LBN – Special Report – Wednesday February 1, 2017

HAPPY ENDING – Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor to Wed Fireman Rescuer:

A Boston Marathon bombing survivor plans to marry the fireman who rescued her, several media outlets report. “In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him,” Roseann Sdoiasaid. “She was like, ‘Oh, did you see that firefighter? He’s so cute.’ And I was like, ‘Mom, I just got blown up.’ ” Sdoia and her new fiancé, Mike Materia, will participate in the annual Empire State Building Marathon to help raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Materia comforted Sdoia on the ride to Massachusetts General Hospital in a police vehicle on the day of the bombing. “I asked him if I was going to die. And he told me that I was going to be OK, that I only had a flesh wound,” she told reporters. “He’s seen me on my worst day.” The couple had their first date in June 2013. He proposed last month.

Trump Selects Neil Gorsuch for SCOTUS:

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night, saying in a speech at the White House: “This may be the most transparent judicial process in history.” Gorsuch, 49, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in 25 years. Gorsuch has a Ph.D. from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bushin 2006. He is an “originalist” conservative in the tradition of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. During his speech Tuesday, Gorsuch referred to Scalia as a “lion of the law.

Petraeus: World order under ‘unprecedented threat’:

Retired Gen. David Petraeus warned lawmakers on Wednesday that the world order created in part by the United States in the 20th century is under “unprecedented threat from multiple directions,” pointing to Russia, China, Islamist extremists and cyber threats. Those threats are compounded by an America whose “resolve about its defense has become somewhat ambivalent,” he added. “Americans should not take the current international order for granted,” Petraeus said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. “It did not will itself into existence. We created it. Likewise, it is not naturally self-sustaining. We have sustained it. If we stop doing so, it will fray and, eventually, collapse.”

THIS LITTLE PIGGY – U.S. Bacon Reserves Hit 50-Year Low:

Pig farmers are struggling to keep up with the vast U.S. appetite for bacon, causing reserves to hit the lowest level in 50 years and sending prices flying upward. “Today’s pig farmers are setting historic records by producing more pigs than ever,” said Rich Deaton, president of the Ohio Pork Council. “Yet our reserves are still depleting.” Deaton reported Tuesday that demand for frozen pork belly is outpacing farmers’ ability to produce and sell. But, he added: “While bacon may become more expensive for consumers, rest assured the pork industry will not run out of supply.”

Social Media Making People Anti-Social Says Media Expert Levine:

Could social media be making people more anti-social? Many people who use social media may go to desperate lengths to receive “likes” from followers, according to media expert and author Michael Levine ( . The social media boom continues to make it easier than ever to stay in touch with loved ones in real time. But with the flourishing ofnew technology and the ability to be connected to anyone and everyone at any time, real-life human interactions could be suffering a heavy blow. According to media expert and author Michael Levine social media users are interacting less face-to-face than in the past because of this newfound ability to constantly communicate and stay in touch online. About one-third of people communicate less with their parents (31%), partners (23%), children (33%) and friends (35%) because they can simply follow them on social media. “This may be doing more harm than good, in a world where editing one’s life to make it appear perfect is more appealing than naturally existing” said Levine.
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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***For more than 400 employees recently laid off by Wells Fargo, the aftermath of the bank’s scandal over sham accounts has had an unexpectedconsequence: The bank is prohibited from paying the severance it owes them. In mid-November, Wells Fargo’s federal regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, imposed additional restrictions on the troubled bank. The rules, part of which are intended to curb golden parachute packages, limit what payments Wells Fargo is permitted to make to terminated employees without explicit regulatory approval. Routine severance pay is sometimes exempted from such restrictions, but the federal rules for golden parachute pay are complex, and Wells Fargo’s severance plan is not eligible for the exemption, according to Diana Rodriguez, a bank spokeswoman.

Johnny Depp spent $30K a month on wine: ex-manager:

Johnny Depp spent $3 million to blast Hunter Thompson’sashes out of a cannon. He spent $18 million on an 150-foot yacht. He spent $4 million on a failed record label. He spent $30,000 a month on wine, $200,000 a month on private planes, $150,000 a month on round-the-clock security, and $300,000 a month to maintain a staff of 40 people. All of these expenses — contained in a blistering countersuit filed Tuesday by Depp’s ex-managers — led him to the brink of financial ruin, the suit alleges. The suit comes in response to Depp’s own lawsuit on Jan. 13, which accused the Management Group (TMG) of defrauding him out of tens of millions of dollars. Depp alleged that TMG had mismanaged his finances, took out loans without his approval, and hidden the parlous state of his affairs from him.

