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Tuesday • September 30, 2014

MORE KEYSTONE KOPS! ARMED CONTRACTOR WITH CRIMINAL RECORD WAS ALLOWED ON ELEVATOR WITH OBAMA:


A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people with familiarity of the incident. The incident occurred as Obama appeared at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.

LBN-ETC: Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to driving a car. Sure, there will be times when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but you’ll always get out of the rut with genuine perseverance. Without it, you won’t even be able to start your engine. The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, though the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination. To learn more about how to overcome obstables to success, sign up for the Free “excel” report: www.TheExcelReport.com .

LBN-ETC: Prominent L.A. P.R. firm seeking full-time and part-time publicist with experience. Must be smart, creative, media savvy, self-starter, good writer with minimum two years’ experience.. Able to handle accounts. Send resume (no attachment) with contact details to: Aurora411@TimeWire.net .

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Tuesday • September 30, 2014

YIKES! ONE-FIFTH OF U.S. WORKERS WERE LAID OFF IN PAST FIVE YEARS, STUDY SAYS:


One in five U.S. workers was laid off in the past five years and about 22% of those who lost their jobs still haven’t found another one, according to a new survey that showed the extent Americans have struggled in the sluggish labor market since the Great Recession ended.

Those who did find work had a difficult time with their job search and the effects of unemployment, the survey by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University found.

Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position.

Almost half — 46% – of the estimated 30 million layoff victims who found new jobs said they paid less then their old ones, according to the survey of 1,153 U.S adults done over the summer.

LBN-ETC: Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to driving a car. Sure, there will be times when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but you’ll always get out of the rut with genuine perseverance. Without it, you won’t even be able to start your engine. The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, though the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination. To learn more about how to overcome obstables to success, sign up for the Free “excel” report: www.TheExcelReport.com .

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Tuesday • September 30, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014. The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second. The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

MEDIA REPORTS: Maryland Transportation Authority says Olympic star was pulled over for excessive speed and failed a series of field sobriety tests. This is Phelps’ second DUI-related arrest.

SECRET SERVICE CHIEF FACES LAWMAKERS OVER WHITE HOUSE BREACH: Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, on Tuesday took full responsibility for an intruder who breached Secret Service security around the White House 11 days ago and evaded capture as he ran around the first floor of the mansion. “What happened is unacceptable and it will never happen again,” Ms. Pierson told members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. She said that she has initiated a comprehensive review of the incident and protective measures.

CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSING HEAT WAVES: A study of 22 peer-reviewed analyses on 2013’s extreme weather and climate events argues that manmade global warming has caused a tenfold increase in the risk for long-lasting and severe heat waves. The analyses looked at 16 severe events in 2013, including the California drought and the Australian heat wave. A total of nine of the 16 events were tied to manmade climate change.

HONG KONG EXEC: ‘STOP THIS’ IMMEDIATELY: Hong Kong protesters aren’t showing any signs of stopping, despite a call from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to “stop this campaign immediately.” Leung slammed the protests and denied any concessions to demonstrators. “The central government will not change its mind as a result of such tactics,” he said. However, the thousands of students, trade unionists, social workers, and even some business executives are undeterred. “We don’t see the need to stop the movement,” said protest organizer Chin Kin-Man. “Stopping it is in the hands of the government; it’s up to the government to listen to the people.” The mass pro-democracy protests have raised fears in Beijing that the unrest could spread to the mainland, but there are also fears China could resort to marital law.

10K U.S. TROOPS TO STAY IN AFGHANISTAN: The U.S. and Afghanistan agreed to a security deal to allow 10,000 American troops to remain stationed in Afghanistan when the international combat mission ends on December 31. The two countries signed the accord in Kabul on Tuesday, days after Afghanistan officially inaugurated Ashraf Ghani as its new president. His predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had refused to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement following strained negotiations with the U.S. The pact establishes a U.S. presence in Afghanistan and a system for training Afghan soldiers, so that “terrorists can never use Afghanistan to launch attacks against the U.S. or its allies,” said Obama administration adviser John Podesta

CALIF. COLLEGES GET GENDERLESS BATHROOMS: The University of California school system will start installing gender-neutral bathrooms in facilities at different campuses to make the schools more comfortable for transgender students. A few campuses already have gender-neutral dorms that allow students to live together, but now all single stall bathrooms in any UC facility will be available for a user of any gender. The UC schools will also allow students to be recognized in campus records by a name of their choosing, which will help students who no longer go by the name associated with their gender at birth. UC President Janet Napolitano said the change was recommended by an advisory council of student, faculty, employees, and alumni on LGBT issues. “UC should be the gold standard where these issues are concerned,” said Napolitano in a statement. Earlier this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill making affirmative “yes means yes” consent the standard for sexual assault cases on California campuses.

AUSTRALIAN CHARGED WITH FUNDING ISIS: An Australian man has been charged with making funds available to terrorist organizations, including ISIS and an al Qaeda affiliate. Hassan El Sabsabi, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Melbourne for funneling $12,000 to a U.S. citizen fighting in Syria, according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Sabsabi is charged with six counts of intentionally making funds available to the terrorist organizations, including ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front. The arrest was the “culmination of an eight-month investigation” following a tip from the FBI, said AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan. Federal and state police raided more than 100 properties. When Sabsabi was briefly brought to court, investigators said they had intercepted hundreds of phone calls and more than 25,000 pages of material on him. Sabsabi did not enter a plea or ask for bail. Gaughan said police acted because there was concern Sabsabi would make another transaction in the immediate future. He added that this marked the first time Australian police were aware “someone has sponsored someone to go and fight.” Australia’s terror alert was raised to high this month.

NEW VIAGRA ADS WITH WOMEN TO HIT TV NOTES MEDIA EXPERT: In an attempt to render impotent the stiff competition from other erectile-dysfunction medicines, Viagra, whose ads typically show middle-age men doing things such as construction work and deep-sea fishing, is launching a new, cuddlier series of commercials fronted by women according to media expert and author Michael Levine. The new 60-second ads will feature a middle-age woman speaking to men affected by erectile dysfunction. “So guys, it’s just you and your honey. The setting is perfect. But then erectile dysfunction happens again,” she says in the commercial, which is slated to run during CSI, Blue Bloods, and 48 Hours. Pfizer marketing chief Vic Clavelli said the female-focused ads are more direct, as opposed to the old ones “built around very subtle innuendo.” The new ads reflect the pharmaceutical giant’s fears that Viagra isn’t holding up. Sales fell 8 percent last year, and it will get a generic competition in the U.S. in three years. “This new approach to marketing is a way to try and expand the market beyond the tradition customer base,” said Levine.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Gwyneth Paltrow and soon-to-be ex-husband, Chris Martin are proving that you can be friends with your ex. The Coldplay frontman, 37, attended Paltrow’s 42nd birthday festivities at her home in Brentwood, California on Saturday. Other guests included Kate Hudson, Tobey Maguire, Nicole Richie and Maya Rudolph. ***Robert Kotler, MD, lunching with Dr. Robert Lubar, prominent Chicago oral and maxillo-facial surgeon at Langer’s Deli in L.A.

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WALMART BLAMES TRACY MORGAN FOR INJURIES: According to Walmart, Tracy Morgan should blame himself for his serious injuries after a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to the retail giant during federal court proceedings on Monday, the injuries “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.” Morgan, along with several others, is suing Walmart for negligence in the accident that killed comedian James McNair and injured two others.

JANE FONDA SUICIDE TRAGEDY: MY MOTHER WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED: Jane Fonda’s startling public confession that her mother, who committed suicide at age 42, hid a dark secret. Fonda told a stunned an audience of activists and philanthropists celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center that her mother had been sexually abused as a child. The “Cat Ballou” star said that while writing her memoirs, Jane had reviewed her mother’s medical records.  To her horror, she learned her mom, Frances Ford Seymour, had been sexually abused when she was 8 years old.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Ebay said on Tuesday that it would spin off its PayPal payments unit into a separate publicly traded company, taking a step the activist hedge fund magnate Carl C. Icahn first demanded nine months ago. The move will cleave eBay almost in half, separating it from the payments processor it acquired 12 years ago and built into a giant that generates almost half of the company’s revenue.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Children who take a lot of antibiotics before age 2 are slightly more likely than others to become obese, according to a new study. The paper is the latest in a growing field of research examining the effects of modern life on the trillions of beneficial bacteria living in and on the human body.

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.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Cindy and Donald Adams, LBN E-Lert reader from Sante Fe, New Mexico.


NETFLIX INKS DEAL FOR FIRST FEATURE FILM: Netflix, already known for shaking up the traditional entertainment structure by producing TV series such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, is jumping directly into the feature-film production business. Netflix has contracted with The Weinstein Company to release the Internet streaming-media company’s first major feature film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, a sequel of sorts to director Ang Lee’s celebrated 2000 martial-arts epic, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film will be released on August 28, 2015, and will premiere on Netflix and also will be shown in IMAX theaters around the world. Neither Ang Lee nor Chinese superstar actor Chow Yun-fat will return for the project, but actress Michelle Yeoh is back in the cast. She will be joined by martial arts star Donnie Yen, and the director will be Yuen Wo-ping. This year, Netflix’s programming garnered a record 31 Emmy nominations.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Shock rocker Alice Cooper plays it straight and reverent with his take on the Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby,” one of dozens of cover songs that appear on the forthcoming compilation The Art of McCartney. In the song’s video, the “Welcome to My Nightmare” singer cuddles up to a mic in front of a red floral tapestry, emoting the song’s gloomy lyrics in a way that could serve as commentary about his own Alice Cooper character – or at least that’s what the sad pic of Alice in full makeup at the end seems to suggest.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Zillow: Your Edge in Real Estate

“Find homes for sale, rentals, home values, mortgages, and more. Real estate info for practically every home in the U.S.”

LBN-R.I.P.: Sheldon Patinkin, a writer, director and teacher who helped shape the theatrical life of Chicago over half a century, died there on Sept. 21. He was 79. He had suffered a heart attack three days earlier, his brother, Norman, said in confirming the death.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The National Football League said Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs was mistakenly penalized when he knelt to pray after scoring a touchdown. In the fourth quarter of a game on Monday night, Abdullah, a safety with the Chiefs who is Muslim, intercepted a pass by Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and returned it for a touchdown. After he entered the end zone, he slid on his knees and bowed forward with his head touching the turf. He was given a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Riddle: Response has been great.  I have advertised in a variety of publications and Websites, and none compare to the quality leads I received within a few hours after my ad appeared in the Levine Breaking News! I highly recommend your advertising package to people and businesses who are serious about reaching out to new customers and clients.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Holder’s Justice Department has been notoriously laggard in prosecuting crimes that stemmed from the financial crisis, and much of what it has done amounts to an exercise in public relations. Take, for instance, those guilty pleas extracted from Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas. Last March, Holder said that he feared that prosecuting large financial institutions could hurt the economy. This became known as his “too big to jail” remark — which he quickly disavowed. No wonder he was eager to have some firms plead guilty! Yet, as Peter Henning notes in a New York Times DealBook article, the Justice Department made sure those guilty pleas didn’t inflict too much pain. In the case of BNP Paribas, prosecutors secured agreements from state banking regulators that they wouldn’t pull the bank’s license to do business.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A new baby battle is threatening to force LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian into a messy $50 million divorce. A source said the couple had “a giant meltdown” behind the scenes of their reality show after the 32-year-old singer visited her doctor to check on her chances of conceiving. The visit was filmed for VH1’s “LeAnn & Eddie,” and when LeAnn revealed the possibility she might not be able to get pregnant, Eddie, 41, joked that she should take a dance class or find something else to take her mind off of things. “Don’t be an ass,” she replied.   ***A statue of Ed Sullivan was taken from its pedestal at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood on Sunday. The solid bronze statue, which weighs about 20 pounds and stands 18 inches tall, was being displayed in an outdoor exhibit, along with several other TV personalities and pioneers who have been inducted into the Academy’s Hall of Fame.   ***NBC‘s Josh Elliott is off the market — the venerable bachelor and former “GMA” host is engaged to beautiful WABC anchor Liz Cho, sources confirmed.   ***Amanda Bynes is back to her old ways, getting arrested for driving under the influence on Sunday. The 28-year-old former child star was taken into custody by the California Highway Patrol at 3 a.m. Sunday. Bynes was booked on a misdemeanor DUI charge when police “determined she was under the influence of a controlled substance.”   ***It took months of planning and an estimated $13 million for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin‘s star-studded, three-day Italian wedding — but it only took 10 minutes for the newlyweds to make it legal.

LBN-ETC: Prominent L.A. P.R. firm seeking full-time and part-time publicist with experience. Must be smart, creative, media savvy, self-starter, good writer with minimum two years’ experience.. Able to handle accounts. Send resume (no attachment) with contact details to: Aurora411@TimeWire.net .

LBN-ETC: Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to driving a car. Sure, there will be times when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but you’ll always get out of the rut with genuine perseverance. Without it, you won’t even be able to start your engine. The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, though the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination. To learn more about how to overcome obstables to success, sign up for the Free “excel” report: www.TheExcelReport.com .

LBN E-Lert Edited By Donna Viloria

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Monday • September 29, 2014

U.S. TROOPS TO STAY IN AFGHANISTAN: A senior advisor to President Obama said Afghanistan’s newly-sworn in president will sign a deal to allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan. John Podesta said Monday in Kabul that President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would sign an agreement on Tuesday to allow U.S. troops to stay after the official international combat mission ends on December 31. Approximately 10,000 U.S. troops would be permitted to remain in Afghanistan. Ghani’s predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had distanced himself from the U.S. and resisted having American troops stationed there.

DEREK JETER GETS RBI IN FINAL AT-BAT: Derek Jeter capped off his 20-season career in baseball Sunday with an RBI single. The captain of the New York Yankees finished at Boston’s Fenway Park. The hit marked number 3,465, and it sealed his career batting average at .310. Despite the historic rivalry, the Red Sox honored Jeter with a pre-game ceremony that including Aretha Franklin performing her classic “Respect.” Jeter led the Yankees to five World Series championships over his two decades with the team. “It is what we’ve known. He’s been the Yankees shortstop,” said Joe Girardi, the Yankees manager and former teammate of Jeter. “It is hard to believe it is coming to an end.”

IRAQ ARMY WOOS DESERTERS BACK TO WAR ON ISIS: The Iraqi military command has begun a campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who abandoned their units, a crucial step in its effort to rebuild an army that has been routed in battle after battle by Islamic State jihadists. Even as the government has continued to equip volunteers, the de facto amnesty for deserters is an acknowledgment that the army desperately needs experienced soldiers — even ones who ran — for a force that is sustaining heavy losses despite the American-led airstrike campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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


U.S. PEDIATRICIANS PUSH IUDS FOR TEENS: The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging sexually active teenage girls to use IUDs or hormonal implants. Condoms are the most common form of birth control among teenagers, but they are often the least effective of contraception options. Teenagers have to remember to regularly use condoms or take contraceptive pills, as opposed to an IUD or a hormonal implant, which is nearly 100 percent effective for three to 10 years once it is inserted. Although it usually costs hundreds of dollars to get an IUD because it needs to be inserted via a formal medical procedure, it is less expensive in the long run than over-the-counter condoms or prescription birth-control pills, said Dr. Mary Ott, an adolescent medicine specialist and associate pediatrics professor who was the lead author on the updated policy. Teens were still urged to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections. “All methods of hormonal birth control are safer than pregnancy,” said Ott. The updated policy was published Monday in Pediatrics.

MY REVIEW: “Reading LBN daily has made me a smarter, deeper human being.”—– Jennifer F., an LBN E-Lert reader from New York City, New York.


ASHRAF GHANI SWORN IN AS AFGHAN PRESIDENT: Ashraf Ghani, the former World Bank technocrat and prominent intellectual, on Monday became the first modern leader of Afghanistan to take office in a peaceful transfer of power.His inauguration as president came under a dark cloud, however, dogged by fraud allegations that were so serious he was forced to accept a power-sharing arrangement with his opponent, the official runner-up, Abdullah Abdullah. Even that deal nearly collapsed at the last minute, as Mr. Abdullah threatened to pull out of the inauguration ceremony over a series of disputes, including an unseemly fight over office space in the presidential palace.

LBN-SEE IT:… The G.O.P. has treated Ron Paul as a kook; his son Rand understands which of his views to emphasize and which to downplay.


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***For most of its existence, the New Yorker magazine specialized in covers that were calmly reflective and artistic, but they have turned timely, political and poignant.


DOLLY HUBBY FED-UP: Dolly Parton spent her recent wedding anniversary on stage, and sources say hubby Carl Dean is “fed up!”The incident came after Carl learned the star planned a “commitment ceremony” with rumored lesbian love Judy Ogle. According to an insider, Carl thinks “enough is enough,” and pals are urging him to take Dolly – worth an estimated $450 million – “to the cleaners.” “It could be one of the dirtiest divorces in Nashville history! Carl knows about the plastic surgery, the fights – and what the truth is about Dolly and Judy,” a source said.

LBN-INVESITGATES: Carpet

1.     The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu) can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.

2.     The term “carpet” derives from the Latin carpere, “to pluck,” probably because carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric. “Carpet” has the same Latin root as carpe diem, literally “pluck/seize the day.”

3.     The oldest surviving carpet is the celebrated Pazyryk carpet, which is over 2,000 years old. It was found in the 1940s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia.

4.     Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest numbers of germs. Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.

5.     The term “carpet bagger” is a derogatory reference to Northerners who sought to take political and economic advantage of the South’s defeat after the Civil War. The name refers to the travel bag made from carpet that many Northerners used to carry their possessions.

6.     The swastika design has been traditionally a symbol of good fortune and can be found on carpets from America, Europe, India, and China.

7.     The phrase “to sweep under the carpet” in its figurative sense was first recorded in 1963.

8.     Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.

9.     The five-second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on carpet. And, thanks to “microbial adhesion,” germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting.

10.  Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards. For their size, they are extremely fast and can crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who are sleeping. Engorgement takes about three to 10 minutes yet people rarely realize they are being bitten.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Quincy Jones surprising long time friends the Heath Brothers at their sound check at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC on Thursday.   ***Bill Cunningham and drag icon Joey Arias at an Indochine farewell dinner for Patrick McDonald, who’s moving to Palm Springs.   ***Nick Offerman backstage at “It’s Only a Play” to surprise his wife Megan Mullally on their anniversary.    ***Steven Spielberg filming his latest movie with Tom Hanks on Love Lane in Brooklyn.   ***Dita Von Teese seeing jazz musician Brian Newman play the Rose Bar in NYC.   ***Steven Spielberg dining with wife Kate Capshaw at BLT Steak on East 57th Street in NYC.   ***Bruce Willis hanging out with his daughter and neighborhood kids at a Central Park West playground in NYC.   ***Quincy Jones and filmmakers Barry Levinson and Alex Gibney at the New York premiere of jazz documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On”.   ***Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling taking a class at the Movement in the Flatiron District in NYC.   ***Fox News’ Alan Colmes celebrating his birthday with wife Jocelyn at Da Tommaso restaurant in NYC.   ***Prominent Harper One editor Roger Freet having lunch with media expert and author Michael Levine at One Market in San Francisco last week.   ***Music composer Linda Thompson having dinner at Nikita in Malibu.   ***Hollywood legend Shirley MacLaine and veteran agent Jack Gilardi having cheesecake at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.    ***Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger having lunch at the popular Coral Tree Café in Brentwood.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: She’s Baaaaack!


LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The authors are uniting. Last spring, when Amazon began discouraging customers from buying books published by Hachette, the writers grumbled that they were pawns in the retailer’s contract negotiations over e-book prices. During the summer, they banded together and publicly protested Amazon’s actions. Now, hundreds of other writers, including some of the world’s most distinguished, are joining the coalition. Few if any are published by Hachette. And they have goals far broader than freeing up the Hachette titles. They want the Justice Department to investigate Amazon for illegal monopoly tactics.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Chelsea T., an LBN E-Lert reader from Providence, Rhode Island.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Following the global success of their most recent album 13, which debuted at Number One in the United States and several other countries, Black Sabbath have decided to record another album. Ozzy Osbourne told Metal Hammer that he hoped to begin the writing sessions with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler in early 2015. “We’re going to do one more album, and a final tour,” he said.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

FloodSmart.gov

“FloodSmart provides flood insurance, flood zone maps, floodplain maps and flood information to help protect your home from flooding and elevated water tables.”

LBN-R.I.P.: Gaby Aghion, who founded the Chloé fashion line in 1952, died on Saturday at her home in Paris. She was 93. Her death was confirmed by her son, Philippe. Ms. Aghion was not as well known as some of her fashion house’s designers, like Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney, but she played a pivotal role in creating less formal ready-to-wear fashions. She brought a working woman’s sensibility to the industry, as well as pluck and humor.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: In a famous passage from “Survival in Auschwitz,” Primo Levi relates an incident upon arrival in the Nazi death camp that captures the intersection of the human with the inhuman. He and other Italian prisoners have been held in a shed as they await their fate. Levi looks around in search of some means to quench his thirst: “I eyed a fine icicle outside the window, within hand’s reach. I opened the window and broke off the icicle but at once a large, heavy guard prowling outside brutally snatched it away from me. ‘Warum?’ I asked him in my poor German. ‘Hier ist kein warum,’ (there is no why here), he replied, pushing me inside with a shove.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Retailers rely on several psychological triggers to attract consumers into their store, such as placing limits on items, offering “gifts” with purchase, employing visual tricks, and declaring that sales are ending soon (when in fact discounts are common throughout the season).

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Half a century ago, a classic essay in The New Yorker titled “Our Invisible Poor” took on the then-prevalent myth that America was an affluent society with only a few “pockets of poverty.” For many, the facts about poverty came as a revelation, and Dwight Macdonald’s article arguably did more than any other piece of advocacy to prepare the ground for Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. I don’t think the poor are invisible today, even though you sometimes hear assertions that they aren’t really living in poverty — hey, some of them have Xboxes! Instead, these days it’s the rich who are invisible.

LBN-COMMENTARY by President Barack Obama: It is time for the world – especially Muslim communities – to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of al Qaeda and ISIL. It is the task of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world. No children – anywhere – should be educated to hate other people. There should be no more tolerance of so-called clerics who call upon people to harm innocents because they are Jewish, Christian or Muslim. It is time for a new compact among the civilized peoples of this world to eradicate war at its most fundamental source: the corruption of young minds by violent ideology.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jennifer Lopez and “King of Queens’’ star Leah Remini were struck by a drunk hit-and-run driver who rear-ended the “Booty’’ singer’s new car in California on Saturday. Remini was driving with J.Lo in the passenger’s seat, and J.Lo’s two kids in the backseat.

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Sunday • September 28, 2014

OBAMA: U.S. UNDERESTIMATED RISE OF ISIS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA: President Obama acknowledged that the U.S. underestimated the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also called ISIL) and overestimated the ability of the Iraqi military to fend off the militant group in an interview that will air Sunday on 60 Minutes. The president was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft about comments from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has said the U.S. not only underestimated ISIS, it also overestimated the ability and will of the Iraqi military to fight the extremist group. “That’s true,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s absolutely true.”

U.S., DEFENDING KURDS IN SYRIA, EXPANDS AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS: The Pentagon said on Saturday that it had conducted its first strikes against Islamic State targets in a besieged Kurdish area of Syria along the Turkish border, destroying two armored vehicles in an area that has been the subject of a weeklong onslaught by the Islamic State. The action around Kobani, where at least 150,000 refugees have crossed into Turkey, appeared to signify the opening of a new front for American airstrikes in Syria, and came on a day when several other strikes took place in Raqqa, the de facto headquarters of the Islamic State’s forces, and other sites in the eastern part of the country.

SECRET SERVICE BOTCHED 2011 INCIDENT: The Secret Service bungled the response after a gunman managed to fire into the first family’s living room on November 11, 2011. While the gunman, Oscar R. Ortega-Hernandez, was apprehended, the Secret Service failed to properly investigate the shooting, according to an investigation by the Washington Post. When the bullet first struck the White House, Secret Service officers were reportedly mistakenly instructed “No shots have been fired. . . . Stand down.” Secret Service initially insisted the bullet was not aimed towards the White House, but was rather a stray bullet from gang members in a gun fight. It also took Secret Service four days to realize the bullet had reached the White House residence, and that was only after a housekeeper noticed broken glass and a chunk of cement where the bullet hit. The discovery of the security lapses comes days after a man wielding a knife was able to jump the White House fence and sprint towards the front door. The Secret Service has also been caught in unprofessional situations, including soliciting prostitutes in Colombia in 2012 and getting drunk on the job this past March.

FORMER CONGRESSMAN JAMES TRAFICANT DEAD: Former Ohio congressman James Traficant has died at age 73, a family spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday. Traficant was in “very critical condition” after a tractor accident on Tuesday when the 1943 tractor he was driving rolled over backward on top of him. He had shown no brain activity since the accident, according to family friends. Traficant served 17 years in the House as a Democrat until he was expelled in 2002 after a federal jury convicted him of 10 felony counts including racketeering, bribery, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice. He was only the second member of Congress since the Civil War to be expelled.

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PRIVATE BANK FUELS FORTUNES OF PUTIN’S INNER CIRCLE: Weeks after President Vladimir V. Putin annexed Crimea in March, an obscure regulatory board in Moscow known as the Market Council convened inside an office tower not far from the Kremlin to discuss the country’s wholesale electricity market. It is a colossal business, worth 2 percent of Russia’s gross domestic product, and a rich source of fees for the bank that had long held the exclusive right to service it. With no advance notice or public debate, though, the board voted that day in April to shift that business to Bank Rossiya, a smaller institution that lacked the ability to immediately absorb the work. For Bank Rossiya, it was a tidy coup set to yield an estimated $100 million or more in annual commissions, yet it was hardly the only new business coming in. State corporations, local governments and even the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea were suddenly shifting their accounts to the bank, too.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: It is against Michigan state law to tie a crocodile to a fire hydrant.

FERGUSON COP SHOT DURING ROBBERY: A Ferguson, Missouri cop was shot Saturday night interrupting a burglary, but he is expected to recover. Ferguson police say the officer was on routine duty when he noticed two men trying to break into a local business. When he ran after them, they fired on him, striking his left arm. “We have no indication either suspect was shot,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar during a press conference. Dozens of police cars rushed to the shooting, but the suspect is still at large. Police believe he may have fled into a nearby woods. Police said they didn’t believe the exchange was linked to protests surrounding the shooting and killing of Michael Brown, but in the background of the press conference, protesters could be heard shouting “We are going to shut this down!” The Department of Justice is leading a civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Police Department, after it was discovered the officers had a history of abuse and mistreatment.

U.S., DEFENDING KURDS IN SYRIA, EXPANDS AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS: The Pentagon said on Saturday that it had conducted its first strikes against Islamic State targets in a besieged Kurdish area of Syria along the Turkish border, destroying two armored vehicles in an area that has been the subject of a weeklong onslaught by the Islamic State. The action around Kobani, where at least 150,000 refugees have crossed into Turkey, appeared to signify the opening of a new front for American airstrikes in Syria, and came on a day when several other strikes took place in Raqqa, the de facto headquarters of the Islamic State’s forces, and other sites in the eastern part of the country.

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ROCHE BREAST CANCER DRUG APPEARS TO GREATLY EXTEND PATIENTS’ LIVES: A drug used to treat advanced breast cancer has had what appears to be unprecedented success in prolonging lives in a clinical trial, researchers reported on Sunday. Patients who received the drug — Perjeta, from the Swiss drug maker Roche — had a median survival time nearly 16 months longer than those in the control group. That is the longest amount of time for a drug used as an initial treatment for metastatic breast cancer, the researchers said, and it may be one of the longest for the treatment of any cancer. Most cancer drugs prolong survival in patients with metastatic disease for a few months at most. Metastasis means the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

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MAN WITH HORN IMPLANTS GUILTY OF MURDER: Caius Veiovis, a 34-year-old Pittsfield, Mass. native with bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead, was found guilty of murder and other charges on Friday for the 2011 killing of three Massachusetts men. The victims’ bodies were found dismembered and buried 10 days after they disappeared in the town of Becket. Veiovis’s two co-defendants in the case were convicted of the same charges earlier this year and are serving life without parole in prison, the minimum sentence for Veivois. Prosecutors say Vevois, Adam Lee Hall, 37, and David Chalue, 47, kidnapped and shot the victims in the weeks before one of them, David Glasser, 44, was set to testify against Hall in an assault case. The other two, according to prosecutors, were killed to eliminate witnesses. When convicted, Vevois shouted at the jury, “I’ll see you all in hell.”

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LBN-R.I.P.: Michael Harari, an Israeli intelligence agent who led the hit squad that was sent to avenge the murders of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, died on Sept. 21 in Tel Aviv. He was 87. His death was reported by The Associated Press, citing a statement by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who called Mr. Harari “one of the great warriors for Israel’s security.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Mazirow Commercial, Inc., a Commercial Real Estate Tenant Rep firm, welcomes the appointment of Jason A. Froehlich as Vice President in its Beverly Hills office. With more than 25 years’ of Real Estate experience on Los Angeles’ Westside, Mr. Froehlich’s focus will be exclusive to the representation of Tenants and Buyers of commercial properties and ensuring his clients have access to the same level of intellectual property that Landlords and Sellers negotiate with; eliminating any conflict of interest inherent in the standard brokerage model.   ***Germany-based INFUSIO®, for years on the cutting-edge of integrative therapies for difficult-to-treat ailments and conditions, is opening its first U.S. medical center in Beverly Hills, California. Long the destination for international clientele who sought answers to various conditions previously thought untreatable, INFUSIO® is among medicine’s new benchmark for holistic and naturalistic treatments, offering care and support for ailments such as Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, immune-related ailments, cancers, and more.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Prominent divorce attorney Neal Hersch having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***Author Mark Townsend having coffee at the popular Urth Café on Main Street in Santa Monica.   ***Famed A.P legal writer Lind Deutsch interviewing Shelly Sterling at attorney Pierce O’Donnell’s law office in Century City.   ***Author Donna Antebi having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***Actress Jessica Alba having lunch at the popular Coral Tree Café in Brentwood.   ***Prominent L.A. attorney Gail Title having lunch at the Century Plaza Hotel.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Marcy Levitas Hamilton and Strath Hamilton of TriCoast Worldwide have just signed Worldwide distribution rights to the film “Kung Fu Brother”. The film is scheduled for a 2015 release.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: When it comes to bullying, to sexual assault, to gun violence, we want and need our schools to be as safe as possible. But when it comes to learning, shouldn’t they be dangerous? Isn’t education supposed to provoke, disrupt, challenge the paradigms that young people have consciously embraced and attack the prejudices that they have unconsciously absorbed? Isn’t upset a necessary part of that equation? And if children are lucky enough to be ignorant of the world’s ugliness, aren’t books the rightful engines of enlightenment, and aren’t classrooms the perfect theaters for it?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: Like most children of the Reagan era, I grew up with a steady diet of media warnings about the perils of religious cults — the gurus who lurked in wait for the unwary and confused, offering absolute certainty with the aftertaste of poisoned Kool-Aid. From the 1970s through the 1990s, from Jonestown to Heaven’s Gate, frightening fringe groups and their charismatic leaders seemed like an essential element of the American religious landscape. Yet we don’t hear nearly as much about them anymore, and it isn’t just that the media have moved on. Some strange experiments have aged into respectability, some sinister ones still flourish, but over all the cult phenomenon feels increasingly antique, like lava lamps and bell bottoms. Spiritual gurus still flourish in our era, of course, but they are generally comforting, vapid, safe — a Joel Osteen rather than a Jim Jones, a Deepak Chopra rather than a David Koresh.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The president was at the United Nations on Wednesday urging young people across the Muslim world to reject benighted values, even as America clambers into bed with a bunch of Middle East potentates who espouse benighted values. President Obama has been working hard to get a coalition that includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates because they provide cover in the fight against the brutal, metastasizing threat of the Islamic State, a “network of death” known as ISIS, that our blunders — both of action and inaction — helped create.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading Ken Adelman’s fascinating history “Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War.” Adelman, who led Reagan’s arms control agency, was an adviser at Reagan’s 1986 Iceland summit meeting with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Using some newly declassified documents, Adelman fills out the extraordinary dialogue between the two leaders that set in motion a dramatic cut in nuclear arms. You learn a lot about Reagan’s leadership in the book. For me, the most impressive thing was not Reagan’s attachment to his “Star Wars” strategic defense initiative, which is overrated in ending the Cold War. What is most impressive about Reagan is that he grasped that Gorbachev was a radically different kind of Soviet leader — one with whom he could make history — long before his intelligence community did. That made a big difference.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Hankoff: I fully understand that we live in a society that is adverse to discomfort.  Maybe that’s just human nature, but when did it become OK to end a relationship with an email or – even worse – a text?  During World War Two things were bad enough with what was called the “Dear John letter,” but at least that was most likely written by a human hand with an actual signature.  OK, I understand the impersonal goodbye if there is some mortal danger, but I’m not talking about “Fatal Attraction” or even “The Cable Guy.” I’m talking about that good bye moment in the non-blood sport called “dating.”  There may not be any easy way to break things off…but there is certainly a cowardly way.  I suppose the only advantage to receiving that email or text is that it’s “People’s Exhibit A” for forwarding to friends when the sting of rejection finally becomes something to laugh about.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Danielle Ofri: Two newly minted doctors—dead within days of each other. Both took their lives leaping off the roofs of institutions of medical learning last month. Physician suicide is no surprise: Doctors have the highest suicide rates of any professional group. We know that nearly every day, at least one doctor in the United States chooses to end his or her life. But it devastates us every time.  Especially when these are doctors just setting out in their careers after investing years of their life in preparation, with so much potential to help others and so much time to reap the joys and gratification of medicine.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: For the second time Dodgers announcer Vin Scully told about  Jackie Robinson obliterating Giants 2nd baseman Davey Williams covering first base at Ebbets Field in 1955 and then  Giant shortstop Alvin Dark knocking Jackie over at third base later in retaliation. Both times Scully said, “Of course, Jackie held onto the ball.” I saw that game and Scully is rewriting history. In fact, Robinson dropped the ball and Dark was safe. Jackie Robinson is one of the great heroes of the 20th Century; he doesn’t need Vin Scully or anyone else changing facts on his behalf.

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THE RAMBLIN’ MIND OF RAY RICHMOND by Ray Richmond: ***“I can’t get used to saying “Happy New Year!” in September.   ***Please, no more social media shots of your food. I’m begging you.   ***Parents can finally cross “Isis” off the list of possible names to give their baby.   **Dogs don’t know they’re always naked. Cats do, but don’t care.   ***ADD was invented by the pharmaceutical industry to sell drugs to people exhibiting normal human behavior.   ***The only time the NFL cares about a football player punching a woman is when there’s a surveillance video capturing it.   ***I’m waiting for Apple to make an iPhone as big as Wyoming.   ***The worst pain you can have is touching a hot curling iron.   ***Smile for once, will ya?”. Write back directly to Ray Richmond. E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net. (Please put “Ramblin’ Mind” in the subject line).

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: “Welcome to Starbucks, now get the fuck out!” That is the new feeling I am getting at Starbucks which is turning in to a to-go coffee shop with good lighting. Couches and chairs are replaced almost entirely by uncomfortable stools so you “get the fuck out!”. I have already started looking for a new place to buy my coffee and hope you will.   ***Shout-back at Ericka T. E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net. (Please put “Ericka T.” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin were married Saturday in a private ceremony in Venice, Italy, the actor’s representative said. Clooney’s long-time representative Stan Rosenfield announced the news in a single sentence. It’s expected to be the only communication on the much-anticipated marriage of the actor who long reigned as Hollywood’s most-eligible bachelor.

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Saturday • September 27, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Alexander Nolen calls himself “Jah’Keem Yisrael” on his Facebook page, where he uploaded photos of himself reading the Koran and wearing Muslim religious clothing. Nolen’s Facebook “cover” photo appears to be of several Taliban fighters, according to a Google reverse image search. He also posted images of Osama bin Laden and wrote in a caption on a photograph of the 9/11 attacks “A Future Prophecy Revelation 18:8 She (The statue Of Liberty) is going into flames. She and anybody who’s with her.”

SIGNALING POST-SNOWDEN ERA, NEW IPHONE LOCKS OUT N.S.A: Devoted customers of Apple products these days worry about whether the new iPhone 6 will bend in their jean pockets. The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt their investigative abilities. The phone encrypts emails, photos and contacts based on a complex mathematical algorithm that uses a code created by, and unique to, the phone’s user — and that Apple says it will not possess.

3 NATIONS OFFER LIMITED SUPPORT TO ATTACK ON ISIS: Britain, Belgium and Denmark lined up Friday behind the United States in its fight against the Islamic State group, agreeing to military operations in Iraq — but drawing a line for now against direct intervention in Syria. Even the half-step of support, however, offered a boost to President Obama’s effort to cast the fight as a global campaign to beat back a jihadist force that has assembled thousands of radical fighters and seized territory straddling Iraq and Syria.

WOMAN BEHEADED AT OKLAHOMA FOOD COMPANY: A man fired from his job yesterday allegedly beheaded a coworker Friday in Moore, Oklahoma and stabbed another. Alton Nolen, 30, was shot by a coworker and taken into custody by police at the food-processing facility where he had worked. Colleen Hufford, 54, was beheaded with a knife apparently used to cut vegetables. After killing Hufford, police said Nolen attacked Traci Johnson, 43. Mark Vaughn, chief operations officer at Vaughn Foods, confronted Noel and shot him. “There’s no doubt Vaughn saved Traci Johnson’s life,” a police sergeant said. Vaughn is a reserve officer in the Oklahoma County police. “They have this ISIS thing on their minds and now this guy has brought it to America,” a spokesman for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City said. There is no official motive given for Nolen’s attacks. Several years ago he was convicted on drug-related charges and of assaulting a police officer.

CHELSEA CLINTON GIVES BIRTH TO BABY GIRL: It’s a baby girl for the nation’s former First Daughter. Chelsea Clinton announced the birth of her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky in a statement posted shortly after midnight on her Twitter feed. “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky,” the statement said. Clinton announced in April that she was pregnant during a speech in New York City, with her mother Hillary Clinton at her side. The pregnancy announcement by the daughter of former President Bill Clinton had gone viral on the Internet, setting off speculation about whether the child would be a boy or girl (the mother-to-be and her husband reportedly chose not to know in advance) and fueling suggestions and guesses about a name for the eagerly awaited child. The birth announcement came just as the proud new grandparents had finished this year’s annual Clinton Foundation Global Initiative. Hillary and Bill have spoken often about their joy at the prospect of becoming grandparents. Their daughter’s Twitter reveal sparked an outpouring of responsive tweets, most congratulating Chelsea, also known for her work as an NBC News special correspondent–a job she resigned late last month. She is regarded by many as the once and future first daughter: her mother is widely expected to run for president in 2016, and is seen as having a good shot at winning if she does.

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PENTAGON: 15K REBELS NEEDED TO BEAT ISIS: 15,000 Syrian rebels are needed to defeat ISIS, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff estimated Friday, but the United States is only training 5,000. General Martin Dempsey said between 12,000 and 15,000 rebels are required to recapture territory in eastern Syria from ISIS. Dempsey added that the 5,000 being trained by the U.S. was never intended to represent the total number of troops needed. Congress last week approved a plan to train rebels, which Dempsey estimates could take 12 months.

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TOP EBOLA DOC PUTS HERSELF IN QUARANTINE: Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s chief medical officer, has decided to put herself under quarantine after her office assistant died of Ebola. Dahn has not shown any symptoms, she says, but wants to make sure she is not infected. Her quarantine will last 21 days, which the World Health Organization says is the maximum incubation period for Ebola. Dahn, a deputy health minister, has also instructed the rest of her office to remain at home for three weeks.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cats don’t have sweat glands over their bodies like humans do. Instead, they sweat only through their paws.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A new chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee shows a startling fact: Almost 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 25-54 (or prime working years) are not working.

TRAVEL HELL! ARSON SHUTS DOWN CHICAGO FAA CENTER: A fire that was intentionally set at the FAA radar center in Aurora, Illinois, grounded hundreds of flights in Chicago and across the country on Friday. “There is no terrorist act,” said Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas. He also said the issue appears to be “a local issue with a contract employee and nothing else.” The employee in question was found in the basement of the facility with self-inflicted wounds.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Seven years ago, Radiohead attempted a bold experiment in media distribution by letting its fans pay any price — even nothing — for the band’s album “In Rainbows.” On Friday, Thom Yorke, Radiohead’s lead singer, tried another unusual approach by releasing his solo album, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” through BitTorrent, a technology for transferring large files over the Internet. The data “bundle” that included the album cost $6, and in a statement, Mr. Yorke described the move as a test of a new way for artists to release their work online.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Gay teens are three times more likely than heterosexual teens to report having been bullied. In contrast, gay teens were about 80% less likely than heterosexuals to say they had bullied someone else.

MUHAMMAD ALI FAMILY FEUD: Frail boxing legend Muhammad Ali is at the center of a vicious family feud, sources say. The famed athlete’s only natural son claims Ali’s wife of 27 years, Lonnie, is blocking his nine children from seeing their Parkinson’s-stricken father. Muhammad Ali Jr. believes that he and his siblings – not Lonnie – should oversee their father’s care, and they may go to court to fight for visitation rights, as well as conservatorship of their ailing dad. “I can only speak for myself, but we don’t get to see my father as much as we’d like to. We’re considering taking legal action,” the 42-year-old Ali Jr. said.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***John Mack Carter, a Kentucky-born journalist who had the singular distinction of editing all of the so-called Big Three women’s magazines and, in doing so, helped transform the genre during the feminist era, died on Friday at his home in Bronxville, N.Y. He was 86. The cause was Parkinson’s disease, his wife, Sharlyn Carter, said.   ***Don Keefer played many distinctive roles in a long acting career. He was the son of Willy Loman’s neighbor in the original Broadway cast of “Death of a Salesman,” which opened in 1949, and for the next half-century he was a sought-after character actor onstage and in films, including “The Caine Mutiny,” Woody Allen’s “Sleeper” and “Liar, Liar,” starring Jim Carrey. But Mr. Keefer, who was 98 when he died on Sept. 7 in Sherman Oaks, Calif., may be best remembered for his role in a classic 1959 episode of “The Twilight Zone.”

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O.J. SIMPSON: FOUL PRISON STEW: O .J. Simpson is living a prison nightmare after his correctional facility shut down the water supply – and forced inmates to defecate in plastic bags. Simpson, 67, has been locked up at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada since December 2008 on armed robbery and kidnapping busts. On Labor Day weekend, the prison had massive water outages that lasted four days, “meaning they didn’t have running water for the toilets, food preparation, showering or washing their hands for four days,” said a source. “The entire inmate population was in disarray. 
O.J. and the rest of the inmates had to use plastic bags to defecate and urinate in.

IT’S A VAST WORLD AFTER ALL: The world’s population currently stands at 7.2 billion and is projected to rise to between 9.6 and 12.3 billion by the end of this century. Earlier estimates had forecast a leveling off of world population around 2050, but higher-than-expected birth rates in sub-Saharan Africa mean the number of people on the planet will likely continue to rise instead. In Africa alone, the population is expected to rise from the current 1 billion to between 3.5 and 5.1 billion by 2100.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Taliban Captures Kabul (1996)

During the chaotic period that followed the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, a militia of Islamic fundamentalist students known as the Taliban became increasingly powerful. In 1996, the Taliban captured the capital city of Kabul and declared itself the legitimate government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, establishing a strict Islamic regime that became a haven for extremists.

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

“The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. It operates two landmark facilities that, together, welcome more than eight million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country. It also is home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: When she was writing, Maya Angelou would get up every morning at 5:30 and have coffee at 6. At 6:30, she would go off to a hotel room she kept — a small modest room with nothing but a bed, desk, Bible, dictionary, deck of cards and bottle of sherry. She would arrive at the room at 7 a.m. and write until 12:30 p.m. or 2 o’clock. John Cheever would get up, put on his only suit, ride the elevator in his apartment building down to a storage room in the basement. Then he’d take off his suit and sit in his boxers and write until noon. Then he’d put the suit back on and ride upstairs to lunch.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: Snoop Dogg is investing in a new app that helps people trade stocks more easily. It’s the first stock app that encourages people to both buy and sell high.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: One of the hardest things for us to do is to envision a future that is different from the present. For instance, we live in an age of paralyzed politics, so it is hard, in the here and now, to imagine what could change that. A second example: It is difficult to think of a scenario where federal gun legislation could be passed over the objections of the National Rifle Association. And a third: Income inequality has been the trend for some three decades; doesn’t it look as if it will always be that way? What prompts these thoughts are two papers that landed on my desk recently. Although they tackle very different issues, they have one thing in common: They imagine a future that breaks from the present path.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Letterman: White House security problems won’t happen anymore. They’ve decided that at night — it doesn’t make any difference what’s going on — they’re locking that front door.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The wife of former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage. Erika Jackson filed for divorce Friday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.

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Friday • September 26, 2014

BRITISH PARLIAMENT VOTES TO BOMB ISIS: The British Parliament voted Friday 524 to 43 in favor of a government plan to join U.S. and Arab air forces in bombing ISIS in Iraq. The motion also condemned the “barbaric acts” by ISIS, such as the beheading of British nationals, and pointed to the request for military assistance from Iraq as the legal basis for action. It does not, however, authorize action in Syria. The win for Prime Minister David Cameron comes a year after the House of Commons rejected a proposal to authorize force in Syria after the Assad regime used chemical weapons. One Labour member of Parliament, Rushanara Ali, resigned her senior party role in protest at the airstrikes.

U.S. ECONOMY GROWS MOST SINCE 2011: The U.S. economy grew at a revised 4.6 percent annualized rate in the second quarter of 2014, the Commerce Department announced Friday. That is up from the previous estimate of 4.2 percent. The increase follows a 2.1 percent decline in the first quarter of the year, which economists are now viewing as an aberration. The spring growth rate is the highest since the final quarter of 2011. The increase was largely triggered by increased corporate spending on equipment and properties, as well as investments in nonresidential properties.

ARSON SHUTS DOWN CHICAGO FAA CENTER: A fire that was intentionally set at the FAA radar center in Aurora, Illinois grounded hundreds of flights in Chicago and across the country on Friday. “There is no terrorist act,” said Aurora police Chief Greg Thomas. He also said the issue appears to be “a local issue with a contract employee and nothing else.” The employee in question was found in the basement of the facility with self-inflicted wounds.

WATER ON EARTH IS OLDER THAN THE SUN: According to a new study published in Science, 30 to 50 percent of water on Earth is “primordial water,” meaning its molecules were created more than 4.5 billion years ago. That makes them older than Earth, the solar system, and even the sun. Scientists contend that the chemical signature of the primordial water could only have formed before the birth of planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. “It’s pretty amazing that a significant fraction of water on Earth predates the sun and the solar system,” said study leader Ilse Cleeves, an astronomer at the University of Michigan. The scientists still aren’t sure how the water arrived here, but some experts believe it came from ice in comets and asteroids that collided with a once-dry Earth.

FBI: 12 AMERICANS IN ISIS, NOT 100: FBI Director James Comey declared Thursday that there are not more than 100 Americans fighting alongside extremists in Syria—there are roughly 12. The 100 number, Comey explained, included the 88 or so Americans who have been killed or arrested, or traveled or attempted to travel to join the militants. While Comey has clarified his remarks, other administration officials’ numbers have not come with that clarification, even in recent weeks.

WALL STREET’S ‘BOND KING’ STEPS DOWN: The founder and chief investment officer of the trillion-dollar bond fund PIMCO has stepped down. Bill Gross, who was known both for his moniker “The Bond King” and his $200 million salary, has left for Janus Capital. The news comes after Gross has a terrible year, as his PIMCO Total return fund has seen 16 straight months of outflows totaling $68 billion. MarketWatch dubbed it his “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.”

APPLE: BENDING IPHONE AN OVERBLOWN MYTH: Facing ridicule for its software problems as well as criticism for the new iPhones’ bendability, Apple spoke out Thursday night. “With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said. On social-media networks, stories about how the new iPhone bends when placed in back pockets or while wearing skinny jeans had gone viral. Apple also apologized for all of the software glitches its latest operating system has caused. “We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users,” Muller said. With all of the bad news after the euphoria of the launch, Apple shares lost nearly 4 percent on Thursday, representing a drop of nearly $23 billion in market value.

GEORGE CLOONEY’S 4-DAY WEDDING CELEBRATION DESCENDS ON VENICE: Now it’s official: George Clooney is to marry his British-Lebanese fiancée in a civil ceremony in Venice town hall on Monday. The guest list is rumored to include newlyweds Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Ellen Barkin, Bono and Cindy Crawford. Clooney’s best man is Crawford’s husband, Rande Gerber. Andrea Bocelli is expected to sing at the ceremony and Lana Del Ray at the dinner. Many guests have booked the five-star Belmond Cipriani on the island of Guidecca, which was a favorite of Clooney for years.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013, becoming the oldest world no. 1 player in WTA’s history. Williams is also regarded by some experts and former tennis players to be the greatest female tennis player in history. She is the only female player to have won over $60 million in prize money, and is the reigning US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles champion


LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: THE BEATLES LAST ALBUM, ABBEY ROAD, IS RELEASED (1969)

First issued on 26th September, 1969 Abbey Road was the final Beatles album to be recorded but not their last to be released. Let It Be, though mainly recorded in January, 1969 was finally released in May, 1970 alongside the film of the same name. For the first time on a Beatles album, the front cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title just that iconic photograph taken on the zebra crossing near the entrance to the studios in London NW8 in August 1969. Abbey Road entered the British album chart at no.1 in October and stayed there for a total of seventeen of its 81 weeks in the chart. In the US, it spent eleven weeks at #1 during its initial chart stay of 83 weeks.

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Thursday • September 25, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Obamacare

  1. Obamacare is officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACAP). It also known as Obama care, Affordable Care Act (ACA), and health care reform.
  2. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, and after several court challenges, it was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012 (due to the federal government’s sovereign right to tax).
  3. Obamacare, together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, is the most significant regulatory revision of the U.S. health care system since Medicare and Medicaid were passed in 1965.
  4. Obamacare doesn’t create insurance; it expands and improves insurance options.
  5. Obamacare requires insurers to spend between 80–85% of every premium dollar on medical care (as opposed to administration, advertising, and so on). If insurances do not meet this, they have to rebate the excess to their customers. The law is already in effect and, consequently, insurers are expected to rebate $1.1 billion in 2013.
  6. All the provisions of Obamacare aren’t implemented right way, but take effect incrementally between 2010 and 2020.
  7. During the last election, both Hilary Clinton and Obama proposed a health care plan to cover the approximately 45 million Americans who don’t have insurance at some point during the year. The main difference between Obama’s and Clinton’s proposals was that Clinton’s plan would have required all Americans to get coverage (an individual mandate), while Obama’s plan provided a subsidy while rejecting the use of an individual mandate. However, Obama now seems to strongly favor a mandate.
  8. The purpose of Obamacare is to reform the health care industry by 1) giving Americans access to quality, affordable health insurance and 2) reduce the growth in health care spending.
  9. Obamacare has two main ways for increasing insurance coverage: 1) expand Medicaid eligibility to include individuals within 138% of the federal poverty level and 2) create state-based insurance exchanges where small business and individuals can buy private health insurance plans.
  10. Several states filed and lost a suit against the federal government. The states argued that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to make individual citizens buy health insurance (those with incomes between 100%–400% of the poverty level will be eligible for subsidies to buy health insurance).
  11. Among the people who will remain uninsured under Obamacare will be 1) illegal immigrants (around 8 million), 2) those who are eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled, 3) those who wish to pay the penalty rather than purchasing insurance, 4) citizens whose insurance coverage would cost more than 8% of household income and are exempt from paying the annual penalty, and 5) citizens who live in states that opt out of the Medicaid expansion and who don’t qualify for existing Medicaid coverage or subsidized coverage through the state’s new insurance exchanges.
  12. The drafters of Obamacare believe that increasing insurance coverage will increase quality of life, reduce job lock (the inability of an employee to leave a job due to loss of health coverage), and help decrease medical bankruptcies, which are the leading cause of bankruptcies in America.
  13. Obamacare does not replace private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. It expands the affordability, quality, and availability of private and public health insurances. It does this through insurance exchanges, taxes, subsidies, regulations, consumer protection, and other reforms.
  14. One of the most controversial changes that will take place under the Affordable Care Act is the requirement that contraceptives be covered without a co-pay.
  15. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2022, the Affordable Care Act will cover 33 million Americans who would otherwise not have insurance.
  16. Politicians and journalists—such as Jonathan Alter from the Washington Post, Chris Matthews from MSNBC, and Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—note that Obamacare, specifically the individual mandate, actually has conservative origins in the Heritage Foundation think tank.
  17. NPR notes that while patients, taxpayers, and lawmakers debated the impact of Obamacare, Washington lobbyists (several sponsored by pharmaceutical companies) benefited. Specifically, about 1,750 business and organizations spent at least $1.2 billion in 2009 on lobbying teams to work on the health care overhaul.
  18. Anger over health care reform has lead to a nearly three-fold increase in serious threats against Congress members.
  19. According to the New York Times, Obamacare would leave 2–4 million Americans unable to afford family coverage under their employers’ plans yet ineligible for subsidies to buy coverage elsewhere.
  20. Obamacare eliminates gender discrimination and pre-existing conditions.
  21. Under Obamacare, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate on pre-existing conditions.
  22. Obamacare is expected to spend a bit over $1 trillion in the next 10 years, but its spending cuts (many which fall on Medicare) and tax increases are expected to raise a little more than that, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will slightly reduce the deficit.
  23. Obamacare’s success at controlling costs will depend on the way health care is delivered, which previously has had little regulation. Types of regulation include penalizing hospitals with higher rates of preventable infections to creating an independent board able to quickly implement new reforms through the Medicare system.
  24. The House of Representatives tried to repeal or defund Obamacare over 40 times.
  25. Under Affordable Care Act, health insurance premiums will be based on three or four factors, depending on the state. All states will use 1) age rating (older people will not pay more than 3 times the amount young people pay), 2) premium rating area (high-cost health areas will charge more than low-cost health areas), and 3) number of family members (the more people covered, the higher the premium). The only lifestyle factor allowed by the ACA is tobacco use. In states that allow it, tobacco users will pay up to 1.5 times the premium of non-tobacco users.
  26. In 2014, employees will have to self-report their employer’s coverage ability. If the coverage is deemed affordable, the employee can still purchase insurance on the exchange, but they will not be eligible for a premium tax credit. In 2015, large employers will be required to offer affordable insurance.
  27. If an individual is on COBRA, they will be eligible for a policy on the exchange. They do not have to wait until his or her COBRA expires.

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Wednesday • September 24, 2014

OBAMA, AT U.N., LAYS OUT FORCEFUL BLUEPRINT TO FIGHT ISLAMIC EXTREMISM: President Obama laid out a forceful new blueprint on Wednesday for deeper American engagement in the Middle East, telling the United Nations General Assembly that the Islamic State understood only “the language of force” and the United States would “work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.” In a much-anticipated address two days after he expanded the American-led military campaign into Syria against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, Mr. Obama said, “Today, I ask the world to join in this effort,” declaring, “we will not succumb to threats; and we will demonstrate that the future belongs to those who build, not those who destroy.” “Those who have joined ISIL should leave the battlefield while they can,” Mr. Obama said in a blunt declaration of his intentions

ISIS U.K. HOSTAGE PLEADS FOR LIFE IN AUDIO FILE: The family of Alan Henning, the British volunteer aid worker held captive by ISIS, has received an audio file in which he pleads for his life, according to his wife, Barbara Henning. Details of the message have not been released, but in response Mrs. Henning called on ISIS, or Islamic State, to release him. In a statement she said her husband has been to a Sharia court and cleared of “being a spy and declared to be no threat.” Henning, 47, is a taxi driver from Manchester, England. He was kidnapped last December while in Syria. His fellow ISIS British captive David Haines recently was beheaded.

SURVEY: SUPPORT FOR LEGAL WEED DROPS 7 POINTS IN THE PAST YEAR: National support for legalized marijuana has slipped by seven percentage points in the past year, from 51 percent in 2013 to 44 percent today, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. PRRI asked 4,500 Americans about the intensity of their support for or opposition to legalizing marijuana. The year-over-year drop in overall support was concentrated among those who favored marijuana legalization last year, but not strongly. Opposition increased greatest among those who strongly opposed legal marijuana.

CDC: DIABETES BOOM FINALLY STOPS: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the rate of Type 2 diabetes has appeared to stabilize among adults, after it steadily increased for close to two decades. From 1990 to 2008, the rate of Type 2 diabetes among adults jumped to 7.9 percent from 3.5 percent. By 2012, it had stalled at 8.3 percent. While the rate has stabilized among the general adult population, Type 2 diabetes is still increasing among blacks and Latinos, as well as among Americans ages 20 to 44 and those with a high-school education or less. The report was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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BIN LADEN’S RIGHT-HAND FREED IN JORDAN: Abu Qatada, the radical Muslim cleric who was accused of having ties to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, was found not guilty of terrorism charges in Jordan on Wednesday. A state security court acquitted Qatada, 54, of his involvement in a 2000 bomb plot to target Americans, Israelis, and other Western tourists at millennium celebrations. In June, Jordan acquitted Qatada on his other terrorism charge of conspiring to attack an American school in Amman, Jordan. In 1999 and 2000, Jordan convicted Qatada of these charges in abstentia and sentenced him to life in prison. The reversal of his charges came shortly after Qatada condemned ISIS. Jordan is one of the five Arab nations in the U.S.-led coalition of nations launching airstrikes against Syria. Qatada’s lawyer said he is now expected to be freed within the next few hours.

NUDE EMMA WATSON PHOTO THREAT A HOAX: The threatened nude Emma Watson photo leak was actually just a hoax to create publicity to shut down the website 4Chan. Rantic Marketing was behind EmmaYouAreNext.com, which threatened to release naked photos of the 24-year-old actress. The site threatened to post the photos on Saturday at 12 a.m. ET. However, by Wednesday, the site pushed visitors to Rantic Marketing’s homepage, which has an open letter to President Obama asking that 4Chan be shut down. 4Chan has been linked to other nude celebrity photo leaks. Rantic Marketing claims to have been hired by celebrities to push for the 4Chan shutdown and for Internet censorship. A Reddit user identified that EmmaYouAreNext.com is hosted by a common server as FoxWeekly.com, which, in its former name of Swenzy, was linked to the 2013 Family Guy Boston bombing Internet hoax.

WALMART TO OFFER CHECKING ACCOUNTS: Walmart isn’t content to sell you rifles, bug spray, Barbie dolls, and peanut butter. The retail giant also wants to be your new bank. Walmart announced plans to start offering low-cost alternative checking accounts to pretty much anyone over the age of 18 who passes an ID check. Walmart is teaming up with Green Dot to offer the new accounts under a service called GoBank. If users have direct deposits that come to under $500 a month in total, the accounts will cost $8.95 a month. Daniel Eckert, senior vice president at Walmart, said the store’s accounts wouldn’t charge overdraft fees or for bounced checks, unlike many national banks. Walmart said the accounts will be available nationwide by the end of October. The checking accounts aren’t exactly a shocking move. Walmart has been wanting to expand to financial services for several years and even tried–and failed–to secure a federal bank charter.

EUROPE’S ANTI-SEMITISM COMES OUT OF THE SHADOWS: From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer. “Death to the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in Belgium and France. “Gas the Jews!” yelled marchers at a similar protest in Germany. The ugly threats were surpassed by uglier violence. Four people were fatally shot in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A Jewish-owned pharmacy in this Paris suburb was destroyed in July by youths protesting Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. A synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, was attacked with firebombs. A Swedish Jew was beaten with iron pipes. The list goes on. The scattered attacks have raised alarm about how Europe is changing and whether it remains a safe place for Jews. An increasing number of Jews, if still relatively modest in total, are now migrating to Israel. Others describe “no go” zones in Muslim districts of many European cities where Jews dare not travel.

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MARRIAGE RATE DOWN: Of all the milestones on the road to adulthood, Americans are increasingly forgoing one of the biggest: marriage. Marriage Rates Keep Falling, as Money Concerns Rise: Twenty percent of adults older than 25, about 42 million people, have never married, up from 9 percent in 1960, according to data in a Pew Research Center report published Wednesday. The trend has been consistent for decades. Since 1970, each group of young adults has been less likely to marry than the previous generation. Although part of the trend can be attributed to the fact that people are simply marrying older, Pew projects that a quarter of today’s young adults will have never married by 2030, which would be the highest share in modern history.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Bruce Springsteen’s first seven studio albums are being re-released in a box set entitled Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984 that will hit stores on November 17th. Each album will come in a recreation of its original packaging and the set will contain a 60-page book of vintage press clippings, photos and memorabilia from the era. They’re all newly remastered by Bob Ludwig and Toby Scott and will be available on both CD and vinyl. The set is now available for pre-order.The Recording Academy has named Bob Dylan as its MusiCares Person of the Year for 2015. The influential singer-songwriter will be honored at a special ceremony two days before the Grammys on February 6th.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Robert E. Poli, who led the tumultuous 1981 air traffic controllers’ strike, which prompted President Ronald Reagan to dismiss 11,500 controllers and is viewed as a pivotal moment in the decline of organized labor, died on Sept. 15 at his home in Meridian, Idaho. He was 78. His son, Rob, said the cause was kidney and liver failure.   ***Flavored ice drinks had been around since the Romans, and machines had been churning them out under various brand names for almost as long, it seems, when Will Radcliff, a peanut salesman, had the ice beverage inspiration that made him rich. He called it a Slush Puppie. Thirty years later, when he sold the company he had founded to make and market the product, the Slush Puppie had become a staple among aficionados of brain-freezing supersweet drinks all over the world. Mr. Radcliff, who died on Thursday in Cincinnati at 74, was inspecting a slush-making machine he had come upon at a trade fair in Chicago in 1970 when the idea struck him: “I could sell a drink for 10 cents, and make 7 cents” on each sale, he told The Cincinnati Enquirer in 1998.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jim Henson (1936) Henson was an American filmmaker, television producer, and puppeteer who created the puppet group the Muppets. He was the leading force behind their long, creative run in films and in the television series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Henson crafted the prototype for his signature character, Kermit the Frog, from his mother’s green coat and two ping pong ball halves for eyes.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Motadel: IN the last few years, there has been a dramatic rise of a seemingly new type of polity: the Islamic rebel state. Boko Haram in West Africa, the Shabab in East Africa, the Islamic Emirate in the Caucasus and, of course, the Islamic State in the Middle East, known as ISIS, or ISIL — these movements not only call for holy war against the West, but also use their resources to build theocracies. Though in some respects unprecedented, these groups also have much in common with the Islamic revivalist movements of the 18th century, such as the Wahhabis on the Arabian Peninsula and the great jihadist states of the 19th century. They waged jihad against non-Muslim powers, and at the same time sought to radically transform their own societies.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: There is a tension at the heart of President Obama’s campaign to confront the Islamic State, and it explains a lot about why he has so much trouble articulating and implementing his strategy. Quite simply, it is the tension between two vital goals — promoting the “soul-searching” that ISIS’s emergence has triggered in the Arab-Muslim world and “searching and destroying” ISIS in its strongholds in Syria and Iraq. Get used to it. This tension is not going away. Obama will have to lead through it. The good news: The rise of the Islamic State, also known and ISIS, is triggering some long overdue, brutally honest, soul-searching by Arabs and Muslims about how such a large, murderous Sunni death cult could have emerged in their midst. Look at a few samples, starting with “The Barbarians Within Our Gates,” written in Politico last week by Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Al-Arabiya, the Arabic satellite channel.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***All’s fair in love and reality television. Soon after Kris and Bruce Jenner officially filed for divorce, it’s been revealed that the former couple will divide their $60 million fortune down the middle, TMZ reported Tuesday.   ***Some guys have all the luck — just ask Mostafa Kashe, who says he got a broken nose courtesy of Rod Stewart. The 69-year-old ​”Rod the Mod” regularly punts soccer balls into the crowd at his concerts, but ​Kashe is throwing a red card at ​the singer after one ball smashed into his face ​so hard that it bro​​ke his nose at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas​, according to court papers​.   ***The man and woman who were arrested after burglarizing Miley Cyrus’ San Fernando Valley, Calif., home in late May and driving off her in 2014 Maserati Quattroporte will serve time. Naomi Charles and Tylor Scott accepted plea deals on Monday.

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Tuesday • September 23, 2014

OBAMA, AFTER AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA, SAYS U.S. WILL ‘DO WHAT IS NECESSARY’ AGAINST ISIS: President Obama on Tuesday hailed the American-led coalition that conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night, declaring, “We’re going to do what is necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group.” Speaking on the South Lawn of the White House just before leaving for New York City to attend the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Obama emphasized that the extensive operation had included Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.

GAME ON! U.S., ALLIES BOMB ISIS IN SYRIA: The U.S. war against ISIS has begun in Syria. On Monday night, the United States—along with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates—launched cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs around Raqqa and along Syria’s border with Iraq. Three other ISIS strongholds (Dair Elzur, Hasakah, and Abu Kamal) were also targeted. Speaking from the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday, President Obama addressed the strikes against ISIS and also acknowledged the eight strikes west of Allepo against the “Khorosan Group,” an Al Qaeda splinter group the U.S. says was planning an “imminent attack” against America and the West. “It must be clear to anyone who would plot against America, we will not tolerate safe havens,” Obama said. No word yet on terrorist or civilian casualties.

STRIKES AGAINST ISIS IN SYRIA DRAW MIXED REACTIONS IN MIDDLE EAST: The new military intervention in Syria by the United States and five Arab allies has drawn mixed reactions across the Middle East, a region where many people hate the brutality of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, but are also deeply skeptical of the motives behind any type of foreign intervention. Looming over the new campaign are memories of recent American-led interventions in Libya and Iraq, which many Arabs welcomed at first but later turned against, because they led to new waves of instability and civil war.

ABU GHAITH, A BIN LADEN ADVISER, IS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON: A ​Kuwaiti-born cleric who sat with Osama bin Laden in a remote Afghan cave hours after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and later became a fiery spokesman for the Qaeda leader, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a federal judge in Manhattan. The defendant, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, who became the most senior adviser to Bin Laden to be tried in a civilian court in the United States since the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted in March of three counts: conspiracy to kill Americans, and providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to do so. In imposing the sentence, the judge, Lewis A. Kaplan of United States District Court, rejected a defense request for leniency on grounds that Mr. Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Bin Laden’s, had been convicted essentially for offensive language.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: More people are killed by bee stings and lightning than by shark attacks. Worldwide about 30 people die each year from shark attacks, which means a person has a one in 300 million chance of being killed by a shark. A shark attack most often occurs when a shark mistakes a person for a seal or other animal.

ISRAEL: WE SHOT DOWN SYRIAN AIRCRAFT: On Tuesday, the Israeli military said it intercepted and shot down a Syrian aircraft over the Golan Height. The plane “infiltrated into Israeli airspace” at around 9:15 a.m., according to a statement from the Israeli military. It was a Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jet with “at least one or two pilots or navigators aboard,” said Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. It is not yet clear how long the fighter jet was in Israeli airspace or how deeply it flew. “This is developing, we’ll have to see where it goes,” said Lerner. Since the start of the Syrian civil war three years ago, Israel has responded to errant fire. However, the announcement of the downing of the Syrian fighter jet came hours after a U.S.-led coalition began strikes against ISIS forces in Syria. Israel said it would not get involved with fighting ISIS in Syria unless the violence reaches its country.

U.S. WARNED SYRIA IN ADVANCE OF STRIKES: The Syrian foreign ministry said the U.S. forewarned the country that it would launch airstrikes targeting ISIS. “The American side informed Syria’s permanent envoy to the U.N. that strikes will be launched against the Daesh [an Arabic name for ISIS] terrorist organization in Raqqa,” according to a brief statement published on Syrian state media. Raqqa is ISIS’s self-declared capital of Syria. The U.S.-led strikes, which began last night around 8:30 p.m. ET, hit the city of Raqqa as well as a number of other villages and cities, including ones in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour and the village of Kfar Derian between the northern province of Aleppo and Idlib. Syria has stated it would consider any uncoordinated attacks against ISIS an act of aggression and a violation of its national sovereignty. U.S. officials have also previously raised doubts over the legal justifications for the anti-ISIS airstrikes and over whether they will be sufficient to stop ISIS in Syria.

800 ROUNDS IN WHITE HOUSE INTRUDER’S CAR: According to federal prosecutors, the man who jumped the White House fence on Saturday had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car. Omar Gonzalez, 42, had also been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map that had the White House marked. Even more shocking, he was stopped, but not arrested, back in August while walking past the White House with a hatchet. Relatives told the AP that Gonzalez suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and needs treatment. His sister said he is a kind, gentle man scarred by war. Gonzalez enlisted in the Army in 1997, served until 2003, and then re-enlisted in 2005 and retired in 2012, having served in Iraq from October 2006 to January 2008, the Army said.

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WHO WARNS OF HUGE EBOLA SURGE BY NOVEMBER: The World Health Organization has said previously that the number of Ebola cases could “eventually” surpass 20,000, but now the agency is warning that number will be reached by November 2, soaring by the thousands every week unless countries ratchet up efforts to halt the outbreak. WHO officials said in a statement that “without drastic improvements in control measures” the number of new cases and deaths will rise from hundreds to thousands per week. The outbreak in West Africa already has killed 2,800 people from among 5,800 infection cases. “We are seeing exponential growth and we need to act now,” said Christopher Dye, a co-author of the WHO study. Dye said the fear is that Ebola “will become more or less a permanent feature of the human population.”

ISRAELI FORCES KILL 2 SUSPECTS IN MURDER OF JEWISH TEENAGERS: Israeli forces killed two Palestinian men early Tuesday whom they suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June, according to a military spokesman, closing a crucial chapter in what became the bloodiest period of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in decades. The spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, said the two suspects, Marwan Qawasmeh, 29, and Amer Abu Aisha, 33, “came out shooting” around 6 a.m. as troops breached a two-story structure in Hebron where the men had been holed up for a week.

AS U.S. BOMBS FALL, BRITISH HOSTAGE OF ISIS WARNS OF ANOTHER VIETNAM: As American airstrikes began raining down on the de facto capital of the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night, the militant group issued a new installment in its “lecture series” delivered by a British hostage, John Cantlie. In the propaganda video, Mr. Cantlie is again seated at a table wearing an orange jumpsuit, in a reference to the outfits worn by Muslim prisoners at American detention centers at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He reads from a script, explaining how the United States’ involvement in the Syrian conflict will mirror its misadventures in Vietnam.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Eric Cantor — who’s joined investment bank Moelis & Co. — flexing his new expense account at Primola in NYC., where Bill Bratton, Jimmy Connors, Tony Danza and Wolf Blitzer also schmoozed Sunday.   ***Barbara Walters and former Paramount boss Sherry Lansing meeting at Michael’s in NYC on Monday nearby Donny Deutsch, Andrew Stein and former NBA commissioner David Stern, who was told by a pal, “You don’t wear a tie anymore?”.   ***Lil’ Kim dancing on a banquette to DJ Rony Seikaly at the Liberty Theater in NYC.

U.S. HITS CORPS PULLING BURGER KING MOVE: On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new rules aimed at stopping “inversion” deals—agreements involving U.S. companies reincorporating abroad to avoid taxes. Burger King did an infamous deal with Tim Hortons this summer that took the burger chain’s headquarters to Canada. The regulations, which are effective immediately, will mostly hurt future inversion deals, but there are tax penalties for those that have already inverted. It may make things more complicated for Burger King, as the company has agreed to an inversion, but has not yet completed the deal. “If they are closed and done as of today, then they are not subject to this,” said a senior Treasury official. “If they are closed tomorrow or after, they are subject to this.”

KRIS JENNER FILES FOR DIVORCE: It’s official. The well-documented demise of Kris and Bruce Jenner’s marriage is over, as Kris Jenner has officially filed for divorce, and Bruce is expected to file as well. Kris filed pro per, meaning no lawyer, citing “irreconcilable differences.” They will reportedly have joint custody of their children, and neither partner will get spousal support. The deal was worked out between the pair’s managers after they separated in 2013.

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WEIGHT LOSS: People have noticed a difference in Gov. Chris Christie but no one besides him knew how much weight he has lost. Gov. Christie has lost 85 pounds since weight-loss surgery, according to The New York Times which reported that’s what the governor told conservative donors at David Koch’s New York apartment. It was a closed door meeting, no press allowed, but The Times said a guest talked about what occurred.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

MIT OpenCourseWare

“MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT’s subjects available on the Web, free of charge. With more than 2,200 courses available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I’ve been living in and visiting New York for almost a half-century now. One thought occurs as I walk around these days: The city has never been better. There has never been a time when there were so many interesting places to visit, shop and eat, when the rivers and the parks were so beautiful, when there were so many vibrant neighborhoods across all boroughs, with immigrants and hipsters and new businesses and experimental schools. I suppose New York isn’t as artistically or intellectually rich as it was in the 1940s and 1950s, but daily life is immeasurably better.

LBN-COMMENATARY by Robert Kotler, MD: MDs who game the insurance system and collect inappropriate payment from patients and/or insurers are thieves. And, insurers who roll over and automatically cut the checks for unconscionable amounts are co-conspirators.  Recall that insurers justify higher  premiums because of “ higher medical costs”. Those“ higher medical costs” must include these unjustified overpayments. In Mario Puzo’s book, The Godfather, the frontispiece credits Don Vito Corleone with this observation: “ A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a criminal with a gun”. Now we can update that to: “ A doctor with a pen and insurance form can steal more than……….”  MD-racketeers need to lose their licenses. They can always get jobs as hospital orderlies.

LBN-RANT: My oldest friend died last week. I met her when we were both seven. We became lesbians at about the same time. Wendy was quite friendly, but her lack of manners made her seem gauche in formal settings. I will miss her terribly even though we hadn’t spoken over the last five years. We had a terrible argument involving vibrators which injured our friendship (I know it sounds odd). May she rest in peace.

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LBN-ETC.: What Really Killed Whitney Houston?  And it wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or Bobby Brown.  It was her own personal demons. Find out how unconscious loyalty destroyed one of the greatest talents of all time – and why it could be happening to you. Find out now. http://WhatReallyKilledWhitneyHouston.com.

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Tuesday • September 23, 2014

AMEN! WHITE HOUSE WILL NOW LOCK THE FRONT DOOR:

The White House on Monday said it would do what most homeowners practice to secure their property: Lock the front door.

“After Friday night’s incident, when the door is not in use, it will be secured,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, clarifying that officials would, in fact, lock the door.

An Iraq war veteran armed with a knife managed to scale the outer fence of the White House Friday night and make it through the North Portico doors, near the residence of the first family.

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Monday • September 22, 2014

U.S. RAMPING UP MAJOR RENEWAL IN NUCLEAR ARMS: A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines. It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for “a nuclear-free world” and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy. The original idea was that modest rebuilding of the nation’s crumbling nuclear complex would speed arms refurbishment, raising confidence in the arsenal’s reliability and paving the way for new treaties that would significantly cut the number of warheads

 

ROCKEFELLER FAMILY DENOUNCES OIL: The Rockefeller family, whose legendary fortune was built by John D. Rockefeller through Standard Oil, announced that its $860 million philanthropic foundation is joining the divestment movement and abandoning fossil fuels. The announcement comes just ahead of the United Nations climate-change summit that starts Tuesday in New York City, and is part of a broadening divestment initiative in which people commit to selling shares of energy stocks. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has already eliminated investments involving coal and tar sands, while increasing its investment in alternative energy sources, the fund’s president said. Unwinding other investments in a complex portfolio involving a broader range of fossil fuels will take longer, he noted.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 72% of whites think the police do a good job of treating blacks and whites equally. Only 36% of blacks do. Just 6% of blacks say police do a good job in using an appropriate amount of force, while 41% of whites say police generally use force appropriately. 62 % of Americans agree that the U.S government should not pay ransoms to free hostages being held by terrorists. 21% think it should.

 

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


 

BIG APPLE SALE: Early sales of Apple’s new iPhones have lived up to high expectations. The company on Monday said it sold more than 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days they were available in stores. That is higher than the nine million new iPhones it sold last year in their first weekend on sale.


 

TOP-LEVEL TURNOVER MAKES IT HARDER FOR DHS TO STAY ON TOP OF EVOLVING THREATS: An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyber attacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database.

 

EBOLA LOCKDOWN DECLARED A SUCCESS: Sierra Leone’s three-day curfew designed to contain the Ebola virus in the country has ended, with authorities declaring it a huge success and saying it will not be extended. The lockdown began Friday morning and confined most of the nation’s 6 million inhabitants to their homes while about 30,000 medical volunteers went to affected neighborhoods to find and treat patients and distribute soap. Authorities said they discovered 22 new cases, which they said would have increased transmission if not found. The curfew was the most aggressive measure in West Africa so far against Ebola. In hardest-hit Liberia, meanwhile, the number of beds for Ebola patients has quadrupled.

 

AFGHAN ARMY OFFICERS GO MISSING IN U.S.: Three officers from Afghanistan’s national army have been reported missing while in the United States for a joint military training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, American authorities say. The officers arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 11 and were reported missing by base security personnel late Saturday. They were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall, in Hyannis, Mass. Officials said all Afghan military personnel were fully vetted before they arrived in the U.S. and that there is no indication the missing officers pose any threat to the public. Base and local police were trying to locate the three officers. About a dozen other Afghan soldiers continue to participate in the training exercise. Two Afghan policemen recently went missing while in Washington, D.C. for a DEA training program; they were found safe somewhere outside D.C.

 

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: In addition to being read in all 50 of the United States, this LBN E-Lert is read daily in 26 foreign countries including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Japan, Korea, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Greece, Spain, France, Iraq, Sweden, among others.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In Europe, milk was not pasteurized until the 1890s and was avoided, particularly for infants, because people believed their child would grow up to resemble the animal.

 

WARRANT IN HUNT FOR MISSING UVA STUDENT: Virginia State Police have issued an arrest warrant for Jesse L. Matthews, the last person to have been seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. “I believe that Jesse Matthews was the last person she was seen with before she vanished off the face of the Earth,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo said Sunday. Matthews was brought to the Charlottesville police station for questioning Saturday afternoon and asked for a lawyer. Police were “overtly” monitoring Matthews when he left the station. He proceeded to speed off through Abermale County in a manner that was “reckless and placed others in danger,” said Longo. Now, police are “aggressively pursuing” Matthews and intend to arrest him, he said. Graham has been missing for more than a week. She was last heard from at 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 13, when she sent a text message to a friend.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer having lunch together at Michael’s in Midtown in NYC.   ***Design duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz, who’ve moved to L.A. with their seven kids, toasting their 9 by Novogratz collection for Walmart.com at Lure Fishbar.   ***Ben Stiller, Amy Schumer, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Cynthia Nixon and Kathy Najimy taking in Bridget Everett’s “Rock Bottom” at Joe’s Pub in NYC.   ***Lily Collins at the Organic Pharmacy in Beverly Hills getting a facial.   ***Prominent L.A. film editors Micah Stuart having dinner at the popular Natalee Thai restaurant in Culver City.   ***Acclaimed L.A. acting teacher Aaron Speiser having lunch at the popular Luna Park restaurant in L.A.   ***Power music attorney John Branca and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch last week at Via Alloro in Beverly Hills.   ***Elite Beverly Hills matchmaker Craig Donaldson having lunch at Bedford and Burns restaurant in Beverly Hills.    ***Acclaimed Life Coach to the stars Lisa Haisha was sighted at The Moulin Rouge in Paris on a short break between her multi-city speaking tour throughout the EU.

 

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LBN-SEE IT: Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdish regional government. In July, he told the Kurdish parliament, “The time has come to decide our fate, and we should not wait for other people to decide it for us.”


 

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Patrick Stewart who will star in the Starz Comedy Blunt Talk, has signed with Anonymous Content.   ***Jason Patric, who recently starred in the Lionsgate’s The Prince, was signed with Gersh.   ***Twilight’s Cam Gigandet, now appearing on CBS summer drama Reckless, has signed with UTA.   ***Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife in Killing Kennedy, has signed with Gersh.   ***Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary (Da Vinci’s Demons) has signed with Kraft-Engel.   ***Golden Boy alum Bonnie Somerville has signed with APA- Rebecca Sun.   ***Hot comedian Erica Rhodes signing with Gersh.

 

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LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

 
LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

USA TODAY: America’s 50 Best Cities to Live In

“When choosing where to live, Americans consider a variety of factors. For some, the quality of schools is important. For others, the strength of the local economy or personal safety takes priority. To determine America’s best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 areas measured by the U.S. Census Bureau with populations of 65,000 or more. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, educational attainment, and housing affordability, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s 50 best cities to live.”

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrea Mckee and Andrew Salnersept: Lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer, claims the lives of approximately 435 people in the United States every day. In fact, more women die of lung cancer each year than breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined. While lung cancer is curable with surgery in its early stages, most people are given diagnoses of lung cancer after symptoms develop, when the disease is often advanced and resistant to treatment. Now, however, there is good evidence that we can reduce the number of people who die of this devastating disease. A recent study called the National Lung Screening Trial proved that we do that by using a low-dose CT scan to detect early stage lung cancer. The study showed that in older people, both current and former heavy smokers, annual screening reduced the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer (Security expert): Would the US Secret Service stop a semi-organized attack at the White House? We are concerned if ISIS of some terrorist group attacked the President what would happen?  Here are facts of three recent incidents: Incident one – Last week a person jumped the White House fence & was arrested.   Incident two – On Friday at 7:20pm Omar Gonzales carrying a knife jumped the fence & went in the front door at the White House.  Obama & his two daughters’ departed four minutes before this incident.  Incident three – Later that day, Kevin Carr drove up to a gate at the White House, would not leave & was arrested.  Solutions: Terminate the employees that allowed this to happen. Secret Service is going through a leadership problem at the detail leader level.  They need retraining & have lowered their standards.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Vicki Madden: In spite of our collective belief that education is the engine for climbing the socioeconomic ladder — the heart of the “American dream” myth — colleges now are more divided by wealth than ever. When lower-income students start college, they often struggle to finish for many reasons, but social isolation and alienation can be big factors. In “Rewarding Strivers: Helping Low-Income Students Succeed in College,” Anthony P. Carnevale and Jeff Strohl analyzed federal data collected by Michael Bastedo and Ozan Jaquette of the University of Michigan School of Education; they found that at the 193 most selective colleges, only 14 percent of students were from the bottom 50 percent of Americans in terms of socioeconomic status. Just 5 percent of students were from the lowest quartile.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by DANIEL C. ESTY: Smart people in the 20th century thought we could tackle climate change with a treaty in which the world’s nations agreed to “targets and timetables” for reducing emissions. These reductions would be implemented by top-down, national mandates and government support for clean energy technologies. But 22 years after the original climate agreement, emissions continue to rise and threats of significant harm loom larger.

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon joined her friends Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen for a private dinner at the Jazz Room at the General after the premiere of their new film “Two Faces of January” on Wednesday. Sources said Gordon and Mortensen spent nearly the whole meal talking about a secret project they’re working on, while Dunst hung out with Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.   ***Nearly 40 years after his sister was brutally raped and murdered, “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer continues his battle to keep her killers behind bars. The Emmy-winning actor personally appeared at a hearing to oppose parole for a convicted felon suspected of being involved in his sister’s death.

 

LBN-ETC.: What Really Killed Whitney Houston?  And it wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or Bobby Brown.  It was her own personal demons. Find out how unconscious loyalty destroyed one of the greatest talents of all time – and why it could be happening to you. Find out now: http://WhatReallyKilledWhitneyHouston.com.

 

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Monday • September 22, 2014

U.S. RAMPING UP MAJOR RENEWAL IN NUCLEAR ARMS: A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines. It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for “a nuclear-free world” and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy. The original idea was that modest rebuilding of the nation’s crumbling nuclear complex would speed arms refurbishment, raising confidence in the arsenal’s reliability and paving the way for new treaties that would significantly cut the number of warheads

ROCKEFELLER FAMILY DENOUNCES OIL: The Rockefeller family, whose legendary fortune was built by John D. Rockefeller through Standard Oil, announced that its $860 million philanthropic foundation is joining the divestment movement and abandoning fossil fuels. The announcement comes just ahead of the United Nations climate-change summit that starts Tuesday in New York City, and is part of a broadening divestment initiative in which people commit to selling shares of energy stocks. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has already eliminated investments involving coal and tar sands, while increasing its investment in alternative energy sources, the fund’s president said. Unwinding other investments in a complex portfolio involving a broader range of fossil fuels will take longer, he noted.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 72% of whites think the police do a good job of treating blacks and whites equally. Only 36% of blacks do. Just 6% of blacks say police do a good job in using an appropriate amount of force, while 41% of whites say police generally use force appropriately. 62 % of Americans agree that the U.S government should not pay ransoms to free hostages being held by terrorists. 21% think it should.

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


BIG APPLE SALE: Early sales of Apple’s new iPhones have lived up to high expectations. The company on Monday said it sold more than 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days they were available in stores. That is higher than the nine million new iPhones it sold last year in their first weekend on sale.


TOP-LEVEL TURNOVER MAKES IT HARDER FOR DHS TO STAY ON TOP OF EVOLVING THREATS: An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyber attacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database.

EBOLA LOCKDOWN DECLARED A SUCCESS: Sierra Leone’s three-day curfew designed to contain the Ebola virus in the country has ended, with authorities declaring it a huge success and saying it will not be extended. The lockdown began Friday morning and confined most of the nation’s 6 million inhabitants to their homes while about 30,000 medical volunteers went to affected neighborhoods to find and treat patients and distribute soap. Authorities said they discovered 22 new cases, which they said would have increased transmission if not found. The curfew was the most aggressive measure in West Africa so far against Ebola. In hardest-hit Liberia, meanwhile, the number of beds for Ebola patients has quadrupled.

AFGHAN ARMY OFFICERS GO MISSING IN U.S.: Three officers from Afghanistan’s national army have been reported missing while in the United States for a joint military training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, American authorities say. The officers arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 11 and were reported missing by base security personnel late Saturday. They were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall, in Hyannis, Mass. Officials said all Afghan military personnel were fully vetted before they arrived in the U.S. and that there is no indication the missing officers pose any threat to the public. Base and local police were trying to locate the three officers. About a dozen other Afghan soldiers continue to participate in the training exercise. Two Afghan policemen recently went missing while in Washington, D.C. for a DEA training program; they were found safe somewhere outside D.C.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: In addition to being read in all 50 of the United States, this LBN E-Lert is read daily in 26 foreign countries including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Japan, Korea, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Greece, Spain, France, Iraq, Sweden, among others.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In Europe, milk was not pasteurized until the 1890s and was avoided, particularly for infants, because people believed their child would grow up to resemble the animal.

WARRANT IN HUNT FOR MISSING UVA STUDENT: Virginia State Police have issued an arrest warrant for Jesse L. Matthews, the last person to have been seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. “I believe that Jesse Matthews was the last person she was seen with before she vanished off the face of the Earth,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo said Sunday. Matthews was brought to the Charlottesville police station for questioning Saturday afternoon and asked for a lawyer. Police were “overtly” monitoring Matthews when he left the station. He proceeded to speed off through Abermale County in a manner that was “reckless and placed others in danger,” said Longo. Now, police are “aggressively pursuing” Matthews and intend to arrest him, he said. Graham has been missing for more than a week. She was last heard from at 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 13, when she sent a text message to a friend.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer having lunch together at Michael’s in Midtown in NYC.   ***Design duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz, who’ve moved to L.A. with their seven kids, toasting their 9 by Novogratz collection for Walmart.com at Lure Fishbar.   ***Ben Stiller, Amy Schumer, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Cynthia Nixon and Kathy Najimy taking in Bridget Everett’s “Rock Bottom” at Joe’s Pub in NYC.   ***Lily Collins at the Organic Pharmacy in Beverly Hills getting a facial.   ***Prominent L.A. film editors Micah Stuart having dinner at the popular Natalee Thai restaurant in Culver City.   ***Acclaimed L.A. acting teacher Aaron Speiser having lunch at the popular Luna Park restaurant in L.A.   ***Power music attorney John Branca and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch last week at Via Alloro in Beverly Hills.   ***Elite Beverly Hills matchmaker Craig Donaldson having lunch at Bedford and Burns restaurant in Beverly Hills.    ***Acclaimed Life Coach to the stars Lisa Haisha was sighted at The Moulin Rouge in Paris on a short break between her multi-city speaking tour throughout the EU.

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LBN-SEE IT: Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdish regional government. In July, he told the Kurdish parliament, “The time has come to decide our fate, and we should not wait for other people to decide it for us.”


LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Patrick Stewart who will star in the Starz Comedy Blunt Talk, has signed with Anonymous Content.   ***Jason Patric, who recently starred in the Lionsgate’s The Prince, was signed with Gersh.   ***Twilight’s Cam Gigandet, now appearing on CBS summer drama Reckless, has signed with UTA.   ***Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife in Killing Kennedy, has signed with Gersh.   ***Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary (Da Vinci’s Demons) has signed with Kraft-Engel.   ***Golden Boy alum Bonnie Somerville has signed with APA- Rebecca Sun.   ***Hot comedian Erica Rhodes signing with Gersh.

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“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

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USA TODAY: America’s 50 Best Cities to Live In

“When choosing where to live, Americans consider a variety of factors. For some, the quality of schools is important. For others, the strength of the local economy or personal safety takes priority. To determine America’s best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 areas measured by the U.S. Census Bureau with populations of 65,000 or more. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, educational attainment, and housing affordability, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s 50 best cities to live.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrea Mckee and Andrew Salnersept: Lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer, claims the lives of approximately 435 people in the United States every day. In fact, more women die of lung cancer each year than breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined. While lung cancer is curable with surgery in its early stages, most people are given diagnoses of lung cancer after symptoms develop, when the disease is often advanced and resistant to treatment. Now, however, there is good evidence that we can reduce the number of people who die of this devastating disease. A recent study called the National Lung Screening Trial proved that we do that by using a low-dose CT scan to detect early stage lung cancer. The study showed that in older people, both current and former heavy smokers, annual screening reduced the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer (Security expert): Would the US Secret Service stop a semi-organized attack at the White House? We are concerned if ISIS of some terrorist group attacked the President what would happen?  Here are facts of three recent incidents: Incident one – Last week a person jumped the White House fence & was arrested.   Incident two – On Friday at 7:20pm Omar Gonzales carrying a knife jumped the fence & went in the front door at the White House.  Obama & his two daughters’ departed four minutes before this incident.  Incident three – Later that day, Kevin Carr drove up to a gate at the White House, would not leave & was arrested.  Solutions: Terminate the employees that allowed this to happen. Secret Service is going through a leadership problem at the detail leader level.  They need retraining & have lowered their standards.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Vicki Madden: In spite of our collective belief that education is the engine for climbing the socioeconomic ladder — the heart of the “American dream” myth — colleges now are more divided by wealth than ever. When lower-income students start college, they often struggle to finish for many reasons, but social isolation and alienation can be big factors. In “Rewarding Strivers: Helping Low-Income Students Succeed in College,” Anthony P. Carnevale and Jeff Strohl analyzed federal data collected by Michael Bastedo and Ozan Jaquette of the University of Michigan School of Education; they found that at the 193 most selective colleges, only 14 percent of students were from the bottom 50 percent of Americans in terms of socioeconomic status. Just 5 percent of students were from the lowest quartile.

LBN-COMMENTARY by DANIEL C. ESTY: Smart people in the 20th century thought we could tackle climate change with a treaty in which the world’s nations agreed to “targets and timetables” for reducing emissions. These reductions would be implemented by top-down, national mandates and government support for clean energy technologies. But 22 years after the original climate agreement, emissions continue to rise and threats of significant harm loom larger.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon joined her friends Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen for a private dinner at the Jazz Room at the General after the premiere of their new film “Two Faces of January” on Wednesday. Sources said Gordon and Mortensen spent nearly the whole meal talking about a secret project they’re working on, while Dunst hung out with Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.   ***Nearly 40 years after his sister was brutally raped and murdered, “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer continues his battle to keep her killers behind bars. The Emmy-winning actor personally appeared at a hearing to oppose parole for a convicted felon suspected of being involved in his sister’s death.

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Sunday • September 21, 2014

POPE IN ALBANIA URGES MUSLIMS TO CONDEMN EXTREMISM:



Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world.

“To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman,” Francis told representatives of Albania’s Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities during a half-day visit to Tirana in which he recalled the brutal persecution people of all faiths suffered under communism.

Media expert and author Michael Levine called the Pope’s remarks “valuable, important and long, long over-due.”

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Sunday• September 21, 2014

U.S. SUSPECTS MORE DIRECT THREATS BEYOND ISIS: As the United States begins what could be a lengthy military campaign against the Islamic State, intelligence and law enforcement officials said another Syrian group, led by a shadowy figure who was once among Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, posed a more direct threat to America and Europe. American officials said that the group called Khorasan had emerged in the past year as the cell in Syria that may be the most intent on hitting the United States or its installations overseas with a terror attack. The officials said that the group is led by Muhsin al-Fadhli, a senior Qaeda operative who, according to the State Department, was so close to Bin Laden that he was among a small group of people who knew about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before they were launched.

EX-TITAN ROB BIRONAS KILLED IN CAR CRASH: Former Tennessee Titan Rob Bironas died Saturday night after a car accident less than a mile from his home. The former kicker lost control of his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali after 11 p.m. Saturday night. He was speeding when it ran off the road and crashed into several trees before coming to a stop upside down. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Vanderbilt University hospital. Bironas played nine seasons with the Ttitans, holding the record as their second all-time leading scorer. He was also the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history. Bironas has trained with the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the off-season. In June, he married Rachel Bradshaw, the daughter of Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw.” Rob made a significant impact as a player in his nine years with the team and more importantly touched many lives in the Nashville community off the field,” the Titans said in statement.

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ASHRAF GHANI TO BE AFGHAN PRESIDENT: After months of bitter disputes, Ashraf Ghani will become the president of Afghanistan. He and his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, signed an agreement to form an Afghan government in unity on live television on Sunday. Under the unity deal, Abdullah will still get a significant amount of power. He will get to nominate a national CEO (including, potentially, himself) who will effectively serve as a prime minister. Both men shook hands and embraced in a clear attempt to unify a country after a rancorous election, during which both candidates accused the other of fraud. Outgoing president Hamid Karzai thanked both men for agreeing to deal for the sake of “the progress and development of this country.”

WHITE HOUSE INTRUDER IS IRAQ WAR VET: The man who successfully broke into the White House Friday night wielding a knife has been identified as an Iraq War Veteran. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, was stationed in Iraq from 2006 through 2008 and served as a sniper, according to his relatives. He is the first intruder to make it into the White House. He sprinted 70 yards across the North Lawn and opened the door of the North Portico, which was unlocked. He was stopped once he stepped inside. “The location of Gonzalez’s arrest is not acceptable,” the Secret Service said in a statement and announced an investigation into the security breach. Just a day after Gonzalez’s entry, a New Jersey teenager also attempted to break into the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. On Saturday, Kevin Carr, 19, tried to drive through a White House barricade, but he was unable to get through and the barricade was not damaged.

LBN-READER QUESTION: Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Tex., jumped the black iron fence that surrounds the White House around 7:20 p.m. on Friday and ran straight to the North Portico door, the grand entrance that is flanked by white marble columns and faces Pennsylvania Avenue. He made it through the unlocked doors. Is this a symbol of a totally incompetent government or just a unfortunate one time incident? Please send your commentary (100 words or less) with your name and city to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net

60,000 FLEE TO TURKEY AWAY FROM ISIS: Around 60,000 people, mostly Syrian Kurds, crossed the border into Turkey on Friday and Saturday out of fear of an ISIS attack, according to Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus. Turkey opened its borders on Friday to Syrians fleeing the strategically placed Kurdish town of Kobane, which ISIS is believed to be approaching. At least 11 Kurdish civilians, including boys, have been executed by ISIS in towns near Kobane, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has now topped more than 847,000.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the audience at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s in NYC opening night on Thursday to witness the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ and Chucho Valdés’ Cuban-tinged piece.    ***Chrissy Teigen at the Brickwood in NYC.   ***Kim Cattrall, John Leguizamo and Tyson Beckford taking in “The Boomer List” at the Paley Center for Media in NYC.   ***Sam Worthington and Zosia Mamet taking in J. Cole’s and Bleachers’ performances to kick off Mountain Dew’s Dew Tour.   ***Popular L.A. comedian Joey Garza having lunch at Shutter’s Hotel in Santa Monica.   ***Author Sandra Sellani having dinner at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood.

LBN-SEE IT: Alicia Keys said she knew this image would draw attention, which is just what she wants as she builds an army of fans who want to make the world a better place for all.



EGYPT TO HOST ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN TALKS: An aid to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians this week. Azzam al-Ahmed said on a Palestinian radio show Sunday that talks would begin in Cairo on Tuesday. Not only will the negotiations aim to bring a long-term Gaza ceasefire, they will try to rectify Palestinians’ internal riff between Hamas and Fatah. Israelis and Palestinians fought a bloody 50-day long war this summer that came to a close in August, but without a long-term peace deal. Egypt has served as a major moderator in trying to resolve conflicts over Gaza.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***In a growing practice that some experts call drive-by doctoring, medical assistants, consultants and other hospital staffers, often called in without patients’ knowledge, are charging hefty fees.   ***The longstanding debate about the advisability of replacing sugar in one’s diet with artificial sweeteners just got a little more complicated. Researchers found that the no-calorie sugar substitutes, meant to help keep things like weight and blood sugar levels in check, alter the balance of gut microbes linked to metabolic diseases like diabetes and may lead, or contribute, to elevated blood sugar levels. The research focused on three common artificial sweeteners: saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame.

VICTIM ATTACKED BY ‘NINJA’ SISTER-WIVES: A 15-year-old witness in a Utah rape trial was the target of an attack by two of the defendant’s wives, who snuck into the girl’s house late one Thursday night dressed like ninjas and armed with knives and stun guns. A male relative of the girl found the women in the house after he heard a noise downstairs. “I heard a creak, and there was silence for about 30 seconds,” he said. “I went to the bottom of the stairs and saw a couple of ninjas coming down. They were all dark gray or black and they had black rubber gloves on and masks. All I could see was their eyes.” The “ninjas,” according to the man (who declined to be identified to protect the identity of the witness), then covered his mouth and grabbed his throat before he threw them off. The women are now behind bars.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Stephen King (1947)

King is a popular American author of horror stories and one of the best-selling writers worldwide. His work bears the mark of the 19th-century Gothic tradition, often taking everyday situations and revealing their macabre and horrific potential. He is noted for his cinematic style, and several of his novels and stories have been made into successful movies, including The Shining, Stand by Me, and The Shawshank Redemption

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Houzz: Home Design

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: This was an interesting week to visit Britain and Spain — first to watch the Scottish separatists push for independence and then to watch Basque and Catalan separatists watching (with disappointment) the outcome of the vote. One reaction: I’m glad a majority of Scots rejected independence. Had they not, it would have clipped the wing of America’s most important wingman in the world: Britain. Another reaction: God bless America. We have many sources of strength, but today our greatest asset is our pluralism — our “E pluribus unum” — that out of many we’ve made one nation, with all the benefits that come from mixing cultures and all the strengths that come from being able to act together.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Mariah Carey has been crying on the shoulder of director Brett Ratner since her split from husband Nick Cannon. We’re told Carey, who has been “living apart” from Cannon for months, has been seeking advice from her good friend Ratner. “They speak frequently,” we’re told.

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Saturday • September 20, 2014

WHO’S IN CHARGE -THE THREE STOOGES? INTRUDER WALKS INTO WHITE HOUSE: An intruder scaled the White House’s north fence on Friday and made it all the way into the front door before being caught by the Secret Service, triggering a rare evacuation of most of the people inside and bringing the Secret Service under intense scrutiny. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just left the White House when Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old unarmed Texan, made it in and remaining staffers and journalists were rushed out through a side door. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House of Representatives’ subpanel on national security oversight, called the incident “totally unacceptable,” but just one of many recent instances of Secret Service failings. “Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job,” Chaffetz said. “These are good men and women, but the Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer.” The Secret Service has said the incident will be reviewed to make sure proper protocols were followed.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The agent that gives Twinkies their smooth feel, cellulose gum, is also used in rocket fuel to give it a slightly gelatinous feel.

GOODELL ‘NEVER CONSIDERED’ QUITTING: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell emerged from nine days of obscurity at a press conference Friday to discuss the epidemic of domestic violence in the league. Saying, “I never considered” resigning, Goodell did admit he “got it wrong” when it came to the lax, tardy punishment of Ray Rice. Moving forward, “nothing is off the table” when it comes to changing the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, he said. The league will use discipline and education to curb “domestic violence, including child abuse, sexual assault, irresponsible ownership or handling of firearms, the illegal use of alcohol or drugs.” All NFL staff will undergo education led by a team of experts. (The NFL will also provide funding to National Domestic Violence Hotline.) As for the Rice tape, he stands by his claim that the NFL asked for it but didn’t receive it, contrary to an AP report last week saying a law-enforcement source gave a league official the tape.

EX-EMPLOYEES SAY HOME DEPOT LEFT DATA VULNERABLE: The risks were clear to computer experts inside Home Depot: The home improvement chain, they warned for years, might be easy prey for hackers. But despite alarms as far back as 2008, Home Depot was slow to raise its defenses, according to former employees. On Thursday, the company confirmed what many had feared: The biggest data breach in retailing history had compromised 56 million of its customers’ credit cards. The data has popped up on black markets and, by one estimate, could be used to make $3 billion in illegal purchases. Yet long before the attack came to light this month, Home Depot’s handling of its computer security was a record of missteps, the former employees said. Interviews with former members of the company’s cyber security team — who spoke on the condition they not be named, because they still work in the industry — suggest the company was slow to respond to early threats and only belatedly took action.

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DOZENS OF ISIS HOSTAGES RELEASED: Dozens of Turkish hostages, who were kidnapped over three months ago by ISIS, were freed on Saturday. 46 Turks, including Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz and his family, were abducted from the Turkish consulate in Mosul in June, along with three local Iraqi employees. All have since been freed, though it is unclear how. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked intelligence officials in a statement on his website. “I thank…every single member of the national intelligence agency from the director to the field operatives,” he wrote. “I congratulate them for their big success from the bottom of my heart.” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the rescue a late-night operation. “At around 11:30 at night, this rescue effort reached its final stage,” Davutoglu said. “Be assured that for months we worked toward this. I thank those in our national intelligence agency who worked relentlessly and with great sacrifice

POMP, LITTLE ACTION EXPECTED AT UN CLIMATE SUMMIT: More than 120 world leaders will convene for a U.N. climate summit. Environmentalists will take to the streets in what is being billed as the largest march ever on global warming. Celebrities, CEOs and climatologists will appear at a string of events and press conferences. Despite the hoopla in New York this week, little action is expected on saving the planet.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Saudi Arabia

1.     Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to the religion’s holiest shrines, Mecca and Medina.

2.     The Saudi king’s official title is “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.” King Abdullah Bin Abd el-Aziz Al Saud has been king since 2005.

3.     According to Forbes magazine, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is the 8th most powerful person in the world and the world’s most powerful Muslim.

4.     Saudi Arabia has 83,000 square miles (2,149,690 square km) in total area, which makes it the 13th largest country in the world. It is the largest country in the Middle East, about the size of Western Europe and one-quarter the size of the U.S.

5.     Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world without a river.

6.     Based on fatalities per head of population, a World Bank report in the year 2000 found that Saudi Arabia along with Malaysia, Thailand, and South Africa were the most dangerous countries in which to drive. Saudi Arabia fared even worse when this was measured in fatalities per vehicle.

7.     In 2012, Saudi Arabia banned smoking in government offices and most public places, which includes a ban on shishas (water pipes) and prohibits the selling of tobacco to minors. Saudi statistics state that country is the world’s fourth largest importer of tobacco, and Saudis spend about US$8 million a day on cigarettes.

8.     Motorists in Saudi Arabia have invented a perilous but exciting new driving sport called Sidewalk Skiing, which involves balancing a car on its side while the car is in motion.

9.     Fifteen of the 19 accused hijackers of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001, came from Saudi Arabia.

10.  Construction on Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower began in 2014. The new, tallest building in the world will stand 3,280 feet (1 km) high and will dwarf the Burj Khalifa hotel in Dubai by 600 feet (183 meters).

NFL INSIDERS OPEN UP ON RAY RICE: As more details unravel around how the NFL has handled Ray Rice’s domestic abuse scandal over the past seven months, it is apparent just how tangled the web of facts and misguided information is. In an in-depth look at the chain of events sparked by the Feb. 15 altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City Casino, ESPN interviewed over 20 sources close to the case revealing “a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL.” Sources reveal that Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh urged management to cut Rice from the team shortly after seeing the outside-elevator footage in February and again in March, but was denied both times. Multiple sources also claim that the organization made no effort to see the inside-elevator footage or investigate into the matter further, even after warned of its graphic nature.

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WILD – JOE BIDEN MAKES THIRD GAFFE OF THE WEEK: Vice President Joe Biden topped off his week of political gaffes (he apologized to Jewish groups for using the word “Shylock” and made another comment about “the Orient” earlier this week) by praising former Senator Bob Packwood, who was disgraced and resigned after allegations of sexual assault against more than 10 women. Biden was in the midst of lamenting that the modern Republican is now much more conservative than previous Republicans, including Packwood. Ironically, he spent much of the rest of his speech defending the Violence Against Women Act and saying there is still much work to be done. “What constitutes success? There will always be some man raising his hand against someone weaker, violently,” Biden said during part of his speech. “But success will come when not a single woman in America asks, ‘What did I do?”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***During a press conference today in Atlanta, Garth Brooks confirmed that his highly-anticipated new album will be available on November 11th, though the album title is still a well-kept secret. The album includes his current hit, “People Loving People” and will be released via his own Pearl Records in a new partnership with RCA Nashville.   ***A collection of Polaroid self-portraits that Stevie Nicks took during the mid-Seventies will be shown in an exhibition, “24 Karat Gold,” at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. The photo set accompanies her upcoming album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault – tunes she wrote and demoed mostly between 1969 and 1987 and recently re-recorded – due out October 7th. The deluxe edition of the album contains a 48-page book with many of the pictures in the gallery showing, which opens on October 10th and ends on Halloween.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***”The future of L.A. real estate” will be the topic of the next L.A. City Talk cocktail party at Luna Park in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. The guest-of-honor will be Syd Leibovitch, President of hugely successful Rodeo Realty.

LBN-NOTICED: ***It’s back to work. So what did you do on your summer vacation? “I was in Rome, Mykonos and Istanbul,” says Roy Price, director of Amazon studios.   ***Doug Ellin hit the same trifecta of countries.   ***Ryan Seacrest, with new girlfriend Shayna Taylor, also made it to Mykonos as well as Ibiza.   ***Elsewhere on the island front, Warner Bros. marketing chief Sue Kroll went to St. Barts.   ***Maker studios head Ynon Kreiz checked out the Dominican Republic (before kite- surfing in Brazil).   ***Mike and Irena Medavoy journeyed to Tahiti to the Brando resort, which opened in July on Tetiaroa, once Marlon Brando’s private island.   ***On the continent, FilmNation’s Ben Browning visited the painting village of Honfleur in the north of France for a kids- free holiday with his wife.   ***Shine America CEO Rich Ross and his partner, Disney communications senior vp Adam Sanderson, set out for Italy’s Puglia region.    ***Electus’ Ben Silverman hit Biarritz’s Basque country “for the food and surf with some French producer and actor buddies.”   ***Barry Diller brought Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale aboard his yacht, which made it way around the Mediterranean, ending up in Ibiza for designer Riccardo Tisci’s 40th birthday. … Rihanna was sailing off the Amalfi Coast.   ***In the U.S., UTA partner Jeremy Barber visited Martha’s Vineyard over July Fourth, “treating the family to a real Americana vacation.”   ***Lorenzo di Bonaventura rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with his 16-year-old son.   ***Brian Grazer went to a shooting range om Sun Valley with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman and Pintrest CEO Ben Silbermann.   ***Producer- director David Katzenberg wore feathers at Burning Man.

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BOO BOO BOO HOO! MAMA JUNE & SUGAR BEAR SPLIT: Mama June Shannon & Sugar Bear Thompson call it quits – multiple reports. The redneck reality queen, 35, whose progeny is the family bread winner Honey Boo Boo told media that she and Sugar Bear have decided to “take some time apart to figure out some things…” Reportedly, Mama June got fed up with Sugar Bear aka Mike Thompson, who’s been trolling for honeys on dating site PlentyOfFish.com.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: John Lennon Leaves the Beatles (1969)

Tensions were high during the recording sessions for what were to be the Beatles’ final albums. John Lennon described working on Let It Be as “hell.” Exactly a month after finishing “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”—the last time all four Beatles would be in the studio together—Lennon told his bandmates that he was going solo. To avoid jeopardizing sales of Abbey Road, which was released just days later, Lennon’s departure was kept a secret

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Sophia Loren (1934)

Sophia Loren is a famous film actress who grew up in poverty near Naples, Italy. With the help of Italian producer Carlo Ponti, whom she later married, she gained international fame, acting in both tragic dramas and boisterous comedies. She won the first Academy Award for a foreign-language performance for her role in the 1961 film Two Women, and she received a special Academy Award in 1991 for her body of work.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: I’m glad to have the Russians back as enemies. No one else will really do as America’s geo-political opponent. Fighting Islamic extremists is like battling self-destructive, insane, violent homeless people. It’s all well and good to snap them with drones, crackle them with airstrikes, and pop them into Gitmo. But it’s a little disheartening to know that, if we leave them alone, they’ll all eventually kill each other anyway. The last lunatic standing will light off his suicide vest to canoodle with 72 virgins in paradise.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: I turned on ESPN about 15 minutes before Roger Goodell’s Friday afternoon news conference. There was a round table of analysts and reporters, led by Bob Ley, the journalist who covers the serious side of sports for the network. If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought they were prepping for a coming news conference by a politician in trouble rather than the commissioner of the National Football League.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: Both NBC and CBS show the 40 second delay of game timer counting down on their NFL graphics. Fox doesn’t and should.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Greg Bennick (Speaking coach): The top 3 ways to overcome your fear of public speaking: PREPARE, REWRITE, REHEARSE. 1. Prepare by knowing your topic thoroughly. 2. Rewrite the story in your mind: you really don’t need to be nervous. 3. Rehearse by speaking more often: step into your fear instead of running from it.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: Joan Rivers was a Republican, always a surprising thing in show business, and in a New Yorker, but she was one because, as she would tell you, she worked hard, made her money with great effort, and didn’t feel her profits should be unduly taxed. She once said in an interview that if you have 19 children she will pay for the first four but no more. Mostly she just couldn’t tolerate cant and didn’t respond well to political manipulation. She believed in a strong defense because she was a grown-up and understood the world to be a tough house. She loved Margaret Thatcher, who said what Joan believed: The facts of life are conservative. She didn’t do a lot of politics in her shows—politics divides an audience—but she thought a lot about it and talked about it. She was socially liberal in the sense she wanted everyone to find as many available paths to happiness as possible

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My oldest friend wrote a book recently. The jejune novel was full of trite phrases and dull banter that went on for pages at a time, but I nevertheless read it from cover to cover. Why? Because the lead character was just like ME! Plus there were many unusual paragraphs involving vibrators.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Bernie Madoff’s Upper East Side NYC penthouse Ponzi palace, despite being rumored to be cursed, has sold to another prominent New York family dynasty for $14.5 million. Penthouse A at 133 E. 64th St. — the former home of the infamous schemer, where he lived under house arrest — has finally sold to Lawrence Benenson, whose family firm, Benenson Capital Partners, has been in real estate investment and development for more than a century.   ***Will “Celebrity Apprentice” fans ever get to see the rumored on-air catfights between crazy contestants Vivica A. Fox and Brandi Glanville? RadarOnline reported earlier this year on the “epic screaming matches” between the two. And the 14th season of Donald Trump’s reality show is finished and ready to air, but NBC hasn’t yet put it on the schedule.   ***Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn are ghost whisperers. The “Wish I Was Here” actress, 35, revealed that the mother-daughter duo “can see dead people.” “It is not really seeing, it is feeling a spirit. A fifth energy,” she told Alan Carr on the “Chatty Man Show” on Friday (via E! Online). “I believe in energy. I believe our brains can manifest into visual things.”   ***Keanu Reeves kept his cool earlier this week when he woke up to find a crazed fan had broken into his Los Angeles-area home. According to the website, the “Matrix” star, 50, woke at 4 a.m. Monday to strange noises coming from his library. Once in the room, the actor encountered the unnamed woman, who said she was there to meet him. Not missing a beat, Reeves got on the phone with police and told them to come to his house. The woman was apprehended and taken for psychiatric evaluation.   ***He might have a very particular set of skills, but there’s one thing that makes Liam Neeson cower: heights. “I’m a wimp about heights. I just am,” the 62-year-old star of “A Walk Among the Tombstones” told People Wednesday.   ***A Los Angeles lawyer named Svitlana Sangary is in deep legal shit this week after she got caught Photoshopping herself into pictures with an assortment of high-profile celebrities and posting them to her website in an attempt to lure in new clients.

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Friday • September 19, 2014

RIFT WIDENS BETWEEN OBAMA, U.S. MILITARY OVER STRATEGY TO FIGHT ISLAMIC STATE:

Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship.

Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group.

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who served under Obama until last year, became the latest high-profile skeptic on Thursday, telling the House Intelligence Committee that a blanket prohibition on ground combat was tying the military’s hands. “Half-hearted or tentative efforts, or airstrikes alone, can backfire on us and actually strengthen our foes’ credibility,” he said. “We may not wish to reassure our enemies in advance that they will not see American boots on the ground.”

SHOCK! ANGRY WITH WASHINGTON, 1 IN 4 AMERICANS OPEN TO SECESSION: The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

SCOTLAND REJECTS INDEPENDENCE: Scottish voters turned out in record numbers Thursday to decide whether to sever their 307-year-old union with England, and in the end decided to stay in the United Kingdom. Turnout for the referendum was as high as 91 percent in some constituencies as the no vote prevailed 55 percent to 45 percent. The unprecedented turnout made it difficult for analysts to accurately forecast the outcome of the vote, which gripped the nation. British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to boost the powers of the Scottish parliament regardless of the vote.

RELIGION OF PEACE? ‘BLASPHEMOUS’ MUSLIM ASSASSINATED: Muhammad Shakil Auj, a liberal Muslim scholar accused of blasphemy, was shot dead in Karachi on Thursday. Dr. Auj was accused of the crime by four other professors after giving a speech in the U.S. in 2012 as well as for his liberal views, such as the idea that Muslim women should be allowed to marry non-Muslim men. He was shot in the head and neck by gunmen on a motorbike. Dr. Auj had previously complained to the police about death threats. Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan, and in recent years there has been an uptick in vigilante killings related to accusations. Dr. Auj had written 15 books about Islam and last month was awarded the presidential medal of distinction in Pakistan for education and research.

U.S. FACES TOUGH STRUGGLE ON GROUND TO OUST ISIS: The American air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Obama’s strategy in Iraq and Syria. Soon begins the next and much harder phase: rolling back their gains in Mosul, Falluja and other populated areas, which will require American advisers to train and coordinate airstrikes with Iraqi forces. Pentagon officials are more willing than their counterparts at the White House to acknowledge that this will almost certainly require American Special Operations forces on the ground to call in airstrikes and provide tactical advice to Iraqi troops. “There is no one in this building who does not know that clearing out the cities will be much harder,” a senior Defense Department official said in an interview. “That’s when the rubber is going to meet the road.”

STONERS ON THE JOB: NEARLY 10% OF AMERICANS WENT TO WORK HIGH: Showing up to work high? You’re not alone.  A new report has found nearly 1 in 10 Americans are showing up to work high on marijuana. Mashable.com conducted the survey in partnership with SurveyMonkey, and found 9.7 percent of Americans fessed up to smoking cannabis before showing up to the office. The data analyzed the marijuana and prescription drug habits of 534 Americans. What’s more, nearly 81 percent said they scored their cannabis illegally, according to the survey.

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SENATE VOTES TO ARM, TRAIN SYRIANS TO FIGHT ISIS: The Senate approved by a comfortable margin President Obama’s plan to arm and trained moderate rebels to help in the campaign to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, also known as Islamic State. A number of senators had questioned the proposal, with some Republican hawks complaining that Obama’s policy was not aggressive enough, and some Democrats fretting that the move would help drag the United States into another drawn-out Mideast conflict. Other critics expressed doubts about the extent to which there are any “moderate” Syrian rebels. In the end the Senate passed the legislation by a 78-22 margin. The bill now goes to the president, who thanked congressional leaders after the vote for “the speed and seriousness with which they approached this issue.” The House voted in favor of the measure on Wednesday.

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FRANCE LAUNCHES FIRST IRAQ AIR STRIKES: Just hours after announcing that it had agreed to conduct airstrikes in Iraq, French fighter jets struck a logistics depot controlled by ISIS on Friday morning. It was “entirely destroyed” announced the French president’s office, which declared, “other operations will follow in the coming days.” That strike made France the first country to publicly aid the U.S. militarily. The U.S. has so far conducted 176 airstrikes in Iraq since August 8. President Francois Hollande insisted that the French government would not go beyond air strikes, and would not attack targets in Syria, where ISIS extremists also have seized territory. Hollande said he approved the strikes during a meeting with his top defense and security advisers on Thursday.

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FEDS: NO CHRISTIE LINK IN BRIDGEGATE: After nine months of investigating Chris Christie’s role in Bridgegate, the Justice Department has so far found no information that the New Jersey governor knew in advance or directed the closing of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, NBC 4 New York reports in a story quoting federal officials. The officials said the probe is continuing and that no final determination has been made. Christie has maintained that he did not direct underlings to close lanes on the bridge in September 2013. A Christie staffer and political appointees worked together to create traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey. They allegedly did so to punish Fort Lee’s mayor for not endorsing Christie in last year’s gubernatorial election.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***After enjoying the Obama Bump and the looky-loos curious to see the new anchor, Chuck Todd’s Meet The Press tumbled 13% in viewers and 19% in the news demo in its second week, falling from first place back to third. In total viewers, the show dropped from previous week’s winning 2.991 million, to 2.589 million, behind CBS’ Face The Nation with 3.054 million viewers, followed by ABC’s This Week with 2.889 million. In demo viewers, MTP plunged to 668,000 viewers – creating quite a gap between it and from This Week’s winning 947,000 and Face The Nation’s 913,000. It was This Week’s largest new demo lead over MTP in six months.

MAN HELD ON $10M BAIL FOR CALI WILDFIRE: Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has burned 114 square miles, forced 2,800 people to flee their homes, and is still only 10 percent contained. Huntsman has a criminal history, including auto theft and assault with a deadly weapon. His sister, however, claims there is no way he started the fire intentionally, as he loves being in the forest. Authorities have not made public what they think his motive was.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Alibaba Group’s IPO came out with a monster roar today, climbing more than 36%, from $68 a share to $92.70 after its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. That surge instantly raised the company’s total market value from $168 billion to more than $200 billion.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir was slapped with a scathing defamation suit by his estranged husband Thursday. Victor Voronov filed for divorce against the three-time national champion in February after a nasty, widely publicized split that included allegations of domestic violence.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Warner Bros. Entertainment is expected to cut as many as 900 to 1,000 jobs worldwide as part of a studio-wide cost-cutting move, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. The estimated reductions would amount to more than 10% of the studio’s 9,000-person workforce. The cuts will be made in late October or early November.

ANTIDEPRESSANTS RAPIDLY ALTER BRAIN ARCHITECTURE, STUDY FINDS: A single dose of a popular class of psychiatric drug used to treat depression can alter the brain’s architecture within hours, even though most patients usually don’t report improvement for weeks, a new study suggests. More than 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. use these drugs, which adjust the availability of a chemical transmitter in the brain, serotonin, by blocking the way it is reabsorbed. The so-called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, include Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Paxil and Zoloft.

WORLD POPULATION MAY HIT 11 BILLION BY 2100: The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century’s end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday. That would mean two billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birth rates in Africa, said the report in the US journal Science.

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HOME DEPOT BREACH BIGGER THAN TARGET: Home Depot announced Thursday that a total of 56 million debit and credit cards were affected by a months-long data breach, far surpassing the hack of Target in 2013. According to Home Depot, the malware has been deleted and the chain claims there is no proof that pin numbers were compromised. The company also announced it has undergone a significant payment security upgrade. Target, which saw 40 million credit and debit cards compromised, saw its sales and profits fall when customers were put off by the data breach. The largest theft of credit and debit card information is still that of TJX Company in 2007, which affected 90 million records.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Somebody recently asked me what I would do if I had $500 million to give away. My first thought was that I’d become a moderate version of the Koch brothers. I’d pay for independent candidates to run against Democratic or Republican members of Congress who veered too far into their party’s fever swamps. But then I realized that if I really had that money, I’d want to affect a smaller number of people in a more personal and profound way. The big, established charities are already fighting disease and poverty as best they can, so in search of new directions I thought, oddly, of friendship.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: This just in: Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free. But will anyone believe the good news? I’ve just been reading two new reports on the economics of fighting climate change: a big study by a blue-ribbon international group, the New Climate Economy Project, and a working paper from the International Monetary Fund. Both claim that strong measures to limit carbon emissions would have hardly any negative effect on economic growth, and might actually lead to faster growth. This may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. These are serious, careful analyses.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: The union has survived, comfortably enough in the end. Scotland will remain part of Britain. The queen’s title will stay unchanged: Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her Other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. Phew: In that mouthful lurks a lot of history and stability. Relief is palpable. The pound rallied. David Cameron, the Tory prime minister who risked all, exhaled. A clear majority of 55 percent of Scots rejected independence in a referendum that had many merits. The questioning of democracy has become fashionable. Stillborn after the Arab Spring, paralyzed by discord in the United States, increasingly pliant to money, dithering in its processes beside the authoritarian systems of China and Russia, often unable to deliver growth or stem rising inequality, democracy has become the problem child of the 21st century.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Doctors become inured to death. I have become inured to rage!

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Thursday • September 18, 2014

WOW! NUMBER OF BILLIONAIRES HITS RECORD HIGH IN 2014: The world economy is going through a rough patch, yet the world’s billionaire population is at an all-time high.

A new survey shows that 155 new billionaires were minted this year, pushing the total population to a record 2,325 – a 7 percent increase from 2013.

Credit goes to the United States – home to the most billionaires globally – where 57 new billionaires were recorded this year, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014 released on Wednesday.

Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean were also large contributors, with 52 and 42 new entrants, respectively.

“The fastest growing segment of the billionaire population, in terms of wealth source, are those who inherited only part of their fortunes and became billionaires through their own entrepreneurial endeavors,” the report said, noting that 63 percent of all billionaires’ primary companies are privately held.

Billionaire populations in emerging markets showed mixed signals however.

AUSTRALIA COPS FOIL ISIS TERROR PLOT: Hundreds of Australian police swooped down on homes in Sydney and Brisbane prompted by intelligence reports that ISIS supporters were planning a public execution in the country, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Authorities on Wednesday arrested several people in the coordinated raids, which amounted to the biggest antiterrorism operation in Australia’s history. Intelligence authorities indicated that the targeted individuals were planning public beheadings and that “direct exhortations” were coming from “an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstrations here,” Abbott told reporters. Police allege that some suspects had been planning their attack for months.

HOUSE APPROVES OBAMA’S ISIS CAMPAIGN: On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to approve President Obama’s plan to combat ISIS by training and providing equipment for moderate Syrians. By a vote of 273 to 156, the House moved Obama’s strategy against ISIS a step closer to implementation. A notable 40 percent of Democrats opposed the plan, with Republicans providing needed support. Many politicians are dubious about the plan, particularly Obama’s vow not to put U.S. soldiers on the ground. Military officials have expressed doubts about this approach. On Tuesday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey specifically said U.S. troops may be needed. The Senate is expected to approve the bill on Thursday. If it does so, the U.S. will begin its third major military involvement in Iraq in the last 25 years.

JOAN RIVERS DOCTOR IDENTIFIED: According to TMZ, Joan Rivers’ personal physician who allegedly took a selfie while performing a biopsy is popular celebrity doctor Gwen Korovin. Korovin was reportedly not authorized to practice at the Yorkville Endoscopy center. Apparently, Korovin has patients including Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, John Mayer, and Brooke Shields. When TMZ reached out to her for comment, her office replied, “We do not comment on matters related to patients.”

NEW ISIS VIDEO FEATURES BRITISH HOSTAGE: Departing from its serial beheading videos of Western hostages that have outraged the world, the Islamic State released a new video on Thursday starring a captive British journalist, seated behind a desk, explaining the group’s message and warning that America and its allies are foolishly heading into another unwinnable war. The Internet video, titled “Lend Me Your Ears” and subtitled in Arabic, shows the journalist, John Cantlie, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and apparently reading from a script, recalling how he was captured by the militant group also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL after he arrived in Syria in November 2012.

TEXAS EXECUTES WOMAN FOR STARVING BOY TO DEATH: Authorities in Huntsville executed a Texas woman convicted of starving and torturing her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago. Lisa Coleman, who was 38, received a lethal injection Wednesday evening, about an hour after the Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her life. She became the ninth killer and second woman to receive a lethal injection in Texas in 2014. She’s the 15th woman executed nationally since 1976, when the high court allowed the death penalty to resume. That compares with 1,400 men in the same period. Coleman smiled and nodded to an aunt and some friends who watched through a window, and said, “I’m all right.”

SCOTTISH VOTE WEIGHS PRIDE AGAINST RISK: The people of Scotland decide Thursday whether national pride outweighs economic risk. The vote on independence is taking place without any of the usual factors that drive the dissolution of great nations: no war, no acute economic crisis, no raging territorial dispute. In fact, the situation is quite the opposite: peace, a slowly recovering economy and a central government in London that promises to grant more powers over taxing and spending to the Scottish Parliament.

MANHATTAN HAS WIDEST WEALTH GAP IN U.S.: East Coast politicians talking about inequality might want to look in their own backyard. The top 5 percent of households in Manhattan earn 88 times what the poorest 20 percent make, according to new Census data. The income for the top percent rose 9 percent from 2012 to 2013 (the final year of the Bloomberg administration) to $864,394. Overall in New York City, household income went up in every borough except Staten Island. Overall in the U.S., while the poverty rate declined from 15.0 percent to 14.5 percent, the number of people living in poverty (45.3 million) did not change.

BORDER PATROL TESTING BODY CAMERAS: After criticism over agents’ use of force, the U.S. Border Patrol announced it has purchased body cameras and will being testing them at its training academy this year. The agency did not say how many cameras were bought, or when they might be used in the field. However, introducing the cameras is likely to face opposition from the union representing border agents. In May, an internal report released by the agency highlighted issues about agents using unnecessary deadly force.

AWFUL – THOUSANDS FACE TOLLS FOR EVADING GUNFIRE: Thousands of drivers who were detoured by police to avoid a huge gunfight last month in Los Angeles have been fined for not having a transponder for the toll lanes to which they were diverted. On Aug. 13, police had closed the regular lanes from 3 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on part of the 110 freeway due to a gunfight between two men and police that ended with an officer wounded and a gunman killed. After an uproar, transit officials said people who received the fines did not have to pay them, and those who already did would be refunded. Xerox, which handles the tolls, says a system malfunction that the company can’t explain is the reason why people were charged. Drivers had received notices about fine increases if the tolls weren’t paid.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***One of Saturday Night Live’s longest-tenured cast members is being called upon to replace SNL’s longest-serving employee. In August, SNL announcer Don Pardo passed away at the age of 96. Pardo had introduced the cast nearly every season since the sketch comedy show kicked off in 1975. With the 40th season of Saturday Night Live set to premiere on September 27th, producer Lorne Michaels has recruited Darrell Hammond, a member of the SNL cast from 1995 to 2009, to take over in the announcer role.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year. The world’s largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees’ hours low.    ***Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Thursday again defended Burger King’s purchase of Canadian chain Tim Hortons, a deal criticized by many as an inversion plan by the fast food company to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate where Buffett serves as president and CEO, invested $3 billion to help finance the deal. Appearing on MSNBC, Buffett insisted that the purchase was not a tax dodge.

GINGRICH WARNS GOP OF ‘POPULATION IN TURMOIL’ THIS FALL: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned current and former lawmakers of a “population in turmoil” this election cycle, aggravated that Republicans have failed to offer a positive alternative to President Obama’s agenda. “There’s a poll out today that when asked, ‘do you think most members of Congress deserve reelection,’ it is 87-5,” Gingrich said Wednesday evening. “Now that frightens me. That tells me nobody here should assume we understand what’s going to happen on election day because you have a population in turmoil. They don’t like anybody and they have good sound reasons for it, in my judgment.”

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MEREDITH VIERIA: I WAS VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Meredith Vieria’s chilling confession to millions of viewers. “When people talk about domestic violence it is really, really, a complicated issue,” Vieria, 60, admitted on her talkshow. “It’s not so easy to just get away.” The former TODAY show anchor said she was prompted to share her personal; nightmare, in part because of the recent social media campaign with the hashtags #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft, in which people shared their personal stories. Vieira explained, “It started out, I loved this guy, it started out we’d have a fight and he’d just sort of grab my arm.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: President Obama’s rollout of a military campaign in Syria against the Islamic State gets messier by the day. Obama’s initial framing of the campaign, as a limited effort in partnership with allies, to degrade the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS, made sense, and it was encouraging that Obama dampened expectations and clearly understood how much could go wrong.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Videotape of the medical procedure performed on Joan Rivers will help investigators determine what led to her tragic death, sources say. While the New York State Health Department probes the Aug. 28 incident at a Manhattan outpatient clinic, sources say there is at least one film of doctors working on the 81-year-old comedy legend.

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Wednesday • September 17, 2014

STUDY: CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS SMELL DIFFERENT: A new study from the American Journal of Political Science indicates that different political affiliations may actually correspond with different body odors. The researchers, led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott, found that conservatives and liberals smell dissimilar. While the difference is small, it is apparently significant enough that we subconsciously prefer the scent of those who vote like we do. “It appears nature stacks the deck to make politically similar partners more attractive to each other in unconscious ways,” the researchers wrote. Previous research has found a number of other political view correlations with unknown degrees of biological and cultural influences. From eating preferences (the left likes strawberry jelly, while the right favors grape) to alcohol choices (Republicans like brown liquors; Democrats drink the clear stuff), conservatives and liberals live as distinctly as they vote.

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ISLAMIC STATE ISSUES VIDEO CHALLENGE TO OBAMA: In one of the Islamic State’s first responses to President Obama’s declaration that he would “degrade and ultimately destroy” it, the group released a short video late Tuesday in which it appeared to say that its militants would kill American ground forces should President Obama deploy them. The timing of the video’s release was curious. Just hours earlier, President Obama’s top military adviser had told Congress that he would recommend calling out American troops against the Islamic State if the current airstrike campaign was not sufficient — even though Mr. Obama has ruled out that option. The clip is only 52 seconds long and is billed as a preview for a longer video. With slow-motion replay, quick edits and high-quality video images, it looks like a Hollywood trailer.

G.O.P. GAINS STRENGTH AND OBAMA GETS LOW MARKS, POLL FINDS: A New York Times/CBS News poll shows that President Obama’s approval ratings are similar to those of President George W. Bush in 2006 when Democrats swept both houses of Congress in the midterm elections.  A deeply unpopular Republican Party is nonetheless gaining strength heading into the midterms, as the American public’s frustration with Mr. Obama has manifested itself in low ratings for his handling of foreign policy and terrorism.

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U.S. GENERAL OPEN TO GROUND FORCES IN FIGHT AGAINST ISIS IN IRAQ: President Obama’s top military adviser said Tuesday that he would recommend deploying United States forces in ground operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq if airstrikes proved insufficient, opening the door to a riskier, more expansive American combat role than the president has publicly outlined. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that while he was confident that an American-led coalition would defeat the Islamic State, he would not foreclose the possibility of asking Mr. Obama to send American troops to fight the militants on the ground — something Mr. Obama has ruled out.

IN BRUTAL YEAR FOR NEWS MEDIA IN AFGHANISTAN, A 7TH JOURNALIST IS KILLED: An Afghan woman has become the seventh journalist killed in Afghanistan so far this year, an Afghan media group said Wednesday, adding to a toll that has already made 2014 by far the deadliest year for the news media here since the fall of the Taliban. Palwasha Tokhi, who worked for Bayan Radio in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, was called out of her home purportedly to receive a wedding invitation from a visitor on Tuesday night. (Wedding invitations are typically delivered by hand in Afghanistan.)

ADRIAN PETERSON BARRED AS VIKINGS REVERSE COURSE: Less than two days after saying that Adrian Peterson would play this weekend, the Minnesota Vikings ceded to public pressure Wednesday and barred their star running back from the team while he deals with his arrest in Texas on charges that he beat his 4-year-old son. The reversal, announced around 1 a.m. in Minnesota, came after the Vikings were stridently criticized by fans, women’s groups and sponsors who said the team was insensitive to the issue of domestic violence.

MARIJUANA INDUSTRY BATTLING “STONER” STEREOTYPES SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot. According to media expert and author Michael Levine, “they are planning posters, brochures, billboards and magazine ads to caution consumers to use the drug responsibly and warn tourists and first-timers about the potential to get sick from accidentally eating too much medical-grade pot.” Marijuana activists plan to spend $75,000 by year’s end and eventually expand it to Washington State, where pot is also legal according to Levine.

NUMBER OF WEBSITES EXPLODES PAST A BILLION (AND COUNTING): The number of websites has burst above one billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time by online tracker Internet Live Stats. Tim Berners-Lee, considered the father of the World Wide Web, touted the milestone on Twitter — one of the most prominent websites in the mushrooming but sometimes murky Internet world.

LEAGUE AND PLAYERS’ UNION AGREE ON REVISED DRUG POLICY: The National Football League and the union representing its players have agreed to a revised drug policy that includes HGH testing starting this season, the two sides said on Wednesday. The formal agreement, which should see HGH (Human Growth Hormone) testing begin by the end of the month, comes nearly a week after the players’ union agreed to terms for a new policy following a vote by player representatives.

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Investopedia: Educating the World About Finance

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to a Time Magazine article published in 1945, the longest pregnancy on record is 375 days (as opposed to the usual 280 days). Amazingly, the delivered baby was only 6 pounds, 15 ounces.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The Japanese electronics giant Sony said Wednesday that it expected to post a loss of more than $2 billion for the fiscal year, almost five times larger than it previously forecast, exposing signs of serious wear in its mobile unit. The electronics maker said the loss of 230 billion yen, or $2.14 billion, for the fiscal year that ends in March — compared with an earlier projection of ¥50 billion — was deeper than it had expected because of reduced growth in its once-thriving mobile segment. The additional losses come from a quarterly write-down charge on the unit’s value of about ¥180 billion. It also said it would not pay a dividend for the year.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Men

1.     In Old English, human men were referred to as wer, while the term man was used to describe humanity as a whole. During the thirteenth century, man gradually replaced wer as the term for an adult human male while also maintaining its use as an expression for the entire human species.

2.     Worldwide, there are approximately 107 baby boys born for every 100 baby girls. Scientists believe the elevated birth rate in favor of boys may be linked to the higher mortality rates of boys in infancy and childhood.

3.     Globally, boy babies are 25% more likely to die in infancy than girl babies.

4.     Average height today for men in the U.S. is just over 5′ 9″ (175 cm) and average weight is approximately 190 pounds (86 kg). In 1960, average height for men was about 5′ 8″ (172 cm) and average weight was just over 166 pounds (75 kg).

5.     Worldwide, men have a life expectancy of 64.52 years, as compared to a life expectancy of 68.76 years for women.

6.     The most common cause of death for men in the U.S. is heart disease (the same as for women), and the average age of a first heart attack for men is just 66 years.

7.     In the U.S., men have higher death rates for all of the 15 leading causes of death (with the exception of Alzheimer’s disease) and die more than five years younger than women.

8.     The brains of adult men are about 10% larger in total size than the brains of women. Because men generally have a larger stature and more muscle mass than women, their brains require more neurons to control the body.

9.     Scientists have discovered than men’s and women’s brains actually function somewhat differently. When focused on a task, men tend to use only one side of their brain at a time, devoting all of their attention and concentration to the task at hand. Women, on the other hand, tend to use both sides of the brain at the same time, making them more adept at “multi-tasking.”

10.  The word “boy” has been in recorded use since A.D. 1154 as a descriptive term for a male child. The exact etymology of the word is unclear, but it is believed to have descended from the Anglo-Saxon word boia, meaning “servant” or “farm worker.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: This Sunday’s “People’s Climate March” in New York City could be the biggest demonstration yet for action on climate change. The march is scheduled to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit, which begins two days later. Despite the advance billing and the official nature of the summit, the march is what matters. The U.N. Summit will be a clubby gathering of world leaders and their representatives who will try to figure out ways to reward polluters for pretending to fix a problem for which they’re responsible in the first place; a fiasco. That’s not hyperbole, either. The summit is a little like a professional wrestling match: There appears to be action but it’s fake, and the winner is predetermined. The loser will be anyone who expects serious government movement dictating industry reductions in emissions.

TRUST IN MASS MEDIA RETURNS TO ALL-TIME LOW: After registering slightly higher trust last year, Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%. Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

LBN-COMMENTARY BY THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN: An existential struggle is taking place in the Arab world today. But is it ours or is it theirs? Before we step up military action in Iraq and Syria, that’s the question that needs answering. What concerns me most about President Obama’s decision to re-engage in Iraq is that it feels as if it’s being done in response to some deliberately exaggerated fears — fear engendered by YouTube videos of the beheadings of two U.S. journalists — and fear that ISIS, a.k.a., the Islamic State, is coming to a mall near you. How did we start getting so afraid again so fast? Didn’t we build a Department of Homeland Security?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Whenever Barack Obama seems in danger of falling, do we have to hear that George W. Bush made the cliff? It happened with the economy. For the president’s staunchest defenders, legitimate questions about whether the stimulus was wisely crafted and whether Obamacare was rushed took a back seat to lamentations over the damage that his predecessor had done. Obama wasn’t perfect, but at least he wasn’t Bush. And with the Middle East, those defenders sometimes turn Bush’s epic mistakes into Obama’s hall pass. Perhaps he hasn’t figured out what’s right, but he isn’t guilty of the original wrong, which is constantly being litigated anew, as if a fresh verdict on the events of 2003 could alter the challenges and stakes of 2014.

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Tuesday • September 16, 2014

U.S. AIRSTRIKES HIT TARGETS NEAR BAGHDAD HELD BY ISIS: The United States, as promised by President Obama, has stepped up its airstrike campaign in Iraq, hitting targets near Baghdad in the effort to help the Iraqi government win back territory seized by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon officials said Monday. The offensive is the first expansion of the United States’ campaign against the Islamist militant group that Mr. Obama outlined last week in a speech to the nation.

PETERSON REPORTEDLY BEAT ANOTHER SON: Adrian Peterson may have also beaten another son of his, according to photo and text evidence that surfaced Monday. The Minnesota Vikings star is being charged with felony injury to a child after beating his 4-year-old son so hard with a tree branch in May that he left cuts and bruises on the boy’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs, and scrotum. Another 4-year-old boy, who has a different mother, was given an injury that left a scar over his eye after “he got a whoopin in the car,” according to text messages between Peterson and the mother. On Monday, prior to the new allegations, Peterson says he’s learned such a vicious beating isn’t the only way to discipline children. “I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child. I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen.” Peterson said he voluntarily cooperated with a grand jury and police, maintaining he “never intended to harm my son.” The Vikings announced Monday that Peterson is no longer deactivated and is expected to play this Sunday.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Millions of dollars in oil revenue have made ISIS one of the wealthiest terror groups in history. Experts estimate the value of the output from the dozen or so oil fields and refineries under its control in Iraq and Syria at $1 million to $2 million a day. The group controls many of Syria’s eastern oil fields. In July, ISIS fighters took control of the country’s largest oil field, Omar, which was producing about 30,000 barrels a day when it was fully functioning. Recently it was producing about a third of that or less. ISIS expanded its attacks into Iraq’s oil-producing areas in June, and an August sweep into the Kurdish region gave it access to more of the country’s oil assets. Experts estimate that the Iraqi oil fields under ISIS control may produce 25,000 to 40,000 barrels of oil a day — worth a minimum of $1.2 million in the underground market.

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UNINSURED FELL BY 3.8 MILLION IN EARLY 2014: The number of Americans without health insurance fell by 3.8 million in early 2014, according to new federal figures. The first government analysis of how the Affordable Care Act has affected insurance-coverage rates showed that the percentage of people without health insurance dropped from an average of 14.4 percent to 13.1 percent in the first three months of this year. About 3.7 million people in the survey said they obtained private coverage through online exchanges run by states and the federal government. The tally of people who acquired coverage could be low because the survey might not reflect a late surge in enrollment. The study mirrors some outside findings: Gallup has reported that the number had fallen to 13.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014. The Obama administration announced that more than 8 million people bought coverage through the exchanges.

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NUMBER OF PRISONERS IN U.S. GREW SLIGHTLY IN 2013, REPORT FINDS: Breaking three consecutive years of decline, the number of people in state and federal prisons climbed slightly in 2013, according to a report released Tuesday, a sign that deeper changes in sentencing practices will be necessary if the country’s enormous prison population is to be significantly reduced. The report by the Justice Department put the prison population last year at 1,574,700, an increase of 4,300 over the previous year, yet below its high of 1,615,487 in 2009. In what criminologists called an encouraging sign, the number of federal prisoners

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OBAMACARE ABORTION RULE ISN’T FOLLOWED: The vast majority of insurers reviewed by the Government Accountability Office don’t follow a significant abortion provision in the new federal health-care law. Antiabortion supporters of the Affordable Care Act pushed for a regulation that makes insurers separately itemize elective abortions, but the GAO found that only one of 18 companies is doing so. The provision was meant to be a safeguard against federal subsidies being used to pay for elective abortions. The GAO did not determine whether the fact that these insurers did not follow the abortion-itemization stipulation meant federal funds were going to abortions.

ATLANTIC CITY LOSES FOURTH CASINO: Trump Plaza was shuttered Tuesday at 6 a.m., making it the fourth Atlantic City casino to close in 2014. The Atlantic Club, the Showboat and Revel casinos already closed during the year, cutting the number of casinos in the city famous for gambling by a third. Trump Plaza’s sister casino, the Taj Mahal, may also but shut down in November. Atlantic City has struggled to stay afloat among new competition, as other casinos have cropped up in nearby states.

DUNAWAY’s FACE WENT THAT-A-WAY: Faye Dunaway’s tragic plastic as pals fears she’s addicted to facial metamorphosis.  AT 73, Faye Dunaway’s face is puffier than a marshmallow – and friends fear the oncenatural beauty has become a plastic surgery addict.  Photographers recently caught the “Network” Oscar winner in Beverly Hills, hiding under a fedora. “Faye’s almost unrecognizable!” said a pal. Another friend begged her to stop having surgery, telling her, ‘There’s nothing left to lift!’ “But Faye won’t listen,” the pal added.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: About forty percent of European Jews hide their identity, the Rabbinical Center of Europe and the European Jewish Association claimed on Monday.

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ROBIN THICKE AS A DRUG ADDLED BRICK: Robin Thicke’s stunning drug use confessional in “Blurred Lines”- Marvin Gaye family legal war. Thicke made shocking admissions during a deposition that was acknowledged in court on Monday — including bombshells about his drug and alcohol abuse, revealing that he was drunk or high during “every single interview” he did last year. While embroiled in a heated legal battle with music legend Marvin Gaye ‘s family over claims that Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. ripped off is classic “Got To Give It Up,” Thicke’s depo were  unsealed by the judge.

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SUSAN SMITH WILD LIFE BEHIND BARS: Susan Smith’s wild life has not slowed down behind bars!  She’s attempted suicide, fallen victim to prescription pills and had a steamy lesbian love affair. The monster mom was found in a pool of blood inside a cell after slashing her wrist, a former prisoner at South Carolina’s Leath Correctional Institution said in 2012. She also became hooked on prescription pills including Wellbutrin, the anti-seizure medication Neurontin and the painkiller Parafon Forte, disclosed an insider.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In Iran, men who do not marry stay with their natal family their entire life and are described as na-mard (not-men).

LBN-THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

“Fear is the parent of cruelty.” – James Anthony Froude

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Imagine two cities. In City A, town leaders notice that every few weeks a house catches on fire. So they create a fire department — a group of professionals with prepositioned firefighting equipment and special expertise. In City B, town leaders don’t create a fire department. When there’s a fire, they hurriedly cobble together some people and equipment to fight it. We are City B. We are particularly slow to build institutions to combat long-running problems. The most obvious example is the fight against jihadism. We’ve been facing Islamist terror for several decades, now, but every time it erupts — in Lebanon, Nigeria, Sudan, Syria and beyond — leaders start from scratch and build some new ad hoc coalition to fight it.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: What is it going to take to get serious about data breaches? I ask this question in the wake of the recent Home Depot breach, in which the “bad guys” — presumably cybercriminals in Russia — apparently penetrated the company’s point of sale terminals and came away with an untold number of credit and debit card data. (Home Depot acknowledges that all 2,200 stores in the United States and Canada were likely hacked, but hasn’t yet revealed the number of cards from which data were stolen.)

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Dining alfresco is one of my great summer pleasures. Dining alfresco naked is even better!

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sean Parker‘s gone from Napster to nap-time. The entrepreneur who co-founded the now defunct file-sharing service and his wife Alexandra are expecting their second child together.   ***After amassing a private collection of African-American art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art announced Monday that the entire Cosby collection will go on view in November in a unique exhibit juxtaposing African-American art with African art.

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Monday • September 15, 2014

FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS! 46,496,145: Food Stamp Recipients Can Fill Yankee Stadium 925 Times:


In June 2014, there were 46,496,145 recipients of the food stamp program, which is enough to fill the Yankee Stadium 925 times, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Yankee Stadium is equipped to hold 50,291 persons, meaning that the 46,496,145 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in June 2014 could fill the stadium 925 times.  The number of recipients was up 270,999 since the previous month in May 2014 when there were 46,225,146 individuals participating in the program.

Similarly, the number of households participating in the SNAP program has increased as well from the 22,590,393 participating in May 2014 to the 22,713,934 participating in June 2014, an increase of 123,541 households.

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Monday • September 15, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Babies

1.     A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 months old. The delay may be related to the development of kidneys, which start to process sodium at about that age.

2.     In medieval Europe, leeches were commonly used to treat babies’ illnesses. For example, leeches were placed on a baby’s windpipe for croup. Additionally, teething babies were commonly purged or bled.

3.     In China, a baby is born with a birth defect every 30 minutes. Birth defects in that country have increased nearly 40% since 2001.

4.     The protein that keeps a baby’s skull from fusing is called “noggin.”

5.     A baby’s eyes are 75% of their adult size, but its vision is around 20/400. By six months, a baby’s vision should reach 20/20.

6.     Newborns are more likely to turn their head to the right than to the left.

7.     The inner ear is the only sense organ to develop fully before birth. It reaches its adult size by the middle of pregnancy.

8.     Within a few days of birth, a baby can distinguish between the touch of bristles that are of different diameters.

9.     A baby has around 10,000 taste buds, far more than adults. They are not just on the tongue but also on the sides, back, and roof of the mouth. Eventually these extra taste buds disappear.

10.  Adults have 206 bones. When babies are born, they have 300. Their bones fuse as they grow, resulting in fewer bones as adults.

11.  The intestines of a newborn are about 11 feet long. The length will double by the time the baby grows to adulthood.

12.  A newborn urinates about every 20 minutes and then roughly every hour at 6 months.

13.  Human babies are the only primates who smile at their parents.

14.  If a person who was born 8 lbs. and 20 in. at birth continued growing at the same rate as he does the first year, by the time he reached 20, he’d be 25 ft. tall and weigh nearly 315 lbs.

15.  A baby is born in the world every three seconds.

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LBN-SEE IT:….Wonder Woman, introduced in 1941, was a creation of utopian feminism, inspired by Margaret Sanger and the ideals of free love.


LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: USA Today Founded (1982)

USA Today was founded as an alternative to the typical newspaper. Initially considered gimmicky, it gradually improved its reputation and increased its circulation and advertising revenues, a particularly impressive feat as few papers were experiencing growth at the time. The features that originally set it apart—colorful graphics, brief stories, and a focus on sports and celebrity—have been adopted by various other papers.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Researchers found that every two hours spent watching television was associated with a 14% increase in diabetes risk.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: WATCH: NFL Hall Of Famer Delivers Moving Speech On Child Abuse


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LBN-SEE IT:…. “This is what I’m meant to do,” Al Pacino says of acting. “With this, everything suddenly coheres, and I understand myself.”


LBN-INVESTIGATES: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has a record of missteps that goes well beyond its failure to detect an ignition switch defect in several models of G.M. cars now linked to at least 13 deaths.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Microsoft agreed on Monday to buy the creator of Minecraft, the world-building computer game, for $2.5 billion, in a move meant to add the immensely popular title to its stock of content. Last week, Microsoft was reported to be in talks to buy the firm in an effort to ensure that one of the most popular games was available for the computing giant’s family of devices.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Last week I participated in a conference organized by Rethinking Economics, a student-run group hoping to promote, you guessed it, a rethinking of economics. And Mammon knows that economics needs rethinking in the wake of a disastrous crisis, a crisis that was neither predicted nor prevented. It seems to me, however, that it’s important to realize that the enormous intellectual failure of recent years took place at several levels. Clearly, economics as a discipline went badly astray in the years — actually decades — leading up to the crisis. But the failings of economics were greatly aggravated by the sins of economists, who far too often let partisanship or personal self-aggrandizement trump their professionalism. Last but not least, economic policy makers systematically chose to hear only what they wanted to hear. And it is this multilevel failure — not the inadequacy of economics alone — that accounts for the terrible performance of Western economies since 2008.

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Saturday • September 13, 2014

ARABS GIVE TEPID SUPPORT TO U.S. FIGHT AGAINST ISIS:

Many Arab governments grumbled quietly in 2011 as the United States left Iraq, fearful it might fall deeper into chaos or Iranian influence. Now, the United States is back and getting a less than enthusiastic welcome, with leading allies like Egypt, Jordan and Turkey all finding ways on Thursday to avoid specific commitments to President Obama’s expanded military campaign against Sunni extremists.

As the prospect of the first American strikes inside Syria crackled through the region, the mixed reactions underscored the challenges of a new military intervention in the Middle East, where 13 years of chaos, from Sept. 11 through the Arab Spring revolts, have deepened political and sectarian divisions and increased mistrust of the United States on all sides.

PISTORIUS FOUND GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER: The judge who cleared Oscar Pistorius of murder charges yesterday found him guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the decision Friday after going through evidence point by point, as she did when she found the former Olympian not guilty of murder. On Thursday, she had telegraphed the manslaughter verdict when she described some of his actions as “negligent.” And she ultimately convicted him of unlawful killing. The track star’s defense team had argued that he killed his girlfriend in a panic, thinking she was an intruder and shooting her through a bathroom door at the home they shared. Pistorius also was found guilty of a lesser firearms charge. Pistorius was granted bail after the conviction, and will be sentenced on October 13. He could receive up to 15 years in prison—or be fined and spared incarceration entirely.

MALALA’S TALIBAN ATTACKERS ARRESTED: According to Pakistan’s army, the group of Taliban militants who were behind the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in 2012 have been arrested. Until now, not a single person had been arrested. According to the army’s press officer, 10 attackers have been identified and arrested. Malala is now based in Britain, but is not able to return home to Pakistan because of Taliban threats to kill her and her family members. Two other girls were wounded in the attack.

ISIS FORCES SURGE TO AS MANY AS 31,000: Those concerned about how long it will take to achieve President Obama’s goal of destroying Islamic State, also known as ISIS, will not be buoyed by news of the militant extremists’ rapidly rising numbers. A CIA spokesman told the Associated Press the group known for its brutal tactics can now muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters. That’s a big increase on the agency’s previous estimate of 10,000 jihadists, and higher even than the 20,000 figure cited by some outside experts. The reason is also alarming: stronger recruitment by ISIS since June, following the group’s declaration of an Islamic caliphate incorporating parts of Iraq and Syria. To put things in perspective, 31,500 fighters is more than many smaller countries have in their entire military. The United Nations is considering a proposal that would require countries to enact laws that rein in recruitment of foreign fighters.

RIVERS’ ENT NOT AUTHORIZED BY CLINIC: The ear, nose, and throat specialist who was in the clinic operating room when Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest was not authorized to practice medicine in the facility. The ENT had been brought in by the comedian’s gastroenterologist, and inspected her voice box twice during the surgery. Neither the gastroenterologist nor the ENT has been accused of wrongdoing.

HP BRIBED RUSSIAN LEGAL OFFICIALS: Hewlett-Packard was ordered to pay $58.8 million in fines by a judge on Thursday for bribing government officials in Russia. An HP Russia subsidiary had created a multimillion-dollar slush fund to bribe Russian officials in return for a contract with Russia’s prosecutor general. The plea deal was part of a larger one, costing the company $108 million for paying bribes for contracts in Russia, Poland, and Mexico. “For more than a decade, HP Russia business executives participated in an elaborate scheme that involved paying bribes to government officials in exchange for large contracts,” the FBI said.

THE BEST DIET IS THE ONE YOU CAN STICK WITH: Diet fads seem to come and go with the seasons, so how can you know which one is best? Researchers have analyzed data from 48 separate trials to find the answer, and the results may surprise you: there is no “best.” All diets result in roughly similar weight loss, likely because they all cut calories to a similar level. More important than diet type, researchers say, is the individual dieter’s ability to stick with a given program. It is important to note, however, that this study looked exclusively at weight loss and not at other health issues, like cholesterol levels, that can be influenced by diet.

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U.S. Department of Transportation: Distracted Driving

“Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes. The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel. Since 2009, we have held two national distracted driving summits, banned texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, encouraged states to adopt tough laws, and launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about the issue. Distraction.gov is your resource for learning more about distracted driving. Get the facts, get involved, and help us keep America’s roadways safe.”

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jesse Owens (1913)

Owens was an African-American track-and-field star famous for his performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, where he claimed four gold medals in the presence of Adolf Hitler and Nazi leaders, who had hoped the games would promote their idea of racial superiority. Though hailed as a hero, Owens faced segregation upon his return to the US, even suffering the humiliation of having to use a freight elevator to attend a reception in his honor.

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Friday • September 12, 2014

POPE SAYS WORLD’S MANY CONFLICTS AMOUNT TO PIECEMEAL WORLD WAR THREE: Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a “piecemeal” Third World War, condemning the arms trade and “plotters of terrorism” sowing death and destruction. “Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep,” Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy’s largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Affairs

1.     A 2011 study found that in half of the patients admitted to the hospital for fractured penises, they occurred during an affair. Researchers believe that a man may be extra excited during an affair and he may be having sex in an awkward place.

2.     A 2012 study reports that “sudden coital death” is more common when a man is having extramarital sex in an unfamiliar setting than when he is with his spouse at home. Extramarital sex may stress out the heart also because the lover is often younger than the primary partner, and sex often follows excessive drinking or eating.

3.     Cheating usually occurs in the phase of companionate love, when couples begin to settle down, have kids, and solidify the life they built together. While they are fulfilled in some areas, like being a provider, other areas may be lacking, such as romance.

4.     More than 60% of affairs start at work.

5.     A sudden change in a husband’s sex drive could be a red flag for an affair. When a man starts cheating, he becomes hyperactive sexually. After the affair is solid, he may pull away from his wife again.

6.     Women tend to cheat for emotional satisfaction. Men cheat more from sexual motivation.

7.     Infidelity is not the leading cause of divorce. While an affair can destroy a marriage, the main reason for divorce is money.

8.     While cheating affects all demographics, there are certain groups who are more likely to cheat, including high-school dropouts and couples in which one partner is largely dependent on the other’s income.

9.     There are certain red flags that signify a partner may be cheating, such as a sudden shift in behavior, either positive or negative. If a partner suddenly becomes super critical, he or she may be setting up the other person to be at fault for his or her affair. Another sign is partners becoming unnecessarily generous, such as with gifts—often they are doing it out of guilt.

10.  Online cheating, without physical contact, can be the most dangerous type of cheating. Becoming emotionally invested in someone else means the cheating person has checked out of the marriage.

11.  A study by infidelity site Victoria Milan revealed that over half of the couples on their site reported feeling the itch to cheat more when the weather warmed up.

12.  A Binghamton University study linked genetic variation with infidelity. The same variation is associated with alcohol consumption, gambling, a love of horror films, and openness to new social situations.

13.  While couple’s therapy can be enormously helpful for both partners, there is no specific timetable or way to heal from infidelity. Some experts suggest allowing the betrayed partner to discuss the affair for 15 minutes every day for as many days as needed.

14.  Infidelity does not mean the marriage is over. Over 50% of marriages survive infidelity, although they may still break down from other underlying problems in the future.

15.  In one study, 56% of men who cheated said they were in very happy marriages; only 34% of women said the same.

 

NATIONS TRYING TO STOP THEIR CITIZENS FROM GOING TO MIDDLE EAST TO FIGHT FOR ISIS: France wants more power to block its citizens from leaving the country, while Britain is weighing whether to stop more of its citizens from coming home. Tunisia is debating measures to make it a criminal offense to help jihadist fighters travel to Syria and Iraq, while Russia has outlawed enlisting in armed groups that are “contradictory to Russian policy.” The rapid surge of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and its ability to draw fighters from across the globe, have set off alarm bells in capitals worldwide. Countries that rarely see eye to eye are now trying to blunt its recruitment drive, passing a raft of new rules that they hope will stop their citizens from joining extremist groups abroad.

 

ADRIAN PETERSON TURNS HIMSELF IN: After being served with an indictment for injuring his four-year-old son, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson flew to Texas to turn himself in to authorities early Saturday before posting $15,000 bond and being released. According to CBS Houston, the “whooping” to the young boy came after he pushed another one of Peterson’s kids “off of a motorbike video game.” Peterson reportedly hit his son with a switch (a tree branch with the leaves pulled off) repeatedly, leaving him with cuts and bruises on his arms, legs, back, scrotum, hands, and buttocks. The boy told investigators that his father, whom he was visiting from Minnesota, “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.” Peterson reportedly told police, “I have nothing to hide, but I also understand when a child has marks like that on his leg, they have to report that.”

 

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MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADER SAYS QATAR ASKED SOME MEMBERS TO LEAVE: An Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday that Qatar has asked several of the group’s prominent members to leave the country, in an apparent concession to a campaign by other Persian Gulf monarchies to pressure Doha away from its support for the group. “Some symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing — the Freedom and Justice Party — who were asked by authorities to move their residence outside the state of Qatar have now honored that request,” Amr Darrag, a senior Brotherhood leader, said in a statement posted on the group’s website.

 

FOLEY MOM FACED PROSECUTION FOR RANSOM: According to James Foley’s mother, the U.S. government told family members that if they raised money for to pay ISIS a ransom, “we might be prosecuted.” Foley’s mother told CNN Thursday: “We were just told to trust that he would be freed somehow, miraculously.” She also said that it seemed the family was “an annoyance” to the government, and that they were told “not to go to the media.” She also said government officials said a military mission would not be attempted. “Jim was killed in the most horrific way. He was sacrificed because of just a lack of coordination, lack of communication, lack of prioritization,” she said.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately $6 billion in revenue is lost by American businesses as a result of decreased worker productivity linked to marriage hardship. Employees in a happy marriage, in contrast, tend to increase a company’s bottom line.

 

ZIMMERMAN THREATENED TO KILL DRIVER: According to Florida police, a man called 911 on Tuesday because George Zimmerman threatened to kill him during a bout of road rage. The man called 911 again the next day, claiming Zimmerman was waiting for him at work. Zimmerman was confronted by police and he admitted to arguing with the man. The police said they have not arrested Zimmerman because the man does not want to press charges. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

 

CHINA CREATES 40,000 NEW MILLIONAIRES: China created 40,000 new millionaires in 2013, bringing the total to 1.09 million, according to a new study. The growth of 3.8 percent is a bit of an improvement from last year’s 3 percent gain. But it’s still only about half the growth rate of 2010 and 2011, suggesting that China’s economic slowdown and the government’s crackdown on corruption is slowing its millionaire manufacturing machine.

 

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MARK SANFORD ENDS ENGAGEMENT: South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford has broken off his engagement with Maria Belen Chapur, he announced in an enormously long Facebook post on Friday. Sanford’s ex-wife, Jenny Sanford—with whom he divorced in 2010—filed a new lawsuit over a week ago demanding he undergo a psychiatric exam and take anger management and parenting classes. In the Facebook post, Sanford wrote that he will be getting a lawyer but only instructing them “not to fight back, to work to de-escalate and defuse and to look for measured justice and an end to controversy.” Sanford also wrote that the end of his relationship with Chapur came about because “no relationship can stand forever this tension of being forced to pick between the one you love and your own son or daughter, and for this reason Belen and I have decided to call off the engagement. Maybe there will be another chapter when waters calm with Jenny, but at this point the environment is not conducive to building anything given no one would want to be caught in the middle of what’s now happening.”

 

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UNION: JAIL KNEW TJ LANE PLANNED ESCAPE: Officials at the prison that school shooter T.J. Lane escaped from late Thursday night, were apparently warned of Lane’s escape plans a day before. The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association says that one of the inmates was put in segregation after his escape plans were discovered (that inmate lived in the same unit as Lane and one other escapee) but prison officials did not take further steps to secure the unit. In addition, a prison inspection report from April reveals that inspectors found “an ongoing concern” regarding security management in the unit that housed Lane and two other inmates who hopped a fence and were on the loose for a few hours before being apprehended again.

 

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TEEN FACES JAIL TIME FOR JESUS JOKE: A Pennsylvania teen is facing dire consequences for a dumb prank involving simulated oral sex and a Jesus statue. A 14-year-old faces up to two years in juvenile detention for posting a Facebook photo that shows him humping the statue’s face. A seldom-invoked 1972 Pennsylvania law criminalizes “defacing, damaging, polluting, or otherwise physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action.” LGBT advocacy nonprofit Truth Wins Out has argued that the law is unconstitutional because it violates the establishment clause (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”).

 

BODY ODOR TEST IMPOSED ON CABBIES: Officials at San Diego International Airport are using body odor as a criteria for judging taxi drivers—and cabbies aren’t happy. Drivers with United Taxi Workers of San Diego say the smell test, which is one of 52 criteria inspectors use, perpetuates a stereotype against immigrants (a 2013 survey by San Diego State University and Center on Policy Initiatives found that 94 percent of cab drivers were immigrants, with 65 percent of them from East Africa). Drivers also say that smells are just as likely to come from passengers in the back seat. Airport authority spokeswoman Rebecca Bloomfield, however, says there is “no standard process” to testing. “Taxi drivers are often the first impression that travelers receive when arriving into San Diego and we want to encourage a positive experience,” she says.

 

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BERNIE MADOFF’s HIGH-LIFE ESTRANGED WIFE IS ON THE PROWL: The estranged wife of Bernie Madoff is living high on the hog and looking for love in one of the wealthiest towns in America, according to sources. Nearly six years after the moneyman’s Ponzi scheme stiffed 13,500 victims out of a staggering $65 billion, Ruth Alpern Madoff has settled into a $1.5 million mansion in tony Old Greenwich, Conn. And while the feds seized most of the family’s $80 million in assets, she’s been spotted buying armloads of designer duds, cases of fine wine and pricey cosmetics. “Instead of living modestly and paying some sort of restitution, Ruth doesn’t seem to be feeling any financial pain whatsoever!” grumped one outraged local socialite. “It’s an absolute disgrace that she’s still living the good life.”

 

STONEHENGE SECRETS UNCOVERED: There is more to Stonehenge than meets the eye. The enigmatic prehistoric site that has seemingly stood in isolation for thousands of years is actually surrounded by a previously unknown complex of ancient monuments, buildings, and burial mounds, some of which predate Stonehenge by millennia. Though long buried and forgotten, these structures were discovered during a four-year project to map the landscape surrounding Stonehenge. Using a combination of modern technologies, including magnetometers, ground-penetrati ng radar, and GPS, researchers mapped nearly 3,000 acres to a depth of about 10 feet (3 meters

 

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Ice cream, candy and soft drinks helped make Warren Buffett a billionaire. Now a subsidiary of his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is seeking to profit from pot. Cubic Designs Inc., a unit of Berkshire’s MiTek business that makes platforms for maximizing usable floor space in warehouses, sent about 1,000 fliers to weed dispensaries in recent weeks, offering to help growers expand the number of plants they cultivate.   ***Here’s the carnivorous glory that is Holy Cow, a barbecue restaurant from MessHall’s Rob Serritella that takes over an old Louise’s Trattoria on the dividing line between Santa Monica and Brentwood. Right across from the Brentwood Country Mart, this new joint doesn’t adhere to any particular style of ‘cue, but keeps the smoke low and slow. Think about rubbed baby back ribs, or USDA choice brisket with Texas toast. Consider tri-tip, a California specialty, with chimmichurri, or perhaps Carolina-style smoked pulled pork.

 

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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Entertainment and sports attorney Doug Davis — whose clients include Lil Jon, Swizz Beatz and Metta World Peace — is a leading contender to purchase the Atlanta Hawks, sources say. Davis, the 40-year-old son of legendary music mogul Clive Davis, is assembling an owners group comprised of music and entertainment executives, artists and celebrities, several of whom have ties to the Atlanta area.

 
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Open Yale Courses

“Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required. No course credit, degree, or certificate is available through the Open Yale Courses webs”

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: Scotland’s economy will be the requisite Third World shambles. Scotland’s two dominant political parties are the leftist Scottish National Party and the leftist Scottish Labor Party. These can be counted on to vie in out-lefting each other. Cuba-with-chilblains, here we come!

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: In 2006, the year Roger Goodell was named commissioner of the National Football League, the Washington Redskins were the most valuable team in football, according to Forbes magazine, with a valuation of $1.4 billion. Washington’s revenue that year was $303 million, with profits of more than $108 million. In second place came the New England Patriots, valued by Forbes at $1.18 billion, followed by the Dallas Cowboys at $1.17 billion. Fast forward to Forbes’s most recent financial analysis of N.F.L. teams, published earlier this month. Today, the Dallas Cowboys, the No. 1 team, are valued at $3.2 billion, almost triple their valuation of just eight years ago, with revenue of $560 million and profits of $246 million. The New England Patriots, meanwhile, saw their valuation jump to $2.6 billion. The Washington team, though now in third place, is still worth $1 billion more than it was in 2006.

 

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Sunday • September 14, 2014

ISIS THREATENS UK AFTER BEHEADING: ISIS has published another video allegedly showing the beheading of British hostage David Haines, 44, just hours after his family pleaded for his life. Stills from the video as well as links to it online began appearing on Twitter accounts associated with ISIS early Saturday evening. “Jihadi John,” the masked killer who is believed to have also killed American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in August, appears to be the murderer on video. Again, he called for an end to attacks against ISIS in Syria and Iraq by the United States and its allies, namely the United Kingdom. And as in other videos, he showed the likely next victim, identified as Alan Henning. The jihadist specifically warned British Prime Minister David Cameron to stop supporting the effort against ISIS. Cameron is expected to seek Parliamentary approval to join the United States in air strikes against ISIS positions in Iraq. Haines was a humanitarian aid worker who had worked in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East since 1999. He was taken hostage in March last year, but his identity was kept secret for 19 months to allow time for the family to work for his release. Haines has two daughters, ages four and 17, and lived in Croatia after marrying his second wife, Dragana Haines.

ARAB NATIONS OFFER ANTI-ISIS STRIKES: Several Arab nations have offered to carry out air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, according to a senior official in the U.S. State Department. “There have been offers both to Centcom (United States Central Command) and to the Iraqis of Arab countries taking more aggressive kinetic action,” said the official on Sunday. On Thursday, ten Arab countries issued a communiqué with the U.S. endorsing efforts to “destroy” ISIS. U.S. officials said some, but not all, of those countries will be contributing to the military efforts against ISIS. Earlier today, Australia pledged troops and aircraft carriers to combat ISIS, and France and Saudi Arabia have agreed to different forms of military support. The announcement comes a day after the release of another ISIS beheading video showing the murder of British aid worker David Haines.

AMERICAN GETS HARD LABOR IN NORTH KOREA: North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years of hard labor on Sunday. “He committed acts hostile to the DPRK while entering the territory of the DPRK under the guise of a tourist last April,” read a short statement published through the state media. The trial of Miller, a 24-year-old from Bakerfield, California, lasted about 90 minutes, and he waived the right to a lawyer. While North Korea media had reported Miller tore up his passport and sought asylum in the country, Miller refuted that claim during the trial. When he was sentenced, the court announced it would not hear any appeals of the decision. Miller is now the second American serving a hard labor sentence in the country. The other, Kenneth Bae, is currently serving a 15-year-sentence. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, is the other American detained in North Korea, and he is still awaiting trial.

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FACEBOOK SPLIT SHOCKED SANFORD’S FIANCEE: Apparently, Rep. Mark Sanford’s fiancee was just as surprised as the rest of the nation when he announced the end of their engagement via Facebook. “I learned it from the press today,” Maria Belen Chapur said Saturday; Sanford’s post claiming “Belen and I have decided to call off the engagement” was posted Friday. Chapur says Sanford consistently put off their wedding date, claiming he wouldn’t wed until his son, Blake, would not be a minor and, therefore, there wouldn’t be an issue over visitation rights. After a recent trip to Paris, she thought things would change. “We were like a honeymoon. I thought that he might tell me, ‘O.K., let’s put a date, end of 2015,”’ she said. “I wrote to him, ‘I had a spectacular week, you know I love you, but I don’t want to continue in the category of mistress.’ ” According to Belen, Sanford told her he’d “say goodbye” if she refused to wait another 24 month. Then, he blindsided her with the very public Facebook post. “I think that I was not useful to him anymore — he made the engagement thing four months before the elections,” Chapur said. “So this is not about his son, this is about his career and his ambitions.”

FAILED FOLEY RESCUE HAUNTS OBAMA: As President Obama prepares the country for his plan to combat ISIS, he is still haunted by the U.S. missions that failed to rescue American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. “We just missed them,” he told a group of visitors who met with him before his speech outlining his ISIS strategy. He said he is still “haunted” by the lethal failure, especially since there are two other Americans being held by ISIS. Still, he was assured of his decision not to negotiate with the captors. During the same visit, he criticized the French for paying ransom to terrorists and claimed Americans are kidnapped at lower rates because the U.S. does.

MISS AMERICA EFFORT TO BUFF ATLANTIC CITY’S IMAGE A “LONG-SHOT” SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: Atlantic City, a struggling seaside gambling resort has been in the national news of late for all the wrong reasons lately: a rash of casino closings, thousands of unemployed workers, and a domestic violence case involving a former NFL star. But for three hours Sunday night, America will get a different look at Atlantic City according to media expert and author Michael Levine. “While the Miss America pageant will present an upbeat view of the city where it began in 1921 and crown its next winner during a nationally televised finale and I sense the mission of turning around the image of the city remains a long-shot” said Levine.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sixty to 70% of North Korean defectors who enter China are women, and 70-80% of them become victims of human trafficking. If the Chinese government catches them, they are sent back to Korea, where they are forced into penal colonies or executed. Any Chinese-fathered babies are executed and any pregnancies are forcibly aborted.

LIFE-SIZE AMY WINEHOUSE STATUE UNVEILED: A bronze life-size statue of singer Amy Winehouse was unveiled in London on what would have been her 31st birthday. The statue is located in Stables Market in Camden, a section of north London where Winehouse lived until her sudden death in July 2011. “The design is not based on any single snapshot, photo or moment in time, but an amalgamation of influences,” said sculptor Scott Eaton. “Hopefully by taking many important moments in her history and drawing on those, the piece comes close to capturing the essence of Amy.” Both of Winehouse’s parents were there for the unveiling. “It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time,” said her father, Mitch.

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FAT SHAMING COUNTERPRODUCTIVE: Shaming people for being overweight does not motivate them to lose weight. In fact, it appears to have the opposite effect. Adults who experienced weight discrimination gained more weight over a four-year period than those who did not. Being made to feel bad about one’s physique seems to drive people to take comfort in food while simultaneously undermining their self-confidence with respect to physical activity, leading them to avoid it. Unfortunately, weight bias is pervasive not just among the general public but also within the medical community, making it harder for those struggling with their weight to get much-needed support and encouragement

LBN-NOTICED: ***Reality show executive producer Erk Streit having lunch at the popular Fig & Olive restaurant in West Hollywood.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Adrian Peterson, the star Minnesota Vikings running back charged with child abuse, surrendered to Montgomery County, Tex., authorities early Saturday morning and was freed on $15,000 bond. Peterson flew to Houston on Friday night after practicing with the Vikings earlier in the day. A warrant had been issued for Peterson’s arrest Friday afternoon, one day after he was true-billed — indicted, essentially — by a Montgomery County grand jury on a single count of injuring a child. The team listed him as inactive for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots at Minneapolis.   ***Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor. “At least I can still play tennis,” Norman told The Associated Press by phone Sunday morning. Norman, the Hall of Fame golfer and entrepreneur, was cutting back trees in his South Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chain saw. He said the blade hit him just below where a person would be wearing a wrist watch. He said doctors told him it missed his artery by a fraction of an inch.

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SANTA MONICA USING $1M TO EVALUATE ITS HAPPINESS: Santa Monica seems almost like paradise. The sparkling blue ocean, shimmering sandy beaches, clear skies and a famous pier with a merry-go-round paint a picture of contentment. But there’s also loads of traffic and a high cost of living, two things that recently prompted the real estate blog Movoto to rate Santa Monica No. 2 on its Top 10 list of America’s Most Stressed-Out Suburbs. To do something about that, the city applied for a Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge grant, proposing a “Wellbeing Project” that would determine just how much people in this picture-postcard town really like living here. The city received $1 million grant

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Coupons at Checkout

“Simplify your online couponing experience. During checkout it will remind, show, and automatically enter coupon codes for you with a single click. No more searching. No more copying and pasting codes.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: When Roger Goodell was growing up here, he had the best possible example of moral leadership. His father, a moderate New York Republican appointed by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to Bobby Kennedy’s Senate seat after the assassination, risked his career to come out against the Vietnam War. “We should not be engaged in a land war 10,000 miles away,” he wrote to Rockefeller.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: There are three things in life that you should never do ambivalently: get married, buy a house or go to war. Alas, we’re about to do No. 3. Should we?President Obama clearly took this decision to lead the coalition to degrade and destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, with deep ambivalence. How could he not? Our staying power is ambiguous, our enemy is barbarous, our regional allies are duplicitous, our European allies are feckless and the Iraqis and Syrians we’re trying to help are fractious. There is not a straight shooter in the bunch.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: When the long, grim history of Christianity’s disappearance from the Middle East is written, Ted Cruz’s performance last week at a conference organized to highlight the persecution of his co-religionists will merit at most a footnote. But sometimes a footnote can help illuminate a tragedy’s unhappy whole. For decades, the Middle East’s increasingly beleaguered Christian communities have suffered from a fatal invisibility in the Western world. And their plight has been particularly invisible in the United States, which as a majority-Christian superpower might have been expected to provide particular support.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn: One reason the United States has not made more progress against poverty is that our interventions come too late. If there’s one overarching lesson from the past few decades of research about how to break the cycles of poverty in the United States, it’s the power of parenting — and of intervening early, ideally in the first year or two of life or even before a child is born.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Isabel V. Sawhill: Marriage is disappearing. More than 40 percent of new mothers are unmarried. Many young adults drift into parenthood unintentionally. They may be cohabiting at the time of their child’s birth, but about half of these couples will have split up by the time their child is 5 years old. College-educated young adults are still marrying before having children and planning their families more intentionally. The rest of America, about two-thirds of the population, is not. We’ve been worrying about these trends for years, and wondering: Can marriage be restored as the standard way to raise children? As much as we might welcome a revival, I doubt that it will happen. The genie is out of the bottle. What we need instead is a new ethic of responsible parenthood. If we combine an updated social norm with greater reliance on the most effective forms of birth control, we can transform drifters into planners and improve children’s life prospects.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***1980s sexpot Pia Zadora badly injured in crash. Zadora, the Golden Globe winning cheese queen of the 1980s who was hospitalized with serious head and leg injuries after a fall from a motorized golf cart . The cart was driven by her teenage son near their northwest Las Vegas home. Zadora’s hubby, Mike Jeffries, tolds the Las Vegas Sun the singer-actress suffered a head injury and a compound ankle fracture in the accident. Zadora’s recovering in intensive care at University Medical Center. Zadora who starred In “Santa Claus Conquers the Marians” and “Butterfly” later turned to singing.   ***The doctor who oversaw Joan Rivers’ fatal endoscopy operated on an elderly patient without his informed consent a decade ago, the patient’s attorneys said. The 93-year-old lost his 2004 medical malpractice suit against Dr. Lawrence Cohen, but his ­attorneys say his situation was similar to the comedian’s botched procedure. Yorkville Endoscopy spokeswoman Marcia Horowitz had dismissed comparisons between the Rivers incident and the 2004 case of a 93-year-old Dr. David Lehr by saying that his treatment “was an emergency, not an elective, as Ms. Rivers’ was.”

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Thursday • September 11, 2014

WE PAUSE TO THE REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THE 9/11 TRAGEDY: On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we pause to honor the dead and pay tribute to the first responders.—-LBN E-Lert Editors.

HOLY SMOKE! TEENS WHO SMOKE CANNABIS DAILY ‘SEVEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT SUICIDE’: Teenagers who start smoking cannabis daily before the age of 17 are seven times more likely to commit suicide, a study has found. According to the paper, published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, youths who smoke marijuana on a daily basis are also 60% less likely to finish high school. Researchers led by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales analysed results of three large, long-running studies from Australia and New Zealand involving nearly 3,800 people.

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PISTORIUS FOUND NOT GUILTY OF MURDER: A high court judge in South Africa says Oscar Pistorius is not guilty of murder of Reeva Steenkamp last year. Judge Thokozile Masipa made the partial announcement in a hushed courtroom Thursday as she summed up the evidence presented to the court. Masipa has yet to rule on other charges of unlawful killing, including culpable homicide. She carefully described Steenkamp’s injuries and also summarized the chronology of the slaying. Masipa said at one point that the evidence of some witnesses had to be “rejected in its entirety.” Pistorius sat quietly in the courtroom as people inside and outside awaited the verdict. The defense claimed that he killed his girlfriend when he panicked after mistaking her for an intruder, shooting her through a bathroom door at their home.

OBAMA OKS FIRST SYRIA AIR STRIKES: In his address to the nation, President Obama outlined a multi-phase plan for combating ISIS, saying the United States would lead a “broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.” He said he was authorizing U.S. air strikes in Syria for the first time, and that the U.S. effort in Iraq would expand. While the U.S. will send 475 service members to Iraq, they will “not have a combat mission.” They will provide intelligence, training, and equipment to Iraqi forces. “We will not be dragged into another ground war,” said Obama. Obama noted how broad a threat ISIS posed with international recruitment. “Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners—including Europeans and some Americans—have joined them in Iraq and Syria,” he said. While the president focused on a strategy for combating ISIS in Iraq, he made it clear that the U.S. “will not hesitate” to go into Syria if need be. “If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven,” he said. A year ago, the president declined to use air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; his decision to take such action against ISIS amounts to a change in strategy spurred by the extremist group’s growing threat. Obama said he has the “authority to address the threat” posed by ISIS, but that may not be true. Eli Lake reports Obama’s legal rationale for the war rests on post-9/11 legislation empowering the president to go after Al Qaeda, but of course ISIS isn’t part of Al Qaeda. Obama has asked Congress to allocate $5 billion for counterrorism, which has yet to be approved

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KERRY, IN SAUDI ARABIA, TALKS STRATEGY WITH ARAB LEADERS: Secretary of State John Kerry plunged into an intensive series of meetings here with Arab officials on Thursday to coordinate strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The meetings are being hosted by Saudi Arabia, which has agreed to provide bases for the training of moderate Syrian rebels who are battling the Sunni militants and the Assad government in Damascus.

KANYE HOSPITALIZED IN AUSTRALIA: Kanye West was hospitalized Wednesday with a severe migraine while playing basketball and was given an MRI scan. According to reports, West is now doing fine, and was even able to perform later that night. Some reports indicated that doctors worried that West had suffered a seizure. West is traveling in Australia with his wife Kim Kardashian and daughter North West.

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


TEACHER GAVE BUSH-HITLER ASSIGNMENT: A Washington, D.C. sixth-grade teacher is now apologizing for an assignment given to students that had them draw a Venn diagram comparing George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler. The instructions from the teacher at the McKinley Middle School read that “both men abused their powers.” The school district issued a statement saying in part, “No DCPS curriculum materials suggest in any way that teachers should compare the texts in this manner or compare Hitler to any other individual.” The officials also said the teacher admits to “extremely poor judgment and short sightedness and will apologize to students. The school will also send a letter home to families explaining the incident and offering to address any additional questions should they arise.”

JAMES BOND’S ‘JAWS’ ACTOR DIES: Richard Kiel, the towering actor known for playing the villain Jaws in two James Bond movies, has died at age 74. The 7′2″ actor was hospitalized last week after breaking his leg. Kiel played bad guys as far back as the TV shows The Man From Uncle, The Wild, Wild West and others. But it was his role as the hulking assassin who killed his prey with a rack of steel-capped teeth in a pair of Bond films that catapulted him to the top rank of movie villains. Kiel battled Roger Moore in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. The teeth were so uncomfortable that he could only wear them for 35 seconds at a time.

CEREALS BEGIN TO LOSE THEIR SNAP, CRACKLE AND POP: Cereal, that bedrock of the American breakfast, has lost some of its snap, crackle and pop. For the last decade, the cereal business has been declining, as consumers reach for granola bars, yogurt and drive-through fare in the morning. And the drop-off has accelerated lately, especially among those finicky millennials who tend to graze on healthy options — even if Cheerios and some other brands come in whole-grain varieties fortified with protein now.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Two days after a graphic video surfaced showing the star running back Ray Rice knocking out his fiancée, N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to scramble to get ahead of the brewing controversy about whether he had seen the video before suspending the player for two games. Late Wednesday night, Goodell said that he asked Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, to conduct an independent investigation into the league’s “pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.” John Mara, the co-owner of the Giants, and Art Rooney II of the Steelers, who are both lawyers, will oversee the investigation, the final results of which will be made public. Goodell said Mueller, who was director of the F.B.I. for 12 years, will have access to all N.F.L. records.   ***Bob Suter, a defenseman who recovered from a broken ankle to help the “Miracle on Ice” United States hockey team win the Olympic gold medal in 1980, died on Tuesday in Madison, Wis. He was 57. Suter was the father of Ryan Suter, a star for the Minnesota Wild, who confirmed the death. No further details were given, though some news reports said he apparently had a heart attack.   ***Marvin Barnes, one of basketball’s most talented and defiantly self-indulgent players, whose career dissolved in a haze of drugs and alcohol, died on Monday in Providence, R.I. He was 62. The death was confirmed by Kevin Stacom, a scout for the Dallas Mavericks, who was a teammate of Barnes’s on the Providence College team that reached the Final Four of the N.C.A.A. tournament in 1973. Barnes, who had been drug-free for several years, had recently succumbed to his addiction again, Stacom said.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Harry Potter books made the American Library Association (ALA) list of 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books for five consecutive years. A challenge is a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.

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FORMER INTERN DROPS SUIT AGAINST LETTERMAN, APOLOGIZES: A former “Late Show” intern who recently sued David Letterman over unpaid wages issued a public apology Wednesday to the retiring king of late night — saying she was coerced by stupid lawyer tricks. “I have nothing but respect for David Letterman and the whole organization,” a contrite Mallory Musallam told The New York Post. “I wore that internship as a badge of pride.” The unemployed 26-year-old NYU graduate said attorneys from the firm Virginia & Ambinder — who have filed at least a dozen of similar proposed class action suits — pushed her into going after CBS and Letterman’s Worldwide Pants production company just four days after approaching her on LinkendIn.

SWAMP PIG SPECIES NAMED FOR MICK JAGGER: A newly discovered species of swamp pig has been named in honor of The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger—and mainly because of his lips. The Jaggermeryx naiad, which translates to “Jagger’s water nymph” lived around 19 million years ago in Africa. It was recently found in the Egyption desert along with fossils of catfish, turtles, and waterbirds. The pig had giant, sensitive lips believed to be used for foraging for food. “Some of my colleagues suggested naming the new species after Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, because she also has famous lips,” said Wake Forest University’s Ellen Miller. “But for me it had to be Mick.”

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

“The 9/11 Memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, and occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site. The 9/11 Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original twin towers.”

