LBN- Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

*‘Entire Neighborhoods’ in Santa Rosa Leveled by Wildfires, 100+ Missing
More than 100 people have been reported missing in the 15 wildfires ravaging Northern California, in the hours after much of the city of Santa Rosa was reduced to ash and rubble on Monday, as fire leveled entire neighborhoods. The fires have already killed at least 11 people and wounded at least 100 more. Blazes have swept across the heart of state’s prized Wine Country, hitting several counties, including Napa and Sonoma, and destroying at least 1,500 homes and businesses. Some 20,000 people were forced to evacuate, including crowded local hospitals. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Monday. In Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000, fires flattened landmark buildings, including several hotels full of tourists drawn to the region’s renowned vineyards.

*IT GETS WORSE: Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Raped at Least 3 Women

Three women went on the record to tell The New Yorker that film mega-producer Harvey Weinstein raped them—including Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, and Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress. Evans said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 when he invited her to do readings with a casting executive. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’” she recalled. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.” Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino recounted how, during the post-production of 1995’s Mighty Aphrodite, Weinstein sexually harassed her and repeatedly tried to pressure her into a physical relationship. Additionally, at least 16 former and current employees at Weinstein’s companies also said they either witnessed or had knowledge of times Weinstein approached women with unwanted sexual advances and touching. A spokesperson for Weinstein issued a statement denying any allegations of non-consensual sex.

*Trump Boasts: I Have a Higher IQ Than Rex Tillerson

President Trump told Forbes in an interview published Tuesday that he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should compare IQ tests after Tillerson reportedly called his boss a “f–king moron.” “I think it’s fake news,” Trump said. “But if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.” NBC News reported last week that Tillerson was considering resigning and had called the president a “moron.” Tillerson later held a press conference to clarify that he never considered stepping down, but never directly denied the alleged “moron” comments. A State Department spokesperson said later he never used such language.

*North Korea May Have Stolen U.S.-South Korean War Plans

North Korean hackers are suspected of stealing military secrets, including U.S.-South Korean plans detailing how to decapitate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and other senior leaders, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, told local media that the plans were allegedly stolen during an attack on Seoul’s defense data system last year. Rhee, who said he was briefed by the defense ministry, said the hackers stole 235 gigabytes of data, including classified wartime operational plans and information regarding military facilities and power plants.

*Fukushima Residents Win $4.4M Payout in Nuclear Disaster

A court has ruled the Japanese government could have done more to stop the meltdown at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 after it was struck by an earthquake and tsunami. The government and the plant’s operator will have to pay a total of 500 million yen—or $4.4 million—to the 3,800 plaintiffs in the class-action suit. The case is the largest of the more than two dozen cases filed by residents in Fukushima, which suffered the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

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*Jennifer Lawrence on Harvey Weinstein: ‘This Kind of Abuse Is Inexcusable’

Add Jennifer Lawrence’s name to the list of celebrities—most of whom are women—calling out the alleged three decades of sexual misconduct committed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Lawrence, who won an Oscar in 2013 for the Weinstein-shepherded film Silver Linings Playbook, said in a statement to The Daily Beast: “I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.” She added, “My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.” The New York Times’ blockbuster report last week revealed that Weinstein had reached legal settlements with at least eight women over the years, and that he stood accused of numerous sexual-misconduct allegations—including from actress Ashley Judd. Lawrence joins Meryl Streep and Judi Dench in criticizing Weinstein after winning an Academy Award in one of his films. Many of the male stars and filmmakers who have benefited from Weinstein’s Midas touch—with the notable exception of George Clooney—remain frustratingly silent.

*Hillary Clinton: Trump Is the Most Dangerous U.S. President in History

Hillary Clinton has warned that “the whole world should be concerned” with President Donald Trump in charge. In a clip from an interview with the Australia Broadcasting Corp.’s Four Corners set to air next Monday, the former U.S. secretary of state responded to a question from host Sarah Ferguson on whether Trump is the “most dangerous president” ever in the U.S. by saying, “I think he is.” “He is impulsive, he lacks self-control, he is totally consumed by how he is viewed and what people think of him, he is vindictive,” she said. Clinton had issued a similar warning before Trump’s election win last year, describing him as the most dangerous man ever to run for president.


US Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns (1973)

After being investigated for extortion and bribery allegedly committed while he was governor of Maryland, Spiro Agnew pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion and became the second US vice president to resign. President Richard Nixon then selected House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to replace Agnew. The following year, Nixon himself was forced to resign for his role in the Watergate scandal, making Ford president.


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*LBN-ETC: 100+ Volunteers Needed for “Stand Down 2017” Homeless Veteran Benefit Event in Los Angeles

From October 26th-October 27th, Village for Vets and Brentwood School are partnering to coordinate volunteers for “The Stand Down 2017,” an event providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. The event is taking place at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. 1500 homeless and family members expected to partake in one day of food, showers, housing, assessments, services and more.Volunteers needed for all services. To volunteer, sign up here:

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “What Did Jesus Do?: The Biblical Roots of the Catholic Church” – by Thomas J. Nash. —-

*LBN-FACT OF THE DAY: To keep from overheating, penguins pant like dogs to cool off. They also ruffle their feathers and hold their wings away from their bodies.

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