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Wednesday • March 4, 2015

U.S. ENVOY TO S. KOREA SLASHED IN ATTACK: Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, was injured by an armed attacker Thursday morning around 7:40 a.m. in Seoul, according to reports from Yonhap News Agency. Local media is reporting that Lippert was on his way to a meeting when he was attacked by a razor blade-wielding man who screamed, “South and North Korea should be reunified!” According to South Korean media, the assailant is 55 and was identified by his surname, Kim, on Korea’s YTN TV. Photos appear to show Lippert with his hand pressed against his face, dripping with blood, but his injuries are not yet clear. However, local reports say the injuries are not life-threatening. Lippert was reportedly hospitalized, and his attacker is believed to have been arrested.

DOJ: FERGUSON COPS A ‘COLLECTION AGENCY’: The Department of Justice released a scathing report on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department that describes it as a “collection agency” that exploited blacks. Although blacks make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, they were the target of 85 percent of all traffic stops, 90 percent of all citations, and 93 percent of all arrests. A specific citation for “manner of walking” was issued to black people 95 percent of the time.  “These disparities are not the necessary or unavoidable results of legitimate public-safety efforts. In fact, the practices that lead to these disparities in many ways undermine law-enforcement effectiveness,” the report said. The report also details alleged racial bias and policing that violates the civil rights of black people. It’s rife with examples of excessive use of force and racist language. The Justice Department made several major demands of the department—and threatens to sue in case it doesn’t comply. First, DoJ wants a “shift from policing to raise revenue to policing in partnership with the entire Ferguson community.” Second, police should act when it promotes public safety, “not simply because they have legal authority to act.” Several others demand greater accountability and training to reduce racial bias and “de-escalate” situations where force may be used. The department said it didn’t have sufficient evidence to charge Darren Wilson, a former Ferguson police officer, for violating Michael Brown’s civil rights when he shot and killed him last summer.

BENGHAZI PANEL SUBPOENAS HILLARY EMAILS: The House Select Committee on Benghazi will issue subpoenas today for emails Hillary Clinton sent regarding the U.S. consulate attack while she served as secretary of state. The committee first discovered Clinton’s exclusive use of private email accounts and is asking for all emails relating to the 2012 attack from “all Clintonemail.com accounts and any other staff members’ personal accounts,” The Washington Post reports. The subpoenas will go to the State Department. The AP reported earlier that Clinton had a homemade file server for her presonal email installed at her home—bait for spies, according to Shane Harris. Politico has linked Eric Hothem, a longtime Clinton aide, to the private server after an AP report traced the personal email server Clinton used to a creator with the name “Eric Hoteham.” Hothem was connected to a 2001 scandal involving the Clintons moving furnishings out of the White House, some of which the National Park Service claimed did not belong to the Clintons as personal property.

KENNEDY DOUBTS OBAMACARE CHALLENGERS: Justice Anthony Kennedy said there is a “serious constitutional problem” with the way the challengers read the Affordable Care Act during oral arguments in King v. Burwell on Wednesday. If federal tax credits were only available to people living in states that did establish their own insurance exchanges, Kennedy said, the federal government would effectively be coercing states to do so. However, he added that challengers may still win based on a plain reading of the law. The challengers claim the ACA’s tax credits only apply to people living in states with their own exchanges—not in states where the feds are running exchanges. Chief Justice John Roberts, who saved Obamacare’s individual mandate in 2012, did not speak.

BEN CARSON: PRISON SHOWS GAY IS CHOICE: Ben Carson, one of America’s top neurosurgeons and a potential Republican candidate for president, said on CNN that prison proves homosexuality is a choice, adding “because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight—and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.” Carson said he thinks same-sex couples should have the same legal rights as heterosexual couples, but without the title of marriage. “Why can’t any two human beings, I don’t care what their sexual orientation is, why can’t they have the legal right to do those things? That does not require changing the definition of marriage.”

MAN CLAIMS TO BE WILT CHAMBERLAIN’S SON: A man has come forward claiming that he is the son of Wilt Chamberlain. “I am Wilt’s secret,” Aaron Levi, a biracial man raised by an adoptive family in Oregon, tells Sports Illustrated. Chamberlain, who proudly boasted of bedding more than 20,000 women, said there were no “little Wilties,” but Levi believes Chamberlain had a one-night stand with a British woman in San Framcisco in 1964. Levi says he reached out to his biological mother who confirmed Chamberlain was his father.

EAST TO GET ANOTHER FOOT OF SNOW: Sick of it yet? According to the National Weather Service, the eastern United States should get ready for another major snowstorm on Wednesday and Thursday. The storm could drop as much as a foot of snow in parts, with Kentucky and West Virginia expected to get the worst of it. Boston only needs two more inches to surpass the record annual snowfall there, and this storm is expected to bring three inches. This week alone already saw one storm, as the region from Washington, D.C. to Boston saw five to six inches on Monday.

DEFENSE ADMITS TSARNAEV ROLE IN BOMBING: In opening statements Wednesday, the lawyer representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted that her client took part in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. “There’s little that we dispute. It was him,” Judy Clarke said. His defense team is trying to put the blame on Tsarnaev’s dead older brother Tamerlan, claiming he was the one who “self-radicalized” and that Dzhokhar “followed him.” Meanwhile, the prosecution has presented Dzhokhar as a ruthless killer who felt victorious after killing three and wounding more than 260.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN REMAINS IN COMA ON 22ND BIRTHDAY: Although Bobbi Kristina Brown remains in a medically induced coma, her longtime boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is wishing her a happy birthday. On Wednesday, Bobbi Kristina’s 22nd birthday, Gordon issued a short tweet sending his love. “Happy Birthday baby I wish I was there with you to hold you and be by your side,” he said. Bobbi Kristina reportedly suffered seizures last week after doctors tried taking her off some of her medications. Doctors also performed a tracheostomy to replace her breathing tube. A source told FOX411 recently that the starlet is showing “absolutely no signs of life lately.” Whitney Houston‘s daughter has been in a medically induced coma for more than a month after being found face down in a bathtub in her Georgia home.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Frederick Barbarossa Elected King of the Germans (1152)

Frederick Barbarossa was elected King of Germany in 1152 and crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1155. Shortly thereafter, an apparent misunderstanding with Pope Adrian IV led Frederick to mount military operations against Italy and install an antipope in opposition to Adrian’s successor. The schism continued for some time, but Frederick and the Catholic pontiff ultimately reconciled.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made his case on Iran before Congress, with all the circus atmosphere it involved, let’s get to the serious questions: What is America’s interest in striking a deal with Iran? Because our interests and Israel’s are not fully aligned. What is the minimum we need to satisfy our interests? And how should we balance the critiques of our policy from the serious Bibi versus the cynical Bibi? What both the United States and Israel agree on, and I certainly do, is that Iran must be prevented from building a nuclear bomb, because it could be used to threaten the Jewish state and, once loaded onto a missile, Europe and the Arab states as well. Moreover, if Iran gets a bomb, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt would surely be tempted to do so as well, and, suddenly, you’d have a Middle East that is already full of sectarian proxy wars also full of nuclear weapons — with few of the deterrent safeguards you had during the Cold War between Washington and Moscow. There are actors in the Middle East for whom “mutual assured destruction” is an invitation to a party — not a system of mutual deterrence. Also, if Iran gets a bomb, there’s a good chance the whole global nuclear nonproliferation regime, already frayed, would totally unravel, which would be very destabilizing.

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Tuesday • March 3, 2015

BIBI BLAST IRAN!: The world must not enter into the nuclear arms deal with Iran that is now being negotiated between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint meeting of Congress today. The proposed deal “paves Iran’s path to the bomb” and leaves the world with a threat of a nuclear war, Netanyahu said. The Israeli leader said Iran is playing a game of “hide and cheat” with international nuclear inspectors and that no deal should come until Iran stops its aggression toward its neighbors, stops supporting terrorism around the world and stops threatening Israel.

HILLARY NEVER USED GOVERNMENT EMAIL: When she served as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton used only her personal email account to conduct government business, and she never even had a government email account. Two months ago, Clinton’s advisers began reviewing emails to give to the record-keeping department and handed over 55,000 pages of emails. As required by the Federal Records Act, Clinton’s correspondence was supposed to be retained, and officials say her exclusive use of her personal account was unusual and may have been against regulations. A Clinton spokesperson on Tuesday morning released a statement saying “both the letter and spirit of the rules permitted State Department officials to use non-government email, as long as appropriate records were preserved… that is what happened.”

NETANYAHU SPEECH IS DC’S HOTTEST TICKET: President Obama, Joe Biden, and a number of Democratic politicians may be ditching Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress today, but everyone else in Washington, D.C. is clamoring for a ticket. “I’m having to tell people who supported me for decades I can’t find a ticket,”  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told The New York Times. He said a ticket would only be hotter “if it was Garth Brooks—maybe.” Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, made his analogy a bit more current: “If Taylor Swift and Katy Perry did a joint concert at Madison Square Garden wearing white-and-gold and black-and-blue dresses, accompanied by dancing sharks and llamas, that’s the only way you’d have a tougher ticket,” he said. However, it’s not just Republicans scrambling for the most impossible ticket in town. “The tickets are hotter than fresh latkes,” said Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.

HOUSE TO FUND HOMELAND SECURITY FOR YEAR: Republicans will vote as early as today on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the year without a demand for President Obama to rescind his executive order on immigration. House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus this morning that he was angered by Obama’s order but the bill is the right decision “for this team and the right one for this country.” The bill is almost certain to pass. On Friday night, the House passed a bill to fund DHS only for another week.

IRAN REJECTS PROPOSED 10-YEAR NUKE HALT: Iran is refusing to accept President Obama’s demand for a 10-year pause in nuclear activity, according to semi-official Iranian news agency Fars. The U.S. stipulation is “expressed in unacceptable and threatening phrases,” and “Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted saying by Fars. He is also quoted as noting that “Tehran will continue nuclear negotiations with the six powers.” In an interview with Reuters on Monday, Obama framed the 10-year halt in nuclear activity as a must for securing a deal with Iran.

IRAQI FORCES PRESS TIKRIT OFFENSIVE AGAINST ISIS: Iraqi Army forces and Shiite militia fighters on Tuesday pressed their assault on the city of Tikrit, seeking to encircle Islamic State strongholds on the second day of the government’s largest offensive yet against the militant group that has seized large portions of Iraqi territory. By afternoon, military officials said, government forces had reached the outskirts of Al Dour, just south of Tikrit, and were advancing slowly after freeing 13 police officers held there by Islamic State fighters.

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AVERAGE ERECT PENIS IS ABOUT 5 INCHES: Forget Hillary’s email scandal or Netanyahu’s speech before Congress. Neither can top the biggest (or smallest) news of the day: The average erect penis is 5.16 inches long and has a circumference of 4.6 inches (roughly a 1.46-inch diameter). British researchers compiled penis measurement data from some 15,000 men across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the U.S., determined to help answer the age-old question of what’s a “normal” penis size. The researchers also determined that the average size of a flaccid penis is 3.6 inches in length and 3.7 inches in girth (or a 1.2-inch diameter). Lest you think the scientists were crunching the numbers for the ultimate pissing contest, the team said they were aiming to help calm fears of men with “small penis anxiety.” Besides, it’s not the size of the ship but how it sails.

A WARNING FROM BUFFETT ABOUT BANKS : “Money-shufflers don’t come cheap.” That was Warren E. Buffett’s latest salvo against Wall Street from his annual letter to shareholders published over the weekend. Mr. Buffett has long ridiculed the financial industry, but this year’s letter, laced with references to bankers, lawyers and consultants as “a lot of mouths with expensive tastes,” seemed to amp up the pugnacity and was clearly noted by the industry, which pored over the letter.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Love

1.     Historically, sweat has been an active ingredient in perfume and love potions.

2.     In Bali, men believed a woman would fall in love if her suitor fed her a certain kind of leaf incised with the image of a god who sported a very large penis.

3.     The Mexican chief Montezuma considered chocolate a “love drug” and drank 50 cups of chocolate a day before visiting his harem of 600 women.

4.     Scientists suggest that most people will fall in love approximately seven times before marriage.

5.     Some individuals who claim never to have felt romantic love suffer from hypopituitarism, a rare disease that doesn’t allow a person to feel the rapture of love.

6.     Getting dumped often leads to “frustration attraction,” which causes an individual to love the one who dumped him or her even more.

7.     The term “love” is from the Sanskrit lubhyati, meaning “desire.”

8.     “Love” in the sense of “no score” in tennis dates to 1792 and means “playing for love” or, in other words, playing for nothing.i Other scholars claim that “love” as a tennis score is a corruption of the French word for egg, “L’oeuf,” because of the egg’s resemblance to a zero.

9.     Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart. The first recorded wedding rings appear in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.

10.  Seminal fluid can potentially contribute to romantic love. Reports suggest that the liquid that surrounds the sperm contains dopamine (“the pleasure chemical”) and norepinephrine as well as tyrosine, an amino acid the brain needs to manufacture dopamine.

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U.S. EMBASSY IN CUBA MAY OPEN IN APRIL: President Obama said Monday he is hoping the United States can open an embassy in Cuba ahead of the Western Hemisphere summit in Panama scheduled for April 10-11. “My hope is that we will be able to open an embassy, and that some of the initial groundwork will have been laid” before the summit, the president told Reuters. But he added that there is a lot of work to be done before full normal relations can be restored. U.S. and Cuban officials met for a second round of talks Friday in Washington, D.C., and Josefina Vidal, the head of the U.S. division of the Cuban foreign ministry, said the country was ready to move forward once the White House removes Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Officials have yet to set a date for a formal renewal of relations, which both countries announced in December.

EVEREST’S MOUNTAIN OF POOP WORRIES NEPAL: Nepalese officials expressed concern Tuesday about the health and environmental threat posed by the human waste left by those scaling Mount Everest. Hundreds of climbers and guides leave large and unhealthy amounts of feces and urine on the iconic mountain when they attempt to scale it, says Ang Tshering, a sherpa who has served in various official capacities regarding Nepalese mountaineering. He told reporters that the human waste has been “piling up” for years, and the government needs to get involved. “It is a health hazard and the issue needs to be addressed,” said Dawa Steven Sherpa, a sherpa who has been leading Mount Everest cleanup trips since 2008.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: In Asia in the early 1990s, bear gallbladders would sell from $1 to $210 a gram. A gallbladder of an Asiatic black bear killed in South Korea sold at a public auction for $64,000. On a price-per-gram basis, bear gallbladders often cost more than gold.

STEVIE NICKS WILD WILD COCAINE BINGES: Stevie Nicks bought enough cocaine – $1 million worth – to melt a hole in her nose so big she once boasted she could loop a “gold ring … with diamonds” through it. That’s just one of the amazing revelations about the rock goddess’ out-of-control drug addiction in the bombshell new tell-all, “Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumours.” “It’s so painful. I curse the day I ever did cocaine,” the Fleetwood Mac beauty confessed in the tome.“Nothing really works in my head right now.” The “Rhiannon” singer, now 66, describes nosebleeds, blackouts, a cratering career and a doctor warning of brain hemorrhage, or “even an early grave.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Director Ron Howard celebrated his 61st birthday with his wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Paige, Sunday afternoon at The Lion in the West Village in NYC.

STUDY: COFFEE MAY PREVENT HEART ATTACKS: Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may be more helpful than harmful, according to a study published in the journal Heart on Monday. A team of researchers in South Korea found that people who drank moderate amounts of coffee, which is three to five cups daily, were less likely to develop clogged arteries or heart disease. Researchers examined more than 25,000 males and females, who had no signs of heart disease, by using medical scans to look for disease in the coronary arteries and factoring in potential risks of heart disease such as smoking, exercise, and family history. Researchers and the British Heart Foundation agreed that more research needed to confirm the findings and explain the connection, but the new findings add to the debate about whether coffee is actually good for the body.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: So much of life is about leave-taking: moving from home to college, from love to love, from city to city and from life stage to life stage. In earlier times, leaving was defined by distance, but now it is defined by silence. Everybody everywhere is just a text away, a phone call away. Relationships are often defined by the frequency and intensity of communication between two people.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Fifty years ago, a young investor named Warren Buffett took control of a failing textile company, Berkshire Hathaway. “I found myself … invested in a terrible business about which I knew very little,” Buffett relates in his annual letter to shareholders, which was released over the weekend. “I became the dog who caught the car.” Buffett describes his approach in those days as “cigar butt” investing; buying shares of troubled companies with underpriced stocks was “like picking up a discarded cigar butt that had one puff remaining in it,” he writes. “Though the stub might be ugly and soggy, the puff would be free.” He continues: “Most of my gains in those early years … came from investments in mediocre companies that traded at bargain prices.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maajid Nawaz: Last week, the man called “Jihadi John” by the world’s media was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Muslim and naturalized British citizen from London. Not only that, but the Islamic State’s most notorious Western recruit was identified as a graduate in computer science from the University of Westminster. Many were shocked that the apparent executioner in videos made by the Islamic State, or ISIS, was an educated, middle-class metropolitan. In fact, academic institutions in Britain have been infiltrated for years by dangerous theocratic fantasists. I should know: I was one of them. The University of Westminster is well known for being a hotbed of extremist activity. The university’s Islamic Society is heavily influenced, sometimes controlled, by the radical Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir and regularly gives a platform to preachers of hate. On the very day of the Emwazi revelation, the university was to host a lecture by Haitham al-Haddad — a man accused of espousing homophobia, advocating female genital mutilation and professing that Jewish people are descended from apes and pigs. The event was suspended not by the university authorities, but by the Islamic Society, which pulled it only because of security concerns.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michelle Kosinski: Netanyahu certainly put Iran’s behavior and threats in very BLUNT terms.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Robert Kennedy Jr.’s underage younger daughter Kyra Kennedy made a scene when she was refused entry at an upstate New York nightclub, screaming at security, “I am a Kennedy, Google me!” In a scene far from the Paris Bal des débutantes, where a Dior-clad Kyra made her formal society debut in December 2013, the 19-year-old made a drunken stink at club Lava at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, last Thursday when security didn’t accept her ID.   ***A Manhattan judge hit Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher with yet another $5,000 fine Monday for failing to show up to court for a child support hearing over his 2-year-old daughter.


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Monday • March 2, 2015

LANDSIDE! 91% OF LBN READERS CALL SHARPTON A JERK (OR WORSE): In the most lopsided reader poll in the 13 year history of the LBN E-Lert, 91% of LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries chose to call civil-rights activist a “jerk” in the recent LBN roll – “Al Sharpton : Genius or Jerk”. “Thousands and thousands of LBN reader spoke loud and clear” said the LBN Editors.

OBAMA AIDE TELLS AIPAC THAT U.S. WON’T LET IRAN GET NUCLEAR ARMS: A top adviser to President Obama on Monday reassured a large audience of Israel supporters that the United States would never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, but warned that Israeli-American ties should not be politicized. Samantha Power, the president’s ambassador to the United Nations, appeared at a fraught moment in the relationship between the two allies, rebutting criticism from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who addressed the same conference later in the morning with a warning about American-led talks with Iran. “The United States of America will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Ms. Power told the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “Period.”

2 WHITE HOUSE BREAK-IN TRIES IN 12 HOURS: In less than 12 hours, there were two separate attempts to penetrate the White House grounds. In the first incident, at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a man was arrested after he climbed over a bicycle rack and tried to access White House grounds. At around 6:45 a.m. Monday, another man tried to get into the White House by walking through a door into a construction site at Pennsylvania Avenue and East Executive Avenue. He got into a brief fight with an officer before he was arrested. The incidents follow a year filled with scandals for the Secret Service that led to the resignation of director Julia Pierson and a department shakeup.

IAEA: IRAN IS STILL HIDING NUCLEAR INFO: A UN watchdog group warned Monday that Iran is still withholding critical information regarding its nuclear development program. “Iran has yet to provide explanations that enable the agency to clarify two outstanding practical measures,” said International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano. “The agency is not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.” The U.S. is working with other world powers to broker a deal for halting and overseeing Iran’s nuclear development. The negotiations have been criticized, most notably by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the world powers “have given up” on curbing Iran’s nuclear growth. The group has until the end of this month to establish a framework.

IRAQ BEGINS OFFENSIVE TO RECAPTURE TIKRIT FROM ISIS: The Iraqi military, alongside thousands of Shiite militia fighters, began a large-scale offensive on Monday to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State, a battle that could either deepen the country’s bloody sectarian divide or become a pivotal fight in the campaign to reclaim north and west Iraq. Iraqi state television announced the beginning of the offensive Monday morning, a day after Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, visited the forces massed on Tikrit’s outskirts and delivered a speech in which he said “zero hour” for the liberation of Tikrit was at hand.

KERRY: ISRAELI PM ‘WELCOME’ TO SPEAK: Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is welcome to speak to Congress, but cautioned the Obama administration did not want the address “turned into some great political football.” In an interview with ABC’s This Week, Kerry attempted to allay tensions between the U.S. and Israel ahead of Netanyahu’s planned speech objecting to a deal between Iran and world powers over its nuclear capabilities. Netanyahu’s expected address has strained relations with the Obama administration in recent weeks, as the speech was planned without informing the White House and at the invitation of House Republicans. Kerry, who traveled to Switzerland to meet with Iran’s foreign minister, said he spoke to Netanyahu as recently as Saturday and added that Israel was safer thanks to the short-term nuclear deal negotiated in 2013.

UN: MORE THAN 6,000 DEAD IN UKRAINE: A UN report released Monday estimates that more than 6,000 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting escalated in the region in April 2014. From mid-January to mid-February alone, 842 people are believed to have been killed in the conflict, despite a supposed ceasefire. The UN investigation placed the blame on Russia for the lethal escalation. “Credible reports indicate a continuing influx of heavy and sophisticated weaponry to armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as foreign fighters, including from the Russian Federation,” the report states. The UN report was released on the same day that Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The vocal supporters of the terror group write statement with Twitter chief’s image superimposed over crosshairs ISIS has a new target—Twitter. In response to the social giant blocking ISIS supporters’ accounts, those believers posted threats against Twitter Sunday.  You started this lost war,” a post from alleged ISIS supporters to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says. The threat, written in Arabic, had Dorsey’s image superimposed in crosshairs of a gun and called for jihadists around the world to target Twitter.

MOST DOCTORS PERMIT VACCINATION DELAYS: Most pediatricians acquiesce to parents’ requests to delay vaccinations, even though doctors believe the decision increases children’s risk of developing measles, whooping cough, and other illnesses. According to a new survey of doctors published in the journal Pediatrics, 93 percent of doctors said they were asked at least once a month by a parent to postpone vaccination. One-third of the doctors said they “always” agreed to a delay and another third said they acquiesced at least “sometimes” to the request. “It is sad that we are willing to let children walk out of our offices vulnerable to potentially fatal infections,” Dr. Paul A. Offit told The New York Times. “There’s a fatigue here, and there’s a kind of learned helplessness.”

PSYCHIATRIC DRUG OVERUSE IS CITED BY FEDERAL STUDY: Federal investigators say they have found evidence of widespread overuse of psychiatric drugs by older Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, and are recommending that Medicare officials take immediate action to reduce unnecessary prescriptions. The findings will be released Monday by the Government Accountability Office, an arm of Congress, and come as the Obama administration has already been working with nursing homes to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications like Abilify, Risperdal, Zyprexa and clozapine. But in the study, investigators said officials also needed to focus on overuse of such drugs by people with dementia who live at home or in assisted living facilities. The Department of Health and Human Services “has taken little action” to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs by older adults living outside nursing homes, the report said.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In the United States, one in 98 boys are diagnosed with autism, and 24,000 people are diagnosed with autism for the first time every year.

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CHINA’S BOX OFFICE SURPASSES HOLLYWOOD NOTES HOLLYWOOD MEDIA EXPERT: According to Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine, China’s monthly movie revenue edged out Hollywood’s for the first time ever in February, making it the world’s leading box office. Chinese theaters took in $650 million, while the U.S. monthly total came in at $640 million. A surge of movie sales during the Lunar New Year holiday helped China take the lead. The top-grossing film in China for February was The Man From Macau II followed by Dragon Blade. Prior to February, China’s biggest box-office total was $580 million in July 2014. “This would have been hard to believe ten years ago but today it is reality and Hollywood must confront it.” said Levine.

LBN-NOTICED: ***New mom Blake Lively at the ENK International Coterie trade show at the Javits Center in NYC, visiting booths of designers, including Erickson Beamon and Badgley Mischka, and the TMRW section to scout emerging designers.   ***Ryan Phillippe at Marc Murphy’s Landmarc at Time Warner Center in NYC.   ***Derek Hough and the cast of Broadway’s “Aladdin” at URBO on 42nd Street in NYC.   ***Behati Prinsloo, fashion fotog Russell James and a group dining at new Japanese restaurant Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.   ***Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos dining with Ellen Barkin at Kappo Masa in NYC.   ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass having breakfast yesterday at the legendary Pink’s Hot Dogs on LaBrea in L.A.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Wells Fargo, one of the largest subprime car lenders, is pulling back from that roaring market, a move that is being felt throughout the broader auto industry. The giant San Francisco bank, known for its stagecoach logo and its steady profits, has been at the center of the boom in making loans to people with tarnished credit scores. Wall Street, meanwhile, has been bundling and selling such loans as securities to investors, reaping big profits while allowing millions of financially troubled borrowers to buy cars.

DO YOU WANT TO WIN (In The Court of Public Opinion) The Downtown LA Bar Association & Beverly Hills Bar Association present: “How to Win (In The Court of Public Opinion) featuring super lawyer Mark Geragos and Top  Celebrity Publicist Michael Levine on Thursday April 2 at 6pm at the Sofitel Hotel in L.A.. Gain valuable insight regarding the court of public opinion as it applies to lawyers, their clients and their practices. The event will also include a mixer with drinks and appetizers. Due to high demand and limited capacity, RSVP is required (and limited): www.dtlaba.rsvpify.com.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Michael Keaton may have joked at the Independent Spirit Awards that for his next movie, “I am actually looking forward to getting a check,” but he’s really in huge demand because of his role in the Oscar-winning “Birdman.” Sources say he’s been flooded with film offers and has his eyes set on his next project, “The Founder” — the story of McDonald’s franchising agent, Ray Kroc, and how he created the billion-dollar empire. John Lee Hancock will direct, and the Weinstein Co. has bought distribution rights

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Madonna has announced dates for an upcoming 35-city tour in support of her latest album Rebel Heart. Kicking off in Miami on August 29th, the pop star will bring her Rebel Heart tour across North America, Europe and the UK through December.

LBN-R.I.P.: Minnie Minoso, the hugely popular All-Star outfielder from Cuba who was the major leagues’ first black player out of Latin America and a treasured figure in the history of the Chicago White Sox, died on Sunday in Chicago. His true age was never entirely clear, but by an account in his autobiography, he would have been 89 when he died. His death was announced by the White Sox. He was found dead in his parked car.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joey Garza (Actor): It’s true…A Mex A Can can…Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Inarritu won the Oscar for best director last Sunday for BIRDMAN, his deeply satirical take on show business. Not to mention his fellow Mexican and friend Emmanuel Lubezki won the Oscar for best cinematography on BIRDMAN. The cherry on top is that BIRDMAN took home the Oscar for best picture. Oh what a night! Inarritu hailed the win as a triumph for Mexico and said ” he prayed and hoped ( the country) can build the government that we deserve” and he urged Americans to treat immigrants ” with respect” This year’s best director win makes it two in a row for Mexico! Last year Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron won the gold statue for GRAVITY, the 3D space thriller starring Sandra Bullock ( who is linked to the success of another MexicanHas the time come for Mexicans and all Hispanics to show their worth and value in Hollywood? Well according to the the 2015 Oscars…Yes it is! And boy are we ready.


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LBN-ETC: Are you ready for an “electric” bike? — www.ElectricBikeAttack.com.

LBN-ETC: Do you own your computer or does it own you? — www.DataTamer.com.

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Sunday • March 1, 2015

THOUSANDS MARCH IN MOSCOW PROTEST: In commemoration of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot to death on Friday, thousands are marching in central Moscow on Sunday. Nemtsov killed after urging people to protests against Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine. The march was approved by city officials on Saturday with a permit of up to 50,000 people. Putin has publicly promised to find and prosecute those who killed Nemtsov. “Everything will be done to give the organizers and executors of this base and cynical murder the punishment they deserve,” he promised in a note of condolence to Nemtsov’s mother, Dina Eidman. However, weeks before Nemtsov claimed that Putin wanted him dead.

NETANYAHU SAYS HE’S ON HISTORIC MISSION: Speaking to reporters on the tarmac, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed his speech to Congress this week is a “crucial and even historic mission” and that he feels he is “an emissary” of all citizens of Israel and Jews worldwide. Netanyahu is expected to speak about his opposition to a deal between Iran and world powers over its nuclear capabilities. His planned speech has widened the rift between the Obama White House and Netanyahu’s administration, as it was planned without telling the White House and at the instigation of House Republicans.

UK SCHOOLGIRLS SEEN HEADING TO JOIN ISIS: Three British schoolgirls who flew from London to Istanbul in mid-February have reportedly been seen on security footage catching a bus to Syria. The three girls, Amira Abase, 15, Shamima Begum, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, are believed to be on their way to join ISIS. Both the families of the girls and the British police have issued multiple pleas for the girls to return. Prime Minister David Cameron has claimed that the girls were radicalized “in their bedrooms” and that social media firms need to do more to curb online extremism. The CCTV pictures are from February 17 and 18. There have been an estimated 600 British Muslims who have traveled to the region to take part in the conflict, some of them with ISIS.

LBN READERS FLOOD SHARPTON POLL: In the largest outpouring of reader feedback in its 13 year history of the LBN E-Lert, thousands of LBN E-Lert readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries have replied in the last 24 hours to the recent LBN Reader Question – “Al Sharpton – Genius or Jerk?”. Results are being tabulated currently and will be released in a future LBN E-Lert. Stay tuned.

RAND PAUL WINS CPAC STRAW POLL. AGAIN: For the third year in a row, on Saturday Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, CNN reported. Paul won with 25.7 percent of the vote among the yearly gathering of conservatives that is often seen as an early test of a GOP candidate’s support among the conservative base of the party. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin came in second with 21.4 percent support, the biggest jump from the year before, when he came in fifth. Sen. Ted Cruz and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson clocked in at 11.5 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively while former Florida governor Jeb Bush came in fifth with 8 percent.

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IRAN: GOOGLE COULD BE WELCOME: Internet companies like Google could be allowed into Iran if they respect its “cultural” rules, the country’s state news agency announced Sunday. “We are not opposed to any of the entities operating in global markets who want to offer services in Iran,” Deputy Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Nasrollah Jahangard told Fars. “We are ready to negotiate with them and if they accept our cultural rules and policies they can offer their services in Iran,” he said. Jahangard also claimed that should Google or any similar company want to open up shop in Iran, that the government would be ready to provide them with facilities to help out.

EGYPT BROTHERHOOD CHIEFS JAILED FOR LIFE: Five leaders of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to life in jail by an Egyptian court on Saturday over clashes that killed 11 and wounded 91 in the days before Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was forced from office. The men—Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, his deputy Khairat al-Shater, former lawmaker Mohammed el-Beltagy, party head Saad el-Katatni and his deputy, Essam el-Erian—are being charged with murder and possession of firearms. Nine others were also sentenced to life and four Brotherhood members were sentenced to death, though the verdict can be appealed.

LBN-SEE IT:…. The area in London where Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John, is believed to have once lived.


IRAQ REOPENS BAGHDAD MUSEUM: 12 years after thieves made off with almost a third of the treasures inside Iraq’s national museum, officials have reopened the museum as a defiant response to Islamic state terrorists’ destruction of ancient artifacts. “We have been preparing to reopen for the past couple of months, the museum should be open to everyone,” Deputy Tourism and Antiquities Minister Qais Hussein Rashid told Agence France Presse. ISIS jihadis in Mosul have released videos of themselves destroying ancient statues with sledgehammers and jackhammers.

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SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT URGES JAPAN TO ADMIT PAST WRONGS: President Park Geun-hye of South Korea urged Japan on Sunday to have the “courage and honesty” to admit to its historical wrongdoings against Koreans and other Asians, including its enslavement of Korean women in military brothels during World War II. “As Germany and France overcame conflict and mutual enmity and became leaders in building a new Europe, it is time for South Korea and Japan to write a new history together,” Ms. Park said in a nationally televised speech. “But despite their geographical proximity, the two nations could not get close in heart because of tensions surrounding historical issues.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Howard Stern and wife Beth dining Wednesday night at Le Cirque in NYC, the restaurant where they were married in 2008.   ***Chris Noth laughing and joking with a friend while dining at one of the front tables at Elio’s on the Upper East Side in NYC on Wednesday, while actress Leslie Uggams dined at another table.   ***Will Smith, David Guetta, Mike Piazza, Dave Grutman and Gabrielle Anwar, all working out together at Chris Paciello’s high-end luxury fitness center, Anatomy at 1220, in Miami.   ***George Clooney and wife Amal have moved to Manhattan for a few months, and were spotted having “cozy drinks” in a booth at the Carlyle Thursday.   ***Vanilla Ice dining at Balthazar in NYC.   ***Irish rocker Hozier celebrating with 15 pals at Chicago Cut Steakhouse after playing the storied Riviera Theatre.   ***Judy Collins at Swifty’s in NYC.   ***“True Blood” star Carrie Preston at Angelo David Salon.   ***Salman Rushdie at Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro in NYC.   ***Jazz great Wynton Marsalis at Village Prime in the West Village nearby Brooke Shields.   ***“The Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus dining at Beautique with owner Jeffrey Jah and Flaunt Magazine editor Matthew Bedard.   ***A second martini was no match for Jane Fonda at Verde in Miami Thursday night.The glamorous 77-year-old movie legend and fitness guru dined with five people, including legendary choreographer Tommy Tune, at the Stephen Starr waterfront restaurant at the Pérez Art Museum, and ordered a martini with her meal.   ***Prominent former FBI negotiator Christopher Voss having lunch at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: When a person diets or deprives himself of food, the neurons in the brain that induce hunger start eating themselves. This “cannibalism” sparks a hunger signal to prompt eating.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Maybe those of us who write about politics and campaigns should adopt a bristly uniform of hair shirts, so that we’re constantly atoning for our sins. Maybe we should wear targets, the better for our critics to take aim at us. Oh, how we’re hated. And as another presidential race takes shape, that hatred gathers force. Hillary Clinton’s protectors cast us as bloodthirsty raptors intent on finding flaw where none exists. Chris Christie was asked what he’d given up for Lent and said that it would have been The New York Times, but then his priest told him he had to forswear something he’d truly miss

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: It is a vulgar truth universally acknowledged that the creators of “Sex and the City” on HBO, Darren Star and Michael Patrick King, ratcheted up the raunch of the original Candace Bushnell column about single women in Manhattan. It is also a vulgar truth universally acknowledged that Judd Apatow, the lord of male nerd revels like “Knocked Up” and “Superbad,” ratcheted up the raunch of the original “Bridesmaids” script by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo. He pitched the nervous screenwriters on the idea of the now famous fart-and-poop scene where the women are hit with an epic blast of food-poisoning while trying on gowns at a fancy shop. But, more and more, women are bringing the raunch to the screen on their own. Hollywood is still all about the dumb testosterone tentpoles and parched when it comes to women filmmakers. Yet there is a small but significant trend of women writing, directing and producing more sexually explicit movies and TV shows.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Leonardo DiCaprio has been renting out his apartment in the Green Delos building in Greenwich Village in NYC for a cool $25,000 a month.

LBN-ETC: Are you ready for an “electric” bike? — www.ElectricBikeAttack.com.

LBN-ETC: Do you own your computer or does it own you? — www.DataTamer.com.

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LBN-ETC: Are you “driving with the brakes on” NutriFit’s 5 tips for mindfulness – get it, use it and sustain it. #1 – Find your focus and determine what is helping and hindering it (it will allow you to be more proactive and less reactive) #2 – Turn off the frenzy. Tame your crazy (realize what creates it) with mediation or deep breathing #3 – Be present with fear (change your reaction – take away an old thought pattern) #4 – Create your ideal circumstances. Shift from concentrating on what you are doing to what you want to be doing. For #5 go to www.nutrifitonline.com/blog; contact Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or call (310) 473-1989.

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LBN-ETC: HOW TO MAKE YOUR AUDIENCE FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU by Deryn Warren, a leading LA acting teacher and audition coach, is recommended by Harvard and UCLA. The head of HBO casting said, “I wish every actor who auditioned for me had read this book first.” Read the book and take the small, friendly, reasonably priced class in which professional actors learn a perfect audition technique and how to “Risk,” using energy, humor, vulnerability and charisma. Work on great material four times a night. Get a friend to sign up and receive a $30 thank you. Contact Deryn at DerynWarren.com.

LBN-ETC: Culturism is the opposite of multiculturalism.   Multiculturalism holds that the West has no core culture and has a superficial take on culture. Culturism acknowledges that the U.S. and the West have core cultures and advocates assimilation.  We need immigration laws that favor people with values that are compatible with ours.  Such profiling is not racist, (racism is irrational and dangerous), it is culturist.  Limiting cultural diversity to food, fashion and festivals, multiculturalists call all who note negatives of cultures ‘racist.’  With the words ‘culturism’ and ‘culturist’ we can re-open important discussions around cultural issues.  Spread the words today!  www.culturism.us

LBN-ETC: At the age of 78 and 50 years practicing as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Edward Dreyfus has turned his attention to writing psychologically based novels, claiming that “age is on the calendar, youthfulness is a state of mind”. MICKEY AND THE PLOW HORSE (a socially awkward, 12-year old asthmatic boy discovers he has a rare gift) and BUDDIES (four men, childhood friends, fall in lust with the same woman, and learn the truth about what it means to be a man) are currently available. The THE MIDNIGHT SHRINK will be published later this year. All book royalties go to charity! www.docdreyfus.com/books

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Sunday • March 1, 2015

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Saturday • February 28, 2015

LBN-READER QUESTION: Al Sharpton – Genius or Jerk? Send your vote to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Reader Question” in the subject line.)



HOUSE PASSES ONE-WEEK DHS FUND EXTENSION: The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown on Friday after passing a one-week funding extension with just hours to spare before the money ran out. The House voted 357-60 to keep the DHS open, but it was no victory of the House GOP leadership. The Senate had approved a three-week extension earlier, but conservative Tea Party members rejected that compromise hammered out by Speaker John Boehner because it didn’t go far enough in blocking President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. The speaker was forced to turn to House Democrats to pass the bill, calling further into question Boehner’s leadership ability and the GOP’s promise to govern effectively after taking control of Congress last year.

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MAJOR PUTIN CRITIC GUNNED DOWN IN MOSCOW: Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian prime minister and vocal critic of Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on a Moscow street corner Friday evening. One Russian media outlet said Nemtsov was shot four times in the back by an unidentified drive-by attacker. Nemtsov was once considered next in line to succeed Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first post-Soviet president, before Putin took office in 2000. Police said they are investigating Nemtsov’s murder. Just yesterday, Nemstsov was quoted by the Financial Times as saying, “The task is to organise a real opposition again.”In his last tweet, Nemtsov said: “If you support stopping Russia’s war with Ukraine, if you support stopping Putin’s agression, come to the Spring March in Maryino on 1 March.” The Kremlin reports that Putin, who Nemtsov feared would have him killed due to his opposition to the war in Ukraine, condemns the murder and has ordered an investigation into the matter. Putin will oversee the investigation.

STARBUCKS TO LAUNCH MEDIA COMPANY: Starbucks is expanding from coffee to “social-impact content.” The coffee shop chain has a media start-up in the works that will produce TV documentaries and films that can change culture “through creative storytelling,” according to veteran Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who is leaving the paper to run the new organization. “This is not going to be PR or marketing work,” Chandrasekaran told the Columbia Journalism Review. “This is Starbucks and Howard Schultz recognizing the power of storytelling and wanting to help contribute to the national understanding around a set of key issues.” Media expert and best-selling author Michael Levine commented “It’s actually pretty simple. Facts tells, stories sell.”

ONLINE, AMERICAN HELPS FUEL ATTACKS IN EGYPT: Writing from an online perch in Istanbul, he calls on Egyptians to start off-hour attacks against KFC restaurants, banks, mobile phone shops and other corporate outposts. He urges assaults on the military’s commercial interests instead of its security checkpoints.Nonviolent protests are worse than “futile,” he says, just an opportunity “to get arrested or shot in an exercise in crowd control training for the police.”This Internet provocateur is an American convert to Islam, Shahid King Bolsen, a college dropout who speaks only rudimentary Arabic and has barely set foot in Egypt. He has nevertheless emerged as the unlikely apostle for a distinctive blend of anti-globalization sloganeering and Islamist politics that is fueling a new wave of violence against businesses across the country.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actor Paul Reubens along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


TEEN’S AUTOPSY CONTRADICTS POLICE REPORT: Police shot and killed 17-year-old Jessica “Jessie” Hernandez on Jan. 26 after she drove a stolen car into an officer’s leg—at least, that’s the story according to the cops. An autopsy of the Denver teen showed two bullet wounds on the left side of her chest, one on her right thigh and another on her pelvis. The Hernandez family’s attorney says this shows that the girl was shot from the driver’s side of the car, contradicting police claims that she was driving into the officers when they fired multiple rounds at her. A friend of Hernandez’s who was in the car at the time of the shooting also says that police were next to the car, and that the officer was hit only after Hernandez was shot.

CHINA CUTS INTEREST RATES TO STIMULATE SLOWING ECONOMY: With its growth engine slowing, China said on Saturday that it was reducing the nation’s benchmark interest rates for the second time in three months.In an announcement on its website, China’s central bank said that, effective Sunday, the one-year bank lending rate would drop 0.25 percentage point to 5.35 percent and that deposit rates would also be reduced by a quarter percentage point.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Warren E. Buffett released his annual letter to shareholders on Saturday, expounding on business, reflecting on his 50 years assembling one of the world’s largest companies and adding to the growing tome of folk wisdom that has made him the rare beloved billionaire. In it, he repeated previous statements that the Berkshire board had identified his successor as chief executive, but again did not reveal that person’s identity. “Both the board and I believe we now have the right person to succeed me as C.E.O. – a successor ready to assume the job the day after I die or step down,” Mr. Buffett wrote. “In certain important respects, this person will do a better job than I am doing.”

FORMER OBAMA CAMPAIGN AIDE NOW WORKS TO OUST NETANYAHU: Jeremy Bird, the architect of the grass-roots and online organizing efforts that powered President Obama’s presidential campaigns from Chicago, is advising a similar operation in Tel Aviv. But this time it is focused on ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. His consulting work for the group V15 — an independent Israeli organization that does not support specific candidates but is campaigning to replace Israel’s current government — has added yet another political layer to the diplomatic mess surrounding Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to address a joint meeting of Congress next week on Iran.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Spring

1.     The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term vernal is Latin for “spring” and equinox is Latin for “equal night.”

2.     According to a Facebook study, couples are most likely to break up in the spring and two weeks before Christmas. The lowest breakup time was Christmas Day and from August through October.

3.     The fall and spring equinoxes are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.

While springtime brings flowers and warmer weather, it may be the worst time for human babies to be born. A large-scale study found that babies born in the spring are more likely to develop schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and anorexia.

5.     On the first day of spring, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight. A person at the South Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness.

6.     Spring almost always arrives on March 20 or 21, but sometimes on the 19th. The reason the equinoxes and solstices don’t always come on the same day is that Earth doesn’t circle the sun in exactly 365 days.

7.     If Pope Gregory XIII would not have established the Gregorian calendar, which most of the world now observes, in 1582, then every 128 years the vernal equinox would have come a full calendar day earlier, eventually putting Easter in midwinter.

8.     The first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

9.     The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.

10.  Holidays that occur in spring include Easter, Passover, April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Holi (festival of colors in India).

LUPITA’S STOLEN OSCAR DRESS RETURNED: The thieves who stole Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 Calvin Klein pearl dress have returned the precious item to the hotel where it was stolen. The dress, which is embroidered with 6,000 Akoya pearls, was dumped in a garbage bag when it was returned. An anonymous caller to TMZ claimed to be one of the thieves, who took the dress from Nyong’o’s room when he noticed the door ajar. The thief claimed to have removed several of the pearls and taken them to an appraiser in the Los Angeles garment district, who deemed the pearls fake

WHITE HOUSE PROPOSES BROAD CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY BILL: The Obama administration on Friday proposed a wide-ranging bill intended to provide Americans with more control over the personal information that companies collect about them and how that data can be used, fulfilling a promise the president had talked about for years. But some privacy advocates immediately jumped on the proposed legislation, saying it failed to go far enough, particularly given the broad statements President Obama had made on the issue. They said the bill would give too much leeway to companies and not enough power to consumers.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***More than three decades after the original, Harrison Ford will star in a sequel to the dystopian, sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner. The plot of the film will also take place decades after the events of the original – a 1982 film that was set in 2019 – with a script written by one of the first movie’s co-writers, Hampton Fancher, and Michael Green (Green Lantern) using an idea that the former came up with director Ridley Scott, who helmed the original movie. Principal photography will begin in 2016.

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OSBOURNE WALKS FROM ‘FASHION POLICE’: Kelly Osbourne has quit her hosting gig on E!’s Fashion Police after being continually unhappy with how the show was being produced. Allegedly, the fashion critic’s problems began after former host Joan River’s death and snowballed up until co-host Giuliana Rancic’s controversial comment on actress Zendaya’s Oscar look, which many found racist.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Former Korn drummer David Silveria is suing his old band mates for money owed after the band declined to allow the drummer back in the group following a lengthy break. According to TMZ, Silveria sued Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Brian “Head” Welch, and Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu in an effort to reclaim the money owed to him and his “ownership interest” in the band since his departure. If Silveria is repaid what he believe he is owed from the past nine years, he will dissolve his partnership with the group.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The new op-ed page editor at the Los Angeles Times is Juliet Lapidos. She is an editor and editorial writer in the New York Times opinion section, and also edits the editorial board’s blog.

EX-KNICKS PLAYER ANTHONY MASON DIES: Anthony Mason, a former New York Knicks forward who helped lead the team to the NBA Finals in 1994, has passed away. He was 48. Mason was diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month and underwent multiple heart surgeries. Mason was the winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man award in 1994-95 and also played for the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***John Fairchild, the witty and irascible publisher and editor who transformed his family’s fusty trade publication, Women’s Wear Daily, into the lively bible of the fashion industry, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. Women’s Wear Daily announced his death without specifying the cause.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I do not believe we should be in the business of telling Muslims what their religion is or isn’t. So I kind of recoil from anyone who says it’s all this, or anyone who says it’s not any of that. I think we should be in the business of asking them, “Why is this happening?” We don’t know. We have an overwhelming number of Muslims who are American citizens living in this country and who are wonderful citizens. So we don’t have this problem. So maybe you could explain it to me, but I sort of recoil at anyone sitting back who’s not a Muslim, saying, “That is not Islam.” What the hell do you know what Islam is? “Oh, I read the Quran in college” … you don’t know anything, OK? And that’s not our job, it seems to me. So, the way I’ve written about it is that obviously this is emerging from their faith community. First of all, it’s not emerging from across their faith community. It’s not a problem in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim country. It’s not a problem in India, the world’s second-biggest Muslim country. We’re talking about a problem that has clearly been emerging from the Arab world and Pakistan, primarily. Now what is that about?

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Bobbi Kristina Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, may be holding on to false hope that his daughter will make a recovery, a source will knowledge of the situation told FOX411. The 21-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston reportedly suffered from “violent seizures” earlier this week after being taken out of a medically-induced coma, forcing to doctors to place her back into the coma that she has been in for almost a month.    ***Shooting “Joy” has not been joyous for Jennifer Lawrence. “The Hunger Games” star had “a meltdown” Tuesday night while filming her third movie with mercurial director David O. Russell, a source on the Boston set told me. “He was screaming at her. She was screaming at him. It was loud,” said the witness. But a publicist for the Fox movie told me, “There was no fight. David is very passionate. He yells lines back at actors. He gets right in the scene with them. This scene was a big argument. Jennifer had a crying baby in her arms. There was a lot of screaming and yelling.”

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LBN-ETC: Are you “driving with the brakes on” NutriFit’s 5 tips for mindfulness – get it, use it and sustain it. #1 – Find your focus and determine what is helping and hindering it (it will allow you to be more proactive and less reactive) #2 – Turn off the frenzy. Tame your crazy (realize what creates it) with mediation or deep breathing #3 – Be present with fear (change your reaction – take away an old thought pattern) #4 – Create your ideal circumstances. Shift from concentrating on what you are doing to what you want to be doing. For #5 go to www.nutrifitonline.com/blog; contact Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or call (310) 473-1989.

LBN-ETC: Andras International Security Affiliates is not a security guard company. We are a Global provider of Threat Management Services, with more than 30 years of exemplary service to our clientele. A*ISA teams are comprised of highly trained and experienced professionals, from the United States Secret Service, federal, state, corporate, international and military environments.  A*ISA has over a century of combined quality investigative, protective, intelligence, special event, aviation, maritime, technical, evaluating aberrant behavior and training experience. Full range of services can be viewed at: www.isaexecutivprotection.com FOR IMMEDIATE SERVICE NEEDS: USA 1 + (310) 930.6335

LBN-ETC: HOW TO MAKE YOUR AUDIENCE FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU by Deryn Warren, a leading LA acting teacher and audition coach, is recommended by Harvard and UCLA. The head of HBO casting said, “I wish every actor who auditioned for me had read this book first.” Read the book and take the small, friendly, reasonably priced class in which professional actors learn a perfect audition technique and how to “Risk,” using energy, humor, vulnerability and charisma. Work on great material four times a night. Get a friend to sign up and receive a $30 thank you. Contact Deryn at DerynWarren.com.

LBN-ETC:Culturism is the opposite of multiculturalism.   Multiculturalism holds that the West has no core culture and has a superficial take on culture. Culturism acknowledges that the U.S. and the West have core cultures and advocates assimilation.  We need immigration laws that favor people with values that are compatible with ours.  Such profiling is not racist, (racism is irrational and dangerous), it is culturist.  Limiting cultural diversity to food, fashion and festivals, multiculturalists call all who note negatives of cultures ‘racist.’  With the words ‘culturism’ and ‘culturist’ we can re-open important discussions around cultural issues.  Spread the words today!  www.culturism.us

LBN-ETC: At the age of 78 and 50 years practicing as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Edward Dreyfus has turned his attention to writing psychologically based novels, claiming that “age is on the calendar, youthfulness is a state of mind”. MICKEY AND THE PLOW HORSE (a socially awkward, 12-year old asthmatic boy discovers he has a rare gift) and BUDDIES (four men, childhood friends, fall in lust with the same woman, and learn the truth about what it means to be a man) are currently available. The THE MIDNIGHT SHRINK will be published later this year. All book royalties go to charity! www.docdreyfus.com/books

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Friday • February 27, 2015

SENATE PASSES BILL TO AVERT HOMELAND SECURITY SHUTDOWN: The Senate on Friday passed a bill to finance the Department of Homeland Security, sending the legislation to the House, which now has just hours to avert a partial shutdown of the agency. The spending bill for the department, which is set to run out of money at midnight, passed the Senate, 68 to 31. The measure removed restrictions on President Obama’s executive action on immigration that were included in a bill passed by the House.

ISIS ONSLAUGHT ENGULFS ASSYRIAN CHRISTIANS AS MILITANTS DESTROY ANCIENT ART: The reports are like something out of a distant era of ancient conquests: entire villages emptied, with hundreds taken prisoner, others kept as slaves; the destruction of irreplaceable works of art; a tax on religious minorities, payable in gold. A rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane or Genghis Khan, perhaps, but in reality, according to reports by residents, activist groups and the assailants themselves, a description of the modus operandi of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate this week. The militants have prosecuted a relentless campaign in Iraq and Syria against what have historically been religiously and ethnically diverse areas with traces of civilizations dating to ancient Mesopotamia. The latest to face the militants’ onslaught are the Assyrian Christians of northeastern Syria, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, some speaking a modern version of Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

9 DEAD IN MISSOURI MURDER SPREE: Police say nine people were found dead at five crime scenes near Tyrone, Missouri early Friday morning. According to a statement issue by the sheriff’s department, police responded to a call by a juvenile female who had heard gun shots in her residence and fled. The deputies who responded found two dead bodies in that residence, and then five more dead bodies and one wounded victim in three nearby residences. The search also uncovered the body of an elderly woman who died from natural causes, according to police. The suspect, a 36-year-old man from Tyrone, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a car in the next county over. At a press conference on Friday, authorities said they are not currently releasing a motive for the shooting, or the names of the victims.

AMERICAN HACKED TO DEATH IN BANGLADESH: Avijit Roy, 42, a Bangladeshi-born American known for his Mukto-Mona blog’s outspoken views against religion in politics and criticism of Islamic fundamentalism, was killed by a group of men armed with machetes on Thursday night. Roy and his wife, 35-year-old Rafida Ahmed, were on their way back home from a book fair in Dhaka when the men attacked. Ahmed also suffered serious injuries and is being treated at a hospital. Police are investigating the crime; they have recovered two machetes so far.

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CUBA’S SPOT ON U.S. TERROR LIST GUMS UP RESTORATION OF RELATIONS: As Cuban diplomats gather in Washington on Friday for historic talks to restore relations with the United States, their diplomatic entourage may carry something even more tangible than political demands: bundles of cash. The reason is that, as one of the few nations in the world on the American government’s list of countries that sponsor terrorism, Cuba cannot find a bank in the United States that will do business with it, State Department officials say. Now, Cuba’s spot on the American list of states that sponsor terrorism is emerging as a major sticking point in the effort to restore diplomatic ties with the United States and reopen embassies that have been closed for nearly five decades.

STOLEN PICASSO SEIZED IN U.S.: A Picasso painting stolen from a French museum and falsely labeled as a $37 “art craft/toy” was seized at the Port of Newark and is in the process of being returned, according to court papers filed Thursday. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch filed forfeiture papers on the painting, La Coiffeuse, which was taken from France’s National Museum storage in 2001 and had not been seen since it was recovered in December 2014. The Picasso, valued at millions of dollars, was shipped via Federal Express from Belgium and was headed to a climate-controlled facility in Queens, New York. The shipper was only identified as “Robert,” according to officials.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Music critic Robert Christgau along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


KIRK DOUGLAS DYING WIS: Kirk Douglas has his family in an uproar as the 98-year-old plans to travel cross country to see his jailbird grandson. Cameron, 36, the only child of actor Michael Douglas and ex-wife Diandra Luker, has been in prison for drug trafficking since 2010 – and won’t be released until March 2017. “Kirk’s heart has ached for his grandson every day he’s been behind bars,” a family friend told a source. But Michael is begging his dad not to fly from Los Angeles to see Cameron at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. “Even Kirk’s own doctors are advising against making such a trip,” the friend added.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell seeing “Kinky Boots” on Broadway in NYC.   ***Kim Cattrall, Martha Stewart and Gillian Miniter at a VIP peek at the Baccarat Hotel & Residences with interiors by Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper.   ***Gilbert Gottfried at Incognito Bistro.   ***Yoko Ono in shades and a hat at Sant Ambroeus on the Upper East Side in NYC.   ***Annie Lennox working out at Crunch on Sunset Blvd.    ***Allison Williams, Michael J. Fox and Brian De Palma in the audience at “Constellations.”    ***Popular  fast-rising comedian Erica Rhodes performing at The Parlor in Seattle, Washington.   ***Media experts Elliot Mintz and Michael Levine having dinner last night at Elliot’s home in Beverly Hills.   ***Actor and funny man Will Ferrell reporting for jury duty on Wednesday at the Metropolitan Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles.   ***Brand Polished executives Rich and Dorian Silverberg having dinner at the popular Mr. Chow’s in Beverly Hills.   ***Last week February 15th,  Harry Langdon Jr. was the recipient of the first LATF-usa  Magazine Beauty Photographer award.  The trophy was given to Langdon by Morgan Fairchild.  Many celebrities attended the Black Tie function including : Jane Fonda Barbara Eden, Mia peoples plus more.  It was held at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood.   ***UTA’s new fine arts division head Joshua Roth joined his former boss, attorney Patty Glaser, at Bouchon in Beverly Hills.   ***Joe Manganiello, Sofia Vergara, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls were in together at The Palm in Beverly Hills.   ***Erik Loomis, president of theatrical distribution and home entertainment for The Weinstein Co., met with Gretchen McCourt, executive vp cinema programming  for the ArcLight, at Culina. On another day, Tom Corson and Peter Edge of RCA Records broke bread as Pharrell Williams‘ manager, Ron Laffitte, worked the room. AC/DC’s Angus Young dropped by a bit later on.   ***Lana Del Rey propped by Il Pastaio.   ***Rachel Zoe and Jessica Alba visited Tower Bar in West Hollywood.   ***Kyra Sedgwick ordered at Ammo.   ***Producer Brad Fuller ate at Il Fornaio.    ***Gene Simmons rendezvoused with Lisa Vanderpump at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills.   ***Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest dined at Nobu Malibu. On the same day, Cindy Crawford and, separately, LA Reid with a number of Epic Records executives were all in.   ***Steve McQueen brunched at Boxwood Cafe at the London West Hollywood.    ***Gersh’s David DeCamillo took a seat at Yojisan on Beverly Boulevard.   ***Rachel McAdams and Jodie Foster have each been in of late to smoke.oil.salt.   ***Tobey Maguire dropped by Sycamore Kitchen.    ***The World’s End director Edgar Wright visited Soho House in West Hollywood.   ***Tyra Banks hit the Hart and the Hunter.    ***Stephen Merchant tucked into pub food at Echo Park’s British-themed eatery The Lost Knight.    ***In New York, Robin Roberts stopped by Nice Matin.    ***Molly Ringswald took a seat at Cafe Gitane.

INDIANA CONSIDERS ABANDONED BABY BOX: Indiana may become the first state to install baby boxes, or newborn incubators, that enable mothers to anonymously and safely give up unwanted newborns. The state house unanimously passed a bill aimed at preventing dangerous abandonment of babies by creating a safe alternative to hand over infants at hospitals, police stations, fire stations, churches, and selected nonprofits. The state senate will now review the bill. Republican state Rep. Casey Cox, who sponsored the measure, said it could bolster “safe haven” laws across the country that give parents a legal way to give up children without fear of being arrested. The boxes, which would be regulated by the state health department and considered a “last resort,” would also feature a silent alarm that can be activated to notify authorities that a baby is inside. The bill covers children up to 31 days old.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Lois L., an LBN E-Lert reader from Baltimore, Maryland.


GOP SCIENCE CHAIR DIDN’T VAXX HIS KIDS: Rep. Barry Loudermilk, the Republican chairman of the House Science and Tech subcommittee, didn’t vaccinate his kids. The Georgia representative divulged the fact during a town-hall meeting last week, when a woman asked about a potential Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scheme to cover up information linking vaccines to autism. Loudermilk responded by saying, “I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not… Most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The American economy expanded at a slower pace than initially thought in the fourth quarter of 2014, as a weaker trade balance and less stockpiling by businesses weighed on growth. Over all, economic output rose at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in October, November and December, below the initial estimate of 2.6 percent issued last month, according to government data released on Friday. The downward revision also represented a steep deceleration from the blistering 5 percent annual rate of growth reported in the third quarter of 2014.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***James Franco has signed with Untitled Entertainment.   ***Amandla Stenberg, Rue in The Hunger Games, has signed with UTA. ***YouTube stars Lohanthony, German Garmendia and Bart Baker have signed with WME.

SPOCK DEAD: Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***60 Minutes news journo Lara Logan rushed to Washington, DC hospital suffering from internal bleeding. According to a network source, Lara was  admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with digestive disease diverticulitis and internal bleeding. Lara, 43, is expected to stay hospitalized for a few days.

FIRST BLACK NBA PLAYER EARL LLOYD DIES: Earl Lloyd, the first African American to ever play in the NBA, died Thursday at the age of 86. Lloyd played his first NBA game in 1950 for the Washington Capitals. West Virginia State, where Lloyd went to college, confirmed his death. “The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court,” West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement. “When Earl stepped out on the court on that fateful date in 1950, this remarkable man rightfully earned his place in the historic civil-rights movement and, more important, he opened the door to equality in America.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, the former president of the University of Notre Dame who stood up to both the White House and the Vatican as he transformed Catholic higher education in America and raised a powerful moral voice in national affairs, died late Thursday in South Bend, Ind. He was 97. The university confirmed his death in a statement on its website, saying he had died just before midnight at Holy Cross House, which is next to the university.   ***Irving Kahn, who made his first stock trade in June 1929 — turning a tidy profit from the stock market crash four months later — and persevered for more than eight decades to become Wall Street’s oldest living active professional investor, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 109. His son Thomas confirmed his death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past centuries, Western diplomats have continually projected pragmatism onto their ideological opponents. They have often assumed that our enemies are driven by the same sort of national interest calculations that motivate most regimes. They have assumed that economic interests would trump ideology and religion — that prudent calculation and statecraft would trump megalomania. They assumed that the world leaders before 1914 would not be stupid enough to allow nationalist passion to plunge them into a World War; that Hitler would not be crazy enough to start a second one; that Islamic radicals could not really want to send their region back into the 12th century; that Sunnis and Shiites would never let their sectarian feud turn into a cataclysmic confrontation in places like Iraq.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Danielle Berrin: Over the last few days, I decided to take a personal inventory of the ways I’ve intentionally or unintentionally exposed myself to the vicissitudes of the World Wide Web. On Sunday, I was pursuing nordstom.com (their winter coat sale is a must) when i was prompted to seek out my “true fit.” Within seconds, I gave away my height, my weight and my bust size before deciding that I’d rather not see those numbers displayed myself. After that, I signed up for Personal Capital, an online asset management company that aggregates all your financial information, calculates your net worth and offers investment advice. It took maybe two or three minutes before I had input the names and passwords of every bank account, investment account, retirement account and credit card under my name. If anyone were to hack that, I’ll be even gladder that I also own a little bit of real estate.

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Mirisch: With the little fanfare – and by design (and we’ll get to that in a minute) – the Beverly Hills City Council will vote next Tuesday 4-1 to give the City’s “Executive Management Group” an 11-percent salary increase over a two year period. The “Executive Management Group” consists of 28 of the City’s executive team, including the department heads, certain deputies and the city manager, along with assistant city managers. Here’s why I will be the lone dissenter. Currently, before any increases, the average total compensation within this group is $275,278 per employee. Total compensation includes base salary, pension and health care costs. The total compensation ranges within this group from a low of $192,911 to a high $437,032. Currently, the City foots the entire bill for the Cadillac defined-benefit pensions we offer these employees, that is, the City pays not only the employer’s share, which is currently 16.68-percent, but also the employee’s share, which is 8-percent. The employer’s share continues to increase year-by-year, which is one reason the total compensation for the executive group increased 16% from 2009 to 2013.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Scarlett Johansson is defending John Travolta and calls the image of him kissing her on the Academy Awards red carpet “an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was totally sweet and totally welcome.” In an exclusive statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Johansson said: “There is nothing at all strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta.”   ***You taxin’ to me?The IRS clobbered Robert De Niro with a $6.4 million tax lien, documents show. The two-time Oscar winner learned of the massive lien from news accounts on Thursday, his spokesman insisted, adding that the actor had a check for the full amount hand-delivered by day’s end to the feds in New York.   ***Bryan Cranston won a Tony for Best Actor last year as LBJ in “All the Way” — and this year he’s a Broadway producer. Sources say the “Breaking Bad” star is a producer on “Finding Neverland,” the musical spearheaded by Harvey Weinstein (who was a producer on “All the Way”).

LBN-ETC: CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS FOR SALE: Library of 675 edited, in-depth Half Hour TV Talk Shows with a “Who’s Who of Hollywood.” Stars include Jerry Seinfeld, Jack Lemmon, Robin Williams, John Ritter, Jane Fonda, Joan Collins, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Rock Hudson, Olivia de Havilland, Ted Danson, William Shatner and hundreds more.  These shows are high quality, and very entertaining. Celebrity TV Host Paul Ryan who worked for “Entertainment Tonight” and “Mid-Morning L.A.” produced and hosted these shows in locations all around the world. For information contact Bernard Feldman at 818 783 7940 and visit the website: www.paulryanproductions.com

LBN-ETC: Are you “driving with the brakes on” NutriFit’s 5 tips for mindfulness – get it, use it and sustain it. #1 – Find your focus and determine what is helping and hindering it (it will allow you to be more proactive and less reactive) #2 – Turn off the frenzy. Tame your crazy (realize what creates it) with mediation or deep breathing #3 – Be present with fear (change your reaction – take away an old thought pattern) #4 – Create your ideal circumstances. Shift from concentrating on what you are doing to what you want to be doing. For #5 go to www.nutrifitonline.com/blog; contact Stacia@nutrifitonline.com or call (310) 473-1989.

LBN-ETC: Andras International Security Affiliates is not a security guard company. We are a Global provider of Threat Management Services, with more than 30 years of exemplary service to our clientele. A*ISA teams are comprised of highly trained and experienced professionals, from the United States Secret Service, federal, state, corporate, international and military environments.  A*ISA has over a century of combined quality investigative, protective, intelligence, special event, aviation, maritime, technical, evaluating aberrant behavior and training experience. Full range of services can be viewed at: www.isaexecutivprotection.com FOR IMMEDIATE SERVICE NEEDS: USA 1 + (310) 930.6335

LBN-ETC: HOW TO MAKE YOUR AUDIENCE FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU by Deryn Warren, a leading LA acting teacher and audition coach, is recommended by Harvard and UCLA. The head of HBO casting said, “I wish every actor who auditioned for me had read this book first.” Read the book and take the small, friendly, reasonably priced class in which professional actors learn a perfect audition technique and how to “Risk,” using energy, humor, vulnerability and charisma. Work on great material four times a night. Get a friend to sign up and receive a $30 thank you. Contact Deryn at DerynWarren.com.

LBN-ETC:Culturism is the opposite of multiculturalism.   Multiculturalism holds that the West has no core culture and has a superficial take on culture. Culturism acknowledges that the U.S. and the West have core cultures and advocates assimilation.  We need immigration laws that favor people with values that are compatible with ours.  Such profiling is not racist, (racism is irrational and dangerous), it is culturist.  Limiting cultural diversity to food, fashion and festivals, multiculturalists call all who note negatives of cultures ‘racist.’  With the words ‘culturism’ and ‘culturist’ we can re-open important discussions around cultural issues.  Spread the words today!  www.culturism.us

LBN-ETC: At the age of 78 and 50 years practicing as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Edward Dreyfus has turned his attention to writing psychologically based novels, claiming that “age is on the calendar, youthfulness is a state of mind”. MICKEY AND THE PLOW HORSE (a socially awkward, 12-year old asthmatic boy discovers he has a rare gift) and BUDDIES (four men, childhood friends, fall in lust with the same woman, and learn the truth about what it means to be a man) are currently available. The THE MIDNIGHT SHRINK will be published later this year. All book royalties go to charity! www.docdreyfus.com/books

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Thursday • February 26, 2015

ISIS BEHEADER ‘JIHADI JOHN’ UNMASKED: The BBC reports that the masked man known as Jihadi John, who appeared in several of ISIS’s beheading videos, is a Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi. U.S. officials confirmed the name to Reuters. Emwazi is described as “a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming.” Close friends and a representative of activist group CAGE who had contacted Emwazi before he left for Syria in 2012 both confirmed his identity to The Washington Post.

LEGAL MARIJUANA COMES TO WASHINGTON D.C.: Recreational use of marijuana was decriminalized in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, allowing citizens to possess up to two ounces and grow six plants. Selling pot is still illegal, however, in part because opposition from Republicans on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee has stalled the creation of rules on pot sales, regulation, and taxation.

CLINTON FOUNDATION RECEIVED FOREIGN CASH: The Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments, including Kuwait and Qatar, while presidential contender Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, foundation officials revealed to The Washington Post on Wednesday. The contributions included a $500,000 donation from the Algerian government that violated an ethics agreement with the Obama administration, but the foundation contends it arrived without notice for the relief effort for Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. The donations were used to fund philanthropic work or multi-year grants on initiatives such lowering the cost of HIV and AIDS medication, a foundation spokesman told the Post. Clinton formally joined the foundation in 2013 after leaving the Obama administration. The donations raise concern as foreign governments and individuals are banned from donating to U.S. political candidates, but the foundation said it will begin taking steps to change the role of foreign donors if Clinton runs in the presidential election.

KARDASHIANS SIGN $100M DEAL WITH E!: Keeping the Kardashian klan aboard for another four years will cost E! a hefty $100 million. The deal breaks a record for the highest amount ever paid for a reality-TV cast. Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian, along with Kendall, Kylie, and Kris Jenner will star in four more seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians as well as the show’s spinoffs. Bruce Jenner, matriarch Kris’s ex-husband, is not part of the deal.

LUPITA’S $150K PEARL DRESS STOLEN: The $150,000 pearl dress that Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Academy Awards was stolen from her room at the London West Hollywood hotel, according to TMZ. The dress is adorned with 6,000 white Akoya pearls and landed the 12 Years a Slave star on several of the night’s best-dressed lists. Police are reviewing surveillance footage for clues.

BIN LADEN RAID FILES READ AT U.S. TRIAL: Documents seized from the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound were presented at the trial of a Pakistani man charged with plotting attacks on the U.S. and U.K. on Wednesday. The declassified al Qaeda letters were translated and read in a U.S. court at Abid Naseer’s trial, revealing plans for terror attacks in Britain, Europe, and Russia and including a plot to bomb a pipeline or the U.S. embassy. The files also discussed al Qaeda operations and tactics, but none of the letters mentioned Naseer by name. Naseer has pleaded not guilty and has denied any involvement in terrorist plots. Prosecutors said the defendant was part of an al Qaeda conspiracy to bomb a Manchester mall and the New York subway system. A senior FBI counterterror official also testified that he saw bin Laden’s body after the raid while recovering evidence from the compound.

SOUTH KOREA DECRIMINALIZES ADULTERY: South Korea’s top court has abolished a law that made adultery a crime. The Constitutional Court ruled Thursday, seven to two, that the 1953 law, under which cheaters could be jailed for up to two years, was unconstitutional. “Even if adultery should be condemned as immoral, state power should not intervene in individuals’ private lives,” said presiding Justice Park Han Chul. An estimated 100,000 people have been convicted for violating South Korea’s adultery law, according to local media. The law has been reviewed four times and upheld, but the court said anyone convicted since the last review in 2008 could have their case reconsidered.

BOBBI KRISTINA SUFFERS SEIZURES, REMAINS IN COMA: Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s condition is getting worse. The 21-year-old remains in a medically induced coma after physicians tried taking her off some of her current medicines. As a result, the only child of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown began suffering seizures. As for other possible signs of recovery, sources tell TMZ the budding actress may be showing signs of organ deterioration as well. Last week doctors performed a tracheostomy, which replaced her breathing tube. Such procedures are done when patients are expected to be on a ventilator for a lengthy period of time. Bobbi Kristina was found face down and unresponsive in her bathtub on Jan. 31. While an investigation into what actually happened continues, the Brown family remains close by. Bobby recently postponed his Australian tour to be with his daughter. Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, who’s reportedly been barred from the Emory hospital where she’s being treated, recently lashed out on Twitter at the Browns.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Radar Is Demonstrated (1935)

Radar is a means for detecting the position, movement, and nature of a remote object through radio waves reflected from its surface. During the 1930s, several countries independently developed the technology for military use, exploiting radar’s capacity to detect aircrafts and ships. One of the earliest practical radar systems was devised by Sir Robert Watson-Watt, a Scottish physicist and descendent of the inventor of the steam engine, James Watt.

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LBN-ETC: At the age of 78 and 50 years practicing as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Edward Dreyfus has turned his attention to writing psychologically based novels, claiming that “age is on the calendar, youthfulness is a state of mind”. MICKEY AND THE PLOW HORSE (a socially awkward, 12-year old asthmatic boy discovers he has a rare gift) and BUDDIES (four men, childhood friends, fall in lust with the same woman, and learn the truth about what it means to be a man) are currently available. The THE MIDNIGHT SHRINK will be published later this year. All book royalties go to charity! www.docdreyfus.com/books

LBN-ETC: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career: Now you can have acclaimed success-coach and best-selling author Michael Levine personally take you from idea to a profitable speaking career. Within six months, move from to concept to completion.  To arrange a free telephone consultation, please call Mr. Levine’s assistant, Aurora at 310-396-6090 or e-mail here at: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: YOUR AD HERE! You can now post your 100 word ad here and reach all 474,000 daily LBN E-Lert readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries. Sell. Promote. Hire. Trade. Discuss. Anything. Include your link. Best price anywhere. Only $100 for 100 words. Send  your ad in and we will post and bill. E-mail to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Etc.” in your subject line).

LBN-ETC: Are you a warrior in your life? If not, meet Lucy Lawless, The New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.  She is now starring in Selma. Lisa Haisha, the host of the successful Legacy Series does a great job in pulling out the good stuff. www.blazingborders.com

LBN-ETC: NutriFit’s top five ENERGY FOODS: Want to stay focused and powered up? Fuel with “clever carbs” that produce serotonin and are absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. Whole grains help keep blood sugars stable. Almonds and cashews are high in magnesium, a mineral that helps convert sugar into energy. Lean meats have amino acids that boost the production of brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine), helping you feel more alert all day. Fiber-rich beans keep moods level, while water-laden fruits and vegetables fight fatigue – keeping you well hydrated. For more free information, call Stacia at 310-473-1989 or e-mail: Stacia@NutrifitOnLine.com.

LBN-ETC: MEDIA TRAINING FOR AUTHORS, EXECUTIVES, SPEAKERS AND HOSTS! Former national news anchor and on-camera expert Suzanne Sena – widely regarded as the ‘best media trainer in the business” -offers one-on-one private training with fast results! Learn to ad lib, speak in sound bites, use a teleprompter and increase your effectiveness as a communicator. 310-923-7147 http://www.senaseries.com/ Benefits to training: http://tinyurl.com/p48fxf3

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Wednesday • February 25, 2015

FBI: MEN PLANNED U.S. ATTACK FOR ISIS: The FBI on Wednesday arrested three men from Brooklyn who they allege planned to launch terrorist attacks in the United States if they were not able to join ISIS in Syria. Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, an Uzbekistan citizen; Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, a Kazakhstan citizen; and Abror Habibov, 30, an Uzbekistan citizen, were all arrested and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. According to law-enforcement officials, the men also planned to return to New York to commit an act of domestic terrorism if they failed in their effort to join ISIS. One of the suspect’s mothers supposedly took his passport because she was afraid he may join ISIS abroad. “Greetings!” Juraboev wrote on a pro-ISIS website, according to prosecutors. “We too wanted to pledge our allegiance and commit ourselves while not present there [Syria]. I am in USA now but we don’t have any arms. But is it possible to commit ourselves as dedicated martyrs anyway while here? What I’m saying is, to shoot Obama and then get shot ourselves, will it do? That will strike fear in the hearts of infidels.” Prosecutors say the men wanted to kill soldiers (by joining the military), police officers, and bomb Coney Island. One allegedly pronounced his intention to hijack a plane and give it to ISIS.

BOBBI KRISTINA TAKEN OUT OF COMA: Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston’s daughter, has been taken out of her medically induced coma but remains on life support. Brown, 21, was found unresponsive in her bath tub last month has remained in a coma since January 31. A doctor told People magazine that people are taken out of coma “for two reasons—because the underlying problem has improved, or to simply get a sense of what the patient is able to do for themselves.”

KERRY BOMBS BIBI ON IRAQ WAR: Secretary of State John Kerry blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming his support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq shows his judgment on Iran can’t be trusted. “The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush. We all know what happened with that decision,” Kerry said during a House hearing Wednesday. Of course, Kerry voted for the war in Iraq in 2002 and said he was for the invasion during his presidential campaign against George W. Bush in 2004.

MADONNA FALLS OFF STAGE AT BRIT AWARDS: Madonna fell off the stage while performing at the U.K. Brit Awards. She appears to have been accidentally dragged down some steps by her cape-like costume. Ever the professional, though, the Material Girl barely missed a beat and got back up on stage to finish the song, “Living For love,” which is from her upcoming album, Rebel Heart.

GAGA TO STAR IN ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’: Lady Gaga announced via Twitter she will be in the upcoming fifth season of FX’s American Horror Story. There were no details about her role or even what the premise of the next installment will be, as the location and story changes each season. It will be Gaga’s first acting role on a show that’s seen everyone from Stevie Nicks to Kathy Bates on it.

JAZEERA JOURNOS BUSTED FOR PARIS DRONE: French authorities reportedly arrested three Al Jazeera journalists for flying a drone in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris on Wednesday night. The arrests came after two consecutive nights of mystery drone flights over Paris, but AFP writes there’s “so far no suggestion” that they’re linked to the spooky sightings that have prompted police investigations and tons of speculation among the French.

LINDSAY LOHAN GIVEN EXTRA 125 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE: Actress Lindsay Lohan on Wednesday was ordered to perform 125 additional hours of community service as part of her probation, her lawyer said, following a dispute over whether she performed the work. Lohan, who was not present in Los Angeles Superior Court for the hearing, will have until May 28 to complete the additional community service hours of her sentence stemming from a 2012 auto accident near Los Angeles, said her lawyer, Shawn Holley. Lohan was originally ordered to complete 240 hours of community service in addition to rehabilitation and psychotherapy as part of a 2013 plea deal. The “Mean Girls” star crashed her Porsche sports car into a dump truck in the seaside town of Santa Monica while driving to the set of the Lifetime TV movie “Liz & Dick” and later lied to police. Lohan has been arrested in the past for drunk driving and theft before the 2012 crash.

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LBN-ETC: At the age of 78 and 50 years practicing as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Edward Dreyfus has turned his attention to writing psychologically based novels, claiming that “age is on the calendar, youthfulness is a state of mind”. MICKEY AND THE PLOW HORSE (a socially awkward, 12-year old asthmatic boy discovers he has a rare gift) and BUDDIES (four men, childhood friends, fall in lust with the same woman, and learn the truth about what it means to be a man) are currently available. The THE MIDNIGHT SHRINK will be published later this year. All book royalties go to charity! www.docdreyfus.com/books

LBN-ETC: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career: Now you can have acclaimed success-coach and best-selling author Michael Levine personally take you from idea to a profitable speaking career. Within six months, move from to concept to completion.  To arrange a free telephone consultation, please call Mr. Levine’s assistant, Aurora at 310-396-6090 or e-mail here at: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: YOUR AD HERE! You can now post your 100 word ad here and reach all 474,000 daily LBN E-Lert readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries. Sell. Promote. Hire. Trade. Discuss. Anything. Include your link. Best price anywhere. Only $100 for 100 words. Send  your ad in and we will post and bill. E-mail to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Etc.” in your subject line).

LBN-ETC: Are you a warrior in your life? If not, meet Lucy Lawless, The New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.  She is now starring in Selma. Lisa Haisha, the host of the successful Legacy Series does a great job in pulling out the good stuff. www.blazingborders.com

LBN-ETC: NutriFit’s top five ENERGY FOODS: Want to stay focused and powered up? Fuel with “clever carbs” that produce serotonin and are absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. Whole grains help keep blood sugars stable. Almonds and cashews are high in magnesium, a mineral that helps convert sugar into energy. Lean meats have amino acids that boost the production of brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine), helping you feel more alert all day. Fiber-rich beans keep moods level, while water-laden fruits and vegetables fight fatigue – keeping you well hydrated. For more free information, call Stacia at 310-473-1989 or e-mail: Stacia@NutrifitOnLine.com.

LBN-ETC: MEDIA TRAINING FOR AUTHORS, EXECUTIVES, SPEAKERS AND HOSTS! Former national news anchor and on-camera expert Suzanne Sena – widely regarded as the ‘best media trainer in the business” -offers one-on-one private training with fast results! Learn to ad lib, speak in sound bites, use a teleprompter and increase your effectiveness as a communicator. 310-923-7147 http://www.senaseries.com/ Benefits to training: http://tinyurl.com/p48fxf3

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Wednesday • February 25, 2015

EASY MONEY! 17,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES EARNED MORE THAN $200K LAST YEAR:

More than 16,900 federal employees took home in excess of $200,000 in base salary in 2014, according to a partial database of federal salary data.

The information, compiled by using data from the Office of Personnel Management and other agencies, shows the annual compensation for every civilian federal worker, save those at the Defense Department. The number of workers earning more than $200,000 represented about 1.6 percent of employees on the list and is up from about 15,000 who cleared that salary in 2013. It also makes up a slightly higher percentage of the employees on this list.

Most of the high earners worked as medical officers at the Veterans Affairs Department. Other agencies that require a highly specialized workforce paid several employees at least $200,000; these included the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

More than 1,600 federal employees cleared $300,000 in base salary last year. Just two—VA doctors in Palo Alto, Calif., and Pittsburgh—took in more than $400,000.

LBN-ETC: At the age of 78 and 50 years practicing as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Edward Dreyfus has turned his attention to writing psychologically based novels, claiming that “age is on the calendar, youthfulness is a state of mind”. MICKEY AND THE PLOW HORSE (a socially awkward, 12-year old asthmatic boy discovers he has a rare gift) and BUDDIES (four men, childhood friends, fall in lust with the same woman, and learn the truth about what it means to be a man) are currently available. The THE MIDNIGHT SHRINK will be published later this year. All book royalties go to charity! www.docdreyfus.com/books

LBN-ETC: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career: Now you can have acclaimed success-coach and best-selling author Michael Levine personally take you from idea to a profitable speaking career. Within six months, move from to concept to completion.  To arrange a free telephone consultation, please call Mr. Levine’s assistant, Aurora at 310-396-6090 or e-mail here at: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: YOUR AD HERE! You can now post your 100 word ad here and reach all 474,000 daily LBN E-Lert readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries. Sell. Promote. Hire. Trade. Discuss. Anything. Include your link. Best price anywhere. Only $100 for 100 words. Send  your ad in and we will post and bill. E-mail to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Etc.” in your subject line).

LBN-ETC: Are you a warrior in your life? If not, meet Lucy Lawless, The New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.  She is now starring in Selma. Lisa Haisha, the host of the successful Legacy Series does a great job in pulling out the good stuff. www.blazingborders.com

LBN-ETC: NutriFit’s top five ENERGY FOODS: Want to stay focused and powered up? Fuel with “clever carbs” that produce serotonin and are absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. Whole grains help keep blood sugars stable. Almonds and cashews are high in magnesium, a mineral that helps convert sugar into energy. Lean meats have amino acids that boost the production of brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine), helping you feel more alert all day. Fiber-rich beans keep moods level, while water-laden fruits and vegetables fight fatigue – keeping you well hydrated. For more free information, call Stacia at 310-473-1989 or e-mail: Stacia@NutrifitOnLine.com.

LBN-ETC: MEDIA TRAINING FOR AUTHORS, EXECUTIVES, SPEAKERS AND HOSTS! Former national news anchor and on-camera expert Suzanne Sena – widely regarded as the ‘best media trainer in the business” -offers one-on-one private training with fast results! Learn to ad lib, speak in sound bites, use a teleprompter and increase your effectiveness as a communicator. 310-923-7147 http://www.senaseries.com/ Benefits to training: http://tinyurl.com/p48fxf3

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Tuesday • February 24, 2015

CHICAGO COPS INTERROGATE AT ‘BLACK SITE’: Chicago police have been interrogating suspects at an off-the-books site that cannot be reached by suspects’ families or attorneys. Cops have been operating out of a “nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square,” The Guardian reports. Police allegedly beat suspects in the head and detain people as young as 15 for 12 to 24 hours—and question them—without any attorney present. (One man was even found dead at the site.) Police did not respond to The Guardian’s requests for comment and a reporter was told to leave the “secure facility” by a guard. “It brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East,” said Brian Jacob Church, a protester who was once detained there. “The CIA calls them black sites. It’s a domestic black site. When you go in, no one knows what’s happened to you.”

O’REILLY THREATENS NEW YORK TIMES JOURNO: Bill O’Reilly threatened a New York Times reporter not to publish anything he deemed inappropriate, according to the Times. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” O’Reilly reportedly said during a phone conversation with the journalist. “You can take it as a threat.” O’Reilly has come under fire since last week’s Mother Jones report indicated that he has exaggerated and misrepresented his experience covering the Falklands War for CBS News in 1982. O’Reilly repeatedly said he was “in a combat situation” then but was actually covering a violent riot in Buenos Aires, 1,200 miles from combat.

ALASKANS NOW ALLOWED TO GET HIGH AT HOME: Alaska has beaten most of the lower 48 to getting high—legally. On Tuesday, the state law permitting residents to smoke marijuana in private went into effect. It makes Alaska the third state in the country to legalize recreational pot use. People in Alaska are also allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants and can carry as much as an ounce on them in public, though they can’t light up there. As with liquor, the law permits marijuana use only for people over the age of 21. Also, some counties have already started passing local ordinances to limit marijuana usage. On Monday night, Wasilla banned the making of pot brownies as well as other restrictions, but those measures may stand once the state releases it guidelines for marijuana growers, clubs, and companies some time within the next nine months.

30 HURT IN FIERY CALIFORNIA TRAIN CRASH: At least 30 people were injured when a Los Angeles-bound train struck a tractor trailer early Tuesday morning. The Metrolink train was between Oxnard and Camarillo when it collided with a utility truck at around 5:55 a.m. PT. It is not yet clear how serious the injuries were, but the Ventura County Fire Department described it as a “multi-casualty” event. The crash occurred when three of the passenger cars derailed.

NAZI-ERA JEWS SUE GERMANY FOR $226M ART: The descendants of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers filed a suit in U.S. court late Monday that aims to reclaim from Germany a massive medieval art collection valued at an estimated $226 million. The heirs have been trying for many years to retrieve the Welfenschatz collection, or Guelph Treasure, from the Prussia Cultural Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Berlin museum where the art is housed. The heirs have been identified in the suit as Alan Philipp from London and Gerald Stiebel from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Last year, a German government commission investigating the dispute said the family should not have the art back because it was not an example of “forced sale due to persecution.” However, the conclusion wasn’t binding, and the commission has since reiterated its view. Part of the collection was sold in 1929, but the other half was sold in 1935 to the state of Prussia when Hitler was in power and leading a massive national offense to oppress and, ultimately, exterminate the Jewish community.

TOM ROTHMAN LANDS TOP JOB AT SONY’S MOTION PICTURE GROUP: Tom Rothman has landed the chairman post of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, while Michael Lynton has re-upped as chairman and CEO of SPE and as CEO of Sony Entertainment, the studio said Tuesday.  Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai had been in town last week, purportedly for the Oscars. But he also met with Rothman about stepping into the post long held by  Pascal until it was announced Feb. 5 that she would be stepping down. Rothman’s negotiations hit a snag in recent days due to the fact that he enjoys an equity stake in the TriStar films he oversees, sources say. But those details were worked out, as both sides were eager to make the deal work. He returns to the studio where he launched his executive career in 1987 as an executive VP.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxer. He is currently undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion, having won ten world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes. Mayweather is a two-time Ring magazine Fighter of the Year (winning the award in 1998 and 2007); he also won the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year award in 2007 and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Mayweather is the WBC, WBA and Ring welterweight champion, and the WBC Super, WBA, and Ring junior middle weight champion. He is also rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many sporting news and boxing websites, including Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports. Mayweather topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013, and the Forbes list again in 2014, listing Mayweather as the highest paid athlete in the world.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Author and Comedian Mark Miller along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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LBN-ETC: At the age of 78 and 50 years practicing as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Edward Dreyfus has turned his attention to writing psychologically based novels, claiming that “age is on the calendar, youthfulness is a state of mind”. MICKEY AND THE PLOW HORSE (a socially awkward, 12-year old asthmatic boy discovers he has a rare gift) and BUDDIES (four men, childhood friends, fall in lust with the same woman, and learn the truth about what it means to be a man) are currently available. The THE MIDNIGHT SHRINK will be published later this year. All book royalties go to charity! www.docdreyfus.com/books

LBN-ETC: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career: Now you can have acclaimed success-coach and best-selling author Michael Levine personally take you from idea to a profitable speaking career. Within six months, move from to concept to completion.  To arrange a free telephone consultation, please call Mr. Levine’s assistant, Aurora at 310-396-6090 or e-mail here at: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: YOUR AD HERE! You can now post your 100 word ad here and reach all 474,000 daily LBN E-Lert readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries. Sell. Promote. Hire. Trade. Discuss. Anything. Include your link. Best price anywhere. Only $100 for 100 words. Send  your ad in and we will post and bill. E-mail to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Etc.” in your subject line).

LBN-ETC: Are you a warrior in your life? If not, meet Lucy Lawless, The New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.  She is now starring in Selma. Lisa Haisha, the host of the successful Legacy Series does a great job in pulling out the good stuff. www.blazingborders.com

LBN-ETC: NutriFit’s top five ENERGY FOODS: Want to stay focused and powered up? Fuel with “clever carbs” that produce serotonin and are absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. Whole grains help keep blood sugars stable. Almonds and cashews are high in magnesium, a mineral that helps convert sugar into energy. Lean meats have amino acids that boost the production of brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine), helping you feel more alert all day. Fiber-rich beans keep moods level, while water-laden fruits and vegetables fight fatigue – keeping you well hydrated. For more free information, call Stacia at 310-473-1989 or e-mail: Stacia@NutrifitOnLine.com.

LBN-ETC: MEDIA TRAINING FOR AUTHORS, EXECUTIVES, SPEAKERS AND HOSTS! Former national news anchor and on-camera expert Suzanne Sena – widely regarded as the ‘best media trainer in the business” -offers one-on-one private training with fast results! Learn to ad lib, speak in sound bites, use a teleprompter and increase your effectiveness as a communicator. 310-923-7147 http://www.senaseries.com/ Benefits to training: http://tinyurl.com/p48fxf3

LBN E-Lert Edited By Donna Viloria

LBN E-Lert Disclaimer: 1.) The LBN E-Lert accepts no liability for the content of this email, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. The LBN E-Lert is not associated with any commercial or political organization and is transmitted via the web for the sole benefit of its subscribers. 2.) Unfortunately, computer viruses can be transmitted via email. The recipient should check this mail and any attachments for the presence of viruses.

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Monday • February 23, 2015

TEXAS GOVERNOR: SINCE JAN. 1, ‘WE HAVE HAD MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE COME ACROSS THE BORDER’: “We all saw what happened on the Texas border last summer, but we need to understand that the problem is not going away,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer on Sunday. “Already this calendar year, since January 1, we have had more than 20,000 people come across the border, apprehended, unauthorized. And so we have an ongoing problem on the border that Congress must step up and solve.” (All told in fiscal year 2014, U.S immigration officials removed 213,719 individuals apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.) Schieffer reminded Abbott that there are some 800,000 illegal aliens living in Texas right now. “You don’t have enough buses to send them back to Mexico, and I don’t expect you can put all of them in jail. What are you going to do with them?” he asked Abbott.

‘BIRDMAN’ WINS THE BIGGEST OSCARS: Birdman won big at Sunday night’s 87th annual Academy Awards, beating out Boyhood for Best Picture, and taking the awards for screenplay, cinematography, and Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu. Julianne Moore scored Best Actress for her role as a professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice, while British actor Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. J.K. Simmons landed the first statuette of the night, Best Supporting Actor, for Whiplash, while Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood.

U.S. WOULD LET IRAN RESUME NUCLEAR WORK: The U.S. and Iran are working a deal that would permit Tehran to eventually continue its nuclear program. The possible agreement would necessitate that Iran freeze its program at first, but it would then be permitted to step up development. “The idea would be to reward Iran for good behavior over the last years of any agreement,” said an AP report on the deal. The U.S. initially wanted Iran to halt its nuclear development for as long as 20 years, while Iran has pushed for 10 years or less. Neither Washington nor Tehran has formally agreed to anything yet, but officials from both sides are meeting for the third consecutive day. There is a deadline at the end of March to establish a “framework agreement,” as the AP describes it.

DOCUMENT REVEALS GROWTH OF CYBERWARFARE BETWEEN THE U.S. AND IRAN: A newly disclosed National Security Agency document illustrates the striking acceleration of the use of cyberweapons by the United States and Iran against each other, both for spying and sabotage, even as Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart met in Geneva to try to break a stalemate in the talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program. The document, which was written in April 2013 for Gen. Keith B. Alexander, then the director of the National Security Agency, described how Iranian officials had discovered new evidence the year before that the United States was preparing computer surveillance or cyberattacks on their networks. It detailed how the United States and Britain had worked together to contain the damage from “Iran’s discovery of computer network exploitation tools” — the building blocks of cyberweapons. That was more than two years after the Stuxnet worm attack by the United States and Israel severely damaged the computer networks at Tehran’s nuclear enrichment plant.

RABBIS MAY MAKE POT KOSHER IN NEW YORK: Does marijuana answer to a higher authority? Rabbis at the Orthodox Union are in early talks with marijuana companies looking to receive kosher certification. However, the potential stamp of approval would only apply to medical marijuana, and it’s still only in the phase of “preliminary discussions,” Rabbi Moshe Elefan, the head of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency told the Jewish Daily Forward. Other Jewish groups have taken a more active stance towards marijuana legalization. “It’s undeniable that the current system isn’t working,” said Claire Kaufmann, one of the founders of Oregon-based Le’Or, a Jewish drug reform group. “It isn’t protecting kids, it isn’t decreasing consumption levels and it’s perpetuating a black market which is dangerous and where the people running that market are incentivized to deal harder, more addictive drugs.”

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Singer Liza Minnelli along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


ALABAMA-NEW MEXICO SNOW COVERS SOUTH: A winter storm is expected to continue blanketing much of the South, Plains, and Rocky Mountains while airlines continue to cancel hundreds of flights ahead of Monday. The Dallas-Fort Worth region is bracing for freezing rain and sleet, with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport canceling nearly half its scheduled flights after already grounding more than a hundred planes Sunday. Meanwhile, Denver International Airport canceled more than 170 flights on Sunday as Colorado residents continued to dig out from a snowstorm. Authorities warn motorists to brace for hazardous conditions while schools have canceled class in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Honda Motor said on Monday that it would replace its president and chief executive, Takanobu Ito, a sign the Japanese automaker may trying to draw a line under recent quality problems. Honda has grappled recently with a series of safety issues and development delays. Although the origins of some of the problems — notably faulty airbags made by the Japanese supplier Takata — predate Mr. Ito’s tenure, other complications have been easier to attribute to him and his management team.

AUSTRALIAN LEADER OUTLINES CRACKDOWN ON TERRORISM: Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia said Monday that the government would seek to revoke the citizenship or curb the rights of Australians involved in terrorism and tighten immigration, visa and hate speech laws in a crackdown on terrorism. “The terrorist threat is rising at home and abroad, and it is becoming harder to combat,” Mr. Abbott said. “By any measure the threat to Australia is worsening.”

11 WESLEYAN STUDENTS OD ON MOLLY: At least 11 students were sickened by overdosing on party drug MDMA, also known as Molly, at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, according to police and school officials. At least two of the hospitalized students are in critical condition and had to be flown to Hartford Hospital. Police are investigating whether the students were exposed to a “bad batch” of the synthetic drug. A Wesleyan spokeswoman confirmed to the Hartford Courant that four students went to the hospital on their own while seven more had to be taken. They all shared “overdose symptoms consistent with the use of the drug Molly (MDMA),” she said.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s annual Night Before the Oscars bash in L.A.    ***Wim Wenders at Sony Classics’ pre-Oscars dinner at STK Los Angeles .   ***Dominic Cooper at a Young Hollywood fete benefitting the Terrence Higgins Trust.    ***Veteran reality TV show producer Tony Dimond riding an electric bike at the Grand Opening of the new Bike Attack store on Main Street in Santa Monica.   ***Creators of the hit Fox series “Empire” bumped into Berry Gordy at a pre-Oscar party and told the Motown founder he’s an inspiration for the show. “Empire” executive producers Lee Daniels and Brian Grazer saw Gordy on Saturday as they arrived at Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller’s Coldwater Canyon mansion. Daniels was with Naomi Campbell, who appeared Monday on the show. ***Elton John and Beverly Hills PR exec Edward Lozzi chatting last night about their competing Oscar parties at Larry Gagosian’s gallery Oscar week party for A-listers. Others in ear shot were Mic Jagger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steve Martin, Robin Tunney, Harvey Keitel, and Mr. Chow.

MY REVIEW: “I discovered LBN three years ago and I am addicted to reading it daily. It may be the best, most honest, most independent, most fearlessly information and news source anywhere.”—– Gloria Y., an LBN E-Lert reader from Portland, Oregon.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hours before the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, people reported seeing elephants and flamingos heading for higher ground. Dogs and zoo animals refused to leave their shelters. After the tsunami, very few dead animals were found.

BLOGGER GETS 5 YEARS IN EGYPTIAN PRISON: An Egyptian court sentenced a pro-democracy blogger who was a vocal supporter of the 2011 revolution to five years in prison. Alaa Abdel-Fattah was convicted Monday for breaking the country’s protest laws, specifically the 2013 measure that prohibits citizens from organizing demonstrations that have not been authorized by the government. According to reports from the court, spectators in the gallery shouted “Down with oppression!” and “Down with military rule!” when the sentence was announced. Abdel-Fattah has been an outspoken opponent in Egypt and did not support the 2013 military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. His sentence comes a day after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to free wrongly jailed youths. The verdict came hours after it was announced the trial of two Al Jazeera journalists would be postponed until March 8 due to lack of evidence.

DRUG PAST DEMONS OF DAKOTA JOHNSON: Dakota Johnson has a box-office smash with the kinky hit film “Fifty Shades of Grey” – but friends fear the daughter of Melanie Griffith and “Miami Vice” star Don Johnson is risking a return to rehab. The 25-year-old starlet has a troubled secret past, including a stint in a 30-day treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction when she was just 17 according to a source. Said a family insider: “Dakota was out of control at the time, and if she didn’t get help, she may have very well ended up dead or in jail.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Celebrity media expert): Betabrand, a US clothing company that specializes in inventive fashion, has created clothing that makes the wearer invisible in flash photographs—a potential boon for thwarting the paparazzi. The collection, created by DJ Chris Holmes and named “Flashback,” features garments with glass nanospheres bonded to the fabric. When a camera flash goes off, the glass reflects it, interfering with the exposure and capturing only the wearer’s silhouette. A tailored suit from the Flashback collection retails for about $520.

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LBN-ETC: Are you a warrior in your life? If not, meet Lucy Lawless, The New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.  She is now starring in Selma. Lisa Haisha, the host of the successful Legacy Series does a great job in pulling out the good stuff. www.blazingborders.com

LBN-ETC: NutriFit’s top five ENERGY FOODS: Want to stay focused and powered up? Fuel with “clever carbs” that produce serotonin and are absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. Whole grains help keep blood sugars stable. Almonds and cashews are high in magnesium, a mineral that helps convert sugar into energy. Lean meats have amino acids that boost the production of brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine), helping you feel more alert all day. Fiber-rich beans keep moods level, while water-laden fruits and vegetables fight fatigue – keeping you well hydrated. For more free information, call Stacia at 310-473-1989 or e-mail: Stacia@NutrifitOnLine.com.

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Sunday • February 22, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Four out of five women admit they don’t shower every day, and a third say they can go for three days without washing their body.  The personal hygiene of Britain’s fairer sex – or the lack thereof – has been laid bare in a survey of 2,021 women aged 18 to 50 for skincare range Flint + Flint.  It also found that almost two thirds can’t be bothered removing make-up before they go to bed, and one in eight own up to not brushing their teeth before they sleep.  When it comes to washing in the morning, only 21 per cent of females take the time to shower or have a bath every day, with 33 per cent admitting to leaving it as long as three days from wash to wash.  Sixty three per cent admit to not removing makeup before going to sleep after a night out, with 35 per cent of those citing time as the reason.

AL SHABAAB THREATENS MALL OF AMERICA: A video claiming to be made by the Somali militants al-Shabaab called for “Westgate style” attacks against Mall of America, referring to the massacre in Kenya that left dozens dead in 2013. In response, the Minnesota mall says it has tightened security, and the government has addressed the threat. ”In recent months, the FBI and DHS [Department of Homeland Security] have worked closely with our state and local public safety counterparts and members of the private sector, to include mall owners and operators, to prevent and mitigate these types of threats,” a joint statement released on Sunday said.

BATTLE TO RETAKE IRAQI CITY LOOMS AS TEST OF OBAMA’S ISIS STRATEGY: American intelligence agencies and the Pentagon are struggling to determine how difficult it will be to retake Mosul, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq, as planning intensifies for a battle that is becoming a major test of the Obama administration’s strategy to stop the spread of the terrorist group in the Middle East. The assessment will be pivotal in driving important policy and military decisions that President Obama will need to make in the coming weeks, including whether the Pentagon will need to deploy teams of American ground forces to call in allied airstrikes and advise Iraqi troops on the battlefield on the challenges of urban warfare.

MORE SANCTIONS TO BE IMPOSED ON RUSSIA: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned of additional Russian sanctions on Saturday over the country’s role in the crisis in Ukraine. During talks in London with U.K. foreign secretary Philip Hammond, Kerry called Russia’s behavior “simply unacceptable.” “Russia has engaged in an absolutely brazen and cynical process over these last days,” he said. “We know to a certainty what Russia has been providing to the separatists, how Russia is involved with the separatists.” He added, “We are talking about additional sanctions, about additional efforts, and I’m confident over the next days people will make it clear that we are not going to play this game.”

DEEPER TIES TO CORPORATE CASH FOR DOUBTFUL CLIMATE RESEARCHER: For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified before Congress and in state capitals, and starred at conferences of people who deny the risks of global warming. But newly released documents show the extent to which Dr. Soon’s work has been tied to funding he received from corporate interests.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Jennifer Aniston along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


RYAN O’NEAL & ALI MACGRAW REAL-LIFE LOVE STORY: It took 45 years, but Ryan O’Neal and Ali Macgraw are getting a happy ending to their “Love Story” – as the doomed lovers of the 1970 hit film start planning a real-life wedding! “Ryan and Ali can’t believe it took all this time for a love connection to happen between them. But Ryan keeps saying, ‘Better late than never!’” a source said. The former co-stars were reunited for an interview last year – and Ryan, 73, didn’t miss the chance to proclaim, “I love her and have always loved her!” Ali, 75, cautiously replied, “There’s a line around the block of [Ryan’s] broken hearts.” But after the interview, said the source: “Ryan and Ali began to bond over stories about the ups and downs of their lives. “It wasn’t long before Ryan admitted to Ali that he was falling in love with her. “Ali was shocked, because she felt the same way! “Neither wants to waste any time. Ryan proposed to Ali over the holidays, and they’re planning a small, intimate wedding in June.”

KIRK CAMERON WINS BIG AT RAZZIES: savingchristmas.com In the lead-up to the Oscars, the 35th annual Razzies bestowed dubious honors upon Kirk Cameron and Cameron Diaz. Saving Christmas, directed by the former Growing Pains star, won four awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay. The film also has the distinction of being dubbed the Worst Film Ever by IMDB. Meanwhile, Diaz took home the Worst Actress award for her performances in Sex Tape and The Other Woman. The most nominated movie this year was Transformers: Age of Extinction.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is an inspiring, straight-talk, information source and makes me a smarter, more engaged woman, every day.”——Lacey W., an LBN E-Lert reader from Alberta, Canada.


INMATES RIOT AT FEDERAL PRISON IN TEXAS: Some 2,000 inmates at a federal prison in southern Texas rioted on Saturday, forcing officials to scramble to regain control of the facility, the Los Angeles Times reported. According to a spokesman for Management & Training Corp., the private company that runs the prison, some of the prisoners were protesting medical services at the prison. The prison, in Raymondville about 40 miles northeast of McAllen, is used to house “deportable individuals” who have committed federal crimes and will be sent back to their home countries after their terms have been served. Officers used tear gas against the prisoners, who set fire to 10 of the 200 kevlar tents used to house many of the men. In a 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union, “Prisoners reported severely overcrowded and squalid living conditions” including frequent sewage leaks and inadequate medical treatment. Two officers and three inmates have so far received minor injuries and were all treated on site.

WIFE-KILLER COP FACING NEW CHARGE: Killer cop Drew Peterson – already imprisoned for murdering one of his exes – is close to finally being charged with the murder of his wife Stacy. The shocking development comes after Peterson, 60, was charged on Feb. 9 with two counts of murder solicitation for allegedly hiring someone to kill Will County [Illinois] State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who sent Peterson to prison for 38 years in 2013. Peterson, a former Bolingbrook, Ill., cop, was found guilty of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, 40, whose body was found in a dry bathtub in March 2004. Her death was first ruled an accidental drowning, but her body was exhumed after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in late 2007. Now, police say they are close to charging him with her murder.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The first recorded “nose job” is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts (600 B.C.).

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***“Fifty Shades of Grey” didn’t show much endurance, with ticket sales for the erotic drama plunging in its second weekend of release. The adaptation of EL James kinky best-seller about a billionaire and the college student he introduces into the world of BDSM, nabbed first place at the box office, but its $23.2 million in receipts represented a steep 73% fall from its record-breaking $85.1 million debut. It’s hot-and-fast performance is akin to recent female-driven hits such as “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Sex and the City” and “Magic Mike,” all of which opened strong before nosediving in their sophomore weekends.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Prominent 3-D photographer Doug Betzold celebrating his birthday with a VIP cruise around Marina Del Rey to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer.  ***Adam Sandler at photographer Sebastian Piras’ pick-up basketball game at NYU in NYC.   ***Elvis Costello and Diana Krall on a double date with Steve Buscemi and Jo Andres at Upper East Side in NYC restaurant Sistina.   ***Courtney Love, Seth MacFarlane, Eric Schmidt and Aleim Johnson at CAA’s pre-Oscars party at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.   ***Hamish Bowles and Alexandra Kotur perusing socialite singer Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin’s jewelry collection, Homage, at a Barbara Tfank presentation in the home of Scott Sanders.   ***John and Margo Catsimatidis at Carnegie Hall in NYC seeing pianist Jiaxin Tian.   ***A$AP Rocky at Jeremy Scott’s Space Ibiza party.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: George Washington (1732)

Washington is often called the “Father of his Country” because of the central role he played in the founding of the United States. As commander of the Continental Army, he led colonial forces to victory over the British and served as the new nation’s first president. He then relinquished that power and retired after two terms, thereby setting a key precedent for republican democracy.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Daisy D., an LBN E-Lert reader from Mexico City, Mexico.


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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Clark Terry, one of the most popular and influential jazz trumpeters of his generation and an enthusiastic advocate of jazz education, has died at age 94. His death was announced late Saturday by his wife, Gwen. She did not say where he died or provide any other details.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Last week began with the comedy extravaganza of the “Saturday Night Live” reunion, but not one of its sketches or jokes was half as funny as four words three days later by Jeb Bush. “I’m my own man,” he said. And he kept a straight face somehow. The remark came during a foreign policy speech in Chicago, and he was making clear that he was no slave to the policies and priorities of his father, the 41st president, or his older brother, the 43rd. I’ll buy that.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush. I mean, sure, as Florida governor, he helped his brother snatch the 2000 election. And that led to two decade-long botched wars that cost tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. The nation will be dealing for a long time with struggling veterans and the loss of American prestige. Not to mention that W. let Wall Street gamble away the economy, which is only now finally creeping back. But, all that aside, shouldn’t John Ellis Bush have the right to make the case that he is his own man?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Steven Rattner: Ever since President Obama unveiled his health care plan in 2009, critics have questioned its lofty promise to bring affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. Now statistics for the second year are largely in hand and the verdict is indisputable: Its disastrous 2013 rollout notwithstanding, the Affordable Care Act has achieved nearly all of its ambitious goals. Most important, just three key provisions — creation of exchanges with subsidies for those who qualify, expansion of Medicaid and minimum standards for insurance plans — have benefited at least 31 million Americans. Millions more have taken advantage of other features, such as the inability of insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and the ability to include children up to age 26 in a parent’s plan.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Hollywood celebs and Tinseltown social-media hounds are up in arms over selfies.  Sources tell us that Instagram has been informing stars who’ve recently applied to have their accounts verified that it has stopped the practice for users, and there won’t be any further verification on the popular site in the future.   ***Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie are “So Yesterday.” The singer filed for divorce on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences.  The couple announced their separation a year ago.   ***Dakota Johnson unwittingly starred in “Fifty Shades of TSA” at JFK. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” star was going through security flying from New York this week when she kept setting off alarms. “TSA agents stopped me to let Dakota, hiding under bangs and big sunglasses, go through,” said a spy.

LBN-ETC: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career: Now you can have acclaimed success-coach and best-selling author Michael Levine personally take you from idea to a profitable speaking career. Within six months, move from to concept to completion.  To arrange a free telephone consultation, please call Mr. Levine’s assistant, Aurora at 310-396-6090 or e-mail here at: Aurora411@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: YOUR AD HERE! You can now post your 100 word ad here and reach all 474,000 daily LBN E-Lert readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries. Sell. Promote. Hire. Trade. Discuss. Anything. Include your link. Best price anywhere. Only $100 for 100 words. Send  your ad in and we will post and bill. E-mail to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Etc.” in your subject line).

LBN-ETC: Are you a warrior in your life? If not, meet Lucy Lawless, The New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.  She is now starring in Selma. Lisa Haisha, the host of the successful Legacy Series does a great job in pulling out the good stuff. www.blazingborders.com

LBN-ETC: NutriFit’s top five ENERGY FOODS: Want to stay focused and powered up? Fuel with “clever carbs” that produce serotonin and are absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. Whole grains help keep blood sugars stable. Almonds and cashews are high in magnesium, a mineral that helps convert sugar into energy. Lean meats have amino acids that boost the production of brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine), helping you feel more alert all day. Fiber-rich beans keep moods level, while water-laden fruits and vegetables fight fatigue – keeping you well hydrated. For more free information, call Stacia at 310-473-1989 or e-mail: Stacia@NutrifitOnLine.com.

LBN-ETC: MEDIA TRAINING FOR AUTHORS, EXECUTIVES, SPEAKERS AND HOSTS! Former national news anchor and on-camera expert Suzanne Sena – widely regarded as the ‘best media trainer in the business” -offers one-on-one private training with fast results! Learn to ad lib, speak in sound bites, use a teleprompter and increase your effectiveness as a communicator. 310-923-7147 http://www.senaseries.com/ Benefits to training: http://tinyurl.com/p48fxf3

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Saturday • February 21, 2015

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN USED HEROIN, OTHER DRUGS BEFORE BEING FOUND IN BATHTUB, SOURCE SAYS: Bobbi Kristina Brown was under the influence of drugs the morning she was found unresponsive in her bathtub, a source familiar with the details of the situation says.  The 21-year-old was found face-down and unresponsive in the tub inside her Georgia home on Jan. 31. She was rushed to the hospital and has been on life support in critical condition ever since. Multiple sources who know Brown confirm to PEOPLE that she regularly used heroin, cocaine and Xanax in recent months. She was also a heavy drinker, the sources say. One of the sources who saw Brown regularly says she often appeared to be high, slurring her words and seeming incoherent.

EUROZONE OFFICIALS REACH ACCORD WITH GREECE TO EXTEND BAILOUT: Ending an acrimonious standoff, European leaders hashed out a deal on Friday to extend Greece’s bailout by four months, giving the troubled country a financial lifeline and avoiding a bankruptcy with potentially destabilizing consequences for the region. The agreement, reached at an emergency meeting of eurozone finance ministers here, paves the way for Greece to unlock further aid from its bailout, worth 240 billion euros, or $273 billion. But the creditors will dole out the funds only if Greece meets certain conditions, setting the stage for tense negotiations that could unsettle the markets and create more political friction with Germany and other European countries.

TAX ERROR IN HEALTH ACT HAS IMPACT ON 800,000: About 800,000 taxpayers who enrolled in insurance policies through HealthCare.gov received erroneous tax information from the government and were urged on Friday to hold off on filing tax returns until the error could be corrected. The Obama administration, under heavy pressure from congressional Democrats, also announced that it would give several million people more time to buy health insurance so they could comply with federal law and avoid tax penalties.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Dr. Ben Carson along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


MAYWEATHER & PACQUIAO GO HEAD-TO-HEAD: After weeks of speculation, what could be the year’s greatest sports match is finally official. Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. has confirmed that he will fight fellow champion boxer Manny Pacquiao–one that is expected to shatter every revenue record in the sport’s history with an expected revenue of up to $400 million. The match between the world’s greatest boxers will take place on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

DRIVER KURT BUSCH SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch was suspended indefinitely on Friday, after a judge ruled that Busch choked and beat his ex-girlfriend last fall. Bush is accused of smashing former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll’s head against the wall of a motor home at Dover International Speedway in September. A Kent County, Delaware family court commissioner granted Driscoll a protective order on Monday. Busch’s attorney said in a statement, “We are extremely disappointed that NASCAR has suspended Kurt Busch. We assure everyone, including NASCAR, that this action against Mr. Busch will turn out to be a travesty of justice, apparent to all, as this story continues to unfold.”

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that four (4) member of the Malibu Beach Inn staff read this LBN E-Lert daily?


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Wolves do not make good guard dogs because they are naturally afraid of the unfamiliar and will hide from visitors rather than bark at them.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Mensa Workout

“This quiz is provided for entertainment purposes only; it is not an IQ test. This score will not qualify you for Mensa. The questions on the Mensa Workout are biased towards people whose primary language is English. Mensa offers culture-fair testing throughout the world.”

MY REVIEW: “Thank God, there is no bull-shit in LBN!”—–Rhonda K., an LBN E-Lert from Santé Fe, New Mexico.



LBN-INVESTIGATES: The lifetime risk of developing depression in those born in the decades after WWII is increasing. The age of depression onset is becoming increasingly younger.

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TELEVISION ACADEMY CHANGES EMMYS RULES: After the Emmys kicked up recent controversy for allowing TV shows to choose categories that only loosely fit, the Television Academy is straightening out the rules. A comedy is now defined as a series with episodes that run 30 minutes or less—meaning that hour-long shows like Orange Is the New Black must now compete as dramas. True Detective, on the other hand, is now banned from the drama category since it does not have a continuous, multi-season storyline. Instead, it is classified as a “limited series,” the category now replacing the miniseries race. Both the comedy and drama races will now allow seven entries instead of six.

LBN-SEE IT: Sofia Coppola, left, and Anjelica Huston, third-generation Academy Award winners, at lunch above Central Park.



‘LASER CAT’ TEEN TAKES HIS OWN LIFE: 17-year-old Draven Rodriguez, the high school senior whose yearbook photo featuring himself, lasers, and his cat went viral last year, took his own life on Thursday. At the time that his senior portrait became an Internet sensation, Rodriguez told local newspaper The Daily Gazette, “I don’t want to go in the yearbook with the generic ‘I-look-like-everyone-else’ photo. I wanted a ‘He looks great. Only he would try that’ photo.” Rodriguez got his principal’s permission to put the photo in the yearbook by agreeing to also include one featuring her in the same style, accompanied by a message promoting animal rescue and adoption.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Like most big cities in America, San Diego has its share of problems. It has issues with gangs, poverty and income inequality. It needs to do about $2 billion worth of infrastructure repairs. It has suffered through an epic drought. Yet lately, these looming problems have been put aside because the city has had a far graver issue to deal with. The Spanos family, which owns the San Diego Chargers, is threatening to move the team to Los Angeles. Sacré bleu!

LBN-COMMENTARY By Ilyasah Shabazz: Fifty years ago today my father, Malcolm X, was assassinated while speaking at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. I think about him every day, but even more in the last year, with the renewed spirit of civil rights activism after the tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., on Staten Island and in countless other parts of the country. What would he have to say about it? People still look to Malcolm as a model for strident activism. They lament the lack of such a prominent, resonant voice in the modern dialogue about race. But they might not like some of the critical things he would have to say about the strategies of today’s activists. Of course, my father would be heartened by the youth-led movement taking place across the nation, and abroad, in response to institutional brutality. And he would appreciate the protesters’ fervor and skillful use of social media to rapidly organize, galvanize and educate. In a sense, his ability to boil down hard truths into strong statements and catchy phrases presaged our era of hashtag activism.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nina Teicholz: For two generations, Americans ate fewer eggs and other animal products because policy makers told them that fat and cholesterol were bad for their health. Now both dogmas have been debunked in quick succession. First, last fall, experts on the committee that develops the country’s dietary guidelines acknowledged that they had ditched the low-fat diet. On Thursday, that committee’s report was released, with an even bigger change: It lifted the longstanding caps on dietary cholesterol, saying there was “no appreciable relationship” between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol. Americans, it seems, had needlessly been avoiding egg yolks, liver and shellfish for decades. The new guidelines, the first to be issued in five years, will influence everything from school lunches to doctors’ dieting advice.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Soap opera actor Freddie Smith has been sentenced to two years’ probation and had his driver’s license suspended for a year after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a car crash that seriously injured his girlfriend. The 26-year-old “Days of Our Lives” actor from Los Angeles lost control of his vehicle Oct. 7 in Ashtabula County in northeast Ohio. He pleaded guilty in December to felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence. ***American Horror Story: Freak Show star Ben Woolf is in critical condition after being hit in the head by the mirror of an SUV. Woolf was jaywalking across a street in Hollywood when the accident occurred. The SUV driver was not ticketed. Woolf, who stands at 4’4”, plays a character named Meep on the show. Actor and rapper Markice ‘Kesan’ Moore, best known for a short stint on The Walking Dead, attempted suicide this week by overdosing on Xanax and tequila. Moore was found unresponsive at his home in Woodland Hills, California on Tuesday, rushed to the hospital and placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold. He has since been released. Moore left behind a video explaining why he was taking his own life; his manager says it was because he was distraught over the death of his grandmother. Moore played one of the inmates of a prison that Rick and the group discovered in Season 3.

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Friday • February 20, 2015

BRUTAL ISIS VIDEOS SHOW POTENCY OF SHOCK VALUE: The killings have been both deliberately lurid and strangely intimate. Designed for broadcast, they have helped the Islamic State militant group build a brand of violence that shocks with its extreme brutality, yet feels as close to viewers as the family images on their smartphones. Broadcast specifically to frighten and manipulate, the Islamic State’s flamboyant violence consumes the world’s attention while more familiar threats, like the Syrian government’s barrel bombs, kill far more people but rarely provoke widespread outrage. A few human rights advocates and antigovernment activists in Syria are trying to reciprocate, creating shocking if nonviolent images and videos — even herding children in orange jumpsuits into a cage — to call attention to the wider scope of violence. So far, though, their voices have hardly been heard.

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ON TERROR, GENTLE HAND OR IRON FIST: As he sought to rally the world behind a renewed attack on terrorism, President Obama argued on Thursday that force of arms was not enough and called on all nations to “put an end to the cycle of hate” by expanding human rights, religious tolerance and peaceful dialogue.But the challenge of his approach was staring him right in the face. His audience of invited guests, putative allies in a fresh international counterterrorism campaign, included representatives from some of the world’s least democratic and most repressive countries. The three-day White House conference on violent extremism that Mr. Obama wrapped up on Thursday provided a case study in the fundamental tension that has bedeviled the American struggle with terrorism since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. While Mr. Obama has concluded that radicalism is fueled by political and economic grievance, he has found himself tethered to some of the very international actors most responsible for such grievances, dependent on them for intelligence and cooperation to prevent future attacks.

‘AMERICAN SNIPER,’ THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR BEST PICTURE SAYS HOLLYWOOD MEDIA EXPERT: According to Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine, the public has a clear favorite heading into the Academy Awards on Sunday night: “American Sniper.” Levine, who has represented 58 Academy Award winners as a publicist said “many more people named the movie — a biographical drama about a Navy SEAL, starring Bradley Cooper — as the best they had seen in the past year than named any other.”  In Google surveys 42 percent of respondents cited “American Sniper,” while no other movie received more than 12 percent.

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.h

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.

11.  Nitrites are chemical additives used to preserve and add flavoring to most lunch meats, including cold cuts and hot dogs. Once in the body, they react with body chemicals and turn into cancer-causing carcinogens. Americans eat more than 20 billion hot dogs per year.

12.  The most common cancer in women globally is breast cancer, with an estimated 1.4 million new cases diagnosed in 2008. Breast cancer is also the leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide, with an estimated 458,400 deaths a year.

13.  Approximately 15% of all cancers worldwide are due to infections. Undeveloped countries have a higher rate of cancers due to infection (26%) than in developed countries (8%). The microbes most responsible for cancer are the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (gastric cancer), HPV (cervical and other cancers), and Hepatitis B and C (liver cancer).

14.  Researchers believe that more than half of all cancers and cancer deaths are potentially preventable.

15.  Lung, prostate, and stomach cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men. Breast, cervix, and colorectal cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women.

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UNIVERSITY ACCIDENTALLY ACCEPTS, THEN REJECTS, HUNDREDS: Roughly 800 applicants to Carnegie Mellon University’s graduate program in computer science received word this week of their acceptance into the program, one of the country’s elite—only to find out the next day that the acceptance emails had been sent in error. A spokesman for the school attributed the error to “serious mistakes” in the school’s system. Mishaps with acceptance letters have become all too common in recent years, perhaps most notoriously at the University of California at San Diego, which in 2009 sent acceptance emails to all 46,000 applicants

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: A nutrition advisory panel that helps shape the country’s official dietary guidelines eased some of its previous restrictions on fat and cholesterol on Thursday and recommended sharp new limits on the amount of added sugar that Americans should consume. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which convenes every five years, followed the lead of other major health groups like the American Heart Association that in recent years have backed away from dietary cholesterol restrictions and urged people to cut back on added sugars.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: People in Asian cultures have traditionally used bear organs and secretions for medicinal purposes. One author notes that there “are fewer than one million bears on Earth and more than one billion potential consumers of bear parts as medicine.”

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LBN-R.I.P.: Harris Wittels, a producer and writer for the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” who also performed as a stand-up comic and musician, died on Thursday. He was 30. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said Mr. Wittels’s body had been found at his home about noon by his assistant, who called the police and reported a possible overdose. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the police said, but a cause of death will not be known until after an autopsy is performed by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

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Thursday • February 19, 2015

EDDIE MURPHY WOULDN’T DO COSBY ON ‘SNL’: According to a long series of tweets from comedian and former Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald, Eddie Murphy refused to be part of a skit because he did not want to impersonate Bill Cosby. Macdonald claims he wanted Murphy to impersonate Cosby in a “Celebrity Jeopardy” skit. “He knew the laughs would bring the house down. Eddie Murphy knows what will work on SNL better than anyone,” Macdonald wrote. “Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man [Cosby] when he is down.” Cosby said Thursday: “I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions.”

 

OBAMA: RELIGION DOESN’T CAUSE TERRORISM: Despite a world rocked by attacks carried out by Muslims, President Obama dismissed religion’s role in global terrorism. “No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for terrorism,” Obama said Wednesday afternoon at a White House summit on combating violent extremism. Specifically citing al Qaeda and ISIS, Obama stressed that the U.S. is “not at war with Islam, we are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz and Rudy Giuliani criticized the president for trying to disassociate ISIS from Islam, even though it calls itself the Islamic State and wants to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. Cruz called Obama “an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists” and Giuliani told a private group dinner, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.” The former mayor of New York City added, “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

 

MUSLIMS OFFER TO PROTECT OSLO SYNAGOGUE: Following last week’s deadly attacks on a cafe and synagogue in Denmark, a group of Norwegian Muslims is planning a unity demonstration at an Oslo synagogue on Saturday, The Local reported. The demonstrators are aiming to make a statement that Muslims do not support anti-Semitism by forming a “peace ring” around the synagogue, according to event organizer Hajrad Arshad. “We think after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of the Jews that is happening,” Arshad said.

 

JUSTICE DEPT. READY TO SUE FERGUSON COPS: The Justice Department is ready to sue the Ferguson, Missouri, police department if it does not rectify racial biases in its policies and tactics, according to a report from CNN. Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to announce the findings of the department’s probe into the Ferguson force in the next few weeks, before he officially retires. The Justice Department is expected to charge the Ferguson police with having a record of discriminatory practices, including an allegation made in a recent lawsuit that racial minorities are targeted and jailed when they cannot pay fines. While the Justice Department is not expected to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, it is set to announce that the Ferguson Police Department will face a lawsuit if it does not make changes to its practices and policies. The Justice Department is also expected to ask for the mandated changes to be carried out under court supervision.

 

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PAKISTANIS TRY TO NUDGE TALIBAN ALONG THE PATH TO PEACE TALKS WITH KABUL: Pakistan’s top military and intelligence officials have begun pressing the Taliban to sit down for face-to-face discussions with the Afghan government, potentially opening a path for direct peace talks for the first time since the start of the American-led invasion in 2001, according to Western and Afghan officials briefed on the discussions. In meetings in Kabul this week, the Pakistani delegation, led by the nation’s army chief of staff, told Afghan leaders that the Taliban appeared willing to meet for negotiations in the coming month, according to Western officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are private.

 

GERMANY TO GREECE: NO LOAN FOR YOU: On Thursday, Germany rejected Greece’s request for a six-month eurozone loan extension, with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble calling it “not a substantial proposal for a solution.” He added that the request was an attempt at “bridge financing, without meeting the requirements of the program. The letter does not meet the criteria agreed upon in the eurogroup on Monday.” Greece had asked for an extension instead of a renewal of its current deal, which comes with tough spending cuts.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Olympic Finances/Costs

1.     In 1936, the German government paid about US$25 million, raised through taxes, to stage the Olympics in Berlin. In 1972, when the Olympics were held in Munich, it cost almost 70 times that amount.

2.     Mismanagement of the 1976 Montreal Games left the city with a US$1.5 billion debt that took three decades to pay off. “The Big-O,” Montreal’s Olympic stadium turned baseball park, was nicknamed “The Big O-W-E.”

3.     In 2013, Pope Francis met a large delegation of Olympic leaders and warned them about the over-commercialization of Olympic athletes. The Pope argued that athletes are reduced to mere trading objects if the Games are seen only in economic terms. The Pope argued that such commercialization threatens the harmony of the games.

4.     The budget for the Olympic games has evolved throughout history and depends on the local context of the host city. However, financing the games can be broken into two distinct budgets: the OCOG budget and the non-OCOG budget. The OCOG budget comes mainly from the IOC’s marketing broadcast deals and the Olympic Partner (TOP) program. The non-OCOG budget is under the control of local authorities of the host city.

5.     The 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, cost over US$40 billion, making it the second most expensive Games after the Russian 2014 Winter Olympics. Even though it was less expensive than the Russian Games, it hosted three times as many events.

6.     The most expensive Games in history were the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi at over US$50 billion. This is four times more than Russian President Vladimir Putin original proposed. The Russian Olympics could cost more than all the previous winter Olympics in history combined. It was originally budgeted at US$12 billion.

7.     The 2004 Athens Games went over budget 60%, landing Greece billions of dollars in the red. The country had hoped the Olympics would lead to longer-term gains from tourism, but many of the stadiums and hotel rooms sit unused.

8.     The Nagano Olympics in Japan went over its original budget by 56%. Amid allegations of corruption, entire boxes of financial records were allegedly burned, and the total cost of Nagano still is unknown.

9.     The Lake Placid Games in 1980 went over 320% the original budget. The organizers were left with an $8 million debt, and the New York State government had to ultimately pay off the creditors.

10.  The Albertville 1992 Winter Games went over budget 135%, which was a deficit of US$57 million. The French government was forced to pick up some of the tab.

11.  Oxford researchers note that the Games overrun budget with “100% consistency.” No other mega-project consistently overruns its budget like the Olympics.

12.  Victor Matheson, a professor of economics at the College of the Holy Cross, notes, “There is very little evidence to suggest hosting the Olympics provides much of an economic benefit.”

13.  Researchers note that there are ways to turn the Olympic Games into a financial success for a host city: rely on existing facilities to host events and use the Olympics as a catalyst to build long-term infrastructure projects that would be needed with or without the games.

14.  Beijing’s US$423 million Bird’s Nest Stadium costs US$11 million a year to maintain. Today, tourists can ride a Segway around the stadium for US$20.

15.  While the London Games promised that it would use the Games to jumpstart the renewal of East London (a historically low socio-economic area), it had to bulldoze several local businesses to make way for the new venues. And despite the commitment that 20,000 Olympic jobs would go to locals, fewer than half actually did.

 

CHELSEA HANDLER SLAMS E!: With a new Netflix deal secured, comedian Chelsea Handler confessed her feelings about her old E! show Chelsea Lately at the Code/Media conference in California on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m so much smarter than the show was and I wanted to be doing a show that was smarter than I was,” Handler said while speaking onstage. The 39-year-old is set to debut a new talk show on Netflix in 2016 as well as produce standup specials. “At E! I did what I wanted and I didn’t listen to anybody because I didn’t care what they had to say because I didn’t respect their opinions,” she said. “At Netflix, I do respect their opinions. It’s like going out with a guy you’re proud to be seen with.”

 

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: A genetically engineered hormone called rBGH is given to cows in the U.S. to increase milk production – even though its chemical byproducts may be carcinogenic. Residues of rBGH have been found in meat products, such as hamburgers sold in fast food chains.

 

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AUSTRALIAN HELD AT GITMO WINS APPEAL: Australian David Hicks, who spent five years at the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, said he wants the government to pay for the “five-and-a-half years of physical and psychological torture” after a U.S. military appeals court threw out his conviction on a terrorism charge Wednesday. “I do think that someone should be responsible for my medical expenses,” Hicks said in Sydney on Thursday. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, but his conviction was overturned because the act was not recognized as a crime until years after he was captured in Afghanistan. Hicks acknowledged he had trained at an al Qaeda camp and met Osama bin Laden. Hicks’s lawyers have said he was innocent and pleaded guilty under duress after years of torture. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott declined to apologize on behalf of the Australian government.

 

179 POSSIBLY EXPOSED TO SUPERBUG AT UCLA: More than 100 patients may have been exposed to a drug-resistant superbug virus known as CRE at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center via “contaminated medical scopes,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Seven UCLA patients have already been infected and two deaths are possibly linked to the superbug. Those exposed were treated between October 2014 and January 2015, university officials say. The superbug may have been spread through a special endoscope that is stuck down patients’ throats. It is different from the ones used in typical endoscopies and colonoscopies. UCLA officials said they have reached out to some patients who may have been exposed. CRE can kill 40 to 50 percent of cases if the infection reaches a person’s bloodstream.

 

THE WRECK THAT KILLED NEWSMAN BOB SIMON: Police said the driver of the car transporting legendary CBS News war correspondent and “60 Minutes” luminary BOB SIMON had his driver’s license suspended an extraordinary nine times before the crash. Bob, 73, accumulated an amazing 27 Emmy Awards over an almost 50-year career.He was working on a report about Ebola .

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***APA President Jim Gosnell having lunch at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills.

 

FORMER NBA STAR JEROME KERSEY DIES AT 52: Jerome Kersey, who spent 17 seasons in the NBA as forward for the Portland Trail Blazers and five other teams, died Wednesday at age 52. “Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform,” owner Paul Allen said in a statement. “It’s a terrible loss.” The cause of Kersey’s death “has not been confirmed,” according to the statement.

 

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***In a stunning announcement today, Blur have revealed plans to release their first new album in over a dozen years on April 28th, titled The Magic Whip. While the group had reunited for one-off gigs and a pair of new tracks in recent years, the Britpop legends will finally release their first studio LP since 2003’s Think Tank and their first with guitarist Graham Coxon since 1999’s 13. The band also unveiled the video for The Magic Whip’s first single, “Go Out.”

 

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Robert E. Herzstein, who successfully sued on behalf of historians and journalists to prevent former President Richard M. Nixon from removing and even destroying his White House papers and tapes after his resignation, died on Thursday at his home in Washington. He was 83. His daughter, Emily Herzstein, said the cause was heart disease resulting from scarlet fever, which he had contracted as a teenager.   ***Lesley Gore, who was a teenager in the 1960s when she recorded hit songs about heartbreak and resilience that went on to become feminist touchstones, died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 68. Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years, said Ms. Gore died of lung cancer at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.   ***Arnaud de Borchgrave, a Belgian count’s son and storied foreign correspondent who cabled back bell-ringing scoops throughout the Cold War decades, often from the battlefield, died on Sunday in Washington. He was 88. His wife, Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, said the cause was bladder cancer.   ***Sam Andrew, who as a founder of the band Big Brother and the Holding Company was a mainstay of the fertile San Francisco rock scene of the 1960s and played a key role in Janis Joplin’s early career, died on Thursday in San Rafael, Calif. He was 73. His death was announced on the band’s website, which said Mr. Andrew had a heart attack 10 weeks ago and underwent open-heart surgery.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Oliver Sacks: A month ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver. Nine years ago it was discovered that I had a rare tumor of the eye, an ocular melanoma. Although the radiation and lasering to remove the tumor ultimately left me blind in that eye, only in very rare cases do such tumors metastasize. I am among the unlucky 2 percent. I feel grateful that I have been granted nine years of good health and productivity since the original diagnosis, but now I am face to face with dying. The cancer occupies a third of my liver, and though its advance may be slowed, this particular sort of cancer cannot be halted.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Calista Flockhart celebrated her 50th birthday in true Hollywood style – with an impressive new face. The social scene in Los Angeles hadn’t seen much of the actress after she marked the big 5-Oh-No! this past Nov. 11.Then she showed up with hubby Harrison Ford at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 11 – and experts said that it appears Calista owes her stunning new look to spectacular plastic surgery. “Calista has had some beautiful work done by a real master. I see the hand of a friend of mine in all this!” raved Dr. Lyle Back, who hasn’t treated Calista, but was one of three plastic surgeons offering a professional opinion.   ***“Girls” star Allison Williams defended her disgraced dad, anchor Brian Williams, on Wednesday. During a Q&A with Seth Meyers at 92Y about her acting career, Allison spoke publicly for the first time about her father, calling the suspended NBC News anchor “an honest man, a truthful man,” and adding, “I know you can trust him.”

 

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Wednesday • February 18, 2015

NEXT WEEK TO BE EVEN COLDER ACROSS U.S.: It’s not over yet. After a powerful winter storm gripped much of the eastern United States, another blast of Arctic air is expected to freeze half of the country later this week. States from Arkansas to Maine could see record lows while Florida is expected to drop into the low 30s. Chicago’s forecast includes temperatures as low as -6 degrees while Nashville could fall to slightly below zero. Many regions, including the South, could see snow and ice along with the freezing temperatures.

MUELLER’S BOYFRIEND: I TRIED TO SAVE HER: The boyfriend of Kayla Mueller, an American who died in unknown circumstances while being held by ISIS, has revealed that he tried to rescue her after escaping the same prison where she was imprisoned. Omar Alkhani said he attempted to claim the 26-year-old hostage as his wife in hopes she would be released. Mueller denied the claim in front of a high Islamic judge out of speculated fear that lying would be worse. This put Alkhani back in prison, alongside James Foley and Steven Sotloff (both of whom were later beheaded by ISIS). Two months later, he was freed again, but told to return for final judgment. Instead, he fled the region. He then contacted Mueller’s parents and lived in silence, saying he believed speaking publicly would put Mueller in further danger. Alkhani refuses to answer questions regarding if and when he spoke to U.S. authorities.

PATRIOT GAVE OFFICIAL UNAPPROVED BALL: The NFL says it has found a New England Patriots staffer who tried to sneak an unapproved football into the “Deflategate” game. League sources tell ESPN that Jim McNally, a locker-room attendant, tried to get a “kicking ball” into the first half of the AFC Championship game. The so-called K-balls are meant to be used by special teams, not by offenses. An alternate official said he noticed the ball didn’t have special identifying marks on it (normally made by the lead referee) and was suspicious that an attendant who belongs in the locker room was on the field trying to hand him a ball. ESPN notes it’s unclear if McNally is the same locker-room attendant who reportedly snuck into a bathroom stall with several balls.

JEB BUSH RUNS FROM HIS BROTHER’S WARS: In a speech planned for Wednesday, Jeb Bush will say he’s not captive to the foreign policies of his father and brother. “I love my father and my brother. I admire their services to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make,” he will say. “But I am my own man—and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.” This is the first time Bush, who has tapped 21 former policy experts who worked under his father and brother—including Paul Wolfowitz, one of the brains behind the Iraq War—has addressed the issue of foreign policy since announcing he’s considering a White House bid.

HIV VACCINE A SUCCESS IN MONKEYS: A new HIV/AIDS drug has provided vaccine-like protection in monkeys, scientists announced Wednesday. Those injected with the prototype drug were able to fight off four times the normal amount of the animal version of HIV, providing “very, very strong protection,” according to the study’s leader, Michael Farzan of the Scripps Research Institute in Florida. Imitation receptors injected into monkeys trick the virus into launching docking procedures early, preventing it from latching onto cells in the immune system. The virus can only do this once, and after then it’s harmless. The monkeys who received treatment continued to be “protected from eight times and 16 times the infectious dose, more than a year after inoculation,” Farzan said.

GITMO TORTURER PRACTICED AS CHICAGO COP: Before he was said to have tortured terrorist suspects at Guantánamo Bay, Detective Richard Zuley allegedly did it to criminal suspects in Chicago. An investigation by the Guardian found that from 1977 to 2007, Zuley used harsh methods to gain confessions, including at least one that led to a wrongful conviction: Lathierial Boyd who was sentenced to 23 years in prison before being released on the basis of faulty police work. In a new lawsuit, Boyd claims Zuley planted evidence, withheld crucial details, and was racist. Three others, who are still in prison, underwent Gitmo-like techniques including “prolonged shackling, threats about family, pressure to confess,” according to the Guardian. That’s what Zuley allegedly used on Mohamedou Ould Slahi in 2003 at Gitmo when the detective, also a Navy reserve officer, was put in charge of his interrogation. Under Zuley, Slahi was subjected to death threats, extreme temperatures, and sleep deprivation.

UKRAINIANS LOSE TOWN DURING ‘CEASEFIRE’: As of Wednesday, a number of pro-government forces began to withdraw their troops from the east Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, which is under attack by Russian-backed separatists. Mykola Kolesnyk, the leader of one of the paramilitary groups, said they are only pulling out “units which are surrounded in populated areas in and around the town” in order to save people’s lives. The town of Debaltseve, an important transportation hub, was not included in the ceasefire agreement by Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France last week.

STRONGEST MATERIAL ON EARTH: SNAIL TEETH: Snails have teeth? Researchers in the U.K. have discovered the strongest biological material ever recorded—in a breed of aquatic snails. Limpets, which are snails with shells that have no obvious coiling, possess teeth made of goethite, an iron-based mineral that is threaded into fibers. It is five times stronger than spider silk and is now deemed the world’s strongest material. “These teeth are made up of very small fibers, put together in a particular way,” the study’s lead author Asa Barber said. “And we should be thinking about making our own structures following the same design principles.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: John Travolta

John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Travolta’s acting career declined through the 1980s. His career enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction, and he has since continued starring in more recent films such as Face/Off, Swordfish, and Wild Hogs. Travolta was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in Get Shorty. In 2014, he has received the IIFA Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema at the 15th IIFA Awards held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in the United States.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Pluto Is Discovered (1930)

Pluto was discovered by the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona while he was searching for “Planet X,” a hypothetical planet that was believed to exist beyond Neptune. Pluto was long regarded as a planet, but following the discovery of other, larger Kuiper belt objects, astronomers recognized the need to reclassify Pluto. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union ended official recognition of Pluto as a planet.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Every month now we get treated to another anti-Semitic blast from Turkey’s leadership, which seems to be running some kind of slur-of-the-month club. Who knew that Jews all over the world were busy trying to take down President Recep Tayyip Erdogan? Last week, it was Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s turn to declare that Turkey would not “succumb to the Jewish lobby” — among others supposedly trying to topple Erdogan, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. This was after Erdogan had suggested that domestic opponents to the ruling Justice and Development Party, or A.K.P., were “cooperating with the Mossad,” Israel’s intelligence arm. So few Jews, so many governments to topple. Davutoglu’s and Erdogan’s cheap, crude anti-Semitic tropes, which Erdogan now relies on regularly to energize his base, are disgusting. For the great nation of Turkey, though, they’re part of a wider tragedy. It is really hard to say anymore that Erdogan’s Turkey is a democracy. Even worse, it is necessary to say that Turkey’s drift away from democracy is part of a much larger global trend today: Democracy is in recession.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: David J. Morris returned from Iraq with a case of post-traumatic stress disorder. The former Marine turned war correspondent was plagued by nightmares. His imagination careened out of control; he envisioned fireballs erupting while on trips to the mall. His emotions could go numb, but his awareness was hypervigilant. Images and smells from the war were tattooed eternally fresh on his brain, and he circled back to them remorselessly. “Trauma destroys the fabric of time,” Morris writes in his book, “The Evil Hours.” “In normal time you move from one moment to the next, sunrise to sunset, birth to death. After trauma, you may move in circles, find yourself being sucked backwards into an eddy or bouncing like a rubber ball from now to then to back again. … In the traumatic universe the basic laws of matter are suspended: ceiling fans can be helicopters, car exhaust can be mustard gas.”

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Tuesday • February 17, 2015

HILLARY WOOED WARREN IN PRIVATE MEETING: Hillary Clinton had a private meeting with Senator Elizabeth Warren in December, a sign that Clinton may be trying to build a more populist agenda and reputation among Democrats ahead of a White House bid. While Clinton did not explicitly ask Warren to endorse her for president at the meeting, she did seek her advice, according to a Democrat with knowledge of the meeting. Warren has reiterated that she has no intention of running for president, but her populist views could pose a threat to Clinton from the left should she jump in.

ISIS SAID TO HAVE BURNED 45 TO DEATH: ISIS burned 45 people to death in western Iraq, according to the police chief of the town of al-Baghdadi. The brutal attack is reminescent of the way ISIS killed Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh. It is unclear why this group of victims was selected, but some of them are believed to have been security personnel, said Col. Qasim al-Obeidi. ISIS secured control of much of the town last week. Currently, a compound that houses the family members of security personnel is under siege, according to Obeidi, who “pleaded for help from the government and the international community,” according to the BBC.

APPLE PRE-ORDERS 6 MILLION WATCHES: Apple is pretty confident that customers are going to love its watches as much as its iPhones. The company has pre-ordered as many as 6 million units of the three models of its new Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Sport, which is set to retail for $349, will account for about half of the production. About one-third of the production will be devoted to the mid-tier Apple Watch. The rest will be Apple Watch Edition, an 18-karat gold luxury watch. The price is unknown but it’s expected to be one of Apple’s most expensive items.

INEQUALITY HASN’T GROWN SINCE THE CRASH: Contrary to popular belief, income inequality has not increased since the financial crisis. A new analysis by George Washington University economist Stephen J. Rose tracked incomes from the start of the economic downturn in 2007 through 2010. It shows that the wealthiest Americans’ pre-tax income fell more than any other group’s. Thus, the gap between the rich and the rest didn’t actually widen further during the Great Recession. In fact, the recession reduced income inequality. Rose’s analysis also showed that the federal government’s response helped to mitigate income inequality. The gap is still one of the highest historically, but that’s due more to pre-financial crisis factors. “The last several years haven’t reversed more than a small fraction of the post-1980 rise in inequality,” David Leonhardt writes in The New York Times.

WINTER STORM SHUTS DOWN THE SOUTH: New England isn’t the only region getting slammed by winter weather. Washington, D.C. and the Southeast are snowed in—literally. Federal offices in Washington were closed Tuesday due to frigid temperatures and travel conditions. “It’s dangerously cold,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. State of emergency declarations were issued in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia as all were hit with several inches of snow, including seven to 14 inches in Kentucky on Monday. “Please do not travel unless you have to,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

KOBE WANTS ‘REBIRTH,’ NOT RETIREMENT: Kobe Bryant has no intention of retiring, despite injuries that will keep him off the court for months. “I can’t say it is the end,” the 36-year-old said during an interview with NBA TV. Bryant is firm that he has no plans to retire, even though he is still recuperating from shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff. That injury occurred after he played in just six games following his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, which had also benched him. Bryant says he has hopes he and the Los Angeles Lakers will bounce back the way the San Antonio Spurs have. “I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning. I’m hoping I can have the same rebirth,” he said during the interview.

PENGUINS CAN’T TASTE SWEET OR BITTER: It’s probably a good thing that penguins swallow their fish whole and don’t have access to the Food Network. Scientists have discovered that all species of penguins have lost the ability to detect three of the five basic food tastes: sweet, bitter, and umami, which is a savory flavor. “Their behavior of swallowing food whole, and their tongue structure and function, suggest that penguins need no taste perception,” said Prof. Jianzhi Zhang, who was the lead researcher on the study. While being able to taste different flavors can be a critical part of animal survival, penguins may have lost their tasting abilities in response to the environment: The body does not process signals to the brain from sweet, bitter, and umami taste receptors as well at low temperatures.

POLANSKI TO GO TO EXTRADITION HEARING: Filmmaker Roman Polanski may be extradited to the U.S. after fleeing for Europe following his conviction on child sex-abuse charges more than 30 years ago. Polanski will attend a court hearing in Krakow on Feb. 25 that will determine whether Poland will acquiesce to the U.S. extradition request. “In line with the declaration that was made before, Mr. Roman Polanski will appear in the court,” said Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski’s lawyers, on Tuesday. In 1977, Polanski was convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He fled in 1978 after having served 42 days under a 90-day plea bargain.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS PARLAYS ‘HAPPY‘ INTO CHILDREN’S BOOK DEAL: Pharrell Williams has a “Happy” deal for a series of children’s picture books. The Grammy Award-winning performer has an agreement with Putnam Books for Young Readers for four picture books, starting with one inspired by his hit song. Putnam announced Tuesday that the book, “Happy,” will be published Sept. 22 and will feature photographs of children from around the world “celebrating what it means to be happy.” It plans a first printing of 250,000 copies. Pharrell has won 10 Grammys, including two for “Happy.” “Happy” was featured on the soundtrack of “Despicable Me 2″ and was an Oscar nominee last year for best song.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Michael Jordan (1963)

Considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan ended his career with a regular-season scoring average of 30.1 points per game, the highest in NBA history. He won six NBA championships, was league MVP five times, and earned two Olympic gold medals. Jordan’s mid-air acrobatics and slam dunk skills are legendary and earned him the nickname “Air Jordan.”

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LBN-ETC: Santa Monica Retailer opens new Electric Bike Store with well known Film Director: Bike Attack, a popular bike retailer in Santa Monica, opens a new Electric Bike Shop on historic Main Street. Bike Attack Electric+ is taking the space on 2904 Main Street, corner of Ashland. There were rumors for a while that they will be co-owned by a well-known figure from the film industry, but details were still kept secret. Bike Attack announced today that their new business partner is film veteran Albert Cho, AD of Fast & Furious, Furious 7, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. And Mrs. Smith. Bike Attack Electric sells, services and rents electric bicycles. Check their website www.electricbikeattack.com or see them at 2904 Main Street, Santa Monica CA 90405, ph: 424-744-8148.

LBN-ETC: The problem with waiting until tomorrow—to do anything—is that when it finally arrives, it is called today. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, so the question is this: What did we do with its opportunity? All too often, we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday… and as we are wasting today. All that could have been accomplished can easily elude us, despite our intentions, until we inevitably discover that the things that might have been have slipped from our embrace a single, unused day at a time. To learn a better way, sign up for the free excel report: www.TheExcelReport.com.

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Monday • February 16, 2015

EGYPT BOMBS ISIS IN LIBYA AFTER VIDEO: Egypt bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, just hours after a video released by the group showed the purported beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians, according to a military statement on state television Monday. The military said the early morning airstrikes hit camps, training sites and weapons depots. The military said the strikes were “to avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution from the killers,” the BBC reports. A video posted online Sunday appeared to reveal the beheadings of a group 21 Egyptian Christian migrant workers who were abducted over the past two months. Meanwhile, Libya carried out separate airstrikes in Sirte and Ben Jawad on Monday, where government officials say a self-declared government is supported by Islamist militants, air force commander Sager al-Joroushi told Reuters. Libya’s air force earlier announced it launched airstrikes in Darna, joining Egyptian efforts to target ISIS.

POLICE: 2 ARRESTED IN COPENHAGEN ATTACKS: Danish police said they arrested two men who are suspected of aiding the gunman who opened fire on a Copenhagen synagogue and cafe, killing two people. According to the defense attorney for one of the suspects, the men are accused of providing shelter for the gunman and getting rid of his weapon. Police said Sunday the suspected gunman, who has been identified by Danish media reports as Omar El-Hussein, was a 22-year-old with a history of violence who had a record for weapons offenses and links to a criminal gang. The Danish-born suspect was killed early Sunday in a firefight with a SWAT team. The gunman opened fire at a free speech seminar featuring an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad and later shot at security officials outside a synagogue, according to police. A Danish filmmaker and a security guard were killed during the attacks while five police officers were injured. Authorities believe the gunman could have been inspired by the Islamic militant attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead, according to Jens Madsen, head of the Danish intelligence agency PET.

300 JEWISH TOMBS DESECRATED IN FRANCE: France has opened an investigation after 300 graves in a Jewish cemetery in Sarre-Union were vandalized with Swastikas and other anti-Semitic marks. The desecration occurred a day after a gunman went on a rampage in Copenhagen, which included an attack on a synagogue that left one Jewish security guard dead. It also follows last month’s attack on a kosher market in Paris, raising further fears about anti-Semitism in France and Europe. “Every effort will be made to identify, question and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this despicable act,” said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Tap Water

1.     The average African family uses about 5 gallons (23 liters) of water a day. The average American family uses more than 250 gallons (946 liters) a day.

2.     One billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water.

3.     According to the World Water Development Report (WWDR), many girls in developing countries cannot attend school because they are responsible for gathering domestic water. Additionally, schools lack separate toilet facilities.

4.     Every 8 seconds, a child dies from contaminated water.

5.     Twenty-five million people die each year from contaminated water. That is the entire population of Canada.

7.     Impure or contaminated water is the leading cause of epidemics in developing countries.

8.     Contaminants in tap water, such as lead, can increase the risk of learning disorders.

9.     The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans annually take 40 trillion gallons of water from the ground, and the rate of use is increasing 25% per decade. Scientists argue that ground water is being polluted and used at a rate that far outstrips nature’s ability to cope.

10.  In Bellevue, Ohio, public and private wastes were dumped into sinkholes and wells beginning in 1872. Over 120 years later, those wastes still show up in drinking water. In some wells, raw sewage from that era, including un-decomposed toilet tissue, can still be found.

11.  The EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act (1974) regulates only 91 of the over 60,000 chemicals used in the United States. Even low levels of hundreds of legally allowed contaminants have been associated with a wide range of diseases, including cancer.

12.  Widespread city infrastructures are decaying at a rapid rate, which increases the types of dangerous pollutants in the water.

13.  The tap water of at least 41 million Americans has been found to contain a wide range of pharmaceuticals, including sex hormones and anti-seizure medicine.

14.  A random study by the EPA revealed that employees of bottled water companies are not tested for disease, nor are they required to avoid the bottling area if they are sneezing from colds or have open cuts or infections on their hands.


15.  In the United States, a massive amount of new toxins totaling nearly 18 billion pounds are released into the groundwater, soil, and atmosphere annually.

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WESTBROOK SETS NBA ALL-STAR GAME RECORD: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook set a record for the most points scored in a half in an NBA All-Star Game with 27 in 11 minutes on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The point guard was selected MVP of the game and helped the West in a 163-158 win over the East. Westbrook scored 41 points overall, just one point shy of beating Wilt Chamberlain’s 1962 record for most points in an NBA All-Star Game. He became the third player to score 40 points in an All-Star Game, along with Chamberlain and Michael Jordan.

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SANCTIONS HIT RUSSIA’S ‘FRANK SINATRA’: The European Union announced on Monday a new list of individuals to be hit with sanctions for impeding Ukraine’s independence, including a singer known as Russia’s Frank Sinatra. Iosif Kobzon was targeted because the singer “visited the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and during his visit made statements supporting separatists,” according to the EU’s Official Journal. In addition to being the Russian equivalent of old blue eyes, Kobzon also serves in the Duma. Two Russian deputy defense ministers were also among the 19 new names on the EU’s sanctions list. Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists agreed to a ceasefire that took effect on Sunday, but both have already accused the other of opening fire.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ fate beyond his six-month unpaid suspension could hang on a “morality clause” in his contract — which means he could be fired if he offended “a significant portion of the community” or brought himself “public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule,” among other concerns. The anchor has lawyered up with Bob Barnett, the distinguished attorney who also repped Ann Curry during her dealings with NBC.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: After a Danish movie director at a seminar on “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression” and a Danish Jew guarding a synagogue were shot dead in Copenhagen, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the prime minister of Denmark, uttered a familiar trope: “We are not in the middle of a battle between Islam and the West. It’s not a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims. It’s a battle between values based on the freedom of the individual and a dark ideology.” This statement — with its echoes of President Obama’s vague references to “violent extremists” uncoupled from the fundamentalist Islam to which said throat-cutting extremists pledge allegiance — scarcely stands up to scrutiny. It is empty talk.

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LBN-ETC: Santa Monica Retailer opens new Electric Bike Store with well known Film Director: Bike Attack, a popular bike retailer in Santa Monica, opens a new Electric Bike Shop on historic Main Street. Bike Attack Electric+ is taking the space on 2904 Main Street, corner of Ashland. There were rumors for a while that they will be co-owned by a well-known figure from the film industry, but details were still kept secret. Bike Attack announced today that their new business partner is film veteran Albert Cho, AD of Fast & Furious, Furious 7, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. And Mrs. Smith. Bike Attack Electric sells, services and rents electric bicycles. Check their website www.electricbikeattack.com or see them at 2904 Main Street, Santa Monica CA 90405, ph: 424-744-8148.

LBN-ETC: The problem with waiting until tomorrow—to do anything—is that when it finally arrives, it is called today. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, so the question is this: What did we do with its opportunity? All too often, we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday… and as we are wasting today. All that could have been accomplished can easily elude us, despite our intentions, until we inevitably discover that the things that might have been have slipped from our embrace a single, unused day at a time. To learn a better way, sign up for the free excel report: www.TheExcelReport.com .

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Sunday • February 15, 2015

POLICE SAY THEY KILLED SUSPECT IN 2 ATTACKS IN COPENHAGEN: The Copenhagen police said on Sunday that they had shot and killed a man they believed carried out two attacks that left two people dead, one at a cafe and one outside a synagogue, and wounded at least five policemen. The police have identified the suspect but did not name him; they said Sunday that he was from Copenhagen and previously “known” to the security and intelligence services. But they said that there is no indication that he had traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight as a jihadist.

 

ISLAMIC STATE SPROUTING LIMBS BEYOND ITS BASE: The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, American intelligence officials assert, raising the prospect of a new global war on terror. Intelligence officials estimate that the group’s fighters number 20,000 to 31,500 in Syria and Iraq. There are less formal pledges of support from “probably at least a couple hundred extremists” in countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen, according to an American counterterrorism official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential information about the group.

 

UKRAINE CEASEFIRE THREATENED BY FIGHTING: Battles in Ukraine escalated on Saturday despite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s warning that the fights are putting a ceasefire deal with Russia in “big danger.” The U.S. and Ukraine both accused Russia of ramping up its offensive in a grab for territory just hours before the ceasefire is supposed to take effect at midnight. Seven soldiers have been killed and 23 wounded in the past day, according to a Ukrainian security spokesman.

 

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Blizzard warnings continue for eastern New England as portions of the south-central U.S brace for wintry weather. An active weather pattern combined with bitterly cold air will continue for the Eastern U.S. On Sunday, a strong area of low pressure off the coast of Maine will bring blizzard conditions to eastern New England. On Sunday night, a new winter storm develops in the southern Plains and moves east on Monday. This system will spread wintry weather from the Southern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic.
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TERROR THREAT CANCELS GERMAN CARNIVAL: The German city of Braunschweig canceled its annual carnival on Sunday over fear that there would be a terror attack. According to the police, “a concrete danger existed from an attack with an Islamist background.” Around 250,000 people typically attend the carnival. According to the German government, they “do not have any concrete indications of attack plans in Germany.”

 

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POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS 20 NEW CARDINALS: Thanks to Pope Francis’s 20 most recent appointments, there are now more non-European than European cardinals in the Vatican’s electoral body for the first time. As part of his push for cardinals to more accurately reflect the Church globally, Francis appointed the first prelates from Myanmar, Tonga, and Ethiopia. Also notable among the appointees is a cardinal who has campaigned to protect indigenous populations in Panama.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Google accounts for roughly 0.013% of the world’s energy use. It uses enough energy to continuously power 200,000 homes.

 

JEB BUSH GETS MOM’S BLESSING TO RUN: Though Barbara Bush once said that too many Bushes have already occupied the White House,  she has apparently changed her mind for her son, Jeb. “What do you mean, ‘Too many Bushes’? I’ve changed my mind,” she said during a Skype announcement for Jeb supporters on Friday. Jeb, who was standing on stage, replied, “Hey mom, can I get that in writing by the way?”

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Naomi Campbell, Justin Timberlake and Heidi Klum at the relaunched SIXTY Soho Hotel’s Gordon Bar in NYC.   ***Lauren Santo-Domingo, Dasha Zhukova and Vito Schnabel at Kappo Masa in NYC.   ***Julian Edelman at Tao Downtown in NYC.   ***Lea DeLaria at Ivy Bar and Grill in NYC.   ***Stephen Sondheim and Joel Grey seeing “Honeymoon in Vegas” in NYC.   ***Designer Humberto Leon and Vice’s Shane Smith at Eddie Huang’s party for “Fresh Off the Boat” at Game…   ***Christina Hendricks with her husband at Ocean Grill in NYC.   ***Actress Jane Romney at a photo exhibit at the Edgemar Theatre on Main Street in Santa Monica.   ***Actor Michael Keaton having dinner at new Holy Cow BBQ in Santa Monica.   ***Popular residential realtor Cathy Byrd having lunch at the new Palm in Beverly Hills.   ***Former Beatle Paul McCartney in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***Brad Grey broke bread with Lloyd Braun at The Palm…Ari Emanuel joined Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at Craig’s in West Hollywood. On another day, Jackie Collins toasted Joan Collins’ birthday. Recent arrivals at the new Little Door in Santa Monica: Michael Keaton, Matt Damon, J.J. Abrams, CAA’s Richard Lovett, Fox’s David Madden, Judd Apatow with Leslie Mann and Ben Affleck with Jennifer Garner...Greg Alexander, best song Oscar nominee for Begin Again, visited Ago.   ***Nick Jonas ordered by the fireplace at RivaBella.   ***Zooey Deschanel opted for a croissant at Chaumont in Beverly Hills.   ****Diane Keaton swept in to the Chateau.   ***AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson dined at Ray’s & Stark Bar.   ***Liza Minnelli met Allison Janney at the Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks.   ***WB executive vp Jessica Schell and producer Todd Moyer joined former manager Marilyn Black and attorney Bob Kaplan at Soho House in West Hollywood.   ***At Sundance, Jason Segel ate a Powder at the Waldorf Astoria while Harvey Weinstein dined nearby.

 

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Writer Ben Stein along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


 

NORTHEAST BRACES FOR BLIZZARD ‘NEPTUNE’: The fourth major storm of the season is hitting the Northeast on Saturday, promising freezing conditions, winds of up to 70 mph, and 8 to 14 inches of snow, as well as moderate flooding in coastal areas. The heaviest snow is expected on Saturday night and strong winds are predicted for Saturday night and Sunday morning.

 
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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Entourage Star Kevin Connolly has signed with UTA.   ***Justin Baldoni, who plays Raphael on The CW’s Jane the Virgin, has signed with Paradigm.   ***Laura Donnelly, who recurs as Jamie’s sister Jenny on Starz’s Outlander, has signed with ICM.   ***The O.C. alum Mischa Barton has signed with APA.    ***Graham Butler, who recurs as Peter on Showtime’s PEnny Dreadful, has signed with Echo Lake.    ***Dig’s Regina Taylor and Chicago P.D’s Jon Seda have signed with Wallman PR.

 

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LBN-R.I.P.: Philip Levine, a former United States poet laureate whose work was vibrantly, angrily and often painfully alive with the sound, smell and sinew of heavy manual labor, died on Saturday morning at his home in Fresno, Calif. He was 87. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Christopher Buckley, a longtime friend and fellow poet.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: In a society where almost every cultural phenomenon ends up interpreted through an ideological lens, the success de scandale of “Fifty Shades of Grey” — the books, the movie, the branded cuffs and whips — has left culture warriors a little bit confused. Is this another transgressive breakthrough — the latest blow to whatever remains of traditional morality, the mainstreaming of a lifestyle long locked away from view? Or is the now-famous story, with its alpha male gazillionaire and his punished female prize, actually a reactionary fairy tale, encouraging submission to the latest version of the patriarchy? The answer, of course, is a little of both, which is also the secret to the books’ success: In their not-exactly-literary pages, the central

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Faith is a serious matter, and an important one, but it’s trivialized when it’s toted too readily and stridently into the political arena. And while a creed can rightly be a personal compass, it’s wrongly deployed as marching orders or a governing strategy. Politicians’ religions — and I use the plural on purpose, because there’s no one religion that gets to trump the others — should be a source of their strength and of their empathy, not of their agendas.

 

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: I’ll pay for this column.The Rottweilers will be unleashed. Once the Clintons had a War Room. Now they have a Slime Room. Once they had the sly James Carville, fondly known as “serpenthead.” Now they have the slippery David Brock, accurately known as a snake. Brock fits into the Clinton tradition of opportunistic knife-fighters like Dick Morris and Mark Penn. The silver-haired 52-year-old, who sports colorful designer suits and once wore a monocle, brawled his way into a Times article about the uneasy marriage between Hillary Clinton’s veteran attack dogs and the group of advisers who are moving over from Obamaland.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***British actor Benedict Cumberbatch married pregnant fiancée Sophie Hunter at a star-studded Valentine’s Day ceremony in England on Saturday. The “Imitation Game” and “Sherlock” star, 38, wed the 36-year-old theater director at a church in the sleepy Isle of Wight.   ***Ivanka Trump’s convicted stalker is in trouble again — this time for e-mailing her hubby’s brother and traveling to New York without permission, court papers state. Justin Massler, 32, a k a Cloud Star Chaser, pleaded guilty in 2012 to bombarding the businesswoman and former model with YouTube videos, e-mails and visits to her Madison Avenue jewelry store. He served six months in jail.   ** Authorities say actor Gary Busey has struck and slightly injured woman with his car while backing out of a shopping center parking lot in Malibu. The accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. Friday on the Pacific Coast Highway. A statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says the 70-year-old Busey was backing out of a parking stall when he hit the woman. She was treated at the scene and released.

 

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Saturday • February 14, 2015

OBAMA ASKS EXECS TO HELP EVADE HACKS: During a speech at Stanford University on Friday, President Obama appealed to the executives of U.S. companies to share more information with each other and with the government in order to help prevent high-profile cyber attacks like the one Sony experienced last year. “Government cannot do this alone. But the fact is that the private sector can’t do it alone either because it’s government that often hast he latest information on new threats,” Obama said to an audience of CEOs. Obama also signed an executive order while on campus to promote information sharing between companies and with the Department of Homeland Security.

 

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UKRAINE CEASEFIRE THREATENED BY FIGHTING: Battles in Ukraine escalated on Saturday despite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s warning that the fights are putting a ceasefire deal with Russia in “big danger.” The U.S. and Ukraine both accused Russia of ramping up its offensive in a grab for territory just hours before the ceasefire is supposed to take effect at midnight. Seven soldiers have been killed and 23 wounded in the past day, according to a Ukrainian security spokesman.

 

APPLE WANTS TO MAKE SELF-DRIVING CARS: An auto industry source who spoke to Reuters says that Apple has been in talks with carmakers and automotive suppliers about how to make a self-driving electric car. The source added that Apple does not appear to be interested in in traditional manufacturing methods or combustion engines; instead, they have gathered advice only on parts and production methods. An Apple spokesman, meanwhile, declined comment to Reuters on “rumors or speculation.”

 

OREGON’S NEXT GUV IS BISEXUAL, A FIRST: Oregon is set to make history Friday by having America’s first openly bisexual governor. Secretary of State Kate Brown will be sworn in as governor following the resignation of John Kitzhaber. Brown, 54, “publicly identified herself as bisexual in the 1990s,” The Oregonian reports. “She has been married for about 15 years to Dan Little, and the couple have two adult children from Little’s earlier marriage.” This week, Brown was called back to Oregon from Washington, D.C. by Kitzhaber, who decided to resign but then reversed himself.

 

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ARGENTINE PREZ CHARGED IN TERROR COVERUP: Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman have been charged with allegedly trying to cover up Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. Prosecutor Alberto Nisman had drafted an arrest warrant for Kirchner prior to his Jan. 18 death, which was first ruled a suicide and now is suspected of being a murder. Nisman was found dead in his apartment with a bullet wound to the head, one day before he was set to deliver a 289-page criminal complaint alleging a coverup.  The posthumously published complaint contains an “extensive record of telephone conversations revealing what appear to be back-channel talks between senior officials looking to trade business deals for an international ‘get out of jail free’ card,” Christopher Dickey wrote. Nisman alleges that Kirchner and Timerman in 2011 told Tehran they would drop efforts to prosecute Iranians in exchange for cheap oil and export access to Iran’s market. Jorge Capitanich, Kirchner’s cabinet chief, called the decision a “judicial putschism” and “an active strategy of destabilization,” the New York Times reports.While the cause of Nisman’s death remains unclear (he didn’t own the gun found on him), he sensed he was a marked man. “I might come out of this dead,” Nisman said just hours before a bullet was put in his brain.A judge will now begin an inquiry and consider evidence to decide whether the case should go to trial, according to Susan Ciruzzi, a professor of criminal law at the University of Buenos Aires. Nisman noted in his complaint that the alleged back-door deal had not transpired while Kirchner’s government has previously argued that Interpol had confirmed that Timerman did not attempt to lift warrants for the arrest of the Iranian officials suspected in the bombing.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jennifer Lawrence taking a Flywheel class in Tribeca in NYC with an aide and a pal.   ***Paula Abdul at Le Bilboquet in NYC.   ***Roger Goodell and “Schitt’s Creek” stars Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy at a Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers’ party for “The Rewrite” .   ***Molly Sims celebrating her book “The Everyday Supermodel” at Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro in NYC.   ***Bravo star Cynthia Bailey strutting in the Heart Truth Red Dress Show at Lincoln Center .  DJ Mad Marj spinning at Simon Huck’s launch of Command Entertainment Group in NYC.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The total number of florist establishments nationwide in 2012 was 14,344. These businesses employed 62,397 people.

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR: If you’ve had enough with online dating, try airline dating. Australian airline Jetstar has teamed with a feng shui master to match compatible single passengers. Interested participants simply need to enter their relationship status and birthday online to generate a feng shui report that lists their ideal travel destinations and in-flight seats, as well as their best zodiac matches. Single passengers can also enter a contest to win a trip overseas with a blind date selected based on potential compatibility. The program, called “Love Is in the Zodiac Pair,” drew 5,000 applications within hours of launching

 

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***“Fifty Shades of Grey” is not only heating up screens across North America, but lighting a fire under its competition as well. The Universal drama opened to $30.2 million on Friday on its way to a record-breaking $76 million long weekend. If estimates hold, the R-rated pic will easily dominate the previous Presidents Day weekend record holder, “Valentine’s Day,” for the best showing ever for the holiday. “Valentine’s Day” opened to $63.1 million in 2010.  The erotic romance could also break the current Valentine’s Day record, which was also set by “Valentine’s Day” with $23.4 million.

 

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: Last week, Verizon FiOS launched Newsmax TV on Channel 115, adding 5.6 million new cable homes to our footprint. Please see the announcements below released this week. This puts Newsmax solidly on the path to over 50 million cable subs this year, more than half the U.S. market.

 

ACTOR EMILE HIRSCH HEADS TO REHAB: Actor Emile Hirsch checked into rehab after allegedly attacking a Hollywood executive at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, according to his lawyer. Hirsch was charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor intoxication for an incident that allegedly began with him heckling Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld at the Tao nightclub. The Girl Next Door star reportedly put the studio exec in a chokehold that caused Bernfeld to black out, according to court documents. The third-degree felony charges could mean as much as five years in prison and a $5,000 fine; the misdemeanor could lead to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. Hirsch has a court date scheduled for March 16.

 

LBN-BOOK NEWS: From his small-town Texas upbringing during the Great Depression to his status as an American musical icon, Willie Nelson’s life is the stuff of legend. Now, with more than six career decades behind him, the tireless entertainer, acclaimed songwriter and outspoken advocate for the marijuna legalization and animal rights looks back at his remarkable life with his soon-to-be-published memoir, It’s a Long Story: My Life.


 

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Gary Owens, a television and radio announcer best known as the droll, deadpan voice of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 80. His agent, Fred Westbrook, confirmed the death.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mistress D. Sandoval: From the point of view of a dominatrix, I wouldn’t describe Fifty Shades of Grey as a realistic depiction of the relationship between two BDSM play partners. I’ve worked as a professional dominatrix and submissive for three years, and currently run a small fetish studio in Manhattan. I have worked in a commercial dungeon as well as independently, have had personal slaves, and have attended fetish/suspension parties. I would, however describe Fifty Shades of Grey as E.L. James’s watered-down BDSM-related fantasy that’s been translated into a Hollywood movie targeting the general population; a populist bondage film.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur Brooks: She was 25. I was 24. We spent only a couple of days together and shared no language in common. But when I returned to the United States from that European music festival, I announced to my parents that I had met my future wife. Of course, I had to convince Ester first. So I tackled the project as if it were a start-up. I began by studying Spanish. Before long, I’d quit my job and moved to her native Barcelona — where I knew no one except her — in hot pursuit. The market pressure was intense: Men would shout wedding proposals to her from moving cars. But I pressed on, undeterred. It took two years to close the deal, but she finally said yes, and we married.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bobby Borg (Author www.bobbyborg.com): The best way to receive help, is to figure out what you can do for others first—remember, no one owes you anything in this world. And when someone is kind enough to offer their assistance, practice the attitude of gratitude—send a thank you card and show you’re grateful for the blessing. Finally, keep those who help you in the loop—don’t just reach out when you need help—invite that person out to lunch or remember him or her at the holidays. This is not only good Karma, this is the right thing to do!

 

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Justin Bieber has finally run into someone he can’t push around. The bratty pop star, 20, hoped to participate in a mediation hearing for a lawsuit filed by photographer Jeffrey Binion over video chat, but the judge in the case is demanding he appear in person, reports TMZ.   ***Bruce Jenner told officials there was no way he could have avoided the fatal crash he was involved in last weekend, blaming the collision on the Lexus driver who he said slammed on her brakes without warning. Jenner’s dark blue Cadillac Escalade rear-ended the white Lexus in Malibu last Saturday, resulting in the death of the woman inside. Authorities were still trying to determine why the Lexus driver stopped short.   ***David Cassidy’s finances are in shambles. The former “Partridge Family” star filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 11, reports Us Weekly. Cassidy, 64, allegedly owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to various creditors including a hefty $292,598 to Well Fargo, $21,952 to American Express and $17,150 to Citi.

 

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Friday • February 13, 2015

OBAMA AMNESTY CREATES LOOPHOLE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO VOTE IN ELECTIONS: President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole. While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives. Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.

OBAMA HEADS TO TECH SECURITY TALKS AMID TENSIONS: President Obama will meet here on Friday with the nation’s top technologists on a host of cybersecurity issues and the threats posed by increasingly sophisticated hackers. But nowhere on the agenda is the real issue for the chief executives and tech company officials who will gather on the Stanford campus: the deepening estrangement between Silicon Valley and the government. The long history of quiet cooperation between Washington and America’s top technology companies — first to win the Cold War, then to combat terrorism — was founded on the assumption of mutual interest. Edward J. Snowden’s revelations shattered that. Now, the Obama administration’s efforts to prevent companies from greatly strengthening encryption in commercial products like Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android phones has set off a new battle, as the companies resist government efforts to make sure police and intelligence agencies can crack the systems.

U.S. IS ESCALATING A SECRETIVE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN: As an October chill fell on the mountain passes that separate the militant havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a small team of Afghan intelligence commandos and American Special Operations forces descended on a village where they believed a leader of Al Qaeda was hiding. That night the Afghans and Americans got their man, Abu Bara al-Kuwaiti. They also came away with what officials from both countries say was an even bigger prize: a laptop computer and files detailing Qaeda operations on both sides of the border. American military officials said the intelligence seized in the raid was possibly as significant as the information found in the computer and documents of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after members of the Navy SEALs killed him in 2011.

NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST DAVID CARR DIES: Veteran New York Times media columnist David Carr collapsed at his office and died after he was rushed to the hospital Thursday. He was at 58. Born in Minneapolis, Carr started his career in Minnesota and served as a contributing writer for The Atlantic Monthly as well as New York magazine before joining the Times, where he wrote the weekly Media Equation column and covered culture and media. Carr also served as a media writer for Inside.com and as editor-in-chief of the Washington City Paper. The revered journalist’s 2008 memoir, The Night of the Gun, focused on his recovery from drug addiction and cancer to his rise as reporter. Carr leaves behind his wife, Jill Rooney Carr, and three daughters, Maddie, Erin, and Meaghan.  “I’m not what you would call the classic Timesman,” Carr told The Daily Beast in 2011. “It’s sort of a contextual thing: You have this button-down ivy growing everywhere, and this oddly shaped tumbleweed comes rolling through the middle of it. I joke about looking homeless, but my neck is bent, my voice is torn up, and there’s always schmutz on my shirt.” Carr moderated a talk with journalist Glenn Greenwald, filmmaker Laura Poitras, and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden just hours earlier at the New School in New York City. Carr appeared in good health as he spoke with Snowden via live stream from Russia.

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WOMEN, CHILDREN 60% OF GAZA HOME DEATHS: During last summer’s war in Gaza, 247 Israeli airstrikes hit residential compounds and mostly killed women, children, and the elderly. An analysis conducted by the Associated Press shows 60 percent of those strikes’ fatalities were among presumed civilians (127 under age 5); 11 percent were confirmed or suspected militants; the rest were military-age males who were not identified as militants. Israel says Hamas used residences to hide weapons, fighters, and command centers. By the UN’s count, 2,205 Palestinians in total were killed during the 50 days of fighting.

BOKO HARAM ATTACKS CHAD FOR FIRST TIME: For the first time, Boko Haram militants have carried out an attack on Chadian territory. Officials told BBC News that around 30 militants crossed Lake Chad on a motorboat overnight and attacked the village of Ngouboua and killed several people. “They came on board three canoes and succeeded in killing about 10 people before being pushed back by the army,” a resident told Reuters.

FACEBOOK TO ALLOW POSTING FROM THE GRAVE: Facebook announced Thursday that it will begin allowing users to choose a manager for their accounts after they die. Starting with the U.S., a “legacy contact” may be appointed to respond to new friend requests and update profile pictures. Users may also now opt to have their accounts deleted after they die. Previously, Facebook pages were simply locked or “memorialized” after users died.

VALIANT VALERIE HARPER’S BACK FROM THE DEAD: Beloved “Rhoda” actress Valerie Harper is looking for new projects – just two years after the cancer-stricken star was given only three months to live! “Valerie has an amazing attitude,” said a close pal. “In her mind, she’s no longer dying from cancer, she’s living with it!” The 75-year-old TV star was told in 2013 that her non-small cell lung cancer had spread to her brain, and she should get her affairs in order. “Valerie got busy drawing up her will and planning her funeral,” revealed a longtime friend. But her devoted husband, Tony Cacciotti, wasn’t willing to accept her death sentence and focused on finding her the best medical attention, according to insiders.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Heroin

1.     When Dorothy collapses in the filed of poppies in the Wizard of Oz, she has fallen under the influence of an opium. Treatment with a few chemicals can isolate morphine, the active ingredient in opium. Morphine can further be refined into diacetylmorphine, which is commonly known as heroin.

2.     The word “heroine” is derived from the German word heroisch, or “heroic.”

3.     Heroin is also known as “tar,” “train,” “junk,” “smack,” “H,” “boy,” “white horse,” “brown,” “black,” and “chiva,” among others.

4.     Two of the most common long-term effects of heroin addiction are liver failure and heart disease.

5.     According the Department of Justice, the top destination in the United States for heroin shipments is the Chicago metro area.

6.     A 1998–2008 study found that heroin-related deaths in the Chicago area went up 40% among white women.

7.     According to a 2013 study, Afghanistan is the leading producer and cultivator of opium worldwide and manufactures 74% of illicit opiates. However, Mexico is the leading supplier to the U.S.

8.     Quentin Tarantino’s violent movie Pulp Fiction was accused of glamorizing and misrepresenting heroin use. The movie shows an overdose victim being revived by a dose of adrenaline injected directly into the heart. However, this is almost never done to treat a heroine overdose. And if it were done, CPR and defibrillation would also be necessary.

9.     Heroin has claimed the lives of many beloved artists, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cory Monteith, Janis Joplin, River Phoenix, and Chris Farley. Other celebrities have struggled with heroin, including Russell Brand, Robert Downy Jr., Corey Feldman, Courtney Love, Tatum O’Neal, and Keith Richards.

10.  Approximately 13.5 million people worldwide take opium-like substances (opioids), including 9.2 million who use heroin.

BOB SIMON’S DRIVER ON ‘SUICIDE MISSION’: The driver behind Bob Simon’s fatal car crash reportedly had attempted suicide, according to a member of his family. In 2004, Abdul Reshad Fedahi “was on a suicide mission,” his cousin, Rauf Sharif, told the New York Daily News. “He dropped himself from a building. I don’t know how many floors in Brooklyn. He went through hard days in his life.” Fedahi, who survived the crash with injuries, also had a less than perfect driving record. His license has been suspended nine times since November of 2011 due to his failure to respond to summons or appear in court. Fedahi had apparently driven Simon multiple times before the crash. “He actually had tears on his eyes when he talk[ed] about his passenger,” said Sharif.

ROBIN WILLIAMS’ FAMILY FEUD ‘GOT REAL UGLY, REAL FAST!’: A family feud has ignited over the estate of comedy legend Robin Williams – just five months after his shocking suicide – and it’s all about toys, comic books and skulls! “The more you have, the more there is to fight over,” a distraught family insider revealed. “This got real ugly, real fast.” Susan Schneider Williams – widow and third wife of the megastar – filed a claim in December with San Francisco Superior Court stating Robin’s children from previous marriages “unilaterally removed” property from the couple’s mansion right after her husband’s death. Robin’s will left his estate – said to be worth $50 million – to his children in a trust, including “clothing, jewelry, memorabilia, awards, personal photos … and property at a second home in Napa.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Eleanor Clift: The radical anti-government groups that thrived after the election of Barack Obama are having trouble attracting potential new recruits, who are scared off by the “social cost” of being exposed as members. That’s the good news in a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The bad news is that these people—and they’re all over the Internet—are moving into what the SPLC calls “Lone Wolf” violence, or “Leaderless Resistance.” “What we think is happening is very large numbers of people are leaving bricks and mortar groups for the Internet,” says Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the SPLC and editor of the report. “The action is in cyberspace these days.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Pride goeth before a fall. Capitalism’s great triumph over socialism has been followed by a series of humbling setbacks since. Capitalism is not necessarily self-regulating, as we learned during the financial crisis. Capitalism does not necessarily lead to democracy abroad. Capitalism does not automatically produce sufficient social mobility. Both Democrats and Republicans are adapting to these realities. Both are moving away from the orthodoxies that dominated the parties in the 1990s. We now have before us two documents that give us a sense of how each party is shifting.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My Spanish teacher in High School was a gem. He found that he could look back upon the brass and bombast of his earlier gospels and see them truly. My gym teacher was a bull dyke named Bully who smoke cigarettes between gym classes.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Val Kilmer – a devout Christian Scientist battling a potentially fatal throat tumor – may have just months to live, sources said. The 55-year-old “Batman Forever” star was found coughing up blood by terrified loved ones on Jan. 26. He was quickly rushed to a California hospital where doctors reportedly found the tumor. If Val’s tumor is malignant, as symptoms suggest, he’s most likely gone beyond the ability of medical science to cure him, experts disclosed.   ***The ex-wife of “Baywatch” star David Hasseohoff was nearly mauled to death by three dogs during a vicious attack, she’s revealed. “I am a dog lover, but this was too much,” actress Pamela Bach said in an exclusive interview. “What happened to me is unbelievable. I came within an inch of losing my life, and it’s only by the grace of God that I’m alive!” The harrowing incident unfolded on Jan. 31 when the 52-year-old blonde – who divorced “Knight Rider” star David in 2006 after a 17-year marriage – went to the Los Angeles home of attorney Lee Arter for a meeting. “His three bulldogs mauled me,” Pamela said.

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Thursday • February 12, 2015

TOP OREGON DEMS TELL GOVERNOR TO RESIGN: Oregon’s top Democrats have reportedly asked Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, to resign. Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek asked the governor to step down, according to Democratic state Sen. Rod Monroe. Courtney said in a press conference Thursday “that Kitzhaber was upset and defiant when he said no,” according KOIN 6. Kitzhaber decided to resign Tuesday in the face of multiple investigations about his fiancée’s state work and federal tax forms—then changed his mind Wednesday, according to The Oregonian. Kitzhaber had apparently gone so far as to call his would-be successor, Secretary of State Kate Brown, back to Oregon from a conference in Washington, D.C., to succeed him. The governor then met with lawyer Jim McDermott and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, both of whom pushed back against the idea of his resignation.

BOBBI KRISTINA WRECKED CAR BEFORE COMA: Newly revealed police records show Bobbi Kristina Brown wrecked her car four days before she was found unresponsive in a bathtub. Police in Roswell, Georgia, say she was driving a Jeep Liberty when she “lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic, and collided with another vehicle,” the AP said. Brown’s passenger and the other car’s driver were taken to the hospital. (The AP report is unclear whether she was hospitalized.) The same records show that boyfriend Nick Gordon called the police in July 2013 to say she had fallen and was unresponsive. Brown’s cousin said Gordon is taking legal action to gain visitation rights after being barred from her hospital room by her family.

$200K RAISED FOR SLAIN MUSLIM STUDENTS: More than $200,000 has been raised for the charity campaign that three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were working on before they were murdered. Dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat had sought to raise $20,000 for a trip to Turkey to provide dental care to Syrian refugees. At the time of his death on Tuesday evening, he had not met his goal. Now the campaign has raised 10 times that amount in the past 24 hours. Funeral services were held for Barakat along with his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, in Chapel Hill on Thursday afternoon.

U.S. KILLING AL QAEDA WITH SEIZED LAPTOP: In 2015, a laptop can be more dangerous than any bomb. The New York Times reveals U.S. and Afghan forces seized a laptop from an al Qaeda leader in October and it has led to a surge in raids on the terrorist network. U.S. officials describe the intelligence collected from the computer to be as significant as what was found in Osama bin Laden’s files when Navy SEALs raided his compound and killed him in 2011. “The raids appear to have targeted a broad cross-section of Islamist militants,” the Times writes. “They have hit both Qaeda and Taliban operatives, going beyond the narrow counterterrorism mission that Obama administration officials had said would continue after the formal end of American-led combat operations last December.”

UMA THURMAN: IT’S MY MAKEUP, NOT SURGERY: During an appearance on Today, Uma Thurman briefly addressed the uproar her latest appearance at a red-carpet event caused. “I don’t know—I guess nobody liked my makeup!” Thurman was called out for looking markedly different than usual, with minimal makeup, slicked-back hair, and red lipstick, which led some to speculate that she had undergone plastic surgery, given the smoothness of her face. “I’ve been doing this for years and years and years, and people say things nice and people say things mean, and it’s just like, whatever…You take the good with the bad.”

FBI DIRECTOR: COPS HAVE RACIAL BIASES: In a speech Thursday at Georgetown University, FBI Director James B. Comey said there is a “disconnect between police agencies and the communities they serve, predominantly in communities of color.” Comey cited research that shows people living in a mostly white society unconsciously react differently to blacks and that police in areas where mostly nonwhites commit crimes can “develop mental shortcuts.” He also argued that Americans, “especially we who are part of the majority,” must “confront the truth…as a country we must also confront the truth in ourselves,” and called for better record-keeping within police departments of shootings and police incidents.

ANOTHER COSBY SHOW POSTPONED: Bill Cosby has postponed a comedy performance in Bakersfield, California, amid allegations of sexual abuse of women. A message posted to the website of The Fox Theater states the Thursday night show has been postponed and the venue does not have a new date for the performance. The theater did not provide a reason and says it will provide refunds to ticket holders. Cosby’s publicist David Brokaw did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. The 77-year-old Cosby has canceled or postponed more than a dozen shows on his comedy tour in the wake of allegations by numerous women that they were sexually abused by the actor-comedian. Many of the accusations fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution or lawsuits. Bakersfield is about 90 minutes northwest of Los Angeles.

PAMELA ANDERSON FILES FOR DIVORCE YET AGAIN: Pamela Anderson is done with Rick Salomon — again. The former “Baywatch” star, 47, has filed from divorce from her third husband for a third time. According to the website, the actress separated from her husband of just over a year on Tuesday and filed the requisite paperwork at the courthouse on Wednesday. But that doesn’t mean the duo is done, if history repeats itself. Although this is the third time she’s moved to dissolve her marriage with the poker player, they’ve only been divorced once before. The couple was first married in 2007, but Anderson had the marriage annulled just two months later. They decided to try things over again in January of last year, but by July, the ‘90s sex icon filed for divorce a second time. She called the move off the next month.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: US President Bill Clinton Is Acquitted (1999)

In January 1998, President Clinton was questioned in a civil suit charging him with sexual harassment. Before the Grand Jury, he denied having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which turned out to be untrue. The US House of Representatives impeached Clinton on December 19, 1998, charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. In 1999, two impeachment counts were tried in the Senate, which voted to acquit Clinton.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is an American actress, who began her acting career appearing in commercials and received early recognition as a child star. Her debut performance in Mermaids (1990) was followed by a breakthrough role as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and its sequel Addams Family Values (1993) when she was 11 and 13 years old, respectively. Following her success with the Addams Family films, she earned somewhat of a “teen icon” status thanks to appearances in various big budget productions, notably Now and Then (1995) and Casper (1995), marketed for younger audiences before making a transition into adult-oriented roles with the art house drama The Ice Storm (1997). Ricci continued acting in small-scale independent films such as Buffalo ‘66 (1998) and The Opposite of Sex (1998) for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress). She made a departure from independent cinema with Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow (1999) and later received praise for her performance in the drama Monster (2003), which marked a return to the darker material she had generated attention for earlier in her career.

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Wednesday • February 11, 2015

POLICE, WIFE: MUSLIM KILLINGS NOT HATE: Craig Stephen Hicks has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly killed three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Tuesday night, the Charlotte Observer reported. Deah Barakat, 23; Barakat’s wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and Yusor’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were all shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. A police spokesman said the shooting was over a long-running parking dispute between Hicks, who is an outspoken atheist, and the trio. The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina said the shootings were not “not part of a targeted campaign against Muslims in North Carolina.” Although the father of the two slain girls, Mohammad Abu-Salha, said the killings were “a hate crime” and called the shootings “execution-style,” Hicks’ ex-wife said he cared about individual rights and that religion played no role in the incident.

‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ SAID KILLER WAS ‘NUTS’: During opening statements of the trial for the man accused of killing “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, it was revealed that the victims could tell he was mentally unstable. Eddie Routh’s trial began Wednesday with a log of text messages from Kyle to Littlefield, including one saying “This dude is straight up nuts.” Littlefield texted back, “He’s right behind me, watch my six.” That was on Feb. 2, 2013. Both men were killed at a gun range at Rough Creek Lodge within a few hours of those texts. District Attorney Alan Nash stressed to the jurors that Routh’s history of being in and out of mental and veterans hospitals for years did not excuse his behavior. “Mental illness does not deprive people from being good citizens,” Nash said. However, one of Routh’s lawyers took a different approach to his mental illness. “He thought he had to take their lives because, in his psychosis, he thought they were going to take his,” said Tim Moore.

OBAMA WANTS NO TURF LIMIT ON ISIS WAR: President Obama has sent Congress draft legislation for authorizing the use of military force against ISIS. He has asked for it to be limited to three years, but with no geographic restriction on where the threat may be pursued. The legislation mentioned the deaths of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and Kayla Mueller. In a letter accompanying the draft, Obama wrote, “Local forces, rather than U.S. military forces, should be deployed to conduct such operations.” His letter also states, “The authorization I propose would provide the flexibility to conduct ground combat operations in other, more limited circumstances, such as rescue operations involving U.S. or coalition personnel or the use of special-operations forces to take military action against ISIL leadership.”

LEGENDARY COACH JERRY TARKANIAN DIES: Hall of Fame college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian passed away at the age of 84 on Wednesday. Tarkanian led the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to four Final Fours and a national championship in 1990, building a basketball dynasty for the school. Known as Tark the Shark, he had a controversial career and was known for recruiting players from junior colleges and not doing background checks. He often went head-to-head with the NCAA, successfully suing the organization for $2.5 million for trying to run him out of college athletics.

TEAM STRIPPED OF LITTLE LEAGUE TITLE: The Jackie Robinson West of Chicago team has been stripped of its 2014 U.S. Little League championship, which has instead been awarded to a squad from Las Vegas. “After an extensive review of the operations of Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4, the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee has determined that the Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4 Administrator knowingly violated Little League International Rules and Regulations by placing players on their team who did not qualify to play because they lived outside the team’s boundaries,” a Little League news release says. Apparently the team used a fake boundary map when it met with league officials, and stacked the team with players from the suburbs. Jackie Robinson West lost to a South Korean team in the championship game.

KANYE: ‘VOICES’ TOLD ME TO CRASH BECK: According to Kanye West, the reason he got up on stage at the Grammys when Beck won Album of the Year was because “the voices in my head told me go.” West claims, however, that he wasn’t trying to take away Beck’s moment. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, West also said he is working to get in the studio with Taylor Swift, despite their past. He also defended his post-Grammys rant claiming Beyoncé should have beaten Beck, saying “someone’s got to be mad” but that “it’s not a black or white thing at all.”

SRIRACHA CREATOR FINE WITH RIP-OFFS: Restaurants and food companies can slap “Sriracha” on anything and they don’t owe the makers of the popular hot sauce a dime. Vietnamese refugee David Tran built a Sriracha empire but failed to ever trademark the deliciously spicy sauce. Now, Heinz, Frito-Lay, and Subway are just using “Sriracha” as a descriptor without using Tran’s sauce. Tran doesn’t have any problem with it and he has no desire to trademark Sriracha. “Everyone wants to jump in now,” he said. “We have lawyers come and say ‘I can represent you and sue’ and I say ‘No. Let them do it.’” That may be because sales of his original Sriracha bottles have grown by as much as $80 million a year in just the last two years.

BRUCE JENNER WILL REVEAL FEMALE NAME TO DIANE SAWYER: Bruce Jenner is getting closer to living life as a woman. The Jenner-Kardashian patriarch, 65, shared the name he plans to use after his transition in a recently taped sit-down interview with Diane Sawyer. Although the name is not publicly known, “He referred to her in the third person,” said a source, who added Jenner did not wear feminine makeup for the interview. He’s also drumming up names for his upcoming docu-series set to air on E! After seeing the recorded footage, the network will “then decide how many episodes” it will be. Jenner has also reportedly decided to delay his transition until the dust has settled in the aftermath of last Saturday’s car crash, which killed 69-year-old Kim Howe.

BRIAN WILLIAMS WANTED JAY LENO’S JOB: Apparently being a hard news man was not how Brian Williams saw the rest of his career. The suspended NBC Nightly News anchor reportedly lobbied executives a couple of years ago to take over as host of The Tonight Show once the network decided to move on from Jay Leno. Williams was also warned years ago by former anchor Tom Brokaw and former NBC News President Steve Capus to “be careful” about his war story, which has now been proven false.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Nelson Mandela Is Freed (1990)

As a young man, Mandela was an active opponent of South Africa’s apartheid regime. Initially committed to non-violent struggle, he became the leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress after the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, when police opened fire on several thousand protesters. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, but international pressure led to his release in 1990. Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected his country’s first black president.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTDAY: Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an American actress, director, producer, and businesswoman. She is the daughter of actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Aniston gained worldwide recognition for portraying Rachel Green on the popular television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The character was widely popular during the airing of the series and became recognized as one of the 100 greatest female characters in United States television.

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Monday • February 9, 2015

STAY WITH HIM! SAM SMITH DOMINATES THE GRAMMYS: Sam Smith took Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal, and Song and Record of the Year (for “Stay With Me”) at the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday night, while a shorts suit-wearing Pharrell Williams won Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit “Happy.” Best Rock Album and Album of the Year went to Beck, and Best R&B Performance and R&B Song went to Beyoncé for “Drunk in Love.” Pre-show winners included Weird Al Yankovic, Joan Rivers, and Kendrick Lamar. Of course, what would any music award show be without Kanye West interrupting a speech. The “Yeezus” rapper walked on stage during Beck’s acceptance for Album of the Year, but then left, leaving the audience to think he was making a joke a bout his interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards. However, West clarified after the show that he certainly wasn’t. “I don’t even know what [Beck] said. I just know that, the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us,” he said. “We aren’t going to play with them no more.”

FOUNDER: GROUPON WAS A ‘STUPID’ IDEA: The founder of Groupon now says it was a “stupid, boring idea that just happened to resonate.” Andrew Mason was kicked out of Groupon in 2013 after transforming an online company devoted to social services into the discount service site in 2008. Under his watch, Groupon was valued as high as $13 billion in 2011, but the company plummeted in value and its stock fell more than 80 percent below its IPO. Mason says he isn’t bitter about how things worked out with Groupon; he just doesn’t seem to care. “I Google it from time to time, but I have moved on,” he said.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGES PROCEED IN ALABAMA AS STATE JUDGE’S ORDER IS DEFIED: Alabama became on Monday the latest state to allow same-sex marriage, as many probate judges defied an order by the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and began issuing licenses and performing weddings. Earlier, the United States Supreme Court quashed a final effort to delay the marriages as same-sex couples lined up at courthouses across the state.

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CHINA EXECUTES TYCOON FOR MURDER, GRAFT: China has executed a former mining tycoon who was once ranked the 230th richest person in the country. Following last year’s high-profile trial accusing him of murder and running a “mafia-style” gang, Liu Han was executed, according to state media. Four others, including Liu’s brother, were executed along with him. Liu had ties to former domestic security chief and senior leader of the Communist Party of China Zhou Yongkang, who is also the focus of a major corruption probe. Liu’s death sentence is one example of President Xi Jinping’s severe crackdown against party corruption, which has created a power struggle.

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CONSUMER PROTECTION AGENCY SEEKS LIMITS ON PAYDAY LENDERS: In the world of consumer finance, they are chameleons: payday lenders that alter their practices and shift their products ever so slightly to work around state laws aimed at stamping out short-term loans that can come with interest rates exceeding 300 percent. Such maneuvers by the roughly $46 billion payday loan industry, state regulators say, have frustrated their efforts to protect consumers. Now, for the first time, a federal regulator is entering the fray, drafting regulations that could sharply reduce the number of unaffordable loans that lenders can make.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Improved nutrition (as well as vaccinations and antibiotics) has extended the average U.S. lifespan from 30 to 40 years old in the early twentieth century to 70 to 80 years old today.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Popcorn

1.     Americans eat around 17 billion quarts of popcorn every year. This amount would fill the Empire State Building 18 times.

2.     Nebraska produces an estimated 250 million pounds of popcorn per year—more than any other state. This is equivalent to a quarter of all the popcorn the United States produces every year.

3.     Popcorn is the official snack of Illinois. Since 1958, there has been an annual “Popcorn Day.”

Both the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association say that popcorn can be exchanged for bread for people on weight control diets.5.     Unpopped popcorn should not be stored in the refrigerator. The refrigerator will dry out the moisture in the kernels. Without the moisture, popcorn will not pop. The ideal place to store popcorn is in a cool, dry cupboard.

6.     Popcorn kernels can pop up to 3 feet in the air.

7.     Popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain. It also has more iron than eggs or roast beef. It has more fiber than pretzels or potato chips.

8.     The world’s largest popcorn ball was 12 feet in diameter and weighed 5,000 pounds. It required 2,000 pounds of corn, 40,000 pounds of sugar, 280 gallons of corn syrup, and 400 gallons of water.

9.     Two tablespoons of unpopped kernels produce a quart of popcorn for about 25 cents.

10.  There are about 1,600 popcorn kernels in 1 cup.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Many economists, including Janet Yellen, view global economic troubles since 2008 largely as a story about “deleveraging” — a simultaneous attempt by debtors almost everywhere to reduce their liabilities. Why is deleveraging a problem? Because my spending is your income, and your spending is my income, so if everyone slashes spending at the same time, incomes go down around the world. Or as Ms. Yellen put it in 2009, “Precautions that may be smart for individuals and firms — and indeed essential to return the economy to a normal state — nevertheless magnify the distress of the economy as a whole.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by RAMESH PONNURU: Republicans think they have found a new weapon to use against President Obama: the charge that income inequality has risen on his watch. In recent weeks that criticism has been lodged by the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell; Speaker of the House John A. Boehner; Representative Paul D. Ryan; and the former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. Three other potential presidential candidates, Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, used inequality to indict the Democrats in a January forum. “Under President Obama,” Mr. Romney said at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, “the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty in America than ever before.” We have come a long way since Mr. Romney said that discussions of inequality should be confined to “quiet rooms.”

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Monday • February 9, 2015

ISIS HOSTAGE KAYLA MUELLER IS DEAD: The family of Kayla Mueller, the 26-year old American aid worker who was taken hostage by ISIS, said Tuesday that she’s dead. ISIS claimed last week that Mueller was killed by a Jordanian airstrike. The family did not elaborate how it learned of Mueller’s death or the circumstances surrounding it. The family tells that they asked the Obama administration to keep them in the loop about any planned military mission—a request that officials granted, according to a Mueller family spokesperson. “The family requested to be notified in advance if there were to be a raid, and also just to be kept apprised of their efforts. And the White House agreed,” the spokesperson said. It was “not true” that the family had asked officials to forgo a rescue mission, she added. The Mueller family share a letter they received from her that appears to have been sent after November 2, 2014 in which she states she is in good health. “Please know that I am in a safe location, completely unharmed + healthy (put on weight in fact); I have been treated w/utmost respect + kindness,” she wrote.

OBAMA WAS ‘BULLSHITTING’ ON GAY MARRIAGE: One of President Obama’s closest advisers said he lied to the country for his own political benefit when he publicly stated his opposition to same-sex marriage in 2008. In his new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, David Axelrod writes that he knew Obama supported gay marriage in 2008. Axelrod quotes the then-candidate as saying “I’m just not very good at bullshitting,” after a campaign event where he stated his opposition. In an interview with Lloyd Grove at The Daily Beast on Tuesday, Axelrod elaborated on what he wrote and gave insight into Obama’s “evolving” position on same-sex marriage.

CLINTONS GOT $81M VIA SHADY HSBC CLIENTS: Now that the identities of some of the wealthiest users of HSBC’s tax-avoidance scheme in Switzerland have been made public, it seems the Clinton Foundation was one of the major beneficiaries. The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation received as much as $81 million from donors who utilized HSBC’s preferential practices for allegedly avoiding taxes and hiding assets. The major donors include Jeffrey Epstein, a man who in addition to profiting from HSBC’s accommodations for wealthy clients is also a convicted sex offender. The new information could be unhelpful for Hillary Clinton, who is planning to play up income inequality as part her presumed presidential campaign.

BOSTON GETS RECORD SNOWFALL: All rail and subway lines in Boston were suspended from Monday evening until Wednesday as the city braced for a massive storm, which has already dumped 20 inches in the last 24 hours. Boston City Hall and public schools were also closed for the second day in a row. The city has recorded a new 30-day high of 72.6 inches, with 64.4 inches falling in the past 14 days alone. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency as six or seven feet fell in parts of the state. Some places already feeling the brunt of three storms in the past two weeks will get 70 to 80 inches of snow. Three buildings collapsed Monday morning. While the region is expected to get a brief reprieve Wednesday, it is expected to be hit with another storm that could bring “significant” snowfall on Thursday or Friday.

FAMILY TO LET BOBBI KRISTINA DIE ON SAME DAY AS WHITNEY: Bobbi Kristina Brown’s anguished relatives have agreed to take her off life support — but want to wait until Wednesday so she can die on the same date as her tragic mom, Whitney Houston. Bobbi’s grandmother Cissy Houston floated the idea of a Feb. 11 death over the weekend during discussions with the Brown family at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The Browns gave their blessing to pull the plug at the stroke of midnight to align the date with the 2012 passing of the legendary singer at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The move is a symbolic way to keep the mother and daughter together for eternity, according to a Brown family source. Bobbi Kristina, 21, the only child of Houston and singer Bobby Brown, has been in a medically induced coma since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home Jan. 31. The Brown and Houston families have been bickering since Bobbi Kristina was rushed to the hospital, but they have now come to grips with the fact that she cannot be saved, the source said. “This is the only thing they can agree on — that she’s gone [brain-dead], and there’s nothing more than can be done for her,” the source said. The agonizing choice to finally pull the plug on the young woman was made by both sides, the source said.

SPIDER-MAN WILL TEAM WITH MARVEL CHARACTERS IN NEW MOVIES: Sony and Disney’s Marvel are finally bringing Spider-Man and the Avengers back together. The studios announced a deal late Monday in which the next installment of Sony’s $4 billion Spider-Man franchise will be co-produced by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige along with Sony’s Amy Pascal for a July 28, 2017, release. But first, Spidey will appear in an unspecified Marvel film. According to the release, other characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, may also be integrated into future Spider-Man movies. Though the characters have interacted in Marvel’s comic books for decades, they’ve been segregated in the movies because of various licensing agreements that predated the explosion of superhero movies.

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STATE SPOX UNAWARE JEWS KILLED IN PARIS:The State Department is backing up President Obama’s assertion in an interview with Vox that the victims of a terrorist attack on a kosher deli in Paris last month were targeted at “random.” The lead spokesperson for the State Department, Jen Psaki, said Tuesday: “They were not all victims of one background or one nationality.” Psaki emphasized that the store was a Jewish grocery but the people inside were targeted individually. Psaki is wrong, though: All four victims were Jewish (and buried in Israel). Furthermore, gunman Amedy Coulibay called from inside the store to a broadcast news outlet and said: “I have 16 hostages and I have killed four, and I targeted them because they were Jewish.”

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Sunday • February 8, 2015

DID KAYLA’S PARENTS NIX RESCUE OPERATION?: According to a report in Foreign Policy, an unnamed military official said the parents of captured aid worker Kayla Mueller did not want the U.S. to launch a rescue mission but instead wanted her release negotiated. The official said her parents reportedly worried that a rescue operation would be “too risky,” the report said. However, the official also said the Joint Special Operations Command was never outright told to refrain from a rescue attempt, but neither did it ever get enough solid information to present a plan to the president for approval. Neither the Mueller family nor a spokesperson for the National Security Council would comment. Famlies of other hostages have harshly criticized the Obama administration for its alleged insensitivity in handling hostage situations, in which three Americans have been beheaded. ISIS announced on Friday that the 26-year-old Mueller had died in a Jordanian airstrike.

NETANYAHU: WE WILL ‘THWART’ IRAN DEAL: At a weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that regarding a deal in the works between Iran and other UN Security Council members, Israel “will do everything to thwart a bad and dangerous deal that will cast a dark cloud on the future of the state of Israel and its security.” The staunch opposition to the deal by Netanyahu, and his intent to block it, comes amidst an uproar over his planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran that was arranged behind the White House’s back. On Friday, even the pro-Israel group the Anti-Defamation League was urging Netanyahu to cancel the speech.

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1 KILLED IN CRASH INVOLVING BRUCE JENNER: Reality TV star and former gold medal Olympian Bruce Jenner, who recently announced he would be transitioning to a woman, was involved in a massive car accident today on the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, Calif., the web site TMZ reported. Jenner was apparently uninjured, but a woman in the car Jenner appears to have rear-ended was killed when her car was pushed into oncoming traffic and struck by a black Hummer. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department confirmed the accident and the single fatality and said three or four cars were involved. Pictures shown on the TMZ web site show Jenner apparently uninjured, but there were reports others involved suffered minor injuries. TMZ also reported that Jenner volunteered to take a blood-alcohol test, which he reportedly passed.

DEAN SMITH DIES AT 83: Dean Smith, one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history, has passed away at the age of 83. Smith led the University of North Carolina to two national championships and 11 Final Fours over 36 years. He also recruited the school’s first African-American scholarship basketball player. “Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” the Smith family said in a statement. “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.”

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Civil War

1.     The Civil War was the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. During an average day during the war, approximately 600 people were killed. By the end of the war, over 618,000 people had died. This is more Americans than WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined.

2.     If the names of the Civil War dead were organized similar to the names on the Vietnam Memorial wall, the Civil War memorial would be over 10 times longer.

3.     During the Civil War, 2% of the U.S. population died. This is equivalent to 6 million men today. While rifles were the deadliest weapons during the war, disease killed more men. Camps became breeding grounds for measles, chicken pox, and mumps. One million Union solders contracted malaria.

4.     One of every 65 Federals and 1 of every 45 Confederates were killed in action.

The youngest soldier in the Civil War was a 9-year-old boy from Mississippi. The oldest was an 80-year-old from Iowa. More than 10,000 soldiers serving in the Union Army were under 18 years old.

6.     A Civil War soldier’s chance of surviving the war was about 1 in 4.

7.     More Americans died at the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania, Virginia, in May 1864 than at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944.

8.     Both the war’s bloodiest day (Antietam) and its bloodiest battle (Gettysburg) occurred in Union states. More than 5,000 soldiers died at Antietam, making September 17, 1862, the single bloodiest day in U.S. military history.

9.     Gettysburg was the largest battle ever fought in North America. It’s victor, General Meade, was born in Spain.

10.  The most common operation performed on soldiers during the Civil War was amputation. The best surgeon could have a limb severed and discard within five minutes. Civil War doctors were nicknamed “sawbones.” There were 60,000 partial or complete amputations during the war.

11.  Virginia experienced the most fighting during the Civil War—more than 2,100 events, followed by Tennessee (1,400) and Missouri (1,100).

12.  Daniel Emmett, the composer of “Dixie” was not only from the North, but he was also a loyal Unionist. He was disgusted by the song’s popularity in the South. Lincoln claimed that it was one of “the best tunes I ever heard.”

13.  An estimated 800 wounded men burned to death at the Battle of the Wilderness because they were unable to crawl away from advancing brush fires.

14.  The last Southern troops surrendered on May 26, 1865. Afterward, survivors began decorating the graves of those who had died. They repeated the ritual each year on “The Decoration Day”—which is now known as Memorial Day.

15.  Immediately after the war, 2 out of 3 men sentenced to state prisons in the North were Civil War veterans.


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NBC’S BRIAN WILLIAMS BENCHES HIMSELF: NBC’s embattled anchor, Brian Williams, has stepped aside from his nightly news duties for “several days” in the wake of embarrassing revelations that his tale of danger during the 2003 Iraq invasion may not have been true. In a statement posted on the NBC News web site, Williams said: “In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions. “As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Leonard Lauder and his new wife, Judith Glickman, were spotted at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s 12th Hot Pink Luncheon & Symposium on Thursday in Palm Beach.  The couple tied the knot in Florida last month. Lauder, 81, was seen beaming and wearing a pink tie with his arm around his 76-year-old wife.   ***Michael Kors at newly opened Village Prime in NYC.   ***Vanity Fair contributor Michael Callahan with 20 pals at Swifty’s to celebrate his book “Searching for Grace Kelly”.   ***“Fifty Shades of Grey” stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E.L. James at A Voce Columbus in NYC.   ***Jimmy Fallon eating with NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer and Lorne Michaels at the new Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills.   ***Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy at SoulCycle in Soho in NYC.

STUDY SAYS MOTION SICKNESS IS IN THE GENES: If you feel an unpleasant queasiness while traveling in a car or boat, it could be genetic, according to a recent study by personal genomics company 23andMe. Using genetic data from more than 80,000 of its customers, 23andMe was able to link motion sickness to 35 genetic factors—many of which are involved in the nervous system, balance, and eye and ear development. However, having these gene variants does not guarantee that one will experience motion sickness. Research also showed that those who suffer from motion sickness are more likely to develop vertigo and migraines.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: At the Grammys’ annual charity gala on Friday, Bob Dylan stole the show without singing a single note. Bob Dylan gave a 35-minute speech at the Grammys’ annual charity gala on Friday. In a wide-ranging 35-minute speech that had the 3,000 or so music executives and stars in the audience hanging on his every word, Mr. Dylan touched on the roots of his songwriting, the musicians who inspired him, and the naysaying of critics and others along the way. It was an extremely rare and revealing speech from Mr. Dylan, 73, but in his usual fashion it was anything but straightforward. Reading from a thick cache of papers, he spoke in what at times was a kind of rhapsodic, canny prose-poetry, like one of his lyrics or an outtake from his 2004 memoir, “Chronicles, Volume One.”

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Michael Jackson’s late former manager Frank DiLeo is coming out with a bombshell, beyond-the-grave book promising the truth about everyone who manipulated Michael — plus revelations that the star underwent dramatic plastic surgery because he couldn’t bear to look like his father. DiLeo, who passed away in 2011, was with the superstar during the 1980s and again just before he died in 2009. The book, “DiLeo: I Am Going to Set the Record Straight,” is being put together by his longtime business partner, manager and producer Mark Lamica, using DiLeo’s personal journals and audio and video recordings.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Billy Casper, a two-time United States Open victor, a Masters champion and the player with the seventh-most wins in PGA Tour history, died on Saturday at his home in Springville, Utah. He was 83. Casper died after having a heart attack on Saturday, his company, Billy Casper Golf, announced. His agent, Rich Katz, said Casper had encountered several health setbacks after fainting at the Masters tournament last April.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: What an altered world we live in. What an advanced one. The man I love and I can be married in New York or 35 other states if we ever get organized enough, if we decide that we want public vows and a gaudy cake — I’m thinking devil’s food, for a host of reasons — to seal our commitment. I’m grateful for that. I’m stunned, really.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: This was a bomb that had been ticking for a while. NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division. But the caustic media big shots who once roamed the land were gone, and “there was no one around to pull his chain when he got too over-the-top,” as one NBC News reporter put it. It seemed pathological because Williams already had the premier job, so why engage in résumé inflation? And you don’t get those jobs because of your derring-do.

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Saturday • February 7, 2015

COPS TARGET BOBBI KRISTINA’S HUSBAND: TMZ reports that Bobbi Kristina’s husband, Nick Gordon, is the target of an active criminal investigation in Georgia. Apparently, Bobbi Kristina had certain undisclosed injuries that prompted police to look into a possible altercation that might have taken place more than an hour before the 21-year-old was found nearly drowned in a bathtub.  The friend of the couple’s who discovered Bobbi Kristina in the tub, Max Lomas, says he arrived at their Atlanta-area home at around 9 a.m. to spend time with Gordon but did not see Bobbi Kristina; eventually, Gordon wandered off, according to Lomas, who did not “pay attention to his whereabouts.” Lomas says he let a cable guy in around an hour later; it was when he asked for access to the bedroom that Lomas discovered Bobbi Kristina. He says he called Gordon, who ran in, administered CPR, and allegedly cleaned up blood stains in the home.

6 U.S. RESIDENTS INDICTED FOR TERRORISM: Six U.S. residents were indicted on Friday for terrorism-related crimes involving links to ISIS, according to federal prosecutors. The group of accused of sending firearms accessories and military equipment to aid Bosnian native Abdullah Ramo Pazara, who joined ISIS in May 2013 (he is assumed to have been killed in 2014). Pazara communicated via Facebook with the six individuals, three of whom are from St. Louis County, Missouri. The other three are from Utica, New York; Schiller Park, Illinois; and Rockford, Illinois.

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KAYLA MUELLER PARENTS ‘STILL HOPEFUL’: The family of Kayla Mueller, the 26-year-old American held hostage by ISIS, revealed in a statement on Friday that they had communicated with the terrorists before they claimed Mueller was killed in a Jordanian air strike. There has been no physical or photographic evidence of Mueller’s death, however. “This leaves us concerned, yet, we are still hopeful that Kayla is alive,” Carl and Marsha Mueller said in a statement. They also addressed their daughter’s captors directly: “Kayla’s mother and I have been doing everything we can to get her released safely. At this time we ask you, who are holding Kayla, to contact us privately,” they said.

ROSIE QUITS ‘THE VIEW,’ LEAVES WIFE: Rosie O’Donnell and her wife of three years, Michelle Rounds, have split up; O’Donnell will also leave The View next week to focus on her five kids’ well being. O’Donnell and Rounds have apparently lived apart for months. “Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention,” O’Donnell’s representative told Page Six. “This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first. ABC has been wonderfully understanding and supportive of her personal decision to leave The View.” This is O’Donnell’s second departure from The View; she left once before, in 2007.

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USS ARIZONA LOSES OLDEST SURVIVOR: The oldest living survivor of USS Arizona, which was destroyed at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941, has passed away. Joe Langdell was 100 years old. “The lesson I’ve learned from that experience is that the 1,177 men entombed on the ship right now will never know the love of a wife or the joy of grandchildren,” he said in 2006 while revisiting the site. “We all have to remember that they did not die in vain.” Only eight crewmen from the battleship remain.

PURPLE HEARTS GOING TO FT. HOOD VICTIMS: The Purple Heart, and its civilian counterpart, will be awarded to the victims of the mass shooting carried out by Major Nidal Hasasn at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009. Families have placed pressure on Congress for years to change its guidelines for recognition, which had previously kept them from receiving combat-related benefits. Prior to this year, the Purple Heart and the Defense of Freedom Medal for civilians were only awarded to those in war-zones and international terrorist attacks against the United States. The new guidelines expand to cover attacks by individuals involved with or inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.

NUTS TO CHARLES MANSON NUPS: Charles Manson wedding license due to expire with no wedding in sight.Afton Elaine Burton aka “Star”- a 26 year old “Helter Skelter” groupie, took out a marriage license to incarcerated madman Charles Manson, 80, at the California State Prison in Corcoran. But the license expires tomorrow. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison told media they missed their chance to wed over the weekend. Prison weddings are not held on weekdays at the state pen, he elaborated.

DRUGS OUTRANK BOOZE IN U.S. DRIVERS: The amount of drunk drivers have decreased nearly one-third since 2007, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, resting at 8 percent of drivers surveyed. That’s a staggering three-quarters drop since the government organization began conducting roadside surveys in 1973. But, motorists aren’t free of harm—drug use has dramatically increased in drivers. One in four tested positive for marijuana and other illegal drugs, bringing the percentage up to 20% from the previous survey.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Scrambling to contain a crisis engulfing one of its most prominent on-air personalities, NBC will begin an internal investigation into Brian Williams, the embattled evening news anchor who has admitted he misled the public with a harrowing tale of a forced helicopter landing in Iraq. The “fact-checking” inquiry, confirmed on Friday by several people in the network’s news division, will review not only the Iraq incident but also Mr. Williams’s reporting during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as well as any other issues that arise during the investigation.

LOUVRE ACQUIRES WASHINGTON PORTRAIT: An 1822 Gilbert Stuart painting of the first American president has been purchased for an undisclosed sum by the Louvre museum. The oil rendering, which depicts George Washington at a desk with a document and a sword, will go on display at the French institution’s soon-to-be outpost in Abu Dhabi. Stuart, who hailed from Rhode Island, painted over 100 portraits of Washington, primarily displayed in American museums. The portrait will go on display next to Jacques-Louis David’s iconic “Napoleon Crossing the Alps.”

THE UNENDURABLE TORMENT OF MARLO THOMAS: That Girl” Marlo Thomas is heartbroken as her beloved husband Phil Donahue is fading, sources revealed. “It’s like he’s losing his will to live,” said a family friend, adding that Phil was rocked last year by the death of his youngest son, James. “Jim” was just 51 when he suffered a fatal aortic aneurysm. While Phil comes from a large family and has four surviving children, “It really hurt Phil … the tragedy stung bad,” explained the friend. “On top of that, he’s appeared to have lost the bounce in his step as age has crept up on him.”

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***It’s taken them four decades, but Van Halen are finally releasing a live album with David Lee Roth at the helm. Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, taped June 21st, 2013 at a show in Japan, will be released on March 31st. It will be available as two CDs, a four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and via digital outlets.

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Centers for Disease Control

“CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. CDC increases the health security of our nation.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Lizabeth Scott, a sultry blonde with a come-hither voice cut out for the seething romantic and homicidal passions of her Hollywood film noir roles in the late 1940s and early ’50s, died on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. She was 92. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center confirmed the death, but did not give a cause.   ***Representative Alan Nunnelee, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress from Mississippi in the Republican wave of 2010, died on Friday in Tupelo, Miss. He was 56. Elizabeth Parks, a spokeswoman, confirmed the death. Mr. Nunnelee had experienced a series of health problems in recent months. In June he had a stroke while surgeons were removing a tumor from his brain. In addition to chemotherapy and radiation, he underwent physical therapy and speech therapy.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: In 2009, President Obama nominated Julius Genachowski, a trusted friend who had acted as candidate Obama’s technology adviser, to be the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. They both firmly believed in the importance of “net neutrality,” in which Internet service providers, or I.S.P.s, would not be able to give one website an advantage over another, or allow companies to pay to get into a “fast lane” ahead of competitors. That was the surest way to allow innovation to flourish, they believed. To Genachowski and his staff, creating net-neutrality protections meant reclassifying components of broadband Internet service from lightly regulated “information services” to more highly regulated “telecommunications services.” This would subject I.S.P.s like Comcast and Verizon to certain “common carrier” regulations under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. But, according to The Wall Street Journal, Larry Summers, who was then Obama’s director of the National Economic Council, blocked this effort, fearful of “overly heavy-handed approaches to net neutrality” that could be detrimental to the economy.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: During his recent sit down with NBC, President Obama defended his ISIS strategy with eight words: “Anything we could be doing,” he insisted, “we are doing.” Does anyone believe that?  Anyone? The crisis is no longer approaching, Mr. President. It has arrived.

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Friday • February 6, 2015

ECONOMY HAS BEST STRETCH SINCE 1997: U.S. employers added 257,000 jobs in January, capping off the best three months of consecutive employment growth in 17 years. December’s job gains were revised up to 329,000 and November to a whopping 423,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report Friday, the unemployment rate rose to 5.7 percent as more people started looking for work again. Best of all, average hourly earnings went up by 0.5 percent in one month, the most since November 2008.

BOBBY BROWN WON’T PULL PLUG ON DAUGHTER: TMZ reports that Bobby Brown is reluctant to switch off the life-support machine for his daughter Bobbi Kristina, who is in an induced coma after nearly drowning in a bathtub. The singer is reportedly still hoping for a God-driven miracle, despite doctors’ advice that his daughter’s condition will not improve.

‘AMNESTY BONUSES’ IN TAX CODE: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO RECEIVE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT: President Barack Obama has promoted his recent executive action on immigration by arguing that he’s only deferring action – holding off on enforcement of the current immigration laws until an immigration reform he approves of passes Congress. But that’s not really true; in fact there’s a way for illegal immigrants immediately to receive “amnesty bonuses,” as Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska terms it. Here’s how. A recent Homeland Security Committee hearing on immigration revealed an alarming consequence of President Obama’s executive amnesty—that illegal immigrants with deferred status may be able to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Moreover, this person, who is here in the U.S. unlawfully, could be able to file an amended tax return for up to the last three tax years, possibly receiving upwards of $24,000 in tax credits. The discovery was made by Eileen J. O’Connor, a tax lawyer and the former head of the tax division of the United States Department of Justice, who used her congressional testimony in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to explain it. “The law makes a social security number a requirement of eligibility to receive the earned income credit,” O’Connor explained

OBAMA’S NEW MOTTO: ‘STRATEGIC PATIENCE’: The White House is planning to reveal a new document defending President Barack Obama’s national-security decisions ranging from Syria to Russia on Friday, outlining what it calls “strategic patience,” Foreign Policy reports. The plan, which is Obama’s second document on the National Security Strategy, rebuts criticisms that the president waited too long to take action on major global issues like the rise of the Islamic State and Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine. The document argues that holding off was a part of a deliberate strategy to ensure the U.S. considered all risks before diving into conflict, while also advocating a continuation of Obama’s foreign-policy approach of the last four years. National Security Advisor Susan Rice will present the strategy in a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to U.S. intelligence, North Korea could shoot a missile capable of striking Alaska, Hawaii, and the American West Coast. North Korea has an estimated 5,000 pounds of biological and chemical weapons.


CHINESE SUSPECTED IN ANTHEM DATA BREACH: Investigators suspect Chinese hackers may be responsible for a massive computer breach against Anthem, the nation’s largest health insurer, Bloomberg first reported Thursday. Citing unnamed individuals familiar with the investigation, Bloomberg reported that the data theft may be linked to a broader campaign of Chinese state-sponsored hacking health companies for personal information on a select group of defense contractors, government workers, and others. The Anthem breach, which was discovered in January and announced this week, exposed details such as income data, street and email addresses as well as Social Security numbers. China has previously been implicated in hacking other U.S. companies.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Spiders

1.     There are approximately 38,000 known species of spiders. Scientists believe there are probably as many more to be discovered.

2.     Spiders are found on every continent except Antarctica.

3.     An estimated 1 million spiders live in one acre of land. The number might be closer to 3 million in the tropics. It is estimated that a human is never more than 10 feet away from a spider—ever.

The bite of the Brazilian wandering spider can cause long and painful erections, as well as other symptoms, in human males.5.     Spiders are vital to a healthy ecosystem. They eat harmful insects, pollinate plants, and recycle dead animal and plants back into the earth. They are also a valuable food source for many small mammals, birds, and fish.

6.     Spiders eat more insects than birds and bats combined.

7.     All spiders spin silk, but not all spiders spin webs.

8.     Male spiders weave a small “sperm” web. They then place a drop of semen on the web, suck it up with their pedipalps, and then use the pedipalp to insert the sperm into the female.

9.     Web-weaving spiders have two or three claws at the tip of each leg that they use to swing from strand to strand without getting stuck in the sticky part of their web. Additionally, a spider’s body has a special oily substance that keeps it from getting stuck in its web.

10.  When a spider travels, it always has four legs touching the ground and four legs off the ground at any given moment.

CRITICS SEIZE ON OBAMA’S ISIS REMARKS AT PRAYER BREAKFAST: President Obama may have thought he was giving a straightforward history lesson at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday when he compared the atrocities of the Islamic State to the bloodshed committed in the name of Christianity in centuries past. But that is not how many of his longtime critics saw it. “The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime,” said Jim Gilmore, the former Republican governor of Virginia. “He has offended every believing Christian in the United States.”

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: For years, Brian Williams had been telling a story that wasn’t true. On Wednesday night, he took to his anchor chair on “NBC Nightly News” to apologize for misleading the public. On Thursday, his real problems started. A host of military veterans and pundits came forward on television and social media, challenging Mr. Williams’s assertion that he had simply made a mistake when he spoke, on several occasions, about having been in a United States military helicopter forced down by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003. Some went so far as to call for his resignation.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Babe Ruth (1895)

George Herman Ruth, better known as Babe Ruth, was arguably the greatest player in the history of baseball. His ability to hit home runs helped turn the game into the American national pastime in the 1920s and 30s, and two of his records stood for more than 30 years. In 1936, Babe Ruth became the second player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, who also wrote histories of many of the signal events of the 20th century, including both world wars, the Holocaust and the Middle East conflict, died on Tuesday in London. He was 78. His death was announced on the floor of Parliament. Mr. Gilbert, an appointee to the parliamentary committee investigating Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war, had been in declining health since suffering a heart arrhythmia several years ago.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: If you read the online versions of newspaper columns you can click over to the reader comments, which are often critical, vituperative and insulting. I’ve found that I can only deal with these comments by following the adage, “Love your enemy.” It’s too psychologically damaging to read these comments as evaluations of my intelligence, morals or professional skill. But if I read them with the (possibly delusional) attitude that these are treasured friends bringing me lovely gifts of perspective, then my eye slides over the insults and I can usually learn something. The key is to get the question of my self-worth out of the way — which is actually possible unless the insulter is really creative.

LBN-COMMENTENTARY by Timothy Egan: One pill makes you smarter. One pill makes you thin. One pill makes you happy. Another keeps you energized. And so what if tests conducted by scientists in New York and Canada have found that the substances behind these miracle enhancements may contain nothing more than powdered rice or houseplants. If enough people believe they’ll be healthier, well, it’s a nice racket. Nice, to the tune of $13 billion a year in sales. And here in Utah, which is to the dietary supplement business what Northern California is to marijuana, a huge industry has taken hold, complete with a network of doctors making unproven claims, well-connected lobbyists and entrenched politicians who keep regulators at bay.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Saad B. Omer: The alarming number of measles cases — a record 644 last year, and 102 last month, the most since the disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 — has focused scrutiny on parents who refuse vaccinations for their children. There are some who want state and local governments to sue, or even criminally charge, such parents. A bill in California would end all nonmedical exemptions to immunization requirements. For epidemiologists like me, eliminating exemptions may seem satisfying, but it is not the wisest policy for protecting kids. Instead, we should borrow a concept from behavioral economics, and use administrative rules and procedures to “nudge” parents to immunize their kids, rather than trying to castigate or penalize these parents.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg: Late one Friday afternoon at a leading consulting firm, a last-minute request came in from a client. A female manager was the first to volunteer her time. She had already spent the entire day meeting with junior colleagues who were seeking career advice, even though they weren’t on her team. Earlier in the week, she had trained several new hires, helped a colleague improve a presentation and agreed to plan the office holiday party. When it came time for her review for partner, her clear track record as a team player combined with her excellent performance should have made her a shoo-in. Instead, her promotion was delayed for six months, and then a year. This is the sad reality in workplaces around the world: Women help more but benefit less from it. In keeping with deeply held gender stereotypes, we expect men to be ambitious and results-oriented, and women to be nurturing and communal. When a man offers to help, we shower him with praise and rewards. But when a woman helps, we feel less indebted. She’s communal, right? She wants to be a team player. The reverse is also true. When a woman declines to help a colleague, people like her less and her career suffers. But when a man says no, he faces no backlash. A man who doesn’t help is “busy”; a woman is “selfish.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mélanie Berliet: What do Altoids, Axe deodorant, Ikea furniture, Dannon yogurt, and Bass Ale have in common? At some point in the last two decades, advertisers for each have bet on reaching consumers by channeling elements of BDSM, a set of sexual practices encompassing bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism, and masochism. This might seem like a surprising promotional strategy for such varied household goods, until you consider how saturated pop culture is by one specific brand of erotica.

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Thursday • February 5, 2015

CLAIMS AGAINST SAUDIS CAST NEW LIGHT ON SECRET PAGES OF 9/11 REPORT: A still-classified section of the investigation by congressional intelligence committees into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has taken on an almost mythic quality over the past 13 years — 28 pages that examine crucial support given the hijackers and that by all accounts implicate prominent Saudis in financing terrorism. Now new claims by Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted former member of Al Qaeda, that he had high-level contact with officials of the Saudi Arabian government in the prelude to Sept. 11 have brought renewed attention to the inquiry’s withheld findings, which lawmakers and relatives of those killed in the attacks have tried unsuccessfully to declassify.

TWITTER CEO: ‘WE SUCK’ AT STOPPING ABUSE: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took personal responsibility Monday for the site’s chronic problem with harassment and abuse, letting employees know in an internal memo that Twitter will soon be taking stronger action to get rid of trolls. “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years,” Costolo wrote. “It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.” He added, “We’re going to start kicking these people off right and left and making sure that when they issue their ridiculous attacks, nobody hears them.”

80 MILLION INSURANCE CUSTOMERS HACKED: The nation’s second-largest health-insurance company said Wednesday that as many as 80 million customers have had their account information stolen. Anthem Inc. posted a statement on its website explaining that hackers gained access to customer information, including names, birthdays, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, and employment information such as income data, said CEO Joseph Swedish. The hack applies to both current and former customers, the statement said. The company has contacted the FBI and is working to evaluate the systems with computer security firm Mandiant. The breach was discovered last week, according to Anthem.

U.S. DRONE KILLS SENIOR AL QAEDA MEMBER: In a statement posted on Twitter, al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said that one of its leading members has been killed by a U.S. airstrike in the Yemeni province of Shabwa on Jan. 31. Harith bin Ghazi al-Nathari was on AQAP’s legal committee, according to the statement. On Monday, an additional three al Qaeda suspects were taken down by a U.S. drone strike.

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FRIENDS SAY HARPER LEE WAS MANIPULATED: Four people who know Harper Lee and reside in or near Monroeville, Alabama, say they believe she does not possess sufficient mental faculties to make informed decisions about her career. Publisher HarperCollins announced Tuesday that Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, will be released this summer, but residents say this goes against Lee’s expressed wishes for her career. “[Lee] had a stroke several years ago and her mind is not in a condition to make these decisions, I don’t think, personally,” said Janet Sawyer. “[Lee lawyer] Tonja Carter doesn’t allow her to see her friends anymore. She’s isolated her from the world in order to manipulate her. She wants to manipulate her funds.” Sawyer said the novelist, who used to frequent her restaurant, always said she didn’t want her second book published until after she had passed away, in order to avoid attention and publicity in the last years of her life.

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DESPITE RECALLS, G.M. PAYS WORKERS A BIG BONUS: To cope with the gravest safety crisis in its history, General Motors has spent freely — almost $3 billion — to compensate accident victims and recall nearly 30 million vehicles. But when the company closed the books this week on last year’s recall-plagued financial results, Mary T. Barra, its chief executive, had one more costly decision to make: Should the decade-long failure of executives, engineers and lawyers to address deadly defects in millions of cars result in a smaller annual bonus for G.M.’s blue-collar workers? On Wednesday, G.M. chose to once again open its checkbook. For the first time since emerging from bankruptcy in 2009, when it received a $49 billion bailout from taxpayers, G.M. gave its 48,000 union workers a bonus greater than their contract called for.

WACKO! 12 FRENCH MILITARY VETERANS JOIN ISIS: French officials and analysts report that at least 12 former soldiers from France are among a thousand or more French citizens who have joined ISIS. Of those 12, one is reportedly a highly trained special-forces commando who was radicalized during a stint as a security contractor in the Persian Gulf. One French intelligence official who spoke to McClatchy said the number is a reflection of France’s changing demographics and its evolution “into a heavily—and often devout—Roman Catholic officer corps leading a primarily and somewhat devoted Muslim enlisted formation.”

PROTECT AND SERVE? COP CAM SHOWS HIM PUNCHING WOMAN’S FACE: A woman has filed a $1 million claim against the city of Seattle after a patrol-car video showed an officer punching her in the face. The claim alleges that 23-year-old Miyekko Durden-Bosley was falsely arrested on June 22 and then assaulted by Officer Adley Shepherd. The video shows Shepherd punching Durden-Bosley once after she swore at him and kicked him in the jaw while she was handcuffed. The woman suffered a fractured orbital in one eye and a severe concussion, according to the claim.

