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Saturday • December 20, 2014

N. KOREA OFFERS JOINT INQUIRY INTO HACKS: A day after the Federal Bureau of Investigation claimed that North Korea is behind the Sony hacks, an unidentified official from the country’s foreign ministry released a statement offering to help the United States—or else. “As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident,” the statement says. “We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as what the CIA does.” The nameless official also added, “The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with.”

SONY CEO WANTS TO SHOW ‘THE INTERVIEW’: In response to President Obama’s remark that Sony “made a mistake” in pulling The Interview from theaters, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton told CNN on Friday that “we have not caved. We have not given in. We have persevered and we have not backed down.” He explained that the studio “had no alternative” but to cancel The Interview’s planned Dec. 25 theatrical release because “movie theaters came to us one by one and announced that they would not carry the movie.” He added that the hack is the “worst cyberattack in American history,” but insisted that Sony “would still like the public to see this movie. Absolutely.” Later on Friday afternoon, Lynton told NPR’s All Things Considered that Sony would like to make The Interview available digitally, but “we need partners.” He said he has spoken with Seth Rogen and they “were in this decision together.” He added that Sony was actually “extremely well-prepared for conventional cyberattacks—most companies would have had the same vulnerabilities.”

SCOTUS OKS GAY MARRIAGE IN FLORIDA: With a one-paragraph order on Friday night, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block same-sex marriages in Florida, allowing the marriages to begin after January 5. Florida’s ban on gay marriage was previously ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, but that ruling was placed on hold until after pending appeals. “This is a thrilling day for all Florida families,” American Civil Liberties of Florida attorney Daniel Tilley said in a statement. “As we explained to the court, every day that the ban remains in place, couples are suffering real harms. We are grateful that the court recognized that, and that as a result, those days are finally coming to an end.”

US SENDS 4 AFGHANS BACK HOME FROM GUANTANAMO: The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Obama administration officials said they worked quickly to fulfil the request from Ghani, in office just three months, to return the four, who had been cleared for transfer as a kind of reconciliation and mark of improved U.S.-Afghan relations. There is no requirement that the Afghan government further detain the men, identified as Mohammed Zahir, Shawali Khan, Abdul Ghani and Khi Ali Gul.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Guitar legend Carlos Santana, along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.

FBI MISHANDLED EVIDENCE ALL OVER AMERICA: An internal investigation at the Federal Bureau of Investigation has found that the agency mishandled, mislabeled, and lost evidence in every region of the country. The agency is also storing more weapons, two tons more drugs, and less money and valuables than its records indicate. The report was based on a review of more than 41,000 pieces of evidence in FBI offices and could affect future criminal investigations, since lawyers are able to get evidence thrown out of court because of record-keeping discrepancies. Most of the mistakes appear to come from the FBI’s transition to a computer system called Sentinel. But some of the errors include disappearing evidence, which is more serious. “A majority of the errors identified were due in large part to human error, attributable to a lack of training and program management oversight,” auditors wrote in the report.

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CHARLES MANSON SON SLAMS GOLD DIGGER BRIDE: Convicted killer Charles Manson’s would-be bride is a gold digger, his son claims. Matthew Roberts said that his father’s would-be bride, 26-year-old  Afton Burton, is only pursuing the 80-year-old for his savings. “For me, the whole thing is about money for her,” he told UK MailOnline. “I absolutely believe that, there’s no doubt in my mind.’ The murderer and Burton have been OK’d for a marriage license and have 90 days — until approximately Feb. 4, 2015 — to tie the knot until it expires. Burton, who regularly visits Manson in the Kings County, Calif. he’s held in, and runs websites proclaiming his innocence, was seen brandishing a ring recently, spurring speculation the two had indeed wed. Roberts, 47,  (whose mother was raped by Manson during a 1967 orgy) sent a stern message to his father’s  paramour Burton. “I am warning her, if she has married my dad — who is the most hated man in America — she needs to realize she will become the most hated woman in America.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Over the past 25 years, the total immigrant population has increased and spread across the country. In 1990, the foreign-born population was 19.7 million or 7.9 percent of the U.S. total, with nearly 3 out of 4 immigrants (73 percent) living in either California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, or Texas. By 2010, approximately 40 million immigrants made up 13 percent of the overall population, and the proportion of immigrants residing in the six leading states dropped to 65 percent. Over that same time, other states including Nevada, North Carolina, and Washington experienced large growth in their foreign-born populations.

MICHAEL PHELPS PLEADS GUILTY TO DUI: Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps avoided jail Friday by pleading guilty to drunken driving charges in Baltimore. The 29-year-old gold medalist still faces 18 months of supervised probation but plans to compete again after his six-month suspension from USA Swimming ends in April. “The last three months of my life have been some of the hardest times I’ve ever gone through,” Phelps said from the courthouse steps. “Some of the biggest learning experiences that I’ve ever had, finding out a lot about myself. For this day, I’m happy to be moving forward, and I’ll continue to grow from this. I’ll continue on my path of recovery. The next couple years are going to be very challenging, and I’m very pleased and very happy that I have great support around me.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 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.

KURDS TAKE MT. SINJAR FROM ISIS: A two-day offensive involving 8,000 Kurdish pesh merga fighters has succeeded in recapturing a significant amount of territory from ISIS, breaking its hold on land between the autonomous Kurdish region and the Syrian border. It also managed to break the siege of Mount Sinjar where thousands of Yazidis were trapped and facing death this summer. A statement from the Kurdistan Regional Security Council called the battle “the single biggest military offensive against ISIS, and the most successful.” It was backed up by 53 airstrikes from the American-led coalition.

TEENS FLEE FACEBOOK SAYS HOLLYWOOD MEDIA EXPERT: According to Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine, the percentage of American teenagers on Facebook continued to drop in the past year. “The number of active users age 13 to 17 fell from 94 percent in 2013 to 88 percent this year. In 2012, the figure was 95 percent” noted Levine. In the same report, Twitter and other messaging apps like Snapchat and Kik increased their usage among teenagers. Levine says that “one of the biggest reasons teens cited for leaving was trust issues regarding the social network. Just 9 percent said they viewed it as “safe” or “trustworthy.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***A Liberace hologram is set to tour the world with a debut performance scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, though no dates have been announced yet.   ***Larry Smith, producer of some of the most cherished hip-hop records of the Eighties, including Run-D.M.C.’s first two albums, died Thursday at the age of 63. Radio host Combat Jack broke the news on Twitter, writing: “Just spoke to his family. RIP Larry Smith, the original King of Beats who passed away last night.”   ***Paul McCartney revealed that he recently tried writing a song about the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson and Staten Island in an interview with The Associated Press. While the former Beatle admitted his initial attempts proved fruitless, he hasn’t given up on the song.

MISS WORLD PAGEANT AXES SWIMSUIT SEGMENT: As part of an effort to make Miss World “more of an ambassador, not a beauty queen,” the competition will eliminate the pageant’s swimsuit competition. “The organization has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isn’t the path they’re trying to take,” Chris Wilmer, national director of Miss World America/Miss United States organization told ABC News. “It’s not just a beauty contest, it’s ‘beauty with a purpose.’ There didn’t seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit.” In lieu of the bikini portion, the competition will focus on contestants’ dedication to charity work. “It’s more about the outreach and what a woman could do with a title like Miss World,” Wilmer said.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: British Medical Journal, which on Wednesday published a study analyzing Dr. Oz’s claims along with those made on another medical talk show. What they found wasn’t reassuring. The researchers, led by Christina Korownyk of the University of Alberta, charged medical research either didn’t substantiate — or flat out contradicted — more than half of Oz’s recommendations. “Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects of these benefits,” the article said. “… The public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Samuel Mudd (1833)

Mudd was the physician who set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, just hours after Booth fled the crime scene. A Confederate sympathizer, Mudd was accused of aiding Booth’s escape and tried along with Booth’s other accomplices. Throughout, Mudd maintained that he had not recognized the disguised Booth, an acquaintance of his, and had been unaware of the assassination, but he was nonetheless convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Film producer Mark Joseph is writing a new book called “Rock Gets Religion: The Battle for the Soul of the Devil’s Music due out in the Spring of 2015.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Mandy Rice-Davies, a former nightclub dancer and model who achieved notoriety in 1963 in one of Britain‘s most spectacular Cold War sex scandals, died on Thursday. She was 70. Her publicist said in a statement confirming the death that Ms. Rice-Davies had endured a “short battle with cancer.” The statement did not say where she died.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: There may not be a lightness to his step, a lilt in his voice or a bit of jauntiness returned to his manner. The office ages everyone prematurely, and makes spontaneity all but impossible. But President Obama is acting like a man who’s been given the political equivalent of a testosterone boost. Perhaps the best thing to happen to him was the crushing blow his party took in the midterm elections. Come January, Republicans will have their largest House majority in 84 years — since Herbert Hoover was president. Granted, no politician wants to join Hoover and history in the same sentence. But Obama is not cowering or conceding. He’s been liberated by defeat, becoming the president that many of his supporters hoped he would be.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Flemming Rose: Sony’s decision to pull “The Interview” — an enormous act of self-censorship under threat of violence — somehow comes as no great surprise to me. It is the culmination of an insidious trend of self-censorship in the face of intimidation that has plagued Western culture for more than a decade. Nine years ago, as culture editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, I commissioned cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to start a debate about how we talk about Islam. In commissioning the cartoons, my newspaper was reacting to a pattern of self-censorship among publishers, writers, museums, theaters and performers. Institutions like the Tate museum in London and the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden, had called off shows or removed artwork from exhibits. Illustrators in Denmark were even afraid to make drawings for a children’s book on Muhammad.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Konrad Trope (Attorney): Folks, remember the kid in Colorado who shot up a movie theater? How would you feel if your son or daughter or spouse or significant other was injured or killed in a theater complex where the Interview was being shown? Then you would all be screaming that Sony put profits ahead of public safety. The theaters are not set up for any kind of patron security screening. I think Sony made the right decision and Obama should focus on solving the problem of cyberattacks. I assure you, Mr. Obama can watch any movie he wants.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Bald men make me want to puke.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Seth Rogen is said to be angry and disappointed that Sony has mothballed “The Interview,” but he will not sue the studio for the millions of dollars he has lost as the writer, director, and producer of the comedy about an assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Rogen remained silent Friday on the devastating hacking assault on Sony, but an insider categorically denied Rogen would sue.   ***Stephen Collins says he doesn’t fit the “clinical or dictionary definition” of the term pedophile. Clearly troubled by the onset of questions about his sexual misconduct with underage girls decades ago, Collins painfully answered inquiries posed by Katie Couric in a new clip from their interview set to air on “20/20″ on Friday night.

LBN-ETC: J. Neil Schulman on Russia Today says: “Sony Pictures has succumbed to terrorists”: J. Neil Schulman Writer and Director of Alongside Night appeared on Russia Today (RT.com) discussing Sony Studios pulling the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” from distribution because of terrorist threats linked to North Korea. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liuqigsS0mY&feature=em-share_video_user

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Friday • December 19, 2014

FBI: NORTH KOREA HACKED SONY VIA CHINA: U.S. officials tell Reuters that the FBI will announce today that North Korea was responsible for hacking Sony Pictures and did so through Chinese computer networks. The FBI’s statement will come before President Obama’s previously scheduled press conference at 1:30 p.m. EST. The news comes two days after Sony pulled The Interview and several movie theaters refused to show it out of alleged fear for public safety when the hackers promised 9/11-style attacks. In addition, Paramount refused to allow screenings of Team America in its place.

CLOONEY CALLS HOLLYWOOD COWARDS ON HACK: George Clooney lambasted the press for its coverage of the Sony hack and criticized Hollywood Thursday, adding that industry leaders “ran for the hills” rather than sign his petition to stand behind the embattled studio. Clooney circulated a petition last week to support Sony Pictures in not succumbing to hacker threats, but no one signed out of fear, he said. In an interview with Deadline.com, Clooney said media “played the fiddle while Rome burned,” hedging over North Korea’s involvement. “With just a little bit of work, you could have found out that it wasn’t just probably North Korea; it was North Korea,” he said. Clooney also criticized the press for focusing on emails rather than the implications the hack could have on the future. “Here, we’re talking about an actual country deciding what content we’re going to have,” he said. “We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f*cking people.

UK: WOMEN SOLDIERS SHOULD FIGHT: British Defense Minister Michael Fallon announced on Friday that he is supportive of the idea of women serving in combat roles after a review of the current ban determined the change would not damage troop cohesion. “Roles in our armed forces should be determined by ability not gender,” Fallon said. “I hope that, following further work on our training regimes and equipment, we can open up combat roles to women in 2016.” Currently, women cannot join the infantry or armored corps. However, before a ban would be lifted, the ministry says it needs to look into the impact on women’s health and “further research into the physiological demands placed on those in close combat roles.”

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Best-selling author Laura Hillenbrand along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.

NEBRASKA, OKLAHOMA SUE COLORADO OVER POT: Two neighboring states, Nebraska and Oklahoma, have asked the Supreme Court to strike down Colorado’s law legalizing marijuana. According to the two states, “the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system. Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems.” In response, the attorney general for Colorado, John Suthers, declared the lawsuit is “without merit” and that “it appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado.”

REVENGE – PAKISTAN KILLS 67 TALIBAN: In response to nationwide cries for retribution after the Pakistani Taliban killed 148 people in a school massacre, Pakistan killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region. In addition, a Pakistani prosecutor announced that the government would try to cancel the bail granted to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The Army also signed death warrants for six “hard core terrorists.”

WORLD’S DEEPEST FISH FOUND: Unmanned landers deployed in the Mariana Trench have set a new record by discovering the world’s deepest fish. The creature was found at a depth of 26,772 feet beneath the surface, beating a previous record by 1,600 feet. The fish is believed to be a type of snailfish. “We think it is a snailfish, but it’s so weird-looking; it’s up in the air in terms of what it is.” said one of the lead scientists, Dr. Alan Jamieson. “It is unbelievably fragile, and when it swims, it looks like it has wet tissue paper floating behind it. And it has a weird snout—it looks like a cartoon dog snout.

CHINA DEMOTES 1,000 SENIOR OFFICIALS: As part of an effort to crack down on graft, the Chinese government has demoted 1,000 senior officials whose families live abroad and refused to return to China. The officials were part of a group of 3,200 so-called naked officials (the term used for those whose families are overseas) that China announced it had discovered on Monday. According to the government, these individuals are at a high risk for embezzlement. According to the government, from 1978 to 2003, at least 4,000 corrupt officials fled the country taking at least $50 billion with them.

U.S. NOW PROTECTS TRANSGENDER WORKERS: According to a memo released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department will now interpret federal law to prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people. The Justice Department will be able to bring legal claims on behalf of people who say they have been discriminated against because of their sex identity. The federal government will also no longer be able to take the position that the sex discrimination-banning Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not explicitly protect against workplace discrimination based on gender status.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Ralph Fiennes and Willem Dafoe lunching at Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel in NYC, where Selena Gomez and Lena Dunham dined separately.   ***Alessandro Nivola rushing from his show “The Elephant Man” to a wrap party for wife Emily Mortimer’s HBO series “Doll & Em” at the Leonora   ***Bruce Willis at Blue Fin in Times Square in NYC.   ***Jessica Alba at Antonioni’s in NYC.   ***Michael Caine at Cibo Wine Bar in South Beach . . .Bill and Hillary Clinton chatting with Ralph and Ricky Lauren at Andrea Bocelli’s MSG show .    ***Producer Lawrence Bender at the Soho House in West Hollywood last week.   ***Dr. Robert Kotler having dinner at the new Palm in Beverly Hills last week.    ***Comedian / author Adam Chrisiting having dinner at the popular Luna Park restaurant in Hollywood.   ***Prominent California Dentist Dr. Leslie Bonar having dinner at the popular Chaya Venice restaurant on Main Street in Venice.   ***Manager Chuck Biner having lunch last week with actor Steve Guttenberg at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine participating in the on-going “I Can’t Breath” digital protest. The words memorialize the final words of New York City man Eric Garner, who died in July after a police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. A video recording of the incident showed Garner repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe.”


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is a deadbeat as well as a perv, according to a California legal complaint against him. Epstein allegedly owes $103,500 — presumably chump change for the “billionaire” — to crisis p.r. firm Sitrick & Co., which the ex-con hired after a wave of bad press in 2011 stemming from his rekindled friendship with Prince Andrew.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Regular doses of ibuprofen could allow people to live up to 12 years longer. In tests, the drug appears to hold back the ageing process as well as helping fight disease. Ibuprofen, which is used every day at home by people to treat inflammation, pain and fever, may be the key to developing a long sought after anti-ageing drug.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The most extensive screen tests in the history of motion pictures were held for the role of Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. MGM shot 149,000 feet of black-and-white test film and another 13,000 feet of color film with 60 actresses.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Linda Deutsch, the trial reporter for Associated Press who got her start in the courthouse as a fill-in covering the Charles Manson family in 1969, will retire on Monday. She plans to write a memoir, AP just announced in a story out of the Los Angeles bureau. Deutsch, 71, will have spent 48 years with the wire service, after beginning as the only woman in the LA office.

BOSTON’S RAJON RONDO TRADED TO DALLAS: Rajon Rondo will soon bid farewell to Boston, as the Celtics finalize a deal to trade the All-Star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jammer Nelson and a future first- and second-round draft pick. The deal is on course to be completed Thursday night. Rondo, who is now in the final year of his contract, had a 2014-15 salary set at $12.9 million.

RATING PLAN FOR COLLEGES IS UNVEILED BY THE U.S.: In a report due out on Friday, the Obama administration will offer its first public glimpse of a planned system for rating how well colleges perform, saying it plans to group schools into just three broad categories — good, bad and somewhere between. In detailing what elements the system is likely to contain, the Department of Education also revealed how dauntingly complex the project has been, and how it continues to be hampered by the limitations of the data available.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Ernie Terrell, who briefly shared the heavyweight championship with the fighter then widely known as Cassius Clay and who later, after refusing to acknowledge that Clay had taken the Muslim name Muhammad Ali, was battered by him in a 15-round grudge match, died on Tuesday in Chicago. He was 75. His sister Love Mickens confirmed the death. She said he had dementia.   ***Virna Lisi, who first captivated Italian moviegoers with her smoldering eyes, sulky smile and stunning beauty before sweeping into Hollywood in the 1960s to star opposite such leading men as Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis, died on Wednesday. She was 78. Ms. Lisi had recently been told that she had an incurable illness, her family said in a statement to the Italian news media. The statement did not indicate where she died.   ***Dr. Lee W. Wattenberg, a medical researcher who helped jump-start the field of cancer prevention, finding weapons in the food people eat — including chemical compounds in broccoli, cabbage, coffee and garlic — died on Dec. 9 in Minneapolis. He was 92. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease, his daughter Elizabeth Wattenberg said.   ***Harold Schulweis, the rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino for nearly 45 years, was “regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation,” the Jewish Journal says today. “Schulweis recognized the power of congregations to shape the lives of a generation of Jews isolated from community and alienated from their traditions. In 1970, he took the pulpit of VBS in the burgeoning San Fernando Valley. Under his leadership, the synagogue grew to become the largest Conservative congregation in the Western United States.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: If you’re the type who finds macho posturing impressive, Vladimir Putin is your kind of guy. Sure enough, many American conservatives seem to have an embarrassing crush on the swaggering strongman. “That is what you call a leader,” enthused Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, after Mr. Putin invaded Ukraine without debate or deliberation. But Mr. Putin never had the resources to back his swagger. Russia has an economy roughly the same size as Brazil’s. And, as we’re now seeing, it’s highly vulnerable to financial crisis — a vulnerability that has a lot to do with the nature of the Putin regime.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past decades, the case for enhancing union power has grown both stronger and weaker. On the one hand, as wages have stagnated while profits have soared, it does seem that there is something out of whack in the balance of power between labor and capital. Workers need some new way to collectively bargain for more money. On the other hand, unions, and especially public-sector unions, have done a lot over the past decades to rigidify workplaces, especially government. Teachers’ unions have become the single biggest impediment to school reform. Police unions have become an impediment to police reform.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I saw this ugly episode on Fairfax Ave. last night in the midst for this disgusting Christmas season. When solicited for a donation by a homeless dude, a penurious man with big eyes  began to extend a nickel, but, thinking twice, withdrew it. I gave the guy a quarter, which he refuse saying he wouldn’t accept anything lower than a dollar.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Angelina Jolie could once again land in a mental hospital in the wake of the hacking scandal that’s hit Hollywood, say friends, according to sources. Angie “has gone berserk,” sources said, after a leaked email revealed producer Scott Rudin blasted her as “a minimally talented spoiled brat” with a “rampaging spoiled ego.” In the email, Rudin was trying to pressure Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal into shelving a proposed “Cleopatra” film starring the 39-year-old actress.   ***Sarah Silverman has signed on to star on a comedy with HBO, an individual with knowledge of the deal said. The untitled project focuses on the comedienne portraying an honest woman dealing with a midlife crisis.

LBN-ETC: Israelis, this one’s for you! Before Ariel Sharon ate himself into a coma, he identified your Messiah by name, in red ink Hebrew script, on Israeli government letterhead. His clarion call is reproduced on the cover of “The Lives of Elijah Brooks”, Amazon.com, et al. Remain silent and perish. Or awaken to your responsibility, and live, ye nation of Cohens. If the next holocaust is allowed to coalesce, it will be biblical in scale, and global in extent. Doing nothing is not an option. Tell Bibi, I’m waiting for his reply. Sincerely, Elijah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNBPtuJfqVg

LBN-ETC: The Outer Limits Of Inner Truth (www.outerlimitsradio.com) radio show offers a unique insight into their guests. The program focuses on respected spiritual teachers (& interesting people both alive & dead) and features a “Forensic Soul Analysis” by four experts. They include: Psychic Mediums & Past Life Readers Kerrie O’Connor, Laura Lynn, Lisa Caza, and Astrologer Constance Stellas. Previous shows have included Forensic Soul Analysis on: Howard Stern, NHL Legend Mark Messier, Mick Foley, Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo and others. “The Outer Limits of Inner Truth” can be heard on KKRP 1610 AM, iTunes, and Blogtalkradio.

LBN-ETC: Are you a trend setter? A foodie? A little of both? Want to show your friends how food-hip you are? Then you need to check out Phil’s Food Reviews! Phil Lempert has been checking out the latest foods for thirty years on the TODAY Show, The View, Oprah, Dr. Oz, Home & Family to name just a few. Each day Phil posts a new review along with nutritionals and product info. Check out today’s food review HERE and see the secret source that food buyers and supermarket execs have been using for years. Visit SupermarketGuru.com for all the latest food trends.

LBN-ETC: Grow your business! Small business owners are now growing thanks to access of a new app called Rain. Previously this technology was only available to Starbucks, now Rain is opening it up to local business owners. “We believe that local businesses are the key to building strong local communities, we did not think it was fair to keep them from the secret weapons that were being used by the fortune 500 companies..That’s why we released Rain to all business owners.” – Skyler Sutton, RAIN founder. Visit www.RainLocal.com or search “Local advertising” in the app store.

LBN-ETC: She looks like Doris Day, sounds like Doris Day and acts like Doris Day. That’s KRISTI KING in her tribute show “QUE SERA!” telling the life stories and singing the greatest hits of the beloved actress-singer. “Brings back great memories, thoroughly entertaining, the kind of show you’d expect to see in Las Vegas.” “Combining stories, songs, and her spot-on look, Kristi brings the legend to life. A fun trip down memory lane.” “The best show we’ve ever had!” “Que Sera!” is available for booking. See QueSeraTheMusical.com. Call 425-653-3036. A portion of ticket sales goes to DDAF (Doris Day Animal Foundation)

LBN-ETC: If you grew up listening to a great Top 40 radio station, check out the new internet radio station, www.fantasy-radio.com Every hour, Fantasy Radio transforms into a different legendary Top 40 Powerhouse of the Past, from cities all across America. Each hour we salute a different station and different city. It’s radio, the way it used to be. The best music variety you can’t find anywhere else with a music mix of the 70s, 80s, 90s and NOW.Listen live online or on your smartphone. Free iDevice app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fantasy-radio/id924957603?mt=8 Free Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.web.radios Join the fantasy https://www.facebook.com/FantasyRadioOnline

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Thursday • December 18, 2014

JOURNEY TO RECONCILIATION VISITED WORLDS OF PRESIDENTS, POPES AND SPIES: The deal that freed an American jailed in Cuba and ended 53 years of diplomatic estrangement between the United States and Cuba was blessed at the highest levels of the Holy See but cut in the shadowy netherworld of espionage. A personal appeal from Pope Francis, American officials said, was critical in persuading Cuba’s president, Raúl Castro, to agree to a prisoner swap and the freeing of the American aid worker Alan P. Gross. The pope, officials said, acted as a “guarantor” that both sides would live up to the terms of a deal reached in secret. The most tangible breakthrough, however, came almost a year into the talks, when the United States, at loggerheads with Cuba, proposed to swap three Cuban agents jailed in the United States for a Cuban working for American intelligence who had been held in a jail in Cuba for nearly 20 years.

AIR POLLUTION LINKED TO AUTISM: According to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health, women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism. Researchers focused on 1,767 children born from 1990 to 2002, including 245 diagnosed with autism. “One of the unique aspects of the study we did is that it provides an even stronger piece of evidence for there being a causal effect,” said Marc Weisskopf, an associate professor of environmental and occupational epidemiology at Harvard who was an author for the study. “It’s really the pollution doing it.”

U.S. FINDS NORTH KOREA BEHIND SONY HACK: The U.S. government has determined that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the cyberattack on Sony Pictures. U.S. investigators penetrated North Korean computer networks to trace the source of the hacking. According to investigators, the primary suspects are members of a North Korean cybersecurity unit called Bureau 121. However, it has not been ruled out that it is an insider at Sony with a grudge that cooperated with an outside group like the North Koreans. The White House is debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of launching a cyberterrorism campaign against Sony. According to The New York Times, the NSA tried four years ago to infiltrate the country’s elite cyberteam to monitor malware, but the system is not foolproof as a lot of the hacking is done from China. This time, the hacking was done from server centers across the globe, but one, in Bolivia, was the same used in the attack on South Korea.

ISLAMIC STATE PENAL CODE PROMISES CRUCIFIXION, LASHING FOR UNBELIEVERS: The Islamic State (IS) has published its own penal code, which harshly penalizes actions such as sodomy and blasphemy with punishments including execution, crucifixion, lashing, and the severing of limbs, among other penalties. IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) issued the detailed document as a “warning and a reminder to people living under its rule” that any behavior not in accordance with strict Islamic law will be cruelly punished, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which translated a copy of the penal code posted at a radical online depot known as the Jihadi Media Platform. Radical militants associated with IS emphasized that they have a “commitment” to enforce the brutal doctrine “vigilantly,” according to MEMRI.

DEATH PENALTY HITS 20-YEAR LOW: A total of 35 death-row inmates were executed in the U.S. in 2014, the lowest number since 1994. Meanwhile, death sentences hit a 40-year low, to about 72, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The decrease in executions is partly because of lethal-injection drug shortages and legal fights over botched procedures. As far as death sentences, the center’s Executive Director Richard Dieter said he believes that, “The realization that mistakes have been made, that innocent people are still being freed, has made juries hesitant. They are willing to convict but not sentence to death. There is a demand for perfect proof, and so prosecutors are taking more plea bargains.”

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PALESTINIANS: ISRAELI WITHDRAWAL BY 2017: An Arab-backed draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of lands captured in 1967 was submitted to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, setting a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli security forces by the end of 2017. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said the draft, sponsored by Jordan on behalf of Palestine, does not oppose further negotiations over the issue. The resolution calls for reaching a peace agreement within a year that “fulfills the vision of two independent democratic and prosperous states.” The U.S., which has previously vetoed measures targeting Israel, has declined to comment on whether it will use its veto power on the latest resolution.

MORE! BOKO HARAM TAKES 185 WOMEN, CHILDREN: According to officials in Nigeria, Boko Haram have kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people during a raid this week. “They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs,” a local government official said. The militants hit the village of Gumsuri, and shot the men before seizing the women and children. The delayed news about the attack was due to disabled telecommunications towers.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Beverly Hill Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman celebrated his birthday last night with his family at the new Ocean Prime restaurant in Beverly Hills.   ***Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell seeing their “American Hustle” colleague Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man” .   ***Ed Burns and Christy Turlington Burns having dinner at the new Financial District eatery Da Claudio on Ann Street in NYC.   ***Sting with ’80s supergroup Duran Duran at Victor’s Café in Midtown in NYC.   ***Colin Quinn performing his show “Up Close & Personal” at the Liberty Theater. Jessie J bowling at Lucky Strike in NYC.   ***Eric Ripert “rushing through the JetBlue terminal” at JFK  in NYC.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Kissing

1.     “Kiss” is from the Old English cyssan from the proto-Germanic kussijanan or kuss, which is probably based on the sound kissing can make.

2.     A woman in China partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend reportedly ruptured her eardrum with a passionate kiss. Apparently, the kiss reduced the pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out, and caused the breakdown of the ear.

3.     The science of kissing is called philematology.

4.     The insulting slang “kiss my ass” dates back at least to 1705.

5.     Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. Not even genitals have as much sensitivity as lips.

6.     Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss. Some scholars speculate this preference starts in the womb.

7.     On July 5-6, 2005 a couple in London locked lips for 31 hours, 30 minutes, and 30 seconds, making it the longest kiss ever recorded.

8.     The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to “pucker.”

9.     French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. A pucker kiss involves only two.

10.  The lips of both men and women resemble the lips of the vagina.

11.  The term “French kiss” came into the English language around 1923 as a slur on the French culture which was thought to be overly concerned with sex. In France, it’s called a tongue kiss or soul kiss because if done right, it feels as if two souls are merging. In fact, several ancient cultures thought that mouth-to-mouth kissing mingled two lovers’ souls.

12.  The Four Vedic Sanskrit texts (1500 B.C.) contain the first mention of a kiss in writing.

13.  The Romans created three categories of kissing: (1) Osculum, a kiss on the cheek, (2) Basium, a kiss on the lips, and (3) Savolium, a deep kiss.

14.  Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute. A Hershey’s kiss contains 26 calories, which takes five minutes of walking–or about four minutes of kissing–to burn off.

15.  It is possible for a woman to reach an orgasm through kissing.

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CAPTAIN DARYL DRAGON HEALTH WORSENS: Nearly a year after Toni Tennille filed for divorce from Daryl Dragon, her ailing and ex-hubby is entering a nursing home, sources say. The 72-year-old musician – famed for wearing a captain’s hat – has failed to bounce back from the devastating split, and his health has deteriorated. A close source said: “It’s a horrible holiday- time tragedy. Toni and their musical partnership was everything to him. Daryl’s sadly spiraled down and is headed for a nursing home.” After Toni, 74, socked him with divorce papers to end their 39-year marriage last Jan. 16, a devastated Daryl said: “The divorce scares the crap out of me … but I still love Toni. This divorce was Toni’s idea and I don’t understand it.”

