LBN – Sunday, July 1, 2018

JULY 4 TH, 2018 

Dear Loyal LBN Readers,

After 16 years of bringing you fearless independent DAILY (7 days a week, 365 days a year) news and information, the time has come to change both the format and delivery rate of LBN not the mention its name.

Starting Wednesday, July 4th, 2018LBN Elert will officially begin with a BANG by changing its name to LBN Examiner. It also changes its circulation schedule to weekly instead of daily. If you’re already a loyal LBN subscriber, don’t worry about not being included. You are still on the list!

*ON THE LAM – Notorious French Gangster Escapes Prison by Helicopter:
A criminal mastermind who was once France’s most-wanted man escaped prison on Sunday by helicopter with help from a flock of heavily-armed men, authorities said. Redoine Faid, 46, fled the Reau penitentiary outside Paris after an appeals court recently sentenced him to 25 years for a May 2010 armed robbery. Sources cited by Agence France-Presse said Faid had at least three accomplices in the daring escape. This marks his second prison break after he used dynamite to blast his way out of a prison in 2013 only to be recaptured six weeks later.
*DHS Names New ICE Acting Head:
The Department of Homeland Security named Ronald D. Vitiello as acting head and deputy director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Saturday. Vitiello has worked in law enforcement for 30 years, and currently serves as deputy commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that Vitiello “brings to ICE the vision and leadership needed to continue the exceptional work the agency is doing to accomplish its crucial national security and public safety missions.” The Trump administration has faced criticism over its immigration policies in recent weeks following reports of families separated at the border.

*Detective didn’t believe alleged newsroom shooter was a threat before attack:

A Maryland detective determined that suspected Capital Gazette newsroom shooter Jarrod Ramos wasn’t a threat, years before the alleged gunman opened fire on its staffers. When the now-retired editor and publisher of the Annandale daily paper Thomas Marquadt called the cops on Jarrod Ramos in 2013 – a detective investigated and said he didn’t believe the accused killer was dangerous, Anne ArundelCounty Police Chief Timothy Altomare said on Friday. The detective, Michael Praley, said in a report at the time that he “did not believe Mr. Ramos was a threat to employees” at the paper, noting that Ramos hadn’t tried to get into the building and hadn’t sent “direct, threatening correspondence.” Ramos, 38, who filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper in 2012 for an article about him pleading guilty to harassing a woman — had been firing off threatening tweets aimed at the Gazette and its journalists.

*Trump ally Giuliani says end is near for Iran’s rulers:

U.S. President Donald Trump will suffocate Iran’s “dictatorial ayatollahs”, his close ally Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday, suggesting his move to re-impose sanctions was aimed squarely at regime change. The former New York mayor who is now Trump’s personal lawyer, was addressing a conference of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella bloc of opposition groups in exile that seek an end to Shi’ite Muslim clerical rule in Iran. “I can’t speak for the president, but it sure sounds like he doesn’t think there is much of a chance of a change in behavior unless there is a change in people and philosophy,” Giuliani told Reuters in an interview.

*Illegal immigrant is arrested for ‘starting dozens of wildfires in Colorado that forced hundreds to evacuate and destroyed 38,000 acres of land’:

A man was arrested on Saturday on charges of starting a forest fire in Colorado that has destroyed structures and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in one of dozens of wildfires raging across the drought-hit U.S. southwest.  Jesper Joergensen, 52, was taken into custody last Saturday for the suspected arson that started the Springs Fire, according toCostilla County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and will be handed over to ICE once he has faced arson charges, said a Costilla County detention officer. The officer could not immediately say what nationality Joergensen held.

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Conservative MSNBC host Hugh Hewitt announced the cancellation of his Hugh Hewitt ShowSaturday. The show was regularly behind competitor Fox & Friends in ratings, despite hosting important conservative figures like Jeff Sessions and Mike Pompeo. Hewitt said he would still be affiliated with the network, saying “I’ll appear as a guest on MSNBC shows and I will continue as a guest on Meet the Press.”