MORE COLLEGE FRESHMEN REPORT HAVING FELT DEPRESSED: High numbers of students are beginning college having felt depressed and overwhelmed during the previous year, according to an annual survey released on Thursday, reinforcing some experts’ concern about the emotional health of college freshmen. The survey of more than 150,000 students nationwide, “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2014,” found that 9.5 percent of respondents had frequently “felt depressed” during the past year, a significant rise over the 6.1 percent reported five years ago. Those who “felt overwhelmed” by schoolwork and other commitments rose to 34.6 percent from 27.1 percent.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dreams

1.     The word “dream” is most likely related to the West Germanic draugmus, (meaning deception, illusion, or phantom) or from the Old Norse draugr (ghost, apparition) or the Sanskrit druh (seek to harm or injure).

2.     You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

3.     Adults dream off and on, for a total of about an hour and half to three hours every night.

4.     By the time we die, most of us will have spent a quarter of a century asleep, of which six years or more will have been spent dreaming—and almost all of those dreams are forgotten upon waking.

5.     The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. That’s about four per night.

6.     Egyptian pharaohs were considered children of Ra (Egyptian sun god) and, thus, their dreams were seen as being divine.

7.     In the Chinese province of Fu-Kein, people called on their ancestors for dream revelation by sleeping on graves.

8.     Scientists suggest that the dreams of fetuses are mostly composed of sound and touch sensations, given the lack of visual stimuli in the womb.

9.     Among the six dreams reported in the New Testament are the dreams that communicate divine knowledge, instruction, and warning to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

10.  About 80% of neonatal and newborn sleep time is REM sleep, suggesting a tremendous amount of time dreaming.

11.  According to Plato, dreams originate in the organs of the belly. Plato describes the liver in particular as the biological seat of dreams.

12.  Elias Howe (1819-1867) said one inspiration for his invention of the sewing machine came from a nightmare he had about being attacked by cannibals bearing spears that looked like the needle he then designed.

13.  Modern research has shown that a sharp decrease in daily calories results in fewer nocturnal ejaculations in men and an overall decrease in the sexual themes of dreams.

14.  Aside from those who experience certain kinds of injury, it’s a biological fact that everyone dreams. However, not everyone remembers his or her dreams.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Pfizer has agreed to acquire Hospira, a big maker of injectable drugs, for $15.2 billion. The acquisition is the first major deal for Pfizer since last year’s failed attempt to buy AstraZeneca for more than $100 billion.  Pfizer said on Thursday that it would pay $90 a share for Hospira, which makes infusion technologies and drugs that are injected. Including debt, the deal is valued at about $17 billion.

ANTI-VAXX DOCUMENTARY GETS L.A. PREMIERE: An anti-vaccine documentary got its very own Hollywood moment at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday. The premiere of director Eric Gladen’s Trace Amounts drew celebrity pediatricians like Bob Sears and Jay Gordon, both of whom support parents who want to delay or refuse vaccines for their children. Gladen says he began researching vaccines after a tetanus shot he received caused sensitivity to noise, anxiety, and erratic behavior. “Has the science been answered?” he asked a reporter from the Los Angeles Times. “That’s the question.”

MARGARET HAMBURG, F.D.A. COMMISSIONER, STEPPING DOWN: Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, who led the agency for nearly six years through a period of rapid change in medical science, announced Thursday that she is stepping down. Dr. Hamburg, 59, told agency colleagues in an email that she would depart at the end of March. “As you can imagine,” she wrote, “this decision was not easy. My tenure leading this agency has been the most rewarding of my career.”

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The NBC News anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for mistakenly claiming he had been on a helicopter that was shot down by ground fire in Iraq in 2003. Last week, NBC Nightly News filmed Mr. Williams taking a soldier to a New York Rangers game. The public address announcer at the game explained to the crowd that “U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Tim Terpak was responsible for the safety of Brian Williams and his NBC News team after their Chinook helicopter was hit and crippled by enemy fire” during the invasion of Iraq.   ***The other shoe has dropped in political blogger Andrew Sullivan’s recent decision to stop blogging. He announced today, with his partners, that their blog The Dish will close down rather than limp into an uncertain future without Sullivan. “This is not as sudden a decision as it may appear from the outside,” Sullivan writes.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Walter Liedtke, who served for 35 years as a curator of European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was a renowned scholar on Vermeer and the Delft School, died on Tuesday, one of six victims of the crash of a Metro-North commuter train in Valhalla, N.Y. He was 69. His death was confirmed by the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, who said in an interview that “he was one of our most esteemed curators and one of the most distinguished scholars of Dutch and Flemish painting in the world.”   ***Monty Oum, the creator of the animated web series “RWBY” and director of animation for Rooster Teeth Productions, a company best known for repurposing the bloodthirsty avatars in the Halo video games into angst-ridden slackers in the popular web series “Red vs. Blue,” died on Sunday near his home in Austin, Tex. He was 33. Mr. Oum fell into a coma after experiencing an allergic reaction during a medical procedure several days ago and never recovered, a statement on Rooster Teeth’s website said.

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The Library of Congress: Today in History

“Each day an event from American history is illustrated by digitized items from the Library of Congress American Memory historic collections.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonathan Alter: This week two seemingly unrelated stories—one on vaccinations, the other on vitamins—offer a disturbing glimpse into how the American social contract has frayed. People are being exposed to illness or even death for the phony freedom of a few. The trouble is that those few—once easily dismissed as crackpots of the left and right—now make up between 25 and 35 percent of the American public. That’s the percentage of people who tell pollsters they reject vaccinating their children. The anti-vax activists among them have transmitted their fearful suspicion of government and science into the American mainstream, where millions already swallow hype and bull along with their nutritional supplements.

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Wednesday • February 4, 2015

ISIS SELLING, CRUCIFYING CHILDREN: When ISIS isn’t burning alive captive pilots or beheading innocent journalists, it’s selling, crucifying, and burying alive children. A United Nations watchdog reports that ISIS has been executing children in this medieval fashion and then burying them alive. (ISIS started crucifying adults last year.) The so-called Islamic State has also been selling children into sex slavery, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said. It doesn’t stop there: “We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding,” said committee expert Renate Winters.

SILK ROAD OPERATOR FOUND GUILTY: Ross Ulbricht was convicted of running Silk Road, the online drug black market, by a federal jury in New York on Wednesday. Ulbricht, who went as “Dead Pirate Roberts,” faces life in prison after being convicted on seven counts, including including trafficking drugs on the Internet, narcotics-trafficking conspiracy, running a continuing criminal enterprise, computer-hacking conspiracy and money-laundering conspiracy. It took a jury less than four hours to find Ulbricht guilty.

FCC WOULD REGULATE INTERNET AS A UTILITY: In an op-ed on Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced he is proposing to regulate the Internet as a public utility. Wheeler wants to use Title II of the Communications Act to make it illegal for the speeding up or slowing down of Web traffic, as well as the blocking of traffic. “My proposal assures the rights of Internet users to go where they want, when they want,” Wheeler wrote, “and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.” The new rules will be brought up for a vote Feb. 26.

RAND PAUL BELONGED TO HIV-DENYING GROUP: Rand Paul in 2009 said he was a member of a physicians’ association that has publicized bunk medical theories, including links between vaccines and autism as well as abortion and breast cancer. A 2003 conference sponsored by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons even said that HIV did not cause AIDS. “I am not a newcomer to AAPS,” Paul told the group in 2009 while he was running for the U.S. Senate. Paul added that he’d been a member for more than two decades—and in the words of The New York Times—“relied on its research, statistics, and views about the role of government in medicine.” Paul told the Times on Tuesday he wasn’t anti-vaccination despite saying that he had heard from parents whose children had suffered “profound mental disorders” after being vaccinated. “That’s not what I said. I said I’ve heard of people who’ve had vaccines and they see a temporal association and they believe that.”

PENTAGON STUDY: PUTIN HAS ASPERGER’S: A 2008 Pentagon study obtained by USA Today on Wednesday theorizes that Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder that falls on the autism spectrum. The report, written by the Office of Net Assessment, suggests the Russian leader has “an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions,” though the report authors also note they could not prove that without studying him physically. Brenda Connors, an expert in movement pattern analysis, said in the report that the findings are based on studying Putin’s movement, which say “the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality.”

HARPER LEE’S NEW BOOK IS A BEST-SELLER: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman won’t even be published until July 14, but it is already No. 1 on Amazon’s bestsellers list. Pre-orders have sent sales of the sequel to her beloved To Kill a Mockingbird skyrocketing, and Amazon has already discounted the hardcover by 40 percent to $16.79.

UNIVERSAL’S STEVE JOBS MOVIE GETS FALL 2015 RELEASE DATE: Director Danny Boyle’s headline-making Steve Jobs biopic will hit theaters this fall. The film, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder, has been given an Oct. 9, 2015, release date, Universal said on Wednesday. Seth Rogen also stars in the title as co-founder Steve Wozniak. The biopic will open on a busy weekend. Warner Bros. Vacation reboot, Relativity’s Halle Berry thriller Kidnap and Buena Vista’s Coast Guard film, The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine, are all slated to debut on Oct. 9 as well. The Jobs biopic was originally set up at Sony, but Universal announced that it had picked up the film on Nov. 24 of last year. Before Fassbender eventually nabbed the lead role, multiple actors had been attached to star as Jobs in the film, including Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio. The biopic also made news in December after being the subject of hacked email correspondence between Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal, producer Scott Rudin and writer Sorkin.

‘FIFTY SHADES’: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTIVISTS WANT BOYCOTT, SUPPORT FOR BATTERED WOMEN: A grassroots campaign, launched last week and gaining steam on social media, is urging moviegoers to boycott Fifty Shades of Grey and use the money they would spend on tickets, popcorn and drinks ($50) to support a domestic violence shelter or agency. “The money you would have spent on movie tickets and a babysitter or movie tickets, popcorn and drinks will go towards serving victims of abusive relationships like the one glamorized in the 50 Shades series,” the #50dollarsnot50shades campaign says on its Facebook page. “Hollywood doesn’t need your money; abused women do.” A grassroots campaign, launched last week and gaining steam on social media, is urging moviegoers to boycott Fifty Shades of Grey and use the money they would spend on tickets, popcorn and drinks ($50) to support a domestic violence shelter or agency. “The money you would have spent on movie tickets and a babysitter or movie tickets, popcorn and drinks will go towards serving victims of abusive relationships like the one glamorized in the 50 Shades series,” the #50dollarsnot50shades campaign says on its Facebook page. “Hollywood doesn’t need your money; abused women do.”

MAYWEATHER DENIED ENTRY TO AUSTRALIA OVER CRIMINAL PAST: Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s plans to appear at events Down Under this week have come to a halt. The 37-year-old boxer was denied a visa to enter Australia because of his history of domestic violence, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The visa was denied just hours before he was set to fly to the country on a private plane with a 30-person entourage. Mayweather was scheduled to appear at two pricey dinners in Australia on Thursday and Friday nights.

BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z MOVING TO LA: The king and queen of Brooklyn are planting their roots out west. Beyoncé and Jay Z are looking for a Los Angeles pad after enrolling daughter Blue Ivy, 3, in an elite private school’s pricey preschool program that costs a staggering $15,080 a year, reports TMZ. The family of three is currently camped out at a Beverly Hills hotel while they look for a luxe estate on the west side of the city, an area that includes swanky Beverly Hills and Bel-Air.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Confederate States of America Established (1861)

Although Abraham Lincoln had stated his willingness to tolerate slavery where it currently existed, his election as US president precipitated the secession of several Southern states. South Carolina, the first to secede, was soon followed out of the Union by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. On February 4, 1861, delegates from the seceding states met in Alabama to organize a provisional government.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasion actor whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by fans and peers alike to be “The Godfather of Shock Rock”; he has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a theatrical and macabre brand of rock designed to shock people.

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ISIS BURNS JORDANIAN PILOT ALIVE: ISIS published several photos Tuesday allegedly showing captive Jordanian pilot Muadh al Kasabeh being burned alive inside. Kasabeh was captured by ISIS in December after his F-16 crashed on the banks of the Euphrates River in Syria. ISIS said last month it would release Kasabeh (and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto) if Jordan freed Sajida al Rishawi, a failed suicide bomber in jail since the 2005 bombing of hotels in Amman. Jordan agreed to the prisoner exchange but wanted “proof of life” on al-Ksasbah first. When ISIS didn’t offer such proof—and it’s not immediately clear when this new execution was recorded—it executed Goto, who was forced to say al-Ksasbah would die next. Jordan promised to execute ISIS prisoners if Kasabehwas killed.

JORDAN PAID CHRISTIE’S $30K HOTEL TAB: Gov. Chris Christie likes to live large on other people’s dime, The New York Times reports. Christie let King Abdullah of Jordan pay for a family trip to the country, which included a stay at a hotel that cost around $30,000. In 2012, Christie flew to Israel on a luxurious private jet loaned to him by mogul Sheldon Adelson, who was also opposing legislation to legalize online gambling in New Jersey at the time. Christie later signed that bill into law. “I relish these experiences and exposures, especially for my kids,” Christie said last year. “I try to squeeze all the juice out of the orange that I can.”

U.K. VOTES TO OK ‘THREE-PERSON BABIES’: The British House of Commons voted Tuesday 382-128 to allow the creation of babies from three people—sort of. The technique concerns mitochondrial DNA, which governs energy production in cells and is only passed on by the mother. Defective mitochondria can lead to organ failure, blindness, and epilepsy. About 1 in 5,000 children in the U.S. inherit a defective one. The technique allows a woman to donate her healthy mitochondria to the mother’s DNA, which fixes the energy problem but keeps the other 99.99 percent of genes untouched. That egg is then mated with male sperm in IVF. The British House of Lords must approve the measure before it becomes law.

9,000 REFUSED VACCINES IN NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s comments about vaccines being a parental choice have caused controversy for the presidential prospect this week, but his constituents appear to agree with him. During the 2013-2014 school year, New Jersey received 9,000 cases of religious exemptions from vaccinations. That marked a four-fold increase from the 2005-6 school year. Olivia Nuzzi reports Christie said he stood with parents concerned about vaccines while he was running for office in 2009 and said he would give them greater freedom to refuse inoculations.

OBAMA ASKS NSA TO DELETE INFO: President Obama on Tuesday will order new rules for the National Security Agency that require analyists to delete data on Americans and foreigners they may “incidentially collect about Americans that has no intelligence purpose,” in the words of the New York Times (our emphasis added). The NSA would have to do the same to data on foreigners within five years. There is no word on what constitutes an “intelligence purpose” but if history is any guide, the intelligence community will interpret “intelligence purpose” as broadly as possible.

DRUGS FOUND DURING SECOND SEARCH OF BOBBI KRISTINA’S HOME: A second search of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Georgia home turned up illegal drugs that weren’t found during an initial sweep, loved ones of the stricken 21-year-old said. The daughter of late pop diva Whitney Houston remained in a medically induced coma Tuesday after she was found unconscious in her bathtub in Roswell, Ga., on Saturday. Bobbi Kristina’s mom, Houston, died on Feb. 11, 2012. The famed 48-year-old singer was found unconscious in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was staying for the Grammys.

SUGE KNIGHT PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDER, OTHER CHARGES: Death Row Records founder Suge Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and other charges filed after he struck two men with his truck last week. The former rap music mogul appeared in a Compton court Tuesday and entered the plea. Knight is accused of intentionally running down two men, including a friend, in Compton on Thursday. However, his attorney James Blatt has said the collision was an accident that occurred as Knight was trying to flee an altercation in which he was assaulted. The 49-year-old Knight could face life in prison if convicted. On Monday, prosecutors charged Knight with killing 55-year-old Terry Carter and attempting to kill 51-year-old Cle “Bone” Sloan. Knight also faces two charges of hit-and-run.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past few years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people who are atheist, agnostic or without religious affiliation. A fifth of all adults and a third of the youngest adults fit into this category.As secularism becomes more prominent and self-confident, its spokesmen have more insistently argued that secularism should not be seen as an absence — as a lack of faith — but rather as a positive moral creed. Phil Zuckerman, a Pitzer College sociologist, makes this case as fluidly and pleasurably as anybody in his book, “Living the Secular Life.”

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SUPER BOWL EARNS HIGHEST RATINGS EVER: Super Bowl XLIX wasn’t only a success for the New England Patriots. NBC also scored big with the Super Bowl earning its highest overnight ratings in history. It delivered a 49.7 overnight rating, which was in no small part to the tight game. The Pats scored two unanswered fourth-quarter touchdowns and staved off a last-minute miracle catch to win Super Bowl XLIX, 28-24. With 2:02 left, Russell Wilson marched the Seattle Seahawks down the field, complete with a miracle catch by Jermaine Kearse, who snared a tipped ball from the ground. But with the ball at the 1-yard line, Seattle Coach Pete Carroll opted to throw the ball with less than 30 seconds left. New England DB Malcolm Butler picked off Wilson’s pass to finish the game and give the Patriots their fourth Super Bowl victory. Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record with 37 completions and four TDs on 328 yards. Julian Edelman caught nine passes for 109 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

 

DEPARTING FROM JAPAN’S PACIFISM, SHINZO ABE VOWS REVENGE FOR KILLINGS: When Islamic State militants posted a video over the weekend showing the grisly killing of a Japanese journalist, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted with outrage, promising “to make the terrorists pay the price.” Such vows of retribution may be common in the West when leaders face extremist violence, but they have been unheard of in confrontation-averse Japan — until now. The prime minister’s call for revenge after the killings of the journalist, Kenji Goto, and another hostage, Haruna Yukawa, raised eyebrows even in the military establishment, adding to a growing awareness here that the crisis could be a watershed for this long pacifist country. “Japan has not seen this Western-style expression in its diplomacy before,” Akihisa Nagashima, a former vice minister of defense, wrote on Twitter. “Does he intend to give Japan the capability to back up his words?”

 

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL SEES MORE WINTER: In news that isn’t surprising to anyone alive, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter. The groundhog is the go-to woodland creature for making U.S. seasonal weather predictions. Versions of Punxsutawney Phil have been forecasting winter weather since 1887, and Phil has failed to see his shadow only 17 of those years. In related news, the Northeast is bracing for its second major snowstorm of the season, and Chicago got more than a foot over the weekend.

 

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U.S. CONSIDERING SENDING ARMS TO UKRAINE: After weeks of reversals for Ukrainian forces, the Obama administration is “taking a fresh look” at sending them lethal aid, The New York Times reports. Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s military commander, is said to support the move, though President Obama has not made any decisions. So far the United States has sent only “non-lethal” aid to Ukraine, including body armor, worried that offering more would trigger retaliation from Russia. A report to be released Monday by eight former senior U.S. officials recommends sending $3 billion in defensive arms and equipment to Ukraine.

 

10K PROTESTERS HIT HONG KONG STREETS: More than 10,000 people returned to Hong Kong’s financial district to demand democratic reforms, several weeks after 2014’s mass rallies were silenced. Carrying their trademark umbrellas, Hong Kong residents took to the streets Sunday to continue their demand for open elections in 2017, a sign that the cry for change would not fade away. Unlike the bigger protests that drew attention late last year, the crowd pushing for Beijing to change its election laws for Hong Kong tended to be older. “By being here today, we can tell the government officials they don’t have public opinion on their side,” said Ann Wong, a mother who brought her teenage children with her.

 

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183 BROTHERHOOD BACKERS PUT ON DEATH ROW: Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters were issued death sentences by an Egyptian court on Monday. The 183 men were accused of being involved in killing more than a dozen police officers stationed outside Cairo in an August 2013 attack in response to the ousting of then-President Mohammed Morsi. Of the group convicted, 34 were tried in abstentia. The trial was the latest in Egypt’s mass crackdown against those linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. Thousands have been arrested and tried, which human-rights advocates say is a sign the Egyptian government is actively stiffling competition and oppressing political groups.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Parmesan cheese originated in the area around Parma, Italy. Italians also created many other cheeses, including gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta. No one knows when the pizza was invented, but the people of Naples made it popular.

 

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MARY TYLER MOORE: ‘JUST LET ME DIE!’: TV legend Mary Tyler Moore has uttered the heartbreaking words that her fans never wanted to hear: “I’m ready … just let me die!” Sources shared the actress’ devastating secret as her family seemed to be preparing for the end after quietly marking Mary’s 78th birthday on Dec. 29. With Mary helplessly locked in the throes of dementia, loved ones gathered at the Connecticut mansion she shares with her devoted husband, Dr. Robert Levine. “A birthday cake was brought in, and a few very close friends were on hand to wish Mary well. But she’s faded so badly that she didn’t even know there was a celebration going on,” a source said.

 

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TOO MUCH SALT, SUGAR IN TODDLER FOOD: Some packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain concerning amounts of additional salt and sugar that could contribute to an early appetite for unhealthy foods that lead to obesity, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Monday. The study probed labels on more than 1,000 foods marketed for young children, and found that about seven in 10 meals examined contained extra salt while most cereal bars, breakfast pastries, and other snacks for toddlers contained additional sugar. The CDC urges parents to carefully read food labels and look for healthier alternatives, pointing out that one in four U.S. kids ages 2 to 5 are overweight or obese while nearly 80 percent of children age 1 to 3 exceed the recommended level of daily salt. Researchers collected data on food items available in 2012, but insist their data is the most recent available on commercial foods for young children. The Grocery Manufacturers of America trade group, which includes makers of toddler food, issued a statement that said the study “does not accurately reflect the wide range of healthy choices available in today’s marketplace.”

 
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DSK’S ‘AGGRAVATED PIMPING’ TRIAL IS SET: Dominique Strauss-Kahn will appear in court Monday to face “aggravated pimping” charges. The former IMF chief is accused of helping to procure prostitutes at a hotel in Lille and hiring them for sex parties in the city, as well in Paris and Washington, D.C. Strauss-Kahn will appear in court alongside accused brothel owner “Dodo the Pimp.” Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers are claiming that although he attended these sex parties, he did not realize the women were prostitutes. The case marks Strauss-Kahn’s latest sexual allegation. He has previously faced accusations of gang rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault.

 

AILING NANCY REAGAN AT DEATH’S DOOR: Former First Lady Nancy Reagan cared for an ailing Ronald Reagan until his death in 2004 – and now the matriarch is bravely facing her own final days. “Nancy has gotten her house in order so she can die with no regrets and no unfinished business,” family insiders said. “She’s still sharp mentally, but her body is failing her. Her heart is getting weaker, and her physical strength is nearly gone,” said one source. Saddest for Nancy, the 93-year- old is mostly confined to a wheelchair – and can no longer walk the grounds of the Bel Air, Calif., estate where the Reagans have lived since leaving the White House in 1989.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jack Nicholson was a legendary partyboy and womanizer, but the aged actor is now a lonely and disheveled shut-in behind the walls of his Hollywood mansion. In a bombshell interview, Jack’s longtime party pal Harry Dean Stanton revealed that his old friend has become “pretty reclusive” after a life of Los Angeles Lakers basketball games, drug-fueled boozy parties and posing for paparazzi on the arms of beautiful starlets. The 88-year-old Harry – who made several films with Jack and served as best man at his wedding to Sandra Knight – confessed that Jack has settled down at the age of 77, preferring a dreary routine of afternoon naps, drinking milk and sedate new hobbies like painting.   ***Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was moved to a new hospital Sunday, amid conflicting reports about how she is doing after being found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday. Brown, 21, whose superstar singer mom was found dead in a bathtub almost three years ago, was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Ga., about 25 miles north of downtown Atlanta.   ***Surveillance footage of a parking lot brawl between rap mogul Suge Knight and industry rivals could help determine whether the thug intentionally hit and killed his pal Terry Carter, 51, with his car. Authorities are reviewing video footage that could show all or part of Friday’s fatal fight, which stemmed from bad blood between Knight, 49, and his former business partner Dr. Dre, at a burger joint in Compton, Calif., TMZ reported.   ***It’s official — Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are having a baby. “Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes!” the singer wrote Saturday — his 34th birthday — in the caption to an Instagram photo of himself kissing his actress wife’s pregnant belly.   ***Multimillionaire Tumblr founder ­David Karp is back on the singles market. The 28-year-old tech whiz kid and long-term girlfriend Rachel Eakley split late last year. Eakley, a graduate student and chef, acknowledged the separation on her Tumblr page, Library Sciences, posting a message from a user commiserating over the breakup.

 

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Sunday • February 1, 2015

SUPER BOWL THE FINAL ACT OF THE NFL’S WORST SEASON: Domestic violence. Questionable discipline. Player safety. Confusing officiating. Deflated footballs. The disturbing headlines that began last February never slowed down for the NFL this season. The problems — most of them made worse by the ineffectual handling — mushroomed into an imperfect storm that hurt the league’s credibility and turned the lead-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl into a time for damage control, not celebration. “It was one crisis and PR challenge after another and I didn’t envy Roger Goodell at all” said media expert and author Michael Levine.

JORDAN RENEWS PRISONER SWAP OFFER: Jordan has renewed its offer on Sunday of an al Qaeda prisoner for a Jordanian fighter pilot. The news of the renewed offer comes a day after ISIS released a video purportedly showing the militants beheading a Japanese hostage, the journalist Kenji Goto. The video made no mention of the pilot. ISIS has demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi who is facing execution for her role in triple hotel bombings in Jordan in 2005. Jordan, however, says it cannot free her without proof the pilot is alive.

BROWN IN MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA: After being found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston, has been placed in a medically induced coma, sources said to CNN. Brown, 21, was found Saturday morning in her townhouse outside Atlanta by a man identified as her husband. According to a police spokeswoman, it is currently being treated as a medical incident and investigators have found nothing to indicate it was drug or alcohol-related

MONSTERS – ISIS REPORTEDLY KILLS JAPANESE CAPTIVE: ISIS militants have reportedly beheaded captive Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, based on a video posted on jihadi websites on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. Unlike previous videos featuring Goto, this one purportedly included the trappings of ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State. The video has not been independently verified, but talks between Japan, Jordan and the terrorists have reportedly been deadocked, with ISIS demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a failed female suicide bomber who attacked a wedding party in Amman, Jordan in 2005. ISIS is also holding a Jordanian fighter pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who they threatened to kill by Thursday if al-Rishawi was not released. The Jordanian government was reportedly willing to release the woman in exchange for both captives, but have not received any proof that al-Kaseasbeh is still alive. With the release of today’s video, hopes are fading for the pilot’s fate.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Mozart

1.     In 2002, on the one-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, choirs around the world sang Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor for 24 hours in a global effort to honor those who died.

2.     By the age of 3, Mozart had learned to play a clavier, which was an old-fashioned stringed instrument that had a keyboard. By the age of 5, he was playing the harpsichord and violin as well as a professional. He was playing in front of royalty when he was just 6 years old. Mozart was a rare musical genius.

3.     Mozart could write music before he could write words.

4.     Mozart wrote half the number of total symphonies he would create between the ages of 8 and 19.

5.     Mozart’s nickname was “Wolfie.”

6.     Rocker Eddie Van Halen named his son “Wolfgang van Halen” in honor of Mozart.

7.     Ludwig von Köchel (1800–1877) produced the first scholarly catalog of the works of Mozart.

8.     Mozart composed his last symphony (no. 41) in 1788. It is known as the “Jupiter” symphony.

9.     In the largest-ever recording project devoted to a single composure, Philips Classic produced 180 compact discs in 1991 containing the complete set of authenticated works by Mozart. It comprises over 200 hours of music and would take over 6.5 feet of shelving.

10.  The soundtrack to the1984 film Amadeus made it to #56 on the Billboard album charts, making it one of the most successful classical music albums ever.

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MEDIA EXPERT NOTES FOOTBALL FANDOM SPIKING OUTSIDE US: According to media expert and author Michael Levine, interest in American football is surging in Russia, China, and elsewhere. In just the last few years, the National Football League has gained tens of millions of new fans in the Russian and Chinese markets, in addition to rising enthusiasm in the UK said Levine. Levine says that the game-changer for adding converts to the “other” football appears to be increased access to subscription packages, which allow fans to watch live games from their homes—even if they’re on other continents.

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS 5TH AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1 seed, has won his fifth Australian Open after beating sixth-seed Andy Murray in four sets. The win, which took nearly four hours, puts Djokovic just one behind the record in Australia, which is held by Roy Emerson.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INISDER: ***“American Sniper” is nearing the $250 million mark, picking up $31.8 million to set a new Super Bowl weekend record. The previous high-water mark for football’s big weekend, was “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour,” which picked up $31.2 million when it premiered in 2008.

AARON RODGERS NAMED NFL MVP: Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers has been named the NFL’s MVP for the second time after throwing for 38 touchdowns and a league-low five interceptions this season. He beat out Houston’s J.J. Watt, who took home the top defensive player award. On Sunday, the Hall of Fame announced that eight players had been selected this year. The list includes former linebacker Junior Seau, running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end Charles Haley, contributor Bill Polian, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff, and contributor Ron Wolf.

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QUITTERS PREFER E-CIGS OVER GUM: Roughly a third of British smokers trying to quit were using e-cigarettes, a new survey from the University College London, claims. That is twice as many people as those who use government-approved nicotine gums, lozenges, and patches. Similar data is not available in the U.S. E-cigaretts are metal tubes that heat liquids usually laced with nicotine and then deliver a vapor when sucked. While they are banned from marketing themselves in the U.S. as smoking cessation devices, e-cigarette manufacturers have increasingly seen their devices popularity skyrocket for just that purpose. The U.S. market for “vapor devices” grew in 2014 by 40-50 percent to $3 billion.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones stepped out together at the Phoenix House Public Service Award dinner Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC. Onlookers said the couple, who split briefly in 2013 but have since reconciled, looked “happy” and were “all smiles” during the evening.

CREATOR OF ‘THE PILL’ DIES AT 91: Carl Djerassi, the chemist known as the creator of “the pill,” died at his home in San Francisco on Friday at the age of 91. Djerassi, who came to America at the age of 16 as an Austrian Jewish refugee, synthesized the hormone that changed the world by creating the key ingredient in the oral contraceptive. He died of complications from liver and bone cancer.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Boris Yeltsin (1931)

Yeltsin became Russia’s first democratically elected president in 1991. A populist advocate of radical reform, he embarked on a program of “shock therapy” just days after the dissolution of the USSR, converting the world’s largest socialist planned economy into a market-oriented capitalist one. The skyrocketing prices, heavy taxes, and credit crunch that followed produced a protracted depression that devastated Russia.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: The two scariest words in Washington are “bipartisan consensus” – it’s like when my doctor and my lawyer agree with my wife that I need help. What if President Obama and the Republicans controlling Congress really did cooperate?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: When the Mitt Romney documentary premiered here at the Sundance Film Festival last year, one member of the audience was especially charmed by the candidate up on the screen. That guy is great, Mitt Romney thought to himself. That guy should be running for president. It was an “Aha” moment that came to him belatedly at age 66, after two failed presidential runs that cost more than $1 billion. Mitt had a revelation that he should have run his races as Mitt — with all the goofiness, Mormonism, self-doubt and self-mockery thrown into the crazy salad

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: One of the great heroes of the 20th century was Auschwitz prisoner No. 4859, who volunteered to be there. Witold Pilecki, an officer in the Polish resistance to the Nazi regime, deliberately let himself be captured by the Germans in 1940 so that he could gather information about Hitler’s concentration camps. Inside Auschwitz, he set up resistance cells — even as he almost died of starvation, torture and disease.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: President Obama barely mentioned terrorism in his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, spending a couple of minutes on the subject. It was actually the first time since 9/11 that a president failed to mention Al Qaeda – you remember them – and of course the term “Islamic terrorism” was completely off limits. Instead of violent terrorism, President Obama preferred to focus on the slowly recuperating economy and a panoply of new proposals that would take from the productive in order to give “free” stuff to everybody else.  Hey, playing Robin Hood is fun. You get to be loved by just about everyone, especially the recipients of your largesse. It’s far tougher being the Sheriff of Nottingham, tasked with finding and capturing the terrorists lurking in our global forest.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The Manhattan mistress of married “60 Minutes’’ newsman Steve Kroft sent him sexy lingerie photos during their affair, but he insisted she dress low-key — like “Laura Bush” — with him in public to keep things hush-hush, according to newly revealed texts. A source close to Kroft’s lover  said that the TV hotshot was “really paranoid about right-wing zealots” finding out about their affair and using the tawdry details to try to destroy his career and CBS.   ***Jennifer Aniston isn’t letting being snubbed for an Oscar for her lead role in “Cake” get her down. She was spotted “laughing and having a great time” on a girls’ night out with Chelsea Handler, Sandra Bullock and three other women at Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood on Thursday night.

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Saturday • January 31, 2015

WOW! BRUCE JENNER IS TRANSITIONING INTO WOMAN: People magazine confirms that former Olympian Bruce Jenner is transitioning to life as a woman. “Bruce is transitioning to a woman,” a source “close to the family” told the magazine. “He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he’s doing. He’s in such a great space. That’s why it’s the perfect time to do something like this.” The 65-year-old is also reportedly filming his journey for a docu-series on E!

CIA, MOSSAD KILLED SR. HEZBOLLAH FIGURE: A senior Hezbollah figure was reportedly killed in a car bombing arranged by the United States and Israel in 2008. Imad Mughniyah, international operations chief for Hezbollah, was killed by a bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of an SUV on a quiet street in Damascus. The bomb was triggered remotely by agents with Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service. “The way it was set up, the U.S. could object and call it off, but it could not execute,” a former U.S. intelligence official told The Washington Post. The U.S. also helped build the bomb and tested it around 25 times at a CIA facility to make sure the blast area was contained and would not cause collateral damage.

ROMNEY HID DECISION NOT TO RUN: According to two people close to Mitt Romney, he decided last weekend that he wouldn’t run for president in 2016 but kept the decision private until Thursday. Romney apparently had already chosen not to run for president when he spoke in Mississippi on Wednesday about combating poverty and fighting Hillary Clinton. On Thursday night, he told 10 close advisors he wouldn’t run and then blasted out an email for an “update call” to be held Friday morning. Romney’s son, Tagg, explained that his father was not ready for such a tough race, even though he assumed he’d win the Republican nomination.

A STRAINED ALLIANCE: OBAMA-NETANYAHU RIFT GREW OVER YEARS: For six years, the pattern has been the same. A dispute between American and Israeli leaders spills out into the open. Analysts declare the relationship in crisis. Then the two sides try to tamp down emotions and argue that the rupture is not as dire as it looks. In the latest falling-out between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the first part of the pattern has certainly held — but not the second. This time, senior officials in both Washington and Jerusalem are making little effort to paper over the seriousness of the rift and even less, it seems, to try to repair it. The diplomatic break touched off by Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to negotiate an address to Congress without first telling Mr. Obama is about much more than a speech. It reflects fundamentally different world views between the leaders of two longtime allies: an American president eager for a historic rapprochement with Iran and an Israeli premier nursing an existential fear of a nuclear-armed enemy.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Urine

1.     The word “urine” is from the Latin urina, which is from the variant of the Proto-Indo-European root *awer, meaning “to moisten, flow.”

2.     Some women in ancient Rome drank turpentine (which can be poisonous) because it made their urine smell like roses.

3.     In ancient Egypt and Ireland, women stood to urinate. It was the men who sat or squatted.

4.     In many Muslim countries, both men and women sit or squat to pee. They think standing up to urinate is something dogs, not humans, do.

5.     In ancient China, both men and women stood up to urinate. Chinese noblemen would urinate into hollow canes so the urine would flow far way from their bodies.

6.     Approximately 200 years ago, European women urinated standing up. They wore long dresses and no underpants.

7.     Each year in Canada, about 225 men fall overboard and drown as a consequence of standing up in a boat to urinate overboard.

8.     Ancient Roman spies used urine as invisible ink to write secrets between the lines of their official documents, hence the saying: “read between the lines.” The messages appeared only when heated.

9.     The word “piss” is an onomatopoetic term for urine and has been used since before the 14th century.

10.  American pioneers treated earaches by pouring warm urine in their ears and then plugging them with cloth.

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OHIO DELAYS ALL EXECUTIONS: The executions of six inmates have been postponed for one year in Ohio. The Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections bumped them to make time for new execution protocols. The state will no longer used a two-drug injection that caused controversy when witnesses say an inmate choked and struggled during its use last year. There has been a hold on executions since then. Instead, it will return to single overdoses, if supplies are available.

TIGER WOODS SHOOTS WORST SCORE AS PRO: Tiger Woods shot the worst score of his professional career on Friday, missing the cut for a second consecutive PGA Tour event. Woods made bogey on his last hole for an 11-over-par 82. “We all have days like this,” Woods said. “Unfortunately, mine was in a public forum. We take the good with the bad, and the thing is, even on bad days like this, just keep fighting. On the good days, you’ve got to keep fighting as well.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Tortoises in the Mojave Desert store up to 1/3 of their body weight in urine. When they need water, the water in their urine flows back into their bodies while the waste remains and expels.

HEIDI MONTAG’S DAD ARRESTED: Heidi Montag’s father, Bill Montag, was arrested Thursday night in Colorado for alleged sexual abuse and incest with a 13-year-old girl. A complaint claims Montag abused the girl, who is now 17, at least 50 times between 1993 and 1998. The complaint describes the last incident as a night when Montag crawled into bed with the girl and attempted to have sex with her, but she rebuffed his advances. TMZ cites sources “who are very close to Heidi and [her husband] Spencer” who say the girl has stalked them at public appearances. The couple apparently believe Montag will be exonerated.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Pregnant Liv Tyler dining with a friend at Cipriani in NYC on Thursday.   ***Kevin Durant with his manager and two other associates from Roc Nation dining at Philippe on the Upper East Side in NYC earlier this week .   ***“The Americans” star Matthew Rhys at the New York Rangers-Montreal Canadiens game at Madison Square Garden Thursday .   ***Chester “Chet Haze” Hanks, the rapper and musician son of Tom Hanks, at the Leonora, seeing Boogie Dash, son of Damon, spin tunes .    ***Media expert and author Michael Levine having dinner last night at the Ivy on the Shore in Santa Monica.  Also, there at the same time was legendary manager Jeff Wald and his family celebrating his birthday.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Marketing in the Digital Age will subject in the next excel report lunch series on Sunday, February 8th at 12pm. Guest speaker will be marketing strategist Craig Valine. The lunch will be held in the private room of Louise’s Trattoria in West L.A.

SUPER BOWL FLYOVER COSTS TAXPAYERS $80K: At a Department of Defense press briefing on Friday, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. Kirby admitted that the Thunderbird jets’ Super Bowl flyover will cost “something in the neighborhood of $80,000” to taxpayers. “It’s not an exorbitant cost, and I would you know, obviously remind you that we stand to gain the benefit,” Kirby said. “And there’s an exposure benefit from having the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over a well-known, famous team, and that certainly helps us in terms of keeping our exposure out there for the American people.”

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LBN-COMMENTARTY by Stuart Stevens: Running for president is a lot like trying to make it to the Super Bowl. It’s terribly difficult to get there and once you do, half the teams lose. I’ve been around a number of presidential candidates and even seeing their stress and pressure first hand, it would be wildly presumptuous to say I know what they experienced. Standing on the sidelines in an NFL game, you may get an up close look at the violence and velocity but it’s never the same as being the one out on the field hitting at the highest level.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: A few years back, an acerbic friend of mine who was a recent transplant to Los Angeles told me that she itched to write a satirical novel with the following narrative: A group of wealthy, educated people in Santa Monica who deliberately didn’t vaccinate their children subsequently take them on a “poor-ism” trip to a developing country. The goal is to make them wiser and more sensitive to suffering in the world. While being sensitized, the kids catch diseases that they could have been inoculated against. Some of them die.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***“Money never sleeps”, and neither, apparently, does Wall Street intern-turned-wannabe porn star Veronica Vain. Just two weeks after she posted her infamous seminude farewell selfies from her job interning in the alternative-investments marketing group at Lazard Asset Management, Vain’s boasting of landing a six-figure deal to star in her first porn film, charmingly titled, “Screwing Wall Street.”   ***Val Kilmer was rushed to the hospital earlier this week with a suspected throat tumor, TMZ reported Friday. Paramedics were called to the 55-year-old’s Malibu, Calif., residence on Monday after the actor began bleeding from his throat, the site reports. Doctors performed surgery on Kilmer at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

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Friday • January 30, 2015

BIG SURPRISE! – OFFICIALS: DETAINEE SWAPPED FOR BERGDAHL SUSPECTED OF MILITANT ACTIVITIES:

The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar, CNN has learned.

The development has led to an ongoing debate inside the administration about whether there is a new threat from this man, and potentially the other four.

This is the first known suggestion that any of the detainees involved in the exchange may be trying to engage again in militant activity. It comes at a politically sensitive time as the administration has quickened the pace of prisoner release in an effort to encourage the closure of the Guantanamo, and the Army must decide in the coming weeks whether and how to punish Bergdahl for leaving his post.

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Friday • January 30, 2015

YIKES! MORE SPENDING! OBAMA CALLS FOR SURGE IN SPENDING: President Barack Obama asked Congress on Thursday to toss out sweeping budget cuts agreed upon four years ago and called for a surge in government spending. Speaking to House Democrats in Philadelphia, where they gathered for their annual retreat, Obama proposed $74 billion in additional spending, splitting it evenly between defense programs and domestic issues. “We need to stand up and go on offensive and not be defensive about what we believe in,” Obama said. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president’s spending proposal would be “fully paid for” by closing tax loopholes, cutting inefficient programs, and a few other tax tweaks. Earnest said those tweaks would not only pay for increased spending but also counter middle-class tax cuts Obama wants to create or expand. Republicans have promised a balanced-budget blueprint this spring, and are focused primarily on reversing restrictions on military spending. Obama and Democrats are looking to spend more domestic money on education, research, health care, and infrastructure, but GOP lawmakers argue that spending in so many more areas would reverse the reductions in the annual deficit.

MITT ROMNEY WON’T RUN IN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Mitt Romney said Friday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, shared his decision on a conference call with a small group of advisers. In a second call to a larger group of supporters, Mr. Romney said, “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.”

SUGE KNIGHT ARRESTED FOR MURDER: Rap mogul Suge Knight has been arrested for allegedly killing a man in a hit-and-run in Compton, California. Knight is accused of running over two men with his truck Thursday afternoon after an argument on the film set of Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the group NWA. The confrontation began around 3 p.m., when Knight and two men began arguing, said the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. About 20 minutes after the alleged argument on set, the victims visited a burger shack where Knight is reported to have followed them before running them over in the parking lot, officials said. Witnesses said the truck hit the men, then backed over them before leaving the scene. One man was killed, the other severely injured.

MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT GOVERNMENT ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, POLL FINDS: An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future. In a finding that could have implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, the poll also found that two-thirds of Americans say they are more likely to vote for political candidates who campaign on fighting climate change. They are less likely to vote for candidates who question or deny the science of human-caused global warming.

NFL CLAIMS CONCUSSIONS ARE DOWN: Just a few days before the Super Bowl, the NFL has announced the number of concussions fell 11.8 percent from last season due to new rules on helmet-to-helmet tackles. A total of 202 concussions were diagnosed in both preseason and regular-season games, as well as practice, compared with 229 last season. Overall since 2011, concussions have dropped 19.8 percent. The league also noted that the number of knee injuries has stayed .

FATE OF ISIS HOSTAGES UNKNOWN: A day after the purported deadline for a prisoner swap passed, the fates of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday. “Government institutions are working around the clock on the case of pilot Muadh al Kasasbeh,” Jordanian military spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement. “We will inform you of any developments in due time.” The pair have been held captive by ISIS and their lives offered in exchange for the release of a female suicide bomber. “There is nothing I can tell you,” government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters, while stressing the “strong trust” Japan had in Jordan to aid in saving the hostages.

U.S. ECONOMY GREW 2.6% IN 2014: U.S. economic growth cooled off somewhat in the fourth quarter of last year, as GDP expanded 2.5 percent compared to the expected 3 percent for 2014. However, thanks to strong 5 percent growth in the third quarter, the U.S. GDP grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate for 2014, the best year since 2010. Another positive sign: consumer spending grew in the fourth quarter at the fastest pace since 2006.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Public investors proved ravenous for shares in Shake Shack, as the burger-and-fries chain opened for trading on Friday at $47, more than double an initial public offering price that had already exceeded expectations. The company is now worth more than $1.6 billion — a far cry from its first incarnation as a humble hot dog cart in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park in NYC.   ***When Microsoft stock was at a record high in 1999, and its market capitalization was nearly $620 billion, the notion that Apple Computer would ever be bigger — let alone twice as big — was laughable. Apple was teetering on bankruptcy. And Microsoft’s operating system was so dominant in personal computers, then the center of the technology universe, that the government deemed the company an unlawful monopoly. This week, both Microsoft and Apple unveiled their latest earnings, and the once unthinkable became reality: Apple’s market capitalization hit $683 billion, more than double Microsoft’s current value of $338 billion.

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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-NOTICED: ***Jodie Foster at dinner with wife Alexandra Hedison at Marc Murphy’s Landmarc at Time Warner Center in NYC.   ***John Catsimatidis having lunch at Incognito Bistro  in NYC.   ***Bruce Jenner at the Malibu Country Mart Starbucks, where he was “friendly and engaging with all the customers”.   ***Comedian Mario Cantone and his husband, musical theater director Jerry Dixon, celebrating a friend’s birthday at the Sea Fire Grill in NYC.   ***Michael J. Fox and Uma Thurman dining separately at Stephen Starr’s Upland on Park Avenue South in NYC.   ***Popular relator Cathy Byrd having lunch yesterday at the new Palm in Beverly Hills.   ***Make-up artist Melanie Manson having coffee at Starbucks on Robertson and Pico in Beverly Hills yesterday.   ***Living Art Aquatic owner Ron Rheingold having dinner at the Water Grill restaurant in Santa Monica.   ***Attorney Dan Petrocelli and his wife Allison having dinner at Toscana restaurant in Brentwood last week.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Companies are increasingly adding vitamins and minerals to juices, sports drinks and bottled water, responding to a growing consumer demand for these products. Even though the amounts of added nutrients in these drinks are typically small, some nutrition scientists are concerned that through their overall diets, many people may be ingesting levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful. “You have vitamins and minerals that occur naturally in foods, and then you have people taking supplements, and then you have all these fortified foods,” said Mridul Datta, an assistant professor in the department of nutrition science at Purdue University. “It adds up to quite an excess. There’s the potential for people to get a lot more of these vitamins than they need.”