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MLB: IT’S STILL ILLEGAL TO SCOUT IN CUBA: Wednesday’s landmark announcement that President Obama plans to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba sparked new speculation as to how soon Major League Baseball could begin signing players from the island’s isolated talent pool. Within hours, MLB quickly sent a directive to all 30 teams that it remains illegal to scout or sign players in Cuba due to the formal economic embargo, which is still in place. Obama will have to seek approval from Congress before lifting the embargo, and with Republicans in full control beginning in January, that may be unlikely.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Nutcracker Premieres (1892)

Now a beloved Christmastime classic, The Nutcracker ballet premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, to fairly negative reviews. Even Tchaikovsky himself, the composer responsible for the score, found the ballet lacking. Despite its initial failure, the ballet about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and battles the evil Mouse King has since become a holiday favorite.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Steven Spielberg (1946)

Spielberg is a three-time Academy Award-winning director and one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in the history of US cinema. He began his career directing for television, but his major success came when he began directing movies. His 1975 film, Jaws, became one of the highest-grossing movies ever and made him a household name. Spielberg later surpassed this record with the films E.T. and Jurassic Park

LBN-R.I.P.: Richard C. Hottelet, who covered the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge for CBS and became the last survivor of the “Murrow Boys,” the network’s pioneering World War II radio newsmen who worked under Edward R. Murrow, died on Wednesday at his home in Wilton, Conn. He was 97. His granddaughter, Maria Hottelet Foley, confirmed the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: Is there any element of American foreign policy that has failed more abjectly than our embargo of Cuba? When I hear hawks denouncing President Obama for resolving to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease the embargo, I don’t understand the logic. Is their argument that our policy didn’t work for the first half-century but maybe will work after 100 years? We probably helped keep the Castro regime in power by giving it a scapegoat for its economic and political failures. Look around the world, and the hard-line antique regimes that have survived — Cuba and North Korea — are those that have been isolated and sanctioned. Why do we think that isolating a regime is punishing it, rather than protecting it?

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Big-screen bombshell Cameron Diaz and rocker Benji Madden are engaged. The two only began dating in May, but they’re “planning their wedding for early in the new year,” a source said. “They’ve been telling close friends in recent weeks about their plans, but it’s very hush-hush.”   ***Kirstie Alley has dropped 
20 pounds. “Kirstie is slimming down to better her odds of being healthy,” an insider said. Sources had revealed that the “Fat Actress,” 63, was scared her party-hearty lifestyle was coming back to haunt her – and terrified that years of smoking cigarettes and cocaine use may spark the deadly cancer.   ***”Mom” star Allison Janney is hiding a secret heartbreak – her beloved younger brother Henry “Hal” Janney killed himself. Hal, 49, a programmer, struggled with drug addiction and depression before he took his own life in 2011. “It hit Allison very hard,” said a source.   ***It’s a role-reversal that only Hollywood could come up with. In “The Interview” Seth Rogen and James Franco play unlikely assassins; now they’ve become even more unlikely targets. And Confidenti@l has learned that the actors have each been given a “giant” round-the-clock bodyguard to deal with the threat. “They’re usually not at all the type to have security,” said an insider, “James is the kind of guy who takes the subway all the time.” The source joked that the “Spiderman” star’s beefy new companion is “double (Franco’s) size.”   ***Elton John and his longtime partner, David Furnish, will tie the knot this weekend. The lovebirds, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, will exchange vows in England, their reps confirm to Us Weekly.   ***Michael Egan — who accused a group of Hollywood moguls of molesting him as a minor, then withdrew the complaint — is in more legal hot water. The troubled former child actor has been indicted on securities and wire fraud charges in a federal case filed in North Carolina on Tuesday.   ***A further leaked email thread between Sony Pictures co-chairperson Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin reveals Rudin once again harshly criticising Angelina Jolie. In the exchange, published by Gawker, Rudin describes the actress as “seriously out of her mind” as tension mounts over Jolie’s planned film Cleopatra, for which Eric Roth produced a script.

LBN-ETC: Israelis, this one’s for you! Before Ariel Sharon ate himself into a coma, he identified your Messiah by name, in red ink Hebrew script, on Israeli government letterhead. His clarion call is reproduced on the cover of “The Lives of Elijah Brooks”, Amazon.com, et al. Remain silent and perish. Or awaken to your responsibility, and live, ye nation of Cohens. If the next holocaust is allowed to coalesce, it will be biblical in scale, and global in extent. Doing nothing is not an option. Tell Bibi, I’m waiting for his reply. Sincerely, Elijah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNBPtuJfqVg

LBN-ETC: The Outer Limits Of Inner Truth (www.outerlimitsradio.com) radio show offers a unique insight into their guests. The program focuses on respected spiritual teachers (& interesting people both alive & dead) and features a “Forensic Soul Analysis” by four experts. They include: Psychic Mediums & Past Life Readers Kerrie O’Connor, Laura Lynn, Lisa Caza, and Astrologer Constance Stellas. Previous shows have included Forensic Soul Analysis on: Howard Stern, NHL Legend Mark Messier, Mick Foley, Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo and others. “The Outer Limits of Inner Truth” can be heard on KKRP 1610 AM, iTunes, and Blogtalkradio.

LBN-ETC: Are you a trend setter? A foodie? A little of both? Want to show your friends how food-hip you are? Then you need to check out Phil’s Food Reviews! Phil Lempert has been checking out the latest foods for thirty years on the TODAY Show, The View, Oprah, Dr. Oz, Home & Family to name just a few. Each day Phil posts a new review along with nutritionals and product info. Check out today’s food review HERE and see the secret source that food buyers and supermarket execs have been using for years. Visit SupermarketGuru.com for all the latest food trends.

LBN-ETC: Grow your business! Small business owners are now growing thanks to access of a new app called Rain. Previously this technology was only available to Starbucks, now Rain is opening it up to local business owners. “We believe that local businesses are the key to building strong local communities, we did not think it was fair to keep them from the secret weapons that were being used by the fortune 500 companies..That’s why we released Rain to all business owners.” – Skyler Sutton, RAIN founder. Visit www.RainLocal.com or search “Local advertising” in the app store.

LBN-ETC: She looks like Doris Day, sounds like Doris Day and acts like Doris Day. That’s KRISTI KING in her tribute show “QUE SERA!” telling the life stories and singing the greatest hits of the beloved actress-singer. “Brings back great memories, thoroughly entertaining, the kind of show you’d expect to see in Las Vegas.” “Combining stories, songs, and her spot-on look, Kristi brings the legend to life. A fun trip down memory lane.” “The best show we’ve ever had!” “Que Sera!” is available for booking. See QueSeraTheMusical.com. Call 425-653-3036. A portion of ticket sales goes to DDAF (Doris Day Animal Foundation)

LBN-ETC: If you grew up listening to a great Top 40 radio station, check out the new internet radio station, www.fantasy-radio.com Every hour, Fantasy Radio transforms into a different legendary Top 40 Powerhouse of the Past, from cities all across America. Each hour we salute a different station and different city. It’s radio, the way it used to be. The best music variety you can’t find anywhere else with a music mix of the 70s, 80s, 90s and NOW.Listen live online or on your smartphone. Free iDevice app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fantasy-radio/id924957603?mt=8 Free Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.web.radios Join the fantasy https://www.facebook.com/FantasyRadioOnline

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Wednesday • December 17, 2014

U.S. TO OPEN EMBASSY IN CUBA: The Associated Press reports American officials say the United States will normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana, ending a half-century standoff that began at the height of the Cold War. “We are charting a new course toward Cuba,” a senior administration official told CNN. “The President understood the time was right to attempt a new approach, both because of the beginnings of changes in Cuba and because of the impediment this was causing for our regional policy.” The news follows Cuba’s release of U.S. citizen Alan Gross from prison Wednesday after five years in captivity. The U.S. released three alleged Cuban spies in return. The exchange is a result of a year of secret talks between the U.S. and Cuba. Raul Castro and President Obama will both speak, separately, around noon Eastern time. ABC News reports the White House indicates Obama and Castro are prepared to talk about everything from lifting travel restrictions to ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba that began under Dwight D. Eisenhower.

FIRST THEATER PULLS ‘THE INTERVIEW’: Carmike Cinemas, one of the largest theater operators in the country, will not be showing Sony’s The Interview following Tuesday’s threat of 9/11-like attacks from the hackers known as the Guardians of Peace. The Georgia-based Carmike, which operates 278 theaters and 2,917 screens in 41 states, is the first chain to pull the controversial comedy. The announcement comes after Sony said it plans to move forward with the Dec. 25 release of The Interview, but the studio supports theater owners who choose not to screen the movie. The Daily Beast recently unearthed emails that indicate people at the State Department reviewed and approved the film’s controversial ending involving Kim Jong-Un. Earlier Tuesday, the Guardians of Peace also released a cache of data files, including around 8,000 emails belonging to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

TOP SENATE DEMOCRAT BLASTS CUBA DEAL: Robert Menendez, chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is furious about the president’s deal with Cuba. The Democratic senator from New Jersey said the prisoner swap was a terrible mistake. “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government,” he said. He complained that it was wrong to trade Alan Gross, an American civilian who had committed no crime, for three Cuban spies although other reports suggested that an unnamed U.S. intelligence operative had also been freed.  Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, said the rapprochement was “absurd.” He told Fox News: “Barack Obama is the worst negotiator we’ve had as president since at least Jimmy Carter.”

LAPD ORDERS 7,000 BODY CAMERAS: On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the planned rollout of 7,000 body cameras for LAPD officers. “The trust between a community and its police department can be eroded in a single moment,” Garcetti said. “This is built on transparency.” The move comes after the conflicting accounts from the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, in which an officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen, and the nationwide protests that resulted. The president of the police commission, Steve Soboroff, had been raising private funds for body cameras for the past few months. “There are more and more advantages of having cameras than we’ve ever thought,” Soboroff said. “It’s music to the ears of the LAPD and law enforcement and the community.”

REALLY? EU COURT: HAMAS NOT TERRORIST GROUP: A top court in the European Union ruled that Hamas be removed from a terrorist organization list on Wednesday. The judges said their decision was based “not on acts examined,” but “factual imputations derived from the press and the Internet.” In its charter, Hamas explicitly states it is committed to the destruction of Israel. The Islamic extremist group is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and Israel among others, and it is known for actively encouraging violence. “It was just last month that you had the vicious, brutal attack at the Har Nof synagogue [in Jerusalem] that received wall-to-wall condemnation around the world,” an Israeli diplomatic official told The Jerusalem Post. “Hamas openly celebrated the atrocity and called for more such attacks. Hamas has proven that it remains a hard-core terrorist organization.” The court ruling came hours before the European Parliament is set to vote on Palestinian statehood and a Jordanian-backed draft for Palestinian statehood is expected to be submitted before the UN.

‘7TH HEAVEN’ STAR: I MOLESTED GIRLS: Stephen Collins admitted he sexually abused three girls in a confessional statement given to People magazine. He describes his relations with three victims from 1973 through 1994. “Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since,” he writes. He also state he has “not had an impulse to act out in any such way” in the last two decades. Earlier this year, TMZ published audio of the formerly beloved 7th Heaven dad discussing his sexual abuse of a female minor during a secretly recording therapy session with then-wife Faye Grant.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Foreplay

1.     Any act that creates and enhances sexual desire in a sexual partner—including kissing, touching, embracing, talking, and teasing—may constitute foreplay. Its definition is flexible and depends on individual sexual preferences and beliefs.

2.     A recent Australian study found that most women are more aroused by the idea of foreplay than sex itself.

3.     According to Shape magazine, women want foreplay to last 19 minutes. While men actually devote about 11 minutes to foreplay, they estimate it at 13 minutes.

4.     The U.S. has more laws regulating sexual behavior than all the European countries combined.

5.     Sex toys are banned in some states, such as Alabama. Flirting is banned in San Antonio, Texas. Oral sex is banned in Indiana. And sleeping naked is illegal in Minnesota.

6.     “Fundawear” is a type of eclectically engineered underwear with tiny electromagnetic vibrators that produce a momentary sensation when someone’s partner touches a smartphone key. The wearer feels a light vibration or gentle frisson, depending on whether his or her partner has touched or swiped the screen.

7.     Foreplay can make sex more comfortable. When a woman becomes aroused, the muscles actually pull the uterus up a bit, which makes more room in the vagina in a process called “vaginal tenting.”

8.     There is an ultrasensitive border around the lips called the buccal nerve. Often overlooked, this area is extremely sensitive to touch. Clinical sexologists note this is a particularly erogenous area for foreplay in both men and women.

9.     While the entire area between the jawline and shoulders is an erogenous zone, the small indention where the neck connects with the collarbone is particularly sensitive for foreplay.

10.  Physicians note that touching the side of the torso from the bottom of the rib cage to the hips stimulates a powerful nerve that reflexively causes the pelvic floor muscles to contract in both men and women—which, in turn, helps increase arousal.

11.  One of the most powerful nerves in the body is at the top of the inner thigh where the ilioinguinal nerve lies. Because it is incredibly sensitive, touching it during foreplay indirectly stimulates the genitals.

12.  When a male giraffe wants to mate, he will duck his neck all the way down and pat the female on her rear. This will induce the female to urinate. When she urinates, the male will then drink a mouthful to determine if she is ready to mate.

13.  Flatworms are hermaphrodites, which means they can both impregnate and be impregnated. Because the role of the female requires developing the eggs and raising the young, which is more work, flatworms fight for the right to be the male. After this type of “penis fencing,” the winner gets to choose the gender.

14.  To attract a female during mating season, a male porcupine will stand on his hind legs and spray her with a gush of urine from several feet away.

15.  Food can act as foreplay. While there aren’t double-blind studies proving aphrodisiac properties exist in food, sexologists suggest feeding your partner traditional aphrodisiacs such as chocolate, chili peppers, asparagus, avocados, and oysters.

16.  The 2004 movie Foreplay is a porn film without sex. Four characters are trapped in a world of erotic encounters, without intercourse.

17.  A study in the Journal of Sex Research found that 100% of women and 95% of men polled consider touching as the number one way they know their partner wants to have sex.

18.  In a survey of 40,000 men, 90% of the respondents said the thing they found the sexiest was when a woman takes sexual initiative. Almost 75% agreed that a woman is most unattractive when she woman wears heavy makeup.

19.  Foreplay is not just about bodies. A person can create a more sensual experience by arranging a home or an apartment with sensual colors, flowers, candles, and music.

20.  During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church in the treatise De secretis mulierum (Women’s Secrets) gives a detailed account of foreplay. It includes making sure the bowels and bladder are empty and “fondling the woman’s lower parts in order to raise the female’s body heat to the correct temperature.” When the wife began to “speak as if she were babbling,” the husband should know to make his move.

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DISPENSARY REMOVES POT-SMOKING SANTA PAINTING AFTER COMPLAINTS: A medical-marijuana dispensary has removed a depiction of a pot-smoking Santa Claus after receiving hundreds of complaints. The holiday decorations in the 1400 block of S. Gaffey Street were painted on the windows of the Harbor House of Dank in San Pedro last week. The portrayal also included a picture of a snowman holding a prescription bottle. The depictions, however, drew hundreds of complaints on Facebook and other websites. By Tuesday afternoon, all the paintings had been removed.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Acclaimed author Lawrence Grobel discussed his new life in self-publishing at the “City Talk” conversation series last night at the popular Luna Park restaurant.   ***Actor Parker Stevenson enjoying the sunset on Venice Beach boardwalk recently.   ***Up and coming actor Jay Jee having drinks at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.    *** Recent tablemates at the new Palm: Brian Grazer with Ron HowardBod Daley with Ted SarandosBryan Lourd with Brad GreySherry Lansingwith Diane Keaton, and Skip Bronson with Paul AnkaLeslie Mooves, CAA’s Joel Lubin and UTA’s Tracey Jacobs also each have been in.   ***Bryan Singer joined his pregnant baby mama Michelle Clunie at Boa in L.A.    ***Michael Keaton shared the room with Daphne Zuniga at South Beverly Grill in  Beverly Hills.   ***Sam Smith ate on the patio at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood  the day before the American Music Awards. Manager Michael Baum was in at another time.   ***Diane LaneBrett RatnerJim Berkus and Richard Lovett have each dropped by Mr Chow in Beverly Hills of late.   ***Gluten-free Emmy Rossum had the tempeh wrap at M Café’s Brentwood utpost.   ***All in at once at Miss Lily’s in New York: Robert PattinsonAlfonse CuaronSalman RishdieTerry George and Padma Lakshmi.   ***Arianna Huffington dined at the new Upland on the same day as producer Desiree Gruber.   ***Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson hit Maze by Gordon Ramsay.

MY REVIEW: “I can report that many of the students at Stanford read LBN daily and I hear it often discussed around campus. I also know for a fact that many of the students love the thrilling photographs.” —–Lacy C., an LBN E-Lert reader from Stanford, California.


MEASURING L.A.’S DIVERSITY BY THE DINNER TABLE: Pass the butter,” “Ya estan las tortillas.” “Anoush ulah.” “Duo chi yi dian.” One way of measuring Los Angeles County’s diversity is to look at what languages are spoken at home. More than half the population speaks a language other than English. But when you drill down into the individual communities, clearer differences become apparent, particularly between generations. Here’s a breakdown of three communities where distinct languages predominate.   ***LA County: 42% of all children ages 5-17 speak only English at home.   ***44% of adults 18 and over speak only English at home.   ***East LA: 85 % of all children speak Spanish at home.   ***88% of adults 18 and over speak Spanish at home.   ***Glendale: 40% of all children speak an Indo-European language like Armenian at home.   ***42% of adults speak an Indo-European language like Armenian at home.   ***Monterey Park: 37% of all children speak an Asian/ Pacific Island language at home.   ***58% of all adults speak an Asian/Pacific Island language at home.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Kristin Chenowth who released her live album Coming Home on Nov 17, has signed with ICM in concerts.   ***Sleepy Hollow’s Nicole Beharie and The Walking Dead’s Christian Serratos have signed with publicity firm IMPR. ***Charlie Weber, who plays Frank on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, has signed with UTA.   ***Oscar-Nominated 9 director and VEX artist Shane Acker has signed with Verve.   ***Something Wicked actor John Robinson has signed with APA. **Still Alice directors Wash Westmoreand and Richard Glatzer have signed with WME.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Simpsons Debuts (1989)

One of the most popular animated TV shows in US history, The Simpsons has earned its spot in pop culture history through its parodies of the “Middle American” lifestyle. The show, created by Matt Groening, is a spin-off of a series of animated shorts originally aired on The Tracey Ullman Show and is currently both the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Sigman: Last week, hackers published email exchanges between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin that insulted Hollywood royalty. Angelina Jolie? She’s a “minimally talented spoiled brat.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s behavior? “Despicable.” Pascal and Rudin joked that President Obama probably favored such movies as “Django Unchained,” “12 Years a Slave,” and anything featuring Kevin Hart, a black actor-comedian referred to — in a different email — by another Sony exec as a “whore.” After the discovery, Pascal and Rudin got busy apologizing to anyone who would take their calls. Meanwhile, a group of top Tinseltown producers and studio execs retained the world’s top crisis management guru — a man known only by his acronym, “TWTCMG” — to create a plan for handling revelations sure to come from their own nasty emails.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michelle Kosinski (CNN, White House Correspondent): Each time I am forced to use a US post office, I am more astounded by the incredible overall rudeness than the last. Why…

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Tuesday • December 16, 2014

SICK! TALIBAN KILLS 120+ IN SCHOOL ATTACK: More than 100 people, most of whom are children, were killed during a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar on Tuesday. The total death toll is being reported as 126 casualties and the number could rise. Pakistani authorities say 500 students have been evacuated from the school, but it is unclear how many are being held hostage. The attack began when five or six gunmen swarmed the school early morning and began opening fire randomly, authorities said. Army commandos were deployed to the scene and exchanged gunfire with the militants. The Taliban told The Daily Beast the attack is revenge for the children’s army parents helping the U.S. fight them.

HERE WE GO AGAIN – JEB BUSH ‘EXPLORING’ PRESIDENTIAL RUN: Jeb Bush announced that he has “decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States” on Tuesday. The son and brother of former presidents made the announcement via his Facebook page. He specified that he will establish a Leadership PAC in January.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Life

1.     Life is broadly defined as the condition of an organism that exhibits growth through metabolism, reproduction, and adaptation to its environment. These characteristics separate living organisms from inanimate objects.

2.     The cell is the basic unit of life, and an organism must be composed of at least one cell to qualify as a living thing.

3.     The cells of every living organism contain deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a nucleic acid that holds the genetic instructions for the development and functioning of a life form. It is this substance that allows a living thing to grow and reproduce.

4.     DNA was first discovered in 1869 by Swiss physician Friedrich Miescher who noticed a microscopic substance in the pus on discarded bandages. The substance was later identified as DNA.

5.     A virus straddles the definition of life and, according to scientific definition, is not technically alive. It is composed simply of DNA and ribonucleic acid (RNA) strands surrounded by a protein shell and requires a host cell to metabolize and reproduce. When not within a host cell, a virus lies dormant and is nothing more than a static organic particle.

6.     Scientists estimate the earth is about 4.5 billions years old and first began to support life forms approximately 3.7 billion years ago.

7.     While scientists universally believe that naturally occurring amino acids were mediated by nucleic acids to create the first life forms on Earth, the question of how nucleic acids originated from inanimate matter is still being studied today. There is no definitive answer yet as to the origin of life on Earth.

8.     Throughout history, two dominant theories of the origin of life on Earth have prevailed. Abiogenesis, a theory that is now widely discredited, holds that life was and is spontaneously generated from decaying organic matter. The theory of biogenesis, on the other hand, maintains that new life is produced from existing life forms.

9.     The oldest living things on Earth are believed to be single-cell prokaryotes, more commonly known as bacteria. Scientists have discovered fossils of such prokaryotes from roughly 3.5 billion years ago.

10.  Plant life began on the Earth’s landforms about 430 millions years ago. The first plants were likely single-celled organisms distantly related to algae.

11.  The first reptiles began life 300 million years ago, and modern mammals appeared roughly 75 millions years ago.

12.  Apes originated on Earth about 35 million years ago, and the first apelike men appeared about 10 million years ago. The modern human species of Homo sapien has existed on the earth for only 100,000 years.

13.  Scientists believe that Earth will exist for another 7.5 billion years before the sun becomes a red giant star and, in all probability, destroys the planet. Earth may cease to support life forms far before that date, however, due to increased energy output from the sun over time.

14.  Living organisms are divided into two basic domains: prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Eukaryotes, to which humans belong, have a cellular structure with a nucleus and membrane-bound genetic information, while the cells of prokaryotes do not contain a nucleus.

15.  Today, all identified living organisms are scientifically named and categorized according to Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus’s taxonomy. In his 1758 publication, Systema Naturae, Linnaeus divided and classified different living organisms with a ranking scale: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.

CENSUS: WHITES BECOME ‘MINORITY’ IN 2044, HISPANIC POPULATION TWICE BLACKS’: New population projections released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that whites will become a “minority” by 2044, replaced by a “majority” of minority groups, mostly blacks and Hispanics. The new projections, analyzed in a Brookings Institution report, show the huge rise of Hispanics, projected to make up 25.1 percent of the U.S. population in 2044, double African-Americans.

NO JOKE! N. KOREA WANTS UN TO PROBE CIA TORTURE: The country known for brutally terrorizing and starving its citizens and sending them to work camps says  the UN should be investigating the U.S. for its torture tactics. North Korea requested that the UN Security Council hold a meeting to discuss and investigate the interrogation tactics outlined in the Senate’s CIA torture report. “The so-called human-rights issue in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is politically fabricated and, therefore, it is not at all relevant to the regional or international peace and security,” wrote North Korea UN Ambassador Ja Song Nam. “The issue of CIA torture crimes committed by the United States needs to be urgently addressed in the Security Council since it threatens to have an imminent and destabilizing impact on the maintenance of international peace and security.” North Korea’s request comes as two-thirds of the Security Council members have pushed for the Hermit Kingdom’s own human-rights record to be added to the agenda. In February, a UN report on North Korea’s human-rights situation said conditions in the country were comparable to Nazi-era horrors.

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AMERICANS APPROVE OF TORTURE TACTICS BY 2-1: Americans aren’t particularly bothered by the torture interrogation tactics revealed in last week’s Senate report on the CIA. A new poll from Washington Post-ABC News shows 59 percent of Americans approve the CIA’s brutal treatment of detainees post-September 11. Only 31 percent took issue with the interrogation methods. Furthermore, 58 percent Americans believe the torture of detainees is justified “often” or “sometimes.” CIA interrogation tactics included rectal feeding, waterboarding, and forcing detainees to stand on broken legs. The New York Times reported Tuesday that James Mitchell, the man who was one of the prime designers and advocates of these post-9/11 tactics, was vetted by CIA officials in under 24 hours.

RUSSIA’S STEEP RATE INCREASE FAILS TO STEM RUBLE’S DIVE: The ruble’s value continued to slide on Tuesday despite the Russian central bank’s extraordinary effort to defend it, inducing further panic in the nation’s financial industry and presenting President Vladimir V. Putin with an acute new set of political and economic challenges. Scenes that Russians hoped had receded into the past reappeared on the streets: Currency exchange signs blinked ever-changing digits, and Russians rushed to appliance stores to buy washing machines or televisions to unload rubles.

SENATE CONFIRMS SURGEON GENERAL: One year after being nominated by President Obama, the Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy as America’s next surgeon general. The delay was due to NRA lobbying against 37-year-old Murthy, who is a vocal critic of the gun-rights group. Obama issued a statement about the confirmation, saying it “makes us better positioned to save lives around the world and protect the American people here at home.” Murthy is the first Indian-American and the youngest person to serve in this position.

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TEENS SWITCHING TO E-CIGARETTES: Older teens may be giving up traditional cigarettes, but they’re not ditching smoking. A report to be released by the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday reveals that more teens smoke e-cigarettes than regular ones. In fact, the percentage of older teens who don’t smoke regular cigarettes has continued to drop. The report found that 9 percent of all eighth graders had tried e-cigarettes, compared to 4 percent who tried regular ones. By tenth grade, 16 percent had tried e-cigarettes, compared to 7 percent who had ever smoked regular ones. By senior year of high school, 17 percent had smoked an e-cigarette, while 14 percent had puffed the regular ones. “I worry that the tremendous progress that we’ve made over the last almost two decades in smoking could be reversed on us by the introduction of e-cigarettes,” said University of Michigan Professor Lloyd Johnston, who leads the annual smoking-monitoring survey.

U.S. INSURERS EXTEND OBAMACARE DEADLINE: After Americans hurried to meet the Monday deadline to change or select a new health plan, the insurance industry agreed to push back a deadline and give customers more time to pay their premiums for January. Industry trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans said it would also help refund consumers who may have been billed twice in the transition of switching plans. HealthCare.gov, which was marred by technical flaws upon its rollout last year, appeared to handle the surge in traffic from Americans scrambling to meet the midnight deadline. But the insurance industry “wants to do everything we can to make sure consumers have greater peace of mind about their health-care coverage and support them throughout the open-enrollment process,” said Karen Ignagni, who heads up the trade group. Consumers are advised to check with their carrier regarding varying grace periods for 2015.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Owen Wilson at MoMA exhibition in NYC “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” .   ***NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre at Daniel in NYC.   *** Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel at Breadzilla in Wainscott.   ***Louis C.K. and his daughters seeing “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” in NYC.   ***Lupita Nyong’o meeting Alvin Ailey artistic director Robert Battle backstage after a City Center performance  in NYC.   ***Maria Cooper Janis, daughter of Gary Cooper, at best pal Pia Lindström and Jack Carley’s tree-trimming party in NYC with Isabella and Ingrid Rossellini.

LAUGHING GAS COULD BE ANTIDEPRESSANT ALTERNATIVE: Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that “laughing gas”—nitrous oxide, the mild sedative often used in dental procedures—can alleviate symptoms of clinical depression in patients who see few results with traditional antidepressant s. More than half of study participants who received nitrous oxide treatment felt a noticeable improvement in their symptoms after a day, and some reported complete remission. However, researchers say further studies are needed to replicate the results.

GREEN DAY, LOU REED GO INTO HALL OF FAME: Lou Reed, Green Day, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts made the cut for the 2015 Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame class. Their fellow inductees include soul legend Bill Withers, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Ringo Starr will receive an individual Award for Musical Excellence, even though he was inducted with the rest of the Beatles in 1988. The new inductees beat out Sting, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, and Kraftwerk for spots in the coolest Hall of Fame.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Tonight’s “City Talk” conversation event featuring author Lawrence Grobel at the popular Luna Park restaurant in Hollywood is booked to over-flow.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***David Garth, a pugnacious and indefatigable pioneer of the political commercial, who helped elect governors, senators and four New York City mayors, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84. His nephew Jonathan Rosenbloom confirmed the death, attributing it to a long, unspecified illness.   ***Fred Thurston, better known as Fuzzy, who rumbled to football fame as one of Vince Lombardi’s pulling guards on the Green Bay Packers’ sweep, perhaps the most famous running play in the history of the N.F.L., died on Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. He was 80. His daughter, Tori Thurston Burton, said he had Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: The most unpopular man in Birmingham, Ala., these days is Dr. Ray Watts, the president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Earlier this month, Watts announced that the school was going to eliminate its football team. You can just imagine what happened next. When Watts told the team that this would be their last season, one player, Tristan Henderson, angrily challenged him in a video that quickly went viral. Later, several hundred supporters chanted and cheered for the coach, and heckled and chased Watts and his police escort, according to Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren’s memoir begins with the story of a family in collapse. She was 12 years old when her father had a heart attack. His recovery was slow. Unable to work, the family’s finances tanked. The Studebaker was repossessed. When he was able to return to work, Montgomery Ward took away his job selling carpeting and gave him a job selling lawn mowers on commission. Warren asked her mother why the old job was gone. “In her view, his company had robbed him of something he’d worked for. And now, she said, ‘They think he’s going to die.’ ” The financial spiral had the predictable effect on the family’s emotional life. “Sometimes that spring I would overhear my parents arguing,” Warren remembers, “I guess I shouldn’t describe it as arguing; my father never said much of anything, while my mother yelled louder. They drank more, a lot more. . . . I knew that my mother blamed my daddy for not doing ‘what a man is supposed to do’ and taking care of us.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Workaholic Donny Osmond’s 36-year marriage could be on the rocks, sources say. At 56, the beloved entertainer is busier than ever, but wife Debbie wants him to slow down and spend time with their family, insiders said. “Debbie has given Donny a marriage ultimatum to cut back his hectic work schedule – or else!” said a pal.   ***“Star Wars” creator George Lucas added to his multimillion dollar art collection by buying five pieces in one shot from Chicago artist Hebru Brantley over the weekend. Pieces by the pop artist, influenced by Basquiat, have previously sold to Beyoncé, Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ producer hubby Swizz Beatz.

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Monday • December 15, 2014

CAPTIVES ESCAPE SYDNEY SIEGE: Five escape hours after gunman takes up to 15 hostage at Sydney cafe in reported terrorist attack. A gunman, identified by local media as 49-year-old Iranian refugee Man Monis, holding hostages at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in downtown Sydney Monday demanded a meeting with Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott and an Islamic State flag. Five people managed to escape six hours into the standoff, but police remain cautious after a report that the gunman has four bombs planted in the building and financial district. The nearby U.S. Consulate was evacuated, and an NYPD spokesman said city police are ‘monitoring the situation in Sydney.’

SONY HIRES FAMED ATTORNEY TO STOP SPREAD OF ‘STOLEN INFORMATION’ FROM HACKING SCANDAL: David Boies, the one-time antitrust lawyer in Bill Clinton’s administration, who is also famous for representing Al Gore after the 2000 election recount, is warning media that documents hacked from Sony’s computer system are considered ’stolen information.’ “We are writing to ensure that you are aware that (Sony) does not consent to your possession, review copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the stolen information,” Boies’ letter reads.

BROWNS WON’T APOLOGIZE FOR TAMIR SHIRT: Cleveland police were none too pleased when Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins appeared wearing a “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” T-shirt. The back of it read “The Real Battle for Ohio” to go with Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Police union president Jeff Follmer said Hawkins’ T-shirt was “pathetic” and demanded an apology from the Browns. “He’s disrespecting the police on a job that we had to do and make a split-second decision,” said Follmer. The Browns politely refused Follmer’s request. The team released a statement: “We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city. We also respect our players’ rights to project their support and bring awareness to issues that are important to them if done so in a responsible manner.” The 12-year-old was killed by Cleveland cop Timothy Loehmann while holding a fake gun. Crawford, 22, was killed in Beavercreek, Ohio, in August by police while holding a toy rifle.

SOUTH AFRICA WINS MISS WORLD: With one billion people watching around the globe, Miss South Africa beat out her last two competitors—Miss Hungary and Miss United States—to nab the ultimate pageant title. At a live ceremony in London on Sunday night, Rolene Strauss was named the 2014 Miss World, also known as Derek Jeter’s future new girlfriend. Strauss, a 22-year-old bilingual medical student, competed against women from 120 other countries. She is the third Miss World from South Africa in the contest’s 64-year history.

MARINE CHARGED WITH TRANS-WOMAN’S MURDER: On Monday, a U.S. Marine was charged with murder in the case of a transgender woman found dead in a Philippines hotel room in October. Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was the last person seen with Jennifer Laude, who was known previously as Jeffrey, before she was discovered naked and strangled to death on Oct. 11. She appears to have been drowned in a toilet bowl in the hotel in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. “It’s murder,” said Philippines prosecutor Emily de los Santos. “It was aggravated by treachery, abuse of superior strength and cruelty.” Pemberton, 19, has been detained in the Philippines since October, but in a military camp under U.S. custody, rather than a traditional Filipino jail. “We will not accept anything less than justice,” said Jennifer’s sister, Marilou Laude.

‘ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL’: UBER RAISES PRICES FOUR TIMES HIGHER THAN USUAL IN SYDNEY DURING HOSTAGE CRISIS: The car service app Uber charged $100 and up as gridlock and fear gripped Australia’s most populous city caught in a hostage crisis. But the company quickly reversed course and offered free rides out of the city and refunds to others after widespread outrage. Uber explained the price gouge tactic as a way to attract enough drivers to fill overwhelming demand. “We are all concerned with events in CBD,” Uber Sydney tweeted. “Fares have increased to encourage more drivers to come online & pick up passengers in the area.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Don Johnson (December 15, 1949)

Actor, director, musician and producer Don Johnson was born Donald Wayne Johnson on December 15, 1949, in Flat Creek, Missouri. Johnson’s father was a farmer and his mother was a beautician. A professional actor by his late teens, Johnson’s earliest stage and screen assignments frequently found him cast as a fallen innocent. After a few memorable film roles in the 1970s, Don Johnson landed the part of a lifetime in 1984 as Sonny Crockett on TV’s Miami Vice. The series lasted until 1989, earning Johnson a Golden Globe Award and celebrity status. He followed the series with performances in TV movies, including The Long Hot Summer. During the 1990s, Johnson enjoyed another career renaissance as the star of Nash Bridges.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: AMERICAN ICON WALT DISNEY DIED ON DEC. 15, 1966: Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Hermosa, Illinois. He and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world. Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, and was the founder of theme parks Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Disney began plans for a new theme park and Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow in Florida. It was still under construction when, in 1966, Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on December 15, 1966, at the age of 65. Disney was cremated, and his ashes interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. After his brother’s death, Roy carried on the plans to finish the Florida theme park, which opened in 1971 under the name Walt Disney World.

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Sunday • December 14, 2014

TEXAN WHO FLED TO N. KOREA SLAMS U.S.: A Texas man who fled to North Korea, denounced the U.S. for its imperialistic ways, its “sociopathic” billionaires, and its UFO’s. In a Sunday press conference before the North Korean government, Arturo Martinez of El Paso, Texas slammed his homeland for acting “much like a Mafia enterprise… without a code of ethics.” He also claimed the CIA was involved in the cocaine industry and creating “ultrasonic” voices that make people feel discomfort and pain. Martinez’s mother said he is bipolar and had talked about going to North Korea before he left in November. He previously tried to swim across a river into North Korea, but was apprehended and sent back to a psychiatric hospital in the U.S. She said that according to a press statement from North Korea, her son will be returning home. However, his legal status is unclear, and it is uncertain if he is allowed to return.

CHENEY: 9/11 TORTURE, NOT RECTAL FEEDING: Former Vice President Dick Cheney doesn’t twice about the torture tactics used by the CIA to ascertain questionable intelligence. “I’d do it again in a minute,” he told Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. “Torture is what the al Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11,” Cheney told host Chuck Todd. While he admitted rectal feeding was not an approved interrogation tactic, he said he didn’t think it was a form of torture but done rather for “medical reasons.” He also defended waterboarding because “the way we did it, was in fact not torture.” In fact, Cheney did more than defend the highly controversial and brutal tactics, saying the CIA interrogators should be “praised” and “decorated.”

INDONESIA LANDSLIDE DEATH TOLL HITS 32: The death toll from a central Indonesian mudslide continues to climb, with reports saying at least 32 people are dead and 76 are missing. Some 2,000 rescuers pulled bodies that have been trapped under piles of mud for days. Road were also destroyed in Friday’s mudlside, which has made rescue attempt only more difficult. Residents of Jemblung village in Central Java province’s Banjarnegara said more than 100 homes were buried under mud Friday, after they heard a roaring sound followed by a deluge of red soil. “The landslide looked like it was spinning down,” said a resident named Subruto. “In five minutes, there were three (major landslides) and they swept away everything.”

AUBURN FRESHMAN PLAYER KILLED: Auburn freshman football player Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed early Sunday morning at an apartment complex near campus. Police were called to the Tiger Lodge apartment complex at 12:28 a.m. 18-year-old Mitchell was taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and died shortly after arriving. Police in Auburn, Alabama said 22-year-old Markale Hart has been charged with Mitchell’s murder. Mitchell was the only person hurt in the shooting. Mitchell redshirted this past season and was aiming to start at H-back and tight end next season. The fatal shooting occurred at complex where three people, including two former Auburn football players, were murdered in 2012.

COSBY: BLACK MEDIA SHOULD BE ‘NEUTRAL’: Comedian Bill Cosby briefly broke his silence on the increasing number of sexual assault allegations made against him. “Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” he told New York Post reporter Stacy Brown when she called him at his Massachusetts home on Friday. Cosby has been virtually silent in regards to the more than two dozen women who have accussed him of assaulting them. In November, Cosby even told an AP reporter “We don’t answer that” when asked about the allegations and said he would appreciate it if the story was “scuttled.” During the brief interview, Cosby told Brown “They don’t want me talking to the media.”

EXCLUSIVE: SONY HACK REVEALS JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS PAID LESS THAN HER MALE CO-STARS: Newly revealed e-mails show that J-Law has been paid considerably less than her male co-stars on “American Hustle.” The e-mails detail the “points” — or back-end payments — that each of the actors in “American Hustle” would be receiving, and Lawrence and fellow female star Amy Adams were arguably getting hustled. Lawrence and Adams got just 7 percent, according to the e-mails, which were uncovered on Friday. Contrast that with the 9 percent that Sony offered to director David O. Russell as well as male co-stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner.

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Saturday • December 13, 2014

THOUSANDS MARCH TO CAPITOL HILL IN D.C.: Thousands of protesters converged in Washington D.C. on Saturday and marched to the Capitol to call for legislative action after a string of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers. The crowd gathered in Freedom Plaza beforehand and marched down Pennsylvania Avenue. “Let’s keep it strong, long and meaningful,” Esaw Garner, Eric Garner’s widow, told the crowd. Organizers had predicted around 5,000 protesters, but, according to the Associated Press, the crowd appeared much larger.

SANDY HOOK PARENTS WILL SUE GUNMAKER: Parents of at least 13 of the 20 young children killed in the December 2012 school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, will announce on Monday that they are suing Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the gun Adam Lanza used. The parents are working with Michael Koskoff, the attorney who represented Michael Jackson’s family, and a former Clinton administration Democratic lobbyist, Karen Hinton. Sunday will mark the two-year anniversary of the massacre and the legal cutoff for filing a wrongful death suit in civil court.

ISIS SHOOTS DOWN IRAQI HELICOPTER: An Iraqi helicopter was shot down by ISIS militants late Friday, killing both pilots aboard. The attack is raising concerns about ISIS’s ability to take down aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. The helicopter was attacked in the Shiite city of Samarra and was brought down by a shoulder-fired rocket launcher. ISIS also brought down two other Iraqi military helicopters in October, suggesting they may have acquired ground-to-air missiles after overrunning Iraqi and Syrian army bases earlier this year.

TORNADO TOUCHES DOWN IN LOS ANGELES: Much to the confusion of Californians on Friday, a rare, small tornado touched down in Los Angeles, tearing through parts of rooftops and felling several trees. The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-0, the smallest type of tornado, with winds reaching 65 to 85 miles per hour. “It got a lot of people excited, but thank goodness nobody was hurt,” Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service told USA Today.  The tornado reportedly touched a 10-block span in South Los Angeles and damaged at least five homes. Southern California was pelted with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday, triggering flash floods and mudslides, burying homes and cutting off electricity to tens of thousands.

SHROOMS FOUND IN BUCKINGHAM PALACE: A mushroom with hallucinogenic properties was found growing in the gardens of Buckingham Palace this week during preparations for a television show. Palace officials say the type of mushroom, Amanita muscaria, is naturally occurring among the several hundred species of mushrooms in the palace gardens. Palace officials were also sure to add that the mushrooms are not used in the palace kitchens.

SONY HACKERS PROMISE TO DELIVER LARGE “CHRISTMAS GIFT”: Hackers released a seventh cache of files leaked from Sony Pictures Entertainment on Saturday, along with a promise of more to come. Countless Sony files, revealing everything from embarrassing email threads to salary details, have been released online following a Nov. 24 cyberattack on the studio. One leaked exchange reportedly involved Columbia Pictures co-president of production Michael de Luca telling Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal that Ryan Gosling has expressed interested in appearing in the Ghostbusters reboot, with Pascal then asking whether Gosling would have any interest in Sinister Six or the Steve Jobs biopic. In another newly leaked email, Pascal refers to Leonardo DiCaprio’s decision to pull out of the Jobs film as “despicable.” In a third email, head of TriStar productions Tom Rothman makes cracks to Pascal about Will Smith’s kids’ comments from a recent T Magazine interview. Among the Smith kids’ startling remarks included Jaden saying he hasn’t attended driver’s ed because he doesn’t feel it’s necessary, and Willow explaining that she writes her own novels that she later reads because she doesn’t like any existing novels.

MAYWEATHER: LET’S MAKE THE PACQUIAO FIGHT MAY 2: Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he’s ready to fight Manny Pacquiao next May in a long anticipated bout that would be the richest ever in boxing. Mayweather called for negotiations for the fight to be take place, though he warned Pacquiao not to expect to get anywhere near the money that he himself would make. No one knows how rich a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would be, coming so late after it first should have happened in 2009. There are some who think both fighters have slipped some with advancing age, but there’s no doubt that the fight still holds tremendous appeal.

It would likely gross at least $250 million, and Mayweather’s purse alone would be more than $100 million.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jamie Foxx (December 13, 1967)

Born Eric Morlon Bishop on December 13, 1967, in Terrell, Texas, Jamie Foxx has emerged as one of the most diversely talented entertainers of his generation. Foxx started out landing a spot on the TV’s In Living Color in the early 1990s. He then proved himself as a dramatic actor, appearing in Ray in 2004, a role that earned him an Academy Award. Two years later, Foxx impressed music fans with his hit collabration with Kanye West for the song “Gold Digger.” More recently, he starred in Quentin Tarantino’s western Django Unchained (2012).

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Friday • December 12, 2014

GERMANY: NO PROOF MERKEL’S PHONE TAPPED: Germany’s top public prosecutor, Harald Range, announced late Thursday that there is no concrete evidence that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone was tapped by American spies. The investigation was spurred by a charge from Edward Snowden, who claimed that the U.S. was carrying out electronic spying in Germany

POPE PROCLAIMS ANIMALS WELCOME IN HEAVEN: All dogs do go to heaven, according Pope Francis. During a recent appearance in St. Peter’s Square, the pope comforted a boy mourning the death of his dog and said, “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” The pontiff, who took his papal name from St. Francis Assisi, patron saint of animals, sparks new debate over whether animals have a place in the afterlife. Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, has previously said animals are “not called to the eternal life,” but it remains unclear what Francis meant by his remarks.

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HOUSE APPROVES $1T SPENDING BILL: A bill designed to avert a government shutdown—as well as soften a 2009 financial-reform bill and make it harder to legalize marijuana in Washington, D.C.—passed by a narrow margin in the House on Thursday, just hours before a midnight deadline. The House reached the 219-206 vote after pleas from President Obama and Vice President Biden for congressional Democrats to support the $1.1 trillion spending measure. The daylong drama began after an initial scheduled vote was postponed for several hours of scrambling to find enough votes to pass the bill, which will keep the government running through September. Both houses approved a two-day extension of current funding to allow the Senate time to approve the bill.

ANTI-ISIS CARTOON CITED FOR BLASPHEMY: The editor in chief of a major English-language newspaper in Indonesia has been declared a suspect in a blasphemy case by Indonesian police. The accusation is due to a cartoon published by the paper that mocks ISIS. The cartoon from July shows ISIS about to kill prisoners while a black flag is being raised that has the phrases “La ilaha Illallah,” meaning “there is none worthy of worship except Allah,” and “Allah, Mohamed and Apostle” on a pirate skull. If charged and found guilty, the editor would face five years in prison. The issue was reported to police by a Muslim group called Jakarta Preachers’ Corp.

PALESTINIAN POURS ACID ON ISRAELI FAMILY: A Palestinian man has been arrested after he allegedly threw acid on a Jewish family in the West Bank on Friday. According to police, the man threw the corrosive substance on the family while they were sitting inside a car. Early reports indicate the family members included a Jewish woman and four girls. A passer-by managed to shoot and wound the acid-thrower, allowing police to arrest him. The family is slightly injured, the police say.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dogs

1.     All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.

2.     Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days.

3.     Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful.

4.     Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.

5.     Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog.

6.     Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.

7.     In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the “wagometer,” a device that claims to interpret a dog’s exact mood by measuring the wag of its tail.

8.     Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected.

9.     A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.

10.  Puppies are sometimes rejected by their mother if they are born by cesarean and cleaned up before being given back to her.

11.  The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.

12.  During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans.

13.  Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries.

14.  The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.

15.  After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.

STRUGGLING GUCCI LEADERSHIP RESIGNS: The two top executives at Gucci have announced they are stepping down as the iconic luxury fashion house attempts to kickstart growth. CEO Patrizio di Marco will be succeed by Marco Bizarre, while the house’s creative director, Frida Giannini, will step down after the fall-winter collection in February. This is the biggest shakeup since Tom Ford and Domenico de Sole left in 2004. Sales at the fashion label continued to drop in the most recent quarter.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: US Supreme Court Decides Bush v. Gore (2000)

The Supreme Court’s decision in this case ended Florida’s statewide recount of ballots cast in the 2000 US presidential election and allowed its Secretary of State to certify Republican candidate George W. Bush as the winner of Florida’s 25 electoral votes. Despite the fact that Democratic candidate Al Gore had won the popular vote, the decision in Florida gave Bush a majority of the Electoral College and with it the US presidency.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Frank Sinatra (1915)

Sinatra was a giant of American entertainment. He began his career in the 1930s as a singer whose romantic renditions of songs like “I’ll Never Smile Again” caused teenage girls, called “bobby soxers,” to shriek and swoon. Later, as an actor, he starred in films such as The Manchurian CandidateFrom Here to Eternity, and the original Ocean’s Eleven.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Most of us don’t save enough. When governments try to encourage saving, they usually enact big policies to increase the incentives. But, in Kenya, people were given a lockable metal box — a simple place to put their money. After one year, the people with metal boxes increased savings by so much that they had 66 percent more money available to pay for health emergencies. It would have taken a giant tax reform to produce a shift in behavior that large. Too many people die in auto accidents. When governments try to reduce highway deaths, they generally increase safety regulations. But, also in Kenya, stickers were placed inside buses and vans urging passengers to scream at automobile drivers they saw driving dangerously.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Cancer survivor Robin Roberts will soon be hearing wedding bells and the pitter-patter of little feet, sources say. The “Good Morning America” co-host plans to marry longtime girlfriend Amber Laign over the holidays, and then the two will have a child. “Robin is planning a quiet ceremony with family and friends during the holidays,” a pal says. “And then they want to start a family via in vitro fertilization or adoption, said insiders. Robin, 54, survived a battle with breast cancer in 2007, and a bone marrow transplant in 2012 to treat a rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome.   ***Friends of “The Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence fear the Oscar winner is at high risk for melanoma because of her moles. “Jennifer has a ton of moles, especially on her neck and chest. She’s got to be a ticking time bomb for cancer,” a friend said. The 24-year-old, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the new box office smash “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” was recently sent reeling after nude photos of her were stolen and leaked on the Internet.

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Thursday • December 11, 2014

CHINA: US CAN’T TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS: China is using Ferguson, Eric Garner, and CIA torture to tell the U.S. to quit acting holier than thou. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus issued statements on International Human Rights Day mentioning China’s imprisoned Nobel laureate, Liu Xiaobo. On Thursday, the Chinese foreign ministry hit back, saying the U.S. has no right to lecture on human rights abroad with its own record at home. “The United States is not looking at the facts and intentionally smearing China’s rights situation, exposing even more the U.S. hypocrisy and double standards on the issue of human rights,” the foreign ministry’s spokesman said. In addition, China awarded Fidel Castro its Confucius Peace Prize, which was established in 2010 in response to the Nobel being awarded to Xiaobo.

ISIS SHOPS FOLEY’S BODY FOR $1 MILLION: ISIS is reportedly looking to sell the remains of slain U.S. journalist James Foley for $1 million. Middlemen with connections to ISIS or its associates told BuzzFeed the Islamic militant group is willing to provide a DNA sample to negotiate a deal for Foley’s body, which would be delivered across the border into Turkey. Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS in August, was one of three high-profile American hostages killed since July. The alleged plan underscores how ISIS is raising cash through the callous business of hostage-taking.

JACKIE’S FRIENDS DISPUTE HER RAPE STORY: The friends of “Jackie,” the young woman featured prominently in Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Rolling Stone article on rape at the University of Virginia, tell a different account of the night she was allegedly raped—and say the magazine never contacted them. Andy, Cindy, and Randall, as they are referred to in the Rolling Stone piece, spoke to The Washington Post. Erdely’s article describes them as discouraging Jackie from reporting her alleged assault, but they told the Post they encouraged her to report it to the police. Jackie’s friends say she gave them the phone number and name of a junior-year student she said she was meeting the night that she later told Rolling Stone she was raped. Her friends say they were exchanging texts with him before the date occurred. UVA said that name does not match anyone who was enrolled at the university. Similarly, photographs this student sent of himself to Jackie’s friends were in fact of a high-school classmate of Jackie’s. That ex-classmate said he has not spoken to Jackie in six years and was out of state on the night of the alleged attack.  More recently, Jackie gave a second, different name of her attacker to different friends who gave it to the Post. When the Post gave that name to the three friends mentioned in the Rolling Stone article, they said they had never heard it. However, a man “whose name is similar to the second one Jackie used for her attacker” said he worked as a lifeguard at the same time as Jackie, but never met her in person and had never taken her out on a date. He also said that he was not a member of Phi Kappa Psi, where Jackie says she was gang-raped.

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SONY’S HACKED E-MAILS EXPOSE SPATS, DIRECTOR CALLING ANGELINA JOLIE A ‘BRAT’: The hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment has escalated into a humiliating public crisis for the company as deeply held secrets — including business practices, pay disparities and ugly personal feuds — continue spilling onto the Internet in ways that experts say could damage the Hollywood studio for years to come. The architects of the attack have shown little interest in the traditional targets of cyber-intrusions, such as credit cards, choosing instead to use information as a weapon of vengeance for supposed misdeeds by the company. The massive troves of stolen information have found a voracious audience online, where Sony long has been a favorite target because of its aggressive anti-piracy efforts. The consequences for Sony have been swift and devastating since the attack became public last month, exposing the company to potential lawsuits and backlash from key Hollywood players. “Hollywood executives use secrets as a currency and anything that compromises that is represents a very large loss to them” said Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine, who has represented 58 Academy Award winners.

HONG KONG POLICE BEGIN REMOVING PROTESTERS AS DISMANTLING OF CAMP PROCEEDS: Dozens of prominent members of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement gave themselves up for arrest in a show of defiance on Thursday after the police swept through a protest camp, tearing down tents, posters and speakers’ platforms that had given voice to anger over the government’s restrictive election plans. For 11 weeks, the street camp in the Admiralty district near the city government offices was an impassioned forum for public discontent, drawing in tens of thousands of people at its peak. But after the police received orders to clear the site, the end came swiftly. On Thursday morning, officers cleared a patch of the camp, and in the afternoon they massed, encircling the rest of the site and warning people to leave.

U.S. RETAIL SALES SIGNAL AN ECONOMY STARTING TO REV UP: The United States economy is firing on all cylinders as the year comes to a close. That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from a blockbuster report on November retail sales released on Thursday, particularly when coupled with other recent readings on jobs, industrial activity and more. Total retail sales rose 0.7 percent in November, as holiday shopping began, and that came despite a sharp tumble in gasoline prices that reduced the dollar value of sales at gas stations by 0.8 percent. Analysts had expected a rise of only 0.4 percent.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***“Birdman,” “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” solidified their status as movie awards front-runners on Thursday, securing multiple Golden Globe nominations apiece in major categories. Globes voters also pushed a slew of prominent films, including “Interstellar” and “Unbroken,” to the rear of the awards pack by giving them scant or no recognition.

SWISS GIVE ISIS MEMBER COMMUNITY SERVICE: Switzerland’s Attorney General Michael Lauber announced late on Wednesday that a recruit of ISIS who had returned from Syria would be sentenced to 600 hours of community service time, but will not go to prison. The man who went to join ISIS in Syria asked to leave two weeks into training camp there, but was instead jailed by the militants for 54 days. While his name has not been released, the 30-year-old told a broadcaster in the country, “I was new to Islam… The videos I saw and the discussions I had online made me feel like I had to go there.”

PEDOPHILE WINS $3M IN FLORIDA LOTTERY: A man registered as a sexual predator won nearly $3 million Wednesday from a Florida Lottery scratch-ticket. Timothy Poole was arrested in 1999 for allegedly sexually battering a 9-year-old boy. He pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery and was sentenced to time served. However, his probation was revoked in 2003 for failing to show up for counseling, and thus served three years in prison until 2006. Florida law doesn’t let the lottery withhold payments based on their criminal records.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Mary Ann Mobley, the first Miss America to represent Mississippi and an actress who starred in two films with Elvis Presley, died on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 77. The Miss America Organization confirmed her death.

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LBN-COMMENTARY By Sandeep Jauhardec: In American medicine today, “variation” has become a dirty word. Variation in the treatment of a medical condition is associated with wastefulness, lack of evidence and even capricious care. To minimize variation, insurers and medical specialty societies have banded together to produce a dizzying array of treatment guidelines for everything from asthma to diabetes, from urinary incontinence to gout. At some level, this makes sense. Some types of variation are unwarranted, even deadly. For example, we know that ACE inhibitor drugs improve quality of life and survival in heart-failure patients, but only two-thirds of American physicians prescribe these drugs to such patients. A study by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a nonprofit organization focused on health care, reported that 57,000 Americans die each year because the care they get is not based on the best available evidence.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Enrique Krauze: President Enrique Peña Nieto has shown remarkable leadership in passing key reforms to reanimate the economy and further the development of Mexico. But now he must act quickly to re-establish his political credibility and limit damage to his moral standing. The present crisis requires it. Thousands of young people have been marching in the streets of Mexico since the kidnapping and murder of 43 students (now confirmed by the DNA of a burned body) from a college in Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero. According to Mexico’s attorney general, the crime was committed by professional killers working for a narco- gang and under the orders of the former mayor of the town of Iguala, who was a member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). Although most of these criminals, including the mayor and his wife, have been arrested, the student protesters are blaming the Peña Nieto government of the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and questioning its legitimacy. They are even demanding that the legally elected president resign from office.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jennifer Aniston is dying to ring in 2015 by announcing she’s pregnant. And in a stunning twist, insiders said the 45-year-old actress is undergoing fertility treatments in hopes of having twins. “Jen’s always dreamed of having kids close in age, and while one baby would be great, she thinks twins would be an incredible blessing!” a close friend tattled. The former “Friends” star and fiancé Justin Theroux, 43, put baby plans on hold while she filmed the drama “Cake,” and he worked on his HBO series, “The Leftovers.” ***Johnny Depp’s former squeeze Vanessa Paradis has slammed his fiancée, Amber Heard, for driving him to drink again. “Vanessa’s convinced Amber’s not mature or tough enough to deal with Johnny’s drinking,” an insider said. The 42-year-old mom of Johnny’s two kids “was horrified” by his boozy behavior at the Hollywood Film Awards and blames Amber, sources said. “Watching him slurring and swaying was a nightmare for her.”   ***Jessica Simpson’s hubby Eric Johnson has given up smoking pot. “Jessica’s over the moon that he’s done this,” revealed a pal. “He began tapering off what was a daily habit earlier this year, and the difference is amazing. Jessica never had a taste for pot, but she tolerated Eric’s use for years.

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LBN-ETC: Alongside Night World Premiere Interview with Kevin Sorbo & J. Neil Schulman: On July 14, 2014  — the day of the movie’s world premiere — Alongside Night star and executive producer Kevin Sorbo and author/filmmaker J. Neil Schulman sat down with Reason.TV’s Alexis Garcia for an interview. Kevin Sorbo discusses his acting career, his views on the new wave of Christian-oriented movies, and his personal beliefs. J. Neil Schulman talks about his rare opportunity as a novelist then getting the opportunity to adapt, direct, produce, and act in a movie based on his novel, and the history and ideas behind Alongside Night. Full info on Alongside Night: Official website: http://AlongsideNightMovie.com Official Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/AlongsideNightMovie Official Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/AlongsideNight

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Wednesday • December 10, 2014

REPORT PORTRAYS A BROKEN C.I.A. DEVOTED TO A FAILED APPROACH: In January 2003, 10 months into the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret prison program, the agency’s chief of interrogations sent an email to colleagues saying that the relentlessly brutal treatment of prisoners was a train wreck “waiting to happen and I intend to get the hell off the train before it happens.” He said he had told his bosses he had “serious reservations” about the program and no longer wanted to be associated with it “in any way.” The bitter infighting in the C.I.A. interrogation program was only one symptom of the dysfunction, disorganization, incompetence, greed and deception described in a summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report. In more than 500 pages, the summary, released on Tuesday, paints a devastating picture of an agency that was ill equipped to take on the task of questioning Al Qaeda suspects, bungled the job and then misrepresented the results. On Tuesday morning, the C.I.A. acknowledged problems in the early months of the program but suggested that they had been fixed. “The study as a whole leads the reader to believe that the management shortcomings that marked the initial months persisted throughout the program, which is historically inaccurate,” the agency said.

UN OFFICIAL WANTS TORTURE PROSECUTION: The top UN special investigator declared Wednesday that the senior U.S. officials who authorized and carried out torture under President George W. Bush should be prosecuted. In addition, Ben Emmerson, the UN’s special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, said that all CIA and other U.S. officials who used waterboarding and other torture methods should be pursued. He claimed that the new Senate CIA report shows “there was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration, which allowed to commit systematic crimes and gross violations of international human rights law.” Emmerson argued that the U.S. government is “legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice” and that public officials who authorize or conduct torture cannot be given immunity under international law.

JOLIE SAVAGED IN HACKED SONY EMAILS: In the latest fallout from the cyberattack saga enveloping Sony Pictures, leaked emails published by Gawker reveal a nasty exchange between studio co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, and an ugly bashing by Rudin of key figures in the industry, including Angelina Jolie. At the center of the fiery back-and-forth conversation is the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin that recently moved from Sony to Universal Pictures. Jolie, according to the emails, objected to David Fincher directing the film instead of her star vehicle Cleopatra. Pascal asked Rudin, a producer on Jobs, to talk to Jolie about it, but Rudin said he didn’t “want to waste [his] time” on that. Rudin repeatedly slammed the idea of Jolie’s Cleopatra movie, calling the actress a “minimally talented spoiled brat” and said the big-budget project could jeopardize both his and Pascal’s careers. “I’m not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both,” reads one email from Rudin.

EBOLA FIGHTERS BEAT PUTIN FOR TIME HONOR: As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa turned into an epidemic, brave men and women from all over the world put their lives at risk to treat victims in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Mali, Spain, Germany, and the U.S. As a result, Time magazine has given their annual Person of the Year award to those fighting the epidemic. “For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are Time’s 2014 Person of the Year,” wrote Editor Nancy Gibbs. This group of people beat out the bare-chested braggadocio of Vladimir Putin, who continued to leave a mark on the world stage with his slow-motion takeover of Ukraine.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Body Language

1.     Body language is the means by which humans (and some other animals) convey information through conscious or subconscious body movements or facial expressions. Body language is officially known as kinesics (kin-EE-siks).2.     Body language seems to have three major uses: 1) as a conscious replacement for speech, 2) to reinforce speech, and 3) as a mirror or betrayer of mood.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11.  Britain, along with most of Northern Europe and the Far East, is classed as a “non-contact” culture, in which there is very little physical contact in daily interactions. By comparison, the Middle East, Latin America, and Southern Europe are considered “high contact cultures” where physical touch is a large part of socializing.

12.  The “face platter” or when a person places one hand on top of the other and rests his or her face on top of the hands is often used in courtship. It’s used mainly by women and by gay men who want to attract a man’s attention. Their face is placed as if it were on a platter for the other person to admire.

13.  Studies show that women laugh at men they’re attracted to, and men are attracted to women who laugh at them. From a man’s perspective, saying a woman has good sense of humor doesn’t mean she makes jokes; it means she laughs at his jokes.