*WHO READS LBN? Scott Rogowsky who hosts HQ Trivia, a daily live trivia app.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Make sense of the start ofN.B.A. free agency by thinking about it this way: The last few weeks have been the longest Christmas Eve ever, with trade and signing rumors popping up like stolen peeks in the presents closet. Now Christmas is here, but it doesn’t really begin until Santa Claus arrives — and this summer, like most summers, the bearded man everyone is waiting for is namedLeBron James. All eyes are on James and Kawhi Leonard, who are both reportedly interested in the Los Angeles Lakers, while news about two other big-name stars has already shaken up the N.B.A. The latest reports have Paul George re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a — very surprising — four-year $137 million deal. Then there’s Kevin Durant, who plans to sign a two-year maximum deal with the Golden State Warriors. He’ll have a player option for the second year, according to New York Times columnist Marc Stein.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary. At 5,525 miles, including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska, it is the world’s longest border between two nations.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, according to a US study, which found even low levels raised the chances of developing the chronic disease. Diabetes has primarily been associated with lifestyle factors like diet and a sedentary lifestyle, but research by the Washington University School of Medicinein St Louis said pollution also plays a major role. The study estimated that pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases globally in 2016 — or around 14 percent of all new diabetes cases globally that year.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***A Hollywood premiere of new HBO doc “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” was a bittersweet reunion for the late comic’s friends at LA’s famed TCL Chinese Theatre. Venerable stand-ups Billy Crystal and David Steinberg hosted the event, where guests included Rosanna ArquetteBonnie HuntKevin NealonBrad GarrettEddie GriffinBob SagetRay RomanoPauly ShoreGeorge Schlatter and Paula Poundstone. A guest told us that, at a Hollywood Roosevelt reception after, “Robin’s favorite desserts were served — Key lime pie and chocolate macaroons. Tables were adorned with mini toy soldiers, a Robin favorite.”   ***Emily Ratajkowski looked sensational as she strolled through Mykonos with pals. The 27-year-old model is enjoying a break away on the Greek island and appeared to be enjoying every second of the sunshine. Emily chose a sheer maxi dress for the day out which she wore with a pair of gladiator sandals.

*WHO READS LBN: Legendary singer – songwriter Carly Simon along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: At dawn on the day after the election that rocked her world and her party, working on three hours of sleep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez walked out of her Bronx apartment building. “A sanitation truck pulled up,” said the 28-year-old with the contagious smile and an energy that impressed even the dragon-energy president. “The driver reached out his arm to give me a high-five. What that moment tells me is what we did was right. We are touching the hearts of working people. Democrats should be getting high-fives from sanitation truck drivers — that is what should be happening in America.” It was a week when the Death Star of Donald Trump’s evil galactic Space Force blanketed the earth with darkness. The president who slipped into office through a tear in the space-time continuum cemented right-wing control over all three branches of government. He further Foxified the White House by offering a top job to Bill Shine, the former Fox Newsenforcer who oversaw the creepy cover-up of the Roger Ailes-Bill O’Reilly venery.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: MEET AMERICA’S PREMIER TRIAL ATTORNEY –  “Without Notes” with Tom Girardi – Episode 1: The Early Years

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Cris Beam: The truth is, an apology is rarely a private exchange between two people: When you harm one person, you harm many. When I abandoned my wife, I also abandoned my community of friends, who were furious with me. I hurt others, who heard her story and were scared that their lovers could also leave them in a time of need.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kevin Baker: Sadly in Manhattan, there are a few small hardware shops left still, some dry cleaners, a large grocery store, and a couple of bodegas. But otherwise, Jane Jacobs’s “intricate ballet” of the streets is being rapidly eradicated by a predatory monoculture. Everywhere, that which is universal and uniform prevails. Chain stores, of a type once unknown in New York, now abound. On those same ten blocks of my neighborhood where so many stores have been emptied out, I count three pharmacies, six bank branches, seven nail-and-beauty salons, threeStarbucks, two Dunkin’ Donuts and three 7-Elevens, five phone-and-cable stores, four eyewear shops. The coming growth industry seems to be in urgent care facilities, of which there are already two, to serve our ridiculously underinsured population.
*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by David Russell: The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The comedy and magic team ofPenn & Teller announced this week that they are postponing performances until Aug. 18 so that Teller (the short, silent one) can undergo back surgery. The duo had already scheduled a hiatus to take care of Teller’s problem, but abruptly called off a show scheduled for Friday night in Biloxi, Miss., because Teller was in too much pain following a Wednesday performance, theLas Vegas Review-Journal reported. Teller’s back trouble represents “the lingering result of hanging from straitjackets and climbing in and out of boxes for more than 40 years,” the report said. He’ll undergo surgery Monday in Las Vegas, the report added.   ***Actress Heather Locklear has gone to rehab. The former “Melrose Place” star voluntarily agreed to check herself into a long-term treatment facility for substance abuse and mental health issues after she spent the last week in a psychiatric ward. The troubled 56-year-old blonde was arrested Sunday after chugging a bottle of tequila, crashing her Porsche at her California mansion and then attacking cops when they arrived.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston