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Tuesday • November 25, 2014

WITNESSES: MIKE BROWN CHARGED AT WILSON: Several black eyewitnesses to the confrontation between Darren Wilson and Michael Brown told a grand jury in St. Louis that the teenager turned and charged at the police officer before he was fatally shot. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said in his summary of testimony that the witnesses, physical evidence, and three autopsies support Wilson’s narrative that he killed Brown in self-defense. Wilson said he told Brown to get on the ground, but “he looked at me, he made like a grunting, like aggravated sound and he starts, he turns and he’s coming back towards me,” he told the grand jury in September. “He was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting him. And the face that he had was looking straight through me, like I wasn’t even there, I wasn’t even anything in his way.” Finally, Wilson shot Brown in the head. “When it went into him,” Wilson said, “the demeanor on his face went blank, the aggression was gone, it was gone, I mean I knew he stopped, the threat was stopped.”

FERGUSON BURNS AFTER GRAND JURY DECISION: Flames engulfed multiple businesses and vehicles in Ferguson early Tuesday when violent protests erupted over the grand jury decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s death. The protests turned violent despite pleas for peace from Brown’s family, President Obama, and others. Police say 61 people have been arrested for a range of charges, including burglary and trespassing. Protesters smashed windows out of police cars and buildings, several of which were later looted and set ablaze, and officers lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters at least a dozen buildings were set afire, two police cars among the many cars burned, and about 150 shots fired. “What I’ve seen tonight is probably much worse than the worst night we ever had in August, and that’s truly unfortunate,” said Belmar. He said there was “nothing left” on West Florissant between Solway Avenue and Chambers Road. Separately, thousands of people rallied in U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and New York, to passionately but peacefully protest the grand jury’s decision. They led marches, waved signs, and shouted chants of “hands up, don’t shoot,” the refrain that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country. The most disruptive demonstrations were in St. Louis and Oakland, California, where protesters flooded the lanes of freeways, milling about stopped cars with their hands raised in the air.

ECONOMIC GROWTH STRONGEST IN A DECADE: Gross domestic product rose at a 3.9 annualized rate during the third quarter of the year, marking the strongest six-month stretch in a decade. GDP also showed the largest back-to-back quarterly growth since 2003. The growth rate beat the predicted 3.5 percent, though was smaller than the second quarter’s 4.6 percent increase. Greater consumer spending and business investments contributed to the better than expected economic growth.

UN: ISIS MADE $45M IN RANSOMS THIS YEAR: A UN terrorist-monitoring expert said ISIS has taken in as much as $45 million in ransom payments so far this year alone. Yotsna Lalji told the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee that ISIS is one of many terrorist groups whose kidnapping for ransom “continues to grow.” Between 2004 and 2012, terrorist groups collected $120 million from kidnapping ransoms. It’s “the core al Qaeda tactic for generating revenue,” said Lalji. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has made $75 million through ransoms over the past four years and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula made $20 million from 2011 through 2013, according to Lalji’s report. Some countries have a policy of refusing to pay terrorist ransoms, including the U.S., which has lost three citizens to ISIS abductions and murders so far this year.

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IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER DISMISSES WESTERN PRESSURE ON NUCLEAR ISSUE: Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Tuesday that the West had failed to bring Iran “to its knees” over its nuclear program. Meeting with Muslim clerics in Tehran, the Iranian capital, Mr. Khamenei dismissed the diplomatic and economic pressure that world powers have brought to bear on his country over its nuclear ambitions. He spoke the day after a deadline for concluding an agreement was extended for seven months.

INNOCENT MAN FREED AFTER 36 YEARS: The longest-serving wrongfully convicted man in California was freed Monday. For the first time since 1978, Michael Hanline is not a prisoner. Arrested for the death of his friend J.T. McGarry and convicted in 1980, Hanline spent more than 35 years behind bars. His wife, Sandee, worked with the Innocence Project for more than 15 years to secure his release. Testimony uncovered in sealed police reports cast doubts on the state’s case, and DNA testing showed Hanline’s did not match the available evidence. “We were no longer comfortable with the conviction,” said Michael Lief, the senior deputy district attorney of Ventura County. “I feel like I’m in front of a missile and things are just flying by,” said Hanline upon release. “It’s incredible.” The state has until May 29 to decide if it will retry Hanline.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. Weight gained after one’s early twenties is linked to higher chances of suffering from heart disease, cancer, infertility, gallstones, asthma, and even snoring.

MY REVIEW: “Information is power and LBN is a power-tool. It makes me think, question, probe, understand. I am more engaged in the world because of LBN.”—–Lacy D., an LBN E-Lert reader from Detroit, Michigan.


HONDA ADMITS FAILURE TO REPORT DEATHS: Honda admitted Monday that it failed to report more than 1,700 death and injury claims related to accidents involving its vehicles, which is a violation of federal law. According to a third-party auditor, Honda did not disclose 1,729 death and injury claims to federal officials for accidents occurring from July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2014. Honda claims computer errors and a misinterpretation of federal law are to blame, rather than a concerted cover up, but experts are skeptical. There is evidence a Honda employee recognized the claim entry failure in 2011 and that the company was made aware of its underreporting by 2012. However, “Honda began looking into the issue at that time, but did not take conclusive action,” said Honda Executive Vice President Rick Schostek. Honda could now face up to $35 million in federal fines for failing to report deaths in a timely manner. Honda has already recalled more than 5 million cars due to a type of defective air bags.

TURKEY’S ERDOGAN: WOMEN NOT EQUAL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used an international conference on justice and rights for women Monday to declare that women should not be regarded as equal to men and that pregnancy presented an obstacle to equal opportunity in the workplace. Erdogan, a Muslim, also condemned feminists for rejecting motherhood, noting that pregnancy and motherhood were sacred in Islam. Some forms of work, he cautioned, are unsuitable for women. Women’s rights activists stormed social-media networks with furious responses to the address, given at a conference sponsored by the conservative Women and Democracy Association.

HONG KONG CLOSES KEY PROTEST SITE: Hundreds of Hong Kong police stood guard as authorities enforcing a court order tore down barricades in the Mong Kok district on Tuesday, after a tense face-off with pro-democracy demonstrators. A 20-person “removal team” cleared the junction of Argyle Street and Nathan Road in just 45 minutes. Team members encountered little resistance as they dismantled barricades and tents. The gritty, working-class area across the harbor from the main protest site at Admiralty has been the scene of some of the most violent clashes during two months of pro-democracy demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The New York Times has appointed Kinsey Wilson, a former NPR executive and USA Today executive editor, to its masthead to oversee innovation and strategy, the newspaper announced Tuesday. Mr. Wilson, 58, who will begin his new job in February, will collaborate with the editorial and business sides of the organization, the company said in a statement, and will report to the executive editor, Dean Baquet.

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FDA WILL PUT CALORIE COUNTS ON MENUS: Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets, and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie-labeling rules on Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply. The regulations will also apply to convenience stores, bakeries, coffee shops, amusement parks, and vending machines. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the effort is just one way Americans can combat obesity.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. National Debt Clock: Real Time

“The purpose of the US Debt Clock is to inform the public of the financial concern of the United States of America. We are dedicated to bringing to the public the most accurate up-to-date debt information possible. The numbers are laid out in such a way to give a complete re-time snapshot of the country’s balance sheet. All the debt clocks on the site are updated continuously to the most precise calculations, using complex formulas and exacting standards, and the values displayed are verified from the best sources available.”

‘OZ’ COWARDLY LION COSTUME SOLD FOR $3M: Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz has sold for more than $3 million at an auction in New York City. The big cat outfit had been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor. It sold at an auction of Hollywood items at Bonhams on Monday. A spokesman for costume owner James Comisar says a secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million. Comisar has a trove of TV memorabilia from shows, including I Love Lucy and Lost. He has said he plans to use money from the Cowardly Lion costume sale to exhibit his collection.

LBN-R.I.P.: Pat Quinn, a popular hockey coach who followed up a bruising playing career by steering Canada to its first Olympic gold medal in 50 years and twice winning coach-of-the-year honors in the National Hockey League, died on Sunday at a hospital in Vancouver. He was 71. The death was announced by the Hockey Hall of Fame, of which Quinn was the chairman. He had had heart problems for many years.   ***Paul Katz, who as president and managing principal of one of the world’s leading architectural firms, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, was the mastermind of many of its major projects in Japan, Shanghai, London and New York, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 57. Mr. Katz recently learned he had cancer and was being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center when he died of septic shock there, his wife, Ziva Freiman, said. He lived in Scarsdale, N.Y.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past two weeks, President Obama and Republicans in Congress have taken their conflicts to another level. I’m not here to apportion blame, but it would be nice if, in the future, we evaluated presidential candidates on the basis of whether they are skilled at the art of collaboration. When you look at other sectors of society, you see leaders who are geniuses at this. You can spot the collaborative leader because he’s rejected the heroic, solitary model of leadership. He doesn’t try to dominate his organization as its all-seeing visionary, leading idea generator and controlling intelligence.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Since the early 1990s, the consensus view in the climate science community has been that if the world is going to escape the most catastrophic consequences of climate change, it needs to keep the average global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, compared with preindustrial levels. A few years ago, the Presidential Climate Action Project issued a report in which it estimated that to meet that goal, global carbon dioxide emissions would need to be reduced by 60 percent by 2050 — and the industrialized world would need to reduce its emissions by 80 percent. This would seem, at first glance, an impossible task. Until, that is, you meet a man named David Crane. He is the chief executive of NRG Energy, the largest publicly traded independent power producer in the country. When he took over a decade ago, NRG was just emerging from bankruptcy. Today, it is a Fortune 250 company, with 135 power plants capable of generating 53,000 megawatts of power.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: I wrote last May that “unreasonable optimism” surrounded nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers. Unreasonable pessimism should not surround the failure to reach an overall agreement and the decision to extend negotiations for seven months. Anwar Sadat, the former Egyptian president, believed 70 percent of the Israeli-Arab conflict was psychological. The same has been true of the American-Iranian confrontation at the heart of the standoff between Tehran and the West. A barrier has fallen through well over a year of discussions; a 35-year-old trauma has receded.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sting is hoping his star power can plug up a leaky ship. The singer-songwriter will play the role of an inspirational foreman onstage in “The Last Ship” starting Dec. 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical, for which Sting supplied songs and lyrics, has been struggling at the box office.

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Monday • November 24, 2014

BUCKLE-UP! HBO PREPPING BOMBSHELL SCIENTOLOGY FILM FROM OSCAR WINNER:

Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) is putting the finishing touches on a film that tackles the Church of Scientology and its Tinseltown tentacles. HBO, no stranger to controversy, having ushered such hot-button docs as The Case Against 8 and the Paradise Lost trilogy to the screen, is eyeing a 2015 airdate for Going Clear, which is based on Lawrence Wright’s controversial book.

HBO long has championed documentary filmmaking. It commissioned the Scientology project nearly two years ago, right after the book’s January 2013 publication, when frequent collaborator Gibney brought it to the network. The film, which is expected to feature new revelations about the controversial religion and its famous followers Tom Cruise and John Travolta, almost certainly will draw an aggressive response from the notoriously litigious church.

“We have probably 160 lawyers [looking at the film],” says HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins, who is bracing for protests as well. If the doc is finished in time, it likely will be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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Monday • November 24, 2014

HAGEL SAID TO BE STEPPING DOWN AS DEFENSE CHIEF UNDER PRESSURE: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said. The officials described Mr. Obama’s decision to remove Mr. Hagel, 68, as a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ. A Republican with military experience who was skeptical about the Iraq war, Mr. Hagel came in to manage the Afghanistan combat withdrawal and the shrinking Pentagon budget in the era of budget sequestration.

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IRAN NUKE TALKS EXTENDED TO JULY 2015: The deadline for a final Iran nuclear agreement is expected to be extended to July 1, 2015, according to Western diplomats. The talks will aim to secure a political agreement by March. The first round of negotiations ended Monday without securing a nuclear deal from Iran. Hours before talks were set to expire, a senior U.S. official said Secretary of State John Kerry proposed to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that the two sides start discussing post-deadline talks in their latest meeting since Kerry arrived in Vienna three days ago to add his diplomatic weight to the talks. A source told Reuters that the details for a second round haven’t been set yet, but the negotiations may take place in Vienna or Oman. “Some progress has been made,” said a diplomat involved with the negotiations. “But we need to discuss some issues with our capitals. We will meet again before the new year. This is an ongoing process.”

TWO IRAQ TOWNS SEIZED FROM ISIS: Iraqi forces have retaken control of two ISIS towns near the eastern border. According to Iraqi officials, the towns of Saadiya and Jalula in the eastern Diyala province have been recaptured after troops entered the towns late Sunday. Iraqi troops were backed by Shiite and Kurdish forces in beating back ISIS, which had seized control of the towns during the summer. Now, police are working to defuse any roadside bombs planted by ISIS before they withdrew.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Three (3) members of the Hillary Clinton staff along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


AILING MUHAMMAD ALI SILENCED: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been silenced, sources say. Ironically, the 72-year-old champ – who at the peak of his career was never at a loss for words – has lost the ability to speak as a result of his decades-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. “His health has been declining rapidly this past year,” a pal 
revealed. Another friend who recently visited the onetime “Mouth That Roared” was shocked at his condition. “His lips quivered, but no words came out,” said the friend. “It was like he had been struck dumb.

FLOOD OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO POUR INTO NYC SCHOOLS: New York has sent a warning to its schools: Expect more illegal immigrants. The city Department of Education has told principals it plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come. “It is expected that children will continue to arrive in large numbers in the coming years,” says a DOE memo to principals obtained by The New York Post.

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SWISS TAKE NAZI ART DEALER’S COLLECTION: A Swiss museum announced Monday it would accept a donation that descends from Hitler’s art dealer. Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father was a Nazi-era art dealer, bequeathed hundreds of pieces from his father’s collection to the Bern Art Museum. There are many concerns that the Gurlitt donation contains pieces that belong to Jewish families that were forced out of their homes or sent to concentration camps during the Holocaust. Gurlitt refused to return the stolen pieces but the museum could now facilitate their return. “I’m giving up nothing voluntarily,” he said in 2013. Museum President Christoph Schaeublin said it would not accept “work suspected of being looted.” Hundreds of pieces will remain in Germany to be overseen by authorities and returned to families, if possible. “The foundation council’s decision was anything but easy and there certainly weren’t emotions of triumph,” said Schaeublin.

GIANTS’ BECKHAM MAKES CATCH OF THE YEAR: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. left fans in disbelief after catching a 43-yard touchdown with one hand during Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The rookie caught the touchdown pass from Eli Manning during the first play of the second quarter, giving the Giants a 14-3 lead. The touchdown was Beckham’s second of the game. But the effort wasn’t enough to stop the Cowboys, who came back to win the game 31-28.

LBN-THINK AGAIN:…


AUSTRALIAN BABY SURVIVES 5 DAYS IN DRAIN: An Australian baby was miraculously found alive after he was allegedly abandoned in a Sydney drain for as many as five days. Cyclists happened to notice the baby boy when they were biking through the city on Sunday. The hospital where the infant was later treated said he appeared to be recovering well, even though the odds were against his survival. “In 100,000 other cases, the child would never have been found by chance the way he was. He shouldn’t, on the balance of probabilities, have made it out of that drain. But he did,” said a staff member at Westmead Children’s Hospital. Police have formally charged the baby’s mother, saying she left him in the drain Tuesday morning after a 30-hour labor. “The accused makes full ­admissions to putting the baby down the drain knowing it may kill the baby,” according to court papers.

ONE DIRECTION WINS BIG AT 2014 AMAS: One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night and also raked in honors as favorite pop/rock band, duo or group, and favorite pop/rock album—for Midnight Memories. “This has been a real perfect day… America feels like a second home to us,” the British boy band’s Liam Payne said on stage. The other big winner of the fan-voted awards was Katy Perry, who won favorite female pop/rock artist, favorite adult contemporary artist, and single of the year for her hit “Dark Horse.” It was a good night for the absent Kerry (who is on tour in Australia): The NFL confirmed she will headline this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Other AMA winners included breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea—leading the field with six nominations—who was honored as favorite rap/hip-hop artist and for favorite rap/hip-hop album for The New Classic. Enrique Iglesias won favorite Latin artist, Sam Smith was named favorite pop/rock male artist, and Luke Bryan won as favorite male country artist. Taylor Swift won the Dick Clark Award for Excellence.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is tough on Obama but you were tough on Bush and Cheney. I dig your independence. Keep it coming our say strong and real. Really, really real!”—–S.L., an LBN E-Lert reader from Chicago, Illinois.


LETTER THAT INSPIRED KEROUAC FOUND: A letter containing 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950 has been found. On reading the letter, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of On the Road and revised his novel into a style similar to Cassady’s—one that would become known as Beat literature. Kerouac said the letter would have transformed Cassady into a towering literary figure, if only it hadn’t been lost. Turns out it wasn’t, says Joe Maddalena, whose Southern California auction house Profiles in History is putting the letter up for sale Dec. 17. It was just misplaced, for 60-plus years.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Homeless Man Shows What Life On The Streets Is Really Like


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The popular “Best of Los Angeles Award” community is having its first holiday party this year at the Coral Tree Café on San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood on Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30pm.

LBN-SEE IT:… Tove Lo’s songs are of the moment: simple, spare, electronic, and unfussy.


LBN-NOTICED: ***New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch having a friendly dinner with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at Nello in NYC on Saturday before Sunday’s big game at the MetLife Stadium.   ***Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Viggo Mortensen, Wallace Shawn and Kelly MacDonald at Omar’s in the West Village in NYC for a reading to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the late historian Howard Zinn’s book “Voices of a People’s History of the United States” .   *** Jimmy Buffett checking into the Miami Beach Edition with his daughter Savannah before the hotel’s grand opening during Art Basel. They were spotted dining at the Matador Room — Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new restaurant at theIan Schrager hotel.    ***Jason Segel visiting the Pérez Art Museum in Miami.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Scooter Braun’s dad, Ervin Braun, is trying to raise awareness for New York’s homeless.  The music manager, who works with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, Instagrammed a photo of his father giving a thumbs-up while lying on a piece of cardboard in a sleeping bag on the street Friday, with the caption: “Last night my pops slept in the streets of NYC to support homeless youth in need and bring attention to this major issue.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Barnes and Noble: Daily Top Ten Books by Subject

“Get the Top 10 Bestsellers for more than 300 Book Subjects – Updated Daily: Start with a basic category, or jump right down into one of dozens of subjects for each category.”

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Veteran Personal Manager Michael Mann along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-R.I.P.: Ray Sadecki, a pitcher who won 135 games during 18 seasons in the major leagues — including 20 wins with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964, when he helped lead them to victory in the World Series — died on Nov. 17 in Mesa, Ariz. He was 73. The cause was complications of blood cancer, Major League Baseball said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ralph Cavanagh: When the world’s two largest polluters join in establishing new goals for reducing emissions of climate-disrupting gases, criticism and skepticism are predictable. And there was plenty following the recent agreement between the United States and China to do just that. Critics warned of a “war on coal,” regulatory overreach and the surrender of American interests to Chinese duplicity. Skeptics wondered whether the goals were even feasible. In fact, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than one-quarter over the next decade, as the United States has agreed to do, is simply another step in a transition to cleaner energy that has been underway for decades.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Six years ago the Federal Reserve hit rock bottom. It had been cutting the federal funds rate, the interest rate it uses to steer the economy, more or less frantically in an unsuccessful attempt to get ahead of the recession and financial crisis. But it eventually reached the point where it could cut no more, because interest rates can’t go below zero. On Dec. 16, 2008, the Fed set its interest target between 0 and 0.25 percent, where it remains to this day. The fact that we’ve spent six years at the so-called zero lower bound is amazing and depressing. What’s even more amazing and depressing, if you ask me, is how slow our economic discourse has been to catch up with the new reality. Everything changes when the economy is at rock bottom — or, to use the term of art, in a liquidity trap (don’t ask). But for the longest time, nobody with the power to shape policy would believe it.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….Angela Merkel:


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***After Cameron Diaz hosted “SNL” this weekend, the “Annie” star joined the show’s cast for an afterparty at Ruby Foo’s Times Square — and she brought her boyfriend, rocker Benji Madden. Rumors have been swirling that Diaz and Madden have gotten secretly engaged. Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson were also on the scene after debuting their new song, “Uptown Funk,” on “SNL.”   ***Monica Lewinsky won’t change her infamous last name, even though it’s forever tarnished by her affair with former President Bill Clinton in 1998. The one-time White House intern spoke to Porter magazine about the fallout from the scandal and re-emerging into public life after 16 years in hiding. Lewinsky, now an advocate against Internet bullying, also posed for a fashion photo shoot by photographer Bjorn Iooss. Lewinsky tells the mag she never considered changing her name.

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Sunday • November 23, 2014

IRAN: NUCLEAR DEAL DEADLINE ‘IMPOSSIBLE’: With just one day to go until the November 24 deadline for reaching a deal with world powers over its nuclear program, Iran’s negotiating team said it will be “impossible” to reach a deal by the November 24 cutoff. “Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed to be discussed and resolved, it is impossible to reach a final and comprehensive deal by Nov. 24,” said an official part of the negotiating team in a state news agency story. According to reports, the two sides are deadlocked over the number of centrifuges allowed, enrichment capacity, and when and how the sanctions would be lifted. An extension of the talks is an option the sides have discussed, and will reportedly be brought up if no deal is reached by Sunday night.

FERGUSON GRAND JURY TO RECONVENE MONDAY: The grand jury deciding whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed teen Michael Brown in August will not reconvene until Monday at the earliest, according to local and federal law enforcements. The jury apparently attempted to reach a decision on Friday but failed, according to CNN. In the meantime, the city has braced for potential protests in the wake of the grand jury’s decision. Authorities, community leaders, activists and Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., have called for calm, with President Obama also adding on Friday, “This is a country that allows everybody to express their views, allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust. But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law and contrary to who we are.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dogs have been shown to improve autistic children’s quality of life, independence, and safety. The presence of a trained dog can reduce aggressive behavior, calm the child, and serve as a link to the child’s community.

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MARION BARRY DIES AT 78: Marion Barry Jr., the mayor of Washington, D.C, died around midnight on Saturday at the age of 78. Barry was elected to the post four times, and also served on the D.C. Council for 15 years, was nicknamed “Mayor for Life.” He was married four times, and his troubles with drug addiction would make him famous as the mayor who smoked crack long before Rob Ford. In 1990 he was caught on FBI tape smoking crack, and was later convicted on cocaine possession. Upon being released, Barry was elected as mayor for one more term. While a cause of death has not been released, in his later years Barry struggled with health issues, and in 2014 he released a memoir.

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Drunk Driving

1.     Drunk driving causes approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States.

2.     During the year 2007, alcohol-impaired driving was involved in the deaths of nearly 13,000 Americans.

3.     On average, someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.

4.     Roughly three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related collision at some point in their life.

5.     Over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2007. This number is less than 1% of the 159 million self-reported episodes of drunk driving in that year.

6.     According to the law in all 50 U.S. states, a driver is considered to be legally drunk when his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) level is at or above .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL).

7.     To reach a BAC level of .08 g/dL, a man weighing approximately 170 pounds would need to consume four standard drinks in one hour on an empty stomach. A woman weighing about 140 pounds would need to consume three drinks in one hour.

8.     It takes approximately six hours after drinking for the body to completely eliminate alcohol from its system with a BAC level of .08 g/dL.

9.     Because alcohol dilutes itself in the water volume of the body in order to travel through it, vital organs that contain a lot of water (such as the brain) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol.

10.  Even at BAC levels as low as .02 g/dL, alcohol can affect a person’s response time and driving ability. The probability of a crash increases significantly after .05 BAC, and even more rapidly after .08 BAC.

11.  A driver with a BAC of .08  g/dL is 11 times more likely to be in a fatal accident than a driver who has consumed no alcohol.

12.  In 2007, more than half of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had a BAC level of .15 g/dL , nearly twice the legal limit.

13.  Drivers are far more likely to be alcohol impaired during the night than during the day. In 2007, 36% of drivers involved in nighttime fatal crashes were legally drunk versus just 9% during daytime collisions.

14.  Approximately 75% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3 a.m. involve alcohol.

15.  The highest rates of drunk driving occur among drivers aged 21-24. This age group makes up 35% of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal collisions.

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40 DEAD FROM VOLLEYBALL SUICIDE ATTACK: At least 40 people are dead in eastern Afghanistan after a suicide bomber attacked a volleyball match. According to the government of the province, at least 50 more were wounded at the tournament final. Most of the casualties were civilians.

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Veteran music attorney Jay Cooper having lunch at Joss restaurant in Beverly Hills.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: One-third of the immigrants in the country illegally live in California, which has a 125-mile border with Mexico, much of it guarded by long stretches of border fence. They work on farms in the Central Valley, in manufacturing jobs in Los Angeles, and as housekeepers and gardeners in Silicon Valley, alongside a steady stream of young legal immigrants who hold low-paying, high-skilled jobs in Northern California’s critical tech industry.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Between the last application season and the current one, Swarthmore College, a school nationally renowned for its academic rigor, changed the requirements for students vying to be admitted into its next freshman class. It made filling out the proper forms easier. A year ago, applicants were asked to write two 500-word essays as supplements to the standard one that’s part of the Common Application, an electronic form that Swarthmore and hundreds of small colleges and big universities accept. This was slightly more material than Swarthmore had previously requested, and it was more than many other highly selective schools demanded. Not coincidentally, the number of applicants to the college dropped, and its acceptance rate in turn climbed, to 17 from 14 percent, making Swarthmore seem less selective.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I participated in the World Parks Congress in Sydney last week and learned a new phrase: “a black elephant.” A black elephant, explained the London-based investor and environmentalist Adam Sweidan, is a cross between “a black swan” (an unlikely, unexpected event with enormous ramifications) and the “elephant in the room” (a problem that is visible to everyone, yet no one still wants to address it) even though we know that one day it will have vast, black-swan-like consequences. “Currently,” said Sweidan, “there are a herd of environmental black elephants gathering out there” — global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification, mass extinction and massive fresh water pollution. “When they hit, we’ll claim they were black swans no one could have predicted, but, in fact, they are black elephants, very visible right now.” We’re just not dealing with them at the scale necessary. If they all stampede at once, watch out.

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LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I don’t consider myself an activist, but I was impelled by recent events to take a stand on this issue. I am opposed to stores playing Christmas music in October!

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Saturday • November 22, 2014

OBAMA LENGTHENS AFGHANISTAN COMBAT ROLE: U.S. forces in Afghanistan have been authorized by President Obama to retain counter-terrorism authorities even after their combat mission ends there on December 31. Though U.S. troops were supposed to just train, advise, and assist Afghan forces after 2014, they will now likely be involved in offensive operations against the Taliban next year. “A key focus of the United States’ post-2014 mission in Afghanistan will be counter-terrorism, and we will continue to target the remnants of al Qaeda in Afghanistan to prevent an al Qaeda resurgence or external plotting against U.S. targets or the homeland,” a senior U.S. official told NBC News. Troops will also continue to train Afghan forces but will be authorized to “provide combat enabler support” under certain circumstances.

CLINTON SUPPORTS NEW IMMIGRATION PLAN: During an appearance at the New York Historical Society on Friday, potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she supports President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Clinton called the move to protect over 5 million people from deportation a “historic step” and urged Congress to pass a bill. “This is about people’s lives,” Clinton said, adding that it was about “people who serve us tonight, who prepared the food tonight.”

GOP PANEL DEBUNKS BENGHAZI THEORIES: The GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee has released the results of a two-year investigation into the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. The committee found that the CIA and the military acted correctly in response to the attack and did not assert any mistake on the part of the Obama administration’s appointees. The committee debunked several conspiracy-like allegations and found there was no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no intelligence failure, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence to suggest that the CIA was secretly sending weapons from Libya to Syria. The committee also found that after the attack, intelligence about who the attackers were and why they attacked was contradictory, which led U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to mistakenly assert that the attack evolved from a protest. The committee found that it was intelligence analysts who made the wrong call and no political appointees acted in bad faith or intentionally misled the public.

30K MISSING IRS EMAILS RECOVERED: The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional members of several committees on Friday that up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former IRS official Lois Lerner have been recovered. The emails were deemed lost for good five months ago, but were ultimately found among “disaster recovery tapes” meant to back up the IRS’s email system. The IRS has said it is full cooperating with TIGTA’s investigation. Committees in the House and Senate sought the emails in their search for proof that Lerner was in cahoots with Obama administration officials to disproportionately target conservative and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status before the 2012 presidential election.

COSBY GETS STANDING OVATIONS IN FLORIDA: A Friday night Bill Cosby performance in Melbourne, Florida both started and ended with a standing ovation for the 77-year-old comedian accused of molested or assaulting over 16 women. No one in the audience at Eastern Florida State College stood up to question Cosby about the allegations, which he has avoided discussing thus far and did not address from the stage. On Friday, three more women came forward with their stories of being sexually assaulted by Cosby, in many cases several decades ago.

ISIS TAUNTS UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN IN NEW VIDEO: The extremist organization known as the Islamic State taunted the United States, in a video released Friday on jihadist websites, for its failed mission to rescue Western hostages held by the group in Syria. It also sought to persuade the United States and Britain that the only way to secure the release of their citizens held by the group is to negotiate a prisoner swap or pay ransoms, steps both governments have refused to take, saying they would encourage further kidnappings. The statements came in a new propaganda video featuring John Cantlie, a British journalist who was kidnapped two years ago and whom the group has been using as a spokesman in dispatches aimed at Western audiences.

ADAM LANZA WAS ‘COMPLETELY UNTREATED’: Adam Lanza was “completely untreated” in the years prior to him killing 27 people, the state of Connecticut concluded in a blockbuster report released Friday. The Office of the Child Advocate said Lanza “did not receive sustained, effective” treatment for a variety of mental-health problems and red flags about him were ignored in incident after incident. Instead, Lanza’s parents and school officials merely treated his superficial symptoms, like lotioning his hands rubbed raw by excessive washing. What’s more, Nancy Lanza pulled Adam out of treatment with Yale clinicians in 2007 to keep him happy. The clinicians had diagnosed Lanza with profound emotional disabilities and an unspecified biological disorder. They even sent Lanza’s father an urgent email about medication and the need for treatment, but his mother rejected the plan. The report did make clear, however, that these missed opportunities would not necessarily have prevented the massacre.

SOMALIA’S AL-SHABAB KILLS 28 NON-MUSLIMS IN KENYA: Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn Saturday, singling out and killing 28 non-Muslims, Kenyan police said. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack through its radio station in Somalia saying it was in retaliation for raids by Kenyan security forces carried out earlier this week on four mosques at the Kenyan coast. Nineteen men and nine women were killed in the bus attack, said Kenyan police chief David Kimaiyo.

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US RELEASES SAUDI PRISONER FROM GUANTANAMO BAY: A Saudi citizen who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay has been released, the Pentagon said Saturday, amid a push to whittle down the prison population at the U.S. base in Cuba. Muhammad al-Zahrani was sent to his homeland based on the conclusion of a U.S. government board that has been re-evaluating the need to continue holding some of the men as prisoners, the Pentagon said in a statement. He will take part in a Saudi program to rehabilitate militants

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Billy Joel will set a record for the most performances by any artist at Madison Square Garden with his upcoming 65th show scheduled for this summer. The 65-year-old piano man will surpass the record set by his former tour mate Elton John with a show on July 1, which will be part of his residency at the New York venue. Tickets for the record-breaking show, as well as his performances scheduled in May and June, will go on sale to the general public on Saturday.

ANDY COULSON FREED AFTER FIVE MONTHS: Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson has been released from jail after serving less than five months of an 18-month sentence. Coulson was convicted in July of conspiring to intercept voicemails. He will continue to wear an electronic tag until at least half his full sentence has been served. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said of the early release, “Public protection is our first priority. Only prisoners who pass a strict risk assessment can be released on HDC [home detention curfew] arrangements.

PETERSON: ‘I WON’T EVER USE A SWITCH’: While he has been suspended by the NFL for the rest of the season, running back Adrian Peterson told USA Today on Friday that he feels remorse for hurting his son when he disciplined him with a switch from a tree. “I won’t ever use a switch again,” Peterson said. “There’s different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There’s so many different ways to discipline your kids.” The remarks by Peterson are his first since his indictment. Peterson also said that while he hopes to return to the NFL, he is focused on his family. “No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” Peterson said. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn’t mean to do this to you and how sorry I was.” He does, however, want the person who leaked photos of his son to be punished. Peterson says he has been seeing a therapist in Washington, D.C. as well as a pastor near Houston.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***France’s woman scorned, Valérie Trierweiler, is coming to America with her kiss-and-tell memoir about cheater-in-chief French President François Hollande, who dumped her for a young actress. Judith Regan has bought the North American rights to “Thank You for This Moment” for her Regan Arts imprint at Phaidon. The book is already a huge best seller in France even though some bookstores declined to stock the gossipy tome.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The Beverly Hills luxury men’s clothing store, Carroll & Co. has begun a “Sock of the Month Club” featuring their unique fun, festive and incredibly colorful Italian cotton socks as a gift for the man who has everything. At the beginning of each month, they will receive a bright new pair of unique hosiery. A 12 month membership is $480 with free shipping.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: President John F. Kennedy Assassinated (1963)

The assassination of John F. Kennedy while he was riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas, was a seminal event in American history. The US government’s subsequent investigation—dubbed the “Warren Commission”—concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the culprit, but the assassination is still widely debated, and many people doubt that Oswald acted alone. Oswald’s murder just two days later, while in police custody, further fueled conspiracy theories.

LBN-NOTICED: ***L.A. realtor Cathy Byrd having lunch at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood.   ***Veteran entertainment attorney Barry Halderman having lunch this week at Joss restaurant in Beverly Hills.   ***Popular L.A. marketing expert Craig Valine having lunch at the popular Luna Park restaurant in L.A. on LaBrea.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dr. Donald F. Steiner, a researcher whose discoveries transformed scientists’ understanding of insulin and other hormones and led to major improvements in the treatment of diabetes, died on Nov. 11 at his home in Chicago. He was 84. A cousin, Steven Roess, confirmed the death. Until recent hip surgery, Dr. Steiner had continued to conduct diabetes research at the University of Chicago.   ***William Spoor, who rose from poverty to become chief executive of Pillsbury and transform it into a food products mega-company, died on Nov. 14 at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 91. His daughter Cindy Spoor confirmed his death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: A book, “The Christian Examiner,” warns that “ill-clad and destitute” immigrants are “repulsive to our habits and our tastes.” A former mayor of New York City cautions that they bring disease, “wretchedness and want” to America. And Harper’s Weekly despairs that these immigrants are “steeped in ignorance” and account for a disproportionate share of criminals. Boy, those foreigners were threatening — back in the mid-1800s when those statements were made about Irish immigrants. Once again, the United States is split by vitriolic debates about how to handle immigrants, following President Obama’s executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: One of the smartest things Google’s founders did was hire Eric Schmidt, a technology veteran, to be the chief executive until one founder, Larry Page, felt he was ready to run the company. Ditto for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, who hired Sheryl Sandberg to give the company the ballast he wasn’t ready to provide. Companies that never grow up tend to go the way of Groupon or MySpace, two now-faded comets. As good as Uber’s app is, there are limits to how much bad publicity it can absorb before it hurts the bottom line. At Uber, the inmates are running the asylum. That needs to change, while there’s still time.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Schuck: Now that President Obama has granted legal relief to as many as five million undocumented immigrants, Republicans are thrashing about for an effective response. Only a few hard-liners are talking about impeachment now, but more could join them out of frustration with their other options. Many people in both parties have tried to quell such talk by saying the president is within his powers to issue the order. The problem is, the pro-impeachment Republicans are right: There is a plausible case for taking that step.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Cher fans will be disappointed to learn the iconic star has canceled the remaining dates of her “Dressed to Kill” tour. An official statement posted to her website said the 68-year-old “Strong Enough” singer has fallen ill with an infection affecting her kidney function.

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Friday • November 21, 2014

HOUSE GOP SUES OVER OBAMACARE: After making threats for a long time, the House Republicans finally filed a lawsuit on Friday against the Obama administration for unilateral actions on Obamacare implementation. In its suit against the secretaries of Health and Human Services and Treasury, the GOP claims the administration unlawfully postponed the employer mandate. The suit also claims that the administration’s $157 billion “giveaway” to insurance companies in the form of subsidies is illegal. “If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well. The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action,” Speaker Boehner said in a statement

 

DARREN WILSON IN TALKS TO RESIGN: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, is in the final stages of negotiations with the Missouri city’s officials to resign, sources close to the talks told CNN. The grand jury hearing evidence in the case is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session. A decision on whether to charge Wilson in the death of the unarmed teen could come the same day. Wilson has told associates he would resign to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers, but he’s expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.

 

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BOEHNER: OBAMA ‘DAMAGING THE PRESIDENCY’: While speaking to the press on Friday, Speaker of the House John Boehner lashed out at President Obama for issuing executive orders on immigration. “We will not stand idle as the president undermines the rule of law and places lives at risk,” he declared. Boehner also claimed that with his actions, Obama had “deliberately sabotaged” any shot at comprehensive immigration reform, and that he was acting “like a king.” The Speaker then said Obama was “damaging the presidency.” “We have a broken immigration system and the American people expect us to work together to fix it and we ought to do that through the democratic process,” he concluded.

 

CHINA, IN SURPRISE MOVE TO PROP UP ECONOMY, CUTS INTEREST RATES: China’s central bank on Friday announced a surprise cut to interest rates, in the clearest sign yet that policy makers are growing increasingly concerned the country’s economic slowdown. Despite numerous signs that growth has been flagging, China’s leadership for months has refrained from any broad-based economic stimulus measures as policy makers tried to push through a package of ambitious financial overhauls. Instead, they opted for piecemeal efforts like injecting money into big banks.

 

U.S. LAYS OUT LIMITS IT SEEKS IN IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS: As six world powers and Iran race to meet a Monday deadline for an agreement that would constrain Iran’s nuclear program, the United States has staked out an ambitious goal for what an accord should accomplish. American officials say the agreement should slow the Iranian nuclear program enough that it would take Iran at least a year to make enough material for a nuclear bomb if it decided to ignore the accord. “Our goal is to shut off each pathway sufficient that we know we have a breakout time of a minimum of a year,” Secretary of State John Kerry said last month. The logic behind the goal is clear: to give the United States and its allies the time to react diplomatically or with fresh economic sanctions, leaving the option of using military force as a last resort.

 

ISRAEL: HAMAS ASSASSINATION PLOT FOILED: Israel’s Shin Bet security agency announced Friday that four Palestinians have been arrested for an alleged plot to kill Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with a rocket-propelled grenade. The agency said the men belonged to Hamas, while Hamas said it had “no information about this issue.” The group had allegedly planned to fire the weapon at Lieberman’s convoy near his home in the settlement of Nokdim in the occupied West Bank.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A new study by the National Employment Law Project, to be released on Friday, reveals that many factory jobs nowadays pay far less than what workers in almost identical positions earned in the past. Perhaps even more significant, while the typical production job in the manufacturing sector paid more than the private sector average in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, that relationship flipped in 2007, and line work in factories now pays less than the typical private sector job. That gap has been widening — in 2013, production jobs paid an average of $19.29 an hour, compared with $20.13 for all private sector positions.

 

HITLER WATERCOLOR GOES UP FOR AUCTION: A watercolor of Munich’s old city hall painted by Adolf Hitler will be auctioned off this weekend by Nuremberg’s Weidler auction house. The 100-year-old work is expected to earn at lest $60,000—largely due to its artist, not its quality. The painting is one of roughly 2,000 painted by the dictator, and this one is believed to be from 1914, when he was a struggling artist. It is being sold by two sisters whose grandfather purchased it in 1916.

 

DELHI PARENTS ARRESTED FOR HONOR KILLING: The Indian parents accused of killing their daughter for marrying a man from a different caste have been arrested, police in Delhi announced. They allegedly strangled their daughter to death and then secretly cremated her. Their daughter, Bhawna Yada, 21, had married a computer programmer named Abhishek Seth, 24. While honor killings are not rare in India, this case has shocked the country due to the fact it happened in a middle-class, well-educated family from a big city.

 

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***A shocking new book paints Aretha Franklin as a jealous monster – and now the Queen of Soul is threatening to sue the author. “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin,” which claims Aretha especially resented Whitney Houston, and tensions between the two exploded in 1989 when they sang “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be.” “Aretha kept calling it a mismatch,” her late agent, Ruth Bowen, once told the book’s author, David Ritz.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to complications of flu and pneumonia and are six times more likely to be hospitalized for these problems than non-diabetics. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 10,000-30,000 people with diabetes die each year from flu and pneumonia.

 

A COMPARISON OF TWO PERIODS OF U.S. ECONOMIC INDICATORS:

1.Average annual

unemployment rate:

1946-1971

4.6%

1972-2012

6.4%

2. Average annual Federal budget deficit: 1.8% 14%
3. Number of Federal Budget surpluses 8 4
4. Average annual number of people on the Federal payroll: (Note: comprehensive data is available starting in 1962): 5.8 million 4.7 million
5. Average annual economic (GDP) growth rate (adjusted for inflation): 4% 2.8%
6. Average annual inflation rate: 3.4% 4.3%
7. Federal debt as % of GDP DECREASED 68% INCREASED 173%

 

BUFFALO BILLS TAKE REFUGE IN DETROIT: With their stadium looking like something out of The Day After Tomorrow, The Buffalo Bills game against the Jets has been moved to Ford Field in Detroit. The game was originally supposed to take place Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, but it will now take place in the Motor City at 7 p.m. on Monday. “Public safety resources in western New York must be fully available to deal with the recovery from the storm,” the NFL said in a statement. Originally the Bills had been planning to offer $10 an hour and free game tickets to fans helping to shovel out the stadium so that it could be used. “It is not practical to play a game in Orchard Park in the condition that our community is in,” Bills president Russ Brandon said on Thursday. The Lions will be playing at New England on Sunday. Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement, “While our thoughts are with the people of the Buffalo area during this difficult time, our team at Ford Field will do everything we can to be good hosts to their team this weekend.” The death toll from the storm now stands at 13.

 

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Zoltan L. Hajnal: President Obama’s executive order eliminating the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants is good policy. It is the right thing to do. But it is a dangerous move for the Democratic Party. Yes, immigration is an important issue for most Latinos and Asian-Americans. And yes, 63 percent of Latinos and 66 percent of Asian- Americans voted for Democratic candidates for Congress in the midterms. The executive order could solidify and expand that support for years to come.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Letterman: Today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. President Lincoln wrote it on his way to the site of the speech on the back of an envelope. One guy on the back of an envelope wrote the great Gettysburg Address — while every night it takes six guys to write this crap!

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: The Tenement Museum, on the Lower East Side, is one of my favorite places in New York City. It’s a Civil War-vintage building that housed successive waves of immigrants, and a number of apartments have been restored to look exactly as they did in various eras, from the 1860s to the 1930s (when the building was declared unfit for occupancy). When you tour the museum, you come away with a powerful sense of immigration as a human experience, which — despite plenty of bad times, despite a cultural climate in which Jews, Italians, and others were often portrayed as racially inferior — was overwhelmingly positive.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Most Hollywood movies are about romantic love, or at least sex. But Christopher Nolan’s epic movie “Interstellar” has almost no couples, so you don’t get the charged romance you have in normal movies where a man and a woman are off saving the world. Instead, there are the slightly different kinds of love, from generation to generation, and across time and space. The movie starts on a farm, and you see a grandfather’s love for his grandkids and the children’s love for their father. (Mom had died sometime earlier). The planet is hit by an environmental catastrophe, and, in that crisis, lives are torn apart. The father, played by Matthew McConaughey, goes off into space to find a replacement planet where humanity might survive. The movie is propelled by the angry love of his abandoned daughter, who loves and rages at him for leaving, decade after decade.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: The Senate came one vote short of granting approval to build the Keystone pipeline. Democrats say the pipeline could accelerate global warming. Then people who’ve been outside today said, “Sounds good to me. Let’s accelerate that global warming.”

 

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I tried to give my dumb-bitch coworker some advice after the meeting, but she perceived it as criticism, got all huffy, and stormed away. I should have known better but felt sorry for the old whore.

 

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


 

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Hot on the heels of unveiling an all-new face, Renée Zellweger plans to introduce a brand-new husband. The 45-year-old Oscar winner has gushed to close pals that she plans to wed her beau of two years – rock guitarist Doyle Bramhall II – on New Year’s Eve in Austin, Texas. The couple chose Austin because it’s where they met as students more than two decades ago, sources said.

 

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Thursday • November 20, 2014

PARTIES PUSH TO SWAY PUBLIC BEFORE OBAMA’S IMMIGRATION SPEECH: The fight to sway public opinion about President Obama’s soon-to-be-announced executive action on immigration was intensifying before the president’s scheduled address to the nation on Thursday evening from the East Room of the White House. Mr. Obama is expected to announce that he will protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and provide many of them permits to work legally in the United States. Mr. Obama has said he intends to act on his own in the face of Republican opposition to immigration legislation.

‘GRADUATE’ DIRECTOR MIKE NICHOLS DIES: Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83, it was announced Wednesday. The director, who was married to Diane Sawyer (his fourth wife), is one of only 12 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. He won his Oscar for The Graduate, and was also nominated for Working Girl, The Remains of the Day, Silkwood, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? His final film was 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War.

3 SHOT AT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY: Three students were shot in a library on the campus of Florida State University early Thursday by a gunman who was killed by campus police after he failed to comply with an order to drop his weapon and instead turned his gun toward officers. One victim reportedly was in critical condition. According to police, about 300 to 400 students were in library at time of shooting. The police said Thursday morning at a press conference there is no longer a safety threat on campus. The school will remain open, but the library will be closed. A student’s video captured the tense moments.

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U.K. TO SHUT DOWN RUSSIAN WEBCAM HACKERS: The U.K. government is urging authorities in Moscow to shut down a Russian website that is streaming images from British webcams. Those images include baby monitors, bedroom cameras, and CCTV from gyms. “I’m very concerned about what this [website] shows and I want the Russians to take this down straight away… We now want to take very prompt action working with the Federal Trade Commission in the States to get this thing closed down,” said the U.K.’s information minister, Christopher Graham. “But the more important thing is to get the message out to consumers to take those security measures. If you don’t need remote access to a webcam, then switch off that function altogether.”