14.  In the Middle East, same-gender eye contact tends to be more intense and sustained than in the West. However, in many Asian, African, and Latin American countries, unbroken eye contact is considered aggressive and confrontational.

15.  An early landmark in the scientific study of nonverbal communication was the naturalist Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions of Man and Animals (1872). It was the first to claim that humans and apes expressed similar facial expressions inherited from a common ancestor. In 1969, British zoologist Desmond Morris argued that humans owed their nonverbal communication to their animal nature.

MALALA AT NOBEL: MY STORY NOT UNIQUE: While speaking at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony Wednesday, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai said, “I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.” Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for pushing for education rights for women. She was awarded the prize along with Kailash Satyarthi, an activist working to end child-trafficking and labor. In a touching personal note, Malala admitted, “I am pretty certain that I am also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers. I want there to be peace everywhere, but my brothers and I are still working on that.” Her ceremony was briefly interrupted by a young man with the Mexican flag who pleaded with her, “Please, Malala … Mexico.”

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: First Nobel Prizes Awarded (1901)

The Nobel Prizes, named after Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, are awarded annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, peace, and—since 1969—economic sciences. Nobel is said to have been inspired to create the prizes after reading his own prematurely published obituary, which condemned his invention of dynamite and referred to him as “the merchant of death.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Four times in the history of presidential elections, the candidate who won the most popular votes has not been elected president. This occurred in the 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000 elections.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus

“MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Bob Kerrey: I regret having to write a piece that is critical of the Democratic members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Most of them are former colleagues and friends. I hope they will remain friends after reading this. For eight years I served on this committee. I know how difficult and important the work of providing tough and fair oversight of our nation’s $50 billion top-secret intelligence network. I will wait until I have fully read and considered Tuesday’s report to enter the debate over whether the CIA handled interrogation of detainees in an appropriate manner. Thanks to the 2005 and 2006 efforts of Senator John McCain I do not have to wait to be certain our interrogation policies and procedures are aligned with our core values.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Why do people line up to come to this country? Why do they build boats from milk cartons to sail here? Why do they trust our diplomats and soldiers in ways true of no other country? It’s because we are a beacon of opportunity and freedom, and also because these foreigners know in their bones that we do things differently from other big powers in history. One of the things we did was elect a black man whose grandfather was a Muslim as our president — after being hit on Sept. 11, 2001, by Muslim extremists. And one of the things we do we did on Tuesday: We published what appears to be an unblinking examination and exposition of how we tortured prisoners and suspected terrorists after 9/11. I’m glad we published it.

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Tuesday • December 9, 2014

SENATE RELEASES CIA TORTURE REPORT: On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture on terrorist suspects after 9/11. Shane Harris reports on the most gruesome practices used by the CIA, including forcing prisoners to stand on broken legs and subjecting them to rectal feeding and hydration. The 500-page, $50 million report was published after several months of arguments between the Senate and CIA tussle over what would be redacted in the unclassified version published today.

OBAMA DEPORTATIONS FALL TO LOWEST LEVEL: The U.S. deported fewer people in the 2014 fiscal year than in any other year since President Obama took office, according to official figures. The Obama administration deported 315,943 people in the year that ended Sept. 30, a 14 percent drop from the previous year, said a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement representative. The 2014 total represents the second consecutive year in which removals have declined. In fiscal 2013, the administration removed 368,644 foreigners. The new figure drew criticism from Republicans who argue that Obama has intentionally weakened immigration enforcement. Even with the decrease, the 2014 figure brings the total number of people  deported under Obama to more than two million, more than any other president.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Napping

1.     Most Europeans, except the Germans, usually snooze or relax in the middle of the day. China, India, and parts of the Middle East are also big napping territories.

2.     Napping offers several benefits for creating healthy adults, including relaxation, reduced fatigue, increased alertness, improved mood, improved performance, increased reaction time, better memory, and fewer accidents and mistakes.

3.     An “Ask Men” survey asked men what they liked to do after making love. Taking a nap topped the list by a landslide. Having a snack came in second. Womens’ answers ranged from cuddling, talking, being left alone, and being fed.

4.     New parents lose from 400 to 750 hours of sleep during the first year with a newborn. La Leche League, the support group for nursing mothers, recommends that all new moms take a nap whenever the baby sleeps.

5.     Since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879, nighttime sleep for the average American has dropped from nine hours per night to less than seven.

6.     According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, 74% of women get less sleep per night than men, yet women feel more guilt about napping than men.

7.     Sleep experts recommend keeping afternoon naps to fewer than 1.5 hours to avoid interfering with nighttime sleep. For most people, a snooze of 15‒30 minutes is best.

8.     The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimates that 60 million Americans are chronically sleep deprived and claims this condition is perhaps one of the biggest health problems plaguing our society today. Planned napping is one way to combat sleep deprivation.

9.     Dr. James B. Mass, a psychologist, notes that “Napping should not be frowned upon at the office or make you feel guilty [when] at home. It should have the status of daily exercise.”

10.  According to the University of California‒Berkeley, the best time to nap is eight hours after waking and eight hours before nighttime sleep. For example, if you wake at 6 a.m. and go to bed and 10 p.m., then 2:00 p.m. would be an ideal time to nap.

SENATE TORTURE REPORT SHOWS C.I.A. INFIGHTING OVER INTERROGATION PROGRAM: In January 2003, 10 months into the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret prison program, the agency’s chief of interrogations sent an email to colleagues saying that the relentlessly brutal treatment of prisoners was a train wreck “waiting to happen and I intend to get the hell off the train before it happens.” He said he had told his bosses he had “serious reservations” about the program and no longer wanted to be associated with it “in any way.” The bitter infighting in the C.I.A. interrogation program was only one symptom of the dysfunction, disorganization, incompetence, greed and deception described in a summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report. In more than 500 pages, the summary, released on Tuesday, paints a devastating picture of an agency that was ill equipped to take on the task of questioning Al Qaeda suspects, bungled the job and then misrepresented the results.

SONY HACK LEAKS CELEB NUMBERS, ALIASES: The latest leaked information hacked from Sony Studios’ computers targets the biggest names in Hollywood. Contact information for Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, and Jonah Hill were among the personal celebrity details hacked by the “Guardians of Peace.” Celebrities’ secret aliases for booking hotels and car services were also revealed. According to the files released, Tom Hanks goes by Johnny Madrid, a reference to a character in the 1960s’ Western Lancer, or Harry Lauder, a Scottish comedian. Jessica Alba goes by Cash Money, perhaps a reference to husband Cash Warren. Jude Law goes by Mr. Perry. Natalie Portman goes by Lauren Brown. The best leaked alias award goes to Rob Schneider aka Nazzo Good.

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


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Everyone is a minority in Hawaii – there are no racial majorities. Haoles or Caucasians, constitute about 33% of the population, Japanese about 33%, Filipino-Americans about 16%, and Chinese-Americans about 5%. Most of the population has mixed ethnicities.

VIDEO: NYPD KILLS SYNAGOGUE STABBER: NYPD anti-terror officers killed a knife-wielding man who stabbed an Israeli student at the Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. According to a witness, Calvin Peters rushed into the synagogue screaming “I want to kill the Jew!” at around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. Shortly after he stabbed Levi Rosenviat, 22, in the head, cops swarmed in. Peters initially listened to cops’ command to put down the knife but then picked it up. Police said he refused to put it down and charged at cops. Police then fired, fatally shooting Peters. Rosenviat is in stable condition.

JODIE FOSTER: STILL LIVING IN FEAR: Jodie Foster is terrified that John Hinckley Jr. – who tried to impress the star by trying to kill former President Ronald Reagan – may zero in on her now that he’s got more freedom at the nuthouse he’s been in since 1982. “Jodie is deeply troubled by his newfound freedom,” a source said. “She’s not only scared for herself but for her new wife, Alexandra.” Jodie, 51, recently sold her Hollywood Hills home for a more secure residence. “She still has nightmares Hinckley will show up at her doorstep and gun her down,” explained the source.

EINSTEIN’S PERSONAL LIFE, NOW ONLINE: If you’ve ever wondered about the man behind the principle of relativity, now you can know him better: the Einstein Papers Project has made accessible online 5,000 searchable documents from the first 44 years of Albert Einstein’s life. Before, these letters, diaries, and scientific papers were mainly used by scholars, but now anyone can read—in Einstein’s own words—about his transformation from mediocre student to world famous scientific genius. As the papers highlight Einstein’s wit, work ethic, and large network of friends, the publishers hope they will dispel the notion of him as an isolated “mad” scientist.

RANGERS STAR LOST HALF AN EAR, GRABS WIN: The New York Rangers owe their overtime win Monday night to a player who lost part of his ear in the first period of the game. It would be impressive enough if Kevin Klein merely scored the overtime goal to secure a 4-3 win for the Rangers over the Pittsburgh Penguins. But Klein managed to do so after receiving 13 stitches in the first period to reattach his ear after being hit with a hockey stick. “I don’t know if any of you saw his ear, but he lost a piece of it,” said Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault. “We sewed it back.”

ADDAMS FAMILY “PUGSLEY” DEAD AT 59: Pugsley from TV’s The Addams Family, Ken Weatherwax, dead from a heart attack at age 59.The routund child master of the macabre died at his home Sunday night.Weatherwax starred in the 1960s fan fave TV series adapted from the New Yorker cartoons of Charles Addams starring John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as his vampish wife Morticia, Lisa Loring as his sister Wednesday and Ted Cassidy as hulking butler Lurch. There will be two funerals for Ken – one for his family and held for.

SPANISH JUDGE FREEZES UBER: A judge in Spain ordered Uber to cease operating in the country as a cautionary measure proposed by the Madrid Taxi Association. Cab associations in Spain have filed complaints against Uber for fostering unfair competition for licensed taxi drivers. The judge from the mercantile court in Madrid issued the suspension without hear arguments from Uber. The ruling instructed all telecommunications and electronic payment firms to stop processing any interactions with Uber. The Spain suspension comes just days after New Delhi’s ban on Uber after a driver allegedly raped a woman during a taxi ride.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***After months of rumors, Bob Dylan has finally announced the details of his upcoming record Shadows in the Night. Produced by Dylan under his longtime pseudonym Jack Frost, the album features 10 songs popularized by Frank Sinatra, including “Autumn Leaves,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “The Night We Called It a Day” and “I’m a Fool to Want You.” It hits stores on February 3rd, 2015, but is now available for pre-order.   ***The upcoming Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, will premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Variety reports. The portrait of the late Nirvana singer-guitarist will be joining a number of other documentaries and features, including Liz Garbus’ study of Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone?, and I Am Michael, a new drama staring James Franco as Michael Glatze, a gay-rights activist who renounced his homosexuality and became a minister.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Ewan McGregor and Alexander Skarsgård dining separately at Cafe Gitane on Mott Street, and Tony Bennett at sister spot Antonioni’s in NYC.   ***Starwood Capital boss Barry Sternlicht giving Lance Bass a tour of his 1 Hotel South Beach .   ***Shirley MacLaine and Michael J. Fox in the audience of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”    ****Jennifer Lopez dining at Craig’s in LA on Friday with manager Benny Medina, music mogul L.A. Reid, and director, producer and playwright Barry Avrich.   ***Veteran music manager John Hartman having dinner last night at The Nosh in Beverly Hills.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: 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-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Like a lot of people in journalism, I began my career, briefly, as a police reporter. As the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have unfolded, I’ve found myself thinking back to those days. Nothing excuses specific acts of police brutality, especially in the Garner case, but not enough attention is being paid to the emotional and psychological challenges of being a cop. Early on, I learned that there is an amazing variety of police officers, even compared to other professions. Most cops are conscientious, and some, especially among detectives, are brilliant. They spend much of their time in the chaotic and depressing nether-reaches of society: busting up domestic violence disputes, dealing with drunks and drug addicts, coming upon fatal car crashes, managing conflicts large and small.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: I asked Marty Peretz the other day whether his goal during the nearly four decades that he had owned The New Republic was ever to make a profit. “Absolutely not,” he bellowed. “I think we were profitable maybe three of four years.” One year, he said, the magazine’s staff threw a pizza party to celebrate being in the black — “and the party put us back in the red.” He was only half-joking. No, Peretz owned The New Republic because it gave him a megaphone on issues he cared about, like Israel. Influence accrued to him, as did a certain social status that came with owning a magazine that mattered to the policy elites in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Mass.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….Kurt Cobain:


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***According to sources, Cher could have only three months to live. The music icon, 68 – who’s worth $320 million – canceled all the remaining dates on her “Dressed to Kill” concert tour due to health issues. And sources said Cher’s secretly hiding severe heart, lung and kidney problems. “She’s had to wear a heart monitor, and a persistent viral infection has wreaked havoc with her kidneys,” a source said. “The worst fear is that she could lapse into renal failure.” This crisis coupled with the disease she’s battled for decades may mean that Cher’s dying.   ***Richard Gere’s divorce to estranged wife, actress Carey Lowell, has exploded in hate. The warring couple are in a nasty fight over property in Bedford, N.Y., sources say. At the center of the dispute is the Bedford Post Inn, a luxury bed-and-breakfast the couple converted from a farmhouse. The hotel, which features a yoga and tai chi meditation loft, is the actor’s “pride and joy,” a source said. Richard created the logo for the inn featuring his beloved grandfather, Albert Gere, who was a dairy farmer.   ***Sir Paul McCartney’s ex-wife Heather Mills will soon be taking her athletic skills to television. The famed Paralympic athlete is close to inking a deal to star in Channel 4’s “The Jump,” on which she will compete in ski jumping, speed skating and the giant slalom, among other events, reports The Sun.   ***Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy are not tying the knot. The actress and the Muse frontman have called off their three-year engagement and, according to Us Weekly, she’s already dating someone else: “Dancing With the Stars” alum Derek Hough. “Kate and Matt have been separated for some time now,” Hudson’s rep told People. “Despite this, they remain very close friends and committed co-parents.”

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Monday • December 8, 2014

BUSH AND C.I.A. EX-OFFICIALS REBUT TORTURE REPORT: A long-awaited Senate report condemning torture by the Central Intelligence Agency has not even been made public yet, but former President George W. Bush’s team has decided to link arms with former intelligence officials and challenge its conclusions. The report is said to assert that the C.I.A. misled Mr. Bush and his White House about the nature, extent and results of brutal techniques like waterboarding, and some of his former administration officials privately suggested seizing on that to distance themselves from the controversial program, according to people involved in the discussion. But Mr. Bush and his closest advisers decided that “we’re going to want to stand behind these guys,” as one former official put it.

MASSIVE L.A. FIRE SHUTS DOWN FREEWAYS: An early Monday morning fire in Los Angeles closed two freeways and destroyed an apartment building that was under construction. More than 250 firefighters are battling the blaze, which began at around 1:20 a.m. PT at a luxury apartment tower being built at 909 W. Temple St. The fire could be seen for miles, visible as far away as the Hollywood Hills. Two nearby buildings on Figueroa Street suffered damage from the fire. Sections of the 110 Freeway and the 101 southbound are shut down. “It’s huge,” said Los Angeles Fire Department Spokesman David Ortiz. The cause of the fire and the full extent of the damage are not known, according to Ortiz.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dogs like sweets a lot more than cats do. While cats have around only 473 taste buds, dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000.

U.S. AND NATO CEREMONIALLY END AFGHAN COMBAT MISSION: The U.S. and NATO closed their combat command in Afghanistan on Monday, more than 13 years after invading the country in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks to target al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. Though quickly routing the Taliban-led government that sheltered the militants, the U.S.-led coalition soon found itself spending billions of dollars rebuilding a country devastated by almost 30 years of war while an insurgency grew as the invasion and occupation of Iraq quickly took America’s attention.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Radio talk show host Rita Cosby along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Did you know that the National Institutes of Health spent $374,000 to find out if a puppet show would convince preschoolers to eat more vegetables? Or, that the Department of Agriculture gave $50,000 to a business that packs and sells alpaca manure? Whether you knew or not, your tax dollars paid for it–and much more. In 2014, federal spending per household was a staggering $28,826.

SCOTUS REJECTS BP’S SETTLEMENT CHALLENGE: On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected BP’s challenge to its settlement to compensate victims of its 2010 offshore oil spill, the largest in U.S. history. The company claimed that its 2012 settlement has been interpreted to allow business to receive compensation without having to prove the BP leak caused damages. The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear BP’s appeal means the oil giant will have to continue with its payments. So far, BP has paid $2.3 billion in business economic loss claims out of $4.25 billion in total compensation. The company has set aside $43 billion to resolve all claims.

PAYBACK! PAID TO PROMOTE EYE DRUG, AND PRESCRIBING IT WIDELY: When the drug maker Genentech introduced a major product in 2006, it found itself in an awkward position: persuading eye doctors to start using its new more expensive drug instead of a popular cheaper version that the company already sold. Ophthalmologists had been enthusiastically using the company’s cancer drug Avastin, which cost about $50 a dose, to treat a common eye disease in the elderly, wet macular degeneration. Then Genentech introduced Lucentis, a nearly equivalent drug that cost $2,000 a dose and was approved specifically to treat the disease. Use of Lucentis took off, and it has become one of Medicare’s most expensive treatments — costing the federal government about $1 billion a year — even though several studies have concluded Lucentis has no significant advantage over its cheaper alternative. Now, a new federal database shows that many of the doctors who were the top billers for Lucentis were also among the highest-paid consultants for Genentech, earning thousands of dollars to help promote the drug. The data raises questions about whether financial relationships between doctors and drug companies influence treatment decisions, even though physicians maintain they cannot be swayed

EXPLOSIVES THROWN AT COPS IN BERKELEY: In Berkeley, California, a second night of protests against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York turned violent again Sunday as some demonstrators threw explosives at officers, assaulted each other, and shut down a freeway, police said. The California Highway Patrol said some protesters made their way to a freeway in Oakland and blocked traffic. The CHP said some tried to light a patrol vehicle on fire and threw rocks, bottles, and an explosive at officers, and that highway patrol officers responded with tear gas. The highway patrol said it was making arrests, but no figures were available.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Kristin Chenoweth switching on the lights decorating the Christmas tree in the New York Palace’s Grand Courtyard, then performing “I’ll be Home for Christmas”.   ***Sting giving the Rockettes a standing ovation at Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular, with socialites Michelle-Marie Heinemann and Elaine Sargent.   ***“Orange Is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria in a suit and a slicked-back mohawk “surrounded by women” at the premiere of new Netflix series “Marco Polo” at Tavern on the Green, where Questlove DJ’ed.   ***Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Mary-Kate Olsen and Spike Jonze at Miss Lily’s 7A rum bar.   ***Comedian Erica Rhodes singing along to the iconic pop group America at their sold-out concert last night at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

LBN-SEE IT:…Chris Hughes, a Facebook founder, bought The New Republic magazine in 2012. Recent decisions there prompted a wave of resignations.


BORDER PATROL SEEKS MORE FEMALE AGENTS: The U.S. Border Patrol is seeking to increase the number of female agents in its ranks to help with the influx of women who are in the country illegally. The agency has issued a job posting aimed at women only, with an application deadline of Wednesday. “This is the first time we’ve had a job announcement for female agents only,” said Border Patrol Agent Yesenia Leon, a spokeswoman for the agency’s El Paso sector. Just 5 percent, or 1,039, of the Border Patrol’s 20,824 agents nationwide are female. In the El Paso sector, 150 women work as Border Patrol agents, or 6 percent of the 2,500 agents in the sector. Leon told the El Paso Times women comprised just 16 percent of applicants to an October posting. The agency often needs more female agents for pat-downs and other processing measures for women detained at the border.

MEXICO IDS 1 OF 43 MISSING STUDENTS: Authorities have confirmed the identity of one of the 43 missing student teachers in Mexico’s Guerrero state Sunday, matching DNA from bone fragment found in a bag of ashes to Alexander Mora. Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told a group of reporters that the students were killed at the hands of corrupt officials and a criminal gang, who said they abducted the trainee teachers, then killed and incinerated their remains at a garbage dump near the town of Cocula. Officials have detained 80 people in connection with the disappearance. Tensions continue to mount as protesters have called for President Enrique Peña Nieto to be jailed.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Green Day guitarist Jason White has undergone surgery for tonsil cancer, the band has revealed. “We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread,” the band wrote in a statement to fans.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

New Scientist: Science News

“Science news and science articles from New Scientist.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Ralph H. Baer, who turned television sets into electronic fantasy lands by inventing and patenting the first home video game system, died on Saturday at his home in Manchester, N.H. He was 92.His death was confirmed by his family.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonathan Alter: Alexis de Toqueville noticed something interesting about the French Revolution: the spirit of rebellion was most intense in regions where the standard of living was rising, not falling. The idea of a revolution of rising expectations was revived in the decolonization era after World War II and during the civil rights movement in the United States. When certain conditions improved for African-Americans, they mobilized around the knowledge that others had not. We may be entering a similar period now. No one even half-awake believed the election of the first black president would transform race relations in the United States, but Obama’s 2008 victory did spark a series of expectations, many of which Obama himself knew were unrealistic. Most blacks didn’t blame Obama for falling short; they know racial abuses in the criminal justice system are deeply embedded in American history. But his presence in office heightened frustration over those abuses, and the explosion of social media after Ferguson, which was initially ignored by the mainstream media, is shining a harsher light on them.

LBN-COMMENTARY by JAMES C. Mckinley Jr. and Al Baker: The justice system can favor the police, often shielding them from murder or serious manslaughter charges. The balance tips toward the police from the start: In most felony cases, an arrest is made and a grand jury indictment follows within a prescribed period of time. But in police fatality cases, prosecutors generally use special grand juries sitting for lengthy periods to investigate and gather evidence before determining if an arrest and indictment are warranted. Another hurdle is the law itself. Most states give officers wide discretion to use whatever force they reasonably believe is necessary to make an arrest or to protect themselves, a standard that hinges on the officer’s perceptions of danger during the encounter, legal scholars and criminologists say. “The whole process is really reluctant to criminalize police behavior,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a former prosecutor who teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. “The grand jurors are, the jurors are, the judges are, the appellate courts are.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: There seems to be a new age of activism rising. From Occupy Wall Street, to the “Stop Watching Us” march against government surveillance, to the Moral Monday protests, to the People’s Climate March, to the recent nationwide protests over the killings of men and boys of color by police, there is obviously a discontent in this country that is pouring into the streets. And yet much of it confounds and frustrates existing concepts of what movements should look like. Much does not fit neatly into the confines of conventional politics or the structures of traditional power.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonathan Tepper: The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who was born in New York and holds both American and British passports, recently said that he would not pay a tax bill from the United States on capital gains from the sale of his home in the London borough of Islington. Mr. Johnson pointed out that he hasn’t lived in America since he was 5. He’d like to renounce his citizenship, but said the process was “very difficult.” It is, but I am doing it. My “in-person final loss of citizenship appointment” is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the United States Consulate here. My British passport, acquired in 2012, will be my only one. Some 3,000 Americans gave up their citizenship last year, a tiny number that’s nevertheless been soaring. Yes, a few expatriates may be trying to avoid future taxes, as Senator Charles E. Schumer accused the Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin of doing two years ago, when Mr. Saverin, who lives in Singapore, surrendered his passport ahead of the company’s initial public offering.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Elliot Mint: He was taken from us 34 years ago today at the age of 40.  What he left behind will inspire people for countless generations to come.  Beyond his artistry, he shared a collective vision that remains indelible. He was a member of our family and his absence has created a void that has never been restored. Remembering, missing and loving all that John Lennon stood for on this day and all that ones will follow.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Allow me to be honest for a moment. Seeing the various turpitudes of modern society has shaked my fragile faith in humanity.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Country  superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are clashing over when to start a family, sources said. Ever since close pal Carrie Underwood announced she’s expecting, Miranda, 31, has been hankering for a child and has told friends that she’s convinced Blake, 38, to rock a baby. But a family insider said: “Truth is, Blake loves his life the way it’s going … he’s afraid of the changes that would come with a little one. Blake spends up to six months in Los Angeles working on “The Voice,” and fills the rest of the year with concert dates, the friend says.   ***Robert Downey Jr. has hired sober coaches for himself and son Indio, sources said. “Given his history and what his boy has been through recently, Robert is leaving nothing to chance,” said a source close to the actor.“He spends up to $1,000 a day for sober coaches or companions for himself and his son.” Indio, 21, pleaded guilty to cocaine possession after a June bust in West Hollywood. He’s now in rehab in Utah.   ***Al Pacino’s daughter Julie Pacino, 25 — who grew up visiting her father’s film sets — is now a budding film producer. Her first feature, “Billy Bates,” opened at the Quad Cinema over the weekend. “The night before I started school . . . I told him how excited I was,” recalls Julie. “He said, ‘Always remember the feeling and to hold onto the passion because at some point you may feel jaded and don’t remember why you got into this business in the first place.’ That’s the best advice I’ve received from him, and I apply it to my life every day.” Her company with “Billy Bates” director Jennifer DeLia is called Poverty Row Entertainment.

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Monday • December 8, 2014

MOST AMERICANS SEE RACE RELATIONS WORSENING SINCE OBAMA’S ELECTION SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: RACE RELATIONS WORSENING SINCE OBAMA’S ELECTION:


President Barack Obama had hoped his historic election would ease race relations, yet a majority of Americans, 53 percent, say the interactions between the white and black communities have deteriorated since he took office, according to media expert and author Michael Levine citing a new Bloomberg Politics poll. Those divisions are laid bare in the split reactions to the decisions by two grand juries not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y.

Both times, protesters responded with outrage and politicians called for federal investigations. Yet Americans don’t think of the cases as a matched set of injustices, the poll found. A majority agreed with the Ferguson decision, while most objected to the conclusion in the Staten Island death, which was captured on video. The divergent opinions—52 percent agreed on Ferguson compared with 25 percent who approved of the Staten Island outcome—add to an ongoing discussion that was inflamed when Officer Daniel Pantaleo was seen in the July video putting what appeared to be a chokehold on Eric Garner, a 43-year-old man suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner could be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” and died of a heart attack in what a medical examiner ruled a homicide. The grand jury decision not to charge Pantaleo came just 12 days after a similar panel in Ferguson declined to charge Officer Darren Wilson, who in August shot to death 18-year-old Michael Brown. That altercation was not captured on video, and the prosecutor presented evidence of a physical confrontation between the two men before the fatal shots were fired.

“Most American’s believed that Obama’s election was a healing symbol for racial tensions in America” said Levine. “Thus far, surprisingly it hasn’t turned out to be so.”

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Sunday • December 7, 2014

U.S. HOSTAGE DIES DURING RESCUE MISSION: American photographer Luke Somers, 33, and another hostage were killed by al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen during an attempted rescue operation by United States commandos, President Obama acknowledged on Saturday. Obama said that the hostages were “murdered” by the militants. Another official, speaking to the New York Times, said that Somers was “badly wounded” when commandos got to him and died by the time he was flown to a United States naval ship. The second hostage, a South African citizen, was Pierre Korkie. This was the second failed attempt to rescue Somers, who was kidnapped from a street in Yemen’s capital in September 2013. On Wednesday, al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula released a video threatening to kill Somers by the end of the week if demands were not met. Somers’ family broke their silence after the video was released in a video of their own, in which they insisted they had no prior knowledge of the U.S.’s first rescue attempt. “Luke is only a photojournalist, and he is not responsible for any action the U.S. government has taken,” said Somers’s brother, Jordan.

 

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GOP RIVAL BEATS LOUISIANA’S LANDRIEU: To rub extra salt in the Democrats’ midterm wounds, Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana officially lost her Senate seat to her Republican challenger, Bill Cassidy, on Saturday. Landrieu, who served in the Senate for 18 years, had a small edge over Cassidy in the November midterm multicandidate primary. However, Saturday’s runoff was not particularly close. With 96 percent of precincts reporting, the Times-Picayune said Cassidy nabbed 57 percent of the vote. Cassidy hammered Landrieu by tying her to the Obama administration, especially with the Affordable Care Act. “A vote for her is a vote for him” and “Remember: Mary Landrieu… Barack Obama… 97 percent” were repeated Cassidy campaign messages. Landrieu’s loss means that for the first time Louisiana will not have a single serving Democratic senator in 138 years.

 

NINE (9) TIMES IN THE LAST MONTH, LBN HAD STORIES BEFORE USA TODAY:


 

6 GITMO DETAINEES TRANSFERRED TO URUGUAY: Six Guantanamo Bay inmates were transferred to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees, the largest single group to be sent from the controversial detention center since 2009. The Defense Department announced the transfer early Sunday morning, though the deal has been known publicly for months. The group of six includes Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab, a Syrian man whose hunger strikes launched a national debate and high-profile lawsuit against the military’s force-feeding protocols. President Obama said in 2013 that he would continue to push to shut down Guantanamo Bay and transfer inmates, but had been moving slowly until the 2014 midterm elections were over. From the start of his second term through October, only one detainee was transferred. Since November, 12 have been transferred. The deal with Uruguay was settled in March, though Obama administration officials complained that outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was slow to make the transfer official.

 

NORTH KOREA: SONY HACK WAS ‘RIGHTEOUS’: Although North Korea has denied any role in the Sony Studio hack, the Hermit Kingdom praised the breach that effectively shut down one of the largest movie companies. Via the Korean Central News Agency, a government spokesman issued a statement describing the hack as a “righteous deed,” while also claiming North Korea played no role in it. “We do not know where in America the SONY Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack nor we feel the need to know about it,” the statement said. “But what we clearly know is that the SONY Pictures is the very one which was going to produce a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.” The film in question, James Franco and Seth Rogen’s The Interview, has outraged North Korea since its release was publicly announced. In June, North Korea vowed “merciless counter-measures” if The Interview hit theater.

 

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Forensics experts hired by Sony Corp to investigate the massive cyber-attack at its Hollywood studio said the breach was unprecedented, well-planned and carried out by an “organized group,” according to an email obtained by Reuters on Saturday. Kevin Mandia, the top executive at FireEye Inc’s Mandiant forensics unit, made the comments in an email to Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).

 

CENTRAL PARK FIVE SEEK ANOTHER $52M: The five men who were wrongly jailed for raping a Central Park jogger in 1989 are seeking $52 million in additional compensation. The Central Park Five already received $41 million this year in a settlement with New York City after they filed a federal suit. The group is now seeking damages from the state in the Court of Claims, reports the New York Daily News. The five men were all teenagers when they were convicted, and each served between six and 13 years in prison. “When you have a person who has been exonerated of a crime, the city provides no services to transition him back to society. The only thing left is something like this — so you can receive some type of money so you can survive,” said Raymond Santana, who spent nearly seven years behind bars. The first hearing in the case is set for Wednesday.

 

MY REVIEW: “I love the brilliant, inspiring, crazy, memorable photos in LBN.”—–Carney S., an LBN E-Lert reader in Austin, Texas.


 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jon Hamm, Alexander Skarsgård and “30 Rock” star Jack McBrayer hanging out by the fireplace at Tavern on the Green in NYC.   ***Jamie Foxx checking out David Guetta’s performance at Marquee New York .   ***Norman Reedus and Mick Rock at a Gramercy Park Hotel party for Mario Testino’s limited-edition Macallan scotch.   ***Interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper touring Holiday House NYC, featuring the work of 23 decorators to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Teachers

1.     A University of Pennsylvania study found that 33% of teachers leave within the first three years of beginning their careers and 46% leave within the first five. The numbers have been increasing since the late 1980s.

