.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Patricia Gandara: More than half of the people in Syria have been displaced by a war in which the US is implicated. The New York Times reports that Canada has offered visas to more than 48,000 Syrians, and 400,000 Syrians went to Germany last year.  Brazil has issued nearly 8,500 humanitarian visas to Syrians.  The US is a much larger country so the 10,000 Syrian refugees admitted for 2016 is a small percentage by comparison (12% of refugees).  85,000 refugees were admitted to the US in 2016 – about half were Muslims, mostly women and children.  Syrians are vetted extensively before being admitted.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***First, she came for your porn. Now, Pamela Anderson is coming for your ride home.The former “Baywatch” bombshell stars in a new PSA aimed at curbing ride-sharing apps. The clip shows Anderson, 49, playing “The Driving Game,” a sendup of the dating game, in which male contestants from ride-sharing apps compete to drive her home. She opts for the third, who claims to be licensed and background-checked, over the ride-sharing drivers, who are portrayed as cartoonish buffoons who haven’t had background checks or drug tests.

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