NEW COSBY VIDEO: ‘WE DON’T ANSWER THAT’: In newly released video from the Associated Press, Bill Cosby declined to answer the multiple rape allegations against him and Hannibal Burris’s criticism. “We don’t answer that,” Cosby said on Nov. 6 in an interview about his loaning of 50 pieces of African American artwork to the Smithsonian. After his initial refusal to comment, Cosby asked the AP to not use what he just said about the allegations. “Can I get something from you, that none of that will be shown?” Cosby said sitting next to his wife. “I would appreciate it if it was scuttled.”

VIDEO SHOWS FRENCH ISIS FIGHTERS CALLING FOR ATTACKS IN FRANCE: A new propaganda video from the militant group Islamic State shows three French fighters calling on Muslims in France to carry out attacks in France or to join the group’s fight in Iraq and Syria, according to a jihadist monitoring organization. The seven-minute film, released on Wednesday by Al Hayat Media Center, an affiliate of the Islamic State, also shows what appear to be French jihadist fighters burning their French passports. The video appears to be part of an intensifying propaganda effort by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, to use foreign fighters to recruit members and to encourage the spread of violence. The video was publicized by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups’ communications.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Women in authority appear to be more vulnerable to depression than their male counterparts, a study by sociologists in the United States said. Researchers looked into 1,500 middle-aged women from Wisconsin and compared their workplace experiences with 1,300 men in the same age bracket from the same US state. They found that women with job authority — the ability to hire, fire and influence pay — exhibited significantly more symptoms of depression than those who did not.

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MARINE WINS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD: Phil Klay, a former Marine, has won the National Book Award for fiction for his debut short-story collection Redeployment. The author found inspiration from his experience serving in Iraq. In his acceptance speech, Klay said, “I came back not knowing what to think. What do you do when you’re trying to explain in words, to the father of a fallen Marine, exactly what that Marine meant to you?” He said writing the collection helped him deal with the issues of war. “I can’t think of a more important conversation to be having,” he continued, “War is too strange to be processed alone.”

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Hollywood is buzzing over who sent an anonymous, highly detailed letter divulging sensitive secrets about merger talks between DreamWorks Animation and Hasbro that tried to derail the deal. “Clearly it comes from someone who really wanted to hurt [CEO] Jeffrey Katzenberg and did,” said a film insider, adding of the poison pen sabotage — which was sent to Hollywood trades and the LA Times, but was not published — “It is a big risk for someone because it is illegal and actionable.” While execs have launched an investigation into the letter’s origins, veterans of the cutthroat movie business are taken aback. “It’s unethical,” said one. “It’s mean-spirited, hurtful and shocking, lacking any kind of integrity.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Volcanoes

1.     The term “volcano” is from the Latin Volcanus or Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. The Romans first used the term to describe Mt. Etna, a volcanic mountain they believed was the forge of Vulcan.

2.     The ancient Greeks thought that the god of Fire, Hephaestus, lived beneath Mt. Etna. The Titan god Prometheus is said to have stolen fire from Hephaestus’s volcano to give to humans.

3.     Hundreds of years ago, the Aztecs of Mexico and the people of Nicaragua believed gods lived in lava lakes. They would sacrifice beautiful young girls to these powerful gods.

4.     Well into the Middle Ages, many believed volcanoes were entrances into the fiery underworld.

5.     During the past 400 years, nearly a quarter of a million people have been killed as a direct result of volcanic eruptions. Indirect aftereffects such as famine, climate change, and disease most likely have tripled that number.

6.     Many scientists believe that all the water on the earth was originally vented into the atmosphere by volcanoes.

7.     A species of bird called a maleo uses heat given out by warm volcanic sand to incubate its large eggs. When the chicks hatch, they burrow their way to the surface of the sand.

8.     The most dangerous volcano today is Popocatépetl, nicknamed El Popo, which is just 33 miles from Mexico City. El Popo is still active, sending thousands of tons of gas and ash into the air each year.

9.     The myth of the lost city of Atlantis sinking beneath the waves may be based on the Greek island of Santorini, of which portions collapsed into the sea after a large volcanic eruption during the Bronze Age.

10.  Volcanologists use a special electric thermometer called a “thermocouple” to take a volcano’s temperature. Lava is so hot that a glass thermometer would melt.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Nuremberg Trials Begin (1945)

The Nuremberg Trials, which took place in Germany between 1945 and 1949, were a series of trials prosecuting Nazi officials for their participation in World War II and the Holocaust. The first and most famous of these trials, the Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal, involved 24 of the most important leaders of Nazi Germany, 12 of whom were sentenced to death for crimes against humanity and other offenses.

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STUDY FINDS SUPPLEMENTS DO NOT WARD OFF DEMENTIA: Higher levels of a chemical called homocysteine are believed to raise the risk of strokes and dementia, and vitamin B12 and folic acid lower homocysteine levels, leading researchers to investigate B12 and folic acid supplements as a possible means of preventing dementia. However, the results of a recent study found no difference in memory and thinking skills between those taking the supplements and those taking a placebo, suggesting that these supplements have little to no protective effect when it comes to dementia.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Willy Burgdorfer, a medical entomologist who in 1982 identified the cause of what had been a mysterious affliction, Lyme disease, died on Monday at a hospital in Hamilton, Mont. He was 89. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease, said Tom Schwan, a colleague of Mr. Burgdorfer’s for many years at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Hamilton.   ***Jimmy Ruffin, a soul singer best known for his plaintive 1966 Top 10 hit “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” died on Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. His death was confirmed by his children, Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Ruffin Jr., in a statement on Wednesday.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: We Americans love children. Indeed, we love them so much that, on average, child care workers earn almost as much per hour ($10.33) as workers who care for animals ($10.82), according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley. We love them so much that only 38 percent of American 3-year-olds are enrolled in education programs. The average is 70 percent among the 34 industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. So if politicians are genuinely looking for a bipartisan issue to break through the Washington gridlock, here’s a suggestion: invest in early education.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Animal lover Reese Witherspoon will be appalled to learn her stepmother was arrested in an animal cruelty scandal. Authorities charged Patricia, 62, with abandonment and neglect after she was taken into custody by the local PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) agency, which foundatricia Witherspoon was taken into custody by the local PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) agency in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on May 8 after animal control authorities opened an investigation against her for abandonment and neglect after two dogs were found on her property that weren’t properly cared for.   ***Ryan Gosling has just said “no” to the folks behind People’s annual hunkfest. The 34-year-old actor has turned down multiple offers to be crowned the magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. “They tried a few times, especially during his huge year in 2011,” dished an individual close to the cover negotiations. “Multiple efforts were consistently squashed by the actor’s team.”   ***Richard Gere may be headed toward an expensive divorce from his estranged wife, Carey Lowell. “They are not getting along and they are very far apart on how much money she will get in their divorce,” one source told me. Lowell, 53, the former model, Bond girl and “Law & Order” actress, is said to want more than $100 million of the actor’s $250 million fortune.

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Wednesday • November 19, 2014

UNDER OBAMA, U.S. PERSONAL FREEDOM RANKING SLIPS BELOW FRANCE:

Americans’ assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure.

The research shows that citizens of countries including France, Uruguay, and Costa Rica now feel that they enjoy more personal freedom than Americans.

As the Washington Examiner reported this morning, representatives of the Legatum Institute are in the U.S. this week to promote the sixth edition of their Prosperity Index. The index aims to measure aspects of prosperity that typical gross domestic product measurements don’t include, such as entrepreneurship and opportunity, education, and social capital.

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Wednesday • November 19, 2014

GITMO ‘POET’ NOW RECRUITING FOR ISLAMIC STATE: An ex-Guantanamo detainee based in northern Pakistan is leading an effort to recruit jihadists for the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria. Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, who was detained at Guantanamo for three years, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Dost’s oath of allegiance was issued on July 1, just two days after Baghdadi named himself “Caliph Ibrahim I” and declared that his Islamic State was now a “caliphate.” Pakistani officials have accused Dost of recruiting jihadists for Baghdadi’s organization. He is thought to be behind a graffiti campaign, which aims to spread pro-Islamic State messages throughout northern Pakistan.

DEMOCRATS BLOCK KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE: Senate Democrats blocked a bill Tuesday night clearing the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport petroleum from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The 59-41 vote was spurred in large part by Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana who is facing a runoff election against a Republican next month. Landrieu seemed to hope that she and enough Republicans would approve the Keystone addition in the Senate (the House has approved it) and convince conservatives to vote for her. Even if it had, President Obama has said repeatedly he would veto it.

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OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION IS UNLIKELY TO INCLUDE HEALTH BENEFITS: Millions of undocumented immigrants who are set to be granted a form of legal status by President Obama as early as this week will not receive one key benefit: government subsidies for health care available under the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Obama is preparing to use his executive authority to provide work permits for up to five million people who are in the United States illegally, and to shield them from deportation. But an official familiar with the administration’s deliberations said on Tuesday that such people would not be eligible for subsidized, low-cost plans from the government’s health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

MISS HONDURAS FOUND DEAD: Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, the recently crowned beauty queen in Honduras, has been found dead along with her sister Sofia Trinidad. The two women went missing on Thursday, November 13, leaving a birthday party in the Santa Barbara region. She was supposed to compete in the upcoming Miss World contest in London. Alvarado’s boyfriend, along with three other people, have been questioned, and a suspect has been detained along with weapons and a car. Honduras has the world’s highest homicide rate, with 90.4 people murdered per 100,000 of the population.

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SECOND FRENCHMAN SEEN IN ISIS VIDEO: The French government has confirmed that the video showing the beheading of Syrian prisoners and a U.S. hostage features a second Frenchman. According to French media, he is a 22-year-old man from an eastern suburb of Paris. Earlier, the government confirmed a first French national, Maxime Hauchard of Normandy, was one of the militants in the video. Speaking in Australia, French President Francois Hollande told reporters that “there were two French people” in the video, and that, “one has been categorically identified and the other one is in the process of being identified.” According to the AP, the second man is Michael Dos Santos, a 22-year-old Muslim convert.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Two-thirds of deaths from heart attacks in women occur in those who have had no history of chest pain.

LBN-NOTICED: ***A packed house last night for the “City Talk” conversation series at the new private room at the Luna Park restaurant. The evening  featured author Dennis McDougal, who recent best seller “Bob Dylan:A Biography”, inspired strong, passionate conversation from the group. Some of the guests included KNX anchor Bob Brill, film producer Mark Joseph, plastic surgeon Robert Kotler, LCO partner Shannon Donnelly, actor Brian Connors, among others.

BONO GETS 18 SCREWS FOR BIKE INJURY: It turns out that U2 lead singer Bono had more than a “cycling spill.” According to Rolling Stone, Bono has undergone five hours of surgery and had a broken bone repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws. Bono was riding his bike in Central Park on Sunday when he crashed trying to avoid another bike rider. He suffered a facial fracture, three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade, and his left humerus bone shattered in six different places and tore through his skin. It is not yet known how Bono’s recovery will affect the band’s upcoming tour.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Target reported profit had risen in the third quarter, a sign that the retailer is recovering from the fallout from its huge data breach last year. On Wednesday, the retailer reported that profit had risen 3.1 percent, to $352 million, up from $341 million in the same period last year. In the last quarter, its profit dropped more than 60 percent as expenses piled up to deal with the breach of tens of millions of consumers’ personal data.

DEAL BY CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION RAISES CASH AND SOME CONCERN: About 15 years ago, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation made what was considered a risky foray for a nonprofit organization into the world of business. It began giving money to a small biotechnology company to entice it to develop drugs for the deadly lung disease. But that funding, a total commitment of $150 million, has now paid off enormously. The foundation is to announce on Wednesday that it will receive $3.3 billion from selling the rights to the royalties to those drugs. That is 20 times the foundation’s budget last year. The payout is believed to be the largest financial return ever achieved for a charitable organization pursuing treatments for disease and is likely to encourage other patient advocacy groups to seek their own deals with pharmaceutical companies; a growing number are already doing so.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Matt Lauer was behind the firing of top “Today” executive Jamie Horowitz after Lauer found out about a plan to replace his co-anchor Savannah Guthrie with Hoda Kotb, sources say.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Foo Fighters will be revisiting most of the cities it paid tribute to in its Sonic Highways TV series, and then some, on their newly announced North American tour. The group will be on the road from the summer into the fall next year, beginning with its July 4th blowout in Washington, D.C.   ***Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks and Joan Baez were honored as top songwriters at ASCAP’s Centennial Awards on Monday at the Waldorf-Astoria — where Motown icon Berry Gordy said the key to any top tune is, “I would always say when a million people want to buy it.”

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Abraham Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address (1863)

The Gettysburg Address, one of the most quoted speeches in US history, was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and half months after the famous battle fought there. In about two minutes, Lincoln’s address redefined the American Civil War as not just a struggle for the Union, but as “a new birth of freedom” for the US and its people.

LBN-R.I.P.: Carl E. Sanders, who as a young Democratic governor of Georgia in the mid-1960s helped spur Atlanta’s growth while taking what for a white politician in the South were progressive stances on race and segregation, earning him a reputation as an early leader of the “New South,” died on Sunday in Atlanta. He was 89. The cause was complications after a fall at his home on Friday, according to his law firm, Troutman Sanders, where he was chairman emeritus.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: It’s hard to imagine maintaining the current food system without Iowa. Yet that state — symbolic of both the unparalleled richness of our continent’s agricultural potential and the mess we’ve made of it — has undergone a transformation almost as profound as the land on which cities have been built. A state that was once 85 percent prairie is now 85 percent cultivated, most of that in row crops of corn and soybeans. And that isn’t sustainable, no matter how you define that divisive word. It’s easy enough to argue that one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world could be better used than to cover it with just two crops — the two crops that contribute most to the sad state of our dietary affairs, and that are used primarily for animal food, junk food and thermodynamically questionable biofuels. Anything that further entrenches that system — propped up by generous public support — should be questioned. On the other hand, if there are ways to make that core of industrial agriculture less destructive of land and water, that is at least moving in the right direction.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Ever since the Arab awakening in late 2010, America has lurched from one policy response to another. We tried decapitation without invasion in Libya; it failed. We tried abdication in Syria; it failed. We tried democratization in Egypt, endorsing the election of the Muslim Brotherhood; it failed. We tried invasion, occupation, abdication and now re-intervention in Iraq and, although the jury is still out, only a fool would be optimistic. Maybe the beginning of wisdom is admitting that we don’t know what we’re doing out here and, more important, we don’t have the will to invest overwhelming force for the time it would take to reshape any of these places — and, even if we did, it is not clear it would work.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Just two years ago, during his first term at the helm of Colorado, John Hickenlooper did a quick mental survey of his fellow governors and realized something that he found surprising. By his very rough count, only about five governors, including him, had spent a significant chunk of their professional lives in the private sector and in roles that included the management of dozens of employees. The other governors, many of them career politicians, didn’t have that kind of managerial experience.

LBN-COMMENTARY By PAMELA HARTZBAND and JEROME GROOPMAN: When we are patients, we want our doctors to make recommendations that are in our best interests as individuals. As physicians, we strive to do the same for our patients. But financial forces largely hidden from the public are beginning to corrupt care and undermine the bond of trust between doctors and patients. Insurers, hospital networks and regulatory groups have put in place both rewards and punishments that can powerfully influence your doctor’s decisions.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The truth is that most large trials reveal a world of crime, corruption and political chicanery, not unlike my sexual life.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sharon Stone is reeling from another family tragedy – her beloved nephew Colin Stone has died of a suspected drug overdose.  The 22-year-old’s body was discovered Nov. 10 at his apartment in North Hollywood, Calif., “during a welfare check by his apartment manager,” said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner office. Colin’s death was recorded as a possible overdose, pending toxicology reports, Ed said.   ***A lawyer for Tracy Morgan said Tuesday the actor-comedian is still recovering from a brain injury sustained in a highway crash in New Jersey more than five months ago. Lawyer Benedict Morelli said Tuesday the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury in the June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, in addition to a broken leg, nose and ribs.

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Tuesday • November 18, 2014

DEATHS LINKED TO TERRORISM ARE UP 60 PERCENT, STUDY FINDS: As Western governments grapple with heightened apprehension about the spread of Islamic militancy, an independent study on Tuesday offered little solace, saying the number of fatalities related to terrorism soared 60 percent last year. Pointing to a geographic imbalance, the report by the nonprofit Institute for Economics and Peace said five countries — Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria — accounted for four-fifths of the almost 18,000 fatalities attributed to terrorism last year. Iraq had the bloodiest record of all, with more than 6,300 fatalities. At the same time, the statistics in the organization’s Global Terrorism Index suggested that the world’s industrialized nations — often the target of threats by groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL — had suffered relatively few attacks on their soil since the Sept. 11, 2001, onslaught in the United States and the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings in London.

3 AMERICANS KILLED IN ISRAELI SYNAGOGUE: Three Israeli-U.S. dual citizens and several others were killed or wounded in a terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday morning. The two Palestinian attackers were killed on the scene by police. Reports gave varying totals of people wounded from six to eight in the deadliest attack in Jerusalem in years. Police said the assailants shot at people as they prayed, while also using meat cleavers and axes to assault those attending the morning service. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Hamas for inciting the murders. “We will respond decisively to the horrific murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers,” he said as Hamas praised the murders. Netanyahu also ordered the demolition of the the attackers’ houses. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said the two assailants belonged to the organization. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, but blamed Israeli “provocations.” The FBI will investigate the Americans’ deaths.

NFL SUSPENDS PETERSON WITHOUT PAY: The NFL notified Adrian Peterson on Tuesday that he would be suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season. The Minnesota Vikings star will appeal the suspension immediately, according to a league source. The NFL said Peterson won’t be considered for reinstatement before April 15. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to Peterson regarding the suspension: “You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother.” Peterson was indicted in September for hitting his son with a switch, leaving bruises and cuts on his arms, legs, back, butt, and scrotum. He pled guilty to a lesser misdemeanor charge to avoid jail.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Rev. Al Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses. And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees. With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as “abusive,” or “potentially criminal” if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.

RUSSIA LAUNCHES MYSTERIOUS SATELLITE: A new Russian satellite is baffling both space agencies and amateur satellite-trackers. Object 2014-28E has taken a confusing path, and Russia has not stated its purpose. It was launched in May with three other packages, but its presence was not declared by Russia. The satellite may be providing innocuous services, such as collecting space junk or providing fuel or repairs to other satellites. But some experts fear Object 2014-28E is up to something more devious. “Whatever it is, [Object 2014-28E] looks experimental,” said Patricia Lewis, research director at think-tank Chatham House. “One possibility is for some kind of grabber bar. Another would be kinetic pellets which shoot out at another satellite. Or possibly there could be a satellite-to-satellite cyber attack or jamming.”

UBER EXEC PROPOSED SMEARING JOURNALISTS: Emil Michael, a senior executive at Uber, suggested the company consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media—and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company. Michael made the comments in a conversation he later said he believed was off the record. In a statement through Uber on Monday evening, he said he regretted them and that they didn’t reflect his or the company’s views. Michael, who has been at Uber for more than a year as its senior vice president of business, floated the idea at a dinner Friday at Manhattan’s Waverly Inn attended by an influential New York crowd including actor Ed Norton and publisher Arianna Huffington. His remarks came as Uber seeks to improve its relationship with the media and the image of its management team, who have been cast as insensitive and hyper-aggressive.

INDONESIA USES BANNED VIRGINITY TESTS: Human Rights Watch slammed Indonesia for subjecting its female police candidates to virginity tests, despite a ban on the practice that was imposed four years ago. The test supposedly determines whether an applicant’s hymen is still intact, and has been “widely discredited as unscientific and degrading,” reports Reuters. An Indonesian National Police spokesperson did not deny the virginity tests were “routine” for women as part of the health exam, despite the ban, but claimed passing it was not a prerequisite. “Applicants who failed the test were not necessarily expelled from the force,” noted HRW’s Nisha Varia, “but women described the test as painful and traumatic.” One anonymous female police candidate described the experience: “I don’t have a problem with the test… but the way in which it was conducted, with many people in one room, violated our privacy.”

JAPAN’S ABE CALLS SNAP ELECTIONS: In the face of Japan’s slide into recession, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Tuesday for snap elections and said he would delay a sales tax hike until 2017. The world’s third largest economy slipped into recession due to an April tax increase. The prime minister said that while the sales tax increase was important to help Japan pay off its debt, the current economy was too fragile to risk an additional hike. The election comes as the prime minister and his policies—dubbed “Abenomics”—are facing increasing criticism and scrutiny. He decided to hold elections now because his Liberal Democrats party has an established majority and “opposition parties are weak and in disarray,” writes the AP. Abe said he would dissolve parliament Friday and elections would be held in mid-December. Japan has suffered from stagnation and deflation for two decades.

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TREATMENT DELAYS DOOMED EBOLA DOCTOR: Dr. Martin Salia, the surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone and died Monday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms—a delay that doctors said probably made it impossible for anyone to save his life. Salia was in the 13th day of his illness when he reached Omaha on Saturday. He had waited three days to be formally diagnosed after an initial test for Ebola came back negative. He then waited five more days to be flown to the United States. By the time the 44-year-old Maryland man got to the medical center in Omaha, the deadly virus had done too much damage, shutting down his kidneys and making breathing difficult, doctors said.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Stocks are surging, corporate executives are ambitious and debt is cheap. The result is one of the biggest booms ever in mergers and acquisitions. Mergers worth $100 billion, made on Monday, put Wall Street on pace for a year of deal-making rivaling those during the dot-com bubble and the private equity upsurge just before the financial crisis. The announcement of two more mega-deals — the $66 billion acquisition of the Botox-maker Allergan by Actavis , and the $34.6 billion takeover of the oil field services firm Baker Hughes by a bigger rival, Halliburton — made Monday a symbolic tipping point.

CHARLES MANSON GETS LICENSE TO WED: Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence for his role as the ringleader in some of America’s most notorious mass murders, has obtained a wedding license. Although the wedding date has yet to be determined, the 80-year-old inmate is on the path to wed 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by “Star,” according to The Associated Press. Burton, who has spent the past nine years working on his case, hopes to say “I do” next month.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Chivalry

1.     The term “chivalry” is from the Latin word caballus, meaning “nag, pack-horse,” and is related to the word “cavalier.”

2.     A 2013 MSN survey found that while nearly two-thirds of women 35 and younger say they offer to pay for dates, 39% hope the guy will turn down the offer and 44% get annoyed if he lets her pay.

3.     One study found that while most men believe they are “supposed” to pay for dates, and a fair number of women let them, nearly half of men say they’d dump a woman who never offered to help pay.

4.     More than three-fourths of men in a 2013 study reported feeling guilty about taking a woman’s money when she offers to chip in for a date. However, half of women think the man should pay if his income is higher, and only one-third think they should pay if her income is higher.

5.     One sociologist reports that, overall, 16% of men believe a woman owes him sexual favors in return for paying for dates. This number climbs the younger a man is. Approximately 21% of men under the age of 25 believe this. Additionally, the less a man earns, the more likely he expects sex as payment for a date.

6.     Roughly one-third of women say that helping pay for a date lessons the pressure they feel to have sex with a man. However, only 22% of women under the age of 25 feel that way.

7.     While European chivalry has its roots in feudalism in France and Spain, some scholars believe it is nothing more than the continuation of al-furusiyya al-arabia, or Arabian chivalry, which was imported to Europe during the early Crusades. The knight-errantry, the riding on horseback to find adventure, the rescue of a maiden in need, the nobility of women, and the connection of honorable conduct with the horse rider are all traceable to Arabia.

8.     Reaching its highest development in Europe during the 12th and 13th century, chivalry represents a fusion of Christianity and military concepts of the early medieval warrior class. It encompasses such ideas as morality, religion, and social codes such as courage, honor, and service.

9.     Miguel de Cervantes (1547‒1616), in his novel Don Quixote, effectively satirized chivalric romances that were still being read in 16th-century Spain. The central character of the novel, Don Quixote, interprets his experiences according to his reading of the chivalry romances of the time—which, in turn, leads him to outrageous adventures, such as battling windmills.

10.  The Crusades were seen as a chivalrous enterprise. Ironically, the Islam leader Saladin (1137/38‒1193) achieved great reputation in Europe as the quintessential chivalrous knight.


LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Reducing calorie intake could help slow aging and deter chronic disease in mammals, a new study shows.The study, conducted on female mice by neuroscientists ant the NYU Langone Medical Center, suggests that restricting diets affects hundreds of genes linked to aging andmemory formation. Cutting back on food by 30 percent virtually stopped the expression of those genes, the researchers said.

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BOB MARLEY TO BE FACE OF CORPORATE POT: Bob Marley finally sold out. Marley has been dead for over 30 years but he will be the name and face of the first global marijuana brand. A Seattle-based private equity firm and the Marley family announced the launch of Marley Natural, “a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy” of Marley. “Bob Marley started to push for legalization more than 50 years ago. We’re going to help him finish it,” said Brendan Kennedy, who is the CEO of Privateer Holdings, which owns Marley Natural. “It just seems natural that Daddy should be part of this conversation,” said Cedella Marley, 47, his oldest daughter. “As Daddy would say, ‘make way for the positive day.’”

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BOOTY BOOST FOR BRUCE JENNER: Surgery-loving Bruce Jenner is planning a butt job to get revenge on his ex-wife, said sources. The Olympic hero, 65, is said to be going full steam ahead with his “confidence-building transformation,” and an insider said the next item on his surgery bucket list is a butt job. “Kris used to nag Bruce big-time to get it done, but he always refused. Even though
he agreed his butt sagged, he was sick of her telling him what to do,” said an insider. “No doubt it’s an upgrade he’s familiar with, given his Kardashian associations,” added the source, “but he’s told everyone he cares more that Kris hears about it than how it will actually look!”

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed al-Thani, a Qatari royal relative who was one of the world’s most prolific and idiosyncratic buyers of art, antiquities, jewelry, vintage cars and dinosaur fossils until corruption charges left him in debt, died on Nov. 9 at his home in London. He was said to be 48, though news media accounts have differed on his age over the years. Qatari culture ministry officials announced the death without giving a cause. Some news reports said he had a heart condition.   ***Charles Champlin wore a lot of hats on the Los Angeles arts and entertainment journalism scene. After a stint at Life magazine, including as Los Angeles bureau chief, he joined the Los Angeles Times in 1965 as entertainment editor and columnist. In 1967 he became the LAT’s main film critic, and filled that role until 1980. He then moved to book reviewing and wrote his “Critic At Large” column. He continued to contribute to the Times after retiring in 1991, and to Variety. Along the way he hosted the locally programmed “Citywatchers” on KCET with fellow Times columnist Art Seidenbaum, and hosted “Film Odyssey” on PBS, “At One With” on KNBC, “On the Film Scene” on the old Z Channel in Los Angeles and “Champlin on Film” on Bravo. Champlin is the author several books, including at lest two that he wrote after his vision suffered from macular degeneration. Champlin also is credited with co-founding, in 1975, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and was president for many years. Champlin died Sunday of what his son, Charles Champlin Jr., called complications of Alzheimer’s.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course. The post-midterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency. President Obama has racked up some impressive foreign-policy accomplishments, but, domestically and politically, things are off the rails. Usually presidents use midterm defeats as a chance to rethink and refocus. That’s what Obama did four years ago. Voters like to feel the president is listening to them.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I remonstrate against these outrages upon reason and truth, of course, but it does no good.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Tila Tequila is taking a shot at motherhood. The former MTV reality star, whose real name is Tila Nguyen, welcomed her first child on Sunday, naming the baby girl Isabella Monroe Nguyen.   ***Soap opera star Freddie Smith has been charged with felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence after a one-car accident that injured his girlfriend in northeast Ohio’s Ashtabula County. The 26-year-old “Days of Our Lives” actor lost control of his car on a curve Oct. 7 and ended up in a culvert that caused his car to flip over.

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Monday • November 17, 2014

IRAN NUCLEAR PACT FACES AN ARRAY OF OPPOSING FORCES: When President Obama wrote last month to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to overcome a decade of mistrust and negotiate a deal limiting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, it was perhaps the president’s last effort to reach a reconciliation with Iran that could remake the Middle East. Today, Mr. Obama needs a foreign policy accomplishment more than ever, and he sees time running out on his hope of changing the calculus in a Middle East where Americans are, against his instincts, back on the ground. But the forces arrayed against a deal are formidable — not just Mr. Khamenei and the country’s hard-liners, but newly empowered Republicans, some of his fellow Democrats, and many of the United States’ closest allies.

OBAMA CONDEMNS ISLAMIC STATE’S KILLING OF PETER KASSIG: Islamic State militants released a chilling videotape on Sunday showing they had beheaded a fifth Western hostage, an American aid worker the group had threatened to kill in retaliation for airstrikes carried out by the United States in Iraq and Syria. President Obama on Sunday confirmed the death of the aid worker, Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger who disappeared more than a year ago at a checkpoint in northeastern Syria while delivering medical supplies. Mr. Kassig “was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group,” Mr. Obama said in a statement from aboard Air Force One that was read to the news media in Washington.

EBOLA PATIENT IN NEBRASKA DIES: A U.S. resident who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone passed away at the Nebraska hospital where he was being treated. Dr. Martin Salia, 44, was airlifted out of Sierra Leone and arrived at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr. Phil Smith, director of the hospital’s Biocontainment Unit. On Sunday, Salia’s prognosis was not optimistic. The hospital described his case as an ”hour-by-hour situation” and warned that he was critically ill. Salia is the tenth known Ebola case in the U.S. and the second to pass away. His death comes as some of the countries hit hardest by Ebola, like Liberia, appear to be quelling the epidemic. Ebola has claimed the lives of over 5,000 people in Africa.

POPE FRANCIS TO MAKE 1ST U.S. TRIP IN 2015: Pope Francis confirmed that he intends to make his first papal trip to the U.S. next year. “I wish to confirm, according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families,” the pope said in a speech Monday. The World Meeting of Families, which is held every three years, is considered the largest gathering of Catholic families. The pope’s three-day visit will include Sunday Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and as many as two million people could attend. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who is organizing the event, said he “applauded loudest” when the pope confirmed he would attend.

FACEBOOK TO LAUNCH PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE: Realizing that most people don’t want prospective employers to see photos of them passed out drunk, Facebook is secretly developing a professional site to keep users’ work profiles separate from their personal ones. Facebook at Work is Mark Zuckerberg’s answer to the professional social network LinkedIn. The new site will allow users to chat with colleagues, work together on shared documents, and make professional contacts. In addition to posing a potential challenge to LinkedIn and its 90 million users, Facebook at Work would compete with Google Drive and Microsoft, which offer some similar professional functions. Development on Facebook at Work began this year, and is already being tested in different companies. Facebook declined to comment on the initiative, which was first reported by the Financial Times.

DEA SURPRISES NFL WITH DRUG INSPECTIONS: Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted surprise inspections targeting the medical and training staffs of visiting NFL teams on Sunday. The unprecedented actions were part of an effort to determine whether staffers violated federal drug laws governing the handling and distribution of prescription painkillers, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines. A federal official told ESPN the inspections were spurred by allegations raised in a May 2014 federal lawsuit filed on behalf of several prominent NFL players who alleged team physicians and trainers routinely gave them painkillers in an illegal manner to mask injuries and keep them on the field. Spokesmen for the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers acknowledged DEA agents visited them Sunday.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: An estimated 1 million lesbians and gays are military veterans.

CHILD HOMELESSNESS SURGES IN U.S.: The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report. The report, which will be issued Monday, blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing, and the effects of pervasive domestic violence. The report by the National Center on Family Homelessness calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. The number is based on the Department of Education’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless preschool children not counted by the DOE. The problem is particularly severe in California, which has one-eighth of the U.S. population but accounts for more than one-fifth of the homeless children with a tally of nearly 527,000.

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DEFYING EXPECTATIONS, JAPAN’S ECONOMY FALLS INTO RECESSION: Japan’s economy unexpectedly fell into recession in the third quarter, a painful slump that called into question efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pull the country out of nearly two decades of deflation. The second consecutive quarterly decline in gross domestic product could upend Japan’s political landscape. Mr. Abe is considering dissolving Parliament and calling fresh elections, people close to him say, and Monday’s economic report is seen as critical to his decision, which is widely expected to come this week.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Halliburton agreed on Monday to buy Baker Hughes for about $34.6 billion, uniting two big oil field services providers in a friendly deal only days after a hostile takeover battle appeared imminent. Under the terms of the transaction, Halliburton will pay 1.12 of its shares and $19 in cash for each Baker Hughes share.   ***The Best of Los Angeles Award community, which now numbers 1,380 members, will be having its first annual Holiday party to celebrate the winners of the awards and the community on Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30pm at the popular Coral Tree Café in Brentwood.

SOLANGE KNOWLES WEDS ALAN FERGUSON: Solange Knowles, singer, songwriter, DJ, model—and kid sister of superstar Beyoncé—has married longtime boyfriend Alan Ferguson. The couple were wed Sunday at Marigny Opera House, a nondenominational church close to the bride’s home in New Orleans. The marriage to Ferguson, 51, a videographer and director of videos who has worked with Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z, among others, is the second wedding for Solange, 28, who has a 10-year-old son from her first marriage. The bride told Harper’s Bazaar this year that marrying and divorcing at a young age gave her an “insane amount” of persepective on life.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Harry Potter

1.     As of 2008, Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages.

2.     A picture of Gandalf the Grey (from The Lord of the Rings) can be seen in the collection of great wizards in Professor Dumbledore’s study in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

3.     Author J. K. Rowling recently revealed that Dumbledore is gay and he had a crush on the wizard Grindelwald, whom he later defeated in a wizard duel.

4.     As every Potter fan knows, Dementors are deadly, magical, wraith-like creatures. Rowling revealed that they represent depression and that they were based on her own experience with the disease. The remedy to lighten the effects of a Dementor is chocolate.

5.     Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing books.

6.     In 2007, Rowling was runner up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

7.     The death of Rowling’s mother from multiple sclerosis significantly influenced her writing, and death is a major theme throughout the Potter series.

8.     The actress who played Moaning Myrtle is actually 37 years old and is the oldest actress to portray a Hogwarts student.

9.     Rowling discovered “witchy” sounding names such as toadflax, goutwort, grommel, and others inCulpeper’s Complete Herbal, a famous book of herbal lore from the 1600s.

10.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released on July 21, 2007, and sold 11 million copies on the first day of its release, breaking Rowling’s earlier records for the fastest selling book of all time.

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BONO INJURED IN CENTRAL PARK TUMBLE: U2 reported on its website that frontman Bono injured his arm when he fell off his bicycle in New York City’s Central Park. As a result, the rockers are postponing a planned residency on NBC’s The Tonight Show to give the singer time to heal. Bono needs surgery to repair the injury to his arm, the website said Sunday. “We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back,” fellow band members The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen wrote on the site. “Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.” News of the fall comes only four days after Bono experienced an in-flight scare when the rear hatch fell off the singer’s Learjet en route from Dublin to Berlin.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Paralyzed from the chest down, the Iraq War veteran is seen in a 2007 documentary film taking dozens of pills for spasms, pain and depression. He speaks agonizingly about his sexual problems. Viewers watch him marry and, eight months later, divorce. In the film, “Body of War,” Tomas Young is the body. Co-directed and underwritten by the television personality Phil Donahue, the film sought to show, through Mr. Young, the devastating human cost of a war that the filmmakers argued should have never been fought. Mr. Young died at 34 on Nov. 10 at his home in Seattle. When asked the cause, his mother, Cathy Smith, said, “His body just wore out

LBN-COMMENTARY by Steven Rattner: The Democrats’ drubbing in the midterm elections was unfortunate on many levels, but particularly because the prospect of addressing income inequality grows dimmer, even as the problem worsens. To only modest notice, during the campaign the Federal Reserve put forth more sobering news about income inequality: Inflation-adjusted earnings of the bottom 90 percent of Americans fell between 2010 and 2013, with those near the bottom dropping the most. Meanwhile, incomes in the top decile rose.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: What exactly does the nightmare of the beheading of another American, Peter Kassig, by Islamic State consist of? There is, of course, the image itself. In Kassig’s case a severed blood-smeared head appears between the feet of a hooded killer. We have seen, in other executions, the knife applied to the throat, the broken pliant victims, the left-handed sawing motion; and we have heard the dead, flat voice of the swaggering executioner. So we scarcely need to imagine how the life of this young and idealistic American, an aid worker, a recent convert to Islam, ended.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker: In nature, animals work together when the going gets tough. Go out to the desert and you’ll see- even in that harsh environment, the ants are happy as clams. The social insects are the ultimate collaborators, and we’re a lot like them. We build stuff, grow crops, herd animals, and work together in cities, just like they do. Biologists call them- and us- super-organisms: groups where a lone individual can’t survive for long, and the whole is more than the sum of the parts.Together, we do amazing things. Super-organisms adapt fast, and that’s why ants and people run this world. All the ants alive weigh the same as all the people, but there are 8 times more ants or people than all the other terrestrial wild vertebrates combined. We must be doing something right. But why aren’t the ants choking on smog or sitting in traffic? They’ve been doing it longer- 100 million years of super-orgasmic living to our puny two. So, grasshopper, quit with the RAID and learn from the masters!  (Tamsin’s bookSuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide to Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies is available for pre-order on Kickstarter until 11/25).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Legendary lothario Jack Nicholson has become a virtual recluse, who has lost interest in sex and is addicted to Internet games, according to sources. “Jack is mostly retired from acting, but what’s so surprising is he’s almost completely lost interest in the opposite sex, which is truly a shocker,” an insider claims. “He told me over the last few years his libido has slipped away, and now he doesn’t care one way or the other about pleasures of the flesh. “Jack says he sits at home most nights watching sports on TV.” ***Tiger Woods’ ex-mistress is flat broke and struggling to beat addictions to booze and pills, according to sources. Las Vegas party girl Jamie Jungers said her life spiraled out of control after her 18-month affair with the married golfer was exposed. The blonde bombshell – a stunning lookalike of Tiger’s ex-wife Elin Nordegren – spent the $125,000 she made from the scandal, and has bounced in and out of rehab since the height of her addiction.   ***Olympic ski racer Bode Miller reached a settlement in a bitter, bicoastal custody battle with his ex-girlfriend over their 18-month-old son. The deal was finalized late last week just before the pair were scheduled to testify in a public trial about who would be a better parent to little Samuel Bode Miller McKenna.   ***Casino mogul Steve Wynn is in contract to buy the $65 million Liongate Estate in Bel Air, once owned by country musician Kenny Rogers. The estate got its name from Rogers, who owned it in the ’70s. As a Leo and an astrology buff, he put two lions at the front gate.

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Sunday • November 16, 2014

ISIS CLAIMS TO BEHEAD U.S. AID WORKER: On Sunday, ISIS released a video claiming to have decapitated U.S. aid worker, Peter Kassig. The beheading is not seen in the 16-minute long video, but a masked militant dressed in black holds a severed head that ISIS claims is Kassig’s. The militant speaks with a British accent and appears to be the same one in the four other ISIS videos showing the murders of American and British hostages over the past four months. “This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen, of your country; Peter who fought against the Muslims in Iraq, while serving as a soldier,” said the militant in the video. Kassig served in Iraq before being honorably discharged for medical reasons in 2007. He converted to Islam-Rahman and found a charity to help provide food and medical supplies to Syrian refugees. He was captured by ISIS in October 2013. U.S. officials have not yet confirmed if Kassig was murdered, but sent condolences to his family in Indiana. “If confirmed, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American aid worker and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” said National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan in a statement.

PUTIN THREATENED WITH MORE SANCTIONS: Vladimir Putin was issued another stern warning by Western leaders at a G20 summit on Saturday, when they threatened to levy more economic sanctions against him if Russia does not end its backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine. Russia has denied having a role in the escalation of the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine, but still faces criticism from leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harmer. “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Harper told Putin at the summit, according to his spokesperson, who added that Putin’s response was not positive.

MIKE BROWN ENCOUNTER LASTED 90 SECONDS: The Aug. 9 encounter between Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown, an unarmed teen who was fatally shot, lasted less than 90 seconds, interviews and an analysis of police and EMS records shows. Police surveillance videos were also released, showing the most recent images of Wilson, who has stayed out of the public eye since the shooting. They show him walking with other officers and his union lawyer to the hospital two hours after the shooting.

POPE SLAMS ‘RIGHT TO DIE’ MOVEMENT: Pope Francis may be more welcoming to gay members and invite rocker Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican, but he’s not breaking away from all of the old standards quite yet. In response to Brittany Maynard’s very public decision to die after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the Pope denounced euthanasia. Calling it a “sin against God,” he specifically referenced Maynard. “This woman (took her own life) thinking she would die with dignity, but this is the error,” he said, calling her death “reprehensible.” He also called assisted suicide “an absurdity” and that claiming euthanasia lets people die with dignity creates a “false sense of compassion.”

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Artist Richard PhillipsCynthia Rowley and Bill Powers at Bottino celebrating Sean Landers’ show at Petzel Gallery.   ***Carol Alt and Beverly Johnson at Avenue for Jack Rich’s birthday.   ***ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons playing the Wall Street Rocks veterans benefit show.   ***Sam Smith at Catch.   ***André Leon Talley and Bradley Theodore at Mondrian Soho’s “Beyond the Bookcase” series.   ***Theophilus London and FADER’s Rob Stone front row at the Knicks.   ***Joe Jonas and Richard Chai at a Persol Icons launch at ArtBeam.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back.

NEIL YOUNG BOYCOTTS STARBUCKS OVER GMO LAWSUIT: Neil Young is seeking a new source for his daily latte. The rocker announced on his website this week that he’s boycotting Starbucks over the coffee company’s involvement in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont’s new requirements to label genetically modified ingredients. “I used to line up and get my latte every day, but yesterday was my last one,” Young wrote. “Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A global survey of over 53,000 adults in 102 countries reveals anti-Semitism affects one quarter of the world population, or about 1.09 billion people. The survey also found that only 54% of respondents had never heard of the Holocaust. “An understanding of the Holocaust is an antidote toward anti-Semitism and other prejudices,” Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham H. Foxman tells Newsmax. “If people would know the Holocaust was about and understand it, it would act as an inoculation of sorts against anti-Semitism and prejudice.”

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway (1959)

The Sound of Music, with a score by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Mary Martin starred as Maria, and Theodore Bikel played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. The Tony Award-winning production ran for 1,443 performances. Productions in London, Japan, and Australia followed, as did the phenomenally successful 1965 film, starring Julie Andrews.

LBN-R.I.P.: Glen A. Larson, the writer and producer behind well-loved TV series such as the original “Battlestar Galactica,” ”Knight Rider,” ”Magnum, P.I.” and “Quincy, M.E.,” has died. He was 77. Larson died at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center on Friday night of complications from esophageal cancer, his son, James Larson, said in a phone interview Saturday.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

The iPhone FAQ: Information about the Apple iPhone

“The iPhone FAQ is an online resource dedicated to providing information about the Apple iPhone. News, usage tips, tutorials, technical specifications, general information, and more.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: When I write about racial inequality in America, one common response from whites is eye-rolling and an emphatic: It’s time to move on. “As whites, are we doomed to an eternity of apology?” Neil tweeted at me. “When does individual responsibility kick in?” Terry asked on my Facebook page: “Why are we still being held to actions that took place long ago?” “How long am I supposed to feel guilty about being white? I bust my hump at work and refrain from living a thug life,” Bradley chimed in. “America is about personal responsibility. … And really, get past the slavery issue.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The 9/11 suicide attack, spearheaded by 19, mostly Saudi, young men in the name of Islam, ignited a debate in the Sunni Arab world about religion and how their societies could have produced such suicidal fanatics. But it was quickly choked off by denial, and by America’s failed invasion of Iraq. Well, conversations here in Dubai, one of the great Arab/Muslim crossroads, make it clear that the rise of the Islamic State “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, and its barbaric treatment of those who are against them — moderate Sunnis or Shiites, Christians, other minorities and women — has revived this central debate about “who are we?” Why? Because the Islamic State, or ISIS, is homegrown; its aim is not to strike at enemies far away, but to spread and impose its vision of an Islamic society right here and right now; it’s attracting Muslim youths from all over, including the West; its ideology is a violent mutation of the puritanical, nonpluralistic, Wahhabi Islam, the dominant trend in Saudi Arabia, and it is being beamed via Twitter and Facebook — parents here know — directly to their kids. That’s why it’s forcing an inescapable and painful look in the mirror.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Get rich quick schemes are all the same. In a somber tone, the charlatan proclaims that he could cure the woman with only a banana peel—for a small fee, of course.

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IRAQ EXPELS ISIS FROM MAJOR OIL REFINERY: Iraqi forces successfully broke a siege by ISIS militants on the country’s main oil refinery on Saturday, a day after government forces said they had retaken the nearby town of Baiji. The Baiji oil facility accounts for about a quarter of Iraq’s oil production; by retaking it, Iraqi forces would be able to cut key supply lines for ISIS. Also on Saturday, top U.S. military officer General Martin Dempsey arrived in Iraq on an unannounced visit, his first since the U.S. began a campaign of airstrikes against ISIS.

PENTAGON: NUCLEAR FORCE NEEDS BILLIONS: On Friday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced an overhaul of America’s aging nuclear arsenal and said that billions of dollars are needed over the next five years to ensure the security and effectiveness of the neglected system. “We have just kind of taken our eye off the ball here…[but] there’s nothing here we can’t fix,” Hagel said. “As long as we have nuclear weapons, we must ensure that they are safe, secure, and effective.” Hagel said systematic problems had been found that revealed a “lack of sustained focus, attention, and resources” on a force that is “understaffed, under-resourced, and reliant on an aging and fragile supporting infrastructure in an over-inspected and overly risk-averse environment.” He gave the example of a situation in which a wrench that was needed to attach warheads to missiles had to be sent by FedEx from one base to another.

COST OF COVERAGE UNDER AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO INCREASE IN 2015: The Obama administration on Friday unveiled data showing that many Americans with health insurance bought under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans. The data became available just hours before the health insurance marketplace was to open to buyers seeking insurance for 2015. An analysis of the data by The New York Times suggests that although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies greatly from state to state and even among counties in the same state.

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ISLAMIC STATE SAYS IT PLANS TO ISSUE ITS OWN CURRENCY: They have paraded their own flag, formed courts and ministries, issued passports and even license plates. Now, the leaders of the Islamic State, the violent jihadist group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, have created their own currency, part of a grandiose plan to restore the caliphate era that dominated the Middle East more than 1,300 years ago. In an announcement on Thursday heralding a liberation from the “satanic usury-based global economic system,” the Islamic State said it would begin minting gold, silver and copper coins, in likenesses similar to the days of the seventh-century caliphs. The coins will have standardized weights and values, the announcement said, and they will be the legal tender of the lands controlled by the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

BOKO HARAM RETAKES SCHOOLGIRLS’ HOMETOWN: The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has retaken the village of Chibok, where the group kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls seven months ago. The insurgent group is attempting to carve out a caliphate and has boosted its attack rate since rejecting the government’s ceasefire a month ago. “The insurgents arrived [in Chibok] at about 5 p.m. on Thursday, shooting sporadically, forcing people to flee into the bush,” a villager who fled told Reuters. A lawmaker also said that the group overwhelmed the soldiers who were in the village, forcing them to retreat to a nearby town.

STUDENT FOUND UNCONSCIOUS AT FRAT DIES: A student found unconscious at a West Virginia University campus on Wednesday has died. Police found 18-year-old Nolan Michael Burch unconscious and not breathing at the school’s Kappa Sigma fraternity house, where someone was attempting CPR. The school’s chapter of the fraternity has been suspended since mid-October because of other violations of the fraternity’s code of conduct. The day after Burch was found, the WVU administration ordered a halt to all activities at fraternities and sororities. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances of Burch’s death.

MTV STAR DIES AFTER CANCER BATTLE: MTV reality star Diem Brown, of the network’s Real World and Road Rules Challenge, has died of cancer at age 32. Brown was pronounced dead at 10:22 a.m. on Friday in New York City. Brown revealed last month that the cancer in her stomach and colon had spread to her liver and lymph nodes. Her condition worsened this weekend and family and friends gathered at her bedside. Along with her TV work, Brown founded MedGift, a support registry for patients suffering from any illness.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Chris Rock, Bill Murray and producer Mitch Glazer hung out at Tower Bar. Eddie Redmayne also has been in.   ***Sandra Bernhard joined Wolf Films executive vp Danielle Gelber at Smoke.Oil.Salt.   ***Adam Sandler dined with David Spade at RivaBella.   ***Troy Carter shared the room at Mr. C with the Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman.   ***Recent arrivals at e.baldi: Joel Edgerton, Jena Malone, Elizabath Berkley, and Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant… in New York, Christopher Walken took a seat with ICM’s Toni Howard at the Carlyle.   ***Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurkjoined Relativity worldwide distribution president Kyle Davies at Mr Chow. In on other days, Paula WeinsteinBert Fields and director Alan Parker.   ***All in at once at the Bistro at Bouchon: Brian GrazerCheryl Tiegs, producer Eric Newman and MGM TV’s Shelly Reid with Gaumont’s Anne Bartnett.   ***Robert Iger had coffee with Grazer at Café Luxxe at the Brentwood Country Mart.   ***Al Michaels, and Jerry Weintraub shared the room at Craig’s.   ***Mad Men’s Ben Feldman visited Bucato in culver City…Elon Musk ate at Laurel Hardware.   ***Elizabath Banks visited Fifty Seven downtown.   ***Chris Pratt and Anna Farris ate at the Hungry Cat in Hollywood.   ***Zooey Descanel popped in to Cooks County…Jane Fonda checked out Bestia.

FAST FOOD TARGETING BLACK KIDS IN U.S. CLAIMS MEDIA EXPERT: According to prominent media expert and author Michael Levine, fast-food restaurants in the United States are “disproportionately” targeting black children and kids in middle-income and rural areas. Levine reports that researchers at Arizona State University and University of Illinois at Chicago looked at 6,716 fast-food outlets nationwide to check the extent of indoor and outdoor marketing aimed at youngsters. “Marketing towards children ranged from free toys to ads featuring sports celebrities and cartoon characters, as well as play areas and promotions for kids’ birthday parties” said Levine.

ELECTRICAL SCALP DEVICE CAN SLOW PROGRESSION OF DEADLY BRAIN TUMORS: An electrical device glued to the scalp can slow cancer growth and prolong survival in people with the deadliest type of brain tumor, researchers reported on Saturday. The device is not a cure and, on average, adds only a few months of life when used along with the standard regimen of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Some doctors have questioned its usefulness. But scientists conducting a new study said the device was the first therapy in a decade to extend life in people with glioblastomas, brain tumors in which median survival is 15 months even with the best treatment.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Joel Kinnamon has moved from CAA to WME.   ***Reckless’ Adam Rodriguez has signed with UTA.   ***Vogue cover model Joan Smalls is now with 42West.   ***Boychoir’s Garrett Wareing has signed with ICM.   ***Ted Danson has left CAA for WME.   ***Sinbad, who had a special on Comedy Central In June, has signed with Gersh.   ***Nick Cassavetes has signed with WME.   ***Parks and Recreation executive producer Dean Holland has signed with UTA. Dancing With The Stars’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy has signed with ICM.   ***James L. Brooks has signed with WME.   ***NASCAR has signed a 10 year international broadcast agency partnership with IMG.   **Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden has signed with 42West.   ***Grammy-winning band Kings of Leon has signed with PMK*BNC.   ***British actor Tom Prior, soon to appear in Kingsman: The Secret Service.   ***Eddie McClintock- Star of SyFy’s Warehouse 13, has signed with UTA.   ***Funny or Die staff writer Eliza Skinner has signed with ICM.   ***Taiwanese star, Mark Chao (So Young) has signed with UTA.   ***Christian Bale at AMC Century City theatre with two children.

LBN-MEET: Jack Nicholson


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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Research has shown a link between trauma during gestation or during birth with an increased chance of being left-handed.


JOHNNY DEPP APPEARS DRUNK AT AWARDS SHOW: Johnny Depp went full Jack Sparrow at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday, where he was set to introduce Mike Myers’ documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. Depp wobbled up on stage (where, before launching into his speech, he remarked, “That’s the weirdest microphone I’ve ever seen in my life”), slurred his way through a speech, then meandered for a bit before forgetting what he was talking about. “I mean, it’s one of those nights,” Depp said before CBS cut him off. Backstage, Variety reports that Myers called the speech “very rock n’ roll.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Given current infection rates, Americans have a roughly 1 in 3,934,300 chance of dying from Ebola. They have a far greater chance of dying from having their pajamas catch on fire (1 in 983,575), being legally executed (1 in 95,959), and being killed in an accidental firearmdischarge (1 in 6,492).

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Patti Smith will be among the performers at the Concerto di Natale, the Vatican’s annual Christmas concert held in Rome since 1993, next month, according to The Independent. The concert will take place at Auditorium Conciliazione, a venue located about a 15-minute walk from the heart of Vatican City, on December 13th. The Italian-language newspaper Il Corriere della Sera suggests that Pope Francis invited Smith, according to International Business Times. The program – which will also feature DJ Bob Sinclar and the singing nun who won this year’s edition ofThe Voice of Italy, Sister Cristina Scuccia – will be broadcast on Christmas Eve in the country.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Lifescript.com: Women’s Health Issues

“Women’s health issues covered in depth. Women’s health questions? Get balanced answers at Lifescript.com. Women’s health articles examine top health concerns.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Georgia O’Keeffe (1887)

Regarded by critics as one of the most original and important American artists, O’Keeffe is known chiefly for her large, semi-abstract studies of flowers, bones, and other imagery. Immaculate, sculptural, organic forms painted in strong, clear colors predominate in O’Keeffe’s works, and her pristine abstract designs carry strong elements of sexual symbolism. Her work was first exhibited in 1916 at the 291 Gallery of Alfred Stieglitz, whom she later married.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Watch The Steamy New ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Trailer


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Michael Bloomberg purchased 400 new domain names to prevent Internet trolls from launching sites such as “bloombergistooshort.nyc” and “MrBloombergsucks.nyc.”

STATE MOMENTUM GROWS FOR ENGLISH-ONLY INITIATIVES -ADVOCATES SAY THE COST OF DOING MULTILANGUAGE BUSINESS IS STAGGERING: School systems nationwide are bracing for an influx of up to 90,000 illegal immigrant minors this year further fueling the push for state-by-state legislation that seeks to designate English as the official U.S. Language. Education officials, struggling to manage the arrival of thousands of non-English-speaking students, say the cost of educating them is significantly greater. The Federation for American Immigration Reform, which opposes amnesty, estimates that state and local education costs may balloon by $761 million, given the educational needs of Central American children who mostly speak Spanish.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Jane M. Byrne, who stunned Chicago’s Democratic machine in 1979 when she was elected mayor after sharply criticizing the incumbent for his handling of a devastating winter — a victory that made her the city’s first female mayor, though her tenure lasted just one term — died on Friday in Chicago. She was 81. Her daughter, Kathy Byrne, announced the death.   ***Ernest Kinoy, who wrote Broadway musicals, Hollywood screenplays and Emmy Award-winning episodes of “The Defenders” and “Roots,” died on Monday in Townshend, Vt. He was 89. The cause was renal failure, said his son, Daniel.   ***Alvin Dark, who was the All-Star shortstop and captain of the New York Giants’ pennant-winning teams in the 1950s and went on to manage the team to a pennant in San Francisco, but who was later shadowed by controversy over his attitude toward black and Latino players, died on Thursday at his home in Easley, S.C. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son Gene.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: Seven years ago I was talking to a longtime Democratic operative on Capitol Hill about a politician who was in trouble. The pol was likely finished, he said. I was surprised. Can’t he change things and dig himself out? No. “People do what they know how to do.” Politicians don’t have a vast repertoire. When they get in a jam they just do what they’ve always done, even if it’s not working anymore.  This came to mind when contemplating President Obama. After a devastating election, he is presenting himself as if he won. The people were not saying no to his policies, he explained, they would in fact like it if Republicans do what he tells them. You don’t begin a new relationship with a threat, but that is what he gave Congress: Get me an immigration bill I like or I’ll change U.S. immigration law on my own.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Is there anybody out there who opposes net neutrality? Net neutrality, of course, is the principle that calls for the Internet to remain free and open — with no “fast lanes” that would allow some content providers to take priority over others. This week, Washington was buzzing with talk about net neutrality, yet out-and-out critics were hard to find. President Obama, of course, is in favor of net neutrality; indeed, he started this whole kerfuffle when the White House released a short video on Monday in which the president called on the Federal Communications Commission to “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.” Tom Wheeler, the former cable industry lobbyist who is now the chairman of the F.C.C., also wants net neutrality.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The Rolling Stones said Friday they had resolved an insurance dispute over their tour cancellation following the suicide of Mick Jagger‘s girlfriend, and voiced dismay that personal details had gone public. The feud recently came to light in court papers in the western US state of Utah, where British insurance underwriters sought to speak with the brother of Jagger’s late partner, model and designer L’Wren Scott. ***Elisabeth Hasselbeck had a tumor removed from her abdomen after doctors feared it might be cancerous. Returning Friday to her gig at “Fox & Friends” after a nearly month-long hiatus, Hasselbeck revealed to viewers, “I had a bit of a scare.”   ***Miley Cyrus‘ new romance has been sealed with a kiss. Cyrus, 21, and rumored beau Patrick Schwarzenegger were spotted locking lips during Wednesday’s USC vs. Cal football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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AP SOURCES: IS, AL-QAIDA REACH ACCORD IN SYRIA: Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press. Such an accord could present new difficulties for Washington’s strategy against the IS group. While warplanes from a U.S.-led coalition strike militants from the air, the Obama administration has counted on arming “moderate” rebel factions to push them back on the ground. Those rebels, already considered relatively weak and disorganized, would face far stronger opposition if the two heavy-hitting militant groups now are working together.

GIVING UP: 40% WOMEN, 28% MEN, 39% YOUTH DON’T WANT A JOB: Nearly four in 10 Americans, or 92 million, are not in the labor force and now there’s a reason why: They have simply given up and don’t want to work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest group of people not in the labor force are those who don’t want a job, a remarkable statement on the nation’s work ethic. The federal job counter said that 85.9 million adults last month didn’t want a job, or 93 percent of all adults not in the labor force.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Advertising

1.     The most complained about ad in Australia in 2010 was an ad from the Advanced Medical Institute about erectile dysfunction. To advertise the effectiveness of the drug, the ad showed a wife using her husband’s erection as a step stool to reach something out of a high cupboard.

2.     Ice cubes in beverage advertisements are typically made of acrylic so they won’t melt under hot photography lights or move around. Bubbles are made by adding detergent, and water is added so light will filter through better.

3.     A York University study revealed that U.S. pharmaceutical companies spend twice as much on advertising as they do on research.

4.     The famous Marlboro Man ads began in 1955. The Marlboro Man actually included a variety of masculine figures such as athletes, gunsmiths, and captains, but the rugged cowboy image proved the most marketable. Three men who appeared in the advertisements later died of lung cancer, earning the brand the nickname “Cowboy Killer.”

5.     TV commercials during Super Bowl XLV in 2011 are estimated to have cost $3 million for a 30-second spot.

6.     More than $500 billion a year is spent on advertising worldwide.

7.     By the time a person in the United States is 65 years old, he would have seen an estimated two million television commercials.

8.     In fashion advertising, women are often pictured lying on bearskin rugs, wearing furs and feathers, or dressed in tight-fitting leather clothing. Some researchers criticize these kinds of ads because they feature women as “prey.”

9.     Women’s bodies are often “dismembered” in ads and shown only as “body parts.” This type of representation has been criticized for objectifying women and contributing to the underlying culture of violence toward women.

10.  In 1900, the standard billboard was created in America, creating a billboard boon along streets and highways.

11.  Many researchers argue that advertising is the most powerful art form on Earth.

12.  Over $15 billion a year is spent in advertisements directed toward children in the U.S.

13.  Though the commercial “1984,” which launched the Apple Macintosh computer, ran just one time on American television, during the Super Bowl, it has had a lasting impact on advertising. Directed by Ridley Scott, the commercial was the first example of “event marketing,” or when a promotion deserves as much coverage as the product itself.

14.  One Kirshenbaum & Bond sidewalk ad in New York reads, “From here, it looks like you could use some new underwear.” This type of advertising is termed “guerilla” or stealth advertising to label a breed of “edgy” urban advertisements.

15.  The first advertisement widely believed to be the first to feature a homosexual couple aired in 1994 when an Ikea ad featured two male companions shopping together for furniture.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Melville’s Moby-Dick Published in the US (1851)

Inspired by his whaling experiences on the South Seas, Herman Melville penned Moby-Dick, the now famed tale of a deranged whaling captain’s obsessive voyage to find and destroy the great white whale to whom he lost his leg. The novel is at once an exciting sea story, a sociological critique of American prejudices, a repository of information about whaling, and a philosophical inquiry into the nature of good and evil.

LBN-SEE IT:….Former partners and good friends Michael Levine and Mitchell Schneider in photo taken after dinner last night at the popular Fig and Olive restaurant in West Hollywood.


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Claude Monet (1840)

A French landscape painter, Monet helped found the Impressionist movement in the late 19th century. In fact, the term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of one of his paintings, Impression: Sunrise. His renowned plein air, or outdoor, paintings capture natural landscapes with accents of sunlight and vibrant colors. To show the effects of changes in light, he often painted the same subject repeatedly, at different times of day and in different seasons.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Business Insider: 10 Scientific Reasons You Should Be Eating More Eggs

“Eggs are among the few foods that I would classify as ’superfoods.’ They are loaded with nutrients, some of which are rare in the modern diet. Here are 10 health benefits of eggs that have been confirmed in human studies.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: It’s easy to be cynical about summit meetings. Often they’re just photo ops, and the photos from the latest Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, which had world leaders looking remarkably like the cast of “Star Trek,” were especially cringe-worthy. At best — almost always — they’re just occasions to formally announce agreements already worked out by lower-level officials. Once in a while, however, something really important emerges. And this is one of those times: The agreement between China and the United States on carbon emissions is, in fact, a big deal.

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LBN-ETC: The Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art (AFFMA.org) announces its 17th annual Arpa International Film Festival to be held November 14-16th, 2014 at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Founded in 1995, the AFFMA is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of promoting the arts and enhancing the cultural environment of our community by supporting artists who bridge the cultural divide, unifying diverse people and cultures through the arts.

At the helm of AFFMA is the Arpa International Film Festival. Committed to making a difference in fueling the global arena of independent cinema, Arpa Film Festival inspires people of all backgrounds and creates opportunities for creative expression.

For more information please visit: www.ArpaFilmFestival.com.

For Tickets, please visit: http://www.itsmyseat.com/affma/


LBN E-Lert Edited By Donna Viloria

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Thursday • November 13, 2014

OBAMA TO UNVEIL 10-PART IMMIGRATION PLAN: President Obama intends to unveil, as early as next Friday, a 10-part plan to overhaul United States immigration policy using executive action, and the program will include suspending deportation for millions, Fox News reports. Quoting a source close to the White House, Fox News reports that the plan contains 10 initiatives that include boosting border security, improving pay for immigration officers, and perhaps most controversially, providing a reprieve to the millions facing deportation. The plan calls for expanding deferred action for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children—but also for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The latter move could allow more than 4.5 million immigrant adults with U.S.-born children to stay, according to estimates. Fox News says Obama was briefed by Homeland Security officials before he left on his Asia-Pacific trip last week. The president has said he will not wait for Congress to act on immigration reform, but will take “whatever lawful actions” are possible “before the end of the year.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately 1/3 of cat owners think their pets are able to read their minds.

GAY BLOOD DONATION BAN MAY END: Since 1983, men who have sex with men are banned from giving blood in the U.S. due to concerns back then over transmission of the AIDS virus. Now, a U.S. advisory panel at the FDA is reportedly poised to recommend for the first time that the ban be partially ended. The American Red Cross says the risk is infinitesimal, and therefore a ban is unjustified. The U.S. will likely adopt a one-year deferral similar to the U.K., Australia, and Canada, which defers men who have sex with other men from giving blood until a year or five years after the last encounter.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Acclaimed motivational speak Lisa Haisha along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Christmas

1.     Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.

2.     The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.

3.     Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.

4.     All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.

5.     The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.

6.     Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati.

7.     In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

8.     According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.

9.     The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

10.  According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups.

DEBTS CANCELED BY BANKRUPTCY STILL MAR CONSUMER CREDIT SCORES: In the netherworld of consumer debt, there are zombies: bills that cannot be killed even by declaring personal bankruptcy. Tens of thousands of Americans who went through bankruptcy are still haunted by debts long after — sometimes as long as a decade after — federal judges have extinguished the bills in court.  The problem, state and federal officials suspect, is that some of the nation’s biggest banks ignore bankruptcy court discharges, which render the debts void. Paying no heed to the courts, the banks keep the debts alive on credit reports, essentially forcing borrowers to make payments on bills that they do not legally owe

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that this LBN E-Lert is read in 26 foreign countries daily including: China, India, Brazil, Japan, Germany, England, Italy, Israel, Iraq, Australia, Sweden, Russia, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Korea, among others.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Instead of simply being spun out from Procter & Gamble, Duracell will find a new corporate home – with Warren E. Buffett. The conglomerate run by the billionaire, Berkshire Hathaway, said on Thursday that it would acquire Duracell from P.&G. through an unusual transaction aimed at lowering the overall tax bill.

TIGER ON LOOSE NEAR PARIS: Authorities in France are searching for a tiger on the loose after a woman spotted the cat in a parking lot near a supermarket in Montevrain, which is just east of Paris. Residents in the town have been told to stay indoors, and children are being kept in school. While it is unclear where the tiger came from, there is a big cat park near the town. An area of the woodland in the town has been roped off. According to specialists, the tracks of the animal were those of a young tiger, and the officials have been able to trace the tiger to the woodland by following the prints.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Uber-attorney Tom Girardi and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch at Morton’s Steak House in downtown L.A.   ***Prominent security consultant Kent Moyer having lunch at Century Plaza Hotel in L.A.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The Legacy Series with Lisa Haisha will have a launch party next Thursday, November 20ths at the Sofitel Hotel in L.A.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***LeBron James told ESPN.com on Friday that he does not let his sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus, play football.When asked whether the reason for his decision was the health dangers related to football, James replied, “Yes.”

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Amazon and Hachette announced Thursday morning that they have resolved their differences and signed a new multiyear contract, bringing to an official end one of the most bitter publishing conflicts in recent years. Neither side gave details of the deal, but both pronounced themselves happy with the terms. Hachette gets the ability to set the prices on its e-books, which was a major battleground in the dispute.

LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDER-DOGS MEET:


LBN-R.I.P.: ***Daniel B. Meltzer, a writer and teacher and perfervid New Yorker who led the successful fight to rescue one of the city’s most grandiose showplaces, the cavernous Beacon Theater, from transformation into a discothèque, died on Nov. 6 in Manhattan. He was 74. The cause was prostate cancer, said Nina Felshin, his partner.   ***Carol Ann Susi, a character actress who was seen on numerous television shows but who was best known for a role in which she was only heard — the always off-screen mother of a character on the CBS sitcom“The Big Bang Theory” — died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 62. The cause was cancer, her agent, Pamala Ellis-Evenas, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Rich Goldstein: A strange mix of dramatic styles, one part satiric morality play, one part science-fiction ghost story, The Twilight Zone challenged the sensibilities of both hardened skeptics and true believers. It was never a huge hit, but its stories resonated with an American public tenuously relearning moral ambiguity. Creator Rod Serling was compelled by the need “not to just entertain but to enlighten.” He wrote 93 of the series’ 156 episodes over the course of its five-season run, which began on CBS in 1959. Most modern shows take an average of 7 seasons to produce as many episodes.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: When you think about it, many of the Obama administration’s “scandals” have been failures of competence. The Secret Service let a man leap over the White House fence and get into the White House. The Veterans Health Administration covered up unconscionable delays in treating veterans. The error-ridden rollout of the Obamacare website was a nightmare for people trying to sign up for health insurance. The Republican right takes it as an article of faith that the national government can’t do anything right. Problems like these only help promote that idea.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: Last week, the economist and former Richard Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein went on Fox News and delivered a racial tirade completely detached from the anchor’s line of questioning. When asked by the anchor about a Fox News poll showing the economy was the No.1 issue for voters, and how that poll result might work for or against Democrats in the midterms, Stein skirted the question altogether and instead spewed an extraordinary string of psychobabble about how “what the White House is trying to do is racialize all politics” by telling lies to African-Americans about how Republican policies would hurt them. He continued: “This president is the most racist president there has ever been in America. He is purposely trying to use race to divide Americans.”

LBN-COMMENTAR by Nicholas Kristof: Here’s a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers. But it’s not just a story of heedless girls and boys who don’t take precautions. This is also a tale of national irresponsibility and political irresponsibility — of us as a country failing our kids by refusing to invest in comprehensive sex education and birth control because we, too, don’t plan ahead. I kind of understand how a teenage couple stuffed with hormones and enveloped in each other’s arms could get carried away. But I’m just bewildered that American politicians, stuffed with sanctimony and enveloped in self-righteousness, don’t adequately invest at home or abroad in birth-control programs that would save the government money, chip away at poverty, reduce abortions and empower young people

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the biggest surprise is how badly most of the post-communist nations have done since. There was a general expectation back then that most of these countries would step out from tyranny and rejoin the European club of prosperous nations. Most of us did not appreciate the corrosive power of distrust, and how long it would take to heal the mental scars caused by it. Branko Milanovic, an economist at the City University of New York, measured the wreckage in a recent essay on his blog, Global Inequality. He looked at the growth rates of post-communist countries and broke them down into four groups.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Buddy Valastro, the star of reality TV series Cake Boss, was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of drunken driving. Police saw a yellow 2014 Corvette swerving in and out of traffic lanes in Manhattan around 1 a.m. on Thursday. When they stopped Valastro on 10 Ave., they noticed strong alcohol smells coming from the car. The chef also reportedly had a flushed face, watery and bloodshot eyes, and was unsteady on his feet. He failed his sobriety test. Valastro, 37, who lives in Hoboken now faces charges of driving while intoxicated and while his ability was impaired.   ***In an epic new blowout, Ellen DeGeneres has laid down the law to her wife, but Portia de Rossi refuses to toe the line, sources say. The latest blowup is over Ellen’s new multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand, E.D. Ellen wants her wife to play a role in its launch, but Portia wants to focus on her career. Insiders said tensions exploded during a heated argument in the car Oct. 26. “Ellen is desperate to keep talk of divorce under wraps – because she thinks that hundreds of millions of dollars are riding on it,” said a source.   ***Disgraced two-time presidential loser John Edwards may have evaded federal prison but he’s still in the firing line. “The West Wing” writer and creator Aaron Sorkin has threatened to quit TV after the final season of his HBO news satire The Newsroom airs but he still has politicians on his mind – most notably former Sen. John Edwards. According to multiple sources Sorkin is still hard at work on the screenplay of “The Politician” – the tell-all written by former Edwards aide Andrew Young.   ***Robin Wright has broken off her 10-month engagement to Ben Foster. According to an insider, the 14-year age difference between the “House of Cards” star, 48, and her 34-year-old fiancé played a role in the split.

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LBN-ETC: The Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art (AFFMA.org) announces its 17th annual Arpa International Film Festival to be held November 14-16th, 2014 at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Founded in 1995, the AFFMA is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of promoting the arts and enhancing the cultural environment of our community by supporting artists who bridge the cultural divide, unifying diverse people and cultures through the arts.

At the helm of AFFMA is the Arpa International Film Festival. Committed to making a difference in fueling the global arena of independent cinema, Arpa Film Festival inspires people of all backgrounds and creates opportunities for creative expression.

For more information please visit: www.ArpaFilmFestival.com.

For Tickets, please visit: http://www.itsmyseat.com/affma/


LBN E-Lert Edited By Donna Viloria

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Wednesday • November 12, 2014

U.S., CHINA STRIKE LANDMARK CLIMATE DEAL: Vladimir Putin may have grabbed headlines for lending China’s first lady his coat, but President Obama and President Xi Jinping made news of more substance at the APEC Summit, announcing a joint plan Wednesday to curb carbon emissions. Under the deal between the world’s No. 1 and 2 polluters, seen as essential to negotiating a new global climate agreement by 2015, the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005, and China would reach peak carbon emissions by 2030.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Facebook Facts

1.     Facebook has over 350 million active users. More than 35 million users update their status each day, with more than 55 million status updates each day.

2.     More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.

3.     The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.

4.     Among children under 18, Facebook was ranked third in the top 100 searches of 2009, behind YouTube and Google. Sex and porn rounded out the top five searches.

5.     A recent survey of 500 top colleges found that 10% of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social networking sites such as Facebook to evaluate applicants. Thirty-eight percent of admissions officers said that what they saw negatively affected the applicant.

6.     Facebook is not only beating MySpace traffic, but it is also the second-ranked site overall in the U.S. behind Google.

7.     Americans spend 13.9 billion minutes a year on Facebook and five billion minutes on MySpace.

8.     In 2003, Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg created Facemash, where he placed photos of undergraduates side by side so viewers could rank which one was “hotter.” Zuckerberg would later turn Facemash into the now ubiquitous Facebook.

9.     In 2008, a 23-year-old woman named Lauren Michaels created a group titled “I Need Sex” on Facebook. Within 10 minutes, she had 35 members and soon attracted 100—50 of whom she eventually slept with. Facebook has since removed her page.

10.  An 18-year-old Wisconsin man posed as several different girls on Facebook to blackmail underage male teens into performing sexual favors by coaxing them to send nude photos of themselves. He could be facing up to 300 years in prison.

11.  Beacon, part of Facebook’s controversial advertisement system that broadcasted information about a user’s shopping activity on other sites, was the target of a class action lawsuit in 2009. The resulting settlement required Facebook to pay $9.5 million into a settlement fund.

12.  If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world, after China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia.

13.  In 2009, an EMT at the crime scene took a cell phone picture of the body of a New York woman who had been strangled and beaten and then posted it on his Facebook profile. He was later arrested on charges of official misconduct and was fired from his job.

14.  The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales warned that Facebook and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide because such sites encourage teens to build transient relationships and dehumanize community life.

15.  Facebook includes eating disorder groups such as “Get Thin or Die Trying,” and “Quod me nutrit me destruit” (“What nourishes me destroys me”). While such eating disorder sites were typically anonymous on the Web, their growing presence on Facebook makes them more public and accessible to more people.

RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE AGAIN: NATO’s supreme allied commander confirmed The Daily Beast’s report on Wednesday of Russian military tanks, artillery, and combat troops entering eastern Ukraine over the past two days. “Across the last two days we have seen the same thing that OSCE is reporting. We have seen columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defence systems and Russian combat troops entering into Ukraine,” General Philip Breedlove said. He said that they do not yet know how many.

LBN-THINK AGAIN:….Southern Food:


OBAMA: TORTURE RULES APPLY IN GITMO: According to White House officials, government lawyers addressing the UN this week will reclassify the U.S. government’s stance on torture under the Geneva Conventions. “In contrast to positions previously taken by the U.S. government, the delegation will affirm that U.S. obligations under Article 16, which prohibits cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, do not apply exclusively inside the territorial United States,” a White House statement says. The U.S. will extend those provisions to areas in which the U.S. government operates as a governmental authority, such as at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. will also clarify that the Geneva Conventions are not suspended during wartime. This is the first time the U.S. has come before the Committee Against Torture since Obama was elected. It is not clear if this applies to the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, whose lawyers say it’s tantamount to torture.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Insect species account for 950,000 of the two million identified species on Earth.

GOP WINS ALASKA SENATE SEAT: Republican control of the U.S. Senate has increased, as a previously too-close-to-call race in Alaska has been declared for candidate Dan Sullivan. Sullivan, 49, who defeated incumbent Mark Begich, is a former Alaska attorney general and U.S. Marine Corps officer who was assistant secretary of state under President George W. Bush. He was leading by a mere 8,100 votes on Nov. 4, but Alaska law requires elections workers to wait a week before counting the 20,000 absentee ballots.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Brave Baby Elephant Survives Lion Attack


LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Opens to Traffic (1936)

The “Bay Bridge” is a toll bridge linking the California cities of Oakland and San Francisco. About 280,000 vehicles cross it each day. San Francisco residents first recognized the need for a bridge spanning the San Francisco Bay during the Gold Rush when they found themselves cut off from the newly built railroad on the far side of the bay. However, construction of the span was delayed until 1933. Originally, the bridge was to be named after Governor James Rolph.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The Cat & Fiddle restaurant and pub, the iconic spot on Sunset Boulevard in L.A. known for its large courtyard patio and musician crowd, will close in December after 32 years in business, Eater LA reported. According to owner Ashlee Gardner, who owns the restaurant along with mother Paula Gardner, a specific date for the closing has not yet been set. “Looks like the landlord would prefer a chain to move into this gorgeous building instead of having us here,” Gardner said. “The landlord lives out of town and doesn’t really know Hollywood. He just knows Hollywood is booming and he can get a heck of a lot more money.”

SWEDE WINS POKER WORLD SERIES, $10M: Martin Jacobson, 27, a Swedish man who got his start playing online poker while he trained to be a chef, won the top World Series of Poker event Tuesday night, walking away $10 million richer. Jacobson had three 10s to beat Felix Stephenson of Norway and his pair of 9s. Jacobson showed a calm stillness through two days of playing poker. Unlike some other players, he didn’t wear sunglasses, a hoodie, or baseball cap to hide tells. He often stared at opponents, blinking through black-rimmed glasses. Stephenson, 24, took home $5.1 million for second place. For the first time, none of the final three players in the tournament were American.

RANDY JACKSON LEAVING ‘AMERICAN IDOL’: Longtime American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who moved to a mentoring role last season, is leaving the show altogether. Jackson, one of the show’s three original judges, along with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, when it made its debut in 2002, said in a statement via his publicist: “After 13 seasons I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol.” He added that he was proud to have been part of a series “that discovered some incredible talents.” The musician’s departure will leave Ryan Seacrest as the only on-camera talent from the show’s beginnings.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Top Reality Show producer Eric Streit predicts that the marriage of “ television and internet will continue to expand in the next five years.” According to Streit, because of streaming and inter-connectivity and the growth is inevitable to expand. According to Streit, this will result in viewers having more choices with much greater niche programming.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Author Dennis McDougal, whose new book “Bob Dylan: The Biography” made the best-seller lists recently, will be the guest of honor at the next “City Talk” event on Tuesday, November 18th at 5pm at Luna Park restaurant.

LBN-R.I.P.: Big Bank Hank, a member of the pioneering hip-hop group the Sugarhill Gang responsible for one of the most popular rap songs of all time, “Rapper’s Delight,” has died of complications of cancer at age 57. He died Tuesday at a hospital in Englewood, according to David Mallie, a business manager for two former members of the group, and Aree Booker, a funeral director with Eternity Funeral Services.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Howard Schultz: If you are an employer, give veterans a fair shake. They don’t want your pity or a handout. What they deserve, however, is genuine understanding and appreciation of the skills they’ve gleaned. Veterans come with a can-do spirit. Many possess leadership and decision-making experience that exceeds that of civilians two decades their senior. They know how to follow orders but also how to exercise initiative. Hiring veterans isn’t charity — it’s good business.

THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND by Ray Richmond: ***”Research now tells us that regular pot smokers have shrunken brains. Cigarette smokers merely have shrunken lives.   ***I guess Ebola isn’t gonna wipe us all out after all…The problem with elections is that the really stupid people get to vote, too.   ***It probably says a lot about me that I often confuse “optometrist” with “obstetrician”.   ***If dogs could talk, they’d say, “I’ll have what he’s having”.    ***Seeing isn’t always believing.   ***I wouldn’t want to live in a country where the penalty for being a radical student is execution and incineration.   ***The guy who wrote “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” died of a pulmonary embolism at 45. Maybe he didn’t sweat it enough.   ***Everything is better than a kick in the teeth.   ***Enough with the selfies.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Homicide detectives should arrest Hollywood star Robert Wagner and question him over the death of his late wife, Natalie Wood, her sister said recently. On the eve of the 33rd anniversary of Natalie’s mysterious death, a furious Lana Wood declared: “R.J. should be arrested and taken in for questioning like any regular Joe! “Because he’s Hollywood royalty, they’ve treated him with kid gloves. I want to know what really happened to Natalie so this case can be closed and she can rest in peace.”   ***Two years after marrying a Qatari billionaire and dropping out of sight, Janet Jackson has re-emerged with an almost unrecognizable face. “She seems to have had every procedure possible,” says plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Ronan who has not treated Janet. “The “Control” singer, 48, popped up at the Vogue Fashion Experience in Dubai Oct. 31 after not being seen since May. And a Jackson family insider confirmed Janet has “had a lot of work done.” ***Notorious boxing promoter Don King seriously fell, smashing his head and face and will need extensive reconstructive surgery and months of rehab after a face-smashing fall in a Cleveland hotel. Despite the family’s attempts to keep his health crisis secret, King, 83, remains in the Cleveland Clinic hospital recovering after a face-altering smash-up in a local hotel October 31.“His injuries are very serious,” a family insider said.   ***Grammy-winning salsa singer Marc Anthony has married his Venezuelan model girlfriend at a seaside resort in the Dominican Republic. The 46-year-old New York-born singer of Puerto Rican roots tied the knot with 26-year-old Shannon De Lima at a Tuesday ceremony at his residence in the exclusive Dominican resort of Casa de Campo.   ***Third time’s a charm for “Jurassic Park” star Jeff Goldblum. The 62-year-old actor married his girlfriend of three years, Emilie Livingston, 31, on Saturday, a rep confirms. The couple exchanged vows at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in front of family and friends.   ***Newlyweds Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy are ready to open up their relationship to TV cameras. They will star in “Donnie Loves Jenny,” a 10-episode docu-series for A&E, the couple announced Tuesday.

LBN-ETC: Hello! This is my “new” Acting Reel performing opposite of 5 famous actors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xjsuIAwuy4. The above scenes are from: ‘Hick’ starring Chloe Grace Moretz & Eddie Redmayne, ‘The Odd Way Home’ starring Rumer Willis & Chris Marquette, and ‘The Millionaire Tour’ starring Rick Gomez. - Dave Vescio

LBN-ETC: Election Day 2014: Deep Dive into the Media Coverage of This Year and Years Past: One amazing perk of being a US citizen is our right to vote. In this year’s general election on November 4, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate were contested. In addition to the House and Senate selections, 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures and numerous other state and local races were determined. We dove into our media intelligence platform to find mentions of this year’s election and how those mentions stack up against previous midterm and primary election years. Click here to access the report.

LBN-ETC: The Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art (AFFMA.org) announces its 17th annual Arpa International Film Festival to be held November 14-16th, 2014 at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Founded in 1995, the AFFMA is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of promoting the arts and enhancing the cultural environment of our community by supporting artists who bridge the cultural divide, unifying diverse people and cultures through the arts.

At the helm of AFFMA is the Arpa International Film Festival. Committed to making a difference in fueling the global arena of independent cinema, Arpa Film Festival inspires people of all backgrounds and creates opportunities for creative expression.

For more information please visit: www.ArpaFilmFestival.com.

For Tickets, please visit: http://www.itsmyseat.com/affma/


*LBN-ETC: Hello! This is my “new” Acting Reel performing opposite of 5 famous actors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xjsuIAwuy4. The above scenes are from: ‘Hick’ starring Chloe Grace Moretz & Eddie Redmayne, ‘The Odd Way Home’ starring Rumer Willis & Chris Marquette, and ‘The Millionaire Tour’ starring Rick Gomez. - Dave Vescio

LBN E-Lert Edited By Donna Viloria

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Tuesday • November 11, 2014

BEN STEIN: BLACKS ARE ‘SELF-DEFEATING’: Ben Stein, the former member of the Nixon administration and Comedy Central game show host said America’s race problem isn’t about racism. Rather, “the real problem with race in America is a very, very beaten-down, pathetic, self-defeating black underclass that is — uh, just can’t seem to get its way going in the way that blacks were able to before the scourge of drugs and the scourge of gangs,” he said on NewsMaxTV. Stein also blamed Obama for black struggles in America. “Blacks were on their way in this country, even after the horrors of slavery, and then drugs came in, the destruction of families came in, “ he said. “And that, it seems to me, is something that Mr. Obama could have addressed, and he just ignored it completely.”

FERGUSON PROSECUTOR: LEAVE US ALONE: The prosecuting attorney in the case to determine if Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson will be charged for killing Michael Brown slammed the rumors and speculation surrounding the grand jury’s deliberations. Robert McCulloch slammed the “daily, if not hourly” gossip as to when the St. Louis County grand jury will determine whether to file charges against Wilson. “Rank speculation should be ignored,” he said. He said nothing has changed since he said in a press release this month that the grand jury would reach a decision on Wilson by mid- to late November. The Justice Department already said last month that it was unlikely to charge Wilson with civil-rights violations.

CLINIC DOUBLED JOAN RIVERS’S ANESTHESIA: Investigators issued a damning report on the death of comedian Joan Rivers, with allegations that staff at the clinic photographed her with a cellphone while she was unconscious. The New York State Health Department found that the clinic where Rivers was undergoing a small procedure when she went into cardiac arrest had failed to sedate her, failed to document how much sedative was used, and “failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention during the procedure.” She was reportedly given double the dosage of propofol. Furthermore, a staffer at Yorkville Endoscopy took photos of Rivers, and allegedly said, “Maybe [Rivers] would like to see this in the recovery area.” The clinic will lose its certification in January unless it corrects deficiencies, and Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has hired attorneys to investigate the death.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Body Language

1.     Body language is the means by which humans (and some other animals) convey information through conscious or subconscious body movements or facial expressions. Body language is officially known as kinesics (kin-EE-siks).

2.     Body language seems to have three major uses: 1) as a conscious replacement for speech, 2) to reinforce speech, and 3) as a mirror or betrayer of mood.

3.     The first modern book on body language appeared more than 350 years ago. John Bulwer’s Chirologia: Or the Natural Language of the Hand(1644) was a pioneering work on hand movements.

4.     A woman has a wider-ranging peripheral vision, which allows her to check out a man’s body from head to toe without getting caught. A male’s peripheral vision is poorer, which is why a man will move his gaze up and down a woman’s body in a very obvious way. Men do not “oogle” more than women—their tunnel vision means they just get caught more easily.

5.     A normal, relaxed blinking rate is 6–8 blinks per minute, and the eyes are closed for about 1/10th of a second. People under pressure (such as when they are lying) are likely to dramatically increase their blinking rate.

6.     Americans usually stand 18–48 inches away from each other, which is the size of their “personal bubble.” Japanese, however, have a personal bubble, or intimate zone, of 10 inches. And people from rural areas tend to have larger personal bubbles than those that live in a city.

7.     The “Crotch Display” is predominately a male gesture. This is where a person plants both feet firmly on the ground with legs apart. It is used as a dominance signal by men because it highlights the genitals and puts masculinity on show.

8.     When a person crosses both legs and arms they have emotionally withdrawn from the conversation.

9.     A woman is instinctively four times more likely to mirror another woman than a man is to mirror another man. Additionally, while women also mirror men’s body language, men are reluctant to mirror a woman’s gestures or posture unless he is in courtship mode.

10.  There are six universal facial expressions: 1) anger, 2) disgust, 3) fear, 4) happiness, 5) sadness, and 6) surprise. Recently, some scientists have argued that looks of contempt and embarrassment are also universal expressions.

U.S. AND CHINA OVERCOME HURDLES ON TECHNOLOGY PACT: The Obama administration said Tuesday that it had achieved a breakthrough in negotiations with China to eliminate tariffs on an array of information technology products, from video-game consoles and computer software to medical equipment and semiconductors. The understanding, reached during a visit to China by President Obama, opens the door to expanding a World Trade Organization treaty on these products, assuming other countries can be persuaded to accept the same terms. American officials predicted a broader deal would be reached swiftly now that it had resolved longstanding hurdles with China.

MORMON FOUNDER HAD UP TO 40 WIVES: Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wed as many as 40 women, including some who were already married and one who was as young as 14, the church has acknowledged. Smith’s marital history had been the subject of frequent historical debate, but until recently, Mormon leaders had taken pains to present the church’s founding prophet as happily married to one woman. Now the church says that “careful estimates put the number between 30 and 40.” The church banned new polygamous unions in 1890, largely as a condition for Utah to become a state.

S. KOREA FERRY CAPTAIN GETS 36 YEARS: The captain of the South Korean ferry Sewol that capsized April 16, killing more than 300 of the 476 passengers and crew on board, has been sentenced to 36 years in prison. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Lee Jun-seok, who himself said he deserved to die for his role in the tragedy, but the court found him guilty of negligence and not guilty of murder. The chief engineer, however, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 30 years. Prosecutors say they will appeal the sentences, which were handed down on the same day that South Korea said it will halt the underwater search for bodies of people who died in the ferry disaster. That decision ends a mission that lasted nearly seven months and leaves nine people unaccounted for. Maritime minister Lee Ju-young said at a press conference Tuesday that the weak internal walls of the ship and coming winter made search conditions too dangerous for divers, who have lifted hundreds of bodies from the ferry since it capsized.

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CHINA TURNS UP THE RHETORIC AGAINST THE WEST: Even as his government was making red-carpet plans to host President Obama this week, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, praised a young blogger whose writing is best known here for its anti-American vitriol. In one widely circulated essay published by state news outlets titled “Nine Knockout Blows in America’s Cold War Against China,” the blogger, Zhou Xiaoping, argued that American culture was “eroding the moral foundation and self-confidence of the Chinese people.” He compared unfavorable American news coverage of China to Hitler’s treatment of the Jews. In another essay, he said the West had “slaughtered and robbed” China and other civilizations since the 17th century, and was now “brainwashing” it. Mr. Xi, speaking at a forum last month aimed at tightening political control of the arts, said the blogger exhibited “positive energy.”

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GOOGLE SIGNS $1 BILLION NASA LEASE: Google has signed a $1.16 billion deal with NASA to use Moffett Airfield in Northern California for space exploration and robotics development. The tech giant will also pay $200 million to restore Hangar One, which preservationists have been trying to save for years. Google was already using Moffett Airfield to base its private aviation fleet, but the company has not gone into too many specifics about what will be the main projects at its vast new space. However, industry experts say it’s not hard to guess the companies’ aim. “Google has a growing interest in robotics, drones, balloons, and anything that can beam Internet down from the sky—and this is a great location to test many of those things,” writes The Verge.

LBN-SEE IT: Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and Jim Webb may all run for President in 2016.


REGULAR POT SMOKERS HAVE SHRUNKEN BRAINS, STUDY SAYS: Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn’t want to believe it could happen to them: Compared with a person who never smoked marijuana, someone who uses marijuana regularly has, on average, less gray matter in his orbital frontal cortex, a region that is a key node in the brain’s reward, motivation, decision-making and addictive behaviors network. More ambiguously, in regular pot smokers, that region is better connected than it is in non-users: the flow of signal traffic is speedier to other parts of that motivation and decision-making network, including across the superhighway of “white matter” that connects the brain’s hemispheres.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Number of military veterans in the United States in 2013 was 19.6 million.

NICKI MINAJ: MY NAZI VIDEO NOT MY IDEA: Nicki Minaj apologized for featuring Nazi iconography in her most recent music video, “Only.”  “I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art,” Minaj tweeted Tuesday morning. However, she also passed the buck to a certain extent, claiming “I didn’t come up w/the concept.” Controversy over the video broke out almost immediately after its premiere on Saturday when its armbands, swastikas, and other elements of Third Reich aesthetics obviously bothered people.

AN OKLAHOMA OILMAN’S BILLION-DOLLAR DIVORCE: During his nearly 50 years as an Oklahoma oil man, Harold Hamm has done everything on a huge scale. The chief executive and majority shareholder of Continental Resources, he owns the largest piece of the greatest oil discovery of our age, in the shale-rich plains of North Dakota. His net worth has been pegged at more than $18 billion by Forbes, making him the 24th richest man in the country. Now another superlative can be added to Mr. Hamm’s outsize career: He is paying one of the biggest divorce settlements in history. After a secretive, nine-week trial, a judge in Oklahoma City has ruled that the 68-year-old Mr. Hamm must pay nearly $1 billion to his ex-wife, Sue Ann Hamm. With the bang of a gavel, Ms. Hamm has joined the ranks of the wealthiest women in the United States.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***McDonald’s Corp. says that a key global sales figure slipped 0.5 percent in October, with weakness in the U.S. and ongoing difficulties from a food-safety scandal in China weighing down its business. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Monday that the decline in global sales at locations open at least 13 months included a 1 percent drop in the U.S. and a 4.2 percent decline for the unit that includes the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Russell Brand Slams Arrest Of 90-Year-Old ‘Chef Arnold’


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Lara Logan of CBS News is being quarantined in a South Africa hotel for three weeks as a precaution after visiting an American-run hospital treating Ebola patients in Liberia for a “60 Minutes” report that aired Sunday. CBS said Monday that Logan’s 21-day self-quarantine will end this Friday. Neither Logan nor the four other CBS employees in South Africa have shown any sign that they are infected with the virus

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Marilyn Manson has confirmed the details of his upcoming ninth album, The Pale Emperor. Late last month, the goth-metal singer shared the punkish, depressing first single from the record – ”Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” – and now he has revealed the other nine on the record, which is due out on January 20th. The iTunes edition of the album comes with three additional tracks – “Day 3,” “Fated, Faithful, Fatal” and “Fall of the House of Death.”

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

US Census Bureau: Veterans Day 2014: Nov. 11

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821)

Dostoevsky was a literary giant whose works exhibit an uncanny grasp of human psychology and offer penetrating analyses of the political, social, and spiritual state of the Russia of his time. His best-known works include Crime and Punishment, a brilliant portrait of sin, remorse, and redemption, and The Brothers Karamazov, which tackles the issues of evil, freedom, and faith.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***John V. Shields Jr., a retail executive who transformed Trader Joe’s from a quirky Southern California grocery store chain into a billion-dollar enterprise with dozens of still-quirky but uniformly organized grocery stores across the country, died on Oct. 31 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 82. His death was announced by his family. No cause was given.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Pomerantsev: “Business theory teaches us one important lesson,” says the instructress. “Always thoroughly research the desires of the consumer. Apply this principle when you search for a rich man. On a first date there’s one key rule: never talk about yourself. Listen to him. Find him fascinating. Find out his desires. Study his hobbies; then change yourself accordingly.” Gold Digger Academy. A pool of serious blonde girls taking careful notes. Finding a sugar daddy is a craft, a profession. The academy has faux-marble halls, long mirrors, and gold-color-painted details. Next door is a spa and beauty salon. You go for your gold-digger lessons, then you go get waxed and tanned. The teacher is a forty-something redhead with a psychology degree, an MBA, and a shrill smile, her voice high and prim, a Miss Jean Brodie in short skirts: “Never wear jewelry on a first date, the man should think you’re poor. Make him want to buy you jewelry. Arrive in a broken-down car: make him want to buy you a smarter one.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Polls of populations around the globe show that life satisfaction often waxes and wanes with age and differs depending on where people live. In Western nations, happiness bottoms out between the ages of 45 and 54 before rising again into old age, while in the former Soviet Union and Latin America, it declines throughout life. The reasons for these trends are complex and multifaceted, but one factor that seems to have a strong influence is a region’s economic prosperity, suggesting that money does in fact buy some measure of happiness.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Waldo Waldman: I’m so thankful to those who served and continue to serve in these turbulent times. We truly are a blessed nation. But let’s always remember that we don’t need to wear a uniform to serve.  We can do so in our communities and businesses and fight everyday for freedom, honor, and justice. We can fight for the needy, underprivileged, and the lonely, and give wings of courage to those unable to fly. I believe this is the best way we can honor those that serve.


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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Police could soon be called in to sort out the bitter spat that has engulfed Patrick Swayze’s family in the wake of sensational revelations that his will was allegedly forged.  The late Hollywood star’s niece, Danielle Swayze, laid bare the civil war between her family and Patrick’s widow, Lisa Niemi. In an exclusive interview, the 26-year-old revealed the heartbroken family’s anger over the question of the document’s validity and added they don’t even know where the “Dirty Dancing” actor’s ashes are.   ***Twice-divorced Robert Conrad of TV’s “The Wild, Wild West” is looking for love – and hopes to find it in Spain. The 79-year-old actor revealed he’s ready to put his $5 million Malibu, Calif., home on the market and pull up stakes. “After I sell it, I’m seriously thinking of moving to Spain. I made a movie there once and really enjoyed it. I’d like to go back again,” he said.   ***Billy Joel has given his hot young squeeze an “engagement ring” – but not a marriage proposal. The thrice-divorced “Piano Man,” 65, presented the pricey sparkler to Alexis Roderick, 32, two years ago, but she’s still waiting for him to make it official, sources said. “It wasn’t really an engagement ring,” explained the source, “but it was more than a friendship ring.”    ***In the midst of a blood letting at NBC, co-host Natalie Morales is said to be exiting from TODAY. Reportedly, Morales reps have been looking for other jobs as cohost Tamron Hall and NBC News prexy Deborah Turness duke it out. Natalie joined Today in 2006 but has been passed over the top anchor slot – with role going to Savannah Guthrie.   ***Behaving badly is really starting to cost Justin Bieber. The trouble-prone pop star, 20, had to shell out $80,000 to the neighbor whose house he egged earlier this year.

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Monday • November 10, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Serial Killers

1.     A serial killer is someone who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with a cooling-off period between murders. The motive is usually based on psychological (often sexual) gratification, though the motives may also include anger, thrill, money, and attention seeking.

2.     According to the FBI, more than 70% of serial killers experienced problems related to substance abuse. While only a few serial killers were actually addicted to alcohol and substances, many of them encountered them in their youth.

3.     Most serial killers suffered child abuse. Neglect and child abuse not only impair a child’s self-esteem, they also interfere with his or her ability to function in society, succeed academically, and form healthy relationships with people.

4.     Many serial killers experienced sexually stressful events in childhood.

5.     Dr. Harold Shipman (1946–2004) is regarded as the most prolific serial killer in modern history, with over 250 murders ascribed to him. He was a British doctor who murdered his patients: the oldest was a 93-year-old woman, and the youngest was a 41-year-old man.  He hung himself in his cell in 2004, a day before his 58th birthday.

6.     The blockbuster movie Se7en is a creepy thriller about a serial murderer who contrives to kill his victims in accordance with the seven deadly sins (lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, anger, and envy). Another blockbuster about a serial killer is the Oscar-winning thriller Silence of the Lambs.

7.     America’s first serial killer is considered to be Dr. H.H. Holmes, who confessed to 27 murders in the late 1890s. He claimed that he could not help the fact that he was “a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.”

8.     In 20th-century America, the serial killer has come to embody a host of gnawing anxieties?anxieties about runaway crime, sexual violence, and breakdown of civil conduct.

9.     Former FBI Special Agent Robert K. Ressler (1937–2013) is the man credited with coining the term “serial killer” in 1971.

10.  Steven Egger, in his book Murder among Us, notes that serial murderers are frequently found to have an unusual or unnatural relationship with their mothers (Hitchcock’s Norman Bates is an archetype).

11.  While many serial killers were abused or beaten as children, there are exceptions. Jeffrey Dahmer had an apparently normal upbringing, yet became one of the most horrible sex murderers in popular culture. His father wrote a book, A Father’s Story, which searches for explanations for his son’s deviance.

12.  A study that focused on a group of sociopaths who had been adopted as infants showed that the biological relatives of sociopaths were 4–5 times more likely to be sociopathic than the average person. Researchers note that it is easier for “bad seeds to blossom in bad environments.”

13.  Many serial killers report having an abnormally strong sex drive and many fantasized about dead women rather than living ones.

14.  Almost all serial killers admit that they started by acting out their fantasies on small animals before they moved to humans and that animal torture brought them a great source of pleasure. Given that most serial killers are from dysfunctional families, such pathological and abnormal behavior may be ignored. Jeffrey Dahmer’s father, for example, had no qualms that his son performed animal dissections.

15.  Research has shown that violent offenders have higher traces of toxic heavy metals (manganese, lead, cadmium, and copper) in their systems. For example, the mass murderer James Huberty had excessive amounts of the toxic substance cadmium in his system.

16.  Crime Times reports that psychopaths have a greater fear threshold and are less likely to respond to fear-inducing stimuli. In other words, they may be immune to fear. Additionally, their startle reaction was significantly less than the average person, meaning they need a higher level of thrill or stimulation in order to have an intense experience.

17.  Many serial killers will keep “souvenirs” of their crimes. For example, when Ted Bundy was asked why he took Polaroids of his victims, he said, “when you work hard to do something, you don’t want to forget it.”

18.  There are six phases of the serial killer’s cycle: 1) the Aura Phase, where the serial killer begins losing a grip on reality; 2) the Trolling Phase, when the killer searches for a victim; 3) the Wooing Phase, where the killer lures his victim in; 4) the Capture Phase, where the victim is entrapped; 5) the Murder or Totem phase, which is the emotion high for the killer and, finally, 6) the Depression phase, which occurs after the killing.

19.  Very few serial killers turn themselves in. Only Ed Kemper called the police to confess. He waited at a telephone booth to be picked up.

20.  Between 30%–38% of psychopaths show abnormal brainwave patterns, or EEGs.

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OVERDOSE-COUNTERING NASAL SPRAY COULD SAVE LIVES: The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 69,000 people a year die from heroin or other opioid overdoses. Naloxone, a drug that has been around since the 1960s, counteracts the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose, but its use has been generally limited by its need to be administered as an injection. It has, however, recently been shown to be effective as a nasal spray, meaning it could be made more widely available, particularly to those outside the medical field. According to the WHO, the drug could save more than 20,000 lives each year in the US alone if it were more widely available.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Motivational speaker Greg Bennick having lunch at Coast restaurant in Shutter’s Hotel on the beach in Santa Monica.

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CAMPBELL’S SOUP: After completing his doctorate in Germany, John T. Dorrance declined prestigious academic posts to work in his uncle’s canning factory—the Joseph Campbell Preserve Company—in Camden, New Jersey. In 1897, he began replicating in condensed form the soups he had enjoyed in Europe. By 1904, his soups dominated company sales. Still famous today for its soups, Campbell’s is also known for its iconic cans, immortalized by Andy Warhol.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonna Sabroff: The United States has been the policeman for the World since World War II.   President Obama has  put his ego before his duty, honor, Country.   The President’s priorities have  resulted in the deaths of  thousands of innocent  people, thousands more people left homeless, a more dangerous world e.g. Middle East, Russia, Africa.   The President and the Democratic Party have  created havoc and caused untold suffering  in the World by their blind naiveté’ in every area of Foreign Policy.  By the time this Presidential term has ended, the actual results will be counted and the results will be unimaginable.  President Obama, his administration and friends will have a lot of blood on their hands.

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Monday • November 10, 2014

IVY LEAGUE STUDENTS ASK RICK PERRY FOR ANAL SEX DURING CAMPUS VISIT:


A student at Dartmouth College asked Texas Governor Rick Perry Sunday if he would accept anal sex in exchange for $102 million in campaign contributions.

Senior Emily Sellers, a member of The Dartmouth, the official campus newspaper, posed the question to confront Perry’s stance on homosexuality. Another student, Timothy Messen, accused Perry of comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

“Do you (Rick Perry) dislike bootysex because the peeny goes in where the poopy comes out?”

The questions, which were written by sophomore Ben Packer and passed out on flyers before the event, were not well received by other students in attendance.

“In 2002, you supported Texas’s anti-sodomy law,” the flyer reads. “Do you (Rick Perry) dislike bootysex because the peeny goes in where the poopy comes out?”

The Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art (AFFMA.org) announces its 17th annual Arpa International Film Festival to be held November 14-16th, 2014 at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Founded in 1995, the AFFMA is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of promoting the arts and enhancing the cultural environment of our community by supporting artists who bridge the cultural divide, unifying diverse people and cultures through the arts.

At the helm of AFFMA is the Arpa International Film Festival. Committed to making a difference in fueling the global arena of independent cinema, Arpa Film Festival inspires people of all backgrounds and creates opportunities for creative expression.

For more information please visit: www.ArpaFilmFestival.com.

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Sunday • November 9, 2014

KHAMENEI TWEETS PLAN TO END ISRAEL: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted out a plan for wiping Israel off the map on Sunday. Through answering nine questions, the Ayatollah tweeted from his official account how to destroy the “fake Zionist regime.” He proposed a referendum to install a completely new government that will decide whether “Jewish immigrants who have been persuaded into emigration to Palestine” are allowed to remain in Israel or will be made to “return to their home countries.” The revealed details of his plan do not appear to involve a violent massacre of Jews. However, he tweeted that until his plan can be implemented, there should be “powerful confrontation and resolute and armed resistance” against Israel. The tweets come just days after it was revealed that the Obama administration secretly reached out to Khamenei to cooperate on fighting ISIS.

AL-BAGHDADI PERHAPS KILLED IN AIRSTRIKE: Various reports from Iraq say that ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, may have been critically wounded or perhaps killed in a coalition airstrike, either on the border town of al-Qaim, just a few miles from the Syrian border, or near Mosul. Iraqi officials told The New York Times that a strike in al-Qaim, a town on the Syrian border in Anbar province, hit a meeting of ISIS leaders, killing many—including possibly two regional governors. But another airstrike on a leadership convoy near the northern town of Mosul, 180 miles away, was confirmed by the US Central Command on Saturday. It was unclear if Bahgdadi had been among those targeted in that strike. “I can confirm that coalition aircraft did conduct a series of airstrikes yesterday evening in Iraq against what was assessed to be a gathering of ISIL leaders near Mosul, destroying a vehicle convoy consisting of 10 ISIL armed trucks,” said CENTCOM spokesman Col. Patrick Ryder, using another acronym for ISIS. He did not confirm a strike in al-Qaim. If Baghdadi were killed, it would be a major propaganda victory for the United States and its allies, who have been waging a weeks-long airwar against the rampaging militants.

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U.S. KEPT UNAUTHORIZED TERRORIST TIES: Certain U.S. officials maintained connections with a Muslim terrorist group without proper authorization or oversight. Thomas McHale, a decorated detective for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, kept up ties with the Jundallah terrorist group, which is based in Iran. He was a point person with a Jundallah informant, who had been on FBI payrolls since 1996, but he did not have CIA authorization for all of his interactions. While the Feds work with terrorist informants, this interaction with Jundallah was different because “the objective was to obtain information, former officials said, not to combat the group or stop its attacks,” as the New York Times reported. For example, it appears McHale had some knowledge of a 2007 suicide bombing in Iran that killed 11 Iran Revolution Guard members before it occurred. U.S. officials deny they ever had enough information to properly thwart these attacks, but the unusually close ties with their Jundallah source indicate that such a situation was a potential risk of their arrangement. “I’m not sure what to say about this case,” said New Jersey Representative Rush Holt. “Everything is plausible in the freewheeling intelligence world.”

ONE BUSH BROTHER SAYS ODDS ARE EVEN THAT THE OTHER WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT: Will Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor, try to become the third member of his immediate family to run for president? His brother calls it “a toss up.”  In an interview with CBS broadcast Sunday on “Face the Nation,” former President George W. Bush said his brother was “wrestling with the decision” about whether to undertake a presidential campaign in 2016. The former president said he put the chances of his brother doing so at “50-50.” “I know this about Jeb,” Mr. Bush said. “He is not afraid to succeed. In other words, I think he knows he could do the job. And nor is he afraid to fail.”

TEEN’S FOOD DRIVE SETS NEW WORLD RECORD: While many Americans were nursing a hangover or running to Interstellar on Saturday, Florida teen Zach Bonner was setting a Guinness World Record for most food collected in a 24-hour period. The 16-year-old collected 566,600 pounds of food in Tampa Bay, Florida, smashing the previous record of 559,885 pounds, which was collected in Durham, North Carolina in 2011. While Bonner worked closely with Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding America Tampa Bay, the teen was the one who spearheaded the race against the clock to fight hunger. “Thank you all for working so hard,” he told the waiting crowd of volunteers after the 24 hours had finished. “We are the new record holders.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cancer

1.     Several factors increase the risk of cancer (officially known as malignant neoplasm), including pollutants, tobacco use, certain infections, radiation, obesity, and lack of physical exercise.

2.     An estimated 5 to 10% of cancers are entirely hereditary. Most cancers develop through a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.

3.     Smoking causes an estimated 90% of lung cancer. Tobacco has killed 50 million people in the last decade. If trends continue, a billion people will die from tobacco use and exposure this century, which equates to one person every six seconds.

4.     Those who sleep less than six hours a night are more likely to develop colon cancer than those who sleep more.

5.     Cancer has two main characteristics: abnormal cell growth and the ability to spread to other parts of the body (metastasis).

6.     In 2008, there were an estimated 12,667,500 new cases of cancer worldwide. Eastern Asia had the most new cases (3,720,000) and Micronesia the fewest (700). North America had approximately 1,603,900 new cases.

7.     One in eight deaths in the world are due to cancer. Cancer causes more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

8.     Cancer is the leading cause of death in developed countries and the second leading cause of death in developing countries, after heart disease. Globally, heart disease is the number one killer.

9.     In 2008, 7.6 million people died of cancer globally, which equates to 21,000 cancer deaths a day. By 2030, 21.4 million new cancer cases are expected to occur globally with 13.2 million cancer deaths.

10.  In 2006, a virus called xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) was discovered in prostate cells, leading scientists to believe the virus may play a role in causing aggressive prostate cancer.


EBOLA NURSE IS LEAVING MAINE: Kaci Hickox, the nurse who broke the rules of her mandatory Ebola quarantine in Maine and drew attention to what critics saw as an overly harsh reaction to the dangers of health workers returning from West Africa, is leaving Maine. Hickox and her boyfriend will leave Fort Kent on Monday, the last day of the disease’s 21-day incubation period and the last day she is required to be monitored for the disease. She has shown no signs of the disease.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A York University study found that practicing yoga reduced physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia.

POPE FRANCIS DEMOTES CARDINAL AGAIN: U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who supported campaigns to deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion, has been demoted by Pope Francis again. Burke was head of the Holy See’s supreme court; last year, he was taken off the Vatican’s powerful Congregation for Bishops, which dealt with the appointment of bishops worldwide. Burke’s new post is the ceremonial post of Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a charity.

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JAY LENO RETURNS TO ‘TONIGHT SHOW’: Jay Leno returned to The Tonight Show on Friday for the first time since stepping down as host, as a guest and a performer. Leno performed a brief standup set before current host Jimmy Fallon called Leno over to the couch, where Fallon eager asked him, “So how am I doing?” (Leno changed the subject.) Among other topics, the two discussed car shopping and Leno’s recent trip to Israel. Here’s What Jay Leno Really Thinks About Jimmy Fallon

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: I turned 50 just the other day, but I got the gift that I most needed nearly two years earlier, from a couple of strangers whom I never saw again. I was in a surgeon’s waiting room, about to have a crimson hillock carved from my back. This, I’ve learned, is one of the rites of aging: Your body starts generating superfluous things that you wish it wouldn’t — hairs, pounds, moles — and the removal of some is a matter of survival, not vanity. In this instance I had a baby cancer between my shoulder blades, and it threatened, if unattended, to go from relatively harmless to decidedly unfriendly.

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Blank on Blank: Famous Names, Lost Interviews

“Blank on Blank’s animated interview series is produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios. We help journalists dust off their prized tapes, minidiscs, and digital recordings. Those saved interviews with iconic figures gathered to write articles, books, to make radio, that few people ever got to hear. Until now.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Flip through any newspaper and go from the foreign news to the business pages and what you’ll see is the “other” great geopolitical struggle in the world today. It’s not the traditional one between nation states on land. It’s the struggle between “makers” and “breakers” on the Internet. This is a great time to be a maker, an innovator, a starter-upper. Thanks to the Internet, you can raise capital, sell goods or services and discover collaborators and customers globally more easily than ever. This is a great time to make things. But it is also a great time to break things, thanks to the Internet. If you want to break something or someone, or break into somewhere that is encrypted, and collaborate with other bad guys, you can recruit and operate today with less money, greater ease and greater reach than ever before. This is a great time to be a breaker. That’s why the balance of power between makers and breakers will shape our world every bit as much as the one between America, Russia and China.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: President Obama hasn’t even begun his state visit to China and he has already been mocked. “U.S. public opinion has downgraded Obama,” a state-run Chinese newspaper, Global Times, editorialized about Tuesday’s election. “He has done an insipid job, offering nearly nothing to his supporters. U.S. society has grown tired of his banality.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Heather Havrilesky: When I hear someone telling an expectant mother that having a baby will turn her into a new person, I can’t help but imagine a pathologically optimistic weather forecaster brightly warning that an oncoming tornado is about to give a town “an extreme makeover.” Becoming a mother doesn’t change you so much as violently refurbish you, even though you’re still the same underneath it all. That can be hard to remember when teachers, coaches, pediatricians and strangers alike suddenly stop addressing you by your name, or even “ma’am” or “lady,” and start calling you “Mom.” You’ll feel like a new person, all right — a new person you don’t necessarily know or recognize. Motherhood is no longer viewed as simply a relationship with your children, a role you play at home and at school, or even a hallowed institution. Motherhood has been elevated — or perhaps demoted — to the realm of lifestyle, an all-encompassing identity with demands and expectations that eclipse everything else in a woman’s life.

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Saturday • November 8, 2014

NORTH KOREA RELEASES 2 AMERICAN DETAINEES: North Korea has released two Americans who have been held in the country for extended periods, after a negotiation carried out in secret by the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr. In a terse statement issued by Mr. Clapper’s office, the Americans, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, were described as “on their way home, accompanied by DNI Clapper.” It was an unusual role for Mr. Clapper, the nation’s most senior intelligence official, whose job is to coordinate intelligence policy and operations among the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies.

1,500 MORE TROOPS HEADED TO IRAQ: On Friday, the Obama administration authorized another 1,500 troops to Iraq for a “non-combat role to train, advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces.” The additional deployments almost double the American military presence in Iraq to 3,000 but do not include ground combat forces. The troops are needed to train and help Iraqi forces, including in Anbar Province, which is under ISIS control. Also on Friday, the White House requested $5.6 billion from Congress to fight ISIS.

5TH VICTIM OF MARYSVILLE SHOOTING DIES: A fifth victim has died as a result of the shooting two weeks ago when a student opened fire inside the cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington. 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg died on Friday of his wounds. He was cousins with the shooter, 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg. 14-year-old Zoe Galasso died at the scene on Oct. 24. Gia Soriano, 14, died Oct. 26 at a local hospital of her injuries. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, died Oct. 31. The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Andrew Fryberg’s family released a statement thanking “all the amazing staff” who cared for the boy at the hospital. “We express our thanks for the amazing support from the community, as well as from everyone around the world that have been praying for us all through this tragic event,” the statement said. Fryberg was the last student hospitalized as a result of the shooting. 14-year-old Nate Hatch, another cousin of the shooter, was shot in the jaw but released from a hospital and returned home on Thursday.

BROOKLYN PROSECUTOR WILL BE NAMED A.G.: President Obama will nominate Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, as attorney general of the United States on Saturday, according to a statement by the Press Secretary. Lynch would succeed Eric Holder, who announced his retirement in September after six years on the job. Lynch would be the second woman and second African American to serve as attorney general. Lynch served on the team that prosecuted and won convictions against NYPD officers for violating the civil rights of a Haitian immigrant who police sodomized. In 2010, the Senate approved Lynch by voice vote, meaning Republicans didn’t see her as controversial. “Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country,” the statement said. “She will succeed Eric Holder, whose tenure has been marked by historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement.”

GANG CONFESSES MEXICAN STUDENTS’ KILLING: Members of a drug gang arrested for the disappearance of 43 college students in Mexico City confessed to investigators that they killed the students and incinerated their bodies in a pyre of tires and branches, according to an announcement by the attorney general on Friday. Suspects led investigators to the burnt remains. They will be tested for identification at a laboratory in Austria. The attorney general signaled that the government’s working theory is that students were attacked by corrupt police officers on Sept. 26 and turned over to criminals who killed them. Relatives of the victims were not ready to accept the news, however, with some accusing President Enrique Peña Nieto of staging an arrest and confession in order to conclude the case before his planned trip to Asia this weekend (Mexican government has a history of forced confessions and staged arrests).

GORBACHEV WARNS WORLD ‘ON BRINK OF NEW COLD WAR’: Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Saturday. The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the communist bloc a quarter century ago. The result, he said, could partly be seen in the inability of global powers to prevent or resolve conflicts in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and most recently Ukraine.

SUPREME COURT COULD GUT OBAMACARE: The Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a challenge to the Affordable Care Act involving subsidies. The highest court in the land is taking a Republican-backed appeal that targeted the tax credits included under the national health-care overhaul. The tax credits help about 4 million Americans purchase coverage. A ruling blocking those credits could potentially dismantle Obamacare by rendering other provisions ineffective and destabilizing insurance markets. “We are confident that the Supreme Court will recognize both the clear reading of the entire law, and the certain intent of Congress in crafting it,” the White House said in a statement, adding that the lawsuit is just “another partisan attempt” to undermine the ACA.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In the 1950s, only about 30% of Greek adults could read and write. Now, the literacy rate is more than 95%.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Kenneth W. Starr, President of Baylor University, along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Energy

1.     Only 10% of energy in a light bulb is used to create light. Ninety percent of a light bulb’s energy creates heat. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), on the other hand, use about 80% less electricity than conventional bulbs and last up to 12 times as long.

2.     Refrigerators in the U.S. consume about the same energy as 25 large power plants produce each year.

3.     There are two basic groups of energy: renewable energy (biomass, geothermal, solar, water, and wind power) and nonrenewable (fossil fuels coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear). Three quarters of the world’s energy is generated by burning fossil fuels.

4.     Enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface each minute to satisfy the world’s energy demands—for an entire year.

5.     The amount of energy Americans use doubles every 20 years.

RESEARCHER POISONED WIFE WITH CYANIDE: A University of Pittsburgh researcher was found guilty on Friday of poisoning his wife with cyanide and killing her. Dr. Robert Ferrante faces a mandatory life sentence for the April 2013 death of his wife, 41-year-old neurologist Dr. Autumn Klein.  Ferrante is accused of lacing his wife’s creatine energy drink with cyanide he bought through his lab with a university-issued credit card. Ferrante denied poisoning her, saying he bought the cyanide for stem cell experiments. But Ferrante also did online searches on how cyanide poisoning may be removed by the medical treatments Klein received or detected by a coroner after her death (the results of Klein’s blood tests, which indicated cyanide poisoning, were not known until after she died). Prosecutors say Ferrante killed his wife after she pressured him to have a second child and because he may have feared she was having an affair or planned to divorce him.

POLAR VORTEX TO BLAST 200 MILLION PEOPLE: From the Dakotas to Texas, some 200 million people will feel the wrath of a polar vortex as early as next week. The infamous cold front will hit the north-central part of the U.S. and then expand southward and eastward. Not only will it be brutally cold, the weather may linger well past the middle of the month. The hardest-hit areas will be Minneapolis, Chicago, Fargo, and St. Louis. Temperatures could plunge by as much as 40 degrees. Temperatures may not get out of the 30s as far as east as New York.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Actor Dave Vescio having dinner last night at El Cholo last night.   ***Prominent L.A. men’s clothing store owner John Carroll having lunch at the new Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills.   ***Having lunch at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills on Thursday – mogul David Geffen, media expert and author Michael Levine, former L.A. City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and financier Michael Klein.   ***Critically acclaimed documentary film director Patrick Shen having lunch at the popular Natalee Thai restaurant on Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills last week.

DETROIT GETS OK TO EXIT BANKRUPTCY: On Friday, a judge in Detroit approved a plan for the city to shed $7 billion in debt and restructure its finances after it filed for bankruptcy last year. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes approved the plan that includes cuts to retiree pensions. “This will cause real hardship and, in some cases, it is severe,” Rhodes said. “This bankruptcy, however, like most, is about shared sacrifice that is necessary because the city is insolvent and desperately needs to fix its future.” The so-called “grand bargain” will require state legislation and includes $195 million from the state and $466 million from foundations, corporations, and private donors

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***When Amazon hired the novelist Ed Park as a senior editor in its New York publishing office in 2011, it seemed an unlikely match. Mr. Park — a member of New York’s literary elite who had worked for the Poetry Foundation, co-founded a literary magazine and edited The Village Voice’s literary supplement — seemed ill suited to Amazon’s algorithm-driven business. The incongruity was precisely the point. By hiring Mr. Park and later giving him his own imprint, called Little A, Amazon signaled that it was willing to take risks on works with more aesthetic than commercial value. Mr. Park brought a patina of prestige to the company’s fledgling publishing program, and he leaned on his literary credentials to attract authors to the new imprint. In the last three years, Mr. Park has published some 20 books and recently landed Amazon a major literary prize. But now, in the latest setback for Amazon’s publishing aspirations, Mr. Park is leaving the imprint to join Penguin Press as an executive editor. His departure reflects the challenges that Amazon faces in a publishing ecosystem that largely views the online retailer as a rapacious competitor. Most bookstores — having been undercut by the giant retailer — refuse to carry books published by Amazon, a major hurdle as the company courts authors and agents.

ANDY DICK ARRESTED FOR STEALING NECKLACE: Actor Andy Dick was caught by police officers on Friday night after a man reported that Dick stole his $1,000 necklace. According to the report, Dick was riding his bike on Hollywood Boulevard when he spotted the man and asked to see his necklace. The man recognized Dick and obliged, but then Dick rode off with the jewelry. Police spotted him near his Hollywood apartment on Friday night and arrested him for grand theft. He is now in jail with a $25,000 bond.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Rick Rosas, a longtime bassist with Neil Young, has died at 65. The cause of death, initially reported by fellow Young sideman Ralph Molina, is unknown at this time.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: Like all good Republicans, I’m so happy I could frack the moon. I could drone strike the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, I’m flying that high. I’m feeling good enough to lay 1,179 miles of pipe with my honey-bunny Keystone XL. And now that the GOP has bedded the House and the Senate, she is, ahem, about to come – delivering crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast and all the wetlands, wilderness areas, and sensitive eco-systems in between.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Two days after the midterm elections, I met up with a man named Ira Glasser, the former longtime head of the American Civil Liberties Union. For days, the media had been full of news about the enormous sums of money likely to be spent by special-interest groups and others to influence the outcome of Senate races, House races, gubernatorial races — even judicial races. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which issued a report just days before the midterms, nearly $4 billion was expected to be spent, in toto, on the midterms. Glasser had no problem with any of this. As you would expect of someone who once ran the A.C.L.U. — he retired in 2001 — Glasser is a First Amendment absolutist. And to him, that means that he supports the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling on Citizens United because he believes virtually all campaign finance laws violate the First Amendment.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I just saw a recent photo of Reverend Al Sharpton, who now may well qualify officially as “the ugliest man in America”!

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jennifer Lopez finally admits her diva ways and enormous entourage could have hurt her famous romances. The singer blamed the failure of her relationships with Ben Affleck and husband Marc Anthony partly on her omnipresent army of handlers and hair and makeup stylists.   ***A judge who convicted singer Chris Brown‘s bodyguard of punching a man outside a Washington hotel last year has set a new sentencing date in the case. Christopher Hollosy is set to be sentenced Dec. 16. During a hearing Friday, D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn also said she would consider his attorney’s request that the conviction be thrown out or for a new trial.   ***James Earl Jones will be recognized this weekend for his voiceover career. The 83-year old actor known for voicing Darth Vader as well as Mufasa from “The Lion King” will receive the first ever Voice Icon Award.   ***Authorities say an autopsy on actor Robin Williams found no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system when he committed suicide at his Northern California home in August. The Marin County sheriff’s office released the autopsy results Friday. It found Williams had taken prescription medications, but in “therapeutic concentrations.”

LBN-ETC: It is up to you to do the work of changing your beliefs, because when you do, you will be opening up new worlds—literally. The truth is that you have an amazing mind with a capacity for learning that is beyond your comprehension. You must believe this and feed your mind with valuable information. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind. Sign up to receive our FREE twice monthly newsletter: www.TheExcelReport.com

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Friday • November 7, 2014

JOBLESS RATE LOWEST IN 6 YEARS: The October jobs report shows unemployment fell to 5.8 percent during the month, the lowest level in six years. However, U.S. payrolls added only 214,000 news jobs, a drop from the 256,000 added during the month of September. Overall, the economy is continuing to show signs of improvement. Job growth has exceeded 200,000 in each of the previous nine months and fits with the Federal Reserve’s optimistic decision last month to end its bond buying program. Still, wage growth remained sluggish, with average hourly earnings only rising 3 percent in October.

BORDER STAT POSTED, AND THEN REMOVED: Most of the people the Border Patrol stopped from sneaking into the country last year were from countries other than Mexico, according to agency statistics, a shift that might have provided fodder for politicians leading up to Tuesday’s election. But they didn’t get much of a chance. The Border Patrol’s annual statistics were posted on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web site for about five hours on Oct. 10, then taken down.  Now some are questioning whether that decision was an example of the Obama administration playing politics with public information.

TWO DIE IN FACE-EATING MURDER IN U.K.: Both the victim and suspected murderer are dead after a man was caught allegedly eating parts of a woman’s face in a U.K. hotel, which also served as a bail hostel. Security staff at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in South Wales said they broke down the door of the hotel room to find Matthew Williams, 34, eating parts of a 22-year-old woman. The victim subsequently died of her injuries. Williams was struck with a high voltage Taser. He was declared “unresponsive” shortly after his formal arrests, and died later. Williams had recently been released from a five-year prison sentence for a violent attack on his partner.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sleep

1.     Humans spend a third of their life sleeping (25 years or more).

2.     Humans can survive longer without food than they can without sleep.

3.     During the first two years of a baby’s life, new parents will miss six months of sleep on average.

4.     In 1894, Russian scientist Marie Mikhaïlovna de Manacééne conducted one of the earliest experiments on extreme sleep deprivation. She found that when she deprived puppies of sleep, they all died within four or five days, despite every effort to keep them alive. The younger the puppy, the more quickly it died.

5.     Giraffes sleep only 1.9 hours a day in five- to 10-minute sessions. Koalas, however, are the longest-sleeping mammals, sleeping up to 22 hours a day.

6.     The word “sleep” derives from the Proto-European base *sleb, “to be weak,” and is related to “slack.” “To sleep around” was first recorded in 1928.

7.     Sleep is a universal characteristic of complex living organisms and has been observed in insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

8.     Only one half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep at a time. Dolphins are capable of what is known as unihemispheric sleep, in which one hemisphere of the brain goes into a deep sleep while the other hemisphere remains awake. This allows dolphins to sleep under water without drowning. Dolphins spend approximately one third of their lives asleep.

9.     Slow-wave sleep appeared about 180 million years ago. REM sleep is believed to have appeared 50 million years later. Humans most likely developed a monophasic sleep/wake pattern in the Neolithic period (10,000 B.C.).

10.  In Greek mythology, Hypnos (Somnus in Roman mythology) was the god of sleep. Thanatos, or death, was his twin. Poppies and other sleep-inducing plants grew at the entrance of Hypnos’ cave.

11.  Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity all have been linked to chronic sleep loss.

12.  There are at least 84 identified sleep/wake disorders.

13.  During the night, we move back and forth between quiet sleep and deeper, active sleep. We go through four or five 90- to 110-minute rounds of this basic quiet/active sleep cycle each night.

14.  The average amount of time people sleep has dropped from nine hours in the pre-lightbulb era to seven-and-a-half hours today.

15.  Ken Parks, who murdered his mother-in-law by bludgeoning her with a tire iron and attempted to murder his father-in-law by strangulation, offered sleepwalking as a defense during his trial. He was acquitted.

GAY MARRIAGE BANS UPHELD IN FOUR STATES: A federal appeals court on Thursday dealt a blow to the same-sex marriage movement by upholding four states’ gay marriage bans, effectively reversing district court rulings that had struck down the bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The split between the nation’s courts now virtually guarantees that the Supreme Court will step in.

STEM CELL ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ FOR PARKINSON’S: Scientists in Sweden say they have made a “huge breakthrough” with stem cell research that may dramatically improve the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is brought on when brain cells stop producing dopamine, a chemical that controls mood and movement. Scientists simulated Parkinson’s in rats and then converted human embryonic stem cells into neurons that produced dopamine. Evidence showed that at least some of the Parkinson’s brain damage was reversed. Although there have been no human clinical trials of neurons derived from stem cells, they may begin as early as 2017.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately 90% of all cases of malaria worldwide occur in Africa, and 3,000 African children die each day from its effects.

JIHADISTS BOOK CRUISES TO GO JOIN ISIS: Would-be jihadi fighters are booking tickets on cruise ships to join extremists in Syria and Iraq. The move is an attempt to bypass stepped-up efforts to thwart them in neighboring Turkey, Interpol officials said. For that and other reasons, Interpol is preparing to expand a pilot program known as I-Checkit, under which airlines bounce passenger information off Interpol’s databases, in hopes that one day the system can expand to include cruise operators, banks, hotels and other private-sector partners. Interpol’s outgoing chief Ronald Noble called on countries to step up screening at transportation hubs.

ANOTHER EX-COMMANDO SAYS HE SHOT BIN LADEN: Who killed Osama bin Laden? A former member of the Navy SEALs has come forward claiming to have shot the Qaeda leader during the daring operation in Pakistan in 2011. Two years ago, another SEALs member said he was among those who shot Bin Laden. Meanwhile, multiple military officials and fellow SEALs have said that it was a third person, the point man on the darkened staircase that night, who fired the first shot that felled the terrorist leader. Three and a half years after the mission in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the events in that walled compound remain the object of fascination but also controversy. It may never be possible to say exactly who fired the fatal shot or shots, with multiple armed men wearing night-vision goggles moving quickly through the Qaeda leader’s hide-out. No autopsy was performed and no video has emerged of the shooting. The military never released a photograph of Bin Laden after he was killed and said that his body had been buried at sea.

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CHINA’S BABY BOOM PLAN GOES BUST: Chinese couples are failing to take advantage of the country’s newly loosened one-child policy. An official at China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission expected 2 million additional births a year, only 700,000 couples have applied to have a second child. Last year, China allowed couples in which both parents do not have siblings to apply to have a second child. China’s one-child policy is one of its most controversial and has often been skirted by well-connected, wealthier citizens. However, economic concerns may have led couples not to apply for a second baby. “Because of concerns over child-bearing and child-raising costs, or other career-related considerations, many young couples are not in a hurry to have children,” said Zhao Yanpei.

600 TROOPS EXPOSED TO POISON GAS IN IRAQ: Since 2003, more than 600 American service members have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon did not follow up with the cases. The Pentagon only recently disclosed the reports after the New York Times reported last month that troops found degraded chemical weapons from the 1980s hidden in caches or makeshift bombs, but no active weapons of mass destruction program. The internal review of Pentagon records was ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The Pentagon says it will now set up a toll-free national telephone hotline for service members and veterans to report potential exposures and seek medical evaluation.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Chris Christie lunching with Steve Wynn, while Aby Rosen sat with Vito Schnabel at the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC Wednesday.   *** The breakfast scene at the new Park Hyatt Hotel in NYC is picking up steam. Thursday, Russian businessman Shalva Chigirinsky was in a loud discussion about raising millions for a real estate fund. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was in a hushed corner-table chat with executives, while taxicab king Evgeny Freidman, lawyer Edward Mermelstein.

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MALAYSIANS WIN RIGHT TO CROSS-DRESS: Three Malaysian Muslim transgender people have won a landmark ruling after challenging a religious law banning them from cross-dressing, a decision activists are calling a victory for human rights in the conservative Muslim-majority country. A three-judge panel ruled that the Shariah law in Negeri Sembilan state that criminalizes any man who dresses or poses as a woman is unconstitutional. The judges said the law deprives transgenders of “the right to live with dignity.” A lower court had dismissed the case, saying the three plaintiffs must adhere to Islamic law because they are Muslim and born male. The state’s Islamic Religious Department can still appeal the ruling to the top federal court.

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LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: Hockey Player Suffers Devastating Hit During Game


LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***US director Oliver Stone wants to make a documentary about Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said Thursday on a visit to Moscow, where he is working on a film about fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Leon Trotsky (1879)

Trotsky was a Russian Communist revolutionary whose ideas form the basis of Trotskyism, a Communist ideology based on the theory of worldwide revolution. He was a key figure in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and organized the Red Army in the civil war that followed. After a power struggle with Joseph Stalin in the 1920s, Trotsky was exiled from the USSR. In 1940, he was assassinated in Mexico by a Spanish Communist with alleged ties to Stalin.

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LBN-R.I.P.: S. Donald Stookey, a scientist with Corning Glass Works who in the 1950s accidentally discovered a remarkably strong material that could be used not just to make the nose cone of a missile but also to contain a casserole in both a refrigerator and hot oven — its durable culinary incarnation was called CorningWare — died on Tuesday in Rochester. He was 99. His death was confirmed by the Highlands of Pittsford, the assisted living facility where he lived.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Every party in opposition goes a little crazy. For Republicans in the early Obama era, insanity took the form of the Sarah Palin spasm. Veteran politicos took the former Alaska governor seriously as a national figure. Republican primary voters nominated the likes of Todd Akin, Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle. Glenn Beck seemed important enough to hold a big rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Fortunately, serious parties eventually pull back from the fever swamps. That’s what’s happening to the Republican Party. It has re-established itself as the nation’s dominant governing party. Republicans now control 69 of 99 state legislative bodies. Republicans hold 31 governorships to Democrats’ 18.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet midterms to men of understanding. Or as I put it on the eve of another Republican Party sweep, politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth. Still, it’s not often that a party that is so wrong about so much does as well as Republicans did on Tuesday. I’ll talk in a bit about some of the reasons that may have happened. But it’s important, first, to point out that the midterm results are no reason to think better of the Republican position on major issues. I suspect that some pundits will shade their analysis to reflect the new balance of power — for example, by once again pretending that Representative Paul Ryan’s budget proposals are good-faith attempts to put America’s fiscal house in order, rather than exercises in deception and double-talk. But Republican policy proposals deserve more critical scrutiny, not less, now that the party has more ability to impose its agenda.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Zuckerberg: They just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found really hurtful. They made up this whole plot line about how I somehow decided to create Facebook to attract girls. The real story is a lot of hard work. If they were really making a movie [about his starting Facebook] . . . it would be of me sitting there coding for two hours straight.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Kirstie Alley is caught in a horrifying brain cancer shocker,  according to sources. The 63-year-old “Fat Actress” star fears her party-hearty lifestyle has come back to haunt her, according to a close source. “She’s terrified her years of smoking and her past drug use have caused a deadly cancer,” said the source. “And every time she gets a headache, she takes it as a symptom of brain cancer!”   ***Hugh Jackman sliced the tip of his finger onstage during a preview of his Broadway show “The River” Wednesday night. A witness said the “Wolverine” star accidentally cut himself with a knife as he chopped a lemon around 30 minutes into the performance, and noticeably bled for an hour. “Blood was spurting everywhere. It was reminiscent of Dan Aykroyd‘s Julia Child impression on ‘SNL,’” the source said.

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Friday • November 7, 2014

OBAMA WROTE SECRET LETTER TO IRAN’S KHAMENEI ABOUT FIGHTING ISLAMIC STATE:

President Barack Obama secretly wrote to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the middle of last month and described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to people briefed on the correspondence.

The letter appeared aimed both at buttressing the campaign against Islamic State and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal.

Mr. Obama stressed to Mr. Khamenei that any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of Tehran’s nuclear program by a Nov. 24 diplomatic deadline, the same people say.

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Thursday • November 6, 2014

AC/DC DRUMMER CHARGED IN MURDER PLOT: New Zealand police have charged Phil Rudd, the drummer of veteran hard-rock group AC/DC, with attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill, and possession of methamphetamines and cannabis. The Australian-born rocker, who is 60, allegedly tried to have two men killed. He appeared in a New Zealand court, but entered no plea, and is scheduled to return in three weeks. Rudd was released on bail and ordered to have no contact with the man he allegedly tried to hire to carry out the killing. The names of the men Rudd allegedly wanted to killed, as well as the intended hitman, were not disclosed. AC/DC was founded in 1973 and is among the highest-grossing bands of all time. Founding guitarist Malcolm Young is battling dementia and no longer is in the lineup.

WOMAN SNATCHED ON PHILLY STREETS RESCUED: A woman who was violently abducted off the streets of Philadelphia was found alive in Maryland on Wednesday. The Sunday kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, was caught on a surveillance video that shocked the nation. Freeland-Gaither was rescued from her alleged abductor, 37-year-old Delven Barnes, on the side of the road in Jessup, Maryland. She was hospitalized for injuries sustained during the abduction. “I’m taking my baby home. Thank you,” said her mother, Keisha Gaither.

WOMAN SNATCHED ON PHILLY STREETS RESCUED: A woman who was violently abducted off the streets of Philadelphia was found alive in Maryland on Wednesday. The Sunday kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, was caught on a surveillance video that shocked the nation. Freeland-Gaither was rescued from her alleged abductor, 37-year-old Delven Barnes, on the side of the road in Jessup, Maryland. She was hospitalized for injuries sustained during the abduction. “I’m taking my baby home. Thank you,” said her mother, Keisha Gaither.

ISIS WAVE OF MIGHT IS TURNING INTO RIPPLE: The extremists of the Islamic State appeared unstoppable after their sudden blitz through Iraq this summer, with its battle-hardened fighters continually raising their black flag over newly conquered areas. Today, roughly a third of Iraq is dotted by active battle fronts, with intense fighting and occasional Islamic State victories. But analysts also say the days of easy and rapid gains for the jihadists may be coming to a close in Iraq, as the group’s momentum appears to be stalling. The international airstrike campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has clearly played a role in slowing the Sunni Muslim group’s advance. But analysts say other factors are having a major effect, including unfavorable sectarian and political demographics, pushback from overrun communities, damage to the group’s financial base in Syria and slight improvements by ground forces in Iraq.

BIN LADEN SEAL: LAWYERS RUINED ME: Matt Bissonnette, the former Navy SEAL who wrote a book describing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 is suing his former lawyers for malpractice. Bissonnette says that the lawyers gave him bad advice which led to him getting his security clearance revoked, having to give up a significant portion of the book’s income to the government, and left him with a battered reputation. Bissonnette filed the lawsuit under the pseudonym he published the book with, “Mark Owen.” After he published his book No Easy Day in 2012, the Pentagon launched an inquiry that became a criminal probe by the Department of Justice. Bissonnette claims he will lose $8 million because of the attorneys. Named as defendants were attorney Kevin Podlaski and the Carson Boxberger LLC firm in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Children living with a single parent or a parent living with an unmarried partner are most at risk for child maltreatment, which is over eight times the rate of children living with married biological parents

PAKISTAN COP CHOPS UP MAN FOR BLASPHEMY: A man taken into police custody in the city of Gujrat, Pakistan, was hacked to death by a police officer for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammad. The murder comes just two days after a Christian couple was beaten to death and then burned in a kiln for blasphemy in the same province. In this case, a man named Tufail Haider, 55, was arrested after a group of people accused him of making blasphemous remarks. “Officer Faraz Naveed brought him to the police station and sent him to lockup. Haider did not stop using nasty words about Sahaba [a religious figure] despite warnings from various officials,” said police officer Khurram Shehzad. “At around 5 a.m., Naveed could not control his emotions. He went into his cell, brought an axe, entered the lockup and hit Haider’s throat several times.”

HOLLYWOOD EXEC’S REMAINS FOUND: The remains of a 20th Century Fox executive missing since 2012 have been found and identified in California. Gavin Smith, 57, was a married father of three who disappeared in early May 2012 after leaving a friend’s home. The case was changed from a missing-persons case to a homicide in February 2013, when his car was found at a storage facility. No one has yet been charged with his death.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Few golden geese in technology have survived as long as Office has for Microsoft. The suite of applications that includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, first released in 1990, generated nearly a third of Microsoft’s revenue during its last fiscal year — about $26 billion of $87 billion in total. By some estimates, the software accounted for an even higher portion of the company’s gross profits. But in a sign of the seismic changes underway in the tech industry, Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, said on Thursday that it would give away a comprehensive mobile edition of Office. The free software for iPads, iPhones and Android tablets will do most of the most essential things people normally do with the computer versions of the product.   ***Six hundred guests — including power players, family, friends and staffers — came through Michael’s in Midtown on Wednesday night to celebrate the restaurant’s 25th anniversary. Spotted as the party started were CBS boss Les Moonves, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, fashionista Fern Mallis, Rikki Klieman, Jerry Della Femina, Bryant Gumbel, Jamie Niven, Amy Fine Collins, Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst. Owner Michael McCarty was posted at the entrance where no one got by without a hug and a kiss. General manager Steve Millington, who began working at Michael’s in 1998, explained he’d received RSVPs from the “new and old guard” regulars. “It has historical value to people,” he said of the hot spot.

BEARDS KILLING SHAVING INDUSTRY: As beards, mustaches, and campaigns like “No Shave November” and “Movember” gain in popularity, the shaving industry in the U.S. has taken a hit. The spending by Americans on shaving razors and blades fell for the first time since the recession to $2.3 billion. At the same time, men’s skin care saw the largest growth of any men’s grooming industry. Spending rose 7 percent to more than $260 million.

RATTLESNAKE GETS FACE IMPLANT: Veterinarian Dr. Randy Junge has successfully cut out the highly toxic swollen venom gland of a 19-year-old eastern diamondback rattlesnake at the Columbus Zoo. The gland for the rattlesnake was so large it was preventing the snake from eating. The area was then filled with silicone to keep the facial structure in place. Vets had first tried antibiotics and other treatments, but the gland kept on growing. The surgery was quite dangerous. If the venom dropped or sprayed from the venom sac during the removal, “it would be like getting bit.”

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Naomi Watts seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.   ***WWE boss Vince McMahon seeing “50 Shades! The Musical Parody”.   ***Drag performer Tina Burner filling in to headline the Ritz’s wild anniversary bash after Bianca Del Rio missed a flight.   ***Amber Rose at French Montana’s birthday bash at Salsa Con Fuego in The Bronx .   ***Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver seeing fellow Aussie John R. Waters in “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion” at the Union Square Theater .   ***Fast rising comedian Erica Rhodes having dinner last night at the popular Luna Park restaurant in Hollywood.

LBN-SEE IT: In honor of the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls, Tina Fey was kind enough to reunite with former actress Lindsay Lohan for Entertainment Weekly’s reunions issue.



LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Forbes: The World’s Most Powerful People 2014

“Our annual ranking of the World’s 72 Most Powerful People (one for every 100 million people on the planet) is based on voting by a panel of FORBES editors, who consider things like financial resources, scope and use of power, and the number of people they impact.”

BOB DYLAN SPLITS FROM SECRET WIFE 3: Legendary singer Bob Dylan has split from his secret third wife, according to sources. Dylan, 73, dumped Darlene Springs, a decade his junior, after he learned she’d been spending all his money, sources claimed. “They are splitsville and have been leading separate lives since March,” said a friend. “It will only be a matter of time before divorce papers are filed.” Bob and Darlene have known each other for 30 years and were a couple for seven years, before tying the knot in a private ceremony in 2012 with just a minister present, insiders said.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Jo Ann Harris, a federal prosecutor who investigated a pivotal confrontation between government lawyers and Monica Lewinsky that contributed to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and concluded that the interrogation had been riddled with mistakes and “poor judgment,” died on Oct. 30 in the Bronx. She was 81. The cause was lung cancer, her brother, Richard Murray, said. A resident of Manhattan, she had been in hospice care in the Bronx.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Luntz: On election night 1994, as Republicans recaptured the House for the first time in 40 years, I stood in the audience and watched my client Newt Gingrich, who would soon become speaker of the House, declare the beginning of the “Republican revolution.” I knew immediately that the smartest man I had ever worked for was making the worst rhetorical blunder of his career. Nobody voted Republican to start a revolution. They did so because they were fed up with a Democratic president overreaching on health care and a government seemingly incapable of doing even the smallest thing effectively. We all know what happened when Mr. Gingrich tried to turn his rhetoric into action.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: [Obama] played as the puzzled observer. He was asked about the meaning of the election, and he said “I’ll leave to others the reading of tea leaves.” Was this really a subtle result? Was this sort of complicated and nuanced? This was the worst wall-to-wall, national, unmistakable, unequivocal shellacking that you will ever see in a midterm election, and it happened on just about every level. You’ve got in the House the Republicans now have the largest majority since 1929.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: When I was in High School, I vividly remember the students watched the principal approaching with a feeling akin to terror. That’s because they were all high on coke and weed.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Seventeen years after they initially met, Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe are getting a shot at romance. The A-list duo co-starred in the 1997 thriller, “L.A. Confidential,” which earned Kim a Best Actress Oscar –and insiders have said sparks have been flying since they reunited on the set of the 2016 film, “The Nice Guys.”   ***Watch out, New York — it looks like Lindsay Lohan, who’s currently performing on London’s West End, is heading back to town. According to a source, the troubled actress’ mother, Dina, and sister, Ali, are apartment hunting with broker Richard Nassimi and have looked at a $2.2 million spread at the W Downtown in the Financial District.   ***Channing Tatum admits to a period of drug experimentation back in his stripper days. “I wouldn’t say I was losing myself in drugs because I wasn’t doing anything habitually. Just experimenting,” the actor, who started stripping at the age of 19, told told The Hollywood Reporter.   ***Minnie Driver is joining the cast of NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!” She will play the character Wendy Darling as an adult and narrate the musical, the network said Wednesday. Driver co-stars in the NBC comedy “About a Boy.”

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LBN-ETC: IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative film about our relationship with sound and the impact of noise that will be released globally. The award-winning Los Angeles-based filmmakers are currently in the final stages of production, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish the film. The funding will allow them to complete the last few production trips and move deep into the editing process towards a final cut of the film. This unique crowd funding campaign includes a range of exclusive rewards for backers to engage with silence and sound, including 30 minutes in the quietest place on earth, dining at a silent meal (to be featured in the film!), a custom made “Silence Kit”, pre-orders for the completed film, and more. All funds raised will help the film to serve a catalyst for a global movement towards a better sounding world. The campaign ends November 7, 2014. See a short video and more details about the project at http://kck.st/1vnGOxz.

LBN-ETC: It is up to you to do the work of changing your beliefs, because when you do, you will be opening up new worlds—literally. The truth is that you have an amazing mind with a capacity for learning that is beyond your comprehension. You must believe this and feed your mind with valuable information. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind. Sign up to receive our FREE twice monthly newsletter: www.TheExcelReport.com

BOB DYLAN SPLITS FROM SECRET WIFE 3: Legendary singer Bob Dylan has split from his secret third wife, according to sources. Dylan, 73, dumped Darlene Springs, a decade his junior, after he learned she’d been spending all his money, sources claimed. “They are splitsville and have been leading separate lives since March,” said a friend. “It will only be a matter of time before divorce papers are filed.” Bob and Darlene have known each other for 30 years and were a couple for seven years, before tying the knot in a private ceremony in 2012 with just a minister present, insiders said.

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Wednesday • November 5, 2014

GOP SENATE WIN A HISTORIC LOSS FOR OBAMA: After a disastrous night for Democrats, the Republican Party will take full control of Congress for the first time since Barack Obama was elected president. The GOP picked up seven Senate seats Tuesday and expanded its majority in the House to its largest margin since Harry Truman was in the White House.  “An election that started as trench warfare, state by state and district by district, crested into a sweeping Republican victory,” The New York Times wrote. “Contests that were expected to be close were not, and races expected to go Democratic broke narrowly for the Republicans.” Republicans won in Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota, pulled off an upset in North Carolina, came from behind in Colorado and Iowa, and posted their first victory in West Virginia since 1956. (Democrats almost lost in Virginia, too.) It could get even worse for Democrats: Sen. Mark Begich awaits his fate in Alaska as ballots are tallied; Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana will face a runoff against a Republican on Dec. 6. Midterm elections under Obama have been horrific for Democrats. Losses in 2014 and 2010 rival those of Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1994 as the most destructive to a president’s party since the end of World War II.  Obama will speak to all of this at a 2:50 p.m. press conference in the East Room of the White House.

STATES HELPED BY OBAMACARE GO TO GOP: Three of the states where the uninsured rate dropped dramatically thanks to President Obama’s signature health-care law voted to elect Republican Senate candidates—just as Michael Tomasky points out today. In Arkansas, Kentucky, and West Virginia, counties that saw the largest gains in insurance coverage were the strongest supporters of Republican candidates, whose party wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In addition, voters gave Arkansas’s legislature a Republican supermajority and elected a Republican governor who could affect the state’s Medicaid expansion insured 200,000 people. Back in September, the New York Times reported that in Kentucky, people who were happy with their coverage provided by the law were still unhappy with Democrats who passed it

OREGON, ALASKA, AND DC OK MARIJUANA USE: Voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. approved ballot measures that allow the use of marijuana by adults, boosting legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon and Alaska join fellow states Colorado and Washington, where voters approved recreational use of pot two years ago. D.C. is on the same path unless Congress, which has review power, blocks the move. In Florida, a ballot measure that would have permitted the use of medical marijuana failed to reach the 60 percent mark required for constitutional amendments.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH GETS ENGAGED: Sherlock star and international heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch has gotten engaged! To a certain Sophie Hunter, a theater actress and director who apparently has been the actor’s girlfriend for some time. And the way it was announced is not exactly typical: via an advert in the Classifieds section of The Times of London, under “Forthcoming Marriages.” The rather traditional announcement in the births, marriages and deaths section of the paper, reads: “The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katherine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London.” The Independent reports that those are indeed the names of the two bethrotheds’ parents, so the Star Trek actor’s legion of fans probably can commence wailing and gnashing of teeth now.

‘FOREVER PRISONER’ FREED FROM GITMO: Fawzi al Odah, known as the “forever prisoner,” has been freed from Guantanamo Bay and sent to Kuwait. Odah, 37, was held for nearly 13 years but never charged with a crime. His dangerousness was downgraded by a U.S. government parole board. Out of 148 detainees remaining at the prison, 79, like Odah, have been approved for release with security assurances. Odah’s release is the first since President Obama’s decision to transfer five Afghan Taliban prisoners to Qatar in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in August. Odah was considered a member of al Qaeda by the U.S. military, and was captured in Pakistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

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TAYLOR SWIFT ALBUM BIGGEST IN A DECADE: There may be a lot of hate directed at her in New York City, but the rest of the America still loves Taylor Swift. Swift’s latest album, 1989, sold nearly 1.3 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, meaning it is the most popular album release in 12 years. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the album sold 1.287 million copies through Sunday. It is the highest total since Eminem’s 2002 The Eminem Show, which sold 1.322 million copies in its second week. Swift’s album is the only record by a single artist to sell more than one million copies in 2014. Disney’s Frozen also saw its soundtrack go platinum.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Turn up those tearjerkers and dig out your Radiohead albums, because scientists claim that melancholy music can actually lift your spirits. A new study has revealed that listening to sad songs can improve a person’s emotional wellbeing as well as make us feel at peace and nostalgic. It found that most people experience more than three emotions when listening to sad songs, which provoke a more complex reaction than happy pop songs.

LENA DUNHAM THREATENS SEX-ABUSE LAWSUIT: Lena Dunham may be funny, but her lawyers aren’t joking around. Her legal team has sent a letter to the conservative organization Truth Revolt threatening a lawsuit and demanding an apology for a story inferring the actress sexually molested her little sister when they were still adolescents. Last week, Truth Revolt published a story that went viral when linked to by the Drudge Report, and in the article the group quoted Dunham’s new memoir in which she says that when she was 7 she “leaned down between” the legs of her 1-year-old sister “and carefully spread open her vagina.” The article also stated, “Dunham describes experimenting sexually with her younger sister Grace, whom she says she attempted to persuade to kiss her using ‘anything a sexual predator might do.’” Dunham attorney Charles Harder wrote in his letter, “The story is false, fabricated, and has the obvious tendency to subject my client to ridicule, and to injure her in her occupation.” Ben Shapiro, who runs the website, issued a response, declaring, “We refuse to withdraw our story or apologize for running it, because quoting a woman’s book does not constitute ‘false’ story, even if she is a prominent actress and left-wing activist.”

A-ROD CONFESSED PED USE TO DEA: The world’s tiniest violin has come to a screeching halt, as it turns out Alex Rodriguez can no longer claim he is the victim of a Major League Baseball “witch hunt.” Back in January, Rodriguez admitted to the DEA that he bought performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America, and paid roughly $12,000 a month to the doctor Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez also admitted that Bosch gave him pre-filled syringes for hormone injections, drew blood from him in the men’s room of a South Beach nightclub, and that his cousin was his steroid go-fer. However, even after Rodriguez admitted this to the DEA, he has continued to deny it publicly. Back in January, Rodriguez declared, “I have been clear that I did not use performance-enhancing substances … and in order to prove it, I will take this fight to federal court.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Former LA Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn has found a big project to follow up his 2013 biography of Johnny Cash. Hilburn will work with Paul Simon on a bio of the musician for Simon and Schuster, which acquired the book project in a six-publisher auction. Simon has declined to take part in a biography before but agreed to this one.

LBN-R.I.P.: Thomas W. Sneddon Jr., a former district attorney who tried and failed twice to convict Michael Jackson on child molestation charges and became the target of a bitter song on one of the pop star’s albums, died on Saturday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 73. The cause was cancer, a family spokesman said.

LBN-COMMENTARY By David Firestone: The clichéd term for what happened last night is “wave election,” but if natural phenomena are going to be evoked, the more accurate expression is “tornado election:” widespread destruction in weird, jagged patterns that are often difficult to explain when it’s over. When a force that powerful is fueled by anger rather than careful analysis, it produces results that can seem irrational. More than a third of people voting for a Republican House candidate said they were unhappy or even angry at the Republican leaders in Congress, according to exit polls, but they did so anyway, producing a House that is even more right-wing than the current one.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: The saddest ritual cycle in modern life is a school shooting. Kids get killed. Yellow ribbons, balloons and guidance counselors appear. Everyone wonders why and how. And then, we shrug and feel helpless that nothing can be done because the all-powerful gun lobby will move mountains to ensure that crazy people can always get a firearm. But all is not futile. Washington State just broke the pattern. More than a week ago, four students, including the shooter, were killed in a high school north of Seattle. And in Tuesday’s election, voters approved of a ballot measure that is designed to keep felons, the mentally ill, people under certain kinds of restraining orders and others from buying weapons through unlicensed dealers — mainly gun shows and through the Internet.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kevin Baker: I love voting. I love pretty much everything about it. My polling place is and has been for many years the Alfred E. Smith School, P.S. 163, an elementary school. The voting booths are arrayed around a mottled, parquet gym floor, and there are always mothers running a bake sale outside to raise money for the school. Up until a few years ago, we voted on huge, metal machines that seemed like relics from the first days of the industrial age. Exercising the franchise was a pleasing combination of sacred civic ritual and theatricality. You waited in line, gave your name, signed the voting rolls, then were ushered behind a curtain that you closed by slamming a red-handled lever big enough to have served as a prop in “Modern Times” to one side. You flicked more mechanical switches to choose your candidates behind the curtain — a rare oasis of total privacy out in public Manhattan. You could even change your mind and flip them back, at least until the end, when you gave the lever a satisfying slam back the other way, and the curtain slid open. You half-expected the Wizard of Oz to appear.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. and his wife have welcomed a baby daughter – reports. The as yet unnamed baby girl joins Downey and producer wife Susan’s growing brood including son Exton Elias, 2½, and Indio, 21, Robert’s son from a previous marriage. ***Julia Roberts’ marriage to Danny Moder may reach the breaking point – and this time it’s over his financially strapped dad, according to sources. The “Pretty Woman” star got fed up helping retired film exec Mike Moder, 78, pay his mortgages, and after an ugly row, forced him to sell two homes, sources said. Now Mike is estranged from his grandkids, and family members fear Julia, 47, and Danny, 45, are headed for a Thanksgiving showdown – when the long-festering family feud could blow sky high.

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LBN-ETC: IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative film about our relationship with sound and the impact of noise that will be released globally. The award-winning Los Angeles-based filmmakers are currently in the final stages of production, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish the film. The funding will allow them to complete the last few production trips and move deep into the editing process towards a final cut of the film. This unique crowd funding campaign includes a range of exclusive rewards for backers to engage with silence and sound, including 30 minutes in the quietest place on earth, dining at a silent meal (to be featured in the film!), a custom made “Silence Kit”, pre-orders for the completed film, and more. All funds raised will help the film to serve a catalyst for a global movement towards a better sounding world. The campaign ends November 7, 2014. See a short video and more details about the project at http://kck.st/1vnGOxz.

LBN-ETC: It is up to you to do the work of changing your beliefs, because when you do, you will be opening up new worlds—literally. The truth is that you have an amazing mind with a capacity for learning that is beyond your comprehension. You must believe this and feed your mind with valuable information. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind. Sign up to receive our FREE twice monthly newsletter: www.TheExcelReport.com

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Wednesday • November 5, 2014

ISIS AND JIHADI TERRORISTS ‘POST 90 TWEETS EVERY MINUTE’ TO SPREAD PROPAGANDA NOTES MEDIA EXPERT:


Islamic terror groups post at least 90 tweets every minute, according to media expert and author Michael Levine.

The data was revealed in a survey conducted by the Saudi-based Sakina, an independent, non-governmental organisation created to engage in dialogue online as a way to combat internet radicalisation.

Results showed that terror groups such as the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front, Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State (Isis) use social media to recruit new members and to spread their propaganda.

According to Levine, about 129,600 tweets were posted by accounts affiliated to terror groups in October 2014. “As a result, at least 500 accounts believed to have been run by terrorists were deactivated” said Levine.

“These posts tell a story and help explain the sick internal motives and thinking on the terrorists” said Levine.

LBN-ETC: IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative film about our relationship with sound and the impact of noise that will be released globally. The award-winning Los Angeles-based filmmakers are currently in the final stages of production, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish the film. The funding will allow them to complete the last few production trips and move deep into the editing process towards a final cut of the film. This unique crowd funding campaign includes a range of exclusive rewards for backers to engage with silence and sound, including 30 minutes in the quietest place on earth, dining at a silent meal (to be featured in the film!), a custom made “Silence Kit”, pre-orders for the completed film, and more. All funds raised will help the film to serve a catalyst for a global movement towards a better sounding world. The campaign ends November 7, 2014. See a short video and more details about the project at http://kck.st/1vnGOxz.

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LBN-ETC: It is up to you to do the work of changing your beliefs, because when you do, you will be opening up new worlds—literally. The truth is that you have an amazing mind with a capacity for learning that is beyond your comprehension. You must believe this and feed your mind with valuable information. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind. Sign up to receive our FREE twice monthly newsletter: www.TheExcelReport.com

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Tuesday • November 4, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In general, women cry more than men, an average of 5.3 times per month, vs. 1.3 times, according to a report from the America Psychological Association. (Crying is defined as anything from moist eyes to full-on sobs.)   Testosterone may inhibit crying.  Additionally, people in wealthier and more democratic countries may cry more because their cultures permit it:  Countries with greater freedom of expression and social resources — such as the U.S., Sweden and Chile — showed higher rates of gender difference in crying proneness than Ghana, Nigeria or Nepal.

RECORD-LOW INTEREST GREETS ELECTION DAY: The U.S. wakes up to an Election Day marked by voters’ interest at a record low, deep divisions about what Americans want the government to do in President Obama’s final two years, and some crucial Senate races still too close to call. Republicans feel confident that they will win control of the Senate, but some results may remain in doubt beyond Tuesday night. The uncertainty is matched by the nation’s mood: Surveys show voter interest is substantially lower than four years ago. President Obama, whose low approval rating of about 40 percent has made him a liability in some states on the campaign trail, stayed put in Washington on Monday.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: More than 700 commercial drivers died on the job last year, making truck driving one of the deadliest industries in the U.S.  Safety advocates blame trucker fatigue and lax regulations, which allow drivers to work up to 14 hours a day, including 11 hours behind the wheel.

SCIENTISTS DECODE SPONTANEOUS HIV CURE: Two HIV-infected men appear to have experienced a “spontaneous cure” to HIV, which may hold the secret to combatting the virus. French scientists studied the two men who contracted HIV but never developed AIDS symptoms. They came from a group known as “elite controllers,” the fewer than 1 percent of people who contract HIV can control the virus’ replication on their own. Scientists discovered that the virus remained in their cells but was inactive. They both had genetic mechanism that appeared to alter HIV’s genetic code. “The work opens up therapeutic avenues for a cure, using or stimulating this enzyme, and avenues for identifying individuals among newly-infected patients who have a chance of a spontaneous cure,” the team wrote in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection.

RACIALLY DIVERSE EMOJIS ARE COMING: The company that sets the international standards for emojis and other characters is planning to introduce a wide range of new skin tones. The Unicode Consortium’s latest draft of its emoji report (yes, that’s apparently a thing) shows a future of emojis based on the six different skin tones of the Fitzpatrick scale, a dermatological standard. “People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone,” the company says in its report.

CHRISTIANS KILLED FOR DESECRATING QURAN: A Christian couple was killed by a mob in Pakistan for allegedly defiling a Quran. Police said the mob in the village of Kot Radha Kishan beat the couple to death and then burnt their bodies at a brick kiln where they worked. The married couple was only identified by their first names, Shama and Shehzad, but multiple officers confirmed the incident. Punjab Chief Minister Shabbaz Sharif has ordered the investigation into the killings to be fast-tracked and increased security in Christian neighborhood. Christians have found themselves in a perilous position in largely Muslim Pakistan. The country recently upheld the death penalty for a blasphemy conviction against a Christian woman who argued with a Muslim woman.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that seven (7) times last month, this LBN E-Lert had stories BEFORE the Los Angeles Times?


FRENCH STUDY SUGGESTS IRREGULAR WORK PATTERNS CAN IMPAIR BRAIN FUNCTION: Working an irregular shift pattern may be causing long-term damage to people’s memory and mental abilities, new research has shown. Shift work can disrupt the body’s internal clock in a similar way to jet lag, and has been linked before to an increased risk of health problems such as heart problems and even some cancers. However, scientists have now found a link between working shifts and a decline in brain function – especially among those whose shifts rotated between morning, afternoon and night. In a study of 3,000 people living in France, scientists found that those who worked rotating shifts performed significantly worse in memory and cognitive speed tests than people who had worked regular hours.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is the smartest, most stimulating news and information service of its kind. It doesn’t merely report the world, it probes it with courage and independence.”—–Dr. Lance K., an LBN E-Lert reader from New York City, New York.


COPS NAB FUGITIVE MEXICAN MAYOR, WIFE: The mayor of a Mexican town from which 43 students disappeared was arrested in the nation’s capital Tuesday morning. Jose Luis Abarca, the mayor of Iguala, was taken into police custody in Mexico City, along with his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, according to Mexican news reports. Both are allegedly linked to the disappearance, and possible massacre, of 43 student teachers who were planning to hold a protest during a party for Pineda on Sept. 26. Witnesses said they saw police clash with the students and then carry them off in bundles. None have been heard from since. Late last month, Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo declared Abarca and Pineda the “probable masterminds” behind the missing students when he issued a warrant for their arrests.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth, reported on Tuesday a jump in profit in its first earnings announcement since its initial public offering in September. Shrugging off a slowdown in the Chinese economy, Alibaba’s profit grew 16 percent from the same period a year earlier as the company’s sites benefited from the growing number of Chinese turning to the Internet to shop.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: William Shakespeare

1.     Other than what is found in a few church records and legal documents and in a few contemporary documents such as playgoers’ diaries, most evidence of Shakespeare’s life is circumstantial. Very little is known for certain.

2.     More than 80 spelling variations are recorded for Shakespeare’s name, from “Shappere” to “Shaxberd.”

3.     In the few signatures that have survived, Shakespeare spelled his name “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” “Wm Shakspe,” “William Shakspere,” ”Willm Shakspere,” and “William Shakspeare”–but never “William Shakespeare.”

4.     Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, just three days before the Stratford parish register recorded an outbreak of the plague.

5.     By tradition, it is generally supposed that Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. April 23 is Saint George’s Day, the national day of England, and the same date as Shakespeare’s death in 1616 at the age of 52.

6.     Shakespeare was born under the old Julian calendar, not the current Gregorian calendar that was created in 1582 and adopted in England in 1751. What was April 23 during Shakespeare’s life would be May 3 on today’s calendar.

7.     Shakespeare’s father, John, was a glover and leather-worker who rose through a series of positions of authority until, in 1568, he became high bailiff, the highest elective office in Stratford.

8.     In the 1570s, John Shakespeare was prosecuted (or threatened with prosecution) four times for the illegal activities of trading in wool and money-lending.

9.     A document from 1576 mentions Shakespeare’s father, “John Shappere alias Shakespere of Stratford upon Haven,” and accuses him of usury. Shortly afterward, John Shakespeare retired from public life.

10.  In November 1582, Shakespeare applied for a license to marry Anne Whateley. “Anne Whateley” could be a scribal error for Anne Hathaway, whom he married on or about November 30. She was three months pregnant at the time.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***“Sopranos” creator David Chase at Sistina in NYC.   ***“Today” host Hoda Kotb dining with a friend at Arlington Club in NYC.   ***Q-Tip at Whole Foods in Edgewater, NJ.   ***Jimmy Page at Pagani on Bleecker Street in NYC chatting with owner Massimo Lusardi.   ***Patrick Ewing waiting in his Bentley while his wife picked up lunch at Linwood Pizza in Fort Lee.   ***Russell Simmons seeing “The Equalizer” at Regal Union Square Stadium 14.   ***Kate Upton and Justin Verlander joining Micky Arison and others for dinner at Zuma Miami.

A-ROD ALLEGEDLY PAID COUSIN FOR SILENCE: Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez allegedly paid his cousin Yuri Sucart almost $1 million to remain quiet about the slugger’s alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to the New York Daily News. The paper reports that Rodriguez, who just finished serving a season-long ban for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, entered into a confidential settlement with Sucart on June 5, 2013, agreeing to make one $700,000 payment to Sucart for his silence, in addition to three more payments that totalled $200,000, according to court papers filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The court papers say Sucart threatened to expose A-Rod’s doping secrets unless he coughed up “enormous sums of money,” the newspaper reports.

BEN STEIN THINKS OBAMA IS THE ‘MOST RACIST PRESIDENT THERE HAS EVER BEEN’: President Barack Obama was called, “the most racist president there has ever been” by actor Ben Stein on Sunday. In an interview with Fox News, Stein argued that Obama and those in the Democratic party are using race to divide the country heading into Election Day. “What the White House is trying to do is racialize all politics and they’re especially trying to tell the African-American voter that the GOP is against letting them have a chance at a good life in this economy, and that’s just a complete lie,” Stein said.

BEYONCÉ TO RELEASE NEW SONGS IN BOX SET: Queen Bey has spoken, and the wait will soon be over. Beyoncé will release her latest album, a box set, on Nov. 24. BEYONCE Platinum Edition Box Set will include two new songs, “7/11” and “Ring Off,” and four new collaborations, with Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, and Mr. Vegas. A tracklist of new songs had leaked Monday, setting off rumors—and hopes—that a new album was coming. At least some of the song titles and collaborations mentioned on that tracklist were not included in the press release of Beyoncé’s box set.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Kim S., an LBN E-Lert reader from Newark, New Jersey.


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Walter Cronkite (1916)

“Uncle Walter” served as CBS Evening News anchor from 1962 to 1981, during which time viewer opinion polls found him to be the “most trusted man in America.” He reported the newsworthy events of the era so effectively that his image and voice have become closely associated with the Vietnam War, the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and the Watergate scandal.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Sam Smith has been selected to sing the theme tune for the upcoming James Bond movie, edging out Lana Del Rey, sources say. British “Stay With Me” singer Smith has been in talks with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about singing the theme and is the clear winner, disappointing Del Rey, who had lobbied hard.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Tom Magliozzi, who with his younger brother, Ray, hosted “Car Talk,” for years the most popular entertainment show on NPR, died on Monday at his home outside Boston. He was 77. The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, NPR said.   ***David M. Abshire, who led respected research groups and held high government posts but made his most visible mark by helping President Ronald Reagan navigate through the political storms of the Iran-contra scandal, died on Friday in Alexandria, Va. He was 88. His death was announced by the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress, a Washington group he helped lead.   ***Jonathan P. Hicks, who covered big business and all levels of New York politics, including the campaigns of three New York City mayors, over 24 years as a reporter for The New York Times, died on Monday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 58. The cause was pancreatic cancer, his wife, Christy DeBoe Hicks, said

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurzban: As America completes another costly, polarized and exhausting election cycle, it’s commonplace to characterize our society as being divided into warring tribes of liberals and conservatives. But this view oversimplifies the causes of our political differences. Most people aren’t ideologically pure, and most don’t derive their opinions from abstract ideologies and principles. People are more strongly influenced by the effects of policies on themselves, their families and their wider social networks. Their views, in short, are often based on self-interest.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past decade or so, political campaigns have become more scientific. Campaign consultants use sophisticated data to micro-target specific demographic slices. Consultants select their ad buys more precisely because they know which political niche is watching which TV show. Campaigns trial test messages that push psychological buttons. Discussion around politics has also become more data driven. Opinion writers look at demographic trends and argue over whether there is an emerging Democratic majority. Pundits like me study the polling crosstabs, trying to figure out which way Asian-Americans are trending here and high-school-educated white women are trending there.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Mike Weisser is my favorite gun dealer. The longtime proprietor of the Ware Gun Shop in Ware, Mass., Weisser, 70, estimates he has sold more than 40,000 guns in his career as a wholesaler and retailer. He also has a nice little business teaching a gun-safety course that Massachusetts requires of all new gun owners. “I love guns,” he told me unabashedly when we spoke the other day. With a chuckle, he added, “I just bought one yesterday.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Britney Spears is 
furious at Mario 
Lopez after he 
bragged about their 
one-night stand – 
and she’s telling pals 
the TV host is “a total 
dud” in the sack!  “She’s really upset because she’s worried how it affects her image,” a pal said. “It’s sleazy name-dropping and Britney says he’s got nerve because he was one of the most selfish lovers she’s ever had. “She’s even calling him ‘minute man’ because he couldn’t 
last 60 seconds!” ***The 1990s cult series “Twin Peaks” is set for a reboot, but original star Lara Flynn Boyle hasn’t been invited to the party, and she’s panicking. “Lara heard that some of her co-stars, including Kyle MacLachlan and Sherilyn Fenn, have been contacted about rejoining the cast, but she hasn’t heard a word,” a close friend says.   ***Wayne Brady, who’s known for making millions laugh, has secretly battled depression for years. “People are like, ‘Wayne Brady’s always happy!’” he quipped. “No I’m not. Because I’m human,” the 42-year-old comedian and television personality told Entertainment Tonight in a revealing interview, slated to air Monday.

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LBN-ETC: IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative film about our relationship with sound and the impact of noise that will be released globally. The award-winning Los Angeles-based filmmakers are currently in the final stages of production, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish the film. The funding will allow them to complete the last few production trips and move deep into the editing process towards a final cut of the film. This unique crowd funding campaign includes a range of exclusive rewards for backers to engage with silence and sound, including 30 minutes in the quietest place on earth, dining at a silent meal (to be featured in the film!), a custom made “Silence Kit”, pre-orders for the completed film, and more. All funds raised will help the film to serve a catalyst for a global movement towards a better sounding world. The campaign ends November 7, 2014. See a short video and more details about the project at http://kck.st/1vnGOxz.

LBN-ETC: It is up to you to do the work of changing your beliefs, because when you do, you will be opening up new worlds—literally. The truth is that you have an amazing mind with a capacity for learning that is beyond your comprehension. You must believe this and feed your mind with valuable information. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind. Sign up to receive our FREE twice monthly newsletter: www.TheExcelReport.com

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Monday • November 3, 2014

JORDAN VAN DER SLOOT STABBED IN PRISON: Jordan van der Sloot was stabbed twice in prison by fellow inmates in a maximum security prisons in Peru, his lawyer said Monday. Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence in Peru’s Challapalca prison for killing Stephany Flores in his hotel room in 2010. He has long been suspected in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005 but was never formally charged. According to van der Sloot’s lawyer, Máximo Altez, prisoners believe Challapalca will be shut down if a high-profile murder is committed. Leidy Figueroa, who van der Sloot married after meeting her in prison, has a bloody shirt of his as apparent evidence of the stabbings.

U.S.-BACKED SYRIANS DEFECT TO AL QAEDA: U.S.-backed rebels in Syria defected en masse to al Qaeda on Sunday, inflicting a major blow to the Obama administration’s strategy against ISIS. Moderate rebels that had been trained by the U.S. either surrendered or defected to the Jabhat al-Nusra group, which is affiliated with al Qaeda. Others fled for the Turkish border. The rebels also lost control of their main northern strongholds in Syria, as well as significant quantities of weapons. The loss crushed the Obama administration’s hope to easily secure supportive Syrian forces in its fight against ISIS.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The average driver has almost $22 in spare change in his car, according to a poll of more than 3,500 drivers.  That’s more cash than most Americans carry in their wallets, with 49 percent of Americans saying they carry $20 or less each day, while 9 percent don’t carry cash at all.

BRITTANY MAYNARD COMMITS SUICIDE: Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who gained fame over the last few weeks with her public decision to end her life, died Saturday at home in Portland, Oregon. “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love,” she wrote on Facebook. “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me… but would have taken so much more.” Diagnosed with a likely stage 4 glioblastoma, the 29-year-old Maynard was told last spring that she had six months to live and moved to Oregon to take her life with a fatal dose of barbiturates under the state’s Death with Dignity Act.

AT LAST! WORLD TRADE CENTER OPENS FOR BUSINESS: For the first time since September 11, 2001, companies will return to the World Trade Center for business. On Monday, publishing giant Condé Nast will become the first business to move its employees into One World Trade Center, the 104-story skyscraper built where the Twin Towers formerly stood. The $3.9 billion building was initially slated to open in 2006, but its construction was plagued with delays due to cost overruns and political squabbles. There are some financial concerns about the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, since it has only leased about 60 percent of its space. Still, it’s a sign of revitalization for many New Yorkers. “It’s a beautiful thing,” said one of the construction workers who had worked at the World Trade Center site for 12 years. “People were depressed from before. Now, they are more happy that they see a positive change.’’

REPUBLICANS GET WHAT THEY WANT: A MIDTERM ELECTION ABOUT OBAMA SAY MEDIA EXPERT: Less than 24 hours before Election Day, Republicans have what they want: a referendum on President Obama according to media expert and author Michael Levine. “GOP candidates are training their closing arguments on Obama, full of confidence that voter dissatisfaction with the White House will punch their ticket to a Senate majority” said Levine.  “This is not rock science,” said Levine, who argued “it’s obvious Obama has become an anchor” for Democrats.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Brains are unhealthy to eat because they are high in cholesterol and fat. For example, a single serving of a 140 g. can of “pork brains in milk gravy” contains 3,500 mg. of cholesterol, 1170% of the USRDA.

ISIS FAN SHOOTS AUSTRALIAN MUSLIM LEADER: A purported supporter of ISIS allegedly shot a leader of the Australian Shia Muslim community in the face on Monday. Rasoul Al Mousawi, 47, will undergo surgery after being shot in the face outside the Husseiniya Al Nabi Akram Islamic center in Sydney. A friend of Al Mousawi said ISIS supporters had made violent threats the night before the attack. “They drive past, they stop here, they make threats ‘ISIS lives forever’ this and that,” he told ABC radio.

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IRAQIS PREPARE ISIS OFFENSIVE, WITH U.S. HELP: Iraqi security forces, backed by American-led air power and hundreds of advisers, are planning to mount a major spring offensive against Islamic State fighters who have poured into the country from Syria, a campaign that is likely to face an array of logistical and political challenges. The goal is to break the Islamic State’s occupation in northern and western Iraq, and establish the Iraqi government’s control over Mosul and other population centers, as well as the country’s major roads and its border with Syria by the end of 2015, according to American officials.

GATES BOOSTS MALARIA FUNDING BY 30%: Bill Gates says his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will increase its anti-malaria program budget by 30 percent, to more than $200 million per year, in an effort to end malaria in his lifetime. The boost is on top of the foundation’s other donations to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Gates says his plan includes developing a drug or vaccine to purge the malaria parasite in people who carry it without showing symptoms – “a human reservoir” that helps spread the disease. He made the comments in an interview with the Associated Press.

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  The Flu

1.     The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.

2.     The English adopted the word “influenza” in the mid-eighteenth century, while the French called it la grippe from gripper, meaning “to grasp or hook.” There is also a similar-sounding phrase in Arabic, anf-al-anza, which means “nose of the goat,” used because goats were thought to be carriers of the disease.

3.     Annual flu viruses (not including flu pandemics) infect up to 20% of Americans, put 200,000 in the hospital with flu-related complications, and kill about 36,000 people.

4.     The cost of treating annual flu epidemics, including lost wages and productivity of workers, is billions of dollars each year in just the United States alone.

5.     The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between three and five million people worldwide get a serious case of the regular flu each year; tens of millions get milder cases. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people globally die of the flu every year.

6.     There have been four major global flu pandemics since 1900. The most recent pandemic is the current swine flu (officially named “Novel H1N1 Influenza A”). The last global pandemic was the Hong Kong flu (1968-1969) which killed approximately one million people. The Asian flu pandemic (1957-1958) originated in China and is estimated to have killed between one and four million people. The Spanish flu pandemic (1918-1919) killed between 50-100 million people worldwide.

7.     Scientists believe that flu pandemics occur two or three times each century.

8.     The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in the three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.

9.     The Spanish flu killed more Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

10.  At the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, any student caught without a mask during the Spanish flu was automatically suspended, and a town in Arizona passed a law forbidding people to shake hands.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Watch Prince’s Amazing ‘SNL’ Performance


LBN-NOTICED: ***After his epic “Saturday Night Live” performance, Prince took over Midtown lounge Butter in NYC for an intimate after-party with about 25 people including his band 3rdEyeGirl and dancers. Spies said Prince and DJ Kiss played a set of ’70s and ’80s R&B as well as tracks from his new album. One spy said, “The room got up to dance around 3:30 a.m. Prince deejayed with Kiss, then he got on the dance floor. At 6 a.m. he was still dancing.”

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WALLENDA SKYWALKS OVER CHICAGO: Nick Wallenda completed his controversial Chicago skywalks Sunday, breaking two world records and defying critics who said the stunt was too dangerous to perform without a harness. Wallenda completed the two walks in about eight minutes, in a spectacle drawn out over two hours for television. “You guys watching think I’m crazy, but this is what I’m made for,” Wallenda said after his first steps on the wire. Wallenda, 35, first crossed over the Chicago River from the Marina City west tower to the Leo Burnett Building at a 19-degree slant, setting the record for steepest incline, and then undertook a more difficult feat, walking from the Marina City west tower to the east tower at more than 500 feet while blindfolded. That set the record for the highest blindfold walk ever. Wallenda said the wind kept him from dawdling.

LBN-SEE IT:…Chris Rock sees his new film as a last chance. “If this doesn’t work, I can definitely see no one letting me direct a movie again,” he says.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***While the Allman Brothers Band hit the end of their long road together October 28th with a farewell concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre, frontman Gregg Allman is showing no signs of slowing down. Just days after the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band called it quits (for now at least), Allman has plotted out a tour of the southeastern United States, kicking off with a New Year’s Eve gig at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall.   ***Taylor Swift’s 2015 calendar has just filled up. Fresh off selling upwards of 1.25 million copies of her new album 1989, the singer has unveiled plans for a giant world tour that’ll keep her on the road for the better part of next year. “So yeah, #The1989WorldTour is happening!! I CANNOT WAIT,” Swift tweeted. The platinum-selling singer also shared a brief trailer for the 1989 Tour.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: The Bank of Japan, this country’s equivalent of the Federal Reserve, has lately been making a big effort to end deflation, which has afflicted Japan’s economy for almost two decades. At first its efforts — which involve printing a lot of money and, even more important, trying to assure investors that it will keep printing money until inflation reaches 2 percent — seemed to be going well. But more recently the economy has lost momentum, and last week the bank announced new, even more aggressive monetary measures. I am, as you might guess, very much in favor of this move, although I worry that the policy might nonetheless fail thanks to fiscal mistakes. (More about that later.) While the bank did the right thing, however, it did so amid substantial internal dissent. In fact, the new stimulus was approved by only five of the bank board’s nine members, with those closest to business voting against. Which brings me to the subject of this column: the economic wisdom, or lack thereof, of business leaders.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Craig Gottlieb: Stories are popping up worldwide about Hitler’s personal copy of Mein Kampf that is for sale in my auction, which ends Saturday at 10AM Pacific Standard Time.  I have since been inundated with questions. The persistent question I get is … why is Mein Kampf an important book at all?  Critics point out that the book was widely printed and sold, but infrequently read.  And if few read it, what actual impact did it have on world events?  This is a fair question with a profound answer. The importance of the book is the fact that it wasn’t read.   So yes, Mein Kampf is important not because of who read it, but because it wasn’t taken seriously.  It teaches us a lesson from the past – to take world leaders seriously when they make statements as clear and defined as Hitler’s were.  We face a dangerous and uncertain world today, and we would do well to remember this lesson as we constantly face new threats to our lives and liberties.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Madonna is caught up in an ugly family feud over the future of her homeless brother, according to sources. Anthony Ciccone, 58, lives with a ragtag band of vagrants in a Michigan garage, recently broke four ribs and struggles to walk on a fractured ankle. Sources say the wealthy pop star has turned her back on Anthony, while their father Tony and several other siblings are desperate to help their down-and-out brother. Family members recently met in Tony’s home at his vineyard near Traverse City to discuss Anthony’s plight, insiders say. But the reunion ended abruptly when Mario Ciccone – Tony’s son with his second wife – demanded that Anthony be tossed out for being drunk, a source said.   ***An ailing Nick Nolte went on a vodka swilling bender before checking into the hospital for hip replacement surgery, sources say. The aging actor, 73, was recently eyeballed in his Malibu neighborhood clutching a Sprite bottle, in which sources say he conceals his self-medicating cocktail. He was so nervous he allegedly got blitzed, the source revealed, forcing the procedure to be postponed until the next day.   ***He really is a Wonder. At age 64, as he prepares to play his classic album “Songs in the Key of Life” this Thursday at Madison Square Garden, Stevie Wonder is expecting triplets. They will be the ninth, 10th and 11th children for the R&B icon, by five different women. He’s been married twice, but the mother this time is his latest girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, 40, who also gave birth to a child by Wonder last year.   ***Too bad she couldn’t have traveled by transporter beam. Actress Nichelle Nichols, famous for playing Lt. Uhura on the original 1960s version of “Star Trek,” was briefly detained at Los Angeles International Airport Friday. Nichols’ younger travel companion was accused of possessing methamphetamine, drug scales and other narcotics paraphernalia in his baggage, news accounts said.

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Sunday • November 2, 2014

U.N. PANEL WARNS OF DIRE EFFECTS FROM LACK OF ACTION OVER GLOBAL WARMING: The gathering risks of climate change are so profound they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse gas emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major new United Nations report.Despite rising efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the overall global situation is growing more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of fossil fuels, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said here on Sunday. Failure to reduce emissions, the group of scientists and other experts found, could threaten society with food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, the mass extinction of plants and animals, and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous for people to work or play outside during the hottest times of the year.

WHITE HOUSE PREPS FOR GOP CONGRESS: Despite a likely hostile Congress, White House aides say the president will continue to use executive authority to further Democratic policy priorities on climate change, immigration, energy, gay rights, and the economy after the election. The administration is preparing itself for the likelihood of GOP control in both the House and Senate. As a result, aides are also looking for possible compromises on issues like trade, taxes, and infrastructure. The president, however, has reportedly told aides he wants to find momentum in his final two years in office, despite the short window given the likely drama around the looming 2016 presidential race.

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ISIS KILLS 300 TRIBE MEMBERS IN FEW DAYS: An initial claim on Saturday of 50 members of the Albu Nimr tribe being slaughtered by ISIS is now 85, bringing the total of tribe members executed by ISIS over the past few days to more than 300. The additional 35 bodies were found in a mass grave. The killing spree by ISIS against this Iraqi tribe is part of a campaign to break local resistance and demonstrate that U.S. airstrikes are not slowing the group down. The tribes chief Sheikh Naeem al-Ga’oud said he asked Baghdad for arms, but was ignored. The Albu Nimr tribe had successfully fought ISIS for weeks, but were forced to withdraw and retreat when they ran low on ammunition, fuel, and food. While fleeing, many were caught by ISIS militants, shot, and dumped into mass graves.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Michelle Williams has left CAA for WME. ***Castle star Stana Katic has signed with Gersh. ***The Knick’s Eric Johnson has signed with WME. ***Deadline Gallipoli’s Joel Jackson has signed with UTA. ***Neil Patrick Harris was not the Academy’s first choice to host the 2015 Oscars. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron first begged last year’s host, Ellen Degeneres, but she passed. There was interest in Chris Rock, with whom she shares ICM agent Eddy Yablans, but a deal failed to materialize, and the pair expressed interest in Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who also said no.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Macy’s Herald Square in New York City occupies a singular place in American retailing. Established more than a century ago, the store now encompasses nearly an entire city block. The extensive real estate has always been central to its mission: offering a vast array of goods at prices so varied that everyone can afford to buy something. Even today, to keep price-conscious customers coming back, the store often runs clearance-sale ads with coupons in Sunday newspapers. But now Macy’s is revamping the look, product mix and infrastructure of its flagship store to better cultivate less price-conscious shoppers with greater profit potential. One sought-after group is big-spending foreign tourists looking for prestige brands like Gucci. Another target audience is millennials — people born between roughly 1980 and 2000.   ***Protravel International is formally introducing its Human App, which has been specifically engineered and designed to provide the highest, foremost level of care to travelers, regardless of whether they’re equipped with smartphones. Coming in all colors and sizes, Protravel’s ingenious and impeccably stylish Human App is already providing critical care to travelers at the times they need it most: when the unexpected in travel occurs. Comprised of its always connected, live network of more than 800 travel agent advisors throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, Protravel’s Human App is provided to every client of the luxury travel agency.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Lina Medina, a 5-year-old Peruvian girl, was the youngest person to ever give birth. She gave birth to a boy on May 14, 1939.

DEADLY HALLOWEEN ACROSS THE NATION: Halloween took a deadly turn for trick-or-treaters, paradegoers and party guests across the country, on a holiday that federal safety regulators say is one of the deadliest on America’s roadways. At least 15 people were killed and nine others were injured in accidents and a fire connected to the festivities in the past few days, in states from California to New York, and Washington to Maine.

CHRIS ROCK JOKES ABOUT BOSTON MARATHON: Known for pushing boundaries throughout his career, comedian Chris Rock strengthened that reputation on Saturday Night Live. During his opening monologue, Rock cracked jokes about the Boston Marathon bombing as well as 9/11. “That was probably the most frightening, sadistic terrorist attack ever,” Rock said, while talking about the 26-mile run. “Their knees are hurting, their feet are killing them. … You’ve been training for a year, you finally get to the finish line, and somebody screams: ‘Run!’” Rock then turned to New York City, and talked about the new Freedom Tower, which sits on the site where the Twin Towers once stood. They should change the name from the Freedom Tower to the ‘Never Going in There’ Tower. Because I’m never going in there. There is no circumstance that will ever get me in that building. Are you kidding me?” Rock did clarify that he wasn’t “joking about 9/11.” He also said about the Freedom Tower, “Who’s the corporate sponsor, Target?” It was Rock’s first time hosting the show since he was fired in 1993.

LBN-R.I.P.: Bernard Mayes, a multifaceted Anglican priest who started the first suicide hotline in the United States and a decade later became the founding chairman of National Public Radio, died on Oct. 23 in San Francisco. He was 85. Matthew A. Chayt, a close friend, confirmed the death, saying Mr. Mayes had had Parkinson’s disease.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Cindy Crawford and Nigel Barker noshing on grub by chef Fabio Viviani at Siena Tavern in Chicago.   ***Adrian Grenier checking out Miami condos at luxury building Canvas.   ***Shirley MacLaine, James Toback and Andrew Stein lunching at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.   ***Ina Garten, a k a the “Barefoot Contessa,” and husband Jeffrey having lunch at the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC.   ***Spike Lee at Junior’s in Brooklyn the morning after seeing the Knicks beat LeBron James in Cleveland.   ***Jennifer Lawrence has been spotted arriving at Chris Martin’s house at night, just days after it was revealed the pair had broken up after dating for just a few months. Lawrence was seen arriving at Martin’s gated Los Angeles home in her plateless Cadillac CTS, and leaving two hours later.   ***Breaking bread at the Grill on the Alley on different days: Kevin Tsujihara and Peter Chernin, Arnold Kopelson and Jeff Franklin, Allen Grubman and Jimmy Lovine, Paul Feig and Ivan Reitman, Roy Price and WME’s Cori Wellins. ***Bob Iger joined Michael Eisner at e.baldi. Also in of late: Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Anjelica Huston, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Lionel Ritchie, Ellen Pompeo and Kanye West with Kim Kardashian West. ***At Tower Bar, recent tables have been included Tom Freston with Brian Grazer, CAA’s Kevin Huvane with Chelsea Handler, Kate Mara with Andrew Garfield and Eddie Redmayne, and author Malcolm Gladwell with Eric and Lisa Eisner. Peter Bogdanavich, John Meyer and Jason Clarke also have been in on multiple occasions.   ***Sarah Silverman met with Jeff Garlin at the mid-city Swingers.   ***On the day she publicly revealed her ALS diagnosis, publicist Nanci Ryder ate at SoHo House as business manager John McIlwee held forth nearby.   ***Reality show producer, Eric Streit having lunch at Mr. Chow’s in Beverly Hills.   ***Prominent L.A. business attorney Konrad Trope having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***Actress / producer Michelle Barton having lunch at Bouchon in Beverly Hills.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Imagine a house ablaze. Now picture a team of firefighters pulling up to it. They behold the flames shooting through its roof. They feel its heat on their faces. And they get in position to fight it. With squirt guns. That house is America, and those rescuers are the candidates in these misbegotten midterms. We’re living through a chapter of uncommonly durable and pronounced pessimism, when a majority of adults don’t think their kids will have as many opportunities as they did; when there’s waning faith in social mobility and a widening gap between rich and poor; when our standing in the world is diminished and our sense of insecurity has intensified accordingly; when the environment itself is turning on us and demanding the sorts of long-term adjustments we’ve seldom been good at.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard A. Friedman: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is now the most prevalent psychiatric illness of young people in America, affecting 11 percent of them at some point between the ages of 4 and 17. The rates of both diagnosis and treatment have increased so much in the past decade that you may wonder whether something that affects so many people can really be a disease. And for a good reason. Recent neuroscience research shows that people with A.D.H.D. are actually hard-wired for novelty-seeking — a trait that had, until relatively recently, a distinct evolutionary advantage. Compared with the rest of us, they have sluggish and underfed brain reward circuits, so much of everyday life feels routine and understimulating.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: The 2014 midterms have featured many variables and one constant. Whether they’re running as incumbents or challengers, campaigning in blue or red or purple states, Democratic candidates have all been dragging an anchor: a president from their party whose approval ratings haven’t been north of 45 percent since last October. The interesting question is why. You may recall that Mitt Romney built his entire 2012 campaign strategy around the assumption that a terrible economy would suffice to deny Barack Obama a second term. Yet throughout 2012, with the unemployment rate still up around 8 percent, Obama’s approval numbers stayed high enough (the mid-to-upper 40s) to ultimately win. Whereas today the unemployment rate has fallen to 6 percent, a number Team Obama would have traded David Axelrod’s right kidney for two years ago, but the White House hasn’t benefited: The public’s confidence is gone, and it doesn’t seem to be coming back.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: When I close my eyes, I can easily flash back to a time when it was cool to call people in uniform “pigs” and “baby killers.” If you had any family members in the police or military in the Vietnam era, you know how searing that was. Now we give our veterans respect, early boarding at airports and standing ovations at ballgames. Yet it’s becoming clear that it’s not enough. With no draft and fewer than 1 percent volunteering to serve, most Americans have no personal connection to anyone who went to Iraq or Afghanistan. There’s a schism between the warriors and the people they were fighting for.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has accompanied its brutal takeover of large swaths of Iraq and Syria with the kidnapping and beheading of journalists. Any Western journalists who would dare to venture into ISIS territory today would be risking their lives every second. So the United States is now involved in the first prolonged war in the modern Middle East that American reporters and photographers can’t cover firsthand on a daily basis, with the freedom to observe and write what they please and with the sustained presence to offer perspective on how the story is evolving. That is not good. But it gets worse. The Times reported last week that ISIS had one of its British hostages act as a combat reporter in a propaganda video from the Syrian town of Kobani, “forecasting that the town is about to fall to militants despite waves of American airstrikes,” and suggesting that ISIS was getting even more savvy in promoting its cause by adopting the techniques of a 24-hour news channel. “ ‘Hello, I’m John Cantlie,’ the hostage says in the video, dressed in black, ‘and today we are in the city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border. That is, in fact, Turkey right behind me.’

LBN-COMMENTARY by President Mahoud Abbas of Palestine: Today in the Cooper Union I stand on the same place where Abraham Lincoln stood over 150 years ago and condemned the scourge of slavery. We the Palestinian people condemn terrorism. We condemn what happened on 9/11. We condemn the treatment of Christians and non-Christians by ISIS. I am speaking on behalf of 99 percent of the Muslim peoples around the world. Here, today, nearly in the shadow of Ground Zero, I state to the world: the barbarians of ISIS and Al Qaeda who kill innocent people are not faithful Muslims. And to the children and families of the victims of 9/11, I say as a Palestinian Muslim, I am sorry for your pain. These murderers do not represent Islam. We all stand against them to defeat their evil plans. At the same time we must work to end the Israeli occupation and establish a Palestinian state, for we cannot fight terror only by the gun.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michelle Barton (Actress): “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…”  Hermes Trismegistus. When I navigate life with compassion for anger, sadness, the human stuff with in myself, I notice my ability to have compassion for others, and our planet. Perhaps if we all started really engaging how we are with ourselves, in a moment by moment way, committing to actively being compassionate with our ingrained habitual ways of speaking to ourselves, and the actions we take….really deal with giving up being violent with in our own silent conversations on the inside ~ we’d move faster than  we can ever imagine to a world that, on a global scale, has more expressions of love and compassion, than we can even see as a true possibility.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jennifer Lopez was heartbroken when her relationship with Ben Affleck ended in 2004 — but also quick to move on with her now ex-husband, Marc Anthony. In an interview with Maria Shriver airing Monday and Tuesday on “Today,” Lopez opened up about both relationships.

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Saturday • November 1, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Zombies

1.     The word “zombie” is related to the African word nzambi, which means “god.” The Grand Serpent, the “Le Grand Zombi,” was the father of all “laos,” or other gods, and appeared in the shape of a python.

2.     October 8th is World Zombie Day.

3.     There are basically two theories on the origin of zombies: 1) a cursed person dies and returns as a zombie, and 2) a person contracts a virus or is exposed to radiation.

4.     Mummies are not usually regarded as zombies because while zombies are in a constant state of decay, mummies are deliberately physically preserved.

5.     According to zombie lore, the only way to kill a zombie is to damage its brain or cut off its head.

6.     Because viruses are not independent living organisms and need a living organism to reproduce, a “zombie virus” could be considered a misnomer because zombies are generally thought to be dead.

7.     While the causes and depictions of zombies throughout history have varied, one element links them: they all have compromised brains.

8.     George A. Romero is often referred to as the “Father of the Modern Zombie” and is widely viewed as the creator of the modern zombie cinema. He has written and directed more zombie films that anyone in history.

9.     Modern conceptions of zombies originally began with voodoo religion in the West African Yorubi tribe and then traveled with captured slaves to the Caribbean island of Haiti, a busy slave center in the 1700s.

10.  Prolific zombie filmmaker George A. Romero’s first paid directing job was filming Mr. Rogers’ tonsillectomy for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Romero said this project somehow inspired him to pursue a career in horror films.

11.  Critics note that George Romero’s zombie films are great because they use zombies as a device for social commentary. In other words, they are not movies about zombies, but rather about groups of human beings and how they react in crises.

12.  A parasitic fungus, a species of Ophiocordyceps, effectively turns ants into zombies. A recent study found that the fungus can synchronize several ants to bite down simultaneously on the underside of a leaf and then die. The fungus then sprouts through the dead ants’ bodies.

13.  According to Haitian folklore, feeding salt to a zombie will restore the person to freedom. That doesn’t mean the zombie will become a living person again but, rather, that the body will return to the grave.

14.  The most famous “real-life” zombie is Haitian Clairvius Narcisse. He claimed he was turned into a zombie by a combination of powerful neurotoxins and hallucinogens.

15.  There is a law in Haiti that makes it a crime to turn someone into a zombie. Article 249 states that if someone drugs another person, buries him as though he were dead, and then digs the person up and brings him back to life, it is still considered murder.

16.   A disease called Yaws can actually make people look like zombies. The disease causes painful, oozing sores on the face, legs, arms, and feet. The painful wounds on the bottoms of the feet sometimes cause a sufferer to walk in a slow, zombie-like shuffle.

17.  Besides being able to move after they are dead, zombies do not have superpowers. In fact, zombies actually have fewer abilities than they did when they were living human beings.

18.  The abbreviation RLF stand for “reanimated life form,” which is another way of saying “zombie.”

19.  In the case of a zombie outbreak, generic weapons are always preferable to custom or rare firearms with rarer forms of ammunition.

20.  In the case of a zombie outbreak, a person’s physical fitness will have a significant influence on a person’s odds of surviving.

U.N. SAYS IRAN IS SILENT ON EFFORTS FOR A BOMB: At a moment when American negotiators say they see some signs of movement on the part of Iran toward a broad nuclear deal with the United States, the head of the United Nations nuclear inspection organization declared Friday that Iran had stopped answering the agency’s questions about suspected past efforts to design the components of a bomb. The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said commitments Iran had made to provide more information on what he called “possible military dimensions” had not been carried out. He said that while he had received assurances from Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, that he was “willing to clarify the ambiguity” in documents and computer records that appear to show work on a variety of technologies that can be used to detonate a weapon, the cooperation had not been forthcoming.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Roderick M. Hills, who marshaled political acumen and legal agility to become an influential counsel to President Gerald R. Ford and was later appointed chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, died on Wednesday in Baltimore. He was 83 and lived in Washington. The cause was heart failure, his son, Roderick M. Hills Jr., said.   ***David Armstrong, a photographer who gained prominence exploring the often overlapping worlds of gay men, drug addicts, transvestites, fashion models and artists, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 60.

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Friday • October 31, 2014

NEW RUSSIAN BOLDNESS REVIVES A COLD WAR TRADITION: Testing the Other Side: When the White House discovered in recent weeks that its unclassified computer systems had been breached, intelligence officials examined the digital evidence and focused on a prime suspect: Russia, which they believe is using its highly sophisticated cyber capabilities to test American defenses. But its tracks were well covered, and officials say they may never know for sure. They have no doubt, however, about what happened this week on the edges of NATO territory in Europe. More than two dozen Russian aircraft, including four Tu-95 strategic bombers, flew through the Baltic and Black Seas, along the coast of Norway and all the way to Portugal, staying over international waters but prompting NATO forces to send up intercepting aircraft.

BIG OIL TOLD IN SECRET: USE DIRTY TRICKS: The oil and gas industry got some blunt advice from a veteran political consultant: fight dirty. Richard Berman recently told industry executives in a closed-door speech if they want to stop opponents, they should use tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities. (An offended executive leaked Berman’s remarks to The New York Times.) Berman was soliciting up to $3 million to finance a PR campaign called “Big Green Radicals.” Don’t worry about offending the public, he said, because “you can either win ugly or lose pretty.” A spokeswoman for the founder and chief executive of Berman & Company confirmed he gave the speech, but said he would not comment on its contents.

RUSSIAN LAWMAKER: BAN GAY TIM COOK: A conservative lawmaker from the ruling party in Russia has declared that Apple CEO Tim Cook should be banned from entering Russia because he could have AIDS. Vitaly Milonov, the architect of Russia’s gay propaganda law, declared, “What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there, prohibit their [homosexuals'] entry forever.” The statement comes a day after Cook announced in an essay that he is gay. He also accused Cook of trickery, saying, “He’s like an artist, who at first popularized himself and then revealed himself to be gay.”

LEBRON FALTERS IN CLEVELAND RETURN: LeBron James was welcomed back to Cleveland on Thursday night, greeted with a deafening roar by more than 20,000 Cavaliers fans loving him all over again after hating him for decamping for Miami four years ago. The superstar is regarded as the engine that will drive the basketball team to an NBA championship and end a 50-year drought. But the night’s best moments came prior to the game, as James played poorly and the Cavaliers were beaten 95-90 by the New York Knicks. James had eight turnovers, missed 10 shots and was not in sync with his new teammates.

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ISIS OFFERED TEEN $25K TO BOMB VIENNA: A 14-year-old boy arrested by authorities for allegedly planning multiple bombings in Vienna was also reportedly offered $25,000 by ISIS to carry out the attacks. There are also two other youths who were recruited in a similar manner still at large. He has admitted planning to plant explosives is Vienna’s Westbahnhof station, one of the busiest in the country, used by 40,000 travelers each day. While he did not build any bombs when he was arrested, he apparently had researched potential target sites “like a professional.” While media outlets in Austria claim to have identified the boy, Austrian authorities have not yet released a name.

FRENCH TOWN BANS CLOWN COSTUMES: Apparently France is facing a bizarre crisis of fake clowns terrorizing its citizens. Pranksters dressing up as scary clowns have been causing problems on the streets, scaring children and the general population, sometimes armed with pistols, knives, or bats, and sometimes beating people up. As a result, the village of Vendargues in southern France has put into place a ban on anyone wearing a clown costume. The mayor said it is to “avoid any disruption…by evil clowns.. It’s about protecting children by preventing any ill-intentioned clowns from mixing with residents.” In another French town last week, a 19-year-old got a six-month suspended jail term for scaring passers-by while in clown costume. Another 14 teens were arrested while dressed as clowns and carrying weapons in the port town of Agde.

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MEDICARE BOUGHT DRUGS FOR DEAD PEOPLE: Due to a bizarre rule that allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 31 days after a patient’s death, Medicare has been paying for costly medications even after patients have died. The report from the Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general says the policy is against the program’s basic principles, and common sense. Medicare said in response it’s working on a fix. In 2012 the program paid for drugs for 158 beneficiaries with HIV after they were dead, costing the government $292,381. The officials don’t know why exactly they were filled after patients die, but they believe it may be for use on the black market.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Persian Gulf holds 60% of the world’s oil reserves. Iran alone has reserves of 125 billion barrels of oil, or 10% of the world’s total reserves. Iran pumps nearly 4 million barrels of oil each day.

NATALIE WOOD HAUNTED DEATH BOAT FOR SALE: The owner of the yacht that actress Natalie Wood was onboard before she died has had a string of encounters with her spirit!  Ron Nelson, a former fight attendant who purchased the boat once owned by Natalie’s husband Robert Wagner, said that her ghost haunts him, so much so that he wants to get rid of the “Splendour” immediately! “I’ve been hurt twice on the boat mysteriously,” Ron confded about his bizarre experiences. “Weird falls. It’s just like my feet came out from under me and I fell.”

NO JOKE – 25K EXPECTED AT HELLO KITTY CONVENTION: Los Angeles is hosting the first Hello Kitty convention, and some 25,000 fans are expected to swarm the event over the next four days. Long lines snaked through the sold-out event at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where conventioneers could pose for photos with Hello Kitty, get permanently inked with the mouthless cat character’s image, hear lectures about her popularity and shop for exclusive products created for her 40th birthday, which falls on November 1. Organizers expect about 50 fans a day will receive free tattoos from artists who created about 100 Hello Kitty-inspired designs.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Jack Gilardi — the legendary talent agent who’s repped superstars from Sylvester Stallone to Don Rickles to Frankie Valli — got a surprise from former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda at a bash celebrating Gilardi’s 60th year at ICM. The agency threw a Dodgers-themed reception for Gilardi — a huge baseball fan who launched the famed Hollywood Stars Night charity game at Dodger Stadium in 1963, in which Billy Crystal, Jamie Foxx, Jimmy Kimmel, Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau have all played.

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LBN-NOTIED: ***Charlotte Gainsbourg and Gael García Bernal at Flatiron restaurant 1200 Miles in NYC.   ***Phil Jackson at Gallaghers Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Jon Hamm at gluten-free eatery Colors in NYC.   ***Adrian Grenier at Bodega Negra in NYC.   ***Jane Krakowski at Rowdy Hall in the Hamptons.   ***Mary J. Blige at Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn.   ***Deborah Norville being honored at the American Cancer Society’s Mothers of the Year lunch in NYC.   ****Gigi Hadid with five gorgeous friends at the opening of Stephen Starr and Justin Smillie’s Upland in NYC.

HUNGARY DROPS INTERNET TAX PLAN AFTER SURGE OF PROTESTS: Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary said on Friday that his government would abandon, at least for now, a proposed tax on Internet usage that drew tens of thousands of demonstrators to the streets this week. “We are not communists, we don’t govern against the people,” Mr. Orban said in his regular weekly interview on Hungarian radio. “We govern together with the people. So this tax, in this form, cannot be introduced.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***A federal judge says a trial is needed to determine whether the hit song “Blurred Lines” copied elements of Marvin Gaye’s music. The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt says there is a genuine dispute about whether the song by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied elements of one of Gaye’s songs. Thicke and Pharrell have been fighting with Gaye’s children in court for more than a year. The song was one of 2012’s biggest hits.   ***Rap music figure Marion “Suge” Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday, but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case.Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento quickly arraigned Knight in a glass-walled court basement holding facility, and gave the founder of Death Row Records 90 days to pay a $190 fine on what had been a June 2013 suspended license charge.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***A decade ago, Johnson & Johnson heir Jamie Johnson won acclaim for profiling pampered pals including Ivanka Trump and Georgina Bloomberg in his HBO doc, “Born Rich.” Now his sister, Jazz Johnson, 36, is getting in on the act. She’s written a new book, “The Social Climber’s Bible” with their screenwriter uncle, Dirk Wittenborn, who also produced “Born Rich.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Warren M. Anderson, a Brooklyn carpenter’s son who ascended to the top of the Union Carbide Corporation, where he grappled with the ravages of a poisonous gas leak at the company’s plant in Bhopal, India, in 1984 that killed thousands in one of history’s most lethal industrial accidents, died on Sept. 29 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 92.   ***Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, who presided over one of the most successful urban renaissances in modern American history, died on Thursday in Boston. He was 71. The cause was cancer, his spokeswoman, Dot Joyce, said.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Some days I think nobody knows me as well as Pandora. I create a new music channel around some band or song and Pandora feeds me a series of songs I like just as well. In fact, it often feeds me songs I’d already downloaded onto my phone from iTunes. Either my musical taste is extremely conventional or Pandora is really good at knowing what I like. In the current issue of Wired, the technology writer Kevin Kelly says that we had all better get used to this level of predictive prowess. Kelly argues that the age of artificial intelligence is finally at hand.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: Let’s hear it for the University of California, Berkeley, celebrating 50 years of the Free Speech Movement this year, and which brought to the stage on Wednesday the Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef. You may remember Youssef, the Jon Stewart of Egypt, who was on the wrong end of an arrest warrant last year for using humor to insult Islam. Well, that would never happen here. No. But a variant of the censorship that Youssef faced is brewing in Berkeley. Some students have organized a campaign to prevent the comedian Bill Maher from giving a commencement speech in December. They’re upset because he insulted Islam. What better way to close out a year of celebrating free speech than by shutting down free speech in one of the cradles of the movement?

LBN-COMMENTARY By KATHRYN MILES: Last week the National Weather Service’s satellite network crashed, leaving forecasters without crucial data as a large nor’easter swirled across the East Coast, dumping record levels of rain and leaving thousands of residents without power. This network shutdown was the latest in a string of failures that has left the agency unable to meet the needs of the nation. Earlier this year, the service’s website collapsed under the weight of data requests from a single Android app. A month earlier, the service’s severe-weather alert system also crashed, creating a major disruption to communication that left residents from Colorado to the mid-Atlantic without key radar and warning information while a string of severe storms swept over their region. And in 2011, the National Weather Service website experienced what one official called a series of “catastrophic failures” just as a massive blizzard marched across the eastern half of the country.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Muscle-bound pals Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Hulk Hogan have a strict rule when working out together — no cellphones. The two are regularly seen pumping iron with “Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno and wrestler “Wildman” Jack Armstrong at Gold’s Gym, where they look down on those doing curls with iPhones.   ***It looks like the world won’t be getting another mini Kimye any time soon. A rep for Kim Kardashian adamantly denied that the reality star is pregnant, even though Kardashian appeared to let it slip recently that she’s expecting baby No. 2. “She is not pregnant,” Kardashian’s rep said on Thursday.

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Thursday • October 30, 2014

SOURCES: FORMER GUANTANAMO DETAINEES SUSPECTED OF JOINING ISIS, OTHER GROUPS IN SYRIA: As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to three years are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned. The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield. The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria.

GIANTS WIN WORLD SERIES: The crowd noise at Kauffman Stadium was constant and loud Wednesday as Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief to propel the San Francisco Giants to a tight 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 and their third World Series in five seasons. With both starters chased early, the game became a contest between bullpens. And no one stood taller than Bumgarner, the 6-foot-5 hurler who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory this Series. The Giants, who also won the championship in 2012 and 2010, ended a Series streak that had seen home teams win the last nine Game 7s. Bumgarner entered the fifth inning with a 3-2 lead, and after giving up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, he shut down Kansas City, as the Giants took the Series four games to three over the Royals, who were making their first trip to the classic since 1985.

U.S. ECONOMY GROWS 3.5%: As other developed countries continue to falter, the U.S. has once again maintained strong growth. The economy grew at a rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter of this year, largely due to strong exports and defense spending. The growth comes after a second quarter which saw 4.6 percent growth. Both quarters show a nice rebound from the second quarter, when the economy shrank 2.1 percent due to the rough winter. Economists expect the growth to continue into the fall because of the significant drop in gas prices.

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TIM COOK: ‘I’M PROUD TO BE GAY’: In an essay in Businessweek, Apple’s CEO has acknowledged for the first time publicly that he is gay. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” Tim Cook writes. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” He writes that being gay helps him understand what it means to be a minority and made him tougher. Cook also wrote of the need to have workplace-equality bills for gays, as well as other protections. “There are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation,” he says. “There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation.”

MAINE NURSE BREAKS QUARANTINE: Kaci Hickox is a woman of her word. After vowing to defy Maine’s voluntary quarantine for health workers who treated Ebola patients by Thursday, Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend left their home on today for a bicycle ride. The two were followed by state police, however they could not detain her. Hickox has said that a quarantine is unnecessary as she is showing no symptoms and has tested negative. State officials have said they were going to court to try to detain her for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period. Hickox volunteered in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders, and was the first person forced into New Jersey’s mandatory quarantine before going to Maine.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Rock legend Grace Slick, who turns 75 today, along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


SON DOESN’T KNOW MY 2016 PLANS: Thanksgiving could be a little awkward this year. On Wednesday night, possible presidential candidate Jeb Bush claimed his son George was speaking for himself when he told ABC News that his father was “more than likely” to run in 2016. “He’s got an opinion, he didn’t talk to me,” Jeb Bush said. “When you have kids, you’ll probably have the same frustration. You love them to death and they have their own opinions—but I’ll make up my mind just as I’ve said, at the end of the year.”

SUGE KNIGHT ARRESTED FOR STEALING CAMERA: Rap mogul Suge Knight was arrested Wednesday along with comedian Katt Williams on suspicion of stealing a female photographer’s camera. Each is charged with one count of robbery for an incident that occurred outside of a Beverly Hills studio on Sept. 5. Knight was arrested when he showed up to court for a separate assault case. Prosecutors are asking bail to be set at $1 million for Knight and $75,000 for Williams. Knight faces up to 30 years in prison because he has already been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon. Knight has an extensive history of assault and drug charges.

MOSQUE CLOSED, OUTRAGE ENSUES: Israeli police have closed Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound following an assassination attempt Wednesday. Closure of the site, which Jews call the Temple Mount, was the same as a “declaration of war” according to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The officials closed the site after an assassination attempt on right-wing Jewish activist Yehuda Glick, who was pushing for more Jewish rights on the site.

OVER 214,000 DOCTORS OPT OUT OF OBAMACARE EXCHANGES: Over 214,000 doctors won’t participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It’s also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

PROSECUTORS SUSPECT REPEAT OFFENSES ON WALL STREET: It would be the Wall Street equivalent of a parole violation: Just two years after avoiding prosecution for a variety of crimes, some of the world’s biggest banks are suspected of having broken their promises to behave. A mixture of new issues and lingering problems could violate earlier settlements that imposed new practices and fines on the banks but stopped short of criminal charges, according to lawyers briefed on the cases. Prosecutors are exploring whether to strengthen the earlier deals, the lawyers said, or scrap them altogether and force the banks to plead guilty to a crime.

LATINO SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRATS DROPS A BIT, POLL SAYS: With the immigration debate in Washington frozen, support for Democrats among Latinos has declined slightly going into the midterm elections next week, but they still heavily favor Democrats over Republicans, according to a national bilingual poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. The biggest change was among Latinos with no party preference, with 35 percent of registered Latino voters saying that neither party was particularly concerned about them. During the 2012 election cycle, that number was 23 percent.

MALALA DONATES $50K TO GAZA SCHOOLS: Freshly minted Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is donating $50,000 to rebuild United Nations schools damaged during Israel’s bombardment of Gaza this summer. The Pakistani activist, who is now 17, received the money Wednesday when she won the World’s Children’s Prize. She said the donation will go to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees to help in the reconstruction of 65 schools damaged during the 50-day military conflict between Israel and Hamas. Malala received the latest award—often called “the Children’s Nobel”—after winning her real Nobel this month. “Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long,” she said.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Film director and writer Fraser Heston having lunch at Osteria Mamma on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles.   ***Radio anchor Bob Brill driving down Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.   ***Up and coming actor Jay Gee having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Terry Keenan, a business reporter who handled high finance with a populist touch for CNN and Fox News, among other television outlets, and most recently as a business columnist for The New York Post, died on Oct. 23 in Manhattan. She was 53. The cause was a cerebral hemorrhage, her sister, Linda Keenan, said.   ***Susan Sollins, an art curator who took avant-garde exhibitions to small communities across the country and produced an award-winning PBS television series aimed at demystifying and popularizing contemporary art, died on Oct. 13 at her home in Rye, N.Y. She was 75. A sister, Marybeth Sollins, confirmed the death without specifying a cause.

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US Dept of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook

“The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the government’s premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations – such as carpenters, teachers, and veterinarians. Revised every 2 years, the latest version contains employment projections for the 2012-22 decade.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Charles Atlas (1892)

A scrawny youth, Angelo Siciliano, better known as “Charles Atlas,” built up his physique using a system of exercises he developed that worked muscles against each other and in 1922 was dubbed “The World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man.” Under the Atlas pseudonym, he launched a highly successful mail-order bodybuilding course, advertising his “dynamic tension” system with the now-iconic image of the “97-pound weakling” who loses his girl to a bully at the beach.

LBN-COMMENTARY BY EMILY SHIRE: Americans, particularly younger and left-leaning ones, turn redder than a KitKat wrapper at the mention of sexy Halloween costumes. From Jezebel to The Daily Show, news outlets of varying stripes have lamented and mocked the array of sexy (some would say slutty) Halloween costumes for women. Sure, there is the sexy witch and the sexy nurse, but for those who want to be a bit more esoteric, there is the sexy dark Roman goddess. For the outdoorsy type, there is the sexy lady lumberjack. And if you think clowns are the demonic creatures I have always found them to be, then the sexy vintage circus clown costume manages both to terrify and titillate.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Smitten Cameron Diaz is putting her $90 million fortune at risk – by NOT asking fiancé Benji Madden to sign a prenup! The Hollywood hottie, 42, started dating the tattooed “Good Charlotte” singer, 35, in May, and worried pals say that she’s letting love cloud her better judgment. “It’s totally insane, but Cameron’s so crazy in love right now no one can get through to her,” a longtime pal said. ***Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are expecting their first child. After weeks of speculation, a pal close to the “7th Heaven” beauty revealed the happy news. “Jessica is at least three months pregnant, and she’s due in April!” the friend said.

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Wednesday • October 29, 2014

SHOCKING HARVARD POLL: MILLENNIAL VOTERS WANT GOP IN CHARGE, ABANDON OBAMA: Harvard University on Wednesday provided new proof that the Democrats are going to be broadsided in Tuesday’s national elections as millennial voters, in a shocking shift, now prefer a Republican-controlled Congress and give President Obama his second lowest grade ever. A new and massive poll of 2,029 18- to 29-year-olds from Harvard’s Institute of Politics just released found that of those who say they will “definitely be voting,” 51 percent want the GOP in charge, 47 percent favoring Democratic control. The unexpected anti-Democratic swing prompted a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporter quizzing poll experts on a media conference call to IOP blurted out, “How did the Democrats and Obama screw this up?”

NURSE WILL BUST OUT OF QUARANTINE: Nurse Kaci Hickox announced on the Today show Wednesday that she will leave home tomorrow in Maine, despite a 21-day quarantine. “I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free,” she said. Hickox already spent three days in a New Jersey isolation tent under Chris Christie’s orders after flying home from West Africa.  “I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I’m not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians,” she declared. If she followed the voluntary quarantine, she wouldn’t leave her house until November 10. Maine’s governor said he’ll take her to court to keep her at home.

NASA ROCKET EXPLODES AFTER LAUNCH: An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket holding 5,000 pounds of supplies bound for the International Space Station exploded in a mass of flames in midair shortly after being launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Antares rocket blew up six seconds after launch and produced huge flames and loud booms along the eastern Virginia coast. No injuries or deaths were reported, but there’s likely to be infrastructure damage in the area. What was left of the spacecraft and rocket plummeted back to earth, causing even more flames on impact. This was the third of eight resupply flights run by Orbital Sciences going to the ISS. A video of the fiery explosion has been posted here.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Attorneys general are now the object of aggressive pursuit by lobbyists and lawyers who use campaign contributions, personal appeals at lavish corporate-sponsored conferences and other means to push them to drop investigations, change policies, negotiate favorable settlements or pressure federal regulators, an investigation by The New York Times has found. A robust industry of lobbyists and lawyers has blossomed as attorneys general have joined to conduct multistate investigations and pushed into areas as diverse as securities fraud and Internet crimes. But unlike the lobbying rules covering other elected officials, there are few revolving-door restrictions or disclosure requirements governing state attorneys general, who serve as “the people’s lawyers” by protecting consumers and individual citizens.

FOR MARIJUANA, A SECOND WAVE OF VOTES TO LEGALIZE: Two years after voters in Colorado and Washington State broke the ice as the first states to legalize sales of recreational marijuana to adults, residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., will vote next week on ballot measures patterned on those of the two pioneers. People on both sides of the issue say these initiatives could determine whether there will be a national tide of legalization. A changing political landscape has weakened anti-marijuana efforts. As the libertarian movement in the Republican Party has gained force, with leaders like Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, supporting decriminalization of marijuana and others going even further, an anchor of the conservative opposition to legalization has eroded.

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MAN BEHEADS MOM, JUMPS IN FRONT OF TRAIN: A man beheaded a woman thought to be his mother, then jumped in front of a moving Long Island Rail Road train, in what’s being investigated as a brutal murder-suicide, law-enforcement authorities said. Officials found the body of a woman in her sixties outside a Farmingdale apartment complex Tuesday night. Her head had been severed. The body of the man, who was in his thirties and believed to be the woman’s son, was found nearby, about a mile away on a section of LIRR tracks. He apparently had jumped in front of an eastbound LIRR train, officials said. The incident appeared to be domestic and not terrorism-related, according to authorities.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Nearly 75% of drunk drivers involved in fatal collisions are not wearing their safety belts.

AIR FORCE TO TROOPS: KEEP LOW PROFILE: Members of the U.S. Air Force have been warned to watch what they post on social media and to be cautious about displaying things identifying them as part of the military after two Canadian soldiers were killed last week. The threat level, however, has not increased. “Out of a concern for our personnel, we want to equip them with the knowledge and awareness to make good choices and protect themselves,” a spokesman for Northern Command said. Meanwhile, U.S. troops in Canada have been instructed to follow the same security measures imposed on Canadian military members, including a suspension of wearing of uniforms outside of garrisons.

FED INVESTIGATOR BUSTED FOR PROSTITUTION: Oh, the irony. The investigator leading the probe into the 2012 scandal involving Secret Service agents paying for prostitutes in Colombia quit after being caught with a prostitute. David Nieland was busted in a prostitution investigation by Florida sheriff’s deputies, and was later identified by a woman who says he paid her for sex. He resigned from the Department of Homeland Security in August. Nieland denies the allegations, and there are two investigations underway

HEISMAN HOPEFUL SUSPENDED FOR AUTOGRAPHS: University of Georgia running back and Heisman candidate Todd Gurley has been suspended for two games by the NCAA for taking more than $3,000 in cash in exchange for autographed memorabilia. Georgia announced it plans to appeal the decision “immediately.” According to the NCAA, Gurley received the money over a two-year period, and will now be required to repay the money to a charity of his choice and serve 40 hours of community service. Gurley has already missed two games after being indefinitely suspended by the school.

ISOLATION: Defense Secretary approves recommendation from military leaders that troops returning from West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days. Just over 1,000 U.S. troops are in Liberia and Senegal supporting Ebola control efforts.

NESTLE JAPAN HIRING 1,000 ROBOTS: Watch out, retail workers of the world. Nestle, one of the globe’s largest food companies, announced Wednesday that its Japanese unit will hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks in its stores in the country. The robots, named Pepper, will be in place at the end of this year to sell coffee capsules and home espresso machines. ”We are sure that our customers will enjoy shopping and being entertained by robots,” said Nestle Japan spokeswoman Miki Kano.

KOALA CHLAMYDIA VACCINE A SUCCESS: Scientists in Australia are celebrating a breakthrough in their quest to develop a vaccine against chlamydia in wild koalas. The sexually transmitted disease has contributed to the plummeting number of wild koalas, as its effects include blindness, infertility, and death. The vaccine was developed by microbiologists from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Michael Sata, the president of Zambia, who once swept British railroad station platforms for a living and whose reputation for a sharp tongue and abrasive manner earned him the nickname “King Cobra,” died late Tuesday at a London hospital, the Zambian government announced on Wednesday. He was 77. The cause of his death, after months of largely unchronicled illness, was not made public.   ***L. M. Kit Carson, an actor and writer who earned a following among devotees of independent film with his magazine journalism about movies and his own quirky films, died on Oct. 20 in Dallas, while visiting. He was 73. The precise cause was uncertain, but Mr. Carson had been ill with pneumonia, said his wife, Cynthia Hargrave.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Joseph Goebbels (1897)

Goebbels, the Nazi regime’s infamous minister of propaganda, used mass communication to indoctrinate the German people into a culture of Nazism, racism, and militarism. One of his first acts as minister was to order the burning of books by Jewish or anti-Nazi authors, after which he gained control of every outlet of information in Germany. One of Hitler’s most devout followers, Goebbels killed himself and his family after Germany’s defeat

JOSE CANSECO SHOOTS OFF HIS FINGER: Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after he accidentally shot himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home. Police said Canseco, 50, told them he was cleaning his gun when it went off, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken for surgery at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. TMZ reports that the former baseball star, who was a right-handed outfielder, “blew his middle finger clear off his hand.” The site quoted Canseco’s girlfriend saying doctors were trying to save his finger and that even if they did, he would not have full use of it again. Canseco retired in 2001.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: This is why we’re a republic and not a democracy. People running for office should not be making science policy. By the way, I’ve been against quarantines and overreaction through this whole thing, but there was a piece in The New Republic a few weeks ago that sobered me. Steven Beutler, an infectious disease specialist, was arguing for a maximalist response. Here’s one core point: “Medicine can be a very humbling profession, and after more than 30 years of practicing infectious-disease medicine, I have learned that the ‘unanticipated’ happens all too often, especially where microbes are involved.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love-bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I couldn’t help but ask myself: “How did we get this country so wrong? How did we end up in a war with Vietnam that cost so many lives and drove them into the arms of their most hated enemy, China?” It’s a long, complicated story, I know, but a big part of it was failing to understand that the core political drama of Vietnam was an indigenous nationalist struggle against colonial rule — not the embrace of global communism, the interpretation we imposed on it.

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Wednesday • October 29, 2014

FOX NEWS LANDS INTERVIEW WITH SEAL WHO KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN:

Fox News has landed an exclusive interview with the SEAL that killed Osama Bin Laden during the deadly raid in Pakistan in May 2011.

According to the press release, Fox’s Peter Doocy will interview the SEAL over the course of a two-part documentary, “The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden.” The documentary will be featured on November 11th and 12th.

The SEAL will be interviewed about two and a half years after the deadly raid that killed the man behind the 9/11 attacks that drove planes into the World Trade Centers, The Pentagon, and a field in Western Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday • October 28, 2014

POLL: VOTERS ARE ANGRY:

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are angry at the direction the country is headed and 53% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance, two troubling signs for Democrats one week before the midterm elections, a new CNN/ORC International Poll shows.

Democrats are battling to try and save the Senate majority, while hoping to prevent more losses in the House, which the GOP controls by a 234 to 201 margin.

In the Senate, Republicans need a net gain of six seats, and several state polls in the past month of contested races show that Democrats are in danger of losing control of the majority, and thus Congress. Currently, Democrats control the Senate by a 55-45 margin with two of those seats held by independents that align themselves politically with Democrats.

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Tuesday • October 28, 2014

ROB FORD ELECTED TO TORONTO CITY COUNCIL-SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ELATED!: Toronto citizens elected John Tory as the city’s next mayor, rejecting the candidacy of Doug Ford, brother of scandal-plagued outgoing Mayor Rob Ford. But the bigger headline may be that voters gave Rob Ford an endorsement of sorts, electing him to his old council seat, meaning he will return to challenge Tory at City Hall. Tory, 60, won with promises of good governance and swift improvements to public transit, but his victory margin was slimmer than expected, suggesting devotees of the Ford brothers could still hold political sway in Canada’s largest city. Doug Ford jumped into the race last month when Rob Ford dropped out after being diagnosed with cancer. Rob previously had acknowledged smoking crack cocaine but doggedly refused to step down as mayor. The city council finally stripped him of most of his powers, leaving him mayor in name only and giving most of his authority, staff, and budget to the deputy mayor. Asked after the election if he would run again for mayor in four years, he said it was too early to tell, but hinted that a Ford would be in the race.

SECOND DALLAS NURSE IS FREE OF EBOLA: The second nurse to contract Ebola in the U.S. is free of the virus and will be released from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday. Amber Vinson, 29, contracted the virus after treating Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas. The virus has been undetectable in Vinson’s body since October 21. Both Vinson and the other nurse, Nina Pham, are now free of the virus. Vinson’s case initially stirred fears that Ebola would spread after it was revealed she flew back-and-forth from Ohio with a slight fever after treating Duncan. Her family says she cleared her flight with the hospital three times before departing.

CDC: NO QUARANTINE FOR RETURNING MEDICS: Federal health officials have revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning home to the United States from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines that are being imposed by some American states. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called for isolation of people at the highest risk of Ebola, but said medical workers returning from hardest-hit Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone would require daily monitoring without isolation. He warned against turning doctors and nurses who strive to tackle Ebola in West Africa into “pariahs.” The new guidelines are not mandatory and states will keep the right to institute stricter policies, as has been done by New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Illinois. The U.S. Army also has enacted mandatory quarantines for soldiers who responded to the crisis in West Africa.

BOMBER SUSPECT’S PAL GUILTY OF LYING: A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of lying to the FBI on Tuesday. Robel Phillipos of Cambridge, Massachusetts was found guilty of lying to federal authorities during the investigation of the 2013 attack. FBI agents testified that Phillipos lied about being in Tsarnaev’s University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth dorm room in the days following the attack while two other students removed potential evidence, including his backpack containing fireworks and his laptop. Phillipos lawyer argued that his client, then 19 years old, was intimidated and too high on marijuana to properly remember. Three people died as a result of the Boston Maraton bombing and scores were injured.

FBI IDENTIFIES 2ND NSA LEAKER: A so-called second leaker of classified government documents that outline the U.S.’s terror-watch list system has been identified by the FBI, according to law-enforcement and intelligence sources. An Aug. 5 article titled “Barack Obama’s Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers” and published on The Intercept—an investigative website founded by Edward Snowden’s confidant Glenn Greenwald—revealed a database of the government’s master screening list, half of which was made up of U.S. citizens with “no recognized terrorist affiliation.” The data was as recent as August 2013, months after Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked thousands of top-secret documents, had revealed his identity and fled to Hong Kong, sparking speculation that there was a second intelligence insider involved with the leaks. Another source close to the case expressed concern that “there is no longer an appetite at Justice for these cases,” due to criticism against the Justice Department for being overzealous in prosecuting leak cases, which may make it reluctant to charge those in question. Yet Steve Aftergood, who closely tracks government-secrecy efforts, feels differently. “These leaks are taken extremely seriously,” he said. If there is sufficient evidence against a new leaker, “I don’t think they will let it slide.”

REPORT REVEALS WIDER TRACKING OF MAIL IN U.S.: In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. The number of requests, contained in a little-noticed 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Extreme or sudden emotional trauma can lead to “broken heart syndrome” (BHS), or stress cardiomyopathy (severe heart muscle weakness). This condition occurs rapidly, and usually in women. In Japan, BHS is called “octopus trap cardiomyopathy” because the left ventricle balloons out in a peculiar shape.

JOHN CANTLIE, BRITISH HOSTAGE, SEEN IN ISIS VIDEO APPARENTLY FROM KOBANI: A British hostage of the Islamic State has been shown in a video, apparently made in the beleaguered Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border, depicting him as a combat correspondent and forecasting that the town is about to fall to militants despite waves of American airstrikes. The video, about five and a half minutes long, suggests a further evolution in the militants’ command of media technology to promote their cause, using the techniques of 24-hour news channel journalism to counter the West’s accounts of what is happening in Kobani.

HITLER’S PERSONAL COPY OF MEIN KAMPF FOR SALE. California historian and Pawn Stars regular Craig Gottlieb is auctioning the Hitler’s own personal copy of Mein Kampf this weekend at www.historyhunter.com.  How much it’ll go for is anybody’s guess.  Copies bearing only Hitler’s signature routinely bring more than $50,000, but Gottlieb says this one is far more historically significant.  “My dream is to develop a partnership with a bidder, so that we can guide this piece into a museum like the Museum of Tolerance in LA,” said Gottlieb in an interview with the San Diego Jewish Journal.”  Controversial?  Depends on who you ask.  Creepy?  You bet.  Bidding started last week, but doesn’t end until Saturday.  Tune in to see how much this history nugget brings when the hammer falls this Saturday at 10:00am PST.

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SEOUL: ANKLE SURGERY BENCHED KIM JONG-UN: South Korea’s spy agency believes ankle surgery was the reason behind North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un’s mysterious six-week absence. The National Intelligence Agency told legislators in a closed-door briefing that a foreign doctor removed a cyst from Kim’s right ankle, according to an aide to lawmaker Shin Kyung-min. The agency has a less-than-perfect track record when it comes to deciphering the inner workings of the Hermit Kingdom. However, it would explain why Kim appeared to be limping in certain photos and videos. It is certainly a less-exciting explanation for the six-week absence in September and October, which many experts speculated was a sign of Kim’s political demise and a changing regime.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The amount of energy Americans use doubles every 20 years.

AUSTRALIA SHUTS OUT COUNTRIES WITH EBOLA: Australia announced that it would temporarily shut its borders to people from countries suffering from Ebola. “We are not processing any application from these affected countries,” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament Monday. Australia will also cancel or refuse any non-permanent visas for people from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Permanent visa holders will have to submit to a 21-day quarantine before they depart for Australia, according to the new government guidelines. “The government’s systems and processes are working to protect Australians,” said Morrison. Australia has not had a single case of Ebola. Many opponents have urged the government to do more to help West Africa, which has lost nearly 5,000 lives to Ebola.

LBN-NOTICED: ***A large group of L.A. music insiders gathered at power-attorney John Branca’s estate in Beverly Hills last night to enjoy an evening of intense Rock n’ Roll trivia.

BULLETPROOF VESTS: “Bulletproof” is something of a misnomer for these protective vests. A more accurate description is “bullet resistant,” as they do not always protect against all types of ammunition. A vest protects its wearer by catching a bullet in layers of material and spreading its force over a larger area. Even in cases where the bullet is prevented from penetrating the body, the wearer can suffer injuries, like bruises or internal injuries, from the force of the impact.

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HACKING TOPS LIST OF CRIMES AMERICANS WORRY ABOUT MOST: As the list of major U.S. retailers hit by credit card hackers continues to grow this year, Americans are more likely to worry about having credit card information they used in stores stolen by computer hackers than any other crime they are asked about. Sixty-nine percent of Americans report they frequently or occasionally worry about this happening to them. Having a computer or smartphone hacked (62%) is the only other crime that worries the majority of Americans.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:BGR.com: Mobile and Tech News

“BGR is a leading online destination for news and commentary focused on the mobile and general consumer electronics markets. It is America’s number one source of exclusive and breaking mobile news, and a technology category leader among early adopters, savvy technophiles and casual readers alike. BGR started as a column written by Internet personality Jonathan Geller on the popular consumer electronics blog Engadget. Geller, known only as ‘Boy Genius’ at the time, quickly rose to Internet stardom as he became one of the biggest draws on Engadget. At age 19, Geller spun off his column into a website devoted to bringing exclusive mobile and gadget news to the masses – and Boy Genius Report was born.”

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The next Rolling Stones project will cost you a lot more than the average concert ticket. A boxed, collector’s edition of “The Rolling Stones,” a coffee table book featuring hundreds of famous and little-known photographs, will be released in December. The publisher Taschen announced Monday that band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts signed each of the available 1,150 copies. The asking price: $5,000. The regular edition, unsigned and slightly smaller in dimension, has a list price of $150.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: A college student came to me recently with a quandary. He’d spent the summer interning at a conservative think tank. Now he was applying to schools and companies where most people were liberal. Should he remove the internship from his résumé? I advised him not to. Even if people disagreed with his politics, I argued, they’d still appreciate his public spiritedness. But now I’m thinking that advice was wrong. There’s a lot more political discrimination than I thought. In fact, the best recent research suggests that there’s more political discrimination than there is racial discrimination.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Lindsay Lohan thinks she’s found her Prince Charming – literally! Sources say the troubled starlet, currently in London while starring in playwright David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow,” has set her sights on Britain’s Prince Harry. “Lindsay has a huge crush on Harry,” said a source. “And as preposterous as it sounds, she thinks she can make her dream of becoming a princess come true.   ***Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi didn’t show up at a charity fundraiser for rescued animals after having a huge fight in the car on the way to Sunday’s event, sources say. The power couple was on the way to the Saving SPOT! fundraiser at Tiato in Santa Monica when they got into an argument and turned around without attending the event, even though they were listed and pictured on the invitation as hosts. Ellen and Portia on Monday insisted they had informed the charity they would be unable to make it and their picture should not have been on the invitation.   ***“Smash” didn’t make it in the long run, and neither did the off-screen romance between its stars. “Debra Messing and Will Chase have ended their two-and-a-half year relationship, but remain close friends,” Messing’s rep. said. ***NBA star LeBron James and wife Savannah Brinson are the proud parents of their third child, a baby girl. The Cleveland Cavalier, 29, and Brinson, 28, welcomed the little one on Oct. 22 in Ohio.   ***Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin are officially over. After a few months together, the 24-year-old “Mockingjay” actress and the 37-year-old Coldplay frontman are going their separate ways.   ***Reports of Judd Nelson’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite rumors that swept the Internet on Sunday morning, the “Breakfast Club” star is alive and well, his manager and agent told the Los Angeles Times. Agent Gregg Klein even hustled to Nelson’s home Sunday morning to take a photo of the actor with the front page of Sunday’s newspaper. Halle Berry knows how to fight gravity. “My mother taught me when I was very young that if I don’t want my boobs to hit the my knees by the time I’m 30, always wear a bra, even to bed,” the 48-year-old mother of two said.

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Monday • October 27, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 20% of American have taken an “intimate” photo of themselves or others with a cellphone camera, including 39% of Americans under 30.

U.S. SPY AGENCIES EMPLOYED 1,000 NAZIS: Throughout the Cold War, the FBI and CIA hired at least 1,000 Nazis as spies and informants. The agencies concealed their ties to those living in the U.S., deciding their value to fight the Russians was more important than the “moral lapses” of the past. This practice continued up to the 1990s, when a CIA lawyer put pressure on investigators to stop looking into a suspected Nazi who once spied for the U.S., although he was implicated in a massacre of 60,000 Jews. The U.S. even moved SS officer Otto von Bolschwing, a top aide to Adolf Eichmann, to New York City in the 1950s.

LAWYERS WILL APPEAL PISTORIUS VERDICT: Five years isn’t enough, say South Africa’s prosecutors. The lawyers will appeal the verdict and sentence of Oscar Pistorius, who received a five-year prison term for culpable homicide last week. The Olympian will be eligible for release in 10 months, and could then finish his sentence at home. Prosecutors say they will file appeals papers in the coming days with more details.

U.S. LEADS NEW ISIS BOMBARDMENT: ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria were battered by airstrikes on Sunday and Monday. The United States and partner countries hit 11 targets—four in Syria, and seven in Iraq. According to the U.S. Central Command, the strikes destroyed a number of vehicles, ISIS-occupied buildings, and a small unit of Islamic State fighters.

CAR CRASH KILLS CARDINALS’ OSCAR TAVERAS: St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed Sunday in an auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, police confirmed. Taveras’ girlfriend, identified by local media as Edilia Arvelo, also died in the crash. Taveras, 22, was considered one of the top hitting prospects in baseball since his first at-bat in the minor leagues. He and his girlfriend died in an accident on a stretch of highway as they were heading toward his hometown of Sosua. The Cardinals released a statement expressing condolences as well as shock at the sudden absence of their rising star. “I simply can’t believe it,” General Manager John Moseliak said in a club statement. Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. added: “We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family.” The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington (1732-1799). He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year.

BOKO HARAM USES GIRLS AS FIGHTERS: Boko Haram has been using the girls and women it abducts in northern Nigeria as fighters and assistants on the front lines, according to Human Rights Watch. In interviews with 30 escapees, a new report outlines the various tasks these young women are forced to do: from handling ammunition to killing civilians. Many described being raped, threatened with death to convert to Islam, and being forced to marry Boko Haram fighters. Since 2009, HRW estimates that 500 women have been abducted by the militant group.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The U.S. ranks 30th among countries with the fastest average internet speed, according to the Internet Society’s “Global Internet Report 2014.”   Downloads in the U.S. –the fastest country in the Western Hemisphere— are 67 percent slower than in No. 1-ranked Hong Kong.

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‘KOTTER’ STAR MARCIA STRASSMAN DIES: Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan’s wife Julie on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter—which launched the career of John Travolta—has died at age 66. The actress had battled breast cancer for seven years, according to her sister Julie Strassman. “They gave her two and a half years, but she lasted much longer,” her sister said. “She was very courageous.” Marcia Strassman appeared in the first season of MASH, but her breakout role was on Kotter, the hit comedy about a teacher returning to the tough high school of his youth to teach a class of misfits that included Travolta. She also played Rick Moranis’s wife in the Disney movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids and its sequel Honey I Blew Up the Kid.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Circus Maximus in Rome could seat nearly 250,000 fans. In its passageways and arches under the seats, cooks and prostitutes catered to the fans’ other needs.

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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: Spain is just one of the 26 foreign countries with daily LBN E-Lert readers.

LBN-SEE IT:…. Nearly twenty million Americans now say that they regularly experience stomach problems after eating products that contain gluten.


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Theodore Roosevelt (1858)

A hero of the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt served as governor of New York and, later, as vice president under William McKinley. After McKinley’s assassination, he became the 26th president of the US. His administration was marked by the regulation of trusts, the building of the Panama Canal, and a foreign policy based on the motto “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

LBN-R.I.P.: John-Roger, a self-anointed spiritual adviser and preacher of human potential who founded a New Age movement that for a time achieved an aura of glamour and attracted celebrity adherents while provoking along the way accusations that he was running a cult, died on Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 80. The cause was pneumonia, said Mark Lurie, the treasurer and spokesman for John-Roger’s church, the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness. Its acronym, MSIA, is sometimes pronounced aloud as “messiah.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Former Bob Dylan publicist Elliot Mintz, comedian Adam Christing and former Michael Jackson publicist Michael Levine all talking in the lobby of the Dolby Theatre last night at the Bob Dylan concert in Hollywood.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Encyclopedia of Life

“The Encyclopedia of Life is an ambitious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth. At its heart lies a series of Web sites – one for each of the approximately 1.8 million known species. Each site is constantly evolving and features dynamically synthesized content ranging from historical literature and biological descriptions to stunning images, videos and distribution maps.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: I don’t know about you, but I find dinner conversations often veer in strange directions these days, like the friend telling me the other evening that the terrorists calling themselves Islamic State could easily dispatch one of their own to West Africa, make sure he contracts Ebola, then get him onto the London Underground or the Paris Metro or the New York subway, squeezed up against plenty of other folk at rush hour, and bingo! “I mean,” he said, “I can’t possibly be the first to have thought of this. It’s easy. They want to commit suicide anyway, right?” Right: We are vulnerable, less safe than we thought.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: Public projects, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, provided the backbone for economic growth. Sometimes it provided incentives to the private sector, like land grants to spur railroad construction. Either way, there was broad support for spending that would make us richer. But nowadays we simply won’t invest, even when the need is obvious and the timing couldn’t be better. And don’t tell me that the problem is “political dysfunction” or some other weasel phrase that diffuses the blame. Our inability to invest doesn’t reflect something wrong with “Washington”; it reflects the destructive ideology that has taken over the Republican Party.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Sarah Silverman (Comedian): ***My guilty pleasure?  I love holding babies when I’m stoned.   ***Hitler had kind eyes (just kidding).   ***Why do men fall in love w their nannies & assistants?  They’re just subordinates who anticipate their every need. Ohh.   ***Diarrhea of the mouth is still way better than diarrhea in the mouth.   ***Wait why aren’t there parachutes on airplanes?   ***I’ve got to remember to tie a string around my finger.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I met a dike like night named Candi in West Hollywood and the scent of her perfume wafted through the room. To me it smelled like decayed milk left out in the summer hear for two weeks.

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LBN-OVERHERD: ***Russell Brand is thought to be considering a run for mayor of London, despite repeatedly saying that voting is a waste of time. Brand, a vocal critic of mainstream politics, reportedly told friends he wants to unseat current mayor Boris Johnson at the next mayoral elections in 2016.

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Sunday • October 26, 2014

A HORROR TALE FROM FORMER ISIS CAPTIVES: Hostages of ISIS, or Islamic State as it calls itself, were forced to endure months of psychological and physical torture before their eventual beheading on camera, released captives said in a horrifying report from The New York Times. Western captives, including James Foley, who was murdered Aug. 19 by beheading on camera, were subjected to waterboarding, beaten, starved and threatened with execution by one group of militants. They were then treated kindly and teased by dangled offers of freedom by other militants. This cruelty eventually turned the prisoners against each other while some, including Foley, turned to Islam as a source of spiritual comfort. The Times pieced together the horror story of some of the 23 Western hostages of ISIS by talking with five released captives, locals who witnessed the events, relatives and colleagues, and a number of advisors who tried to win their freedom.

MORE AMERICANS RENOUNCE CITIZENSHIP, WITH 2014 ON PACE FOR A RECORD: Significant numbers of people are continuing to renounce their U.S. citizenship or end their long-term U.S. residency. There are 776 names on the Treasury Department list published Friday for the third quarter of 2014. That’s the third highest quarterly figure ever, according to Andrew Mitchel, an international tax lawyer in Centerbrook, Conn., who tracks the data. The total number of published renouncers so far in 2014 is 2,353, putting this year on pace to exceed last year’s record total of 2,999, adds Mr. Mitchel.

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IRAQI FORCES MAKE GAINS AGAINST ISIS: Iraqi security forces have regained control of a town south of Baghdad, Jurf al-Sakhar, according to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. In a post on Facebook, al-Abadi saluted the Iraqi forces and said they “have inflicted a strong blow to the terrorist organization ISIS.” Farther north, Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces liberated the town of Zumar and its surroundings, according to Iraqi state TV. “Zumar is controlled by the Peshmerga forces. ISIS completely evacuated it,” a Peshmerga commander told Kurdish news agency Rudaw. Peshmerga forces also wrested control of 10 villages around Zumar back from ISIS and killed 81 ISIS fighters.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the US government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

QUARANTINED NURSE CRITICIZES TREATMENT: In a first-person essay published Saturday on the Dallas Morning News’ website, a nurse who was quarantined after returning from working in West Africa expresses anger and frustration at how she was treated upon landing at Newark Liberty International Airport. Kaci Hickox writes her temperature read normally upon landing, but four hours later, after being held in a room “with no explanation,” her fever registered 101 degrees on a forehead scanner operated by a “smug”-looking officer. She attributes the above-normal reading to being flush with anxiety over being detained without explanation. She says that when her temperature was taken again at University Hospital in Newark, it was back to a normal 98.6 degrees. Though a preliminary test for Ebola came back negative for Hickox, she is to remain under a 21-day quarantine.

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NYC POLICE: HATCHET ATTACK WAS TERRORISM: New York City police are calling the attack in which a man attacked four officers with a hatchet an act of terrorism. 32-year-old Zale Thompson attacked the group of officers on Thursday after they stopped to take a picture. Though a clear motive has yet to be established in the case, Police Commissioner William Bratton deemed the act on Friday a “terrorist attack.” Thompson converted to Islam two years ago and became “self-radicalized” after being inspired by terrorist groups like ISIS.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Only 26% of Americans rate outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder positively, including 44% of Democrats and 57% of blacks. 37% rate him negatively, including 64% of Republicans. More than a third of those polled weren’t sure how to rate him.

NUMBER OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS GROWING IN GERMANY: The number of Islamic extremists in Germany is growing rapidly, the head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency said Saturday. The agency estimates that some 6,300 people in Germany are adherents of an ultraconservative strain of Islam known as Salafism, Hans-Georg Maassen told public broadcaster rbb-Inforadio. In Germany, all Salafis are considered Islamic extremists and on the radar of the security services, though other groups are also monitored if they are determined to be a threat to the state or democratic order.

CREAM BASSIST JACK BRUCE DEAD AT 71: The family of Jack Bruce, singer and bassist of the rock band Cream, confirmed on Saturday that the rocker has passed away, at the age of 71. “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts,” the statement said. A representative for Bruce confirmed that he died of liver disease. In addition to playing bass, Bruce also sang lead vocals on classic Cream songs like “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room.”

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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley spoke candidly about the problems facing the black community when appearing on a Philadelphia radio station, accusing “unintelligent,” “brainwashed” African-Americans of keeping successful ones down. While appearing on “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis,” Barkley was asked about a rumor that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was getting criticism from his black teammates for not being, quote, “black enough.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***NYC top cop Bill Bratton and wife Rikki Klieman sharing a quiet dinner at Stone Creek Inn in Quogue.   ***Uma Thurman lunching at Da Silvano in NYC.   ***Al Roker with his wife, Deborah Roberts, and their two kids dining at Fresco by Scotto in NYC. Also there, former Mayor David Dinkins, who was seen dining alongside Barnes & Noble executive chairman Leonard Riggio.   ***Tony Danza and Tony Shalhoub at Edison Ballroom for the opening-night party of “Disgraced,” starring Josh Radnor, who stayed late at the party with both of his parents.   ***Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth dining at Virgil’s Real Barbecue before their New York City concert.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Google Chrome Browser

“Google Chrome is a fast, simple, more secure browser that helps you make the most of the modern web.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Vatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night. It has its own phone company, radio, T.V. stations, money, and stamps. It even has its own army, the historic Swiss Guard.

LBN-R.I.P.: Chen Ziming, a Chinese dissident and democracy advocate who was accused by the government of fomenting the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and spent more than a decade in prison and under house arrest, died on Tuesday in Beijing. He was 62. The cause was cancer, said Wang Juntao, a fellow dissident who was arrested and sentenced with Mr. Chen.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: When Secretary of State John Kerry began his high-energy effort to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace, I argued that it was the last train for a two-state solution. If it didn’t work, it would mean that the top-down, diplomatically constructed two-state concept was over as a way out of that conflict. For Israelis and Palestinians, the next train would be the one coming at them. Well, now arriving on Track 1 …

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Attractive defendants are not only less likely to be convicted, but when they are, they are likely to suffer less severe punishment than an unattractive person convicted of the same offense.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: The best escalator to opportunity in America is education. But a new study underscores that the escalator is broken. We expect each generation to do better, but, currently, more young American men have less education (29 percent) than their parents than have more education (20 percent).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber spent $30,000 on a fine-art photograph of nude women wearing horses’ heads by Brian Bowen Smith, the protégé of the late, great Herb Ritts. The couple, just back from George Clooney’s wedding to Amal Alamuddin, attended Smith’s first show at the De Re Gallery in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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Saturday • October 25, 2014

LAPID: ISRAEL-US RELATIONS IN ‘CRISIS’: “There is a crisis with the Americans and it needs to be addressed as a crisis,” Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Saturday after ongoing tensions between Washington and Jerusalem led US officials to block Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon from meeting with senior administration officials during his current US visit.

“We mustn’t pretend there isn’t a crisis,” Lapid told a crowd in Tel Aviv Saturday. “Our relations with the US are vital and everything that can be done must be done to end this crisis.”

REMAINS ID’ED AS MISSING UVA STUDENT: The human remains found on an abandoned property on Oct. 18 in rural Virginia were positively identified Friday as missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Eighteen-year-old Graham was a sophomore from Alexandria, Virginia, who went missing in September. She was last seen with Jesse Matthew, who has been charged with abduction with intent to defile. He is being held in isolation at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 4. Graham’s parents, John and Sue Grahama, released a statement, saying, “When we first met Chief Longo, he promised to find our precious daughter Hannah and during five long weeks his resolve to fulfill that promise never wavered. When we started this journey together, we all hoped for a happier ending. Sadly that was not to be, but due to the tenacity and determination of Chief Longo, Hannah is coming home to us and we will be eternally grateful to him for this.”

MARYSVILLE SHOOTER WAS HOMECOMING PRINCE: Details about the 14-year-old who opened fire in the school cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington on Friday are beginning to emerge. Jaylen Fryberg was a freshman football player who was crowned homecoming prince just last week. Two of the four people he shot before killing himself were relatives. The other student he killed was female; her identity has not been released. Two of the victims, 14-year-old Nate Hatch and 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg, are relatives of Jaylen’s. “My grandson and the shooter were best friends,” Hatch’s grandfather told ABC News. “They grew up together and did everything together.” Andrew Fryberg underwent surgery for a head wound and is listed in critical condition. Hatch is in serious condition; both boys have been transferred to another hospital. The other two victims, both young women, remain in critical condition. Officials met with relatives to ask about birthmarks and descriptions of their children’s clothing to help identify them, since their head injuries were so severe they were not immediately identifiable. According to student witnesses, Fryberg pulled out the gun in the cafeteria and began shooting in a calm, methodical way with “no arguing, no yelling.” The gun Fryberg used was legally acquired, though it is unclear by whom.

OTTAWA GUNMAN’S RADICALISM DEEPENED AS LIFE CRUMBLED: A loner. A drug addict. A criminal. A drifter. And lately, an Islamic radical. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the bearded, 32-year-old gunman who was shot dead Wednesday after killing a soldier and storming Canada’s Parliament, aptly fit each of those descriptions. In the tumultuous wake of what Canada’s prime minister has called a terrorist act, Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau’s radicalism has become the defining one. But a closer examination of his past draws a somewhat different portrait: one of an increasingly troubled, mentally unstable man who initially may have embraced religion not as a political cause, but as an attempt to scaffold a disintegrating life.

NY, NJ ENFORCE MANDATORY QUARANTINES: The case of the Doctors Without Borders physician who unwittingly brought Ebola to New York City seems to have motivated the governors of New York and New Jersey to enforce mandatory quarantines for all travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected people and who are arriving from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. “We believe it’s appropriate to increase the current screening procedures from people coming from affected countries from the current [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening procedures],” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday afternoon. “We believe it within the State of New York and the State of New Jersey’s legal rights.” Those with lower risks of exposure—those who have not had direct contact with Ebola patients—will be monitored for temperature and symptoms.

ATTACKS IN WEST RAISE NEW FEARS OVER ISIS’ INFLUENCE: The British police arrest four men accused of plotting a bombing on the scale of the Mumbai hotel attack six years ago. The Australian authorities arrest a ring of 12 accused of plotting daring murders, including a public beheading. In Canada, a gunman assaults the Parliament building and kills a soldier guarding a war memorial, and a motorist strikes two soldiers, killing one — in both cases, perpetrators with tenuous links to Islamist extremism. And in New York City, a man wielding a hatchet attacks four police officers in Queens, slashing one in the head and another in the arm. The series of episodes over just the last four weeks is raising new fears about the capacity of the extremists who call themselves the Islamic State to catalyze so-called lone-wolf attacks, conceived and carried out by individuals or small groups around the Western world who may have little or no connection to the Islamic State.

HONEY BOO BOO MOM DENIES SEX-OFFENDER BF: TMZ reported Thursday that reality-TV star Mama June Shannon, better known as Honey Boo Boo’s mother, was dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel again. Now, Mama June has taken to Facebook declaring her relationship with McDaniel is over. “I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn’t go back.” In addition, McDaniels’ son told E! News that his father is “not dating [Mama June]. It’s been 10 years.” Mama June had announced last month that she and her longtime love, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, were over. In her Facebook post, she defended herself, writing, “I promise my kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else[.] they r my life.” However, on Friday, Shannon also said TLC has canceled the reality show as a result of the report.

EBOLA SURVIVOR MEETS WITH OBAMA: Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who recovered from Ebola after being infected by the first U.S. patient with the virus, met with President Barack Obama on Friday in the Oval Office. Pham’s recovery status was disclosed by the National Institutes of Health on Friday morning. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham told reporters. “I know that it may be a while before I have my strength back so with gratitude and respect… I ask for my privacy and my family’s privacy.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Depression

1.     The main risk factors of depression include past abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), certain medications (drugs that treat high blood pressure), conflict with family members or friends, death or loss, chronic or major illness, and a family history of depression.

2.     Even positive events such as graduating, getting married, a new job can lead to depression.

3.     Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also suffer from depression.

4.     More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression in a given year.

5.     Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men. Women may be at a higher risk for depression due in part to estrogen, which may alter the activity of neurotransmitters that contribute to depression.

6.     At some point in their lives, about one in four Americans will experience depression.

7.     Once men hit midlife, they may face an increased risk of depression due to the decrease of testosterone.

8.     Men typically experience depression differently from women and use different means to cope. For example, while women may feel hopeless, men may feel irritable. Women may crave a listening ear, while men may became socially withdrawn or become violent or abusive.

9.     Researchers have recently found that those who suffer from depression are at risk for low bone mineral density. Depressed women are especially at risk for developing osteoporosis.

10.  Abraham Lincoln first fell into a deep depression after Ann Rutledge, his first love, died. Lincoln reportedly suffered from chronic depression his entire life.

11.  In established market economies such as the United States, depression is the leading form of mental illness.

12.  As many as 15% of those who suffer from some form of depression take their lives each year.

13.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), more than 6% of children suffer from depression and 4.9% of them have major depression.

14.  Self-mutilation (cutting or burning) is one way in which individuals show they are depressed.

15.  Because the brains of older people are more vulnerable to chemical abnormalities, they are more likely than young people to suffer depression.

IRAN HANGS WOMAN FOR KILLING ALLEGED RAPIST: Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported. Amnesty International and other human rights groups had called on Iran’s judiciary to halt the execution. But IRNA said Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at dawn for premeditated murder. It quoted the court ruling as rejecting the claim of attempted rape and saying all evidence proved that Jabbari had plotted to kill Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence agent.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Rihanna at Da Silvano in NYC two nights in a row.   ***Todd English shaving truffles at a charity dinner at Davio’s in Midtown in NYC to benefit No Kid Hungry, with chef Chad Brown.   ***Joel Grey, Gay Talese and Rosanne Cash at a MoMA screening of “Cabaret”.    ***Robert De Niro at the Tribeca Grand to celebrate Danny Aiello’s book, “I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else” .   ***Monica Lewinsky dining at Stephen Starr’s French bistro Parc in Philadelphia after speaking at the Forbes Under 30 Summit.    ***Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner at the popular Barney’s in Brentwood last night.    ***Veteran comedy manager Howard Lapides having lunch at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.    ***Financial planner Rob Jupille having lunch at the popular Louise’s Trattoria on Pico Blvd. in West L.A.

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40 PERCENT OF US ADULTS HARASSED ONLINE: The conversation about bullying often revolves around youngsters, but they are not the only victims. Data show that some 40 percent of US adults face harassment online in the form of name-calling, intentional embarrassment, threats, sexual harassment, and stalking. Of adults targeted in this manner, young adults are the most frequently victimized, with 65 percent reporting being subjected to such harassment. Gender also appears to influence the type of online harassment one faces, with men more likely to experience name-calling and women more likely to be targeted for sexual harassment and stalking.

FIRST ‘DEAD HEART’ TRANSPLANT A SUCCESS: A team of Australian surgeons at St. Vincent’s Hospital in  Sydney say they have successfully performed the first ever “dead heart” transplant. This means the doctors used a donor heart that had stopped beating, in this case for 20 minutes. Donor hearts from adults usually come from people who can be brain dead, but have a heart that is still beating. Until this operation, the heart was the only organ that was not used after cardiac arrest. The woman who received the heart, Michelle Gribilas, 57, said she felt a decade younger and is now a “different person.” The heart was revived in a machine called a “heart-in-a-box,” and scientists believe the success of this device could allow the saving of up to 30 percent more lives.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***A sparkly bracelet from Tiffany’s wasn’t enough to change Michelle Williams’ mind. Agitation spread through the Los Angeles headquarters of CAA (Creative Artists Agency) last week when it was learned that the “My Week With Marilyn” actress was interviewing other firms to represent her. CAA partner Kevin Huvane jumped on a plane and raced to Brooklyn to meet with Williams. He thought the meeting went well, because the next day he had a Tiffany bracelet delivered to her home with a note that read, “You are my shining star! Love, Kevin.” But on Monday, it was announced that she had ditched CAA for its arch rival WME (William Morris Endeavor).

LBN-R.I.P.: ***In his 1988 memoir, Donald T. Regan, a former chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan, revealed what he called the administration’s “most closely guarded secret.” He said an astrologer had set the time for summit meetings, presidential debates, Reagan’s 1985 cancer surgery, State of the Union addresses and much more. Without an O.K. from the astrologer, he said, Air Force One did not take off. The astrologer, whose name Mr. Regan did not know when he wrote the book, was Joan Quigley. She died on Tuesday at 87 at her home in San Francisco, her sister and only immediate .   ***Alfred Wertheimer, a photographer who for a few fleeting days in 1956 captured strikingly intimate images of a 21-year-old Elvis Presley just as he was becoming a rock ’n’ roll sensation — pictures that remained all but forgotten until the 1990s — died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84. His niece Pam Wertheimer confirmed the death.   ***Frank Mankiewicz, a writer and Democratic political strategist who was Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s press secretary, directed Senator George S. McGovern’s losing 1972 presidential campaign and for six years was the president of National Public Radio, died on Thursday in Washington. He was 90. The cause was heart failure, said Adam Clymer, a family spokesman, who is a former reporter for The New York Times. Mr. Mankiewicz, who lived in Washington, died in a hospital, where he had been treated for heart and lung problems, Mr. Clymer said.   ***Rick S. Piltz, a climate policy analyst who resigned from the administration of George W. Bush in 2005, accusing it of distorting scientific findings for political reasons and then releasing internal White House documents to support his contention, died on Saturday in Washington. He was 71. The cause was metastasized liver cancer, his wife, Karen Metchis, said.   ***Donald A. Pels, a media executive whose early investment in cellphone networks paid off for his company and for himself, died on Oct. 16 at his home in Manhattan, where he had become a major philanthropist in his later years, kick-starting the development of the elevated High Line park. He was 86. The cause was congestive heart failure, his daughter Valerie Pels said.

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HubbleSite: Out of the Ordinary – Out of this World

“The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space-based telescope that was launched in 1990 by the space shuttle. From its position 353 miles (569 km) above Earth’s surface, the HST has expanded our understanding of star birth, star death, and galaxy evolution, and has helped move black holes from theory to fact. In its first 15 years, the telescope recorded over 700,000 images. Hubble’s view is so spectacular because of its location above Earth’s atmosphere.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by P.J. O’Rourke: Lobbyist. The very word sends a shudder through every upstanding citizen who believes in the dignity and gravitas of American government — as if George Washington were being pictured naked, lowering himself into a bathtub full of live squid. Stand down, upstanding citizen. And go on, get outta here. Nobody believes in the dignity and gravitas of American government. Nobody in living memory ever has.

LBN-COMMENTARY by J. Neil Schulman: In a free society who marries whom is subject to veto by neither state nor church, yet no one should be handcuffed for refusal to accommodate. What began as righteous indignation against forcible racial segregation is now a general license for government to make all private commerce subservient to a political test. If you don’t see that as fascist then you are one.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Taylor Swift: I get stressed when I think about getting into a relationship because I get beat up in the press whenever I go near a boy. So you can understand why I’m taking a bit of a break. A relationship is not in my brain right now. Staying single has been the best thing I have done… I’m not wary of getting into another relationship. I’m just protective of my independence and freedom, more protective than I have been before. I always thought, ‘What could be better than to love someone and be loved back?’ I finally found what it is to love yourself and not need anyone to love you back.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I say – enjoy your fun while you can because it won’t be long before you have to bid farewell to your freewheeling lifestyle and become boring like most people.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Nicole Kidman is turning heartbreak into hope – by adopting a son as a tribute to her recently deceased father, according to sources. The Oscar-winning actress was devastated when Antony Kidman, a psychologist, died suddenly at age 75 in September, sources say.   ***Neil Patrick Harris won’t disappoint fans with his upcoming biography, which includes the revealing anecdote that Burt Reynolds once kissed him square on the lips! What’s more, the former child star claims the joking kiss, which came after the pair filmed a scene for the detective drama “B.L. Stryker,” sealed the deal for his coming to terms with being gay.   ***Nervous execs have made curvy Katy Perry sign a contract to rein in her boobs at the Super Bowl halftime show! Katy – whose “Sesame Street” gig was cut in 2010 when her jiggle was judged too much for Elmo to juggle – has been ordered to contain her rack. NFL and NBC execs are terrified Katy might re-enact Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction,” said a friend. ***In an explosive new memoir, Anjelica Huston reveals british beau Ryan O’Neal head-butted her in a violent rage – and she was busted for drugs with notorious director Roman Polanski!   ***Tori Spelling’s personal life may be making her sick. The 41-year-old reality star, who has been posting pictures from her Cedars-Sinai hospital bed, has suffered a nervous breakdown, sources say. Insiders told the site there are several things contributing to her hospital stay, including her rocky marriage to Dean McDermott and her financial troubles.

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Friday • October 24, 2014

SHOTS FIRED AT WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: A shooting was reported in the cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, at about 10:45 a.m., Friday. Police said at a press conference that the shooter, who was a student at the school, is dead. Officials told The Seattle Times the shooter was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At least one other student was also killed, Marysville Police confirmed in a tweet.

Four additional students were hospitalized, Dr. Joanna Roberts of Providence Hospital told CNN. Three suffered head wounds and were in critical condition at Providence, while the fourth had lesser injuries and was transferred to Harborview Medical Center.  Police were still searching the building room-by-room more than an hour after the shooting, according to the Seattle Times. Officials said they were locating students and staff hiding inside the school. An unidentified student told CNN that the shooting began in the school cafeteria. A student who MSNBC identified as “Allen” told the network that the shooter had recently fought with another peer over a racist comment. “He was an angry kid,” Allen said. “A couple weeks ago they were saying racist things to him and he got in a fight. But Allen also said the shooter had plenty of friends.  “I never knew of him being bullied,” Allen said. “He was a popular kid.” Another student, 15-year-old Jarron Webb, told The Seattle Times that one of the students shot was a girl who the shooter had wanted to date, but who had rejected him.

PAPER: ILLEGAL VOTES COULD DECIDE ELECTION: Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are so rare as to be inconsequential, with efforts to block fraud a screen for an agenda to prevent poor and minority voters from exercising the franchise, while others define such incidents as a threat to democracy itself. Both sides depend more heavily on anecdotes than data.

MAN ATTACKS NYPD OFFICERS WITH HATCHET: Four NYPD officers were attacked Thursday afternoon in Queens by a man with a metal hatchet, with one officer wounded in the arm and another in the head. The latter officer is now in critical condition, while the suspect is dead after being shot by police. The hatchet-wielder, Zale H. Thompson (who is believed to have been about 32 years old), reportedly had a criminal record in California and was discharged form the Navy for misconduct. He said nothing as he approached, hatchet in hand, the four officers taking a photo. Authorities are investigating whether the unprovoked attack is tied to recent calls by radicals to attack military or police officers. “There is nothing we know as of this time that would indicate that were the case,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “I think certainly the heightened concern is relative to that type of assault based on what just happened in Canada.” Thompson first hit a 24-year-old cop in the right arm, then he brought the axe down on a second cop, cracking his skull. The remaining two officers then fired 19 rounds to take him out.

AMAZON LOST $170M ON PHONES: After selling only 35,000 units, Amazon is writing off $170 million worth of unsold Fire Phones. The retailer launched the phone in July, but it immediately suffered from poor reviews. On Amazon, the device had an average rating of 2.1 out of 5 stars, and many buyers complained about the poor app selection. News of the writedown comes the day after Amazon released abysmal third-quarter earnings in which it posted a $544 million operating loss.

NYC HEALTH OFFICIAL: SUBWAY RISK NIL: Speaking at a news conference Thursday, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett tried to calm the city by claiming that Dr. Craig Spencer was not contagious while riding the subway, and declared, “We consider it extremely unlikely, the probability being close to nil, that there will be any problem related to his taking the subway system.” However, the bowling alley he visited in Williamsburg has been closed. In addition, Spencer’s fiancée and two friends have been quarantined, although none show symptoms as of now.

FRANCO IS STARRING IN AND DIRECTING THE ADAPTATION OF THE STEVE ERICKSON NOVEL: Megan Fox is set as the female lead in Zeroville, James Franco’s adaptation of the acclaimed Steve Erickson novel set against the backdrop of late 1960s Hollywood. Franco is directing the movie as well as starring as a film-obsessed man who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, as the studios are in decline and independents are rising. As the world around him transforms culturally with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, he gets his dream job of being a film editor, only to encounter a host of characters ranging from former starlets, burglars and political guerrillas to punk musicians and veteran filmmakers. Fox will play a Hollywood starlet with a very troubled past who becomes the love interest and obsession to Franco’s character. Also in the movie are frequent Franco cohorts Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson as well as Will Ferrell, Jacki Weaver and Horatio Sanz.

‘AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’S’ KICKASS TRAILER LEAKS, FEATURES IRON MAN’S HULKBUSTER ARMOR AND ULTRON: Marvel and Disney’s first trailer for “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrived Thursday night after being leaked online earlier in the day. The clip, which features never-before-seen footage including scenes with the villainous Ultron (James Spader), was expected to debut during next week’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” on ABC. Some shots were introduced at San Diego Comic-Con, but a majority of the two-minute trailer is brand new footage. The first “Avengers” film, directed by Joss Whedon, is the third highest-grossing film of all-time after earning a colossal $1.5 billion in 2012. Marvel’s superhero sequel features original cast members Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth, as well as newcomers Aaron Johnson (“Kick Ass”) and Elizabeth Olsen who play Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch in the tentpole. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theaters May 1, 2015.

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Friday • October 24, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Suicide

1.     The word “suicide” comes from two Latin roots, sui (“of oneself”) and cidium (“killing” or “slaying”).

2.     People have committed suicide in an endless variety of ways, including swallowing poisonous spiders, power-drilling holes in their heads, sticking hot pokers down their throats, choking on underwear, injecting peanut butter into their veins, crushing their necks in vices, and hurling themselves into vats of beer.

3.     In China, someone takes his or her own life on average every two minutes. China accounts for nearly a quarter of the global total of suicides with between 250,000 and 300,000 suicides a year.

4.     Among famous figures who committed suicide: Sigmund Freud, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Brutus, Judas Iscariot, Hannibal, Nero, Virginia Wolf, Adolf Hitler, Ernest Hemmingway, Sylvia Plath, Vincent van Gogh, Jack London, Dylan Thomas, Judy Garland, Rudolph Hess, Pontius Pilate, Socrates, and possibly Tchaikovsky, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe.

5.     It is more likely someone will die from suicide than from homicide. For every two people killed by homicide, three people die of suicide.

6.     In America, someone attempts suicide once every minute, and someone completes a suicide once every 17 minutes. Throughout the world, approximately 2,000 people kill themselves each day.

7.     Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.

8.     The most common types of suicide include copycat, euthanasia, familicide, forced, honor, Internet, martyrdom, ritual, attack, and cop suicides.

9.     The acne medication isotretinoin (Acutane) has been linked to a possible increase risk of suicide. The FDA requires Acutane to include a label warning that the product may be linked to suicide, depression, and psychosis.

10.  The spring months of March, April, and May have consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate, 4-6% higher than the average for the rest of the year. Christmas season is actually below average. Some studies suggest greater seasonality in suicides in rural rather than urban areas.

11.  When her husband Caecina Paetus hesitated to kill himself honorably, his wife Arria (d. A.D. 42) snatched the dagger from her husband, stabbed herself, and handed the weapon back with the words “Paete, non dolet“ (“Paeuts, it does not hurt”).

12.  French philosopher Albert Camus (1913-1960) perhaps best explains the divergent views philosophers and theologians hold concerning suicide when he said, “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.”

13.  David Carradine, famous for his roles in the 1970s series Kung Fu and the Kill Bill movie trilogy, was found hanging in a hotel closet with a yellow nylon rope around his neck and a black rope around his genitals. Family members deny it was a suicide.

14.  Autoerotic asphyxiation, also know as sexual hanging, is a type of abnormal sexual behavior in which a person (usually a young male) tries to restrict the flow of oxygen to the brain (usually with a rope around the neck) while masturbating to enhance the sexual experience. The practice arose out of the observation that men executed by hanging often got an erection and sometimes ejaculated. The practice is mentioned in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

15.  A college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live Web cam while some users egged him on. There are also several pro-Internet sites that give detailed information on the most effective ways to commit suicide.

16.  While there is a common perception that suicide rates are highest among the young, the elderly, in fact, have the highest suicide rates.

17.  Some studies suggest a correlation between a sport team’s performance and fans’ suicide rates.

18.  Sylvia Plath’s (1932-1963) novel The Bell Jar, about a gifted young woman’s mental breakdown, mirrors Plath’s own breakdown and is considered to be one of the best-told tales of a woman’s descent into insanity. It was published only weeks before Plath killed herself.

19.  One of the first defenses of suicide written in English was John Donne’s (1572-1631) unorthodox Biathanos (1609). In his work, Donne proposed that suicide is not incompatible with the laws of God, reason, and nature. Other writers such as Voltaire (1694-1778) and Hume (1711-1776) also attacked suicide taboos and led the way to abandoning legal punishments of suicide attempters.

20.  Many cultures have prohibited a normal burial for people who committed suicide, although the restrictions varied according to time and place. A common practice in England until 1823 was to bury a suicidal person at night in a crossroad with a stake driven through the heart. In France, the suicide’s body was dragged through the streets and then hanged from the public gallows. In Prussia, early laws required the victim to be buried under the gallows.

21.  One in seven Canadians has seriously considered suicide, and more than 3,500 Canadians kill themselves each year. Canada’s suicide rate (currently 12.3 per 100,000) is consistently higher than the United States’ rate (currently 11.2).

22.  Over the last decade, the suicide rate among young children has increased dramatically. In 2002, suicide was the sixth leading cause of death of five- to 14-year olds and the third leading cause of death in preteens. Suicidologists are alarmed that children as young as age two are also increasingly attempting suicide.

23.  Five to 10% of suicides take place in mental hospitals.

24.  There is some evidence that suicide attempts during the first week of the menstrual cycle may be associated with low levels of estrogen.

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Thursday • October 23, 2014

OTTAWA SHOOTER ACTED ALONE: Police in Ottawa now believe that only one gunman, Michael Zehaf Bibeau, was involved in the shooting at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill on Wednesday. According to the police, no other gunmen are being sought, however the investigation is still ongoing. Zehaf Bibeau shot Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial and then raced to Parliament Hill where he was shot and killed in a gunfight in the halls of the government. He was killed just yards away from the room where MPs hold weekly caucus meetings. It is not clear yet, however, whether or not Zehaf Bibeau is part of a larger terrorist network in the country.

DOGS CATCH WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER: A man jumped the White House fence late Wednesday, but the Secret Service apprehended the intruder before he came close to the residence. “An individual jumped the north fence of the White House. He was immediately taken into custody by canine units and Uniformed Division officers,” said Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan. He also said no shots were fired. A video posted on Fox News appears to show the jumper kicking a dog. Law-enforcement officials said the jumper was sent to a hospital to be treated for dog bites.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: McDonald’s Food

1.     McDonald’s has sold well over 100 billion hamburgers.

2.     McDonald’s serves up over 30 million chickens in Great Britain alone every year. Of this total, 60% of the chicken is important frozen from Brazil, 9% comes from Thailand, and 30% from Holland. Just 1% of the McDonald’s chicken in Great Britain comes from Great Britain.

3.     In the United States alone, people eat over 1 billion pounds of beef at McDonald’s, which is 5½ million head of cattle.

4.     McDonald’s serves about 9 million pounds of fries globally—per day.

5.     McDonalds Corporation sells over 1 billion cups of coffee each year around the world. It sells 500 million cups a day in the U.S. alone.

6.     McDonald’s opens a new restaurant every four hours.

7.     McDonald’s is the nation’s largest purchaser of beef, pork, and potatoes. It is the second largest purchaser of chicken.

8.     McDonald’s Corporation is the largest owner of retail property in the world. The company earns most of its profits not from selling food, but by collecting rent.

9.     The smallest McDonald’s restaurant is only 492 square feet. It is in Tokyo, Japan.

10.  The largest McDonald’s restaurant is over 28,000 square feet and is located in Beijing.

11.  The top 10 busiest McDonald’s restaurants are all in Hong Kong.

12.  The original McDonald’s menu did not offer French fries.

13.  There are about 35,429 McDonald’s worldwide.

14.  The world’s largest building, the Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia, houses a McDonald’s restaurant.

15.  Each year, McDonald’s buys 3.4 billion pounds of potatoes.

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CHRISTIAN BALE TO PLAY STEVE JOBS: The highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic from Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin has confirmed that Oscar-winner Christian Bale will play the iconic Apple CEO. According to Sorkin, Bale did not even audition for the role. “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” The film, which still does not have a name, is based on Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography. Other actors reportedly in contention for the role were Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

TALIBAN ARE RISING AGAIN IN AFGHANISTAN’S NORTH: The last time Afghans in the northern province of Kunduz felt so threatened by the Taliban was in 2009, just before President Obama deployed thousands of troops to push the insurgents back from the outskirts of the province’s capital. Now the Taliban are back, but the cavalry will not be coming. With just two months left before the formal end of the 13-year international combat mission, Western officials insist that the Afghan security forces have managed to contain the Taliban’s offensives on their own. But the insurgents’ alarming gains in Kunduz in recent weeks present a different picture.

EVIDENCE SUPPORTS OFFICER’S ACCOUNT OF SHOOTING IN FERGUSON: Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body. Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post. Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which casts Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.

SWISS COMPANY SORRY FOR HITLER CREAMER: Swiss retail giant Migros says it does not know how exactly an image of Hitler came to be on labels of its mini-cream containers, but it apologized on Wednesday for the “unforgiveable incident.” As a result, the company has recalled 2,000 containers from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, some of which also included the face of Mussolini. The issue surfaced when a man sent a photo of the label to the newspaper 20 Minutes after coming across one while drinking coffee at a train station in Baden.

MEXICO: MAYOR BEHIND 43 MISSING STUDENTS: Mexico’s attorney general said the mayor of Iguala and his wife are the “probable masterminds” behind the disappearance of 43 students. Attorney General Jesus Murillo has issued a warrant for the arrest of Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, for their involvement in the Sept. 26 disappearance. So far, 52 people have been arrested in connection with the missing students, including dozens of police officers who have ties to a gang called Guerreros Unidos, or United Warriors. The gang’s leader, Sidronio Casarrubias, was taken into custody last week. According to the attorney general, Casarrubias said the mayor and his wife ordered local police units to stop the students from interrupting a political event the day they disappeared. Last week, protesters torched government buildings as they demanded answers in the disappearance.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Even with Amazon likely to hit $100 billion a year in revenue in 2015, it is not throwing off all the cash it needs. Last month the company revealed it had taken out a $2 billion line of credit with Bank of America for “working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions and other corporate purposes.” Meanwhile, losses are mounting. Three months ago, analysts thought the company would lose 7 cents a share in the third quarter. Then, after Amazon ratcheted down expectations, the estimated loss swelled tenfold, to 74 cents.   ***Facebook has been blocked in China since 2009, but the company has long expressed a desire to enter the Chinese market. On Wednesday, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, gave a dramatic display of his interest in the country, speaking in Chinese for about a half-hour at a forum at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He discussed his thoughts on innovation in China, Facebook’s future in the country and why he is studying Chinese.

LBN-SEE IT:…Taylor Swift has put her days in country behind her with her new album, “1989,” and a move to New York.


WHY SOME GET SAD: Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression most often experienced in winter, when exposure to sunlight is limited. Although the mechanism of the disorder is not entirely understood, researchers are closing in on its causes. Data show that people with SAD have higher evening and nighttime levels of serotonin transporter (SERT) protein during the winter months than do healthy volunteers. SERT carries serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, back into nerve cells where it is not active, so these higher SERT levels could conceivably account for the “winter blues.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: As of July 2011, the population of Egypt was 82,079,663, making it the 15th most populated country in the world. Approximately 99% of the population lives on about 5.5% of the land.

AMY, BRIAN FRANCE SUPPORT CANCER RESEARCH: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and wife Amy made a generous donation to Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and helped honor four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon on Monday night in New York at the foundation’s Angel Ball. The Frances attended the event at Cipriani Wall Street and made a personal donation in the amount of $50,000. Proceeds from the Angel Ball directly benefit America’s best and brightest scientific investigators conducting research in the fields of leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers. In conjunction with Angel Ball, Charitybuzz.com features a global online auction with additional experiences and items to benefit Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, which will run through November 4, 2014.

LBN-SEE IT: Spiritual teacher Lisa Haisha, actress Reese Witherspoon, actress Kate Hudson at the  28th Annual American Cinematheque Award Show at The Beverly Hilton Tuesday Oct 21st 2014


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GODFATHER OF BRITISH ROCK ’N’ ROLL DIES: Alvin Stardust, once called “the Godfather of British Rock ’n’ Roll” by Keith Richards, has died at age 72 of metastatic prostate cancer. Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included “My Coo Ca Choo,” “Jealous Mind,” and “I Feel Like Buddy Holly.” The rock icon also had a stage career, appearing in musicals like Godspell, The Phantom of the Opera, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His death comes just weeks before he was scheduled to release his first album in 30 years.

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GasBuddy.com: USA National Gas Price Heat Map

“The fuel prices listed on GasBuddy.com are intended to be based on the price of Regular Unleaded Gasoline and Number 2 diesel fuel. The data base is designed to remove prices from display 72 hours after the time that they were entered which helps to keep the price data as current as possible. The GasBuddy system is designed to access the GasBuddy.com database from a remote location and displays the current local low and high fuel prices.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: An alarming new symptom of Ebola in America: It seems to make brains mushy and hearts hard. In New Jersey, two students from Rwanda, which has had no Ebola cases and is 2,800 miles from the affected countries in West Africa, are being kept home. Navarro College in Texas rejected applicants from Nigeria, initially stating that it would not accept students from countries with Ebola cases — a bit problematic because that would mean no longer accepting Americans.

THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND (By Ray Richmond): ***“Everyone’s saying Renee Zellweger doesn’t look like herself anymore. Well, neither do I.   ***There ought to be a drive-thru pizza joint.   ***Not sure what’s worse, a fire or a fire alarm.   ***”Ebola” is a little too close to “Obama” for my taste.   ***It’s difficult to take seriously a society that has more respect for personal injury lawyers than teachers.   ***I hope that’s a zit.   ***There has never been a greater comedian than George Carlin, or a better soup than chicken noodle…Evian spelled backward is “Naïve”…You’ve got to love that “hormones” is pronounced the same as “whore moans”.   ***No one seems to want to be a blacksmith anymore.   ***Love is blind, but it sure ain’t deaf.

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LBN-ETC: Personal success is built on the foundation of character, and character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you might make that gradually turn who you are at any given moment into who you want to be. If that decision-making process is not present, you’ll still be somebody—you’ll still be alive—but you may have a personality rather than a character, and to me that’s something very different. Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you must take responsibility for forming. You build character by how you respond to what happens in your life, whether it’s winning every game, losing every game, getting rich or dealing with hard times. Learn the secrets: www.TheExcelReport.com

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Wednesday • October 22, 2014

AUTOPSY: MICHAEL BROWN SHOT UP CLOSE: The official autopsy and toxicology report on Michael Brown shows he was first shot at close range and had marijuana in his system. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has told investigators that Brown went for his gun inside the police vehicle. The autopsy shows two close-range wounds, one of which has discharge material inside it consistent with a shot as close as one inch. Brown’s blood was also found on the gun. The evidence supports Wilson’s claim that Brown’s hand was on or near his gun. A forensic pathologist who reviewed the autopsy says the wounds don’t show that Brown was running away or had his hands up. The wound at the top of his head indicate he was falling forward or lunging toward the shooter. A shot in the arm exited from the inner forearm, indicating his palms were not out when he was hit, the pathologist said.

ZELLWEGER ‘GLAD’ SHE LOOKS DIFFERENT: Back off people! In an interview with People magazine, Renee Zellweger responded to widespread shock over photos that surfaced showing her looking drastically different. “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” Zellweger, 45, said.  She also said the conversation is “silly” but that she felt compelled to discuss it because “it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn’t exist won’t get off my porch until I answer the door.” More importantly for Zellweger, “My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy.”

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STEENKAMP PARENTS FORGAVE PISTORIUS: When asked in an interview about whether or not they have forgiven Oscar Pistorius for killing their daughter Reeva Steenkamp, June Steenkamp replied, “I’ve already forgiven a long time ago.” She also said that she and her husband were “satisfied by the sentence.” “We don’t want revenge. We want a fair punishment under the circumstances of his disability,” she said. “We wouldn’t have wanted him to go to jail and be abused, but he will realize that he can’t go around doing that, he can’t kill somebody like that.” However, she also said that she believes Pistorius has not been completely honest about the circumstances of the death. “There’s more to the whole story than anybody knows. Only Oscar knows,” she claimed.

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GIANTS WIN GAME ONE: The San Francisco Giants are off to a fast start in the World Series after beating the Royals in Kansas City 7-1 on Tuesday night. The Giants took the lead in the first inning off a two-run homer by Hunter Pence and never gave up the lead. Prior to the home run, Pence had been 0 for 11 against Royals pitcher James Shields.

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NATION’S CONFIDENCE EBBS AT A STEADY DRIP: In taking office during two overseas wars and the Great Recession, President Obama set out to restore society’s frayed faith in its public institutions, saying that the question was not whether government was too big or small, “but whether it works.” Six years later, Americans seem more dubious than ever that it really does. With every passing week or month, it seems, some government agency or another has had a misstep or has been caught up in scandals that have deeply eroded public confidence. The Internal Revenue Service targets political groups, the Border Patrol is overwhelmed by children illegally crossing the Rio Grande, the Department of Veterans Affairs covers up poor service, and the Secret Service fails to guard the president and his White.

BEN BRADLEE, EDITOR WHO DIRECTED WATERGATE COVERAGE, DIES AT 93: Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s Watergate reporting that led to the fall of President Richard M. Nixon and that stamped him in American culture as the quintessential newspaper editor of his era — gruff, charming and tenacious — died on Tuesday. He was 93. Mr. Bradlee died at home of natural causes, The Post reported.

PUERTO RICO GAY-MARRIAGE BAN UPHELD: A federal district judge has dismissed a challenge to Puerto Rico’s law limiting marriage to one man and one woman. Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez concluded that the ban was permitted through the Supreme Court’s summary rejection of same-sex marriage claims in Baker v. Nelson in 1972. That view has been rejected by every other federal court since United States v. Windsor on the grounds that doctrinal changes have eroded Baker v. Nelson. Perez-Jimenez, who was named to the bench by President Carter, becomes the first Democrat-appointed judge to rule against same-sex marriage since the Windsor case. His decision heightens anticipation of what other judges now considering same-sex-marriage cases may do.

HONG KONG TALKS END IN STALEMATE: Student leaders of Hong Kong’s long-running pro-democracy protests met with government leaders for unprecedented talks on electoral reform, but the discussion yielded no substantive results. The government of the Chinese territory reiterated that there would be no full universal suffrage, and the students indicated they would continue to push for more democracy. Thousands watched the televised talks from protest sites, expressing pride for bringing city officials to the table but acknowledging little would change. Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam conceded that the protests’ “impact is far-reaching” and told students the government would consider submitting a formal report to Beijing relaying, but not advocating, protesters’ concerns and demands. Separately, Chief Executive C.Y. Leung warned that Beijing could intervene rather than continue to let local government handle the crisis. As a result, about 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city’s leader Wednesday, while others returned to the streets.

STATES EASE INTEREST RATE LAWS THAT PROTECTED POOR BORROWERS: Lenders have come under fire in Washington in recent years. Yet one corner of the financial industry — lending to people with poor credit scores — has found sympathetic audiences in many state capitals. Over the last two years, lawmakers in at least eight states have voted to increase the fees or the interest rates that lenders can charge on certain personal loans used by millions of borrowers with subpar credit. The overhaul of the state lending laws comes after a lobbying push by the consumer loan industry and a wave of campaign donations to state lawmakers. In North Carolina, for example, lenders and their lobbyists overcame unusually dogged opposition from military commanders, who two years earlier had warned that raising rates on loans could harm their troops.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Another full house for the “City Talk” conversation series last night at the popular Luna Park restaurant. Last night’s topic was “Philanthropy and marketing” with guest-of-honor, celebrity dentist Dr. Jay Grossman.

GULF CARTEL BOSS SAENZ TAMEZ CAPTURED: The reputed leader of Mexico’s notorious Gulf drugs cartel, Juan Francisco Saenz Tamez, was arrested by federal agents while he was shopping in the town of Edinburg, in South Texas. Saenz Tamez was indicted by a United States grand jury in September 2013 on charges of drug trafficking stretching from Texas and Florida to Washington, D.C. and the eastern seaboard. He is charged with conspiracy in the shipping of thousands of pounds of cocaine and marijuana across the U.S.-Mexico border, and with money laundering. He is being held in Beaumont and faces life in prison. Prosecutors hope to seize as much as $100 million in assets he acquired during his chieftaincy. He’s the latest cartel capo to be arrested recently: Juarez cartel leader Vicente Carrillo Fuentes was caught this month, and Beltran Leyva boss Hector Beltran Leyva a few weeks before that.

TOYS R US YANKS ‘BREAKING BAD’ DOLLS: Toys “R” Us is pulling its four action figures based on characters from AMC’s hit TV series Breaking Bad following a petition campaign launched last week by a Florida mother. The dolls are based on the Emmy-winning series about Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher (played by Bryan Cranston) who turns into a crystal-meth dealer, and his sidekick, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). The figures have a detachable bag of “cash” and a bag of fake meth. The company said the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and shelves. The Florida woman, reportedly Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers, launched a petition on Change.org demanding that the company stop selling the action figures, which she said are a “dangerous deviation from their family-friendly values.”

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Safecare.gov

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, unveils New, Free, Online Search Tool for Recalls Using Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Has your recalled car been repaired? Your VIN can quickly tell you! NHTSA unveils new, free, online search tool using your Vehicle Identification Number to find out if a recalled vehicle still needs to be fixed. NHTSA Homepage.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Kennedy Confirms Missile Presence in Cuba (1962)

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major Cold War confrontation that began when US reconnaissance flights uncovered Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy denounced the Soviet actions, imposed a naval blockade on Cuba, and vowed that the US would retaliate against any missile launched from Cuba.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Curly Howard (1903)

Jerome Lester Horwitz, a man best known as “Curly Howard” or simply “Curly,” was arguably the most popular member of the legendary comedy trio the Three Stooges. He appeared in nearly 100 Three Stooges shorts before suffering a career-ending stroke. According to brother and fellow Stooge Moe Howard, Curly often struggled with his lines and instead improvised the visual and vocal nonsense that became hallmarks of his character

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Nelson Bunker Hunt, the down-home Texas oil tycoon who owned a thousand race horses, drove an old Cadillac and once tried to corner the world’s silver market only to lose most of his fortune when the price collapsed, died Tuesday. He was 88. Mr. Hunt died after a long battle with cancer and dementia, according to The Dallas Morning News.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Reading the papers these days I find that the two world leaders who stir the most passion in me are Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. One is everything you’d want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn’t want. One holds sway over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the other over nine time zones. One keeps surprising us with his capacity for empathy, the other by how much he has become a first-class jerk and thug. But neither can be ignored and both have an outsized influence on the world today. First, the pope. At a time when so many leaders around the world are looking to promote their political fortunes by exploiting grievances and fault lines, we have a pope asking his flock to do something hard, something outside their comfort zone, pushing them to be more inclusive of gays and divorced people.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: To a large extent, you can fix the food system in your world today. Three entities are involved in creating our food choices: business (everything from farmers to PepsiCo), government (elected and appointed officials and their respective organizations) and the one with the greatest leverage, the one that you control: you. We shouldn’t discount small farms and businesses, nor should we ignore relatively minor officials like the mayor of El Monte, Calif., who tried (and failed) to establish a soda tax to benefit public health. We do not always know where real change will come from, and certainly smaller operations may be more innovative and show us the way. But for the most part we know where real change doesn’t come from: Big Food, the corporations that supply most of the food and stuff masquerading as food that’s sold in supermarkets, as fast food and in casual dining chains; and government, especially the federal government, which is beholden to and entranced by big business. Nothing new here.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Onstage before thousands of fans, Sam Smith sang “Stay With Me,” beseeching his partner in a one-night stand for a few minutes more, and I half wondered if the two of them needed the extra time to finish bottles of Miller Lite, because a printed plug for the beer hovered over his head. Performing “Summertime Sadness,” Lana Del Rey told a lover to “kiss me hard before you go.” Would she be texting him later with a Samsung Galaxy, the smartphone for which the stage on which she appeared was visibly named? And while I’d never thought about any car in connection with the musicians in the band Interpol, I came to picture them caroming from gig to gig in a Civic or an Accord. “Honda” floated over them as they gave their concert. For every stage, a different sponsor. Behind every beat, a different brand.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A woman who claims she was molested as a child by actor Stephen Collins has no plans to sue the “7th Heaven” star. Back in the ’70s, Collins allegedly put the 50-something woman’s hand on his penis — an act the actor confessed to, in secret recordings of a 2012 marital therapy session, according to TMZ.

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LBN-ETC: After nine (9) years “Broken Windows, Broken Business” is still ranked as one of the hundred most influential business books in the last decade. Click here

LBN-ETC: Personal success is built on the foundation of character, and character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you might make that gradually turn who you are at any given moment into who you want to be. If that decision-making process is not present, you’ll still be somebody—you’ll still be alive—but you may have a personality rather than a character, and to me that’s something very different. Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you must take responsibility for forming. You build character by how you respond to what happens in your life, whether it’s winning every game, losing every game, getting rich or dealing with hard times. Learn the secrets: www.TheExcelReport.com

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Tuesday • October 21, 2014

EBOLA HURTS INCUMBENTS SAYS MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE: In recent weeks, candidates across the political spectrum have tried to use the public’s fear of Ebola to their advantage. With just two more weeks of campaigning for the midterm elections, the Ebola crisis is a prominent talking point for candidates but according to media expert and author Michael Levine it will hurt incumbents most because voters feel “the current team in Washington can’t run a two car parade.” Levine said that voter anger about compete hence in government will be a net gain for Republicans because “it leaves many feeling so cynical that it will impact turnout of minority groups that generally support Democrats.”

PISTORIUS GIVEN 5 YEARS IN JAIL: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been handed a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend. Legal experts said he was unlikely to spend longer than a year in jail. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder after firing four hollow-point bullets through a bathroom door at Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013. He said he thought an intruder had broken into the house. Judge Thokozile Masipa said the decision was hers and hers alone. “Sentencing is about achieving the right balance. Sentencing is not a perfect exercise,” she said. She also stressed that fame and wealth did not play into her sentencing decision. “It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were to be created that there was one law for the poor and disadvantaged, and another for the rich and famous,” she said. “Hopefully, this judgment on sentence shall provide some sort of closure for the family and all concerned so that they can move on with their lives.”

OSCAR DE LA RENTA DIES: Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died, according to a family member. The veteran designer, a native of the Dominican Republic, was 82 years old and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Over a long career, de la Renta designed clothes worn by fashion’s finest and spent a half century putting high society in haute couture. His path to renown was blazed when he designed clothing for Jacqueline Kennedy, and he went on to dress a host of U.S. first ladies, including Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, as well as talk-show guru Oprah Winfrey. He also designed Chelsea Clinton’s wedding dress, and most recently the wedding gown for Amal Clooney, George Clooney’s new bride.

LBN-THINK AGAIN:… It had been evident for some time before Snowden surfaced that best practices in investigative reporting and source protection needed to change.


AFGHAN POPPY CROP HITS RECORD HIGH: Even though the U.S. has spent $7.6 billion to dismantle Afghanistan’s opium industry, the country’s opium poppy growth hit an all-time high last year. “The recent record-high level of poppy cultivation calls into question the long-term effectiveness and sustainability,” said special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction John F. Sopko in a report to be released Tuesday. In 2013, Afghanistan surpassed the 2007 record for the amount of land to grow poppies, and the industry made $3 billion, up from $2 billion in 2012. Sopko isn’t optimistic about the ability of future U.S. efforts to curb opium growth in Afghanistan, either. “With deteriorating security in many parts of Afghanistan and low levels of eradication of poppy fields, further increases in cultivation are likely in 2014,” he said.

LBN-SEE IT: Pardis Sabeti and Stephen Gire in the Genomics Platform of the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They have been working to sequence Ebola’s genome and track its mutations.


ISIS LAUNCHES NEW ATTACKS IN NORTH IRAQ: ISIS fighters launched a series of attacks against Peshmerga positions across northern Iraq on Monday, including a truck bomb that killed 15 Peshmerga fighters near the Mosul Dam and a firefight that killed three of the Kurdish soldiers near the town of Qarah Tapah. The extremists also were reported to be conducting a fresh assault on the Sinjar mountain range in northern Iraq in a bid to reach and destroy the Sharaf Al Deen shrine, which is sacred to Yazidis. The ISIS actions came as Turkey announced that it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support fellow Kurds battling ISIS in the key border town of Kobani. Ankara had resisted providing any help in the long-running battle for Kobani.

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AIRLINES HIKE FARES DESPITE EBOLA SCARE: America’s largest airlines have approved a $4 round-trip fare hike, despite anxiety over Ebola and higher travel prices for the upcoming holiday season. The hike suggests that the airline industry believes demand for air travel is so strong that passengers won’t be discouraged by an Ebola scare or slight increase, an analyst said. The fare hike, the first successful across-the-board increase in six months, was initiated Thursday by Delta. American, US Airways, Southwest, and United matched the increase Friday. The hike comes as the industry is reporting record earnings, thanks to growing demand and sliding fuel costs.

LBN-SEE IT: The majority of Obama’s appointments have been women and nonwhite males.


1ST CONVICTION IN FAKE GIRL SEX STING: An Australian man is believed to be the first convicted as a result of online sex sting operated through Sweetie, a fake 10-year-old Filipino girl. Scott Robert Hansen pleaded guilty to three charges related to child sex abuse in Brisbane District Court. He is one of the more than 1,000 men that have interacted with Sweetie, the computerized young webcam girl. A log of Hansen’s chat with Sweetie included “hi u really 9yo,” “I like asian chicks, are you… for action?” and “I’m naked, ever seen a guy naked?” Hansen was sentenced to two years in prison, but is not expected to go to jail because of the previous eight months he’s been detained. Sweetie is operated by a Dutch charity, Terre des Hommes. While Hansen is the first convicted because of Sweetie, workers at Terre des Hommes say they have detected far more disturbing child abusers through her. “He [Hansen] was probably not the most serious, not even amongst the most serious,” said one of Sweetie’s operators.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: While it is a myth that stress can turn hair gray, stress can cause hair loss. In fact, telogen effluvium (hair loss) can begin up to three months after a stressful event.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jennifer Lopez let her fan flag fly for Bruno Mars over the weekend. The “American Idol” judge, 45, attended the singer’s Las Vegas concert and after-party on Saturday night.

LBN-SEE IT: Billy Joel hasn’t released an album of new pop material since 1993. “I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the fuck was that guy?”


LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Alfred Nobel (1833)

Nobel was a Swedish chemist and engineer who invented dynamite, the smokeless powder Ballistite, and an explosive gelatin more powerful than dynamite. In his last will, he left his enormous fortune in trust for the endowment of the Nobel Prizes, which recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of science, literature, and economics and in the promotion of peace.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***The chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, one of the most powerful and colorful figures in the energy industry, was killed when his business jet collided with a snowplow late Monday night on a runway of Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. Mr. de Margerie, a staunch defender of Russia’s energy policies during the conflict over Ukraine, went to Moscow to attend a meeting of corporate executives with Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev and was returning to Paris. The collision occurred a few minutes before midnight as the executive’s Dassault Falcon was accelerating for takeoff, the airport said in a statement. Russian prosecutors said Tuesday that the driver of the snowplow was intoxicated. The jet’s three crew members also died, Total said.   ***Peter Daland, who moved from Yale to the University of Southern California in the 1950s and became one of the world’s most successful swimming coaches, guiding the Trojan men’s team to national titles while producing 62 Olympians, died on Monday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 93. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, U.S.C. said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: There’s been a lot of tut-tutting about the people who are overreacting to the Ebola virus. There was the lady who showed up at the airport in a homemade hazmat suit. There were the hundreds of parents in Mississippi who pulled their kids from school because the principal had traveled to Zambia, a country in southern Africa untouched by the Ebola outbreak in the western region of the continent. There was the school district in Ohio that closed a middle school and an elementary school because an employee might have flown on the same plane (not even the same flight) as an Ebola-infected health care worker. The critics point out that these people are behaving hysterically, all out of proportion to the scientific risks, which, of course, is true. But the critics misunderstand what’s going on here. Fear isn’t only a function of risk; it’s a function of isolation. We live in a society almost perfectly suited for contagions of hysteria and overreaction.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Let us take it as a given that the post-1945 world order with the United States as dominant nation has begun to unravel, that China is rising to inherit the earth, that the unease of our times has much to do with that difficult transition, and that violent conflict is a normal accompaniment to the passing of the baton from one great power to the next. America stood tall at the end of World War II. It also stood on a vast field of corpses. Let us further posit the far-fetched hypothesis that humankind has learned from history. It must then be determined to avoid another conflagration. Happy talk of hyper-connectivity is not enough. The dream of the victory of enlightened self-interest in the name of the collective good on a shrinking planet was an ephemeral late 20th-century illusion. What will matter above all is the capacity of the United States and China to avoid fatal misunderstanding. In a state of mutual incomprehension, clashing interests will escalate.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Forty-one years ago this month, the Arab oil embargo began. The countries that were part of it belonged, of course, to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — OPEC — which had banded together 13 years earlier to strengthen their ability to negotiate with international oil companies. The embargo led to widespread shortages in the United States, higher prices at the gas pump and long lines at gas stations. By the time it ended, the price of oil had risen to $12 a barrel from $3. Perhaps more important than the price increases themselves was the new world order the embargo signaled. The embargo “set in motion geopolitical circumstances that eventually allowed [OPEC] to wrest control over global oil production and pricing from the giant international oil companies — ushering in an era of significantly higher oil prices,” as Amy Myers Jaffe and Ed Morse noted in an article in Foreign Policy magazine that was published last year at the 40th anniversary. Twice a year, OPEC’s oil ministers would meet in Vienna, where they would set oil policy — deciding to either hold back or increase oil production. There was always cheating among members, but there was usually enough discipline in the ranks to keep prices more or less where OPEC wanted them.   ***Numerous close friends and supporters of famed publicist Nanci Ryder turned out for Sunday’s Walk to Defeat ALS in Los Angeles. Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Rose McGowan, Katharine McPhee and more were on hand to lend their support. As revealed in a detailed interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryder, 62, was diagnosed with the terminal disease this year and stepped down from her post at BWR Public Relations.

LBN-COMMENTARY BY ERICKA T. BASS: My next door neighbor is an odd-man Most of the time, he just mutters incomprehensibly to himself, but in his occasional lucid moments, he was an engaging conversationalist. I have to confess when I first met him I was a bit put-off by his “I love Charles Manson” t-shirt.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Kris Jenner is fine with Bruce Jenner dating other women. “I just want him to be happy, I don’t care who he goes out with and I don’t know who he’s dating, he doesn’t check in with me and gives me a play-by-play,” the 58-year-old reality TV mom told NBC News’ Today on Monday, skirting questions about Bruce reportedly dating her former best friend, Ronda Kamihira.

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Tuesday • October 21, 2014

WOW! VEGETARIANS HAVE MUCH LOWER SPERM COUNTS:

Vegetarians and vegans may be harming their chance of having children after a study found that men who do not eat meat have significantly reduced sperm counts.

Although a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables can protect against many illnesses and can prolong life, it appears that it may also harm fertility.

Researchers at Loma Linda University Medical School, in southern California, embarked on a four-year project to find out how diets affect sperm.

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Monday • October 20, 2014

OBAMA MAKES RARE CAMPAIGN TRAIL APPEARANCE, PEOPLE LEAVE EARLY: President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.

U.S. HUMANITARIAN AID GOING TO ISIS: While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “caliphate.” The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European. The fear is that stopping aid would hurt innocent civilians and would be used for propaganda purposes by the militants, who would likely blame the West for added hardship.

POLITICO POLL: 64% BELIEVE AMERICA IS ‘OUT OF CONTROL’: A devastating new Politico poll reveals voters believe America has spun off its axis and is “out of control.”  “An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are ‘out of control’ and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms,” reports Politico.  The poll, which surveyed states and districts in the most competitive congressional races, found that 64% of Americans believe “things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now.”

OBAMA: GAY MARRIAGE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT: President Obama believes that same-sex couples have a Constitutional right to marry. “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,” he said in an interview published Monday in the New Yorker. While Obama said he believes states are legally required under the Constitution to allow same-sex marriages, his administration has not yet made that case before the Supreme Court. Also in the interview, Obama spoke favorably about the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to interfere with lower court rulings on gay marriage. “In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential—from my perspective, a positive sense—as anything that’s been done,” he said. “Given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting.”

TURKEY SAYS IT WILL AID KURDISH FORCES IN FIGHT FOR KOBANI: Turkey’s foreign minister said Monday that the country would facilitate the movement of Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as pesh merga, to the embattled Syrian town of Kobani to join the fighting there. At a news conference in Ankara, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that his government was “helping the pesh merga cross over to Kobani,” an apparent shift from Turkey’s previous refusal to allow any military assistance to Kurdish fighters in the town.

PEYTON MANNING BREAKS TOUCHDOWN RECORD: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw his 509th career touchdown pass Sunday night to break a tie with Brett Favre and snag the NFL’s record for career touchdown passes. Manning hit the milestone just three years after spinal fusion surgery, in what has been a remarkable restart to his career. Flash bulbs lit up around Sports Authority Field as Manning moved past Favre with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers. The game marked Manning’s 246th regular-season start, while Favre threw 508 touchdown passes in 302 regular-season starts. With 509 touchdown passes, Manning is now 135 passes ahead of the next active quarterback, the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, who has 374 career scoring passes. The pass to Thomas gave Manning three touchdowns in the game and made it his 89th career game with at least three touchdown passes. The Broncos won, 42-17.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Want to bid for a contract to care for the illegal immigrant children coming across the border? Make sure your staff members get Hepatitis vaccines and regular TB tests and can speak foreign languages — probably Spanish but maybe Mandarin, suggesting a surprising number of the children are coming from China. The federal government guarantees the children three meals a day, and they must take account of health, religious observance or vegetarian diets. The children also have a right to second helpings, according to contract documents issued last month seeking a transportation company to ferry the children within Texas.

2ND ROYAL BABY DUE IN APRIL: The British royal family will receive its latest addition in April, according to a statement from the palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April, meaning Kate is past the especially fragile first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The couple was forced to make a rushed announcement of the pregnancy early in September after Kate was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a severe form of morning sickness. Kate experienced HG with her first pregnancy, as well, but the palace statement said she is “steadily improving.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already parents to the world’s favorite baby, Prince George.

ISIS ATTEMPTS REBEL KIDNAPPING IN TURKEY: ISIS attempted to kidnap a major Syrian rebel leader in Turkey, suggesting the terrorist organization has a stronghold inside a NATO-member country. ISIS failed to abduct or kill Abu Issa, the leader of Syrian rebel group Thuwar Raqqa, when they snatched him in his car following a meeting with a Turkish official. The flagrant attempt to kidnap a rebel leader suggests Turkey has a relatively lax attitude toward ISIS. “I see them living a comfortable life in Urfa; they eat in the restaurants and spend time in cafes. Nobody bothers them,” said a Syrian living in Turkey. Despite the accusations, Turkey has agreed to allow Kurdish fighters to cross into Turkey to better fight ISIS in the border city of Kobani. “Turkey has no wish see Kobani fall,” said foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

PHONE HACKERS DIAL AND REDIAL TO STEAL BILLIONS: Bob Foreman’s architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March. But neither Mr. Foreman nor anyone else at his seven-person company was in the office at the time. “I thought: ‘This is crazy. It must be a mistake,’ ” Mr. Foreman said. It wasn’t. Hackers had broken into the phone network of the company, Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture, and routed $166,000 worth of calls from the firm to premium-rate telephone numbers in Gambia, Somalia and the Maldives. It would have taken 34 years for the firm to run up those charges legitimately, based on its typical phone bill, according to a complaint it filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The firm, in Norcross, Ga., was the victim of an age-old fraud that has found new life now that most corporate phone lines run over the Internet.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Ganges River in India is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The pollution includes sewage, trash, food, and animal remains. In some places the Ganges is septic, and corpses of semi-cremated adults or enshrouded babies drift down the river.

EX-NAZIS GOT MILLIONS IN SOCIAL SECURITY: Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, which were underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or fled before for deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and U.S. government records. Recipients included SS troops who guarded Nazi camps where millions of Jews perished, a rocket scientist who used slave labor to advance his research, and a Nazi collaborator who engineered the arrest and execution of thousands of Jews in Poland. The AP reported that there are four living beneficiaries.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Park Honan, an American biographer whose prodigious research opened new vistas on the family history of some of Britain’s greatest literary figures and reshaped modern views about their personalities, died on Sept. 27 in Leeds, England. He was 86. The cause was liver cancer, his daughter, Corinna Honan, said.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: One of the most infamous precognitive dreams in history was President Lincoln’s in 1865. The president envisioned his own demise just a few days before he was assassinated in Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Béla Lugosi (1882)

Lugosi, a Hungarian-born US actor, is best known for his portrayal of Dracula in the Broadway stage production and subsequent film of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire story. He appeared in the 1931 film version wearing minimal makeup and using his natural, heavily accented voice. Following this memorable performance, Lugosi found himself frequently typecast as a horror film villain.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Steven Rattner: So this is the thanks that Uncle Sam gets. Six years after a forceful rescue of the financial system (and, derivatively, the economy) by two presidents and the Federal Reserve, a mega rich individual and a battalion of investment funds are claiming unfair treatment and trying to extract billions in undeserved riches. Call it by its proper name: extortion. The weapon of choice is litigation — expensive, time-consuming court battles that have chewed through millions of dollars of taxpayer money in fees and countless hours of government officials’ time.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America. O.K., I know that was kind of abrupt. But I wanted to get the central point out there right away, because discussions of Amazon tend, all too often, to get lost in side issues.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Let us take it as a given that the post-1945 world order with the United States as dominant nation has begun to unravel, that China is rising to inherit the earth, that the unease of our times has much to do with that difficult transition, and that violent conflict is a normal accompaniment to the passing of the baton from one great power to the next. America stood tall at the end of World War II. It also stood on a vast field of corpses. Let us further posit the far-fetched hypothesis that humankind has learned from history. It must then be determined to avoid another conflagration. Happy talk of hyper-connectivity is not enough. The dream of the victory of enlightened self-interest in the name of the collective good on a shrinking planet was an ephemeral late 20th-century illusion. What will matter above all is the capacity of the United States and China to avoid fatal misunderstanding. In a state of mutual incomprehension, clashing interests will escalate.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Funnyman Chevy Chase has dropped more than 40 pounds in just months – and medical experts warn it could be a diet for disaster. The 71-year-old “Saturday Night Live” legend had ballooned to more than 300 pounds and was reportedly rushed to the hospital with heart attack symptoms just five months ago. “Rapid weight loss like this, especially if it’s unsupervised, can provide a significant shock to the body,” said Dr. Stuart Fischer, a specialist in internal medicine, who has not treated the comedian. ***Down-on-her-luck former “Baywatch” babe Nicole 
Eggert has a new job driving an ice cream truck! “There’s a lot of potential in this – there’s even interest in a reality TV show,” Nicole said. “They all love the ice cream truck idea!” The divorced mother of two recently filed for bankruptcy, claiming she had just $400 left in her checking account.   ***“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actor Nicholas Brendon has been arrested in Idaho on multiple charges, including resisting arrest, according to a police report. Brendon, 43, starred on the hit show as Xander Harris, along with Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played the series’ title role over seven seasons. According to an Ada County, Idaho police report, Brendon was charged with malicious injury to property and resisting or obstructing Boise police officers on Friday night.

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Sunday • October 19, 2014

POSSIBLE BODY OF UVA STUDENT FOUND: In what Charlottesville, Va., police are calling a “significant development,” a body has been found the area near where University of Virginia student Hannah Graham went missing 35 days ago. The 18-year-old student was last seen on Sept 13 at a mall with suspect Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32. Charlottesville police chief Timothy Longo said there was no positive identification of the remains yet, but he said at an afternoon press conference that the parents of Graham had been contacted. Matthew was arrested last month in Texas in connection with Graham’s disappearance and charged with abduction with intent to defile, indicating prosecutors believe he planned to sexually assault Graham. A number of young women have disappeared in the area over the last few years and authorities say the arrest of Matthew is a “forensic link” to the disappearance in 2009 of Morgan Harrington, 20, who vanished from Charlottesville.

BLACK VOTE SEEN AS LAST HOPE FOR DEMOCRATS TO HOLD SENATE: The confidential memo from a former pollster for President Obama contained a blunt warning for Democrats. Written this month with an eye toward Election Day, it predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters to the polls. “African-American surge voters came out in force in 2008 and 2012, but they are not well positioned to do so again in 2014,” Cornell Belcher, the pollster, wrote in the memo, dated Oct. 1. “In fact, over half aren’t even sure when the midterm elections are taking place.”

HONG KONG CLASHES ERUPT BEFORE TALKS: Violence broke out between pro-democracy protesters and Hong Kong police broke out early Sunday morning, despite the plans to hold talks with the government later in the week. Protesters accused officers of excessive brutality in the fourth night of clashes between the two groups. The government said about 20 people were injured between 10pm Saturday and 6am Sunday, but would not specify the types of injuries. A medic told the AFP he saw four people with “serious bleeding” and one with a back fracture. Police said protesters “suddenly attempted to charge” their barricades, but protesters dispute this account. “There was no aggressive action on our side,” said a 30-year-old protester named Jackie. “They hit us without any reason when we were standing behind the roadblock. I was hit by a police stick four or five times.” Hours before the clash, Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun-ying said he would meet with students this coming Tuesday. On-going pro-democracy have been challenging Beijing authority for several weeks, but they had been relatively peaceful for the last three.

MEXICO FINDS MANY CORPSES, BUT NOT LOST 43: With borrowed shovels and pick axes, the farmers drove their battered pickup trucks to a series of suspicious clearings in the countryside, jumped out and started digging. “Hey, hey, it’s a spine,” one of the men, part of a citizen police patrol, called out last week, fishing out what appeared to be a piece of spinal column. Soon came other fragments — a rib? a knee bone? Five mass graves have already been discovered in the hunt for 43 students who disappeared last month after clashing with the local police — and another half dozen secret burial sites like this one are being tested to determine the origins of the remains inside.

‘AMERICAN IDOL’ CONTESTANT DEAD AT 32: American Idol contestant Joanna Borgella died from Endometrial Cancer on Saturday at the age of 32, according to her family. Borgella was one of the top 24 contestants on season seven of American Idol. She later appeared on multiple reality television shows, including MADE, Mo’Niques Fat Chance and Curvy Girls. She was also signed to Wilhelmina Models. Borgella shared her diagnosis and treatment on social media platforms. Her last post was in September when she said she would receive two more rounds of radiation. “Since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world,” her family wrote in a heartfelt Facebook post. “Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered.”

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PRIVATE PLANE LANDS CARRYING $2M DRUGS: A private plane carrying 50,000 Ecstasy pills, 90 pounds of raw MDMA, $20,000 in cash, one aspiring model, and a pilot landed in Southern California Oct. 9 after a trip to Las Vegas. Both the model and pilot are Canadian. According to federal court documents, authorities were alerted to the presence of the plane because it had previously been used in drug trafficking. Drug sniffing dogs then detected the drugs—worth roughly $2 million—in the passengers’ luggage.

LBN-NOTICED: ***David Beckham “talking about the latest Ebola news to a bevy of LA moms” at SoulCycle West Hollywood on Friday.   ***Ashanti celebrating her 34th birthday at ­Finale in NYC with guests including Floyd Mayweather.   ***Carrie Underwood supporting Nashville Predators’ NHL player Matt Cullen at a charity event at David Yurman’s Nashville store to benefit Cullen Children’s Foundation.   ***Shia LaBeouf telling jokes to friends, and staying clear of alcohol, at a VIP reception for “Fury” at Marc Murphy’s Kingside restaurant in NYC.   ***Nets star Andrei Kirilenko taking pics with teammates and tourists at the Great Wall of China during a trip for two preseason NBA games.   *** “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman at Michael’s in NYC with James Toback and Andrew Stein.   ***Greta Gerwig and Brit Marling at a screening of “Young Ones” in LA.   ***“Men, Women & Children” director Jason Reitman at a Psychology Today Q&A the NY Institute of Technology .   ***Crooner Sam Smith dancing up a storm at Gilded Lily.   ***Three-star Michelin chef Christopher Kostow celebrating his book, “A New Napa Cuisine,” with Herb Karlitz at Blanca in Brooklyn.   ***Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman at American Cut in NYC.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Fall/Autumn

1.     Autumn has been called the “hectic beauty of death.”

2.     Levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest in the fall. Scientists speculate the surge may be a result of ancient mating instincts (e.g., the fall “rutting season”) or that decreasing daylight somehow triggers it.

3.     Since ancient times, autumn has ranked as one of the most important times of year as daylight begins to fade and cold, dark days lie ahead. Because a good harvest is necessary for survival, many societies tried to ensure a good harvest by honoring various gods and goddesses. Some societies, such as the Aztecs in ancient Mexico, even made human sacrifices to please the gods.

4.     Autumn babies, or those born between September and November, are more likely to live to 100 than those who were born in other times of the year.

5.     According to NASA, autumn is “aurora season” because geomagnetic storms are about twice as frequent as the annual average during the fall.

6.     A study in the journal Perception noted that men think women are more attractive in the cooler season. One theory is that men’s testosterone levels rise during the fall. Another theory is the “contrast effect.” During the summer, men are frequently exposed to scantily clad women—but not so much in the autumn, which shifts “attractiveness criteria” in women’s favor in the fall.

7.     Scientists believe males evolved to be sexually primed by food, which made autumn’s harvest time an ideal time to find a mate and reproduce. In fact, studies show that a mix of pumpkin pie and donuts increased penile flow by 20%. A pumpkin pie-lavender mix increased the penile blood flow by 40%.

8.     A “Harvest Moon” is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Before artificial lighting, such moonlight was essential to a farmer’s successful harvest.

9.     During the fall, in response to colder temperatures and less light, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment that helps capture sunlight to power photosynthesis. As the green fades, the leave’s other pigments shine through, such as orange and yellow carotenoids and vibrant red anthocyanin.

10.  Scientists believe global warming could affect autumn colors. As the world warms, leaves may delay changing their colors. Additionally, trees may not use their sugars to create red pigments; rather, they might send that fuel to growing new twigs. Global warming may also alter the habitats of trees, such as the sugar maple, which creates some of the most vibrant fall colors.

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CDC.gov: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“CDC.gov (www.cdc.gov) is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is a public domain Web site, which means you may link to CDC.gov at no cost and without specific permission. CDC.gov provides direct access to important health and safety topics, scientific articles, data and statistics, tools and resources – and over 900 topics in the CDC.gov A-Z Index.

TENNIS EXEC BANNED FOR WILLIAMS SLUR: Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev was banned for one year on Saturday after making fun of the Williams sisters. Tarpishchev called Serena and Venus the “Williams brothers” and said they were “scary” to look at when he appeared on a Russian television show on Friday. In addition to the ban, the WTA fined him $25,000. Serena Williams slammed Tarpishchev on Sunday at the WTA Finals tournament in Singapore. His remarks were “extremely sexist, racist and bullying,” said Williams. “In this day of age, 2014 for someone with his power, it’s really unacceptable to make such bullying remarks.” Tarpischchev apologized for his remarks due to WTA demands, but later defended himself, claiming he was on a “humorous show.” Tarpishchev also serves on the International Olympic Committee, which has yet to issue any comment or punishment.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Like his father, the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Dhani Harrison is a musician. He made his professional debut on his dad’s last studio album, Brainwashed, issued after George’s death in 2001. Now 36, Dhani composes film scores and is half of a band, Thenewno2 – named after a recurring character in the late-Sixties British television show, The Prisoner – with another musical son, Paul Hicks. (His father, Tony, is the founding guitarist of the Hollies.)

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: WE have no clue at this point how far Ebola could spread in the United States — and no reason for panic. But one dimension of the disease’s toll is clear. It’s ravaging Americans’ already tenuous faith in the competence of our government and its bureaucracies. Before President Obama’s election, we had Iraq, Katrina and the meltdown of banks supposedly under Washington’s watch. Since he came along to tidy things up, we’ve had the staggeringly messy rollout of Obamacare, the damnable negligence of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the baffling somnambulism of the Secret Service.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: We live in a world awash in unreliable narrators. Officials at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were unreliable narrators on Ebola. The Internet is bristling with unreliable narrators who prefer their takes to the truth. The unsavory husband and wife in the thriller “Gone Girl” are such chillingly unreliable narrators that they easily beat out the undead unreliable narrator, Dracula, at the box office. And let’s not even start on Fox News.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Peter D. Kramer: My own view is that we need storytelling in medicine, need it for any number of reasons. Repeatedly, I have been surprised by the impact that even lightly sketched case histories can have on readers. In my book “Listening to Prozac,” I wrote about personality and how it might change on medication. “Should You Leave?” concerned theories of intimacy. Readers, however, often used the books for a different purpose: identifying depression. Regularly, I received — and still receive — phone calls: “My husband is just like — ” one or another figure from a clinical example. For a decade and more, public health campaigns had circulated symptom lists meant to get people to recognize mood disorders, and still there remained a role for narrative to complete the job.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience. Overall, about half of adult Facebook users, 47%, “ever” get news there. That amounts to 30% of the population. Most U.S. adults do not go to Facebook seeking news out, the nationally representative online survey of 5,173 adults finds. Instead, the vast majority of Facebook news consumers, 78%, get news when they are on Facebook for other reasons. And just 4% say it is the most important way they get news. As one respondent summed it up, “I believe Facebook is a good way to find out news without actually looking for it.”

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Saturday • October 18, 2014

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS TEXAS VOTER ID LAW: Texas’s use of a 2011 law requiring voters to present photo identification before casting ballots was allowed by the Supreme Court on Saturday in an unsigned order that contained no reasoning. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on the other hand, issued a six-page dissent. “The prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters” serves to undermine “public confidence in elections,” she wrote in the dissent, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Critics of Texas’s voter ID law say that up to 600,000 registered voters will be disenfranchised by the law, a disproportionate number of them black and Hispanic.

DARREN WILSON: I FEARED FOR MY LIFE: Officer Darren Wilson told investigators that he was pinned down in his police car and feared for his life during a struggle for his gun with Michael Brown, just before he shot the unarmed teen to death on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. Wilson told authorities that Brown reached for his gun, which FBI forensics investigators said was fired twice in the squad car, according to federal officials briefed on the civil-rights probe. Forensics tests found Brown’s blood on the gun, an interior door panel, and on Wilson’s uniform. The officials said that while the federal investigation was continuing, the evidence so far did not support civil-rights charges against Wilson. The officer’s testimony contradicts some witness accounts.

OBAMA: TRAVEL BAN COULD MAKE EBOLA WORSE: In his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama urged Americans to refrain from panicking over Ebola and dismissed the idea of a travel ban from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. “We can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa,” Obama said, noting that such a ban would make it harder for health care workers to move themselves and supplies into the region, and would motivate people flying out of the region to evade airport screenings, making cases harder to track. “Trying to seal off an entire region of the world—if that were even possible—could actually make the situation worse,” he said. He also warned that “before this is over, we may see more isolated cases here in America,” but emphasized that “what we’re seeing now is not an ‘outbreak’ or an ‘epidemic’ of Ebola in America. This is a serious disease, but we can’t give in to hysteria or fear.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: California continues to have – by far – the nation’s highest level of poverty under an alternative method devised by the Census Bureau that takes into account both broader measures of income and the cost of living. Nearly a quarter of the state’s 38 million residents (8.9 million) live in poverty, a new Census Bureau report says, a level virtually unchanged since the agency first began reporting on the method’s effects. Under the traditional method of gauging poverty, adopted a half-century ago, California’s rate is 16 percent (6.1 million residents), somewhat above the national rate of 14.9 percent but by no means the highest. That dubious honor goes to New Mexico at 21.5 percent. But under the alternative method, California rises to the top at 23.4 percent while New Mexico drops to 16 percent and other states decline to as low as 8.7 percent in Iowa.

AMID ASSURANCES ON EBOLA, OBAMA IS SAID TO SEETHE: Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response. Those frustrations spilled over when Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday. Medical officials were providing information that later turned out to be wrong. Guidance to local health teams was not adequate. It was unclear which Ebola patients belonged in which threat categories. “It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. He told aides they needed to get ahead of events and demanded a more hands-on approach, particularly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said.

EVEN MORE! NEW WHITE HOUSE BREACH UNCOVERED: A previously unknown White House breach occurred in 2008 when two German tourists entered White House grounds, undetected by Secret Service guards, by entering an exit gate on the North Lawn while other tourists were leaving. The two tourists were spotted by a Secret Service agent and a sergeant in the uniformed division taking photos under the North Portico with cameras, which are prohibited (cell phone cameras are OK). It was determined that the tourists did not pose a threat. The next day, Secret Service officers installed a serpentine bike rack to make it more difficult to enter the White House grounds the way the German tourists did.

OBAMA: MY CREDIT CARD WAS DECLINED: While speaking to employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday, President Barack Obama told a story he meant to illustrate the extent of consumer fraud and how “even I’m affected by this”: That time his credit card was declined at a fancy restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Obama told attendees the story after signing an executive order to strengthen security for credit and debit cards. CNN obtained further details on the incident, reporting that the president and First Lady dined on burrata with salsa verde and an endive salad with walnuts and anchovies at New York restaurant Estela. Then came the credit card rejection. “I guess I don’t use it enough, so they thought there as some fraud going on,” Obama said. “Luckily, Michelle had hers. I was trying to explain to the waitress that I’ve really been paying my bills.

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