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: George Zimmerman will no longer be charged in connection with an aggravated assault case from earlier this month. State Attorney Phil Archer announced Friday that due to a recantation by the victim, Zimmerman won’t be charged for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his former girlfriend. According to police, the woman also said she was never in fear of him and that she does not want to proceed with a case.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882)

Elected to an unprecedented four presidential terms, Roosevelt guided the US through the Great Depression and World War II. He instituted the New Deal program to promote economic recovery and social reform and, as war spread in Europe, prepared for the possibility that the US would enter the war. When it finally did, he led the nation to the threshold of victory, dying in office less than a month before Germany’s surrender to the Allies.

LBN-COMMENTARY by James Joiner: Look, at some point in your life, you’ve looked one of your friends in the eyes and said “keep it real.” The difference between you, or your friend, and a certain 49-year-old record company mogul is that you haven’t been implicated in more crimes than your average gangsta rap album espouses.  Yes, Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr., kingpin of the prophetically, self-fulfillingly named Death Row Records, reportedly has struck again. As in, struck a dude, with his car, until he was dead. Apparently, according to bastion of journalism TMZ, Ol’ Sugar Bear—that’s what Suge is short for; sweet, eh?—was on set in Los Angeles for a promotional shoot for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton when he wound up in a fight with two crew members. One thing led to another, and Knight decided to get literally straight outta Compton, reversing into two men, one of whom reportedly died.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Letterman: More bad news for the New England Patriots. The NFL now has video of those deflated footballs alone in an elevator with Ray Rice.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: In the middle of 2013, the United States began supporting moderate rebels in Syria. We gave them just enough support to betray them.As Adam Entous reported in The Wall Street Journal earlier this week, we promised the fighters support but then never had the will to follow through. The C.I.A. gave the rebels just 5 percent to 20 percent of the arms they requested. One trusted commander asked for more than a thousand rifles and received fewer than 36. One commander got the equivalent of 16 bullets a month per fighter. The rebels captured dozens of tanks, but the C.I.A. wouldn’t provide cash for fuel or shells so the tanks just sat there.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Conan O’Brien: In a speech today, President Obama said that Michelle Obama is very strong and talented and she frequently tells him that he is wrong. As a result, Michelle Obama is now the Republican front-runner for 2016.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sumner Redstone was a no-show. The 91-year-old media mogul, who is said to be in poor health, failed to deliver his usual effusive praise of Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman during the company’s latest earnings call Thursday. The absence of the limelight-loving billionaire is bound to set off another round of speculation about the future of his media empire that spans entertainment powerhouses Viacom and CBS.   ***Comedian Amy Poehler was poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding Theatricals student group while receiving the annual Woman of the Year award from the troupe. Poehler joked at Thursday’s roast that she never expected to be feted by the Ivy League school that she raised a “middle finger” to whenever she passed by growing up in nearby Burlington, Massachusetts.

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Thursday • January 29, 2015

SUPER-HIGH! SEATTLE POT PRODUCER ROLLING OUT 12,000 JOINTS AHEAD OF SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: A Seattle-based medical marijuana retailer is anticipating Seahawks fans will want a “super bowl” for Sunday’s big game. That’s why employees at Solstice are working to roll a staggering number of joints — 12,000 in all — for its special “12th Pack” promotion ahead of Sunday, when the Seahawks face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. That works out to roughly 180 to 220 joints made during an eight-hour shift — double the normal pace, NBC affiliate KING5 reported. “It’s not like I go home with cramps or anything,” a smiling employee, Katy Filippone, told the station.

ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL CRITICIZES ISRAELI AMBASSADOR OVER NETANYAHU VISIT: The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House. The outrage the episode has incited within President Obama’s inner circle became clear in unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu’s political fortunes above the relationship between Israel and the United States

ISIS HOSTAGE DEADLINE HAS PASSED: Jordan have asked for proof of life before agreeing a prisoner swap with ISIS. The terror group’s sunset deadline has now passed without news of a deal. An audio message attributed to Japanese hostage Kenji Goto Jogo emerged overnight demanding that Jordan surrender terrorist Sajida al-Rishawi at the Turkish border by sunset Thursday, or Jordanian pilot Muadh al Kasabeh would be executed “immediately.” The video was distributed via ISIS-linked Twitter accounts. “We are trying to confirm [the message], but we think there is a high probability that this is Mr. Goto’s voice,” said Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga. He refused to comment on the status of Japan’s talks with Jordan, though Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the two countries are working together on the hostage situation. Jordan said that al-Rishawa is still in the country, suggesting the country will not meet the demands set by ISIS to deliver her to the Turkish broder by sunset. Jordan has said it is willing to exchange al-Rishawa for its pilot.

HILLARY MAY DELAY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN: Hillary Clinton may push back the official start of her presidential campaign, top Democrats tell Politico. Clinton was initially planning to roll out her campaign in April, but since she doesn’t have any strong primary opponents yet, she may take her time. One option Clinton is considering is announcing an exploratory committee in April, timed with the start of a new fundraising quarter, and officially roll out her presidential campaign in July. “She doesn’t feel under any pressure, and they see no primary challenge on the horizon. If you have the luxury of time, you take it,” one Democrat said.

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MCCAIN CALLS PROTESTERS ‘LOW-LIFE SUM’: John McCain slammed anti-war protesters who interrupted the Senate Armed Services Committee during testimony from Henry Kissinger, Madeline Albright, and George Shultz. “Get out of here you low-life scum,” the Vietnam War veteran told the demonstrators from Codepink, a self-described “women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement.” Prior to the interruption, Codepink tweeted: “We are at the Senate Armed Services committee meeting to arrest Henry Kissinger on his countless war crimes!”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Intercourse

1.     In several countries, some new brides place tiny bags containing chicken’s blood into the vagina prior to intercourse to prove the hymen was intact before marriage. In other countries, women have placed congealed sheep’s blood in their vaginas for the same purpose.

2.     Sex and orgasm (from the Greek orga, meaning “to swell with moisture”) can alleviate menstrual cramps and menstrual migraines. While some couples avoid sex during menses, a diaphragm or cervical cap can decrease the amount of menstrual blood.

3.     Many researchers consider the skin to be the largest sex organ and the brain to be the most powerful.

4.     According to the Kinsey Institute, the average speed of sperm during ejaculation is 28 mph.

5.     The record for the most female orgasms is 134 in one hour.

6.     Between 10-12% of women in the U.S. have never experienced an orgasm. Marilyn Monroe, an international sex symbol, reportedly never experienced an orgasm with any of her famous lovers.

7.     Because there is an increase in blood circulation around the genitals during a woman’s period, she may experience more powerful orgasms during this time.

8.     Having sex regularly is known to have amazing health benefits, such as promoting the body’s production of germ-fighting antibodies, strengthening the pelvic floor, burning calories, stabilizing the menstrual cycle, and providing natural pain relief through orgasms.

9.     A woman who feels good about her genitals is six more times more likely to be sexually satisfied than a woman who does not.

10.  Women are capable of having different types of orgasms, depending on the stimulation. The clitoral orgasm is the most commonly known, often the most powerful, and the most often achieved. The second type is a vaginal orgasm. The third kind is a blended orgasm, or when a woman’s vagina and clitoris are simultaneously stimulated. Some women can also have an orgasm through kissing, nipple stimulation, or simply pressing their legs together.

11.  Not all sexual positions lend themselves well to female orgasm. Rear-entry positions, for example, miss the clitoris entirely.

12.  Female ejaculation is not a myth. A woman’s ejaculate has a similar chemical makeup to semen (minus the sperm). A woman can ejaculate a teaspoon or a cupful.

13.  Contrary to popular belief, large breasts do not respond sexually better than small breasts.

14.  The Gräfenberg Spot, or G-spot, is named after Dr. Ernest Gräfenberg who in 1950 found that stimulation of a particular area in the vagina could trigger powerful orgasms, female ejaculation, and arousal. Some women undergo G-spot amplification, which is a surgery to enhance sensitivity in that area.

15.  A man will ejaculate 1/2 trillion sperm in his lifetime.

RAUL CASTRO: GIMMIE BACK GITMO: Cuban President Raul Castro said Wednesday that the U.S. must return the military base at Guantanamo Bay before the two nations can move forward with renewing relations. Speaking to a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Castro said the two countries needed to resolve longstanding issues including the U.S. lifting a 50-year-old trade embargo on Cuba as well as compensating the nation for damages. President Obama has eased the trade embargo with measures designed to improve economic ties with Cuba. While Castro acknowledged he is working with Obama on negotiations, he said, “if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense.”

MH370 OFFICIALLY DECLARED ACCIDENT: The Malaysian government has officially declared Malaysia Airlines MH370 lost. The flight vanished without trace after it took off March 8, 2014, for a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No evidence of the plane or the 239 people on board was ever recovered, despite a multi-nation effort to scour the Indian Ocean for months. The government made the official declaration so that loved ones of the missing passengers could apply for compensation payments and Malaysia Airlines could file insurance claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said finding evidence of the plane “remains a priority.” An Australian-led sea search in the southern Indian Ocean is scheduled to be completed by May

LINDSAY LOHAN: TO A COVEN BORN: LiLo obsessed with the occult and wants to be a white witch – sources.  Lindsay Lohan has become obsessed with the occult – and the 28-year-old actress wants to be consecrated by a coven as a white witch, sources said. “She loves the idea of taking control of her destiny and wants to be able to do spells, make potions and read tarot and angel cards,” said an insider. “She thinks it will help her generate more positivity and power in her life.” LiLo famously punched a psychic in the face in 2012, but friends said the actress is a huge fan of white witches, and had one “cast a spell” to ensure she’d get the role when auditioning for a London production of the play “Speed-the-Plow.” “It worked, and now LiLo’s obsessed,” said the pal.

1ST RARE FOX SEEN IN YOSEMITE SINCE 1915: Yosemite officials revealed that one of the rarest animals in North America has been spotted in the national park for the first time in 100 years. The Sierra Nevada Red Fox was spotted on a motion-sensitive camera between Dec. 13 and Jan. 4. It marked the first time the animal was spotted in Yosemite since 1915, There are estimated to be fewer than 50 of the species on the entire continent. Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said the sighting is a good sign the animals may “make a comeback.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Bono, who’s still recovering from his Central Park bike crash, enjoyed a starry meal in Malibu this week. The U2 rocker was with his guitarist The Edge, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and his model wife Behati Prinsloo, and Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford at Nobu Malibu. Spies said the group dined on sushi and imbibed wine, sake shots and Gerber’s Casamigos tequila.   ***Michael Bloomberg enjoying a boozy, pre-“blizzard” dinner at Serafina on 79th and Madison with Charlie Rose, Diana Taylor and two others. The former mayor drank white wine, everyone else had red.    ***Michael Kors hosting a dinner at Swifty’s for his design team near Lorenzo Lamas, who dined with mom Arlene Dahl after being “fired” by Donald Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice” .   ***Henrik Lundqvist at Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs before meeting fellow Ranger Rick Nash for a drink at Smith & Mills in NYC.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Oprah Winfrey (1954)

The grand dame of television talk shows, Winfrey is a highly respected television host, actress, billionaire media magnate, and philanthropist. Early in her career, she hosted AM Chicago, which, following its early success, was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show and expanded to a full-hour format. In the mid-1990s, Winfrey adopted a less tabloid-oriented format and began covering important social issues like abuse, addiction, and depression

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

DoItYourself.com

“Do it yourself home improvement and diy repair at Doityourself.com. Includes home improvement projects, home repair, kitchen remodeling, plumbing, electrical, painting, real estate, and decorating.”

LBN-R.I.P.: Colleen McCullough, a former neurophysiological researcher at Yale who, deciding to write novels in her spare time, produced “The Thorn Birds,” a multigenerational Australian romance that became an international best seller and inspired a hugely popular television mini-series, died on Thursday on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, where she had made her home for more than 30 years. She was 77. The cause was believed to have been kidney failure, her agent, Michael V. Carlisle, said. Ms. McCullough had been in declining health with a variety of ailments in recent years.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrew Sullivan: One of the things I’ve always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers. This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly update on our revenues and subscriptions; and sometimes I stumble onto something actually interesting. But when you write every day for readers for years and years, as I’ve done, there’s not much left to hide. And that’s why, before our annual auto-renewals, I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near future. Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen. The second is that I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….Bruce Jenner:


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Here’s the story of a lovely lady who was bringing up … her sex life. “I like to date, but not every date needs to lead to marriage. I actually have a friend with benefits,” 80-year-old Florence Henderson revealed to Closer Weekly. The “Brady Bunch” matriarch added, “It’s foolish to think that older people don’t enjoy sex. It’s a big myth. There is no age limit on the enjoyment of sex. It keeps getting better. You learn to do things with more experience, intelligence and the ability to choose more wisely.”

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Thursday • January 29, 2015

WE WILL CUT OFF YOUR HEAD IN THE WHITE HOUSE’: ISIS THREATENS TO BEHEAD OBAMA AND TURN THE U.S. INTO A ‘MUSLIM PROVINCE’ IN NEW EXECUTION VIDEO:

Islamic State militants have threatened to behead Barack Obama and turn the U.S. into a Muslim province in the latest gruesome video to emerge from their self-styled caliphate.

The footage shows a black-clad jihadist standing over a Kurdish soldier who, in a sickening climax to the video, has his head cut off.

Before the hostage is executed, the ISIS fighter warns the U.S. president: ‘Know, oh Obama, that we will reach America.

‘Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House and transform America into a Muslim province.’

 

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Wednesday • January 28, 2015

JORDAN WILLING TO SWAP ISIS TERRORIST: Amid rumors of secret talks in Amman, Jordan has agreed in principle to the so-called Islamic State’s terms to release Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who was sentenced to death in Jordan for her connection to a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that left 60 dead. The release of al-Rishawi would, according to the terms, allow the two ISIS hostages—a Jordanian pilot and Japanese freelance journalist—to walk free. “Jordan is ready to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordan pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh was released and his life spared,” said Mohammad al-Momani, a government spokesperson. There was no mention of the Japanese hostage. The terrorist group had previously demanded $200 million from the Japanese government and executed one of the two Japanese hostages when the ransom wasn’t paid.

OBAMA SCRAPS TAX HIKE ON COLLEGE SAVINGS: President Obama will drop his plan to raise taxes on the popular college-savings accounts known as 529s. He was facing criticism from both parties for including a provision to remove 529s in his presidential budget. The announcement of his decision came hours after House Speaker John Boehner demanded the president relent on 529s “for the sake of middle-class families,” the group Obama focused on in his State of the Union address. A White House official said the plan was dropped because, so Congress “can instead focus on delivering a larger package of education tax relief that has bipartisan support.”

BOKO HARAM THREATENS ‘BIG GRAVE’: Many villages in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state have been left without protection during an ongoing raid by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The raids have left 40 dead, more women and children abducted, and many houses and mosques destroyed. With no troops being deployed to protect the villages, Maiduguri, a city of around 2 million, has become almost surrounded by Boko Haram warns of creating a “big grave.”

DRONE MAKER DEACTIVATES D.C. CRAFT: Monday’s drone crash in a White House tree has caused the craft’s manufacturer, Chinese firm DJI, to deactivate all of their flyers in the D.C. area. The GPS system inside the drones can gauge its location and determine functionality, a feature already used to track ones close to airports. The errant drone flier, an employee in the U.S. government’s satellite-snooping agency, said he had been drinking when he lost the drone.

RESEARCHERS CURE PEANUT ALLERGY: A team of Australian researchers seem to have basically cured the peanut allergy in 30 children. The kids were given a daily dose of peanut protein and an increasing amount of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus equivalent to the amount found in 44 pounds of yogurt. By the end of the trial, 80 percent of the children had no reaction to peanuts.

LORETTA LYNCH, IN CONFIRMATION HEARING, DEFENDS LEGALITY OF OBAMA IMMIGRATION ACTION: Loretta E. Lynch on Wednesday will cast herself as an apolitical career prosecutor who is a departure from Eric H. Holder Jr. as she faces a new Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee that includes some of the administration’s fiercest critics in Congress.“I look forward to fostering a new and improved relationship with this committee, the United States Senate, and the entire United States Congress — a relationship based on mutual respect and constitutional balance,” Ms. Lynch said in her opening statement for the confirmation hearing. “Ultimately, I know we all share the same goal and commitment: to protect and serve the American people.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: China has taken over the U.S. as both the world’s largest CO2 emitter and the world’s largest energy consumer.

CHINA CRACKS DOWN ON ALIBABA: One of China’s biggest private companies, Alibaba, is seeing some harsh criticism by Chinese regulators for permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers. The information, which stems from a July 2014 meeting, was held from the public until after the e-commerce giant’s U.S. stock market debut to avoid any negative disruption. The stern State Administration of Industry and Commerce report revealed that Alibaba allowed unlicensed merchants to use two of its platforms and failed to protect consumers’ rights. “Illegal business exists on Alibaba Group’s trading platforms, and for a long time the company has failed to pay adequate attention and failed to take measures to stop it,” the report said. “This not only is the biggest crisis of integrity faced by the company since its founding, but also has hurt other Internet companies that try to operate legally.” Alibaba responded with a surprising public complaint instead of promising reform, which is typically the norm.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Yoga

1.     The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to yoke or join together. It most often refers to the yoking of a conscious subject (jiva-atman) with a Supreme Spirit (parama ta man) in order to reach an ecstatic condition (Samadhi, a “placing or putting together”). It is derived from the Proto-Indo-European base *yeug-, meaning “to join” as in jugular.2.     A 2008 market study in Yoga Journal reports that some 16 million Americans practice yoga and spend $5.7 billion a year on gear.

3.     “Doga” is a type of yoga in which people use yoga to achieve harmony with their pets. Dogs can either be used as props for their owners or they can do the stretches themselves. It reportedly started in New York in 2002 when Suzi Teitelman started “Yoga for Dogs.”

4.     The swastika is a yoga symbol that comes from the Sanskrit term Svastik, meaning “that which is associated with well-being.”

5.     The yoga symbol “Om” is found in Hindu and Tibetan philosophy. It is said to be the primordial sound of the universe and is connected to the Ajna Chakra (the conscience) or “third eye” region.

6.     Hatha yoga is the type of yoga most frequently practiced in Western culture. Ha means “sun” and tha means “moon,” representing hatha yoga’s attempt to combine both complementary forces.

7.     Aaron Star teaches “Hot Nude Yoga” in a Chelsea studio. The classes are men-only, and there are only two rules: “no kissing and no touching penises.”

8.     A growing body of research shows that yoga can improve sex and may even prevent and treat sex problems by increasing the overall health of the cardiovascular system.

9.     Yoga can improve orgasms. When a person has an orgasm, the pelvic floor muscles that run between the legs rapidly contract. In yoga, the pelvic floor muscles are known as moola bandha. Yoga strengthens them, providing benefits similar to Kegel exercises.

10.  Pierre Bernard (1875-1955), also known as the “Omnipotent Oom,” was one of the first prolific American yogis. He founded the Tantrik Order, a secret society which taught its initiates Hatha yoga, philosophy, and Sanskrit and which also sanctioned sacramental sex.

11.  An Indian study claims that yoga can help premature ejaculation (PE).

12.  The United States Product Safety Commission listed 4,450 reported yoga injuries in 2006, up from 3,760 in 2004.

13.  Yoga has been called one of the first and most successful products of globalization.

14.  Several scholars have noted that yoga had been packaged so well as a defense against illness and aging that it is “easy to lose sight of its real purpose—spiritual liberation.”

15.  The lotus pose is a sitting pose meant to resemble the perfect symmetry and beauty of a lotus flower. Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, and Shiva, a major god in Hinduism, are typically shown in this pose.

SPANISH SOCCER STAR WANTS TO LEAD FIFA: Luis Figo, a former Real Madrid and Barcelona star, has announced his plans to challenge current FIFA president Sepp Blatter who has held the position for 17-years. Figo stated he was determined to reform the sports league far too often associated to “scandal.” Figo is a two-time world player of the year and has represented Portugal 127 times, including their World Cup appearances in 2002 and 2006, as well as three European Championships. He poses the biggest threat out of those elected by the committee to run.

LBN-NOTICED: ***James Franco checking out Sundance’s hottest title so far, “Dope”.   ***Shia LaBeouf at Dos Caminos Soho.   ***“Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson at Carmine’s in Midtown in NYC.   ***Zoë Kravitz at Sundance’s Tinder Arts & Cinema Centre talking about “being single” and plans to head from Park City to the Super Bowl to see dad Lenny perform.   ***Harry Belafonte seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” .    ***Sam Smith having lunch at Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Monday before his local gig .

MY REVIEW: “I love the photos in LBN. Intriguing, fascinating, provocative.”—–Chad D., an LBN E-Lert from Manchester, England.


LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Just three months after it was announced that Bridesmaid director Paul Feig would reboot the Ghostbusters series with an all-female cast, the four actresses who will don the proton packs have been revealed: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and current Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Feig tweeted his Ghostbusters casting news Tuesday night along with the film’s scheduled release date: July 22nd, 2016.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: In a match that felt like a changing of the guard, Madison Keys, an unseeded teenager from the United States, defeated 34-year-old Venus Williams on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open. Keys, playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, had to fight against her nerves and a left leg injury that surfaced in the second set. But she found the strength and the big shots she required to finish off her 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Charles H. Townes, a visionary physicist whose research led to development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure time precisely, survey planets and galaxies and even witness the birth of stars, died on Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. He was 99. His death was confirmed by his daughter Linda Rosenwein.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Great-Grand-mother Louise T., an LBN E-Lert reader from Macon, Georgia.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Angelina Jolie: I have visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now. I came to visit the camps and informal settlements where displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are desperately seeking shelter from the fighting that has convulsed their region.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas B. Edsall: Political hostility in the United States is more and more becoming personal hostility. New findings suggest that the sources of dispute in contemporary life go far beyond ideological differences or mere polarization. They have become elemental, almost tribal, tapping into in-group loyalty and out-group enmity. “Hostile feelings for the opposing party are ingrained or automatic in voters’ minds,” Shanto Iyengar, a political scientist at Stanford, and Sean Westwood, a post-doctoral researcher at Princeton, wrote in a July 2014 paper “Fear and Loathing Across Party Lines.” Partisans now discriminate against their adversaries “to a degree that exceeds discrimination based on race.” The authors find that this discrimination pervades decision making of all kinds, from hiring to marriage choices.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: I’m not someone who believes that poverty can ever truly be ended — I’m one of those “the poor will always be with you” types — but I do believe that the ranks of the poor can and must be shrunk and that the effects of poverty can and must be ameliorated. And there is one area above all others where we should feel a moral obligation to reduce poverty as much as possible and to soften its bite: poverty among children.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert & author): Studies have already suggested that babies born prematurely often grow up to be cautious individuals, and now, Finnish scientists have linked that tendency directly to love and sex. By comparing questionnaires from “preemies” now in their twenties with those filled out by peers born at full-term, the researchers found that preemies were 20 percent less likely to have ever lived with a significant other, and 24 percent less likely to be sexually active. Neonatologists, however, maintain that other factors, such as maternal income and education, are the best predictor of children’s future health and welfare.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Last March, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine, supposedly in defense of Russian-speakers there, was just like “what Hitler did back in the ‘30s“ — using ethnic Germans to justify his invasion of neighboring lands. At the time, I thought such a comparison was over the top. I don’t think so anymore. I’d endorse Mrs. Clinton’s comparison purely for the shock value: It draws attention to the awful things Putin is doing to Ukraine, not to mention his own country, whose credit rating was just reduced to junk status. Putin’s use of Russian troops wearing uniforms without insignia to invade Ukraine and to covertly buttress Ukrainian rebels bought and paid for by Moscow — all disguised by a web of lies that would have made Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels blush and all for the purpose of destroying Ukraine’s reform movement before it can create a democratic model that might appeal to Russians more than Putin’s kleptocracy — is the ugliest geopolitical mugging happening in the world today.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Hankoff (Writer / Director): Yesterday, January 27th is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  That this word “Auschwitz” hasn’t lost any of the malevolence of its meaning is a testament to the resilience of human morality…just as the enormity of Auschwitz remains an indelible warning of our immoral human potential that must never be ignored, lest we continue to repeat the same crimes against humanity.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: Strike another blow against so-called convenience and bring back the paper coffee cup with the Greek columns: foam cups and other polystyrene foam packaging, even packing “peanuts,” are going bye-bye in New York City. They’re already banned, or will be, in over 100 jurisdictions in the United States, including the District of Columbia; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Minneapolis and San Francisco, and some 90 other municipalities in California. But the New York City move may signal the death knell for the stuff most of us call by its common (and technically misapplied) name, Styrofoam.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***While Sen. Marco Rubio mulls a possible presidential run, his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, accidentally crashed the family SUV into a parked Porsche at the Delano hotel on Saturday morning. The Florida Republican spoke to 300 top donors and supporters in South Beach on Friday and Saturday at a “Team Marco 2016” summit.

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Tuesday • January 27, 2015

24 INCHES OF SNOW TUESDAY FOR NORTHEAST: While the blizzard was a bust for the New York metropolitan area, the National Weather Service is predicting that the Northeast could get an additional 24 inches of snow on Tuesday. The storm has affected roughly 20 percent of American households, with millions of workers and students homebound, thousands of flights canceled, and governors from various states banning non-essential driving. While sustained winds are expected to hit 40 mph, in Nantucket gusts as high as 78 mph were recorded. Thousands are without power in Massachusetts, and New England is expected to bear the brunt of Tuesday’s impact. Coastal flooding and thundersnow has also been reported in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

24 HOURS UNTIL ISIS KILLS HOSTAGES: A video distributed on Tuesday from ISIS-linked Twitter accounts features the remaining Japanese hostage Kenji Goto Jogo saying that it is his final message and that he has only 24 hours to live. He used the video to ask the Japanese government to pressure Jordan to agree to a prisoner exchange. “Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean they’re responsible for the death of their pilot, which will then be followed by mine. I only have 24 hours left to live, and the pilot has even less. Please don’t leave us to die. Anymore delaying tactics will simply see both of us getting killed. The ball is now in the Jordanian’s court,” he says.

COP TOOK CAMERA FROM DISABLED RESIDENT: Sgt. Naomi Penrod of Yellow Springs, Ohio is now facing criminal charges for using force to take a camera from a disable resident who was recording police activity. Pernod is being charged with interfering with civil rights, assault, and disorderly custody. The village manager, Patti Bates, said that while Penrod has been placed on administrative leave with pay, “we must wait for the resolution of the criminal process and the Village has a legal obligation to ensure the administrative due process rights of its employee are respected.”

FIDEL CASTRO BREAKS HIS SILENCE: Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro released his first statement on renewing diplomatic relations between his country and the United States on Monday. “I don’t trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts,” he wrote in a letter to a student federation at the University of Havana that was also read aloud on state television. “We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all the people of the world, including with our political adversaries.” The 88-year-old revolutionary leader’s remarks were his first on the situation since the landmark declaration that the U.S. and Cuba would work to restore diplomatic ties on Dec. 17. The statement follows last week’s high-level talks between U.S. and Cuba in Havana.

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OBAMA LEADS DELEGATION TO SAUDI ARABIA: On the heels of his three-day visit to India, President Barack Obama is leading a bipartisan delegation to pay respects for the death of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King Salman. Among the high-powered team is Sen. John McCain of Arizona as well as several veterans of previous Republican administrations, including former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and James A. Baker III. Secretary of State John Kerry, CIA Director John Brennan, and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the head of the U.S. Central Command, will also join Obama in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The White House added that several Democratic members of Congress are also part of the delegation, including Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi. The trip underscores the importance of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia for not only oil purposes but also counterterrorism efforts in the region.

GROUP LINKED TO ISIS SAYS IT’S BEHIND ASSAULT ON LIBYAN HOTEL: Militants claiming allegiance to the Islamic State said they were responsible for an armed assault on a luxury hotel that killed at least five people here on Tuesday, the most significant in a string of terrorist attacks against Western interests and government institutions in the capital since the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi more than three years ago. Four or five gunmen stormed the hotel, the Corinthia, in the early morning, firing their guns into the lobby, battling guards and shooting at least one Filipino woman and possibly other civilians, according to news reports and people in contact with associates inside the hotel.

FACEBOOK SUFFERS GLOBAL OUTAGE: Those holed up because of the “historic” blizzard shutting down most of the Northeast were forced into a social-media nightmare early Tuesday. Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram, as well as Tinder, which relies on a Facebook log-in, suffered a global outage on both its Web and via mobile apps, but have since returned to normal service. Hacker group Lizard Squad tweeted about the outage, leading to speculation that it might have been responsible, but Facebook said it believed its engineers were to blame. “This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems,” a Facebook spokeswoman told the BBC. “We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100 percent for everyone.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Comedian Erica Rhodes, an LBN E-Lert reader from Los Angeles, California.


DANA CARVEY HAUNTED BY ROBIN WILLIAMS: Dana Carvey is telling pals he’s convinced there is life after death, because the spirit of his friend Robin Williams keeps appearing to him! “Robin comes to me usually in a lucid dream state or during my meditation,” Dana told a pal. “He’s as big as life, happy and joking around, and telling me I should never worry about anything because it’s all beautiful in the end.” Sadly, Robin committed suicide on August 11, 2014, at the age of 63. Dana has good reason to worry about death – he survived a botched heart surgery in 1998. He filed a malpractice lawsuit and was awarded nearly $8 million in damages. “Robin supported me when my health was bad, and he still supports me now,” Dana said. “Robin’s visits were a little spooky at first, but now I look forward to these little visits from my friend.” Dana said he’s putting those visits to good use. Both his sons, Dex and Thomas, are starting out in stand-up comedy, and he seeks advice from a ghostly Robin.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cats

1.     Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in Asia.

2.     On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.

3.     Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.

4.     When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

5.     The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”

6.     A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

7.     Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.

8.     A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.

9.  Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.

10.  A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

11.  There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with approximately 40 recognized breeds.

12.  Approximately 24 cat skins can make a coat.

13.  While it is commonly thought that the ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats, the oldest known pet cat was recently found in a 9,500-year-old grave on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. This grave predates early Egyptian art depicting cats by 4,000 years or more.

14.  During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. Unfortunately, the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, which exacerbated the effects of the Black Death.

KRAFT: NFL OWES PATS AN APOLOGY: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft stood with his team over the football-deflation allegations during Monday night’s pre-Super Bowl news media availability, declaring, “I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots did nothing wrong in the process that was in violation of NFL rules.” Kraft then went even further, saying he “would except and hope” that the NFL would issue an apology “in particular to Coach Belichick and Tom Brady for what they have had to endure this week.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Shoe mogul Steve Madden leaving artist Domingo Zapata’s Gramercy Park studio in NYC with five paintings.    ***Jennifer Lawrence with Adele and Harry Styles at Craig’s in LA, where they were “laughing, having an amazing time, being loud and throwing olives at people walking by”.   ***Chris Rock dining alone at Ora di Pasta at the Plaza, surrounded by three bodyguards.   ***Hugh Jackman at the Maidstone’s Living Room Restaurant in East Hampton.   ***Luann de Lesseps at Village Prime on Bleecker Street in NYC.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Edgar Froese, the leader of the long-running and prolific German group Tangerine Dream — first an improvising avant-garde rock band, then an ambient electronic-music project, and finally an arena-filling machine of smooth and heroic synthesizer pulsations — died on Jan. 20 in Vienna. He was 70. His death was announced on the Facebook page of his son, Jerome. He had a pulmonary embolism, according to a posting on the Tangerine Dream website.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The big debate during the 20th century was about the relationship between the market and the state. Both those institutions are now tarnished. The market is prone to devastating crashes and seems to be producing widening inequality. Government is gridlocked, sclerotic or captured by special interests. Government is an ever more rigid and ineffective tool to address market failures. So over the past generation many of the most talented people on earth have tried to transform capitalism itself, to use the market to solve social problems. These are people with opposable minds: part profit-oriented and part purpose-oriented. They’ve created organizations that look a little like a business, a little like a social-service provider, and a little like a charity — or some mixture of the three.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jennifer Aniston has been giving sisterly advice to her unofficial new B.F.F. – Selena Gomez! “Jen has taken Selena under her wing because she sees a lot of her young self in her,” an insider said. The former “Friends” star, 45, is drawing on her experience with ex-hubby Brad Pitt to help Selena, 22, get over pop brat Justin Bieber.   ***When it comes to love, newly single Melanie Griffith has set her sights high! She’s targeted space billionaire Elon Musk as her next boyfriend, sources have said.The high-tech dynamo, 43, founded the space exploration company, SpaceX, and sources said he caught Melanie’s eye after his divorce from actress Talulah Riley, 29, was recently filed. “Melanie has asked a friend to set them up, and she’s been getting messages to Elon that she’s interested,” revealed a close friend.   ***James Caan has filed for divorce from his wife for the third time. The Godfather star filed the paperwork to divorce his third wife Linda after 18 years of marriage. This is the third time James has filed for divorce from Linda. He filed the papers January 8.   ***Doctors treating Joan Rivers for a routine throat procedure turned the physician’s maxim of “Do no harm” on its head — cracking jokes and taking selfies while ignoring blatant signs that their famous patient was crashing on the operating table, the comedy legend’s daughter charges in a blistering lawsuit over her mom’s untimely death. “The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible,” Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers blasted the doctors in a statement as the suit was filed Monday. The medical malpractice suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court against Yorkville Endoscopy and five doctors, includes appalling new details about the medical mishaps that led to the acid-tongued comedienne’s death in September.   ***The man who famously fired Steve Jobs from Apple, John Sculley, is being sued by his ex-wife of 32 years, Carol Lee Sculley, who claims he “secretly and furtively” hid more than $25 million of his assets when they divorced. Sculley — the former Apple CEO who reportedly now has a net worth of $200 million — settled his divorce with Carol, known as Leezy, in 2011. But she sued him in Palm Beach in 2013 claiming he “lied” to her and the court, “submitted a false financial affidavit . . . and failed to fully and honestly disclose his assets.”

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Monday • January 26, 2015

LBN-BONUS SITE: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE – The stage is being set for a major nor’easter to affect parts of the Northeast Monday through Wednesday. This system will be responsible for heavy snowfall and strong winds, with blizzard conditions possible along coastal areas from New Jersey to Massachusetts. Blizzard Warnings are in effect along the coast from central New Jersey to the Canadian border.
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DRONE CRASHES WHITE HOUSE: The Secret Service said Monday that a quadcopter drone, approximately two feet in diameter, crashed into a tree at the White House at 3:05 a.m. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it “doesn’t pose any ongoing threat.” The Secret Service said it’s looking for suspects and their motive. President and Mrs. Obama are away visiting India, but it’s not known if their daughters were at the White House at the time.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: UFOs

1.     An unidentified flying object (UFO) is an unexplained anomaly in the sky. It can also be on the ground, as long as it is observed hovering, landing, or departing into the sky.

2.     The first published book to use the term “UFO” was Donald E. Keyhoe’s 1953 book, Flying Saucers from Outer Space.

3.     The modern UFO era began in 1947 when pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine disc-shaped objects flying over Mt. Rainer, Washington. A reporter labeled them “flying saucers,” and the term entered mainstream consciousness.

4.     Between 1947 and 1969, 12,618 UFO sightings were reported to Project Blue Book, a UFO research agency that was headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Today, 701 of those sightings remain “unidentified.”

5.     UFOs were initially called “flying saucers,” but the more neutral phrase “unidentified flying objects,” or UFOs, was later coined by the U.S. Air Force in 1953 to include shapes other than “saucers” or “discs.”

6.     Most mainstream scientists consider UFOs (in their popular sense as extraterrestrial visitors) as so extraordinarily unlikely (though not impossible) as to deserve no investigation.

7.     Peru’s air force is reopening an office responsible for investigating UFOs due to increased reports of anomalous aerial phenomena. The Department of Investigation of Anomalous Ariel Phenomena (DIFAA), which was created in 2001, was dormant for five years until now.

8.     Most flying objects that are listed as a UFO and later identified as an object on Earth can then be called an “IFO,” or identified flying object.

9.     Over half of all UFO reports from the late 1950s through the 1960s were accounted for by manned reconnaissance flights (namely U-2) over the United States.

10.  Area 51’s nickname “Dreamland” was allegedly derived from an Edgar Allan Poe poem by the same name. It warns that “the traveler, traveling though it,/ May not—dare not openly view it;/ Never it mysteries are exposed/ To the weak human eye unclosed.”

11.  Most alien-encounter movies fall into one of two subcategories: 1) alien-invasion movies in which humanity must fight against hostile extraterrestrials (e.g., the 1979 movie Alien) or 2) technological angel-type movies in which friendly extraterrestrials try to help humanity in some way (e.g., the 1989 movie The Abyss). A less common but not unusual third category includes films in which terrestrials help aliens.

12.  The Aetherius Society is probably the best known and organized UFO religion. It was founded by George King in 1954. King claimed he received a command from interplanetary sources to become “the Voice of Interplanetary Parliament.”

13.  An important line of speculation that has split from the mainstream UFO community is the “ancient-astronaut” school. Their basic tenet is that “ufonauts” visited our planet in the distant past.

14.  In 1967, British authorities investigated six “flying saucers” in a perfect line across southern England. It turned out to be a hoax perpetuated by engineering students.

15.  The 1967 Jane Fonda film Barbarella was based on a risqué French comic strip heroine. Although not about flying saucers or alien invaders, it is a useful example of how the outer space sci-fi genre acts as an inkblot for human projections, including sexual fantasies.

KURDS: ISIS NEARLY OUT OF KOBANI: Kurdish officials and activists say ISIS has almost been completely expunged from Kobani, a critical town on Turkey’s border with Syria. “The Islamic State is on the verge of defeat,” said senior Kurdish official Idriss Nassan. “Their defenses have collapsed and its fighters have fled.” Kobani held logistical and symbolic significance for ISIS. The Muslim extremist group at one point had such tight control over Kobani that it made a video of hostage John Cantlie touring the town to show how far it had gained control.

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FLIGHTS CANCELED BEFORE BLIZZARD: The impending blizzard that could dump as much as three feet of snow on New York City has already started wreaking havoc on travel—and it’s barely flurries so far. Some 4,360 flights set for Monday and Tuesday have been preemptively canceled on the East Coast. It’s possible that all flights will be grounded for the three airports serving New York. Boston’s Logan International Airport has announced today’s last flight will leave at 7:30 p.m.

MIDDLE CLASS SHRINKS FURTHER AS MORE FALL OUT INSTEAD OF CLIMBING UP: The middle class that President Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century.In the late 1960s, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning, in today’s dollars, $35,000 to $100,000 a year. Few people noticed or cared as the size of that group began to fall, because the shift was primarily caused by more Americans climbing the economic ladder into upper-income brackets. But since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow, the main reason being that more people have fallen to the bottom. At the same time, fewer of those in this group fit the traditional image of a married couple with children at home, a gap increasingly filled by the elderly.

MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF TO PROTEST FOX NEWS: A man committed suicide outside of the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan to protest Fox News. The man shot himself in the chest and was found slumped over at 9 a.m. Monday. He was reportedly heard saying Fox News had ruined his life prior to shooting himself. Security guards had told him to leave the building, and when they turned around, they heard the gunshot. The man, 41, was rushed to the hospital but did not survive. A source told the New York Post that the man, who has not yet been publically identified, had a suicide note in his pocket.

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COACH K WINS 1,000TH GAME: Legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski marked his 1,000th win with the Blue Devils in a 77-68 comeback victory over St. John’s in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd on Sunday. Krzyzewski, known as Coach K, became basketball’s all-time winningest coach at the same venue in 2011. The revered Coach K holds 12 ACC regular-season titles, 13 ACC tournament titles, 12 coach of the year awards, 30 NCAA tournament appearances as well as two gold medals with USA Basketball and four national titles. He led 82 tourney wins — the most in college basketball — along with his 13 30-win seasons. “There will be others who will win more,” Krzyzewski said. “But it’s kind of neat to be the first one to 1,000. To do it this way, to win here at all, but to win the 1,000th here, you’ve got to be a lucky guy. This is a magical place.”

‘BIRDMAN’ WINS BIG AT SAG AWARDS: Birdman took home one of the top awards for outstanding cast in a motion picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. “This is the ultimate team sport, what we are doing for a living. Every time I turned around, I ran into another tremendous actor,” said Birdman star Michael Keaton during an acceptance speech. “I’m proud to be a part of this group.” Still Alice star Julianne Moore won best actress in a movie while Eddie Redmayne picked up a trophy for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Big TV winners of the evening included Viola Davis for outstanding female actor in a drama for How to Get Away with Murder while Orange Is the New Black bested Modern Family in the best comedy ensemble cast category.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Dept. of Energy: This Week in Petroleum

“This Week In Petroleum Production, Imports, Stocks, Supply, Prices, Data and Analysis from the Energy Information Administration.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Unlike other cells, which contain an individual’s full DNA, the egg and sperm each contain only half of the DNA required to create a new human. Both halves must be combined for humans to reproduce

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Joe Franklin, who became a New York institution by presiding over one of the most compellingly low-rent television programs in history, one that even he acknowledged was an oddly long-running parade of has-beens and yet-to-bes interrupted from time to time by surprisingly famous guests, died on Saturday in a hospice in Manhattan. He was 88. Steve Garrin, Mr. Franklin’s producer and longtime friend, said the cause was prostate cancer.

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Sunday • January 25, 2015

11 DEAD IN EGYPT PROTESTS: Just a day after an unarmed female protester was killed, an additional 11 people have been killed in protests marking the anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in Egypt on Sunday, the state media has announced. On Saturday police shot and killed Shaimaa al-Sabbagh at close range with shotgun pellets. She had gathered with other socialist activists on a march to Tahrir Square on the anniversary of the ousting of Hosni Mubarak. In photographs and video recorded by other protesters, Sabbagh can be seen standing peacefully outside the Air France-KLM office in Talaat Harb Square, which is near Tahrir Square. Police forces in Egypt have flooded its cities in anticipation of protests. On Sunday, a protester in Alexandria died from birdshot wounds due to police, however the Interior Ministry says the man was 52 years old and armed. A second was killed by birdshot in a Cairo suburb. Meanwhile, two police officers were wounded during a bomb explosion outside a Cairo sports club. Strategic roads, including those leading to Tahrir Square, have been blocked off by armored vehicles.

EASTWOOD: FILM AN ‘ANTI-WAR STATEMENT’: While speaking at the Producers Guild Award Nominees Breakfast on Saturday, Clint Eastwood hit back at critics of his latest film American Sniper. “The biggest antiwar statement any film” can make is to show “the fact of what [war] does to the family and the people who have to go back into civilian life like Chris Kyle did,” Clint Eastwood said. The film has faced heated criticism as some believe it portrays the Iraq War in a positive light. It has also dominated at the box office, raking in more than $100 million in its first week at the box office.

MAN WHO BROKE PROSECUTOR’S DEATH FLEES: Damian Pachter, the journalist who first broke the news of the slain Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, has left the country as he fears his life is in danger. Pachter, who writes for the English-language Buenos Aires Herald, is planning to take refuge in Israel. “I left because my life was in danger. My phones were being monitored. I intend to return to Argentina when my sources tell me conditions have changed. I don’t think that will happen in the term of this government,” he said to a local news website. Meanwhile, the colleague of Nisman who gave him a handgun at his request, Diego Lagomarsino, has been barred from leaving Argentina.

ANTI-BAILOUT PARTY WINS IN GREECE: Polls have closed in the Greek elections which could see the radical leftist Syriza party take power, which has pledged to ditch painful austerity measures imposed during the economic crisis. It is leading exit polls ahead of the official election result. Victory for the opposition party would set the stage for a clash with European creditors. Syriza’s 40-year-old leader, Alexis Tspiras, has promised to renegotiate the repayment terms of Greece’s €318bn debt and restore the country’s “dignity” by tackling the soaring unemployment and mass wage cuts that followed the country’s international bailout.

‘BIRDMAN’ TAKES LEAD AS OSCAR FAVORITE WITH PRODUCERS AWARD: Show business satire “Birdman” took the lead in what promises to be a competitive race for the best picture Oscar by winning the top award from Hollywood producers on Saturday. “Birdman” beat nine other films, including “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” to take the Producers Guild of America award for outstanding producer of a motion picture. PGA winners have gone on to win the Academy Award for best picture, the film industry’s highest honor, for the past seven years.

CHEATING RUMORS LED TO SHAYK, RONALDO SPLIT: The split between Russian model Irina Shayk and Cristiano Ronaldo came after the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl finally believed those rumors about the Portuguese soccer stud hooking up with other women. Real Madrid star Ronaldo had affairs during their five-year, long-distance relationship, which led to her calling it off around New Year’s Eve. These affairs reportedly include a 2012 fling with Rita Pereira, a Portuguese TV presenter who has also appeared in Playboy. Pereira was spotted hanging out for hours with Ronaldo in a Portugese nightclub he owns and was suspected of hooking up with the Real Madrid striker.

‘SEX SLAVE’ CLAIMS BILL CLINTON VISITED EPSTEIN’S ‘ORGY ISLAND’: Former President Bill Clinton took a romantic jaunt in 2002 to convicted pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein’s “orgy island” with “two young girls” from New York, according to a shocking new interview. Virginia Roberts, who’s accused Epstein of turning her into a “sex slave” at age 17 and forcing her to sleep with his powerful friends, claimed Clinton stayed in one of the many villas on Epstein’s US Virgin Islands estate — where group sex was a “regular occurrence.” According to flight logs, Clinton flew on Epstein’s private Boeing 727, which Roberts said was outfitted with a special bed for kinky, high-altitude romps, the Web site said.Roberts has claimed to have had sex with “powerful men, including politicians and business executives” — as well as with the British prince and powerhouse attorney Alan Dershowitz, which the two men vehemently deny.

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Saturday • January 24, 2015

UP IN SMOKE! COLORADO GOVERNOR: LEGALIZING WEED WAS A BAD IDEA:

Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday.Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be.

“If I could’ve waved a wand the day after the election, I would’ve reversed the election and said, ‘This was a bad idea,’ ” Hickenlooper said Friday.

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Saturday • January 24, 2015

OBAMA SKIPS TAJ MAHAL FOR SAUDI KING: President Obama will cut short his trip to India and fly to Saudi Arabia to meet with the new king on Tuesday. Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be the chief guest in India’s Republic Day parade Monday. Obama was scheduled to visit the Taj Mahal on Tuesday, but will meet with King Salman in Riyadh, instead. Initially, the U.S. was going to send a delegation led by Vice President Joe Biden

NFL: BALLS DEFLATED AFTER INSPECTION: Early evidence has concluded that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs during Sunday’s AFC Championship victory, though it’s still unclear whether the balls were intentionally deflated (or if the Pats knew). “While the evidence thus far supports the conclusion that footballs that were underinflated were used by the Patriots in the first half,” the NFL said in a statement Friday, “the footballs were properly inflated for the second half and confirmed at the conclusion of the game to have remained properly inflated.” The NFL said the goal of its “investigation will be to determine… whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action.” The league said at least 40 interviews have been conducted and video evidence collected.