2.     A teacher’s contract day does not include time spent at home planning lessons or grading student work. Work at home can range from one hour in the evening planning the next day’s lesson or 16 hours on the weekend grading dozens of essays.

3.     In 2009, there were 7.2 million teachers in the United States. Almost 3 million taught at the elementary and middle school levels. The rest taught at the postsecondary, secondary, preschool, and kindergarten levels; in special education; and as other teachers and instructors.

4.     Researchers note a teacher should be compared to those of other high stress jobs, such as air-traffic controllers, firefighters, or pilots.

5.     In the United States, surveys reveal that teachers are second only to military personal as the occupation that contributes most to society’s well-being.

6.     Teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education.

7.     After the 1987–88 school year, about 6,000 first-year teachers left the occupation. After the 2007–08 school year, about 26,000 left. One report notes that “not only are there far more beginners in the teaching force, but these beginners are less likely to stay.”

8.     In 32 metropolitan areas in the United States, teachers are priced out of owning a home.

9.     On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.

10.  In 2007–08, about 76% of public school teachers were female, 44% were under age 40, and 52% had a master’s degree or higher. In private schools, 74% were female, 39% were under the age of 40, and 38% had a master’s or higher.

 

UNIQUELY,LBN: Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, an LBN E-Lert reader from Bel Air, California.


 

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Millions of us spend our days slaving over a keyboard. But lurking between the keys, hidden on the mouse and nestled in your phone lies more than 10 million bacteria – 400 times more than on the average toilet seat. Unhygienic working conditions are a ‘key contributor’ to the 131 million working days lost each year in the UK and millions more around the world, to illnesses including colds and flu.  Bacteria and viruses can multiply on hard surfaces, remaining infectious for up to 24 hours, hygiene expert and visiting professor at the University of Salford, Dr Lisa Ackerley told MailOnline.

 

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Dave Grohl didn’t need his manager to contact Paul Stanley to ask him to appear in Foo Fighters‘ HBO music documentary series Sonic Highways; he simply had to drive his kids to school. “I’ve seen Dave almost every day for the past three years,” says Kiss’ singer and guitarist, whose children attend the same school as Grohl’s. “Every year we actually do concerts, separately, but the same nights as a fundraiser for the school. He asked me if I would be involved with the [HBO] show, and I said absolutely.” Stanley appeared in the New York City-based series finale Friday to speak to the virtues of his hometown’s music scene, including tributes to famed studios Electric Lady and the Record Plant and why the “cool” artists were merely “the soundtrack to a fashion show.” “He just wanted me to talk, and I’m very good at that,” the Kiss frontman says. “Some people are hams; I’m the whole pig.”

 

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor (1941)

The surprise aerial attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, destroyed 188 aircraft and several American naval vessels, killed more than 2,300 American military personnel, and wounded more than 1,100. The following day, the US declared war on Japan, entering World War II. Pearl Harbor is now a national historic landmark, and a memorial has been built over the sunken hull of the USS Arizona.

 
LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Find a Grave: Millions of Cemetery Records

“Find A Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members. With millions of names, it’s an invaluable tool for genealogist and history buffs. Find A Grave memorials are rich with content, including dates, photos and bios. You can even leave ‘virtual flowers’ on the memorials you visit to complete the online cemetery experience. Find A Grave also contains listings for thousands of celebrity graves, making it the premier online destination for tombstone tourists.”

 

LBN-COMMENTATY by Jonathan Alter: Alexis de Toqueville noticed something interesting about the French Revolution: the spirit of rebellion was most intense in regions where the standard of living was rising, not falling. The idea of a revolution of rising expectations was revived in the decolonization era after World War II and during the civil rights movement in the United States. When certain conditions improved for African-Americans, they mobilized around the knowledge that others had not. We may be entering a similar period now. No one even half-awake believed the election of the first black president would transform race relations in the United States, but Obama’s 2008 victory did spark a series of expectations, many of which Obama himself knew were unrealistic. Most blacks didn’t blame Obama for falling short; they know racial abuses in the criminal justice system are deeply embedded in American history.  But his presence in office heightened frustration over those abuses, and the explosion of social media after Ferguson, which was initially ignored by the mainstream media, is shining a harsher light on them.

 

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…. Justin Bieber


 

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jessica Chastain has opened up about her younger sister’s tragic suicide, revealing the experience “completely changed” her. The actress’s sibling, Juliet, took her own life in 2003 after a lengthy battle with depression. “It completely changed the person I am. A movie, Oscars, a dress, if someone thinks I’m stupid … I realized nothing is that important,” The Help star said.   ***Tilda Swinton’s longterm partner, Sandro Kopp, was her biggest booster at a holiday party for her indie breakout “Snowpiercer” this week. Kopp was at the Lambs Club on Thursday passing out pins with images of Swinton in character in the film on them, and also setting up pictures with her and guests including Michael Stipe, Mike Myers and John Cameron Mitchell.

 

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Saturday • December 6, 2014

U.S. HOSTAGE DIES DURING RESCUE MISSION: American photographer Luke Somers, 33, and another hostage were killed by al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen during an attempted rescue operation by United States commandos, President Obama acknowledged on Saturday. Obama said that the hostages were “murdered” by the militants. Another official, speaking to the New York Times, said that Somers was “badly wounded” when commandos got to him and died by the time he was flown to a United States naval ship. The second hostage, a South African citizen, was Pierre Korkie. This was the second failed attempt to rescue Somers, who was kidnapped from a street in Yemen’s capital in September 2013. On Wednesday, al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula released a video threatening to kill Somers by the end of the week if demands were not met. Somers’ family broke their silence after the video was released in a video of their own, in which they insisted they had no prior knowledge of the U.S.’s first rescue attempt. “Luke is only a photojournalist, and he is not responsible for any action the U.S. government has taken,” said Somers’s brother, Jordan.


AL QAEDA COMMANDER KILLED IN PAKISTAN: Top al Qaeda commander Adnan el Shukrijumah was killed in Pakistan on Saturday, according to the Pakistan army. Shukrijumah was indicted in July 2010 for playing a role in planned terror attacks in the U.S. and Britain, including a plot to bomb the New York City subway. The 39-year-old was commander of al Qaeda’s global operations, a position once held by Khalid Sheikh Mohammend, the man who masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks. Shukrijumah was killed along with two others in a pre-dawn raid.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Race and Racism

1.     The concept of race is a modern concept. In the ancient world, the Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims did not have racial categories.  Rather people were divided according to religion, class, language, etc.

2.     While humans differ genetically in some ways, such as blood type and skin pigmentation, most anthropologists and biologists believe categories of race are not biologically grounded because modern humans simply have not evolved into separate subspecies or races.

3.     Most anthropologists and biologists view race as a political grouping with roots in slavery and colonialism. The number of races and who belongs in each race have shifted over time and nations?not because of responses to scientific advances in human biology, but rather in response to political purposes.

4.     Aristotle’s famous division between Greek and Barbarian was not based on race, but on those who organized themselves into community city-states and those who did not. The ancient Romans categorized people not on biological race or skin color, but on differing legal structures upon which they organized their lives.

Samuel George Morton (1799-1851) tried to prove in the 19th century that select “races” were superior to others by measuring the cranial capacity (brain size) of different groups (“whites,” “American Indians,” “blacks”). He also argued that there were different origins and lineages for different races (polygenism), rather than a single creation (monogenism) as found in the Bible.

6.     In the medieval era, Muslims and Christians divided humans based on the categories of “believer” and “nonbeliever,” not on biological race. Additionally, the Jews based the differences between “goyim” (non-Jew) and “Jew” on faith rather than on biological differences.

7.     The 14th-century Islamic scholar Ibn Khaldun argued against the theory that physical characteristics reflected moral attributes. For example, he explained that dark skin developed because of the hot climate of Africa and not due to the curse of Ham.

8.     Most genetic variety is not between races, but rather within races. For example, two random Italians are as likely to be as genetically different as an Italian and a Chinese.

9.     The U.S. Census Bureau defines race as a social category recognized by the United States and does not attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically, or genetically. The Census Bureau recognizes five categories of race: White (people with origins in Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa,) Black or African American (Africa), American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The census also includes an Hispanic ethnic category. It is an ethnic category rather than a race category because the Latino community includes many races, such as white, black, Native American, Asian, and mixed.

10.  Scientists believe that geography and ultraviolet rays cause variation in skin color, not race. Scientists believe that even though darker-skinned natives of Alaska and Canada live in northern regions with long periods of darkness, they receive higher levels of UVR reflected from the surface of snow and ice during the summer. Additionally, their diet is rich in vitamin D (from eating seal and fish), which compensates for the reduced sunshine in the winter.

11.  Scientists project that in 1,000 years, humans will still come in many different colors, though people in the city will have a more mixed skin color rather than strikingly dark or light skin.

12.  Race and ethnicity are different entities. While both are social constructs, race is associated with the idea that there are innate biological differences and has largely been discredited. Ethnicity, on the other hand, is associated with culture, religion, language, etc.

13.  Most people who identify themselves as African American in the United States have some European ancestors. Additionally, a large number of people who identify themselves as European American have some Native American or African ancestors.

14.  In the early 20th century, some churches in the U.S. would hang a pinewood slab on the door with a comb hanging from a string. A person could enter only if his or her skin was lighter than the pinewood and if they could run the comb through their hair without it snagging.

15.  French physician Francois Bernier was the first to use the word “race” as a category for scientifically classifying humans in a 1684 essay titled “A New Division of the Earth, According to the Different Species or Races of Men Who Inhabit.

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BLACKS HAVE SUED GARNER’S KILLER BEFORE: The white police officer who put Eric Garner in an NYPD-banned chokehold and killed him has been accused in the past of violating other black people’s civil rights while on patrol. Daniel Pantaleo, who was not indicted for killing Garner, was sued by four black men because of two incidents in 2012 in which the victims allege that Pantaleo stopped, strip-searched, and arrested them without cause. The first case, filed in June 2013, details an incident in which two men, Darren Collins, 46, and Tommy Rice, 42, claim that Pantaleo and a group of other NYPD officers stopped them while they were driving on a Staten Island road. The officers ordered the two men out of the car, handcuffed them, and strip-searched them in public, all without providing a reason for which they believed they had committed a crime (charges against Collins and Rice were later dismissed). In a second case, Rylawn Walker and Kenneth Smith claim that Pantaleo and other officers stopped them without cause while the two were walking together in Staten Island, then illegally strip-searched and arrested them on false marijuana charges.

SENATE PANEL FACES OBSTACLE TO RELEASE OF TORTURE REPORT: The Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday faced a new obstacle in its efforts to make public its report on the torture of prisoners once held by the Central Intelligence Agency after last-minute warnings from the Obama administration that the report’s release could ignite new unrest in the Middle East and put American hostages at risk. The warnings were delivered on Friday during a phone call between Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the committee. According to congressional officials, Mr. Kerry warned that allies were concerned that the report could incite violence in the Middle East.

ROLLING STONE: WE SCREWED UP RAPE STORY: On Friday, Rolling Stone said it seriously screwed up in its story alleging a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. The magazine admitted that it did not contact the man that an anoymous student, dubbed Jackie, said orchestrated an attack on her at a frat house, “nor any of the men she claimed participated in the attack for fear of retaliation against her.” The magazine admitted that “there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.” A lawyer for the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, told The Washington Post the frat did not host a party the night that Jackie says she was attacked and that it doesn’t do pledging or initations in the fall semester. The lawyer said none of the fraternity’s members were employed at the school’s Aquatic Fitness Center during the story’s time frame—a key detail in Jackie’s account. None of the fraternity’s members match Jackie’s descriptions either, according to fraternity officials who spoke to the Post.

HACKERS THREATEN SONY EMPLOYEE FAMILIES: On Friday, several Sony Pictures Entertainment employees received an email from a group claiming to be the hackers responsible for a massive data breach, the “Guardians of Peace.” The breach and subsequent leak of information “is a very tiny work for our group which is a worldwide organization,” the email said, and continued to threaten that if employees refuse to “sign [their] name to object the false of the company” then “your family will be in danger.” North Korea is suspected to have a role in the attack, at least in part because of an upcoming Sony released called The Interview, a comedy about an attempted assassination of North Korean president Kim Jong Un. A Sony spokesperson, reached for comment, told Buzzfeed, “We are understand that some of our employees have received an email claiming to be from GOP. We are aware of the situation and are working with law enforcement.”

CASEY ANTHONY TO BE A MOM AGAIN: One of America’s most hated woman, Casey Anthony, has made a claim that she’s going to be a mom again! Three years after she was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in a verdict that horrified the country, sources say that Anthony “is excitedly boasting” that she plans to give birth soon. While there’s no indication the despised “Tot Mom” is pregnant, sources say Anthony, 28, has secretly selected her baby daddy and is determined to start a family in 2015.

LBN-SEE IT:…. Hundreds of protestors gather at Foley Square in New York City on December 4th, 2014.


POLICE KILL ASSAULT SUSPECT IN HOLLYWOOD: A man suspected of assault with a deadly weapon was killed in an officer-involved shooting at one of the busiest—and most famous—intersections in Los Angeles on Friday night. The shooting occurred around 7 p.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The suspect, who was armed with a knife, according to police, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition but later died.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Veteran newswoman Candy Crowley says she’s leaving CNN after 27 years. Crowley, the network’s chief political correspondent and anchor of “State of the Union,” will exit at the end of this month, she said Friday. Her final appearance hosting “State of the Union” is Dec. 21.   ***Three former editors of The New Republic — Hendrik Hertzberg, Peter Beinart and Andrew Sullivan — have joined more than a dozen of their fellow TNR veterans in protesting the “destruction” of the magazine at the hands of owner Chris Hughes. “As former editors and writers for The New Republic, we write to express our dismay and sorrow at its destruction in all but name,” the editors and their former colleagues wrote in a statement, released Friday evening.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is a daily masterpiece of information!” —–Lynette R., an LBN E-Lert reader from Seattle, Washington.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: At 3,855,103 square miles, Canada is the second largest country in the world, behind Russia.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Legendary music manager Jim Morey having ice tea at the Beverly Glen Deli in L.A.   ***Author Florie Brizel having lunch at the new Ocean Prime restaurant in Beverly Hills.   ***Entertainment Tonight producer Bonnie Tiegel and her husband Elliot having new at the new Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills.    ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass smoking a cigarette outside Carney’s fast-food restaurant on Sunset Blvd.

RAPPER BEANIE SIGEL SHOT IN NEW JERSEY: Rapper Beanie Sigel was taken to a local hospital Friday after being shot in the abdomen outside a house in New Jersey. Sigel, 40, is awake and listed in critical condition. Another man at the home was found injured, but authorities said he refused medical treatment and has been uncooperative. Pleasantville, New Jersey Police Chief Jose Ruiz says the two may have “some type of family relationship.” Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, moved from a federal prison to a halfway house in August after serving two years for tax evasion.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Google Sightseeing: Discover the world via Google Maps and Google Earth

“Amazing satellite and aerial images from Google Earth, and the funniest sightings on Google Maps Street View. Why bother seeing the world for real?”

*LBN- WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET: From Italy to Mexico, from China to Australia, from Canada to Israel, from England to Japan, from France to Iraq, from Brazil to Russia, from India to Sweden, ….. in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries – seven days a week.


LBN-R.I.P.: Claudia Emerson, whose book of piercing poems about one marriage ending and another beginning won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, died on Thursday in Richmond, Va. She was 57. The cause was cancer, said Virginia Commonwealth University, where she taught.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Aurora Snow: Beware the female orgasm, for if you produce porn in the UK, it could get you into a whole lot of trouble. UK locals, on the other hand, will have to search it out overseas, since online content containing the female ejaculation is now prohibited. In a move to consolidate regulations for DVDs and online porn, new rules about what is and isn’t appropriate have been issued across the pond. And some of those regulations seemingly target women within porn—not just porn in general.

LBN-COMMENTAREY By Shakeer Rahman and Sam Barr: Eric Garner was not the first American to be choked by the police, and he will not be the last, thanks to legal rules that prevent victims of police violence from asking federal courts to help stop deadly practices. The 1983 case City of Los Angeles v. Lyons vividly illustrates the problem. That case also involved an African-American man choked by the police without provocation after he was stopped for a minor offense — a burned-out taillight. Unlike Mr. Garner, Adolph Lyons survived the chokehold. He then filed a federal lawsuit, asking the city to compensate him for his injuries. But he wanted more than just money. He also asked the court to prevent the Los Angeles Police Department from using chokeholds in the future. The trial court ordered the L.A.P.D. to stop using chokeholds unless an officer was threatened with death or serious injury, and to institute better training, reporting and record-keeping.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Uber does not have a phone number listed in the Manhattan directory. Like many online companies, it believes in the efficiency of communicating via email. The messy business of actually talking to people, well, that’s just so old-fashioned, isn’t it? Just because Uber doesn’t want to talk to customers, though, doesn’t mean customers don’t want to talk to Uber. Sometimes there are problems that scream for human communication: an accident, a cellphone left in a car, a mixup with a bill. And sometimes, even though online communications may be more efficient, people are simply more comfortable talking to another human.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: Christmas has been about excess since Jesus was in the manger. So why stop now?  The sanctimonious, the puritans of all stripes, and the killjoys in general raise the issue annually. Knock it off. Christmas has been commercialized since year one of the “Current Era.” Blame it on the Three Kings. They started the gift-giving right in the manger. Casper, Melchior, and Balthazar “presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Craig Valine (Marketing expert): What’s the difference between a group of 80 male prisoners at a medium security prison and the same size group of male and female students paying $150k for an education to become a professional practice owner? Observed recently, taught the exact same entrepreneurial and marketing educational programs over the past year, the prisoners hung on to every word spoken in class, were engaged and asked questions, and asked for (and were eager for) resources to improve their lives. The students on the other hand, did not pay attention, were not engaged, were caught the entire time surfing the web on their laptops, iPads, and phones distracted and not paying attention. Who has the better chance for success? The “Professionals” or the prisoners upon release? Of course, there are many factors that dictate success. However, if both groups were given the same optimal conditions, I say the prisoners have a better chance.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A drunk driver got arrested after crashing into Megan Fox and husband Brian Austin Green’s car in Los Angeles on Thursday night. A man driving a Mini Cooper “somewhat violently sideswiped” the couple’s Range Rover, with Green behind the wheel, TMZ reports. The intoxicated man, 35, was driving in the opposite direction from the couple. He crossed over the road’s yellow line and hit the Range Rover, blowing a tire on the SUV.   ***Stephen Colbert has scored a fairly major guest for one of the final episodes of “The Colbert Report”:President Barack Obama will appear on the show on Monday. Colbert will be in Washington to tape a special episode he’s calling “Stephen Colbert Presents: Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington D.C. Ya Later, Legislator; Partisan is Such Sweet Sorrow: A Colbert Victory Lap.”

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Friday • December 5, 2014

321,000 JOBS ADDED IN NOVEMBER: A total of 321,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in the month of November, a significant jump form the average monthly gain of 224,000 over the prior 12 months. The November job growth was spread over multiple sectors, including professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8 percent.

NASA’S NEW SPACECRAFT BLASTS OFF: NASA successfully launched its Orion spacecraft on Friday, and it is now chugging along over Earth at 15,000 mph on its way to its preliminary orbit. While today’s test launch is unmanned, the hope is that crewed missions to Mars will be possible by 2021. The original launch on Thursday had been scrapped due to weather and engine issues.

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OBAMA’S PENTAGON CHOICE, ASHTON CARTER, IS KNOWN AS ASSERTIVE AND INDEPENDENT: President Obama on Friday will announce his selection of Ashton B. Carter to lead the Pentagon, White House officials said, embracing a physicist and national security centrist who may advocate a stronger use of American power. Mr. Carter, 60, is expected to face smooth confirmation hearings from Senate Republicans, who say they foresee no opposition to him.

DEM PANEL CLEARS CHRISTIE IN BRIDGEGATE: A legislative inquiry into the George Washington Bridge scandal couldn’t determine whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knew about the controversial lane closures before they occurred, with investigators saying they were stymied by a lack of access. The 136-page-report reviewed by the Wall Street Journal found “no conclusive evidence” Christie “was or was not aware” of the September 2013 lane closures in advance or while they were happening. But the report found that accusations by a former ally of the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender left “open the question of when the governor first learned of the closures and what he was told.” A Christie spokesman declined to comment. The report comes 11 months after New Jersey Democrats formed the committee to investigate the lane closures. The probe is separate from a federal investigation led by New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, who is expected to wrap up his effort in 2015. An investigation by attorneys hired by the Christie administration cleared the governor in its own report.

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AUTISTIC BOY SHACKLED TO BED FOR 14 DAYS: After authorities ignored their pleas for help, the parents of a man with severe autism in Australia have released photographs showing him strapped to a hospital bed where he was sedated and kept for 14 days. Bronwyn and Allan Pascoe said that the Northern Hospital in Epping, Victoria has put their son through this “sedate and shackle” treatment for two years. He even spent his 21st birthday strapped down and sedated in the hospital. A spokesman for the Department of Human Services said, “The department continues to work closely with James and his family to reach a suitable long term outcome.”

US BIRTH RATE HITS ALL-TIME LOW: The U.S. birth rate reached an all-time low in 2013, as the number of babies born in the country declined for the sixth straight year since the peak in 2007, a new report finds. The country’s birth rate dipped to 62.5 births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 44, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is 10 percent lower than the birth rate in 2007, which was 69.3 per 1,000 women, and a record low since the government started tracking birth rates in 1909, when birth rate was 126.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The legendary NYC’s Plaza Hotel’s  owners turned down an offer from the Sultan of Brunei to take over the storied spot, not because of protests from human rights groups, but because the bid was too low, sources say. The Wall Street Journal reported in August that an investment arm of the sultan offered $2 billion for the Plaza, as well as for London’s Grosvenor House and the Dream Downtown hotel. A source says that $680 million of that was for the Plaza.   ***Uber, the transportation and ride-sharing startup, has just announced that it has raised another $1.2 billion in funding, and we have separately confirmed with the company that this latest round was made at a $40 billion valuation.

U.K.’S NO BOOKS FOR PRISONERS BAN TOSSED: The ban on sending books to prisoners in England and Wales introduced last November is unlawful, the High Court has ruled. Prisoners were only allowed to receive books under “exceptional circumstances” such as a medical condition. The ban was introduced as part of a crackdown on drugs getting into prisons. Mr. Justice Collins said he saw “no good reason” for books to be restricted. The case was brought by a life sentence prisoner, Barbara Gordon-Jones.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Teachers

1.     A University of Pennsylvania study found that 33% of teachers leave within the first three years of beginning their careers and 46% leave within the first five. The numbers have been increasing since the late 1980s.

2.     A teacher’s contract day does not include time spent at home planning lessons or grading student work. Work at home can range form one hour in the evening planning the next day’s lesson or 16 hours on the weekend grading dozens of essays.

3.     In 2009, there were 7.2 million teachers in the United States. Almost 3 million taught at the elementary and middle school levels. The rest taught at the postsecondary, secondary, preschool, and kindergarten levels; in special education; and as other teachers and instructors.

Researchers note a teacher should be compared to those of other high stress jobs, such as air-traffic controllers, firefighters, or pilots.

5.     In the United States, surveys reveal that teachers are second only to military personal as the occupation that contributes most to society’s well-being.

6.     Teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education.

7.     After the 1987–88 school year, about 6,000 first-year teachers left the occupation. After the 2007–08 school year, about 26,000 left. One report notes that “not only are there far more beginners in the teaching force, but these beginners are less likely to stay.”

8.     In 32 metropolitan areas in the United States, teachers are priced out of owning a home.

9.     On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.

10.  In 2007–08, about 76% of public school teachers were female, 44% were under age 40, and 52% had a master’s degree or higher. In private schools, 74% were female, 39% were under the age of 40, and 38% had a master’s or higher.

CRUISE SHIPS DUMP 1B GALLONS OF SEWAGE: Cruise ships dumped more than 1 billion gallons of sewage in the ocean this year, much of it raw or poorly treated, according to a new report. Friends of the Earth’s 2014 Cruise Ship Report Card reveals that some of the 16 cruise lines graded are slowly getting greener; but more than 40 percent of the 167 ships still rely on 35-year-old waste treatment technology. Such antiquated treatment systems leave harmful levels of fecal matter, bacteria, heavy metals and other contaminants in the water. The Environmental Protection Agency says an average cruise ship with 3,000 passengers and crew produces about 21,000 gallons of sewage a day—enough to fill 10 backyard swimming pools in a week.

STUDY: CALIFORNIA DROUGHT WORST IN 1200 YEARS: This week’s statewide rains have made little impact in relieving California’s extreme drought. In fact, according to a new scientific study, this drought is the worst that California has experienced in 1200 years. Researchers studying tree rings concluded that “the current event is the most severe drought in the last 1200 years, with single year (2014) and accumulated moisture deficits worse than any previous continuous span of dry years.”

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***OUTSIDER PICTURES, the international sales and distribution company headed by Paul Hudson, has acquired distribution rights to six pictures from the Hestons’ AGAMEMNON FILMS library:  THE SEARCH FOR MICHAEL ROCKEFELLER, the award-winning documentary about the disappearance of the Rockefeller scion in New Guinea, written and directed by Fraser C. HestonPROUD MEN, a contemporary western starring Charlton Heston and Peter Strauss; the hugely successful A&E series CHARLTON HESTON PRESENTS THE BIBLE; the documentary CHARLTON HESTON AND BEN HUR, A PERSONAL JOURNEY, directed by Laurent Bouzereau and exec-produced by Fraser Heston, about the making of the epic film; and two films directed by Charlton Heston: the 1972 Shakespearean epic ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, starring Heston and Hildegard Neil; and MOTHER LODE, written and produced in 1981 by Fraser C. Heston, starring Charlton Heston, Nick Mancuso and Academy Award winner Kim Basinger.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Kate Upton and Justin Verlander side-by-side in a booth at Nobu Tribeca, “fixated on their iPhones the whole time”   ***Piper Perabo and director hubby Stephen Kay at the Four Seasons restaurant bar as Steve Wynn, Lou Dobbs and John Catsimatidis dined at separate tables in the Grill Room in NYC.   ***Recent tablemates at the new Palm in Beverly Hills: Brian Grazerwith Ron HowardBod Daley with Ted SarandosBryan Lourd with Brad GreySherry Lansing with Diane Keaton, and Skip Bronson with Paul AnkaLeslie Mooves, CAA’s Joel Lubin and UTA’s Tracey Jacobs also each have been in.   ***Bryan Singer joined his pregnant baby mama Michelle Clunie at Boa in L.A.   ***Micheal Keaton shared the room with Daphne Zuniga at South Beverly Grill in B.H.   ***Sam Smith ate on the patio at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood the day before the American Music Awards. Manager Michael Baum was in at another time.   ***Diane LaneBrett RatnerJim Berkus and Richard Lovett have each dropped by Mr Chow in Beverly Hills of late.   ***Gluten-free Emmy Rossum had the tempeh wrap at M Café’s Brentwood utpost.   ***All in at once at Miss Lily’s in New York: Robert PattinsonAlfonse CuaronSalman RishdieTerry George and Padma Lakshmi.   ***Arianna Huffington dined at the new Upland on the same day as producer Desiree Gruber.    ***Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson hit Maze by Gordon Ramsay.   ***Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine at the Soho House in West Hollywood this week.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***In an interview promoting ”Hope for the Future,” his new song included in the first-person shooter video game DestinyPaul McCartney expressed distaste for the way young people consume music through tinny-sounding cell phone speakers.”In an ideal world, they listen to what you’ve recorded in the way that you have presented it,” the rock legend told the Guardian. “It’s all changed so drastically. A lot of kids listen to music on their smartphones through these tiny little speakers. I’m pulling my hair out thinking, ‘Argh, I spent hours making that high-fidelity sound! Get a decent set of headphones! Please!’”   ***The lyrics of two early unrecorded Bob Dylan songs failed to find a buyer at an auction in New York City. The typed lyrics, which include handwritten annotations, were offered at Christie’s on Thursday. The original 1962 “Talkin Folklore Center” manuscript was expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000. The “Go Away You Bomb” lyrics from 1963 was estimated to bring $30,000 to $50,000.

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LBN-SEE IT:….Miley Cyrus smokes a joint onstage during a performance at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach during Art Basel on Wednesday.


LBN-BOOK INSIDER:   ***Ayn Rand fans, here’s something to whet your appetites: New American Library has released the cover image for “Ideal,” the first Ayn Rand novel to be published in more than 50 years. Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead,” invented the philosophy of Objectivism. More than 25 million copies of her novels have been sold around the world.

LBN-R.I.P.: Jeremy Thorpe, a charismatic British politician who briefly revived the fortunes of his country’s Liberal Party before his political career was destroyed by a scandal involving allegations of a homosexual relationship and of a murder conspiracy to keep it quiet, died on Thursday. He was 85. His son, Rupert, announced the death, saying that Mr. Thorpe had struggled with Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years. No other details were given.

LBN-SEE IT:… Gramercy Park in NYC, photographed through the private park’s fence.


LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: A few months ago, Ezekiel Emanuel had an essay in The Atlantic saying that, all things considered, he’d prefer to die around age 75. He argued that he’d rather clock out with all his powers intact than endure a sad, feeble decline. The problem is that if Zeke dies at 75, he’ll likely be missing his happiest years. When researchers ask people to assess their own well-being, people in their 20s rate themselves highly. Then there’s a decline as people get sadder in middle age, bottoming out around age 50. But then happiness levels shoot up, so that old people are happier than young people. The people who rate themselves most highly are those ages 82 to 85.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: It is always a pleasure to return to Rome and find that some things never change. I dissipated part of my youth here in a trance of happiness and, even at this distance, I find that happiness accessible. As we grow older memory gains in importance, a labyrinth of infinite possibility. So much of life today is jolting that a measure of dilatory inefficiency becomes comforting. The transactional relationships of London or New York or Singapore give way to the human relationship of Rome. People actually take a few seconds to look at each other. They chat without purpose.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: We know President Obama wants a lasting deal on immigration, something to make taxes fairer, a little help from a caveman Congress on climate change. If he’s lucky, he might get some of the above. But one thing his worst opponents have never given him, and probably never will, is respect. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. From the day he took office, his legitimacy has been challenged, his American birth has been suspect, and he’s been personally insulted, lectured, yelled at and disrespected in public, by public figures, in a way that few if any American presidents have ever faced.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A year after undergoing experimental surgery, country music legend Dolly Parton appears to be wasting away to nothing. Sources say the beloved “Jolene” singer may have dropped as much as 30 pounds from her tiny 5-foot-1 frame, plunging to barely 80 pounds and sparking fears she may be hiding a life-threatening illness from fans.  “Dramatic weight loss like this is not a good sign,” Dr. Stuart Fischer, who has not treated Dolly, said. Dolly checked into Florida’s Mayo Clinic in June 2013 to address her weight loss.   ***Why can’t you find a nice girl, Patrick!? California’s former First Lady Maria Shriver is not a fan of son Patrick Schwarzenegger’s new girlfriend, Miley Cyrus, according to sources close to the ultra-religious newswoman. But Maria, 59, is afraid of voicing her true feelings for fear of driving her son further into the arms of the raunchy, pot-smoking “Wrecking Ball” singer! “Maria is a devout Catholic and still attends mass every Sunday at St. Monica in Santa Monica,” said a Shriver insider.   ***Tyler Perry has a starring new role: father. Perry, 45, and his girlfriend, 28-year-old Gelila Bekele, welcomed their first child on Sunday, a baby boy named Aman Tyler Perry.   ***A woman suing Bill Cosby for sexual battery attempted to sell a story about the comedian to a tabloid a decade ago, Cosby’s attorneys said in a court filing Thursday. Attorney Martin Singer wrote in the filing that the lawsuit by Judy Huth and her attorney followed a failed attempt to extort $250,000 from Cosby. In the filing, Cosby seeks monetary damages from Huth and her attorney. The filing comes two days after Huth sued, claiming the comedian forced her to perform a sex act in 1974 when she was 15 years old.