LBN-INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS: (Jeffrey Immelt, the chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric Co.)

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Emma Stone, Hugh Grant, Baz Luhrmann and Brie Larson at the Standard, Hollywood, whenAlan Cumming turned the hotel’s club, Mmhmmm, into “Club Cumming” to celebrate his show at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday.   ***W Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchimeeting with Vanity Fair publisher Chris Mitchell at Little Park in NYC for lunch on Monday.   ***Miley‘s sister Noah Cyrusseeing Migos at Highline Ballroom in NYC.   ***“Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson at Antica Pesa in Brooklyn.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***John Wetton, a bass player, vocalist and songwriter who adapted the dense, progressive rock he performed with bands like King Crimson into mainstream hits with the supergroup Asia in the early 1980s, died on Tuesday near his home in Bournemouth, England. He was 67. His manager, Martin Darvill, said the cause was colon cancer.   ***Rao’s legend and “Sopranos” star Frank Pellegrino Sr. died on Tuesday aged 72 following a cancer battle. The famed Harlem restaurateur’s close friend Bo Dietl told Page Six, “We lost a part of New York today when we lost Frankie. There’s nobody like him, he’s an icon.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Dear America’s Business Leaders: I am writing you today because it will soon become clear that you’re going to need to do a job that you’ve never thought of doing before: saving the country from a leader with a truly distorted view of how the world works and the role America should play in it. There is no Republican Party today to restrain President Trump’s worst instincts. Save for a few courageous senators, the G.O.P. has melted into spinelessness. The mainstream media can expose misbehavior, but can’t veto legislation. The Democrats control no levers of power. And Jared Kushner couldn’t even stop the Steve Bannon-led White House from issuing a Holocaust Remembrance Day decree that deliberately omitted any reference to Jews. The only group whom Trump has some respect for, who can get access to him and who can maybe counter the malign ideological instincts of Bannon & Company are the likes of Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Jeff Immelt, Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt, Jamie Dimon, Mike Bloomberg, Elon Musk, Indra Nooyi, Ginni Rometty, Dennis Muilenburg and Doug McMillon. Sure, if Trump executes on his promises for deregulation, infrastructure and tax reform, your companies will enjoy a quick sugar high. But if you listen to what Trump and Bannon are saying, their vision of America and the world is unlike anything you business leaders have encountered before.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Harry Stack Sullivan: When the satisfaction or the security of another person becomes as significant to one as one’s own satisfaction or security, then the state of love exists. Under no other circumstances is a state of love present, regardless of the popular usage of the term.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Lina Gordon: It is time for theDemocrats not to use our lives as a ploy for their politics. I am sick of all the chaos that they are creating when the American people have spoken and elected President Trump for reasons to keep us and our children protected. None of this protesting for refugees came up when Obama put a ban on Iraq for 6 months and decided the last week in office to do the same with Cuba. Are we saying that these are not human beings as well and should not be protested as they are doing now. Explain please how this differs. The media and the Democrats are just finding every possible way to divide this country. And the American people have spoken —we want safety for our children. Please stop using your politics to hurt us or to camouflage your anger and hate—it’s a terrible terrible attitude for people that just want to be safe and secure.


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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***At 67, David Foster has finally adjusted to his new relationship status: single. “I tend to go from marriage to marriage — leaving one wife for another,” the Grammy-winning producer explained in an interview with Vanity Fair. “This is the first time in my adult life that I’ve ever beensingle. It’s a very powerful feeling, but I’m not used to it.” Foster and fourth wife Yolanda Hadid, 53, split in December 2015 after four years of marriage. While Foster’s children are certain their dear old dad will find wife No. 5, he hasn’t introduced them to any prospects in the past year. “Please wait,” daughter Sarasaid.   ***Alan Thicke’s son Carter believed his father would pull through after suffering a ruptured artery on Dec. 13. “The ambulance came and the paramedics had stabilized him and everything seemed fine,” Carter, 19. The pair were playing hockey at the Pickwick Gardens ice skating rink in Burbank, Calif., when Alan collapsed. “I got to give him a hug and said, ‘I love you,’” Carter recalled. “That was the last time I saw him.”

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