SPAIN NABS 4 JIHADI CELL SUSPECTS: Spanish police officers arrested four suspected jihadists who are described as similar to the Charlie Hebdo terrorists. “These are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically and mentally and are prepared to carry out an attack, and ready, according to the police, to blow themselves up in the act,” said Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz. The men were arrested in Cueta, a north African enclave. Investigators were trying to determine whether the cell had the “infrastructure to carry out terror attacks in the country,” the ministry said in a statement.

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MADOFF: I SUFFER MORE THAN MY VICTIMS: The man behind history’s greatest Ponzi scheme says he’s in greater pain than his victims. Bernie Madoff emailed NBC News to say the pain he caused so many is “nothing” to the pain he suffers from losing his children. “As difficult as it is for me to live with the pain I have inflicted on so many, there is nothing to compare with the degree of pain I endure with the loss of my son’s Mark and Andy.” Mark committed suicide in 2010, 46, two years after his father’s arrest. Andy, 48, died last September while battling cancer. “I live with the knowledge that they never forgave me for betraying their love and trust.”

GIULIANA RANCIC SCARY SKINNY? Her frighteningly skeletal appearance at the Golden Globes has angry E! staffers ready to intervene over Giuliana Rancic’s health – before the “Fashion Police” host ends up in a hospital gown. “The Giuliana that you see on TV is not the same woman that walks into work in the morning. It is so sad, and the worst part is that no one is saying anything to her,” an E! source whispered. The E! News co-anchor has faced nearly constant troubles over the past few years – including a 2010 miscarriage and a double mastectomy in 2011, plus fertility woes and the recent loss of beloved “Fashion Police” co-host Joan Rivers.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Housewives

1.     According to Salary.com, the average nonworking housewife in the U.S. in 2014 spends 94 hours a week working at jobs in the home that would earn a salary of $113,568.

2.     Women in Turkey and the Middle East are expected to solely fulfill the traditional roles of mother, wife, and housewife. But researchers note that empowering women to believe they can be businesswomen, politicians, and scientists will strengthen national economies in the region and provide a long-lasting stimulus to growth.

3.     Housewives during the Middle Ages in Europe were not allowed to divorce their husbands or own property unless they were widows. Rich housewives had wet nurses to look after their children; however, poor housewives not only had to look after children but also had to do day-to-day work both in the home and on the land. Many women from poor families did not live past the age of 40.

4.     In ancient Greece, housewives were not fully accepted by their husband’s families until a child was conceived.

5.     In 1963, Betty Friedman published The Feminine Mystique. According to Friedman, the “feminine mystique” is the false idea that devoting their lives to being housewives and mothers naturally fulfilled women (at least upper middle class, white housewives).

6.     Sigmund Freud saw women as childlike and as destined to be housewives. He noted that if a housewife desired a career, she was neurotic and suffered from “penis envy.”

7.     The introduction of electric clothes washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and other appliances made housework more efficient for housewives, but it also raised the minimum standard of household cleanliness. Housewives who had cleaned he carpets once a season now were expected to constantly keep them spotlessly clean with vacuum cleaners.

8.     A housewife in the 1950s wouldn’t go to just one store, but would have to go to several shops, including the butcher, green grocer, grocer, baker, and the dairy. In many places, there would also be a fishmonger, a draper (someone who sold knitting wool), and a chemist.

9.     While the 1950s housewife has been idealized as bathed, perfumed, and well dressed, it was impossible for women to meet this ideal. They would have their husband’s meal ready, but it would be doubtful they would have time to wash their hair. Additionally, many housewives were also now juggling jobs of their own.

10.  While sexism and inequality was rampant in the 1950s, housewives then were not downtrodden door mats but “tough and ultra-organized.” While men earned the money, housewives decided how it was spent and balanced household finances with military precision.

11.  Housewives before the 1960s spent hours boiling laundry before putting it through a mangle. Before indoor plumbing, housewives had to carry all the water used for washing. It was back-breaking work.

12.  The word “housewife” is from the early 13th century husewif, meaning “woman, usually married, in charge of a family or household.” The word “hussy” is an alteration of the word housewife and originally meant “mistress of the household.”

13.  A 2005 study from the Institute of Social and Economic Research found that married men earn more than single men, but only if their wife stays at home—and does all the housework. In fact, the more wives worked outside the home, the worse the father’s physical and mental well-being.

14.  According to a 2013 study, a majority of British women who were over the age of 20, who were in a relationship, and who were employed full time would pick being a housewife over having a career. When it came to being financially independent, 78% of the women said they wouldn’t mind being financially dependent on their partner.

15.  Early in the 20th century, “housewife” was the preferred term to refer to a married woman who stayed home. But as the focus increased on efficiency and sanitation during the 1950s, a new word, “homemaker,” came into vogue. By the 1980s, the term “stay-at-home mom” became more popular.

BASEBALL LEGEND ERNIE BANKS DEAD AT 83: Hall of Fame baseball player Ernie Banks died Friday at the age of 83. Nicknamed “Mr. Cub,” Banks was a Chicago favorite. He played with the Cubs for his entire Major League career from 1953-1971 after being signed from the Negro Leagues, where he was paid just seven dollars a day. He won the National League MVP twice and led the league in home runs twice, as well. He played in 14 All Star games and was voted to the Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

MASS RETRIAL FOR MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: An Egyptian court has ordered a retrial for 37 Muslim Brotherhood members who were sentenced to death and 115 who were sentenced to life in prison last March, judicial sources tell Reuters. Last year’s mass trial for 500 defendants was regarding attacks carried out in the southern province of Minya after two Muslim Brotherhood camps were forced­ to disperse from Cairo during protests on August 14, 2013. The trial was widely criticized by Western governments and human rights groups. Many of the defendants were tried in absentia and the court ruled after just a few days

BANG! ‘SNIPER’ BREAKS RATED-R MOVIE RECORD: Demand to see American Sniper is so great that it will expand to 3,705 screens this weekend, making it the most widely screened R-rated movie in history. The controversial war movie starring Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL made $105 million over the four-day weekend instead of the expected $50 million. The blockbuster initally opened in just four theaters last month to let demand build up. A Warner Brothers executive said the strategy was to “get people to line up—make it a hard ticket—and have people see it in packed theaters.” Mission accomplished.

JAPAN VOWS TO CONTINUE EFFORT TO WIN HOSTAGES’ RELEASE: Japanese officials said Saturday that they were continuing efforts to win the release of two Japanese men taken hostage by the Islamic State, even though the militants’ stated deadline for paying an enormous ransom had passed. Japan seemed to be waiting for a sign from the militants, who had not offered a clear signal of their intentions even after a Friday deadline passed without Japan’s paying a $200 million demand. The hostage crisis began on Tuesday, when a video appeared online showing a masked militant threatening to kill the men, the journalist Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, a wanderer apparently drawn to Syria by war. The video demanded the money be paid within 72 hours. Japanese officials said that they still had not reached the kidnappers or confirmed their location, or even determined whether the men are even still alive, despite days of what they described as frantic efforts to do so. A top-ranking Japanese diplomat sent to Jordan to take charge of those efforts, Yasuhide Nakayama, said he had not given up hope.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Michael Strahan with a blond date, enjoying Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man” at the Booth Theatre. Eagle-eyed observers spotted “Hawaii Five-0” star Scott Caan sitting behind 6-foot-5 Strahan and asking the former NFL star to move his head so he could see.   ***Tory Burch having a breakfast meeting at Casa Lever in NYC.   ***World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein dining at Primola in NYC near former Yankee Tino Martinez and current slugger Carlos Beltrán.   ***Meg Ryan dining with Kathy Najimy at Stephen Starr’s Upland in NYC.   ****Media expert and author Michael Levine having dinner last night at the popular Coral Tree Café in Brentwood.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Naomi Campbell has signed with CAA.   ***Youtube star Kurt Huge Schneider has signed with WME   ***How To Get Away With Murder’s Alfred Enoch has signed with Wolf/Kasteler PR   ***It’s Only a Play’s Micah Stock has signed with ICM.

CHARLIZE THERON & SEAN PENN ENGAGED & ADOPTING: Charlize Theron is sporting a huge diamond sparkler worth as much as $100,000 after Sean Penn popped the question The Hollywood lovebirds “decided to take the relationship to the next level” while vacationing in Paris, sources say. Charlize’s halo-style engagement ring is “popular now among couples about to wed,” Joe Iannelli of Iannelli Diamonds in New York said. He analyzed the 39-year-old Oscar winner’s ring in photographs and said: “The center stone looks like a four-carat round stone, surrounded by smaller diamonds.” While the actress wears the ring on her right hand to avoid wedding talk, insiders said Sean, 53, has begun the process of adopting Charlize’s three-year-old son, Jackson, who already calls him “Daddy,” insiders said.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Original Apple Macintosh Computer Released (1984)

Named after the McIntosh variety of apple, the original Macintosh computer was released by Apple Inc. in 1984. Using a graphical user interface and mouse instead of the then-standard command line interface, the “Mac” garnered an immediate, enthusiastic following, especially among tech neophytes. One of the Mac’s major breakthroughs was the ability to delete a file by dragging it to an on-screen trashcan, rather than by typing in a command.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Ann Curry is finally free from her contract with NBC – and now it’s Matt Lauer’s turn to sweat. Ann is being wooed to write a tell-all book on her years with the “Today” show, including dishing dirt on her colleague-turned-nemesis Matt, sources say.

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U.S. Census: U.S. and World Population Clock

“The Population Clock is consistent with 2010 Census data and the most recent national population estimates.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Vince Camuto, a quiet titan of retail and founder of the footwear behemoth Nine West, whose specialty was the midpriced but stylish shoe, died on Wednesday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 78. The cause was prostate cancer, his son Robert said.   ***Dallas Taylor, a rock ’n’ roll drummer who played behind David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, among other big names, and who overcame desperate addictions to drugs and alcohol to become a counselor for other addicts, died on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 66. His wife, Patti McGovern Taylor, said the causes were complications of viral pneumonia and kidney disease.   ***Tommy Mason, an All-Pro running back who was the Minnesota Vikings’ first draft pick, died on Thursday at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 75. His sister-in-law, Suzanne MacNeil, confirmed the death. She did not specify the cause, but said that Mason had sustained multiple concussions during his playing career and was part of the 88 Plan, created in honor of John Mackey, who wore No. 88 for the Baltimore Colts. Mackey had dementia and died in 2011.   ***Peggy Charren, whose advocacy of higher-minded television programming for children took the issue to government agencies and the halls of Congress and led to landmark legislation, died on Thursday at her home in Dedham, Mass. She was 86. The precise cause was uncertain, but she had had vascular dementia for many years, her daughter Deborah Charren said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Martin London: While most of us would agree that religious fundamentalists, foreign and domestic, sometimes do serious harm to our society, there are other kinds of fundamentalists who are also dangerous: I refer to legal fundamentalists. More precisely, the tranche of lawyers, academicians, journalists and publishers who, over the years, have developed into First Amendment fundamentalists and have become a powerful influence on our government. Currently, they appear to have persuaded our attorney general that the amendment bars him from taking action against Inspire magazine, published on the Internet by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: On Wednesday, the day after President Obama’s State of the Union address, a handful of Democratic House members, along with one senator, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, held a news conference to denounce one of the very few proposals the president put forward that actually has a chance of passage. The objects of their displeasure were the new trade agreements currently being negotiated by the administration. “Since I’ve been in Congress, I’ve never seen a trade bill that in any way benefited U.S. manufacturers and workers,” said Representative Louise Slaughter, who has represented the Rochester area for 28 years. She pointed to Kodak as an example of a company harmed by trade accords, especially the landmark North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta. Since the deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico went into effect in 1994, Kodak’s Rochester work force has shrunk to 2,300 from 39,300.

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Friday • January 23, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  The Human Body

1.     In the average adult, the skin covers 12-20 square feet and accounts for 12% of body weight.

2.     There are more than 600 individual skeletal muscles in the human body.

3.     An adult skeleton has 206 bones.

4.     Cartilage is one of the few tissues that grows throughout life. Between ages 30 and 70, a nose might grow half an inch, and the ears grow about a quarter of an inch.

5.     A newborn’s skull contains gaps between its bony plates. In an adult, the jagged plates interlock tightly like a jigsaw puzzle.

6.     The average human head has about 100,000 hairs.

7.     As a person ages, the diameter of each hair on the head shrinks. Hair is thickest in the early 20s, but by age 70, it can be as fine as a baby’s. Aging also causes hair to grow where it is not wanted, such as in the nose and ears, and to fall out where it is desired.

8.     Hundreds of billions of neurons carry electrical signals that control the body from the brain and the spinal cord.

9.     After sustaining trauma to the brain—such as an injury, stroke, or infection—some people develop “alien hand syndrome,” a condition where the victim can feel sensation in the hand, but has no control over movement and does not sense the hand as a part of the body, as if it belonged to an alien being.

10.  The Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that the brain exists mainly to help cool the spirit. It is now known that the brain controls nearly every function of the body and mind.

11.  When the pituitary gland malfunctions, it can boost or reduce the amount of growth hormone in a growing child’s body, resulting in gigantism or dwarfism.

12.  The senses are highly attuned to our world, but they have limits. For example, humans cannot see in the ultraviolet spectrum as bees do, nor can they differentiate between the hundreds of millions of odors that a bloodhound can.

13.  The appendix has no function in modern humans. It is believed to have been part of the digestive system in our primitive ancestors.

14.  Humans smell “in stereo.” Scent signals from each nostril travel to different regions in the brain. This may help a person determine the direction the odor is coming from.

15.  The skin contains approximately 640,000 sense receptors, scattered unevenly over the body’s surface. These receptors are most abundant in the ridges of the fingertips, in the lips, at the tip of the tongue, in the palms, on the soles of the feet, and in the genitals.

DISGUSTING! ISIS POSTS COUNTDOWN CLOCK FOR HOSTAGES: ISIS posted a warning online that the “countdown has begun” for the execution of two Japanese hostages held in Syria, including a clock counting down to zero. The 72-hour deadline expired Friday morning, Tokyo time. “There has been no message” from the Islamic State group, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. “The situation remains very severe.” ISIS had demanded $200 million for the two men.

NEW KING IN SAUDI ARABIA UNLIKELY TO ALTER OIL POLICY: The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia early Friday is unlikely to deter the desert kingdom from maintaining a high level of oil production despite the recent sharp drop in prices, analysts said. Saudi Arabia’s policy results from a consensus of the kingdom’s leadership and energy experts, and it will not be easy to abandon, longtime observers of Saudi Arabia say. “There is no near-term reason to modify the kingdom’s position,” said Sadad al-Husseini, a former executive vice president and board member of Saudi Aramco, the national oil company, in a telephone interview.

“WHAT THE F–K?”  – IMF HEAD: SAUDI KING ‘ADVOCATE OF WOMEN’: The woman leading the International Monetary Fund is catching hell for calling Saudi Arabia’s deceased king a “strong advocate of women,” given the kingdom’s ban on women drivers, gender segregation, and summary beheading of female criminals. “In a very discreet way, he was a strong advocate of women,” Christine Lagarde said. “It was very gradual, appropriately so probably for the country. I discussed that issue with him several times and he was a strong believer.” Human Rights Watch disagrees. “King Abdullah came to power promising reforms, but his agenda fell far short of achieving lasting institutional gains for Saudi citizens,” said Joe Stork, HRW’s Middle East director. “King Salman, the new ruler, should move the country forward by ending intolerance for free expression, rooting out gender and sectarian discrimination, and fostering a fair and impartial judicial system.”

BLOOMBERG WANTS TO BUY NEW YORK TIMES: It’s long been speculated that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to purchase The New York Times and it turns out to be true. New York magazine reports that the billionaire media mogul has been speaking to close advisers regarding an acquisition, including his political adviser Kevin Sheekey and financial adviser Steven Rattner. “Sheekey basically said, ‘We want to buy the company,’” a source familiar with the situation said of a meeting with Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, who stated the paper wasn’t for sale when Bloomberg approached him in 2013. Bloomberg made his money by creating his namesake media company that offers financial data to Wall Street.

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CLINTON STRONG-ARMS SCORSESE OVER FILM: Bill Clinton is refusing to kiss the ring of Martin Scorsese, The New York Times reported Thursday. Scoresese’s partly finished documentary on Clinton has come to a halt due to disagreements about control and final cut, according to people briefed on the project. The Academy Award-winning film director spent the past two years filming Clinton, including his charitable trip to Africa, but the HBO project was reportedly shelved when Clinton insisted on approving the interview questions and wanted control of the final cut of the film. Clinton also wanted his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, to have a role on the documentary as a producer, according to the Times. Matt McKenna, a spokesman for Clinton, called the claims “inaccurate” without providing further detail while Scoresese’s spokesman declined to comment. A spokesman for HBO said “It’s not happening soon but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.”

MARCO RUBIO PREPARING PRESIDENTIAL BID: Marco Rubio is telling his staff to “proceed as if he is running for president,” according to one senior adviser, as the Florida senator takes steps to launch an official bid. He’ll need $50 million in funds to run in the primaries, which Anna Rogers, a finance director for American Crossroads, has been signed on to tackle. Rubio will also skip all Senate votes next week to make fundraising trips to California, Texas, and Chicago. He has also scheduled a book tour that will include early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada.

U.S. HOME RENTAL PRICES EXPLODE: With the economy recovering from the Great Recession, many are still seeing the effects from the housing market crash that sparked it. According to new reports by real-estate data firm Zillow, the average rental price of U.S. apartments has seen a huge spike in major cities. Within the last year, the price of apartment rentals in San Francisco has jumped 15.4 percent to a median cost of $3,031 a month. Denver rents were up 10.5 percent to $1,817, and even Kansas City spiked to $1,204, an 8.5 percent increase. Since 2000, rental prices have risen an average of 52 percent nationally, while renters’ incomes have only increased 25 percent.

AMERICANS KEEP TRYING TO BOARD WITH GUNS: According to new statistics, a record number of firearms—2,212 to be exact—were found by the Transportation Security Administration last year. And 80 percent of them were loaded. The weapons, which averaged out to six per day, were found either in carry-on luggage or on a person’s body. Other objects such as knives and grenades were also found. The airports with the most violations include Dallas/Fort Worth International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Houston George Bush, and Denver International.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The parent company of SkyMall magazine filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday. “With the increase use of electronic devices on places, fewere people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalog,” Xhibit Corp. CEO Scott Wiley said. Revenue for the brand was cut in half, down to $15.8 million in 2014, due to the abundance of Wi-Fi access on flights. The brand hopes to sale assets in order to “complete an orderly wind-down of their affairs.”

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. 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-INVESTIGATES: While not all pregnant women will crave pickles and ice cream specifically, pregnancy cravings are rooted in the body’s extra need for minerals and comfort-inducing serotonin.

FEDERER KNOCKED OUT OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Andreas Seppi knocked Roger Federer out of the Australian Open in the third round on Friday, upsetting the world’s No. 2 at Melbourne Park. The loss (4-6, 6-7, and 6-4) is the earliest exit for Federer at the Australian Open since 2001 and the first time he lost before reaching the fourth round of a grand slam since the 2004 French Open

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: Fresh off his popular podcasts with Marc Maron (WTFpod.com, episode 562) and Elvis Mitchell (KCRW.com, The Treatment), writer Lawrence Grobel will be reading from his new work and telling some of his celebrity and personal stories in “An (early) Evening with Lawrence Grobel,” Sunday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. at Book Soup on the Sunset Strip (8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood). http://www.booksoup.com/lawrence-grobel-2015

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Thursday • January 22, 2015

AIRSTRIKES KILLED ‘HALF OF ISIS LEADERS’: The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Thursday that more than half of the ISIS leadership has been killed by American and coalition airstrikes. According to Stuart Jones, the total casualty count is more than 6,000 ISIS fighters, and more than a thousand vehicles belonging to the group. “They show ISIS’s inability to supply forces inside Iraq,” he said of the numbers. On Wednesday, Kurdish forces said they broke an important ISIS supply line between Iraq and Syria with the help of airstrikes.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hillary Clinton

1.     Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was born on October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. She has two brothers, Hugh (1950) and Anthony (1957). They were raised “with traditional Midwestern values: family, church on Sunday, respect your elders, do well in school, do well in sports,” as her brother Hugh once said.

2.     Hillary Clinton was the only First Lady to be subpoenaed, for her involvement with the Whitewater controversy in 1996, and to repeatedly be deposed as part of ongoing criminal and civil investigations, including Travelgate and Filegate. Bill and Hillary were the only First Couple to be fingerprinted by the FBI.

3.     Hillary was the first First Lady to hold a postgraduate degree (Yale Law, 1973) and to run for and be elected Senator (NY, 2000).

4.     Hillary was the first woman elected to the New York senate. She was also the first woman to be made a full partner of Rose Law Firm.

5.     Shortly before she married Bill Clinton in 1975, Hillary tried to join the Marines, probably to make a political statement. The Marine recruiter rejected her on the grounds that she was “too old,” couldn’t see very well, and that she was a woman.

6.     Gennifer Flowers, who supposedly had a 12-year affair with Bill Clinton, said in 2007 that she was considering voting for Hillary for president, saying “I would love to see a woman president. I just didn’t think it would be her.”

7.     In 1997, Hillary won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio of her book It Takes a Village.

8.     In the early 1990s, when Bill Clinton was making $35,000 as governor of Arkansas, Hillary was making $100,000 a year from her law firm salary and corporate board fees. A portion of her salary was from Lafarge, a U.S. cement maker which was later fined for pollution violations at its Alabama plant.

9.     Hillary Clinton wrote to NASA as a child inquiring how to become an astronaut. NASA replied that girls could not be astronauts.

10.  Hillary has been dogged by rumors that she was a lesbian based on her assertive manner, lack of interest in her appearance during adolescence, and her entourage of women staffers who called themselves “HERC and the girls” (playing on her initials, HRC).

11.  Hugh Ellsworth Rodham (1911-1993), Hillary’s father, worked as a textile wholesaler and contributed to her initially conservative ideology. While Hillary said her childhood resembled the television series Father Knows Best, biographers have described her father as domineering and even verbally rough, which may have prepared her for the rough-and-tumble life of politics.

12.  Hillary’s fifth grade teacher, Mrs. King, was so fond of teaching Hillary, it was said that she followed her to the sixth grade so that she could have her in class for a second year.

13.  When she was a teenager, Hillary organized a baby-sitting group to look after the children of migrant Mexican workers in rural Illinois.

14.  Hillary would sometimes come to class in the ninth grade wearing her Girl Scout uniform. Perhaps not coincidentally, she would later promote school uniforms.

15.  As a young adult, Hillary was an active Republican and even campaigned for Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964. The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement in America, Wellesley influences, and her view that the Richard Nixon campaign against Nelson Rockefeller included “veiled racism” prompted Hillary to leave the Republican party.

JAPAN CAN’T GET THROUGH TO ISIS: The Japanese government says it’s been trying to communicate with ISIS but has had no contact since a video was released threatening to kill two of its nationals. The militant group asked for $200 million in ransom to spare the hostages’ lives, and demanded it be delivered within 72 hours. That timeframe is estimated to expire early Friday morning. According to top Japanese officials, Tokyo doesn’t know the current state of the hostages and will attempt to reach their captors through other governments and local leaders.

SAUDI ARABIA POSTPONES FLOGGING AGAIN: Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi is undergoing a brutal sentence of 1,000 lashes over the next 20 weeks, but is expected to have his second round of beatings suspended for the second week in a row. A medical committee found he is unfit to undergo the punishment on health grounds and recommended the flogging stop, according to Amnesty International. “Raif Badawi is still at risk, there is no way of knowing whether the Saudi Arabian authorities will disregard the medical advice and allow the flogging to go ahead,” Amnesty’s regional deputy director said. Badawi is serving a 10-year sentence for criticizing Saudi Arabia’s clerics.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that about 24% of the approximately 300,000 people who fracture a hip each year die within one year. Many others suffer serious depression and withdraw from society because they are so afraid of breaking bones. Hip fractures are one of the most serious consequences of osteoporosis.

JEB BUSH, ROMNEY TO MEET IN UTAH: Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are planning to meet in private in Utah this week, two prominent party members told The New York Times on Wednesday. Bush requested the meeting, which was planned before Romney’s announcement two weeks ago that he was considering a third run for the presidency, according to an unidentified party member. Initially, the encounter was intended for Bush to pay respect to Romney before seeking the 2016 nomination, but could now represent a planning meeting to ensure the two potential candidates don’t split the Republican Party next year.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

MedlinePlus: Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information

“Learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more.”

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Coach Bill Belichick said he did not know of any issue with the Patriots’ game balls in Sunday’s AFC Championship, and did not learn the league was investigating his team until Monday morning. He also said he did not know how the Patriots’ footballs became underinflated during the game. “I have no explanation for what happened,” he said.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***A former Disney star will appear as a future U.S. president. Wizards of Waverly Place’s David Henrie (ICM, Untitled, Jackoway Tyerman) will play Ronald Reagan as a young man in a new biopic. Reagan is told from the point of view of a KGB officer keeping tabs on Reagan since his days as an actor, SAG president and staunch anti-communist.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Alan J. Hirschfield, an executive who ran two major film studios and saw Columbia Pictures through one of Hollywood’s most colorful and chronicled financial scandals, died on Jan. 15 at his home in Wilson, Wyo. He was 79. His death, after a brief illness, was confirmed by his son Scott.

LBN-COMMENARY by Jayne Huckerby: Since the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news reports speculate that Ms. Boumeddiene, 26, may have been “the more radical of the two.” Yet one of the first questions that French authorities intend to ask her is, they say, “if she did this under influence, if she did it by ideology, if she did it to aid and abet.” While much will be made in the coming months of France’s intelligence failures, the West’s inability to appreciate the role that women play in terror should come under the highest scrutiny. Take the role of women in the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. While the group oppresses many women, many also flock to its ranks. Roughly 10 percent of its Western recruits are female, often lured by their peers through social media and instant messaging. The percentage is much higher in France: An estimated 63 of the 350 French nationals believed to be with the group are women, or just under 20 percent.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: Since the end of the 1970s, something has gone profoundly wrong in America. Inequality has soared. Educational progress slowed. Incarceration rates quintupled. Family breakdown accelerated. Median household income stagnated. “It’s morning again in America” — that was a campaign slogan by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. But, in retrospect, the average American has been stuck since the Reagan era in a predawn darkness of stagnation and inequality, and we still haven’t shaken it off, particularly since 2000. Inequality has increased further under President Obama.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Glenn Hubbard: President Obama’s economic proposals in Tuesday’s State of the Union address were a disappointment. His ideas — free community college, an enhanced tax credit for child care and higher taxes on high-income earners and large financial institutions — failed to go beyond mere talking points. With no chance of engaging the Republicans, they will surely die without a hearing. But the president’s proposals do invite a case for a comprehensive tax and entitlement reform, one based not on redistribution but on growth, work and opportunity. Our unwillingness to confront mounting inefficiencies in the nation’s tax code and growing obligations in entitlement programs has led to increasingly limited options. Corporate tax reform is held hostage to the misguided idea that tax cuts and tax increases must be balanced within the corporate sector alone, and to the faulty assumption that beneficial tax reform will not raise economic activity.

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Wednesday • January 21, 2015

OBAMA HAS WORST STATE OF THE UNION RECORD SINCE FORD, STUDY SHOWS:

Judging by his recent history, it doesn’t really matter what President Obama says in Tuesday’s State of the Union address — Congress is going to ignore him anyway.

Mr. Obama has the second-worst record of getting his State of the Union policy requests enacted into law of any president in the last five decades, according to an analysis by two scholars that puts him only above the unelected two-year presidency of Gerald Ford.

From 2009 through 2014, Mr. Obama issued 209 different calls for action from Congress in his speeches, but only saw lawmakers follow through on 64 of them — good for just 30 percent. That’s only slightly better than Mr. Ford’s 28 percent success rate, and is well below the likes of President Clinton, the previous Democratic president, who won 44 percent of his policies even though he faced a Congress more Republican than Mr. Obama has.

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Wednesday • January 21, 2015

IN STATE OF THE UNION, OBAMA DEFIANTLY SETS A BROAD AGENDA: President Obama claimed credit on Tuesday for an improving economy and defiantly told his Republican adversaries in Congress to “turn the page” by supporting an expensive domestic agenda aimed at improving the fortunes of the middle class. Released from the political constraints of a sagging economy, overseas wars and elections, Mr. Obama declared in his sixth State of the Union address that “the shadow of crisis has passed,” and he vowed to use his final two years in office fighting for programs that had taken a back seat. He called on Congress to make community college free for most students, enhance tax credits for education and child care, and impose new taxes and fees on high-income earners and large financial institutions.

11 OF 12 PATRIOTS’ FOOTBALLS DEFLATED: The New England Patriots had 11 of 12 designated game footballs underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air during their AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, an ESPN report citing anonymous sources said Tuesday. NFL officials responded to ESPN’s claim that the investigation is continuing. “We’re still awaiting findings,” Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president, told the Associated Press. The game balls were required to be inspected and approved by referee Walt Anderson two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff and no alteration of footballs is allowed under league regulations. Lighter footballs would have made it easier for quarterback Tom Brady to throw the ball and for receivers to catch. The Patriots have a history of cheating allegations, including illegally filming their opponents. The Patriots said they were cooperating with league officials while Patriots Coach Bill Belichick deferred questions to the league on Tuesday.

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FRENCH PREMIER ANNOUNCES ‘EXCEPTIONAL’ MEASURES AGAINST TERRORISM: Two weeks after one of the deadliest attacks ever to hit France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced “exceptional” measures on Wednesday to fight terrorism, including creating thousands of new counterterrorism jobs to intensify the monitoring of nearly 3,000 people the police consider surveillance targets. The moves would reinforce a set of existing laws already considered to be among the strictest in Europe. Mr. Valls made his announcements at a news conference after France formally charged and detained four men accused of providing logistical support to Amedy Coulibaly, one of the three gunmen involved in the three-day onslaught in which 17 people were killed in and around Paris.

CIA KNEW TORTURE CLAIMS WERE INFLATED: While the CIA and former members of the Bush administration have been waging a campaign in defense of the spy agency’s actions, its own internal report found that they were overstating how helpful torture had been. According to The New York Times, an internal review commissioned by former Director Leon Panetta found that the agency continuously exaggerated the intelligence it obtained during the brutal interrogations of detainees. According to the review, the CIA knew that information used to track down operatives from al Qaeda and stop terror plots did not come from interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hollywood Movies

1.     Originally, the term “movies” did not mean films, but the people who made them. It was generally used with disdain by early Hollywood locals who disliked the “invading” Easterners.

2.     The first film ever made in Hollywood was D.W. Griffith’s 1910 In Old California, a Biograph melodrama about a Spanish maiden (Marion Leonard) who has an illegitimate son with a man who later becomes governor of California. It was shot in two days.

3.     When Horace and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887, they hoped it would become a religious community. Prohibitionists, they banned liquor from the town and offered free land to anyone willing to build a church.

4.     The “running W” was a trip wire to make horses fall over at the critical moment during filming. The device broke countless horses’ legs and necks. It is now illegal.

5.     The most filmed author is William Shakespeare, including straight film versions, modern adaptations (West Side Story [1961], The Lion King [1994], etc.), and Shakespeare parodies.

6.     The shortest dialogue script since the introduction of talkies was written for Mel Brook’s Silent Movie (1976), which has only one spoken word throughout: “Non.”

The character most frequently portrayed in horror films is Count Dracula, the creation of the Irish writer Bram Stoker (1847-1912).

8.     The first motion picture to depict a non-pornographic sex act was Extase (1933) starring Hedwig Kiesler, known later as Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000). Her character flees from an impotent husband, runs naked through the woods, bathes, and then has sex with a young engineer in a hut.

9.     The earliest known American pornographic film is the 1915 A Free Ride, a.k.a. A Grass Sandwich. The film was directed by “A. Wise Guy” and was written by “Will She.”

10.  The Western Hero most portrayed on screen has been William Frederick Cody, a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, followed by William Bonny, a.k.a. Billy the Kid.

11.  The first African-American to play a leading role in a feature film was Sam Lucas (1850-1916) who was cast in the title role of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1914). The first African-American actor to make a career in films was Noble Johnson (1881-1978).

12.  The Hollywood star who played the most leading roles in feature films was John Wayne (1907-1979), who appeared in 153 movies. The star with the most screen credits is John Carradine (1906-1988), who has been in over 230 movies.

13.  The American Humane Association (AHA) objected to the scene in the Shawshank Redemption (1994) where the character Brooks feeds his crow a maggot. The AHA stated it was cruel to the maggot, and it required that the crow be fed a maggot that had died from natural causes.

14.  In The Godfather (1972), John Marley’s (Jack Wolz) scream of horror in the horse head scene was real, as he was not told that a real horse head, which was obtained from a dog food company, was going to be used.

15.  The first movie fashion fad was Hollywood star Mary Pickford’s (1892-1979) curls, which were augmented from the hair of Los Angeles prostitutes, employees of Bit Suzy’s French Whorehouse.

16.  The first nude scene in a major motion picture was of swimmer and actress Annette Kellerman (1887-1975) in A Daughter of the Gods (1916).

17.  The top five biggest grossing films on opening day in the United States and Canada before inflation are The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Dark Knight (2008), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Spider-Man 3 (2007), and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

18.  The five highest domestic grosses adjusted for inflation are Gone With the Wind (1939), Star Wars (1977), The Sound of Music (1965), E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982), and The Ten Commandments (1956).

19.  In 1923, Mark Sennett, Harry Chandler, and the Los Angeles Times put up the “Hollywoodland” (later shortened to “Hollywood”) sign to publicize a real estate development. The sign cost $21,000.

20.  For The Twilight Saga: New Moon, each actor portraying one of the wolf pack was required to have documentation proving Native American descent.

21.  The director of 2012 (2009), Roland Emmerich, is a fan of rapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson. The Jackson Curtis character in the film is 50 Cent’s real name inverted.

22.  The Twilight Saga: Twilight movie’s opening weekend totaled to $69.6 million, which was the biggest opening for a film directed by a woman and starring a woman. Nearly 80% of tickets were bought by women.

23.  The highest grossing movies never to reach number one on the U.S. charts are My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) $241,438,208, Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) $217,326,336, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) $196,519,585.

24.  The most profitable movies, based on absolute profit in worldwide gross, are Avatar (2010), Titanic (1997), Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Jurassic Park (1993), and Shrek 2 (2004).

25.  The top five largest worldwide grossing movies of all time before inflation are Avatar (2009), Titanic (1997), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and The Dark Knight (2008).

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BIDEN SECURITY FAILS TO CAPTURE GUNMAN: Authorities have no leads or suspects in Saturday’s shooting outside Vice President Joe Biden’s Delaware home after surveillance footage failed to capture any images of the gunman, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The cameras were focused on areas next to the house but not on the main road, where security agents and neighbors heard multiple shots fired before a car sped away, government officials said, requesting anonymity in discussing the investigation. The residence’s security system has been problematic in the past; setting false alarms or occasionally giving incorrect data that forced the Secret Service to turn it off for several months, according to the Post. The system was repaired in November, but following Saturday’s shooting the Secret Service is proposing to add more cameras to cover a wider area. Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff declined to comment and Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the agency does not provide information about the vice president’s security.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***A study monitoring sleep in teenagers has revealed that a lack of it can directly increase risky behavior in addition to health problems. This study is significant in that it shows that sleep doesn’t just lead to better health, it leads to better judgement as well. According to News Ledge, researchers discovered this from an analysis of survey data taken from more than 6,500 adolescents across the United States. This survey occurred in three waves across the U.S. from 1994 to 2002. Sleep patterns and both drug and alcohol use were among the factors surveyed.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Vladimir Lenin Dies (1924)

A Russian revolutionary and leader of the Bolshevik party, Lenin was a main player in the overthrow of the Russian monarchy and the creation of the Soviet Union. Trained as a lawyer, he began studying Marxism in the 1890s and soon adapted it to his own theory, Leninism. In 1917, he became virtual dictator of Russia, with Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky as his chief advisors, but he later unsuccessfully called for Stalin’s removal from the post of general secretary.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: At its core, the sun’s temperature is about 15 million degrees Celsius (about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit).

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jack Nicklaus (1940)

Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, and his legendary rivalry with Arnold Palmer helped turn the game into a major spectator sport. “The Golden Bear” turned pro in 1962 and by 1986 had played in 100 major championships, finishing in the top three 45 times. He won three British Open Championships, four US Opens, five PGA Championships, and six Masters, for a record 18 major championships.

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LBN-NOTICED: Last night an overflowed crowd showed up at Luna Park restaurant in L.A. for the latest “City Talk” event featuring acclaimed Holocaust film director Peter Hankoff. The private room, which was standing room only, was riveted by Hankoff photo exhibit of the 13 concentration camps he has visited. “City Talk” is a monthly series of sit down cocktail parties held at Luna Park featuring guest speakers and prominent L.A. guests.

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Merriam-Webster: Visual Dictionary

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I’ve never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won’t go to pay for this? When you don’t call things by their real name, you always get in trouble. And this administration, so fearful of being accused of Islamophobia, is refusing to make any link to radical Islam from the recent explosions of violence against civilians (most of them Muslims) by Boko Haram in Nigeria, by the Taliban in Pakistan, by Al Qaeda in Paris and by jihadists in Yemen and Iraq. We’ve entered the theater of the absurd. Last week the conservative columnist Rich Lowry wrote an essay in Politico Magazine that contained quotes from White House spokesman Josh Earnest that I could not believe. I was sure they were made up. But I checked the transcript: 100 percent correct. I can’t say it better than Lowry did.

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Tuesday • January 20, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sex

1.     During 30 minutes of active sex, the average person burns approximately 200 calories.

2.     On average, adult men think about sex every seven seconds.

3.     Having sex at least once per week can lower a man’s risk of heart disease by 30%, stroke by 50%, and diabetes by 40%. It has also been shown that men with an active sex life are more likely to live past 80 years.

4.     The average size of an erect penis measures between 5 and 6 inches, while the average size of a flaccid penis is about 3.5 inches.

5.     The sperm count of the average American male in 2008 was down nearly 30% from the sperm count of an average American male 30 years ago.

6.     Viagra, the well-known blue pill designed to help with erectile dysfunction, made $411 million in profits within the first three months of its release in 1998 before going on to make $1.8 billion in 2003.

7.     Use of the condom was first noted in published literature in the early 1500s. The device was originally made of linen, and historians believe the legendary lover Casanova used linen condoms.

8.     Historical records show that even in 1850 B.C., women attempted to practice birth control. The most common method was a mixture of crocodile dung and honey placed in the vagina in the hopes of preventing pregnancy.

9.     Although nearly any body part or item of clothing may be an object of sexual fetishism, the shoe and the foot are the two most common fetishes in Western society.

10.  Just a decade ago, only 25% of women reported experiencing orgasm as a result of intercourse. In recent years, this number has risen to about 45%. In contrast, over 80% of women report experiencing orgasm though oral sex.

11.  The vibrator, a common sex toy for women, was originally designed in the nineteenth century as a medication to combat the anxiety-related symptoms of “hysteria” (now known as menstruation).

12.  Homosexuality was listed as a mental illness with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) until 1973. It has since been removed and is now considered an orientation by the APA instead of an illness.

13.  Throughout the United States, approximately 4% of the population self-identifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

14.  Approximately 1% of people worldwide identify as asexual (having no strong sexual attraction to either sex).

15.  Statistics suggest that approximately one in every five Americans has indulged in sex with a colleague at work.

16.  Approximately 70% of people in the U.S. admit to fantasizing about group sex at some point in their life, and more than 50% of those people actually follow through.

17.  Nearly one in four Americans (65 millions people) are currently living with an incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD).

18.  During 2007, more than 2.5 million people worldwide became infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. With these new cases, there are now 33 million people living with AIDS throughout the world.

19.  Since AIDS was first diagnosed in 1981, more than 25 million people have died as a result of the virus. Two million people died from AIDS in the year 2007 alone.

20.  The average male produces several million new sperm daily. Conversely, a female is born with a finite amount of eggs and will produce no more than that throughout her lifetime.

21.  Statistics show that approximately 90% of men and 65% of women masturbate from time to time.

22.  Worldwide, 27.5% of women report that they felt pressured into having sex for the first time compared to 15% of men reporting the same feelings.

23.  According to a 2007 worldwide sex survey, the average age when people first have sex is 19.25. The survey also found that people in Asian countries tended to lose their virginity at a much later age (an average of 22) than those in Western cultures (an average of 18).

24.  Outside of the bedroom, the most common place for adults in the U.S. to have sex is the car.

25.  The average couple spends about 20 minutes engaged in sexual foreplay prior to intercourse.

CHINA GROWTH HITS 24-YEAR LOW: China’s economy grew 7.4 percent in 2014, the slowest growth number since 1990 and just shy of its official 7.5 percent target. The source of the slowdown is perceived to be China’s property market, which has shown significant weakness this year. In addition, there is the fear of a fiscal crisis as local governments are awash in debt and depend on land sales for their revenue.

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ECONOMY BOOSTS OBAMA’S APPROVAL RATINGS: More Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of the economy, boosting his ratings ahead of the annual State of the Union Address, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday. The poll found that 49 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama handled the economy, which is the most who have said they do since his first year in office. Meanwhile, 45 percent of Americans said they’re satisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, the highest number in the poll since January 2004, signaling a more optimistic shift that could help the Democratic Party as it prepares for the 2016 presidential election. Obama’s overall job-approval jumped to 46 percent—his highest rating since October 2013—but still nearly six in 10 respondents said the nation is headed in the wrong direction.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Iran Releases 52 American Hostages (1981)

The overthrow of Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi of Iran by an Islamic revolutionary government in February 1979 led to a steady deterioration in Iranian-American relations. In September of that year, the exiled shah was allowed into the US for medical treatment, prompting Iranian students called the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line to seize the US embassy in Tehran and take 66 Americans hostage. After 444 days, the last 52 hostages were released.

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POPE: NO NEED TO BREED ‘LIKE RABBITS’: Upon his return from Asia, Pope Francis suggested that Catholics shouldn’t feel like they have to breed “like rabbits,” and can follow church-approved natural contraceptive methods to prevent them from having too many children. “Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits—but no,” he said to reporters while flying from the Philippines to Rome. However, the 78-year-old Argentine reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s stance on contraception, condemning artificial birth-control methods and criticizing the Philippines’ recent legislation to make contraceptives more accessible to the public.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Kim Fowley, the Los Angeles rock ’n’ roll record producer, songwriter, publisher, promoter, singer, and Svengali — most famously for the Runaways, the mid-’70s girl group — died on Thursday at his home in Hollywood. He was 75. The cause was bladder cancer, his wife, Kara Wright Fowley, said.   ***ASAP Yams, the hip-hop executive who helped start the career of ASAP Rocky, the popular Harlem rapper whose 2013 studio album, “Long.Live.ASAP,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, has died. He was 26. ASAP Rocky confirmed his death in a Twitter post. The circumstances of his death were not immediately available.

“GREEN BAY WILL BE BACK” PREDICTS PACKER’S INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER BUT ADMITS:  HIS “MAGIC” WAS NO MATCH FOR THE SEAHAWK’S NFL “MIRACLE”: Inspirational speaker, magician, and author Adam Christing spoke to the Green Bay Packers Saturday.  It was the night before the Packer’s epic championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. Christing says, “It sure looked like they had the game in the bag.” But then things turned surreal.  Christing told the E-lert: “Each moment in the last 5 minutes of that game felt like part of a mushrooming miracle for the Seahawks–the onside kick, the 2-point conversion, dream-like passes by Wilson, even the overtime coin toss–it all went Seattle’s way.  It was stunning.” But Christing says, “These men, the Packers, are salt-of-the-earth guys.  They can still hold their heads up after Sunday’s heart-wrenching loss. They are 13-time world champions. Trust me. They’ll be back in a big way next year.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: All college commencements are happy, but community-college commencements are the happiest of all. Many of the graduates are the first in their extended family to have earned degrees. When their name is read, big cheering sections erupt with horns and roars from the stands. Many students are older; you’ll see 50- or 60-year-old women grasping their diplomas awash in happy tears. The graduates often know exactly where they’re going to work; they walk with an extra sense of security as they head off campus. These bright days serve as evidence that America can live up to its dream of social mobility, that there is hope at a time when the ladder upward seems creaky and inadequate.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Last week, several Republican senators, including John McCain, called on President Obama to stop releasing detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Their argument was that after the terror attacks in Paris, the 122 prisoners still in Guantánamo should be made to stay right where they are, where they can do the West no harm. On Tuesday, one of those detainees, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was sent to Guantánamo in 2002 and remains there to this day, is poised to offer a powerful rejoinder. Three years into his detention — years during which he was isolated, tortured, beaten, sexually abused and humiliated — Slahi wrote a 466-page, 122,000-word account of what had happened to him up to that point.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: The state of the union, food-wise, is not good. The best evidence is that more than 46.5 million Americans are receiving SNAP benefits — formerly food stamps — a number that has not changed much since 2013, when it reached its highest level ever. Even if you allow for fraud, which barely exists (imagine being so desperate that you’d risk imprisonment for $130 a month; I doubt you can), the number would be far higher if everyone who was eligible knew it, if pride and stigma were not issues and if it were easier to enroll. Still, 15 percent of the nation is bad enough; it’s roughly equivalent to the population of Spain.

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Tuesday • January 20, 2015

ISIS THREATENS TO KILL JAPANESE HOSTAGES:

A new online video that surfaced Tuesday claims to show Islamic State militants threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a ransom of $200 million in the next 72 hours, but Tokyo has responded it will not to bow to “terrorism,” the AFP reports. The video was posted on militant websites associated with ISIS and was purportedly made by the Islamic State group’s al-Furqan media arm. Footage reveals two hostages in orange jumpsuits that the jihadi names as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa. The militant, speaking with a British accent, said Japan was targeted for supporting Western military efforts. “You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims,” the jihadi said on camera. Speaking in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that ISIS should immediately release the hostages, saying that “their lives are the top priority.” Back in Japan, chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga declined to say if a ransom would be paid, but did say, “If true, the act of threat in exchange of people’s lives is unforgivable and we feel strong indignation. We will make our utmost effort to win their release as soon as possible.”

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