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Thursday • December 4, 2014

NEW DAWN! IT’S OFFICIAL: AMERICA IS NOW NO. 2: Hang on to your hats, America. And throw away that big, fat Styrofoam finger while you’re about it. There’s no easy way to say this, so we will just say it: We’re no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet. It just happened — and almost nobody noticed. The International Monetary Fund recently released the latest numbers for the world economy. And when you measure national economic output in “real” terms of goods and services, China will this year produce $17.6 trillion — compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.A. As recently as 2000, we produced nearly three times as much as the Chinese.

CHOKE ON THIS! GARNER’S WIDOW: ‘HELL NO’ TO COP APOLOGY: Eric Garner’s widow blasted the police officer who killed her husband after a grand jury decided not to indict him Wednesday. “Hell no!” Esaw Garner responded to the question of whether she would accept Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s apology. “The time for remorse was when my husband was yelling to breathe. That would have been the time for him to show some type of remorse or some type of care for another human being’s life—when he was screaming 11 times that he can’t breathe. So there’s nothing that him or his prayers or anything else will make me feel any different. No, I don’t accept his apology. No, I can care less about his condolences. He’s still working, still getting a paycheck, still feeding his kids when my husband is six feet under and I’m looking for a way to feed my kids now.”

‘I CAN’T BREATHE’ IS ECHOED IN VOICES OF FURY AND DESPAIR: They chanted it in Grand Central Terminal, shouted it in Times Square, emblazoned it across Facebook and Twitter, the three words that came to stand for the death of another unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer. “I can’t breathe,” Eric Garner had gasped after the officer put his neck in a chokehold on a hot July day on Staten Island, a fatal encounter captured on video and viewed by millions of people. On Wednesday, after a grand jury declined to indict the officer, the words — and the video — were revived in a wave of despair and fury that rolled as far out as the corridors of Capitol Hill and the streets of Oakland, Calif. Elected officials in New York and Washington, too, did not hold back, offering an extraordinary outpouring of stunned reaction that seemed to mirror — and perhaps calm — protesters’ anger.

NASA ORION LAUNCH CANCELED: After facing multiple delays, the launch of NASA’s Orion spacecraft has been scrubbed on Thursday, and will be reschuled. NASA had a 2.5-hour window to launch the spacecraft, beginning at 7:05 a.m. It had been delayed by a boat straying in the launch danger zone, a stuck liquid-oxygen drain valve on the rocket’s booster engines, and wind gusts. NASA’s plan, in decades to come, is for the Orion to bring people back and forth to Mars.

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UAE WOMAN ARRESTED IN US TEACHER MURDER: Footprints Recruiting, the Vancouver-based teacher-recruitment company, announced Thursday that the teacher murdered in Abu Dhabi is Ibolya Ryan. In addition, the Interior Ministry of the United Arab Emirates announced it has arrested a suspect, and that the Emirati woman believed to be behind the murder also planned to bomb an American doctor’s home. Footprints Recruiting said that it considers the Emirates and Abu Dhabi to be a safe environment. According to the police in Abu Dhabi, Ryan was stabbed in a public restroom at a mall by a suspect wearing a full black veil, which is commonly worn by women.

VIDEO: AL QAEDA VOWS TO KILL US HOSTAGE: Al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate Wednesday night showed on camera for the first time American hostage Luke Somers, who officials say was the objective of a U.S. rescue attempt last week. The terror group threatened to kill Somers in three days if President Obama doesn’t “meet our demands.” The 33-year-old photojournalist and interpreter was abducted in the Yemeni capital Sana’a some 14 months ago. He appears at the end of the new video and makes a 30-second statement pleading for help. “I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation. I’m certain that my life is in danger. So as I sit here now, I ask if anything can be done, please let it be done. Thank you very much,” Somers says. The three-minute tape begins with Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula official, seated at a desk and holding a sheaf of papers that he slowly reads from. He voices a host of grievances over U.S. counterterrorism operations in Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, and Pakistan.

NEW BOND FILM TITLED ‘SPECTRE’: The title of the 24th official James Bond film will be Spectre, its makers announced on Thursday. Daniel Craig will resume his role as 007 for the fourth time, and the film will be released in October 2015. Other announced cast members include Sherkock’s Andrew Scott and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista, who will play a villain named Mr. Hinx. The two new “Bond girls” will be Italian actress Monica Bellucci and French actress Lea Seydoux.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Autism

1.     Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), a Swiss psychiatrist, first termed “autism” but applied it to adult schizophrenia. In 1943, the term was redefined by Leo Kanner (1894-1981) who dissociated autism from schizophrenia to create the modern understanding of the disorder.

2.     Autism affects one in every 150 children born in the United States.

3.     If one identical twin is diagnosed with autism, the other twin has about 90% chance of develop an autistic disorder.

4.     Mutations on chromosome 16 have been tied to autism. The glitch is in a DNA region that contains “morpheus” genes, or genes which historically have changed very rapidly as humans evolved. In other words, the same method that helped evolve human intelligence may contribute to autism.

5.     There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism. Diagnosis relies on behavioral observation and screening.

6.     “Naughty Auties” is a virtual resource center for those with autism.

7.     Environmental factors that could trigger predisposed genes to mutate and cause autism are vast and could include certain drugs, chemicals, heavy metal exposure, antibiotics, extensive television viewing, flame retardant, or infections during pregnancy.

8.     A study from three states suggests that counties with higher precipitation levels have higher autism rates. Higher precipitation rates might carry more pollutants, decreased vitamin D levels, and increased television watching that could trigger autism.

9.     Across a mere 10-year period—1993-2003—statistics from the U.S. Department of Education revealed a 657% increase in the nationwide rate of autism. Researchers debate whether autism rates are increasing or if broadening definitions of autism allow more people to be diagnosed.

10.  Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.

17 STATES SUE OVER IMMIGRATION: A total of 17 states, most led by Republicans, sued the Obama administration on Wednesday, accusing it of acting illegally when it issued an executive order to ease deportation policies. The suit is being led by Texas, and includes Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi, Utah, and North Carolina, among others. “The president is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do,” declared Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican Texas governor-elect.

CHINA: NO MORE DEAD PRISONER ORGANS: China has promised, yet again, to no longer use the organs of executed prisoners for transplants, beginning next month. The country has made the promise in the past, but high demand and chronic shortages have meant the government has continued to turn to death-row inmates for organs. According to human-rights groups, the government has done this without the prisoners’ consent, or that of their families. Only 0.6 out of every million people in China donate organs. In Spain, for example, 37 out of every million do.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The popular and growing “Best of Los Angeles Award” community will be celebrating next Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30pm will its first holiday cocktail party at popular the Coral Tree Café in Brentwood.

AC/DC DRUMMER TOLD TO STAY OFF DRUGS: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested again by police on Thursday in New Zealand, this time for getting in a fight with a witness in his pending court case. The 60-year-old drummer was charged last month with threatening to kill somebody, as well as possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Rudd was seen trying to punch a much bigger man outside a cafe, and one witness described it as “like a Chihuahua trying to fight a big dog.” Rudd was released from detention, but a judge imposed an additional bail condition—no more illegal drugs.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Miley Cyrus put on a raw and emotional show at Art Basel, revealing she has been in a “dark place” this year following the death of her beloved dog.The singer, 22, who stripped down to pasties and smoking pot on stage, put on an emotional show for the Art Basel Miami crowd at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach Wednesday night. Appearing in a silver wig, a onesie and turquoise eye shadow, she told the audience that she appreciated they were an art crowd and probably not fans of her music.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine will give a career advice speech tonight at UCLA for a music class hosted by author Bobby Borg.

76ERS END 0-17 NBA RUN WITH A WIN: With a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers avoided tying the record for the worst start to a season in NBA history. The 76ers went into the game 0-17, just one game shy of tying the 2009-2010 Nets, who started 0-18. The game was not pretty, however. Philadelphia shot a mere 39 percent against the worst defensive team in the league, and only nine points in the second period. After the win, Coach Brett Brown said he would celebrate with, “cartwheels, somersaults, great dinner with my family. Hug my players. Really, salute the fans.”

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Longtime Los Angeles talk radio host Larry Elder was let go after his show yesterday. “I was eating dinner last night when Larry called and said he was fired,” his agent, George Green said. “The KABC general manager and program director called a few minutes later to confirm.” Barrett says Elder’s show began to get pre-empted by LA Kings games, which are new to the station.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Dennis Wilson (1944)

In 1961, brothers Dennis, Brian, and Carl Wilson formed The Beach Boys, one of the most influential bands in rock and pop music history. Dennis, the group’s drummer, vocalist, sometime songwriter, and sex symbol, also had a successful solo career. His longtime battle with drug and alcohol abuse had a profound impact on his life, and, at age 39, Dennis died in an alcohol-related drowning.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Herman Badillo, America’s first Puerto Rican-born congressman and a fixture in New York City politics for four decades who championed civil rights, jobs, housing and education reforms, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 85. His death, at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital, was caused by complications of congestive heart failure, his son, David, said.   ***Ian McLagan, a keyboardist with the British rock bands the Small Faces and later the Faces, and a sideman who traveled widely in top-tier rock circles, touring or recording with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, among others, died on Wednesday in Austin, Tex. He was 69. His death, a day after he suffered a stroke and was hospitalized, was announced on his website, ianmclagan.com. He had been scheduled to perform on Wednesday, opening for Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets in Minneapolis, the first stop on a scheduled brief tour

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: At some point between the moment a Missouri grand jury refused to indict a police officer who had shot and killed Michael Brown on a Ferguson street and the moment a New York grand jury refused to indict a police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk — on video, as he struggled to utter the words, “I can’t breathe!” — a counternarrative to this nation’s calls for change has taken shape. This narrative paints the police as under siege and unfairly maligned while it admonishes — and, in some cases, excoriates — those demanding changes in the wake of the Ferguson shooting. (Those calling for change now include the president of the United States and the United States attorney general, I might add.)

LBN-COMMENTARY by Margot Sanger-Katz: Inside the continuing slowdown in the growth in health spending is evidence that the American health care system may be changing in ways that could make it more affordable in the years to come. As my colleague Robert Pear reported, health spending in 2013 grew at the lowest rate since government officials started tracking it — back in 1960. Taken alone, that fact might not be meaningful, but 2013 is the fourth consecutive year that health spending growth has kept pace with the growth in the overall domestic economy, suggesting something more durable than random. The slowdown in health spending growth began in 2002 and has become more pronounced in recent years.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Gavin Palone: Most of us agree that Bill Cosby did these bad things. I have been falsely accused of stuff that I absolutely did not do, so I tend to be more skeptical of these kinds of accusations than your average person. But the volume and consistency of the reports, and the lack of any explanation from Mr. Cosby, have settled the issue for me and, I think, for most. Now what? Continue to vilify Cosby? Sure, he’s awful, but he’s also 77 years old and his career and ability to victimize is over. So let’s turn to the probability that there are other victimizers in the entertainment business who use their power, influence and money to escape justice for their crimes and continue to commit them. We as a community need to use this situation with Cosby as a provocation for change and then collectively do something about others who should be stopped now.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Darryl Marshak: No indictment on another police officer killing an unarmed black man in NY??? What the fuck is going on in this country? Why can’t cops use stun gun or pepper spray? We need to cleanse “old right wing” white men from any position of power in this country. Actually we need more women in position of power.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jack Nicholson is in the grips of a life and death struggle as pals fear it could be “THE END” for the Hollywood legend, sources say. The 77-year-old Academy Award–winning great is battling the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and seems a shell-shocked wreck, close friends divulged. The “Chinatown” star – worth an estimated $400 million – rarely steps out these days from his Hollywood home and when he does, he appears disoriented and confused.   ***New mom Eva Mendes flipped out over baby daddy Ryan Gosling’s phone chat with ex-gal pal, Rachel McAdams, sources say. “Eva is extremely sensitive about Rachel and took it very badly,” a source said. Ryan, 34, has stayed on good terms with Rachel since they hooked up while co-starring in 2004’s “The Notebook.” But his ongoing connection with Rachel, 36, has irked Eva, 40, who gave birth to daughter, Esmeralda, on Sept. 12.   ***At the premiere of his new film, “Top Five,” Chris Rock addressed the controversy surrounding his recent essay in the Hollywood Reporter. The 49-year star didn’t see it as a courageous act; rather he was simply stating the facts over being black in the entertainment industry. In the piece, Rock questions how such a “liberal town” like Hollywood is also “kind of racist” when it comes to hiring practices and diversity. He called Hollywood: “A white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry.”   ***“The Tonight Show” has encountered another hiccup, but this time for a good reason. Host Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen welcomed their second child via surrogate Wednesday, causing the show’s tapings to get canned for Wednesday and Thursday, an NBC rep  says.

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Wednesday • December 3, 2014

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ TOTAL US DEBT RISES OVER $18 TRILLION; UP 70% UNDER BARACK OBAMA!:

Last week, total US debt was a meager $17,963,753,617,957.26. Two days later, as updated today, on Black Friday, total outstanding US public debt just hit a new historic level which probably would be better associated with a red color: as of the last work day of November, total US public debt just surpassed $18 trillion for the first time, or $18,005,549,328,561.45 to be precise, of which debt held by the public rose to $12,922,681,725,432.94, an increase of $32 billion in one day.

It also means that total US debt to nominal GDP as of Sept 30, which was $17.555 trillion, is now 103%. Keep in mind this GDP number was artificially increased by about half a trillion dollars a year ago thanks to the “benefit” of R&D and intangibles. Without said definitional change, debt/GDP would now be about 106%.

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Wednesday • December 3, 2014

IRANIAN FIGHTER JETS STRIKE ISIS IN IRAQ: Iranian fighter jets conducted bombing raids against Sunni extremists in Iraq last week, hitting targets near a 25-mile buffer zone that Iran has declared along its border, an Iranian politician, American officials and independent analysts have confirmed. The bombing raids, along with Iran’s support for Shiite and Kurdish militia forces on the ground, illustrate the increasingly open role Iran is playing in Iraq, officials say. But they do not mean Iran is interested in cooperating directly with the United States, they say, even though they are fighting the same enemy and have some of the same allies.

IRAQ: ISIS LEADER’S WIFE NOT CAPTURED: According to Iraq’s Interior Ministry, the purported wife of ISIS’s leader is not in fact her. Saja al-Dulaimi’s identity doesn’t fit with either of the two women known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wives, the ministry said. However, the Lebanese military says it has conducted a DNA test on the boy captured with her and that he is Baghdadi’s son. According to the Iraqi ministry, Saja al-Dulaimi is the sister of a man sentenced to death in Iraq for a series of bombings. There has been consistent confusion over who the woman arrested coming from Syria is, but reports indicate that somebody tipped the Lebanese off to her border crossing.

U.S. TEACHER MURDERED IN ABU DHABI: Just weeks after the U.S. embassy in Abu Dhabi warned about jihadist websites encouraging attacks against teachers at American schools, an American teacher was stabbed to death in a shopping mall, police said Wednesday. The 37-year-old and mother of two was attacked “with a sharp tool” in a public restroom on Monday. The suspect was wearing a traditional black robe, gloves, and face cover.

HUNDREDS OF POLICE KILLINGS NOT RECORDED: A Wall Street Journal analysis of the latest data from 105 of the country’s largest police agencies found more than 550 police killings between 2007 and 2012 were missing from the national tally kept by the FBI or, in a few dozen cases, not attributed to the agency involved. The result: It is nearly impossible to determine how many people are killed by the police each year. Public demands for transparency on such killings have increased since the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson Police Department has reported to the FBI one justifiable homicide by police between 1976 and 2012. Law-enforcement experts long have lamented the lack of information about killings by police.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, more than 1,200 people have jumped to their deaths, making it the number one spot in the world for suicides.

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U.K. TO PAY OFF WORLD WAR I BONDS: UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced Wednesday that the country will pay off the remainder of debt from World War I. The outstanding debt of nearly $3 billion of debt from a 3.5% loan will be repaid on March 9, 2015. More than 120,000 investors hold War Loan bonds. The bonds were issued by then Chancellor Neville Chamberlain in 1932. It replaced a bond which paid 5% to investors. This repayment is the first time the U.K. government has paid off a bond such as this in 67 years. According to the government, the country has paid nearly $9 billion in total interest on the 5% and 3.5% bonds. The government is also now looking to pay off other bonds, including some debt issued in the 1700s.

MICHAEL BROWN’S STEPDAD APOLOGIZES: Michael Brown’s stepfather apologized Wednesday for repeatedly telling a Ferguson crowd “burn this motherfucker down!” on the night it was announced a grand jury wouldn’t indict Darren Wilson. Louis Head said his “emotions got the best of” him and “it was wrong, and I humbly apologize to all of those who read my pain and anger as a true desire for what I want for our community,” he said in a statement. Head, who chanted on top of a car alongside Brown’s mother, also said he’s unfairly being targeted as the source for rioting. Police said they were investigating Heard for potentially inciting the riots that took place that night.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Sting and Trudie Styler seeing Gilbert Gottfried at Carolines on Broadway in NYC.   ***Billy Crudup and his son William riding an indoor water slide at Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos.   ***Bill Clinton hanging with U2, minus Bono, at Blue Fin’s World AIDS Day concert cocktail party in Times Square in NYC.   ***Brazilian female soccer star Marta (a k a “Pelé with skirts”) having lunch with friends at Victor’s Café in NYC.   ***Gabrielle Union and Adrienne Bosh having dinner at Tao Downtown after the Knicks played the Heat .   ***Door’s manager Jeff Jampol having lunch yesterday at Chin-Chin on Sunset Plaza in L.A.

DNA CONFIRMS KING RICHARD III’S REMAINS: The human skeleton remains found under a parking garage in Leicester, England, in September 2012 have been identified “beyond reasonable doubt” as those of King Richard III. They have been missing for more than 500 years after the 15th-century king of England passed away in 1485. The team of researchers compared DNA samples from the bones with DNA from living relatives. “The probability that this is Richard is 99.999 percent,” said Turi King, a geneticist who led the research. Using DNA modeling, King and colleagues have determined that Richard had blond hair and blue eyes that darkened as he aged. The earliest known painting of the late ruler was created 25 years after his death. As far as royal lineage is concerned, DNA matched from Richard’s father’s family proved no match, which could shake up the nobility of some royals. This includes the legitimacy of Henry V, Henry VI, and the entire Tudor dynasty, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. “This opens up a new posthumous discussion about Richard’s legacy,” historian Steven Gunn said.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Will SmithJared Leto and Tom Hardy are suiting up for DC Comics’ super villain team-up film “Suicide Squad.” Warner Bros. confirmed the much anticipated casting of the film in an announcement Tuesday. Smith will star as Deadshot, Hardy will play the group’s leader, Rick Flagg, and Leto will take on the Joker, following in Heath Ledger’s footsteps. The rest of the gang will be Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn; Jai Courtney as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

BURT REYNOLDS AUCTIONS ICONIC TRANS AM: Burt Reynolds is selling 650 pieces of memorabilia from his personal collection, including his 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Coupe from Smokey and the Bandit. Despite his financial history—he filed for bankruptcy protection in 1996, was foreclosed on in 2011, and took a hit in his 1993 divorce—the actor says money problems weren’t the reason for the selloff. “I am simply selling some of my memorabilia that I have enjoyed for so many years but do not have use nor room for them anymore,” the Oscar nominee said. The auction, which is underway online, will close on Dec. 11 and 12.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Jean Béliveau, the powerful, elegant skater and goal-scorer who was an idol in French-speaking Quebec from the time he was a teenager and, shortly thereafter, in the rest of Canada for his leadership of hockey’s greatest dynasty, the Montreal Canadiens, died on Tuesday. He was 83. The Canadiens confirmed his death. Since 2000, when a cancerous tumor was removed from his neck, Béliveau had survived a number of threats to his health, including strokes in 2010 and 2012.   ***Bobby Keys, a Texas-born sideman whose urgent, wailing saxophone solos wove a prominent thread through more than 40 years of rock ’n’ roll, notably with the Rolling Stones, died on Tuesday at his home in Franklin, Tenn. He was 70. His family announced the death, without specifying a cause.   ***Brumsic Brandon Jr., the creator of “Luther,” one of the first nationally syndicated comic strips to feature a mainly black cast of characters, died on Friday in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 87. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease, said Barbara Brandon-Croft, his daughter, who followed her father’s path in 1986 by becoming, by many accounts, the first nationally syndicated female African-American cartoonist.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: In college you’re supposed to be testing a new altitude of independence. So why join a club whose demand for fealty is such that it often comes with a hazing ritual? You should be cultivating the kind of sensibility that makes you a better citizen of a diverse and distressingly fractious society. How is that served by retreating into an exclusionary clique of people just like you? That description doesn’t apply to all fraternities and sororities, but it suits many of them. And it’s a reason atop others to wonder about their role in campus life.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Flying into New York the other day, I got my first good look at the Freedom Tower, now known as 1 World Trade Center, the skyscraper that sits atop 9/11’s ground zero. It does, indeed, scrape the sky, topping out at a patriotic 1,776 feet. Thirteen years after 9/11, I appreciate the nationalist pride that, while terrorists can knock down our buildings, we can just build them right back up. Take that, Osama bin Laden. If only the story ended there. Alas, bin Laden really did mess us up, and continues to do so. We’ve erased the ruins of the World Trade Center, but the foreign policy of fear that 9/11 instilled is still very much inside us — too much so. It remains the subtext of so much that we do in the world today, which is why it’s the subtitle of a new book by David Rothkopf, “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The art of the late 19th century was an expression of the decadence and immorality of the ruling class, which is why love it so!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: I don’t know how Chris Christie plans to become president, but then again no one could have predicted George W. Bush, or for that matter Barack Obama, so we know that stranger things have happened. In any case, I’d love to see the guy’s political prospects fall apart over pork, and not the kind you’re thinking of. Rather, I’m hoping he’ll become a primary example of how reactionary food policy will no longer play. Last week, Christie vetoed a bill that would have banned the use of gestation crates in New Jersey. Gestation crates, as you might know, are essentially solitary confinement jail cells for pregnant pigs. The mothers spend time during their “productive” years in these, unable to turn around and barely able to move back and forth. I would call that torture, and it would seem that forbidding that practice in your state would be the right thing to do.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ron Prosor (Israel’s Represenative to the U.N.): Israel is tired of hollow promises from European leaders. The Jewish people have a long memory. We will never ever forget that you failed us in the 1940s. You failed us in 1973. And you are failing us again today.  Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state is giving the Palestinians exactly what they want – statehood without peace. By handing them a state on a silver platter, you are rewarding unilateral actions and taking away any incentive for the Palestinians to negotiate or compromise or renounce violence. You are sending the message that the Palestinian Authority can sit in a government with terrorists and incite violence against Israel without paying any price.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Dr. Nancy Snyderman is expected to apologize for breaking an Ebola quarantine and putting others at possible risk when she returns to NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday morning, sources say. The network’s chief medical correspondent will appear in a segment on “Today,” but sources said, besides the apology, the overall segment will not be on Ebola.

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CHILDREN’S BOOK, PUP’S DINER, TEACHES CHILDREN IMPORTANCE OF EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, ACCEPTANCE AND ANTI-BULLYING: First-time picture book author, Kat Spofford, has made her book, Pup’s Diner, available for purchase in paperback or digital format on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble (for ages 4-10), also at a discounted rate on Ingram Content.  The colorful story, places emphasis on diversity and treating others as equal, is told through the reluctance of main character, Pup, not allowing strange animals into his diner.  It takes a feline character to help Pup understand the error in his discrimination. (www.katspofford.com)

HOLIDAY SALE: Limited Edition STAR WARS Lithographs - George Lucas owns the originals; now you can gift your favorite Star Wars fan with these exclusive Artist Proofs from #1 Star Wars Artist Dave Dorman’s private collection. These Limited Edition Star Wars Artist Proofs are archival quality lithographs – on sale now at http://www.davedorman.com/2014swprintsforsale.shtml. Each lithograph is hand-signed by Dorman and includes a pencil sketch of a Star Wars character. Shipping is FREE worldwide. Priced from $75 to $125 – guaranteed delivery by Christmas for all orders by Dec. 19th. Sale goes through December 31st. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Paypal accepted.

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Tuesday • December 2, 2014

ASHTON CARTER TO BE DEFENSE SECRETARY: President Obama will nominate Ashton Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense. The White House has not made an official announcement about the president’s choice to replace Chuck Hagel. Carter, the former deputy secretary.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Adolf Hitler

1.     Historians note that, more so than Stalin or Mao’s regime, Hitler’s dictatorship stands as a paradigm of the 20th century. It reflects unforeseen levels of state repression and violence, unparalleled manipulation of the media to control and mobilize the masses, acute dangers of über-nationalism, the destructive power of ideologies of racial superiority and racism, and a perverted use of modern technology and social engineering.

2.     Historians note that Hitler’s regime is particularly chilling because it reveals how a modern, advanced, cultured society can rapidly sink into barbarity and genocide. In short, Hitler’s dictatorship reveals what we are capable of.

3.     As it is their goal to do this for all people who have ever lived on the Earth, Mormons posthumously baptized and endowed Hitler in 1993. He was “sealed” to his parents on March 12, 1994. Both took place in England.

4.     A recently opened clothing store in the Indian metropolis of Ahmedabad is named “Hitler.” A swastika dots the letter “i” in Hitler.

5.     Hitler’s immediate legacy is dramatic and includes the Cold War, a split Germany, the Iron Curtain, nuclear weapons, and moral trauma.

6.     Hitler’s longest relationship was with Eva Braun (1912-1945). She tried to commit suicide twice in an attempt to garner more of Hitler’s attention.

7.     Hitler was a gifted orator but had a raspy voice as a consequence of a gas attack he suffered during WWI.

When Hitler’s close associate Ernst Hanfstaengl told him that his short mustache was unfashionable, Hitler replied: “If it is not the fashion now, it will be because I wear it.”

9.     Historians argue whether Hitler was a natural consequence of German history or an aberration of it.

10.  Hitler and Eva Braun were married in 1945 and killed themselves 36 hours later. Braun was 33 years old. Hitler was 56.


RUSSIA HEADED FOR RECESSION: Falling oil prices and global sanctions are pushing Russia’s economy into recession. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Economic Development predicted the economy would shrink 0.8 percent next year instead of growing a previously estimated 1.2 percent. Oil and natural gas make up about 60 percent of Russia’s export earnings, and the price of crude is off by a third since June. So far this year the ruble has fallen 40 percent against the dollar.

ISIS LEADER’S WIFE AND CHILD ARRESTED: One of the wives of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was arrested in Lebanon along with their child. Lebanon’s defense minister confirmed the arrest. A security official told Reuters that Baghdadi’s wife was arrested nine days ago after she tried to cross into the country from Syria. Lebanon’s Al Safir newspaper said authorities captured her “in coordination with foreign intelligence services.” She was traveling under a false identity. She was traveling with Baghdadi’s daughters—Lebanese officials said they had carried out DNA tests to confirm their relationship to Baghdadi. ISIS has yet to publicize a response to the arrests.

IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND KURDS REACH DEAL TO SHARE OIL REVENUES: In a far-reaching deal with the potential to unite Iraq in the face of a Sunni insurgency, the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi agreed on Tuesday to a long-term pact with the autonomous Kurdish region over how to divide the country’s oil wealth and cooperate on fighting Islamic State extremists. The deal unites Baghdad and Erbil, the Kurdish capital in the north, over the issue of oil revenues and budget payments, and is likely to halt a drive — at least in the short term — by the Kurds for an independent state. It includes payments from the central government for the salaries of Kurdish security forces, known as the pesh merga, and also will allow the flow of weapons to the Kurds from the United States, with the government in Baghdad as intermediary.

HIV IS GETTING WEAKER: The rapid evolution of HIV is slowing its ability to cause AIDS, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Botswana and South Africa. Scientists said the research suggests a less-virulent HIV could be one of several factors contributing to a turning of the deadly pandemic, eventually leading to the end of AIDS. “Overall, we are bringing down the ability of HIV to cause AIDS so quickly,” said Philip Goulder, a professor at Oxford University who led the study. “But it would be overstating it to say HIV has lost its potency.” Some 35 million people have HIV, and AIDS has killed around 40 million people. But campaigners noted that for the first time, the annual number of new HIV infections is lower than the number of HIV-positive people being added to those receiving treatment.

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HONG KONG OCCUPY FOUNDERS GIVE UP: Three co-founders of Hong Kong’s Occupy movement, which has held possession of parts of the city for weeks, announced Tuesday that they will surrender to authorities. The three—Benny Tai Yiu-ting, the Rev. Chu Yiu-ming, and Dr. Chan Kin-man—said they will face the consequences of their civil disobedience and urge protesting students to “retreat.” But their move came as leading student activist Joshua Wong launched a hunger strike in a bid to force a meeting with the territory’s Chief Secretary Carrie Lam to discuss reform of the political system. The already-slender Wong, who is just 18, has been instrumental in repeatedly bringing students onto the streets during the Occupy protests that aim to to push Beijing for a change in policy. He said his hunger strike would go on indefinitely.

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KIM JONG-UN BANS FOREIGN CIGARETTES: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has ordered the country’s senior officials not to smoke foreign cigarettes, saying it is a matter of patriotism, the Yonhap news agency reports. Kim, a habitual smoker himself in the tobacco-stained nation, said he sees no need for foreign cigarettes in his country, as domestic ones are of good quality as well, said a person involved in trade with North Korea. It’s not clear what brand Kim himself smokes. His orders may well end imports of foreign cigarettes, but it remains uncertain whether his decree will affect actual consumption of them in his smuggling-prone country

ELVIS: 8,000 PILLS IN HIS LAST 8 MONTHS!: In the eight months before his death, Elvis Presley was prescribed over 8,805 pills, tablets, vials and 
injectables! According to sources, the real cause of Elvis’ death was not from a heart attack but from polypharmacy, the simultaneous use of multiple drugs. Even more shocking, Elvis was prescribed a mind-boggling 19,012 pharmaceuticals between January 1975 and Aug. 16, 1977 – the day he died.  “The drugs included uppers, downers, and powerful painkillerssuch as Dilaudid, Quaalude, Percodan, Demerol, and cocaine hydrochloride in quantities more appropriate for those terminally ill with cancer,” Joel Williamson, author of “Elvis Presley: A Southern Life,” revealed.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to Google, the energy it takes to conduct 100 searches on its site is equivalent to a 60-watt light bulb burning for 28 minutes. Google uses about 0.0003 kWh of energy to answer the avenge search query, which translates into about 0.2 g of carbon dioxide released.

AL-SHABAB KILLS 36 NON-MUSLIMS IN KENYA: Al-Shabab forces killed at least 36 non-Muslim people at a Kenyan quarry in an attack early Tuesday morning. The Somali Muslim extremist group specifically filtered out non-Muslims from the workers at the quarry in the northern Kenyan city of Mandera and shot them dead. Witnesses said some victims were ambushed in the tents they were sleeping in near the quarry. Four were beheaded and the rest were lined up and shot in the head at close range, according to a driver who visited the scene. Al-Shabab killed 28 Kenyans in an attack specifically targeting non-Muslims in the same region last week. On Monday night, hours before the attack, a man was killed at a bar in a nearby district that is popular with non-Muslims. Al-Shabab has stepped up its attacks on Kenya since 2011, after Kenya started sending troops to its border to fight terrorist forces. It was responsible for last year’s horrific attack on a Nairobi mall that resulted in at least 67 deaths.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are stronger today than they have been in a long time. The divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and early 1980s and has been declining for the three decades since.

HUMANS HAVE BEEN BOOZING FOR 10M YEARS: Humans’ favorite pastime of drinking alcohol may also be one of their oldest. New research suggests human beings have been consuming alcohol for 10 million years. Some experts had estimated humans began imbibing libations only about 9,000 years ago. Matthew Carrigan, a paleontologist at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, led a study examining how ADH4 enzymes, which are the first alcohol-metabolizing enzymes to encounter ethanol in the body, have evolved. His team studied how the ADH4 genes have evolved and discovered a mutation 10 million years ago that enabled humans to imbibe and process alcohol. However, this change may not have occurred because our ancestors were booze-hounds, but rather because a terrestrial change caused a heavier reliance on rotting, fermenting fruit. “I suspect ethanol was a second-choice item,” said Carrigan. His findings were presented at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science on Monday.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Will New Yorkers pay up front for restaurant meals? That’s the question posed by the announcement that Per Se (and its sister restaurant the French Laundry, in Napa Valley) will switch from taking conventional reservations to an advance-ticketing system in 2015. The system, called Tock, has been used since 2012 at the Chicago destinations Alinea and Next, where the co-owner, Nick Kokonas, devised the proprietary software. Diners at those restaurants reserve tables and pay online, in full, weeks or months in advance for nonrefundable tickets. Service charges are included, leaving only liquor charges to be added at the end of the meal.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Bruce Jenner is set to reveal the dark details of his miserable 23-year marriage to domineering ex-wife Kris in a $15 million tell-all sources say. Bruce’s blockbuster book could also unveil the Kardashian clan’s best-kept secret – the identity of Khloé’s real father, sources revealed! “Now that Bruce is free of Kris, he’s ready to expose her for the monster she really is!” said a source. “He suffered years of humiliation, and now he wants to get even by telling his side of the story.”

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Renowned scientist and author Stephen Hawking has made numerous TV and movie cameos and was recently the subject of the critically acclaimed biopic, The Theory of Everything. But the theoretical physicist has big ambitions for his future in film: “My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film,” Hawking joked during an interview with Wired’s U.K. edition. “I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***For the thousands of people crammed into the center of Times Square on a rainy Monday evening, it must have seemed like a surreal dream inspired by a night gorging on junk food, Born to Run and The Joshua Tree. U2’s the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. played the familiar opening notes of “Where the Streets Have No Name,” but Bono was nowhere in sight. Instead, out walked Bruce Springsteen in a leather jacket. Needless to say, the crowd – which didn’t pay a dime for the show or have any clue it was even happening until about 2:30 that afternoon – went into complete hysterics.   ***A lawyer for AC/DC’s Phil Rudd pleaded not guilty on behalf of his client to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession Monday at New Zealand’s Tauranga District Court. The charges stem from Rudd’s November 6th arrest, when the drummer’s New Zealand home was raided and Rudd was reportedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. A case review for Rudd was scheduled for February 10th, the New Zealand Herald reports.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Gianni Versace (1946)

A dressmaker’s son, Gianni Versace was exposed to fashion from a young age. After working for several Italian ateliers, in 1978 he opened his own Milan studio in partnership with his siblings Santo and Donatella. Over the next two decades, he built a fashion empire that grew to include 130 boutiques worldwide and had annual sales above $800 million. But his career was cut short in 1997, when a fugitive serial killer murdered him on the steps of his Florida mansion

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: One of the features of all the Ferguson discussion over the past few months is how tinny the comparisons to the civil-rights era have sounded. People have tried to link Ferguson to Selma and Jim Crow, but something is off. That’s, in part, because we’ve moved from simplicity to ambiguity. The civil rights struggle was about as clear a conflict between right and wrong as we get in national life. The debate about Ferguson elicited complex reactions among most sensible people.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Christopher Chabris And Daniel Simons: Neil Degrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist and host of the TV series “Cosmos,” regularly speaks to audiences on topics ranging from cosmology to climate change to the appalling state of science literacy in America. One of his staple stories hinges on a line from President George W. Bush’s speech to Congress after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a 2008 talk, for example, Dr. Tyson said that in order “to distinguish we from they” — meaning to divide Judeo-Christian Americans from fundamentalist Muslims — Mr. Bush uttered the words “Our God is the God who named the stars.” Dr. Tyson implied that President Bush was prejudiced against Islam in order to make a broader point about scientific awareness: Two-thirds of the named stars actually have Arabic names, given to them at a time when Muslims led the world in astronomy — and Mr. Bush might not have said what he did if he had known this fact.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Kelly Ripa was caught dirty dancing with a shirtless hunk – and it wasn’t her husband. The 44-year-old mother of three was shaking her groove thing at a star-studded party celebrating the opening of the new Palm 
Restaurant in Beverly Hills on Nov. 15. Cue the cheating scandal? Not so fast. Mark Consuelos need not worry – Kelly’s shirtless dancing partner was their close family friend Bruce Bozzi, who owns the 
restaurant. Bruce is gay and the longtime partner of powerhouse Hollywood talent agent Bryan Lourd, who previously had a three-year relationship and a child with actress Carrie Fisher.

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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.

15.  Most of us dream every 90 minutes, and the longest dreams (30-45 minutes) occur in the morning.

DARREN WILSON: RESIGNING IS THE ‘HARDEST THING I’VE EVER HAD TO DO’: Darren Wilson resigned from the Ferguson, Missouri police department Saturday, telling the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it is ”the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” “I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk,” Wilson wrote in a letter to the department, “which is a circumstance that I cannot allow.” Wilson added in an interview “I’m resigning of my own free will. I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.” Wilson was reportedly in talks to step down for weeks but said he wanted to wait until the grand jury decided whether or not to indict him for shooting and killing Michael Brown. Wilson wrote he hopes resigning “will allow the community to heal” and thanked “all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process.” Wilson’s attorney said a press conference is planned. While he’s been cleared of any criminal charges, Wilson and the police department are currently under investigation by the Justice Department. Wilson may face a civil lawsuit from the Brown family.

MURDOCH DEFENDS ALL-WHITE ‘EXODUS’ CAST: In case you were wondering what 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch thinks of Ridley Scott’s decision to cast all-white actors in his upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, the media mogul took to Twitter to write, “Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.” Apparently alarmed by the firestorm his last tweet drew, Murdoch then posted a second one, saying, “Everybody-attacks last tweet. Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black. They treated blacks as slaves.” Murdoch then concluded his lesson on the history of race by writing, “Okay, there are many shades of color. Nothing racist about that, so calm down!” The film stars Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Egerton as Ramses, and Aaron Paul as Joshua.

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IDINA MENZEL: ‘FROZEN 2’ IS IN THE WORKS: Broadway star and Frozen voice actress Idina Menzel told The Telegraph recently that a sequel to Disney’s animated snow adventure is on its way. Asked to comment on rumors of a sequel and a stage musical adaptation, Menzel said, “They’re all in the works.” Menzel, who voiced Queen Elsa in the film, also said she hopes to reprise her role for the film sequel. “Not the stage show—I don’t know what will happen with that—but the movie, hopefully,” she said. “We’ll see. I’m just going along for the ride.” Frozen, the top-grossing animated film of all time, has hauled in a massive $1.3 billion worldwide for Disney. A Frozen-themed ice show is currently on tour and a six-minute Frozen short film is also in the works.

SNOOKI MARRIES IN NEW JERSEY: Sorry, the Situation: Snooki is officially off the market. Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi wed Jionni LaValle Saturday in an elaborate wedding, which, unsurprisingly, took place in New Jersey. The mother of two wed LaValle in a Great Gatsby-inspired wedding at the Venetian banquet hall in Garfield, New Jersey. Much of the Shore crew was in attendance, with Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Sammi Giancola, and Deena Cortese serving as bridesmaids and Pauly D. Instragramming the affair. Noticeably absent were two past rumored Snooki hook-ups: Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Vinny Guadagnino.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Michael Jackson’s Thriller Hits Shelves (1982)

Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller, propelled him to superstardom. Along with its title track, Thriller boasted such hits as “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” and “Human Nature.” Several of these songs were accompanied by music videos—then a new medium—and showcased Jackson’s iconic dance moves. The album sold more than 40 million copies and won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Sir Winston Churchill (1874)

Churchill was prime minister of the UK during World War II and led the country through both its darkest and finest hours. He was a writer, artist, legislator, soldier, and one of the most influential leaders in modern history. After being appointed prime minister in 1940, he forged a strong alliance with the US and an uneasy one with the USSR. These alliances were two key factors in the defeat of the Axis Powers.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hit-and-run collisions involving bicyclists surged 42% from 2002 to 2012 in Los Angeles County, according to a L.A. Times analysis of California Highway Patrol crash data.

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THE LAST WORD BY PASTOR BOB: ***People believe in the “theory” of evolution for one reason: They want to behave like animals.  ***Memo: You can be thankful year-round my friend. In fact, the Lord expects you to be.   ***The LBN E-lert belongs in the toilet. I never read it, but sometimes I write for it so that I can warn you of the coming judgment on America.   ***Even a home-schooling mom can debunk evolution.  Have you seen this video on YouTube? 2014-11-23 Megan Fox audits the Field Museum’s “Evolving Earth” exhibit.   ***Missing Links?  Guess what?  They’re still missing!  But don’t you go missing from church this Sunday.   ***I am not opposed to Obama personally. He seems like a nice fella.  I just don’t agree with anything he says or does. Maybe he needs to evolve.   ***I’m praying for silly scientists, nutty politicians, and wacky west-coasters…and I’m praying for you. (The opinions of Pastor Bob are those of his and his alone and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of the LBN or its staff).

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OBAMA MEETS MONDAY ON FERGUSON: President Obama will discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday with his Cabinet, civil-rights leaders, law-enforcement officials, and others. The White House says Obama’s Cabinet meeting will focus on his administration’s review of federal programs that provide military-style equipment to law-enforcement agencies. The White House says the president also will meet with young civil-rights leaders to discuss the challenges posed by “mistrust between law enforcement and communities of color.” He’ll then meet with government and law-enforcement officials, as well as other community leaders, to discuss how to strengthen neighborhoods. Protests have continued in Ferguson, but have been more muted than the violence sparked last week by a grand jury’s decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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PONZI: TREASURY ISSUES $1T IN NEW DEBT IN 8 WEEKS—TO PAY OLD DEBT: The Daily Treasury Statement that was released Wednesday afternoon as Americans were preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving revealed that the U.S. Treasury has been forced to issue $1,040,965,000,000 in new debt since fiscal 2015 started just eight weeks ago in order to raise the money to pay off Treasury securities that were maturing and to cover new deficit spending by the government. During those eight weeks, Treasury took in $341,591,000,000 in revenues. That was a record for the period between Oct. 1 and Nov. 25. But that record $341,591,000,000 in revenues was not enough to finance ongoing government spending let alone pay off old debt that matured

MISSING OHIO STATE PLAYER KILLED HIMSELF: A missing Ohio State University football player was found dead in a dumpster from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Sunday. Kosta Karageorge went missing Wednesday afternoon after he told his roommates he was going for a walk. (He didn’t show up for practice later that day.) Karageorge played one season on the football team and wrestled for three years. The Karageorge family said their son had a history of concussions, and suffered one as recently as a month ago. It’s unknown what role concussions may have in suicides of athletes, but several retired professional football players, most notably Junior Seau, committed suicide after struggling with concussion-related brain trauma.

MOST-WANTED NAZI DIED IN SYRIA: The world’s most-wanted Nazi criminal, Alois Brunner, lived in Syria for more than 50 years before his death in 2010, the Simon Weisenthal Center said Sunday. Once described as Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s “best man,” Brunner was responsible for sending 128,500 Jews to death camps. The SS captain fled to Syria during the 1950s, where he purportedly advised President Hafez Assad on torture methods. Brunner survived two assassination attempts by Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, and is said to have been “unrepentant” before he died at age 98, according to Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff.

COPS REBUKE RAMS FOR BROWN TRIBUTE: St. Louis police officers condemned a pre-game display of solidarity with slain teenager Michael Brown by some St. Louis Rams as “tasteless, offensive, and inflammatory.” Five members of the Rams paid tribute to Brown before their Sunday game against the Oakland Raiders. Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt entered the field with their arms raised in the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” pose in recognition of Brown. Sunday marked the first game the Rams played since a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for fatally shooting the 18-year-old Brown in August. The players and coaches for the St. Louis Rams also locked arms during the National Anthem as a sign of solidarity. A lengthy statement issued by the St. Louis Police Officers Association demanded Bailey, Austin, Cook, Givens, and Britt be disciplined for their gesture.

HACKERS WITH APPARENT INVESTMENT BANKING BACKGROUND TARGET BIOTECH: For more than a year, a group of cybercriminals has been pilfering email correspondence from more than 100 organizations — the vast majority publicly traded health care or pharmaceutical companies — in apparent pursuit of information significant enough to affect global financial markets. The group’s activities, detailed in a report released Monday morning by FireEye, the Silicon Valley security company, shed light on a new breed of criminals intent on using their hacking skills to gain a market edge in the pharmaceutical industry, where news of clinical trials, regulatory decisions or safety or legal issues can affect a company’s stock price.

LBN-SEE IT:….Refugees inside the Turkish border near Gaziantep. Some ten million people have fled Syria or been displaced from their homes.


GIRL SCOUTS LAUNCH ONLINE COOKIE SALES: You will soon be able to order Thin Mints or Tagalongs from the comfort of your own home. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has approved a new online platform to push its famous cookies. Under the “Digital Cookie,” Girl Scouts can reach out to consumers well beyond the reach of their door-to-door knocking. Each girl can manage her own website for shipping boxes of the beloved cookies across the country. There will also be a mobile app that will deal with direct shipping and process credit cards. The new online sales program is expected to increase the $800 million that the Girl Scouts make from cookie sales, but the company insists it’s not losing its hallmark sales strategy. “We are girl-led and girl-driven. We go where girls are, and girls are digital natives,” said spokeswoman Kelly Parisi. The majority of the 112 Girl Scout councils across the country will be testing the program this cookie sales season, with some starting as early as this month.

BLACK FRIDAY SALES PLUMMET 11%: Fewer U.S. consumers are willing to do the mad dash to the mall for doorbuster deals as soon as they’ve finished their turkey. Black Friday weekend shopping disappointed retailers with an 11 percent decline in sales. Consumers spent $50.9 billion over the past four days, a marked drop from the $57.4 billion over the same period last year. To add insult to injury, the overall number of customers fell 6 million short of expected totals, according to the National Retail Federation. 2014 is the second consecutive year that Black Friday sales have slipped. A variety of reasons could contribute to its decline, including a shift to online shopping, which has increased 15 percent this year, and the fear of getting into a physical altercation in the baby section of a department store.

BOKO HARAM RAIDS NIGERIAN CITY: A group of militants suspected to be Boko Haram troops stormed the capital city of Nigeria’s Yobe state. Residents of Damaturu said extremists raided the city Monday morning, targeting a mobile police base. Resident Mike David said the forces were shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) and firing gunshots at random. “We are still under fire,” Yobe Police Commissioner Marcus Danladi was quoted telling the Premium Times news website. Many residents imposed their own lockdown after hearing gunshots and explosions around 4 a.m. “We don’t know where to hide, the shooting is all over… We are running for our lives,” said Yobe resident Musa Abbas.

FEDERAL STUDY FINDS 55 PERCENT OF INFANTS SLEEP WITH SOFT BEDDING, RAISING RISK OF DEATH: Nearly 55 percent of infants nationwide are put to bed with soft blankets or covered by a comforter, even though such bedding raises the chances of suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome, federal researchers reported Monday. Their study, published in the journal Pediatrics, is the first to estimate how many infants sleep with potentially hazardous quilts, bean bags, blankets or pillows. Despite recommendations to avoid putting anything but a baby in a crib, two-thirds of black and Latino parents still use bedding that is both unnecessary and unsafe, the study also found.

KOBE REACHES 6,000TH ASSIST PLATEAU: Kobe Bryant earned his 6,000th career assist Sunday night in the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Toronto Raptors. Bryant is the only NBA player to have this many assists and at least 30,000 career points. The 129-122 win for the Lakers wasn’t the only game against the Raptors that saw Bryant make history. In 2006, he scored a career-high 81 points against the team.

LBN-NOTICED: ****Michael Bloomberg, Tina Fey and Dr. Ruth Westheimer at the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition “Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection”.    ***Jean Pigozzi lunching at Kappo Masa in New York City.    ***Alexandra Richards making out with a mystery man at Sant Ambroeus Soho.   ***Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban holding hands while seeing “ ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore” at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London.   ***Reality show producer Tony Dimond having dinner last night at the popular Natalee Thai restaurant in Culver City.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***On November 29th, Courtney Love hinted that she and Lana Del Rey had some sort of collaboration in the works, tweeting “See you in London in ten hours @LanaDelRey we are going to own that town xxc #excitingnews2come.” The exciting news? The Hole rocker will join the Ultraviolence singer on tour in 2015.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat (1955)

Dubbed the “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement” by the US Congress, Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist who became famous in 1955 for refusing to vacate her seat on a municipal bus for a white man. This act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which launched Martin Luther King, Jr., into prominence and became one of the largest and most successful movements against racial segregation

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Mark Strand, whose spare, deceptively simple investigations of rootlessness, alienation and the ineffable strangeness of life made him one of America’s most hauntingly meditative poets, died on Saturday at his daughter’s home in Brooklyn. He was 80. His daughter, Jessica Strand, said the cause was liposarcoma, a rare cancer of the fat cells.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ron Prosor (Israel’s Representative to the U.N.): I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side. And yet, I stand here knowing that today in this Assembly, truth will be turned on its head and morality cast aside.  The fact of the matter is that when members of the international community speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a fog descends to cloud all logic and moral clarity. The result isn’t realpolitik, its surrealpolitik.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: It can be as insignificant as the slide from “oops” to “whoops.” It can be as blunt as the shift from “restroom” to “toilet.” It can be no more than the adaptation from “good job” to “well done.” But whatever precisely it is, the adjustment from American to English is momentous. A new nation was born in 1776, and a new language was born with it. Having become an American, I returned to England a few years back after an absence of 31 years. I expected to speak the language. I was wrong. Somewhere in the interim the letter aitch had become “haitch,” with the result that spelling out my family name (surname) was painful. You had somehow morphed into the ghastly reflexive “yourself,” as in, “And for yourself?”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***With Tom Cruise reportedly romancing former Victoria’s Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr, his ex-wife Katie Holmes is making a play for Miranda’s ex, Orlando Bloom. “Katie feels hurt and betrayed,” an insider said. “She and Tom had an agreement they’d keep their dating lives out of the public eye for at least a few years.” Scarlett Johansson married French journalist Romain Dauriac in a secret ceremony just after the birth of their daughter, Rose, sources have confirmed. While the actress, who was recently seen wearing a gold ring on her wedding finger, has remained tight-lipped about if they had married, we’re told the ceremony happened shortly after Johansson and Dauriac welcomed their first child in September.   ***Joan Rivers might still be alive if the two throat specialists who performed her ill-fated August procedure had simply started CPR and called 911 when the 81-year-old comedienne first went into shock, according to medical sources with knowledge of the case. But a shocking new play-by-play — pieced together from interviews, confidential EMT records and a federal report — shows that Yorkville Endoscopy’s now-former medical director, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, and Rivers’ own ear, nose and throat specialist, celebrity ENT Dr. Gwen Korovin, continued to perform scoping procedures on her larynx and trachea for 14 minutes even as her pulse and blood pressure plummeted.

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Saturday • November 29, 2014

MUBARAK MURDER CHARGES DROPPED: On Saturday, an Egyptian court dropped murder charges against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is accused of having 239 protesters killed during the 2011 uprising against him. Charges against seven of Mubarak’s senior officials were also dropped. Mubarak is currently serving a three-year sentence for a separate charge, embezzlement of public funds. The verdicts mean no one is being held responsible for the deaths of more than 800 protesters at the hands of security forces during the 2011 revolution.

MISSOURI GOV. SEEKS MORE CASH FOR POLICE: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called for a special state legislative session to allocate “critical funding” for state police and the National Guard in the wake of protests in Ferguson. Nixon arranged a late-night call with state legislative leaders and expressed the urgency of making sure that Guard members are paid on December 15. “It is vital that we act quickly so that we can fulfill our obligation to the men and women who are so bravely and capably serving their fellow citizens,” he said. It is unclear how much more money is needed. The state’s current fiscal year budget allots $4 million for National Guard emergency response and $3.4 million for an agency that handled emergency expenses (including state troopers).

RAY RICE WINS APPEAL, REINSTATED IN NFL: Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has won his appeal and is now eligible to sign with any National Football League team. Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 after a video emerged of the player knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in a hotel elevator and dragging her body out—a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. But U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones concluded that Rice neither lied to nor misled the NFL, because Rice told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the incident during a June disciplinary hearing. Prior to the video, Goodell had suspended Rice for only two games. An NFL spokesman told ESPN that the league would “accept the ruling as binding.”

FOR AFGHANS, THE FIGHTING NOW KNOWS NO SEASON: Taliban insurgents pressed government forces on several fronts on Friday, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers in three separate episodes. The attacks continued a sudden pattern of intense assaults almost every day, in another sign that the traditional fighting season in Afghanistan, where most fighting would ordinarily have ended by November, has been prolonged this year, and is still continuing at a high tempo. Friday’s attacks came just a day after three serious attacks around the country, including two in Kabul.

OBAMA PUSHED ‘FULLEST EXTENT’ OF HIS POWERS ON IMMIGRATION PLAN: Months before President Obama took executive action last week to reshape the nation’s immigration system, Jeh C. Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, quietly convened a small group of advisers to explore the legal limits of the president’s powers. Working in secrecy, Mr. Johnson’s team huddled for hours daily under orders to use “our legal authorities to the fullest extent” on a new deportations policy, a senior administration official said. In five White House meetings over the summer, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Obama, both lawyers, pored over proposed changes, eventually concluding that the president had the authority to enact changes that could affect millions of people and significantly alter the way immigration laws are enforced.

REAL WORLD: NEW ORLEANS STAR DIES AT 29: Real World: New Orleans star Ryan Knight has died, according to TMZ, which cites Knight’s friends as sources. The 29-year-old former hockey player was reportedly found dead Thursday morning after a night out with friends on Wednesday. Another Real World star, Diem Brown, 32, passed away this month after a battle with cancer.

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UBER FORCED TO STOP OPERATING IN NEVADA: A district court judge in Washoe County, Nevada, put a halt to Uber operations in the state, citing public-safety issues raised by state regulators. Uber, which began operations in Nevada on Oct. 24, argues that it should not be subjected to the same regulations as taxis and other transportation services, but the Nevada Taxicab Authority and the Nevada Transportation Authority have labeled Uber drivers as illegal and unlicensed carriers. The district judge, Scott Freeman, asked the company’s lawyers, “Why did Uber choose to operate first without regulation?… Why didn’t you try to change the law first, then operate?”

FOR OBAMA AND THE PENTAGON, AN UNEASY RELATIONSHIP: On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama’s first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military’s special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official. “I had them tear it out while I was standing there,” Gates said earlier this month as he recounted his discovery. “I told the commanders, `If you get a call from the White House, you tell them to go to hell and call me.’” To Gates, the phone in Kabul came to symbolize Obama’s efforts to micromanage the Pentagon and centralize decision-making in the White House. That criticism later would be echoed publicly and pointedly by Gates’ successor, Leon Panetta.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: I attended Wells Fargo Securities’ “2nd Annual E-Cig Conference” last week, and if I had to describe the mood of the speakers it would be a cross between cautious optimism and deep frustration. “E-cigs,” of course, is shorthand for electronic cigarettes. Executives from the still-new industry happily talked about its rapid growth and their expectation that it would continue. Bonnie Herzog, who follows the industry for Wells Fargo, reiterated her belief that in 10 years, e-cigarette users will outnumber smokers. “The winning product hasn’t been invented yet,” said Craig Weiss, the chief executive of NJOY, an e-cigarette start-up. What he meant was that while the e-cigarette devices developed so far have helped some people switch from smoking to “vaping,” they haven’t yet become so good as to “obsolete the cigarette,” which is, he says, his company’s goal. But that day will come, he is convinced; the industry is innovating like crazy.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Harlan Coben: Thanksgiving weekend in 1990, I spent two hours at the loneliest place in the world for an obscure novelist — the book-signing table at a Waldenbooks in a suburban New Jersey mall. I sat at the table smiling like a game show host. Store patrons scurried past me, doing all they could to avoid eye contact. I kept smiling. I straightened out my pile of free bookmarks for the umpteenth time, though so far none had been taken. I played with my pen. Authors at signings like this get good at playing with their pens. I pushed it to and fro. I curled my upper lip around the pen and made it into a makeshift mustache. I clipped it to my lower lip, pinching said lip in an almost masochistic way, and was able to click the pen open by moving my jaw and pressing it against my nose. You can’t teach that skill, by the way. Practice. At one point, I took out a second pen, rolled up a spitball, and then let the two pens play hockey against each other. The Rollerball beat the Sharpie in overtime.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. Rourke sent Elliot Seymour, a 29-year-old former California Golden Gloves champion with a 1-9 professional record, to the canvas twice in the second round before the referee stopped the fight. The bout at a Moscow concert hall was Rourke’s first fight in 20 years.   ***Ouch! Jessica Seinfeld had a painful Thanksgiving after cutting herself while cooking and then getting stitches at the University of Vermont Medical Center. The 43-year-old shared a photo of herself with a bandaged left pointer finger and a hospital bracelet around her wrist.

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Friday • November 28, 2014

‘OFF SWITCH’ FOR PAIN DISCOVERED: ACTIVATING THE ADENOSINE A3 RECEPTOR SUBTYPE IS KEY TO POWERFUL PAIN RELIEF:

In research published in the medical journal Brain, Saint Louis University researcher Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D. and colleagues within SLU, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other academic institutions have discovered a way to block a pain pathway in animal models of chronic neuropathic pain including pain caused by chemotherapeutic agents and bone cancer pain suggesting a promising new approach to pain relief.

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Friday • November 28, 2014

FERGUSON PROTESTS HIT BLACK FRIDAY SALES: Looking for a new tactic to demonstrate their anger, protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, started targeting Black Friday sales at big-box retailers. Some protesters started inside a Wal-Mart in another nearby town, chanting peacefully, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” to shoppers walking by. After police broke them up, they moved on to a Target store. They are planning more on Friday.

DAVID CAMERON TOUGHENS STANCE ON IMMIGRATION IN BRITAIN: With his eye on a general election just five months away, Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday sketched out proposals to make Britain less attractive to immigrants that, he acknowledged, would most likely require changes to treaties with European Union partners. In a speech delivered in a factory in Staffordshire, in the English Midlands, Mr. Cameron tried to sound tough on immigration to blunt intense criticism from within his own Conservative Party and from the anti-Europe, anti-immigration U.K. Independence Party, which has gained ground in crucial constituencies. Those critics gleefully seized on government figures released this week showing that British net immigration last year was 260,000, up from 182,000 the previous year, despite pledges from Mr. Cameron to get it down to “tens of thousands” a year.

TALIBAN PRESS ATTACKS AGAINST AFGHAN TARGETS: Taliban insurgents pressed government forces on several fronts on Friday, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers in three separate incidents. The attacks continued a sudden pattern of intense assaults almost every day, in another sign that the traditional fighting season in Afghanistan, where most fighting would ordinarily have ended by November, has been prolonged this year, and is still continuing at a high tempo. Friday’s attacks came just a day after three serious attacks around the country, including two in Kabul.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: While health officials say they are making headway against the Ebola epidemic in neighboring Liberia, the disease is still raging in Sierra Leone, despite the big international push. In November alone, the World Health Organization has reported more than 1,800 new cases in this country, about three times as many as in Liberia, which until recently had been the center of the outbreak.

U.S.-BACKED SYRIAN REBELS MAKE GAINS: U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria have, at long last, made some gains, capturing multiple towns from government forces just south of Damascus. The rebels reportedly include those who graduated from a relatively new CIA training program based in Jordan. The group, called Friends of Syria, is backed by Jordan, France, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, in northern Syria, U.S.-backed rebels have wilted in the face of attacks by Islamic militants. However, it should be noted that the U.S.-backed rebels in the south have achieved success while working with fighters from al Qaeda’s Syria branch.

LARGEST ANIMAL SACRIFICE FESTIVAL STARTS: The festival believed to be the largest animal sacrifice ritual in the world has kicked off on Friday in southern Nepal. Followers sacrifice thousands of animals to bring good luck and in the hopes that a Hindu goddess will grant wishes. So far, more than 5,000 buffaloes have already been killed, and many more rats, chickens, pigeons, goats, and pigs are expected to be killed over the two-day festival in the jungles south of Kathmandu. The festival is held every five years, and the last time, 2009, saw an estimated 200,000 animals and birds sacrificed.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: An analysis of the new federal Open Payments database shows that five of the 20 physicians who received the most money from Insys recently faced legal or disciplinary action, including three who were said to have inappropriately prescribed painkillers. Many of the 20 highly paid doctors — most of them pain specialists — were also top prescribers of Subsys, according to prescribing information from Tricare, the health insurance program for military families, and internal Insys documents.

UN TO US: LOOK INTO POLICE BRUTALITY: On Friday, the UN Committee Against Torture asked the U.S. to better investigate and prosecute police brutality, particularly when it comes to shooting unarmed black youth and the use of taser weapons in non-life-threatening situations. This was the panel’s first review of the U.S. since 2006, and comes in the aftermath of protests regarding the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The panel also criticized “excruciating pain and prolonged suffering” endured by prisoners during “botched executions” as well as frequent rapes of inmates, shackling of pregnant women in some prisons, and extensive use of solitary confinement. It also mentioned reports of police brutality toward minorities, immigrants, and homosexuals, as well as concerns over militarization of the police force.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS: WHY AREN’T WE TALKING ABOUT MICHAEL BROWN’S ‘BULLYISH’ BEHAVIOR?: Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams has previously gotten flak for his comments on race, such as when he told Oprah that “the new black doesn’t blame other races for our issues.” But that didn’t stop the singer-songwriter from voicing his thoughts about Michael Brown several weeks ago, although he said he didn’t want to “get … in trouble.” In an extensive interview with Ebony, the star wondered why there wasn’t more discussion about why Michael Brown exhibited the behavior he did in the convenience store, which Williams described as “bullyish.” “It looked very bullyish; that in itself I had a problem with,” Williams said, referring to released surveillance video that allegedly shows Brown forcefully stealing cigarillos from a store shortly before he was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson. “Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that?”

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Kristin Chenowth who released her live album Coming Home on Nov 17, has signed with ICM in concerts.   ***Sleepy Hollow’s Nicole Beharie and The Walking Dead’s Christian Serratos have signed with publicity firmIMPR. ***Charlie Weber, who plays Frank on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, has signed with UTA.   ***Oscar-Nominated 9 director and VEX artist Shane Acker has signed with Verve.    ***Something Wicked actor John Robinson has signed with APA. ***Still Alice directors Wash Westmoreand and Richard Glatzer have signed with WME.

LBN-NOTICED: ***“Orange Is the New Black” star Laura Prepon joining her family for brunch at the Chester in NYC.    ***New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal investigator Randy Mastro, Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki sitting separately at Fresco by Scotto in NYC.   ***Odell Beckham Jr. at nightclub Liberty Theater but drinking only water with pals.   ***“The Affair” actress Ruth Wilson lifting free weights at an “advanced level” at Barry’s Bootcamp in Noho.  ***Justin Bieber and five friends scarfing down white truffle burgers at Burger & Barrel in Soho in NYC.   ***Harvey Keitel and Michael Urie dancing with the cast at David Byrne’s interactive musical “Here Lies Love” at the Public in NYC.   ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass having an early Thanksgiving lunch at Canter’s Deli on Fairfax in L.A.   ***The day Paper’s nude pics of Kim Kardashian debuted, she and Kanye West dined at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood as Kevin Smith sat nearby. Ed Norton and Ralph Fiennes also have been in recently.   ***The new Palm Beverly Hills saw Brian Grazer launching with Bennet MillerJeffrey Katzenburg at the next booth and Bryan Lourd sitting with Marisa Tomei.   ***Kevin Spacey took a seat a seat at Magnolia.   ***Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner broke bread with Mattand Lucian Damon and John Krasinski and Emily Blunt for a triple date at Madeo in West Hollywood.Ryan Seacrest and producer Neal Moritz also dropped by recently.   ***Jake Gyllanhaal noshed at Nare’n Al in Beverly Hills.    ***Nanci Ryderlunched with Evelyn O’Neill at Freds at Barneys in Beverly Hills. Tables on other days included CAA’s Jim Toth and Todd Feldman at one tables and CAA’s Jay BakerAlexandra Trusman and Ida Ziniti with producer Kevin Turen at another, while Village Roadshow’s Bruce Berman sat nearby as did producers Stephen Christy and F.J. DeSanto.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound.

CDC: 18% OF ALL PREGNANCIES END IN ABORTION; 730,322 IS A NEW ‘LOW’: Exactly 18 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion, for a total of 730,322, with most to unmarried women, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency added, because it was an “historic low.” The latest figures are from 2011 and show a downward overall trend in abortions since 2002, especially among younger women. But the numbers are up among women 25 and older, with a big jump among women over 40, said CDC.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Lester Bernstein, a former editor of Newsweek magazine who also wrote for The New York Times, was a foreign correspondent for Time magazine and, as a vice president of NBC in 1960, helped arrange America’s first televised presidential debates, died on Thursday at his home in Lido Beach, N.Y. He was 94. His death was announced by his daughter Nina Bernstein, a reporter for The Times. It came eight days after his wife, Mimi, died, and 71 years to the day after they met at a U.S.O. dance in Austin, Tex.   ***Former Paramount Pictures president Frank Yablans has died, his son, ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans, toldThe Hollywood Reporter. He was 79. He died peacefully at his Los Angeles home of natural causes on Thanksgiving Day, his son said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: In 1976, Daniel Bell published a book called “The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism.” Bell argued that capitalism undermines itself because it nurtures a population of ever more self-gratifying consumers. These people may start out as industrious, but they soon get addicted to affluence, spending, credit and pleasure and stop being the sort of hard workers capitalism requires. Bell was right that there’s a contradiction at the heart of capitalism, but he got its nature slightly wrong. Affluent, consumerist capitalists still work hard. Just look around.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: As a black lesbian woman, I don’t recall any white people rioting after O.J.’s acquittal! Do you?

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The shoe’s on the 
other foot! After Portia de Rossi’s reported rehab stint, her wife Ellen DeGeneres is now being urged to get help for her drinking, sources say. “It’s always been that Portia was the one with the problem,” said one source.“She reportedly went into rehab earlier this summer, at Passages Malibu, for both drugs and alcohol. “But few people know that Ellen loves to drink – 
especially wine.” ***Jessica Simpson has a warning for Jenny McCarthy – pull the plug on your new reality show. Jenny, 42, and Donnie Wahlberg, 45, have signed on for a series about their nuptials. But Jessica starred with ex-hubby Nick Lachey in their own show, and she wants the pair to know they’re making a mistake. “Jess and Nick hated that people were in their faces night and day, and they had no chance to work through problems,” said a source.   ***George Clooney’s pal Cindy Crawford is a thorn in the side of new bride Amal, who frets over self-drawn comparisons to the model, as well as the inordinate amount of time he spends with her. Anxious Amal made the actor promise it’s platonic with Cindy ahead of their wedding – and the badgering has not stopped, sources say. “Amal wants to know she’s the only one in George’s life and will be forever,” our insider dished.

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Thursday • November 27, 2014

U.S. ADDS AIR POWER, BUT ISIS PRESENTS AN ELUSIVE TARGET:

The United States is shifting more attack and surveillance aircraft from Afghanistan to the air war against the Islamic State, deepening American involvement in the conflict and raising new challenges.

A dozen A-10 ground-attack planes have recently moved from Afghanistan to Kuwait, where they are to start flying missions supporting Iraqi ground troops as early as this week, military officials said. About half a dozen missile-firing Reaper drones will also be redeployed from Afghanistan in the next several weeks.

Perhaps nowhere outside the Middle East do the additional surveillance and strike aircraft have a more direct impact than at this Air Force base in central South Carolina, which has become a leading symbol of the military’s ability to carry out global operations from afar. But while planners here will have more firepower to bring to bear against the Islamic State, they confront an enemy that is a hybrid between a conventional army and a terrorist network and has been difficult to target.

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Thursday • November 27, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program.  Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year.

TRAVEL WOES EASE AS STORMS ABATE: After hundreds of flights were cancelled yesterday, leaving thousands of air passengers delayed, the good news is that the punishing nor’easter is on its way out. “This is not a huge number of cancellations, but due to the holiday, flights will be more full, and there will be fewer available seats to accommodate displaced passengers from canceled flights,” said Daniel Baker from FlightAware.com. Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire will see some snow. But New York will only get a dusting. The rest of the weekend will be very cold but dry, forecasters say, making for an easier trip home Sunday.

PLOT TO KILL FERGUSON OFFICIALS: The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported late Wednesday that two men will be charged with allegedly plotting to kill Ferguson, Missouri’s chief of police and St. Louis County’s prosecuting attorney, as well as planning to bomb the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis were indicted last week on charges of purchasing firearms for another person; the two allegedly tried to purchase pipe bombs from undercover law enforcement officers. The men were arrested three days before prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown.

KIM JONG-UN’S LITTLE SISTER IS PROMOTED: Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong-un, has been made a departmental vice director within North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party’s Central Committee, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said on Thursday. The announcement was seen as confirmation of Miss Kim’s rise through the ranks to be a trusted aide of her brother, who last year had their uncle Jang Song-thaek, executed for treason. Kim Yo-jong, believed to be 26, made her first public appearance during the funeral of her father and longtime ruler Kim Jong-il in December 2011. She was listed as a “vice department director” in the central committee of the ruling Workers’ party while accompanying her brother on a trip to a cartoon film studio founded by their grandfather and the North’s founding president, Kim Il-sung. During the visit, Kim Jong-un urged animators to produce works that are “true to the intention of the party”.

L.A. ARRESTS 120 FERGUSON PROTESTERS: The LAPD arrested more than 120 people after corralling protesters at 6th and Hope streets in Los Angeles in the third day of protests against a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. “When they will no longer comply with our requests and when it becomes dangerous, when they start running in and out of cars and put the public at risk, then we have to take action,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. He said those arrested would be booked on a misdemeanor charge and bail would be set at $500. Dozens more protesters gathered late Wednesday near Staples Center and headed north toward the LAPD headquarters.

IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER BACKS EXTENSION OF NUCLEAR TALKS: Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed support on Thursday for the extension of talks with Western powers on the country’s nuclear program. “I do not disagree with the extension of the negotiations, as I have not disagreed with negotiations in the first place,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a speech published on his personal website. On Monday, hours before the deadline for the talks was to expire, negotiators in Vienna announced that the talks had been extended for another seven months.

EBOLA VACCINE PASSES 1ST HURDLE: The world is one step closer to having a vaccine to protect against Ebola. An experimental vaccine against the highly deadly virus passed its first clinical trial. The National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland safely tested 20 participants who developed antibodies against Ebola. There were minor side effects, but the results were promising, researchers told the New England Journal of Medicine. The NIH is in talks with Liberia to bring the next round of vaccine testing to West Africa, and the World Health Organization wants to begin testing it on 20,000 front-line health-care workers. As of Wednesday, Ebola has claimed the lives of 5,689 people.

‘EYE-POPPING’ STORIES IN MURDOCH’S SAFE: This would make for some interesting reading. Explosive scandals involving politicians and celebrities were stored in a “Wild West-style” safe in British tabloid the Sun’s newsroom if they could not be used, a court has been told in London. The tabloid’s former deputy news editor Ben O’Driscoll, 38, said explosive unpublished stories were stored in the 7ft high safe over decades. He told Kingston Crown Court the paper kept hold of reports, pictures, and videos which had not made the paper because they were not in the public interest. “At the time I was there, there was an enormous safe, about 7ft high, like something out of a Wild West film, with big metal handles”, he said. “It was full of 30 years of stories that are confidential and did not pass the public interest test.  “They remained there in that safe, and what’s in there is quite eye-popping, I have to say.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Al Pacino seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.   ***Robert De Niro in the audience at “The Elephant Man”.   ***Helena Christensen at Angelica Kitchen in NYC.   ***Bruce Willis at The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges.   ***Jonah Hill picking up lunch at Smile To Go in NYC.   ***Vincent Piazza at the launch of Bandit’s Roost in Tribeca in NYC.   ***Graydon Carter eating white truffle pizza at Upland on Park Avenue South in NYC .   ***“Mob Wife” Carla Facciolo dining at Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC under the reservation “Frank Capone.”   ***Comedian Joey Garza having lunch at Fig and Olive in West Hollywood.   ***Author and teacher Miquel Valenti and his wife Lori having dinner last night at the new Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills.

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BILL COSBY GAVE INTERVIEW TO KEEP CHARGES SECRET: Bill Cosby gave an exclusive interview to The National Enquirer in 2005 in exchange for a promise by the tabloid that it would drop a more damaging article about previously undisclosed sexual assault allegations, according to his testimony in a federal lawsuit. Mr. Cosby was at the time facing allegations by Andrea Constand, a staff member with the basketball program at Temple University, Mr. Cosby’s alma mater, who said she had been drugged and molested by him a year earlier. In previously sealed court documents at Federal District Court in Philadelphia, Mr. Cosby acknowledged under oath in September 2005 that he sought to block The Enquirer from publishing its interview with Beth Ferrier, a former model who said he had drugged and sexually assaulted her in the mid-1980s, because he thought a second account would bolster the credibility of Ms. Constand’s accusations. The documents had been unsealed in recent months, and in response to requests from the news media were released on Wednesday.

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‘CHILDREN OF MEN’ AUTHOR DIES: The legendary crime novelist P.D. James, author of more than 20 books, including The Children of Men, Cover Her Face and The Murder Room, has died aged 94. Her agent said she died “peacefully at her home in Oxford” on Thursday morning. The author’s books sold millions of books around the world, and many were adapted for television and film. Phyllis Dorothy James told the BBC last year, “I think while I am alive, I shall write. There will be a time to stop writing but that will probably be when I come to a stop, too.” In a statement, James’s publishers Faber and Faber said: “This is a very sad day for us at Faber. It is difficult to express our profound sadness at losing P.D. James, one of the world’s great writers and a Faber author since her first publication in 1962. She was so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all. It is a privilege to publish her extraordinary books. Working with her was always the best of times, full of joy. We will miss her hugely.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Winter

1.     Every winter, at least one septillion (that’s 1 followed by 24 zeros) snow crystals fall from the sky.

2.     Winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans as summer heat does.

3.     In one study, men rated pictures of women’s breasts and bodies as more attractive in the winter months, while they rated pictures of women’s faces the same. Researchers believe men don’t see women’s bodies as much during the winter, so they’re more excited when they do.

4.     The Southern Hemisphere typically has milder winters than the Northern Hemisphere. This is because the Southern Hemisphere has less land and a more maritime climate.

5.     While it seems counterintuitive, Earth is actually closest to the sun in December, even though winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.

6.     According to the Guinness World Records, on January 28, 1887, a snowflake 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick fell in Fort Keogh, Montana, making it the largest snowflake ever observed.

7.     Cold winter weather dulls sexual sensations, and cooler body temperatures decrease arousal for both men and women. Interestingly, women are 30% more likely to orgasm if their feet are warm.

8.     Chionophobia is the persistent fear of snow, especially becoming trapped by snow. The term is derived from the Greek words chion and phobos, meaning “snow” and “fear,” respectively.

9.     A New Zealand insect called the Weta freezes completely solid when temperatures drop during the winter. However, when temperatures warm back up, the insect unfreezes, thaws, and resumes its activities.

10.  Google searches for terms like “porn,” “boobs,” “xxx,” and “massage parlor” have a 6-month seasonal pattern. Specifically, they peak in early summer and around the winter holidays. Google searches for “eHarmony” and “Match.com” also peaked around these times.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Bruce Springsteen was the guest of honor at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit, which featured an eclectic mix of artists – including Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James, Mumford & Sons and Mavis Staples – covering classics from the New Jersey icon’s massive songbook. A televised version of the event, “A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen,” will premiere December 5th at 9 p.m. ET on PBS, as part of the network’s Arts Fall Festival 2014.   ***In 2014 you’d be forgiven for thinking the music industry is all about online charts and digital downloads, but the latest figures released by the Official Charts Company reveal a corresponding boom in vinyl record sales which have reached an 18-year high.

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GOOGLE’S NEW PROJECT: A STEADY SPOON: Among Google’s latest attempts at innovation is a spoon that allows people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease to eat without spilling. The project was begun by a small startup that was acquired by Google earlier this year. Equipped with sensors that detect shaking, the spoon uses algorithms to keep it steady, reducing shaking by an average of 76 percent, according to the results of clinical trials. Doctors say the device has allowed some patients to eat independently who otherwise would have to be fed.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Francis Fraser, a British underworld enforcer known as Mad Frankie, whose life of crime and torture led to a lucrative retirement chronicling his own grisly deeds in books, films and lectures, on stage and television, and as a “gangland” tour guide, died on Wednesday in London. He was 90. His death was announced on his official website. British news organizations said he died at King’s College Hospital in South London, where he had been admitted for a hip or leg operation and slipped into a coma on Friday resulting from complications during surgery.   ***Allan Kornblum, whose love for poetry and printing led him to create Coffee House Press, a leading independent publisher widely respected for finding and nurturing new authors, died on Sunday at his home in St. Paul. He was 65. His wife, Cinda, said the cause was complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He learned he had the disease in 2006.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: It’s Thanksgiving, a national holiday since 1863. And that’s a problem now that giving thanks to God no longer plays a prominent role in American civic life. I know, I know, America is still ”one Nation under God.” We believe in Him by a landslide 74 percent to 26 percent margin. But, like me, a lot of us 74-percenters go to church about as often as the pope visits the United States.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Kendra Wilkinson hated having sex with Hugh Hefner so much that she turned to drugs and booze. “I was usually very, very drunk doing those evenings, I tended not to care about much until the next day. I had to be very drunk or smoke lots of weed to survive those nights,” the former playmate, 29, recounted on British reality series “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” (via The Daily Mirror). According to the mother of two, having sex with the Playboy founder was nothing more than work. “At about the minute mark, I pulled away and it was done. It was like a job. Clock in, clock out,” she said. “It’s not like I enjoyed having sex with him.”

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Wednesday • November 26, 2014

170 CITIES HIT BY FERGUSON PROTESTS: Thousands of Americans across the nation, from New York to Los Angeles, have taken to the streets to protest a Ferguson grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for any crime in the killing of Michael Brown. A day after St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced there would be no criminal charges against Wilson for the fatal shooting, protests erupted in more than 170 U.S. cities. In city after city, people thronged the streets chanting slogans and demanding change and justice. In New York City, multiple protests developed: Demonstrators marched on Times Square, Union Square, and other sites, saying they wanted to “take back the streets.” In Ferguson itself, 2,200 National Guard troops were deployed to protect and back up police trying to cope with increasingly hostile protesters, and authorities reported at least 44 arrests. In addition to New York and Los Angeles, protesters in such cities as Atlanta, Dallas, and Boston blocked bridges, tunnels, and major highways as they shouted their anger over the Missouri grand jury’s decision. Many shouted “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “No justice! No peace!” as they marched. In the Big Apple, protesters shut down lanes of the FDR, known more formally as the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, as they chanted, “Mike Brown! Mike Brown!” Police, who were nearby in large numbers, stayed back and let the marchers go. Most of the marches were peaceful, although some aggressive protesters were arrested for apparently crossing the line. The protests continued late into the night as authorities struggled to respond.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Of all the primates, man has the largest penis. The gorilla has a two-inch penis, while the chimpanzee’s is three inches. The blue whale has the largest penis in the animal kingdom: 11 feet.

EPA TO PROPOSE HUGE OZONE REGULATIONS: After a long battle, the EPA is prepared to release on Wednesday significant regulations working to curb emissions of ozone, the smog-causing pollutant that has been linked to asthma, heart disease, and premature death. The proposed regulation will lower the current threshold for ozone, which is 75 parts per billion, to a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion. Environmental groups had sought 60 parts per billion. Led by Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the incoming majority leader, the Republican-controlled Congress has said it will block and overturn all new EPA regulations focused on cleaner air.

SHAKESPEARE FIRST FOLIO FOUND: See, libraries are still valuable. One of the most important books in English literature, an original copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, was found this fall in a library in the small town of St. Omer in France. It is one of only 233 surviving first folios of his plays, and will hopefully unlock the playwright’s intentions. “This is huge,” said Eric Rasmussen, an American Shakespeare expert who traveled to France over the weekend to authenticate the volume. “First folios don’t turn up very often, and when they do, it’s usually a really chewed up, uninteresting copy. But this one is magnificent.” This First Folio, published in 1623, seven years after his death, had 36 of Shakespeare’s 38 known plays. Each original copy that has been found is slightly different, and scholars look to those to try to discover details about Shakespeare’s writing.

4 POLIO VACCINATORS KILLED IN PAKISTAN: Militants in Pakistan have struck again at attempts to vaccinate the population against polio, this time by having gunmen open fire on a team of vaccinators in southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing four. Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio is endemic, and the number of polio cases this year so far—246—is a 14-year high and more than double that of 2013. Yet militants claim the vaccination is cover for espionage or an attempt by Western governments to sterilize Muslims. The attack came on the last day of a campaign to administer the vaccine to children in the region.

AR, MS GAY MARRIAGE BANS TOSSED: U.S. district judges in Arkansas and Mississippi ruled on Tuesday that same-sex marriage bans approved by voters a decade ago are unconstitutional. The judges put the enforcement of their rulings in the socially conservative states on hold in anticipation of appeals, which means gay couples cannot get married yet. In his decision in Mississippi, Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that, “same-sex couples should be allowed to share in the benefits, and burdens, for better or for worse, of marriage.”

ISIS EXECUTES TWO MEN SUSPECTED OF BEING GAY: Two Syrian men were stoned to death for being gay by ISIS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to AFP.  The first man, 20, was killed in Mayadeen, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, AFP reported. A second man, 18, was stoned to death in Deir Al-Zor.  ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL, claimed it had found videos on the first man’s cellphone, in which he was “practicing indecent acts with males,” according to the report. ISIS also accused the second man of being gay without specifying the basis for its allegations.

OBAMA THREATENS TO VETO $440 BILLION TAX DEAL: With negotiators nearing an accord on permanent tax breaks for businesses worth $440 billion over 10 years, President Obama rallied Democratic opposition on Tuesday and promised a veto. “The president would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while neglecting working families,” said Jennifer Friedman, a White House spokeswoman.

HIV OUT OF CONTROL IN 70% OF US PATIENTS: According to a study published on Tuesday, 70 percent of Americans with HIV are either undiagnosed or no longer receiving treatment. Currently, more than a million people in the United States have HIV. Twenty percent have been undiagnosed, and fewer than three in 10 who have the immunodeficiency virus, which leads to AIDS, have the virus under control. Sixty-six percent of the diagnosed are no longer receiving treatment. “Key to controlling the nation’s HIV epidemic is helping people with HIV get connected to—and stay in—care and treatment,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement, “to surpass the virus, live longer, and help protect others.” Antiretroviral medication helps suppress the virus from developing and spreading and prevents the likelihood of passing it to others.

ITS GRIP ON OIL WEAKENING, OPEC WILL MEET ON PRICES: As oil prices continue to plummet, the once-dominant international cartel of producers is losing its sway over the global energy markets. At its meeting on Thursday in Vienna, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the group of 12 oil producing nations, is under pressure to at least announce modest cuts in an effort to shore up the markets. But any cuts would be modest and would probably do little to prop up oil prices, assuming the countries even stick to an agreement.

DIANE SAWYER ROCKED BY DOUBLE HEARTBREAK: The death of acclaimed director Mike Nichols is a double heartbreak for former “ABC World News Tonight” anchor Diane Sawyer, coming just weeks after she lost her mom. Mike, renowned for “The Graduate” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” among a long list of genius films and plays, died suddenly of a heart attack at 83 on Nov. 19. Diane’s mother, Jean Sawyer Hayes, passed away at 94 at her Louisville, Ky., home on Oct. 22. Mike had a heart bypass in 2008, and was in increasingly frail health – but did not stop working. He was adapting the Tony-winning play “Master Class” about soprano Maria Callas for HBO when he died.“Diane was bereft. She was choking back tears, sobbing, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to go on without him. He was the love of my life,’” a pal said.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Kotler along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


U.K. DRINKERS TO GET DAILY ALCOHOL PILL: In Britain tens of thousands of people who drink more than three glasses of wine a night are to be given a pill to reduce their dependence on alcohol. Middle-class drinkers who do not think they have a problem are seriously damaging their health, the country’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence said. The institute issued guidance saying that people who drink too much would be eligible for a daily tablet through the National Health Service if they struggled to cut down on their own. The drug, Nalmefene, also called Selincro, which costs about $4.70 a day, reduces people’s urge to drink and has been shown to cut alcohol consumption by almost two-thirds after six months. Estimates suggest that in England alone, alcohol-related harm costs the NHS about $5.5 billion a year.

RESTING COMFORTABLY: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, underwent a heart procedure today to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery. A blockage was discovered after Ginsburg “experienced discomfort during routine exercise” Tuesday night and was taken to the hospital, according to a release from the Supreme Court. Ginsburg is resting “comfortably” at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is expected to be released in the next 48 hours.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***In April 2012, it was reported that Taylor Swift was in talks to portray folk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joni Mitchell in the big-screen adaptation of Girls Like Us, a book that focuses on the impact of Mitchell, Carol King and Carly Simon. As recently as October 2012, Swift admitted that she was still eager to play Mitchell, but the role hadn’t been confirmed yet. Two years later, we finally know why the film wasn’t officially greenlit: Mitchell prevented the biopic from being made. “I squelched that,” Mitchell told The Sunday Times of the nixed biopic (via NME). “I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes.” Mitchell also said of the source material, written by Sheila Weller, “There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books. . .assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.”

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The author of a new Bill Cosby biography is apologizing for not pursuing allegations that the comedian had drugged and sexually assaulted numerous women. Mark Whitaker, whose “Cosby: His Life and Times” was published in September, tweeted Monday that he was wrong not to “aggressively” look into the charges and promised to address them “at the appropriate time.” “If true the stories are shocking and horrible,” wrote Whitaker, whose account was confirmed by his publisher, Simon & Schuster.

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AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dodo Cheney, a daughter of tennis royalty who wore lace and pearls as she rolled through generations of competitors on the way to winning 391 tennis championships in the United States, most of them after she turned 55, died on Sunday in Escondido, Calif. She was 98. The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced her death on Tuesday.   ***Nancy H. Teeters, a liberal economist who was the first woman appointed to the Federal Reserve Board and who broke with tradition by openly criticizing decisions of fellow board members that she felt hurt consumers and working people, died on Nov. 17 in Stamford, Conn. She was 84. Her daughter, Ann Teeters Johnson, said the cause was complications of a series of strokes.

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


LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Thanksgiving is a time for dinner-table conversation. If you’re short of news drumsticks to chew on, here are a few you may have missed. For starters, it’s true the world would be safer if we got a deal that curbs Iran’s nuclear program. But if the Iranians and their Arab neighbors don’t protect and preserve their environments, Mother Nature is going to finish them all off long before they get to each other. Read Chandran Nair’s essay in The International New York Times on Nov. 10 from Isfahan, Iran’s third-largest city: “The major artery that ran through the city was the Zayanderud River, a thoroughfare that nourished some of the earliest civilizations in recorded history and sustained the people of Isfahan down through modern times. But for two years the river has been bone dry. It’s not that its banks have receded; they simply aren’t there anymore. In their place is a desertified riverbed. … Wells have dried up and ecosystems have been destroyed.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Arlo Guthrie: Well, I never thought of it as being particularly anti-war, because there may be times when the war is appropriate. I can’t think of many times, but there are times. And so I’m not an idealist in that sense. There are times when you have to do stuff even if it cuts against the grain of who you are. So I never thought of “Alice’s Restaurant” as being an anti-war song, but you can’t run a war being that stupid. You won’t succeed in the war and you won’t succeed in other things either. And I think that’s some of the lessons we still have yet to learn, you know? [Laughs].

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: There are four basic ways to change the food system. I talk about three of them a lot: The first is to eat differently, focusing on good food and especially plants; the second is to bring change to your work, whether that means becoming a farmer or helping other people eat better through your role as a teacher, doctor, artist, techie, lawyer or journalist. The third is to work locally to effect change in, for example, school systems or municipal politics. The fourth is the toughest: Change the system that governs everything, including food. This means changing dominant economic theories and practices, and indeed the nature of capitalism itself. That isn’t happening anytime soon.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard J. Ablin: Scientific data from clinical trials provides the foundation of medical decision making, from a doctor’s prescription pad to sweeping public health policies. Public trust that the data is accurate and unbiased is the glue that binds our $3 trillion health care system. I worry that this trust, particularly when it comes to American men and their physicians and screening programs for prostate cancer, is now at risk. In 1970 I discovered the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, which is now the most widely used tool in prostate screenings. But there has been a growing concern about whether the use of the PSA test has led to over diagnosis and overtreatment, with millions of unnecessary surgeries, complications and deaths.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The most impenetrable and inescapable prison (the mind) houses the most nefarious criminals (us). Happy Thanksgiving, assholes.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***According to sources, Rosie O’Donnell melted down and spat “I hate you!” at Whoopi Goldberg – her 
co-host on “The View” – and in the process likely sealed her fate on the embattled talk show. “Rosie’s been gunning for Whoopi ever since she returned to ‘The View’ in September,” a show insider revealed. “Producers were hoping the fireworks between the two would lead to an explosion in ratings, but just the opposite has happened. ‘The View’ is going down the tubes.”Ratings for the once-popular daytime talk show are down for the fourth straight season, putting the show in a dead heat with its bitter rival, “The Talk.” “Rosie and Whoopi are blaming each other for the dip, and they got into it backstage,” added the spy. “Rosie told Whoopi that she hogs too much camera time, and Whoopi said that she’ll speak her mind whenever she wants. According to sources, Oscar-winning actor suffered terrifying elder abuse before his death in April at the age of 93. Enraged family members want his death case reopened and plan to pres­ent a secret dossier to law enforcement authorities – revealing the bombshell evidence that may explain why Mickey died. ***He may be a heavily tattooed rocker, but he’s still a chip off the old block. The son of “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” hero Harrison Ford is making a name for himself with his band, “The Dough Rollers.” Malcolm Ford, a 28-year-old singer and guitarist, started the group in 2008 with actor Gabriel Byrne’s son Jack. The band has recently been opening for rocker Billy Idol in England, and has also toured with Bob Dylan and John 
Mellencamp.

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Tuesday • November 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. National Debt Clock: Real Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday • November 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Barnes and Noble: Daily Top Ten Books by Subject

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Monday • November 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Sunday • November 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Drunk Driving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday • November 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday • November 21, 2014

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

1.Average annual

unemployment rate:

1946-1971

4.6%

1972-2012

6.4%

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Thursday • November 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Volcanoes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • November 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • November 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday • November 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Chivalry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

LBN-NOTICED: ***Actor / producer Brian Connors having lunch at the popular Natalee Thai restaurant in Beverly Hills.

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

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

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

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

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Monday • November 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Harry Potter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-SEE IT: Scarlett, the most accomplished woman in e-sports, is known for her macro mutalisk style and kick-ass creep spread.


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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday • November 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday • November 15, 2014

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-MEET: Jack Nicholson


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


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

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

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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Lifescript.com: Women’s Health Issues

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday • November 14, 2014

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Advertising

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Thursday • November 13, 2014

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

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

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

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


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNIQUELY, LBN: Royce W., an LBN E-Lert reader from Toronto, Canada.


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

LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDER-DOGS MEET:


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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Wednesday • November 12, 2014

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Facebook Facts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-THINK AGAIN:….Southern Food:


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Tuesday • November 11, 2014

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Body Language

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-MEET: Shingy


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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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US Census Bureau: Veterans Day 2014: Nov. 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Monday • November 10, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Monday • November 10, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Serial Killers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday • November 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cancer

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

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

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

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

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

6.     In 2008, there were an estimated 12,667,500 new cases of cancer worldwide. Eastern Asia had the most new cases (3,720,000) and Micronesia the few