LBN – Thursday, August 24th, 2017

*Different Day, Different Audience, and a Completely Different Trump:
President Trump reverted to his script as commander in chief here on Wednesday. The morning after he delivered an aggrieved and impromptu defense of his comments on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Mr. Trump spoke in a more measured tone to the national convention of the American Legion, telling its members that “we are not defined by the color of our skin,” and that the country will overcome its challenges by reaffirming its common values. “We are here to hold you up as an example of strength, courage and resolve that our country will need to overcome the many challenges that we face,” the president said, speaking slowly and gravely as he read from a teleprompter. “We are here to draw inspiration from you as we seek to renew the bonds of loyalty that bind us together as one people and one nation.” It was a day-and-night contrast to Mr. Trump’s performance Tuesday night in Phoenix, where he lurched from subject to subject and accused the news media of ignoring what he insisted had been his message of unity in the aftermath of Charlottesville.
*Florida Will Carry Out Execution With Never-Before-Used Lethal-Injection Drug

Florida on Thursday will put to death a man using a lethal-injection drug that has never before been used in a U.S. execution. Justice Barbara Pariente wrote this month—in her dissent from the Florida Supreme Court—that Mark James Asay, 53, is being treated as “the proverbial guinea pig” for etomidate, an as-yet untested death-penalty drug. Pariente argued the case violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. Asay, who is white, was convicted in 1988 of killing two men: Robert McDowell, who was Hispanic, and Robert Lee Booker, who was black. It is the first time in Florida’s history that it will execute a white man for killing a black man.
*Wall Street Journal Editor Admonishes Reporters Over Trump Coverage:

Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, has faced unease and frustration in his newsroom over his stewardship of the newspaper’s coverage of President Trump, which some journalists there say has lacked toughness and verve. Some staff members expressed similar concerns on Wednesday after Mr. Baker, in a series of blunt late-night emails, criticized his staff over their coverage of Mr. Trump’sTuesday rally in Phoenix, describing their reporting as overly opinionated.“Sorry. This is commentary dressed up as news reporting,” Mr. Baker wrote at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesdaymorning to a group of Journal reporters and editors, in response to a draft of the rally article that was intended for the newspaper’s final edition. He added in a follow-up, “Could we please just stick to reporting what he said rather than packaging it in exegesis and selective criticism?”
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago, according to a New York Times analysis. The share of black freshmen at elite schools is virtually unchanged since 1980. Black students are just 6 percent of freshmen but 15 percent of college-age Americans, as the chart below shows.  More Hispanics are attending elite schools, but the increase has not kept up with the huge growth of young Hispanics in the United States, so the gap between students and the college-age population has widened.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 60% of the non-news photos in LBN are photos of LBN readers, sent in by them?

*Winning $758.7 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Massachusetts

The winning ticket for the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history—$758.7 million—was purchased in Massachusetts ahead of Wednesday night’s drawing, Powerball officials said. Massachusetts Lottery spokesman Christian Teja initially narrowed the location down to Watertown, but corrected that early Thursday, saying the ticket was purchased at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee. The winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23, and 26, and the Powerball number was 4. The biggest Powerball prize was claimed in 2016, when three ticket holders won a jackpot of $1.6 billion. Wednesday night’s drawing reportedly marks the largest prize ever to go to a single winner.


  • A 2010 study found that people who drank both diet and regular soda gained more fat around their waist than people who did not drink any soda.
  • Warm Dr. Pepper was popular in the southern United States during the 1960s. This warm, syrupy drink was thought to help with colds and other ailments. It was also a popular drink at Christmas parties.
  • Drinking one soda a day can age you by as many as 4.6 additional years.
  • Most of the popular soda drinks today originated and flourished in pharmacies during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Early sodas were marketed as cure-alls for impotence, stomach pain, scurvy, alcoholism, opium addictions, nervousness, and

  • Americans consume over 1.7 million tons of sugar each year from Coca-Cola alone. This is equivalent to 10.8 pounds of sugar per person, per year. Soda is the largest source of added sugar in American diets.
  • People who worked at soda fountains were called soda jerks―because of the classic jerking motion used to pump soda water.
  • In 2013, the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that 25,000 obesity-related American deaths from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer are linked to soda.
  • It would take 50 minutes of running or 5 miles of walking to burn the calories in a 20-ounce bottle of soda.
  • Coca-Cola uses over 300,000 tons of aluminum for its cans every year—just in the United States. This is 17.4% of the entire U.S. aluminum production.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Feeling blue? You can now ask Google for help. The search giant wants people with depression to seek treatment and will prompt US users when they search for depression-related terms: “Check if you’re clinically depressed.” Users will then be directed to a clinically validated questionnaire, called a PHQ-9, to measure their level of depression, Google explained on its blog. The questionnaire is not meant to replace a mental health professional.   ***Sears Holdings said Thursday that it would close another 28 Kmart locations as it continues its cost-cutting campaign amid a precipitous decline in the department-store sector. The company also posted declining sales and profits, but the results outpaced analyst expectations and led to a surge in its stock price.

*MY REVIEW: “The photos in LBN are some of the best, most intriguing photos anywhere.” —— Dr. Clarke P., an LBN reader from New Orleans, Louisiana

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Netflix will release documentaries on Joan Didion and Gay Talese.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Here’s The Amazing Thing Jerry LewisSaid About Trump 2 Years Before He Died…

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Overall, 71 percent of all U.S. workers said they’re now in debt, up from 68 percent a year ago, CareerBuilder said. While 46 percent said their debt is manageable, 56 percent said they were in over their heads. About 56 percent also save $100 or less each month, according to CareerBuilder. The job-hunting site polled over 2,000 hiring and human resource managers and more than 3,000 full-time employees between May and June. Most financial experts recommend stashing at least a six-month cushion in an emergency fund to cover anything from a dental bill to a car repair — and more if you are the sole breadwinner in your family or in business for yourself.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Kevin Spacey at Antica Pesa in Rome.   ***Cuban jazz legend Chucho Valdés at Ball & Chain in Miami, jumping onstage to jam with a live band after fans spotted him with his wife

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: When it comes to Afghanistan, we’ve tried everything. The lesson is: Nothing works.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money.   —-


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Ariana Grande is going to “Be Alright.” The 24-year-old songstress canceled her concert in Vietnam Wednesday due to “health problems,” and Page Six has learned that Grande was sidelined with the flu. A source told us her doctor wouldn’t let her perform and made her take 48 hours to rest and recover.