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,996 deaths and countless more injuries.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Paul Bryant (1913)

Paul “Bear” Bryant was an American college football coach. Best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football team, he achieved an unparalleled legendary status in the sport, winning the national championship six times. Bryant retired with a whopping 323 career wins, then a college coaching record. Just weeks after his retirement, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: I’m probably one of the few Americans left with some sympathy for President Obama’s foreign policy, and even I have to admit that his Syria policy has been a mess.His “red line” about chemical weapons turned out to be more like a penciled suggestion. His rejection of the proposal by Hillary Rodham Clinton and David Petraeus to arm moderate Syrian factions tragically empowered both the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Tom Cruise’s ex Katie Holmes is uprooting daughter Suri from NYC and moving cross country – because she’s holding a torch for Jamie Foxx according to sources..“Katie’s been linked with several different guys recently,” said a close source, “but the truth is that her heart still belongs to 
Jamie. She’s never gotten over him and they still talk to each 
other all the time. “Now that she’s moving to Calabasas (Calif.), she’ll be less than a half hour from his enormous Hidden Valley mansion. they can see each other all the time.”   *** A last-ditch bid to get their marriage back on track, Ellen DeGeneres has purchased a $16 million “love nest” for wife Portia de Rossi. The two have long dodged divorce rumors, but now plan to combine two condos in an exclusive Los Angeles high-rise into one huge spread, sources say.   ***Judy Collins is a lifelong Democrat, but the singer is no longer enamored with President Obama. At a breakfast last week for Gail Sheehy and her new book, “Daring: My Passages,” the author told about a daring visit to the woman who administered electrified bath treatments to Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. Sheehy said, “I’ve done a lot of things for journalism, but I don’t know about electrocution.” Collins shouted, “You should get Obama in that electric bath! Maybe it would wake him up.”   ***Joan Rivers stopped breathing after a pair of experienced doctors made a risky, spur-of-the-moment decision as she lay anesthetized for an otherwise routine scoping of her throat: to take a scalpel to a polyp-like growth on her vocal cords, a medical source close to the situation said. The biopsy’s incision triggered a seizing of Rivers’ vocal cords, blocking the beloved, 81-year-old comedian’s breathing entirely and leading to the brain damage that ultimately caused her death, the source said.

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Wednesday • September 10, 2014

YOUR TAX MONEY UP IN SMOKE! WELFARE RECIPIENTS CAN USE DEBIT CARDS FOR MARIJUANA: Welfare recipients can’t use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot, Sen. Jeff Sessions revealed Tuesday.

The Alabama Republican announced that he was drafting legislation to close the welfare-for-weed loophole after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to him that marijuana shops were not off limits to EBT cards, which replaced food stamps, or other federal benefits.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Fall/Autumn

1.     Autumn has been called the “hectic beauty of death.”

2.     Levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest in the fall. Scientists speculate the surge may be a result of ancient mating instincts (e.g., the fall “rutting season”) or that decreasing daylight somehow triggers it.

3.     Since ancient times, autumn has ranked as one of the most important times of year as daylight begins to fade and cold, dark days lie ahead. Because a good harvest is necessary for survival, many societies tried to ensure a good harvest by honoring various gods and goddesses. Some societies, such as the Aztecs in ancient Mexico, even made human sacrifices to please the gods.

4.     Autumn babies, or those born between September and November, are more likely to live to 100 than those who were born in other times of the year.

5.     According to NASA, autumn is “aurora season” because geomagnetic storms are about twice as frequent as the annual average during the fall.

6.     A study in the journal Perception noted that men think women are more attractive in the cooler season. One theory is that men’s testosterone levels rise during the fall. Another theory is the “contrast effect.” During the summer, men are frequently exposed to scantily clad women—but not so much in the autumn, which shifts “attractiveness criteria” in women’s favor in the fall.

7.     Scientists believe males evolved to be sexually primed by food, which made autumn’s harvest time an ideal time to find a mate and reproduce. In fact, studies show that a mix of pumpkin pie and donuts increased penile flow by 20%. A pumpkin pie-lavender mix increased the penile blood flow by 40%.

8.     A “Harvest Moon” is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Before artificial lighting, such moonlight was essential to a farmer’s successful harvest.

9.     During the fall, in response to colder temperatures and less light, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment that helps capture sunlight to power photosynthesis. As the green fades, the leave’s other pigments shin through, such as orange and yellow carotenoids and vibrant red anthocyanin.

10.  Scientists believe global warming could affect autumn colors. As the world warms, leaves may delay changing their colors. Additionally, trees may not use their sugars to create red pigments; rather, they might send that fuel to growing new twigs. Global warming may also alter the habitats of trees, such as the sugar maple, which creates some of the most vibrant fall colors.

RAVENS STOPPED INVESTIGATING RAY RICE: In a stunning admission late Tuesday, the owner of the Baltimore Ravens said the team stopped investigating Ray Rice just a few weeks after he was caught dragging unconscious Janay Palmer out of an elevator. Steve Bisciotti said the team “halted our fact-finding” in March, a month after Rice was arrested. (The Ravens cut Rice’s contract Monday, only after TMZ released the knockout video.) The NFL didn’t seem much interested in finding the video either. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he couldn’t get the tape and first saw it this week. ”We asked law enforcement and they were not willing to provide it. I think they were under some legal requirements not to provide it, as I understand it.” TMZ notes Goodell could’ve asked the casino or even TMZ for the tape but reportedly didn’t.

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AUTHOR CLAIMS JACK THE RIPPER WAS ACTUALLY AARON THE RIPPER: The true identity of the infamous serial killer known as Jack the Ripper has eluded investigators for over a century, but in his new book, Naming Jack the Ripper, author Russell Edwards claims to have solved the mystery at last. He points the finger at 23-year-old Polish immigrant and hairdresser Aaron Kosminski, long considered one of the key suspects in the so-called Whitechapel murders. Edwards arrived at this conclusion after linking DNA left on a shawl at one of the Ripper’s murder scenes to the descendants of Kosminski.

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HOMELAND INSECURITY: AMERICANS FEEL LESS SAFE THAN ANY TIME SINCE 9/11 NOTES MEDIA EXPERT: According to media expert and author Michael Levine, the brutal beheadings of journalists by the terrorist army known as Islamic State has shaken America to its core, with more people saying the United States is less safe now than at any point since 9/11. “Current poll data found that 47 percent of Americans believe the country is less safe now than before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York and Washington.” said Levine. “That’s more people feeling unsafe than even a year after 9/11 when just 20 percent felt that way.”

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER NEW LIFE FORM: This doesn’t happen every day. Scientists from the University of Copenhagen have created a new genus after finding two species of deep-sea organisms that “that cannot at present be placed in an existing phylum.” The organisms, which are mushroom shaped, are multicellular and nonsymmetrical. They live 400 to 1000 meters below the surface. The new genus will be called Dendrogramma. The organisms will be called D. enigmatica and D. discoides.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: Elon Musk has been named the No. 1 “disrupter” on Vanity Fair’s 20th annual New Establishment list of top figures in the Information Age. Musk bested Larry Page and Sergey Brin (No. 2), Jeff Bezos (No. 4) and Shane Smith (No. 22). Rupert Murdoch is No. 1 among “powers that be.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A row of corn always has an even number.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. Census Bureau: Data Visualization Center

“The Census Bureau is working to increase our use of visualization in making data available to the public, and this gallery is an early part of that effort. The first posted visualizations will pertain largely to historical population data, building on prior work done to portray historical changes in the growth and redistribution of the U.S. population. For later visualizations, the topics will expand beyond decennial census data to include the full breadth of Census Bureau data sets and subject areas, from household and family dynamics, to migration and geographic mobility, to economic indicators.”

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LBN-NOTICED: Prominent 3-D photographer Doug Betzold having dinner at Boa Steak house in Santa Monica.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Today, I am sad. My friend Jane, who had dabbled in vegetarianism during high school, became an environmental zealot while in college. Last night I found out she put a pistol in her mouth and blew her brains out. Jane was the first woman I ever had sex with. I already miss her.

LBN – YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH TAYLOR HUNTER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, THE WORLD PROTECTION GROUP

www.theworldprotectiongroup.com


My mom is a lousy cook? NO

I hate the smell of nail polish? NO

I get a flu shot every year? NO

I wish I were more humble? YES

I love the color green? YES

Aging sucks? YES

James Taylor is overrated? NO

One of my relatives has been in prison? NO

President Obama has been a disappointment as a president? YES

I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years? NO

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Tuesday • September 9, 2014

MCDONALD’S MONTHLY SALES SLUMP WORST SINCE 2003

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), the world’s largest restaurant chain, posted the worst same-store sales decline in more than a decade, hurt by sluggish demand in the U.S. and a health scare involving a Chinese supplier.

Sales at stores open at least 13 months fell 3.7 percent in August, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said in a statement today. Analysts estimated a 3.1 percent drop. McDonald’s also said that supplier problems in China will reduce third-quarter earnings per share by 15 cents to 20 cents.

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Tuesday • September 9, 2014

SUPER-LIKE! FACEBOOK’S VALUE TOPS $200 BILLION ON MOBILE-AD OPTIMISM:

Facebook Inc. (FB)’s market value exceeded $200 billion to put it among the world’s biggest corporations, as investors bet on the company to capitalize on the future of mobile advertising.

Facebook shares rose 0.8 percent to $77.89 at the close in New York, valuing the company at $201.6 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That made it the 22nd-largest company in the world, behind Verizon Communications Inc. and ahead of Toyota Motor Corp.

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Tuesday • September 9, 2014

RAY RICE’S WIFE SAYS SHE LOVES HIM: Ray Rice’s wife, Janay, has come to her husband’s defense after a video of him knocking her unconscious her was released Monday by TMZ. On her private Instagram account, Janay posted a statement Tuesday criticizing the media and the public for “unwanted opinions” and making her and husband “relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day.” She said it has been a “nightmare” since the footage surfaced. “If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on many levels,” she wrote. Janay also expressed her commitment to her husband and their marriage. “We will continue to grow & show the world what real love is,” she wrote.

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DUTCH: MH17 HIT BY ‘HIGH-ENERGY OBJECTS’: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was struck by “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” according to Dutch officials in their preliminary investigative report on the July 17 crash. The findings of the investigation, which is based in The Hague, are consistent with theories that the passenger jetliner was struck by a missile designed to detonate before impact, causing it to crashing in eastern Ukraine. Specifically, the Dutch Safety Board reported that the objects hit the cockpit and front fuselage of the eastbound plane, which suggests they were launched from eastern Ukraine or western Russia. The investigators also found that the “black boxes” hadn’t been tampered with, and there were no signs of mechanical or pilot-related failure. Moscow has adamantly denied any involvement in the downing of MH17, which killed all 298 people on board. U.S. intelligence officials believe pro-Russian separatists were most likely responsible, but other evidence published Monday suggests Russia fired the missile.

UN: CO2 LEVELS CLIMBING AT RECORD-PACE: Atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels increased at record speed in 2013, dramatically outpacing previous rates, according to data released by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday. It marked the biggest year-over-year increase since the UN began gathering detailed data on carbon-dioxide levels in the 1980s. Nearly all concentrations of greenhouse gases reached record levels, raising fears about accelerated global warming. The report suggests Earth’s plants, animals, and oceans no longer have the same capacity to soak up the excess carbon that humans put into the atmosphere. “If the oceans and the biosphere cannot absorb as much carbon, the effect on the atmosphere could be much worse,” said WMO scientist Oksana Tarasova.

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KARZAI CALLS FOR AFGHAN UNITY, BUT CEREMONY ENDS IN DISCORD: President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday pleaded for national unity and a speedy settlement to Afghanistan’s political crisis, but the event at which he spoke was marred by hooting and catcalls that brought it to an early end. During a commemoration ceremony for Afghanistan’s most revered resistance fighter, Mr. Karzai encouraged the two candidates in the disputed presidential election to quickly make a deal and form a government in the interest of national unity, something that he said could be accomplished in a week.

TRUMP ENTERTAINMENT FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY: Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware on Tuesday in an effort to protect its $500 million in listed assets. It is the third time the entire company has gone into bankruptcy. As a result of financial losses, the Trump Plaza is set to shut down on September 16, and the famous Atlantic City Taj Mahal hotel may be shuttered by November of this year. It would be the fifth major Atlantic City casino at risk of closing, with the Revel Casino Hotel shutting its doors just last week. The loss of the Taj Mahal would cost 2,800 jobs. Already, Atlantic City has lost 5,200 casino jobs this month. “What happened to Atlantic City, there’s a lot of competition from a lot of other locations,” Trump said. “It’s happening all over.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: While homosexual relationships are banned in Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini decreed that transsexuals are allowed to have sex change operations in Iran. Since 2008, Iran has conducted more sex change operations than any other country in the world, second only to Thailand. The government even provides financial assistance.

LBN-MEET: Legendary actor Al Pacino.


COPS ID ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE BULLIES: Local police have identified those responsible for the repugnant Ice Bucket Challenge trick of dumping feces and urine on an Ohio teen with autism, according to the boy’s lawyer. “I know police have a very good handle on the investigation. Everyone’s pretty much been identified,” said attorney Dean Valore. The video of the cruel trick showed an underside to the viral meme. Bay Village police did not comment, though they said those responsible for the attack would probably face delinquency charges. Drew Carey had offered $10,000 as a reward for identifying the teens as the disturbing story circulated across the web, and other celebrities followed with similar offers. While identifying the perpetrators is good news, it doesn’t rectify the damage of the attack. The victim is “pretty scarred and pretty damaged,” said Valore. “He thought they were his friends.”

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Half a century ago, Paul McCartney established himself as one of the most influential songwriters ever. Now the former Beatle is getting his due in a big way, with the compilation The Art of Paul McCartney featuring covers of songs by McCartney during his tenures in the Beatles and Wings and as a solo artist. The roster is a veritable who’s who of fellow influential singer-songwriters: Bob Dylan (“Things We Said Today”), B.B. King (“On the Way”), Smokey Robinson (“So Bad”), Barry Gibb (“When I’m 64″), Billy Joel (“Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let Die”), Willie Nelson (“Yesterday”), among many others, all put their unique spin on McCartney songs.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Rick Wolff, who was laid off from Hachette in June as part of a downsizing at the publisher, has been hired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to start a new line of business books. Wolff, a respected business editor who founded Hachette’s Business Plus imprint (which was shuttered in the downsizing), will join HMH as senior executive editor, and will aim to publish approximately 10-15 titles annually.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: This summer, The New Republic published the most read article in that magazine’s history. It was an essay by William Deresiewicz, drawn from his new book, “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.” Deresiewicz offers a vision of what it takes to move from adolescence to adulthood. Everyone is born with a mind, he writes, but it is only through introspection, observation, connecting the head and the heart, making meaning of experience and finding an organizing purpose that you build a unique individual self.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Docs order mandatory bed rest for ailing superstar, Cher (68), as pals fear for the worst.  The hard working singer has had to reschedule tour stops of her “Dress to Kill” pop offensive after being diagnosed with an acute vital infection. Docs diagnosed Cher with the infection in Los Angeles and have ordered mandatory bed rest for several days, a press release said, offering no further details.

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Monday • September 8, 2014

LBN READER POLL – ROMNEY WOULD WIN IF LAST ELECTION WERE HELD TODAY: 81% of LBN E-Lert readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries believe Mitt Romney would beat President Obama if the election were held today. Even a majority of Obama voters believe he would lose if the election were held today according to the LBN E-Lert poll.

3 YEARS TO DESTROY ISIS, U.S. ESTIMATES: The U.S. is planning a campaign against ISIS that may take as many as three years of sustained effort to complete, including attacking the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s redoubt in Syria, according to senior officials in the Obama administration. The first phase, which is focused on airstrikes, is already underway. The second phase, which won’t begin until Iraq forms a more inclusive government, will involve intensive training and equipment outfitting of Kurdish fighters, Iraqi military, and possibly Sunni tribes. The third phase will be destroying ISIS sanctuary in Syria. Obama has recently faced criticism from both parties for not having a strong plan to combat ISIS. On Sunday, President Obama told Meet the Press that his plan for ISIS is “not the equivalent of the Iraq War” in which 100,000 troops would be deployed.

AMERICA’S WEALTH GAP ‘UNSUSTAINABLE’ ACCORDING TO HARVARD STUDY: The widening gap between America’s wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is “unsustainable”, but is unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Monday. The study, titled “An Economy Doing Half its Job”, said American companies – particularly big ones – were showing some signs of recovering their competitive edge on the world stage since the financial crisis, but that workers would likely keep struggling to demand better pay and benefits.

WILL AND KATE EXPECTING 2ND CHILD: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be welcoming royal baby No. 2. “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child,” according to Clarence House. As with Kate’s first pregnancy, she is again suffering from acute morning sickness and is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace. The palace didn’t issue a due date for the new baby, though sources close to the royal family said the duchess has not yet passed the 12-week mark. Their first child, Prince George, was born in July 2013. Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his congratulations for the royal expansion, saying he is “delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.

1 BILLION VIEWS FOR ICE BUCKET VIDEOS: YouTube has proof that we’re all addicted to watching ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos. It announced on Monday that the collection of videos related to the viral fundraising stunt have gotten 1 billion views, three times the amount for 2013’s “Harlem Shake” craze. “That, combined with the volume of uploads, makes it one of the biggest video memes in the history of the Internet,” YouTube said. Despite having a few famous critics, the ALS Ice bucket challenge has been an unprecedented success. So far, it has raised more than $100 million in donations with video participants from more than 150 countries.

LBN-SEE IT:…. A demonstration by fast-food workers last week in Manhattan. One recent study found that fifty-two per cent of fast-food workers require some form of public assistance.


DUBAI TO BUILD WORLD’S LARGEST AIRPORT: The leader of Dubai has approved spending $32 billion to expand the city’s second airport in the hopes it will become the world’s biggest. Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central is set to eventually serve 200 million passengers a year, outdoing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. That hub is the busiest, serving 94.4 million passengers last year. Once completed in an estimated six to eight years, the expansion will allow for five parallel runways to be used simultaneously and for 100 double-decker Airbus A380 jets to land at any time.

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CHICK-FIL-A FOUNDER DEAD AT 93: S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire behind the popular fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A who became a prominent opponent of gay marriage, passed away Monday. Cathy, who was 93, proudly built the Southern-based chain in line with his Christian faith, closing his shops on Sundays and starting Monday mornings with optional devotionals in the corporate office. The Cathy family became nationally known for its anti-gay-marriage views when it was revealed it donated millions of dollars to groups opposing same-sex marriage. “Well, guilty as charged. We are very much supportive of the family, the biblical definition of the family unit,” said Cathy’s son Dan, when asked about the donations. His comments sparked a national controversy, as gay-rights activists staged kiss-ins at Chick Fil-A restaurants and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum famously threw his support behind the chain. Dan Cathy later apologized for his comments, and through the controversy, Chick-Fil-A’s sales thrived.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Olive Garden is about to try a pretty outlandish gimmick to lure folks in the door: pasta up the kazoo. They’re not calling it that, of course. But on Monday, the casual dining chain whose business has seriously softened in recent years, will announce plans for its first-ever “Never Ending Pasta Pass” — which, for $100, gives the holder the right to consume all of the pasta, salad, bread and Coca-Cola branded soft drinks that they can stuff down for seven weeks.

VIDEO OF RAY RICE PUNCHING FIANCÉ POSTED: TMZ has posted the video of NFL star Ray Rice punching his fiancé now-wife Janay Palmer in the face and knocking her out. The disturbing footage of the February 15 incident in the elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City shows Rice throwing such a strong punch that it knocks Palmer to the floor. The video is sure to reignite criticism of the NFL for only issuing a two-game suspension against Rice. In response to the initial outrage, NFL has already established a new policy for domestic violence: first-time offenders will automatically be suspended six games and repeat offenders will be suspended indefinitely. Rice and Palmer were married a month after the attack.

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WHOLE FOODS GOES NATIONAL WITH DELIVERY: Whole Foods announced on Monday that it will up the ante in supermarket competition by launching a national grocery delivery service. In response to Amazon’s endeavors to break into the world of supermarket, Whole Foods is partnering with online grocery delivery service Instacart to provide pickup and delivery options at locations in 15 cities. Instacart has already partnered with more affordable supermarkets, including Costco, but Whole Foods will be the first to offer both delivery and in-store pickup. The new delivery and pick-up service may provide a much-needed boost for the upscale supermarket, which has recently seen disappointing earnings and lower stock prices. “While the current environment is very dynamic and competitive, we are managing and growing our business for the long term,” said Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb in an earnings call earlier this summer.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Some scholars claim the word “honeymoon” comes from the Teutonic custom when newlyweds would hide out and drink hydromel (a fermented honey and water mixture) for 30 days until the moon waned.

IS SCHWARZENEGGER TO BLAME FOR YOUR SPARE TIRE?: It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that being a couch potato isn’t good for one’s waistline, but it does take one—in fact, it took an entire team—to figure out which genre of TV or film is likely to do the most damage. The answer, as it turns out, is action. People watching an action film ate twice the amount of food by weight and 65 percent more calories than those watching an interview program. All in all, the researchers conclude, people should avoid snacking when watching TV, particularly when watching highly distracting content like action movies

IOWA WOMEN WED AFTER 72 YEARS TOGETHER: It’s never too late to begin a new chapter in life, say two women who have gotten married in their nineties. Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice “Nonie” Dubes, 90, wed each other over the weekend after 72 years as a couple. The women sat next to each other during a ceremony in Davenport, Iowa, attended by a small group of family and close friends. The pair met growing up in their hometown of Yale, Iowa, before moving to Davenport, where Boyack taught school and Dubes did payroll work. Over the years they traveled to all 50 U.S. states and all of Canada’s provinces, as well as making two trips to England. “We’ve had a good time,” Dubes said. Iowa began allowing same-sex marriage in 2009.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Richard Berke, executive editor of Politico, has resigned from his position, citing a disagreement over strategy with the organization’s founders, John Harris and Jim VandeHei. Berke, who had been an assistant managing editor at the New York Times, joined Politico last October.

LBN-SEE IT:… Miley Cyrus keeping it Classy:


LBN-COMMENTARY by David Letterman: President Obama is getting tough with that Vladimir Putin. Boy, what a bad guy that guy is, that Vladimir Putin. Obama is really getting tough with him. Now he’s wearing a much more aggressive shade of beige.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: Discussions of the relationship between blacks and the criminal justice system in this country too often grind to a halt as people slink down into their silos and arm themselves with their best rhetorical weapons — racial bias on one side and statistics in which minorities, particularly blacks, are overrepresented as criminals on the other. What I find too often overlooked in this war of words is the intersection between the two positions, meaning the degree to which bias informs the statistics and vice versa.

LBN-COMMENTAR by Jimmy Fallon: The White House has decided not to send President Obama to campaign in battleground states because his low approval ratings could hurt Democrats. They’re only sending him where he can’t do any damage — or as that’s also known, “The Biden Circuit.”

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LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Believe it or not, friends – after reading Harry Potter, I spent hours on end trying to bewitch a f–king broomstick to fly.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Pals fear that a boozy Owen Wilson may be in dire straits despite multiple attempts to stay sober after a suicide bid – sources. The party is back on for troubled star Owen Wilson.  Sources say that the actor is drinking again after multiple attempts to stay sober in the wake of his 2007 suicide bid. The 45-year-old star was spotted boozing at three Hollywood nightspots on Aug. 15, according to multiple  sources.   ***Celebs and fans mob Joan Rivers memorial – giving comedy queen a royal send-off. Long time pal “King of All Media”  Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang “Smile” and a legion of NYPD  bagpipers played “New York, New York” at Joan Rivers’ funeral yesterday  at Temple Emanu-El that combined the glitz and glam  of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media. AP reported the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus sang Broadway hits including “Hey Big Spender” before six-time Tony Award-winner McDonald sang her tribute to Rivers, a champion of theater for decades. ***Friends are worried sick that “Eight Is Enough” star Dick Van Patten may be battling another bout of skin cancer! The beloved TV dad, 85, recently enjoyed a sun-kissed day at the beach in Malibu with several family members. But ominous-looking moles could be seen near his neck and shoulders, and Dick kept his head covered at all times.   ***Neil Patrick Harris has wed longtime BF David Burtka in Italy. Sources said that Harris had been hit with a “gay marriage ultimatum” from Burtka, demanding that the Tony Winner “marry him or set him free.” Harris, 41, and Burtka, 39, finally tied the knot on Saturday.

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Sunday • September 7, 2014

GOV. JERRY BROWN: NEARLY 30% OF CA KIDS ILLEGAL OR ‘DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH’: During Thursday night’s California gubernatorial debate against Republican Neel Kashkari, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) revealed that nearly 30% of the state’s schoolchildren are either illegal immigrants or do not speak English. A California Immigrant Policy Center report found that there are 2.6 million illegal immigrants in California (or 26% of all immigrants) while illegal immigrants make up nearly 10% of the state’s workforce, including ”38% of the agriculture industry and 14% of the construction industry.”  According to The New York Times, 28% of Californians were born outside the United States in 2012 and, according to Pew Research, “Latinos make up nearly 40% of the state’s population and have made California ‘only the second state, behind New Mexico, where whites are not the majority and Latinos are the plurality.’”

U.S. LAUNCHES NEW AIRSTRIKES ON ISIS: The U.S. launched a new round of airstrikes in Iraq late Saturday night in an effort to halt ISIS’s advance towards the Haditha Dam, according to Defense Department officials. The Haditha Dam lies on the Euphrates River and could potential flood Baghdad, which is only about 175 miles from the dam. The strike appears to be an expansion of what President Obama declared last month to be a limited military campaign against ISIS, as the terrorist group increased its control in Iraq and Syria. However, the U.S. did launch a similar strike to help wrangle the Mosul Dam from ISIS’s control in August. U.S. officials insist this most recent air strike fits the original stated campaign goals of protecting U.S. citizens. “The strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.” said Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, Sunday in a statement.

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OBAMA TO PRESENT CASE FOR BROADER U.S. MISSION AGAINST MILITANTS: President Obama will use a speech to the nation on Wednesday to make his case for launching a United States-led offensive against Sunni militants gaining ground in the Middle East, seeking to rally support for a broad military mission while reassuring the public he is not plunging American forces into another Iraq war. “I’m preparing the country to make sure that we deal with a threat from” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, Mr. Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: At one point in history, women who complained of menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) were sent to psychiatrists because menstrual cramps were seen as a rejection of one’s femininity.

FOREIGN POWERS BUY INFLUENCE AT THINK TANKS: More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found. The money is increasingly transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington. And it has set off troubling questions about intellectual freedom: Some scholars say they have been pressured to reach conclusions friendly to the government financing the research.

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MARTINA NAVRATILOVA PROPOSES AT US OPEN: Tennis legend Martina Navratilova became engaged to girlfriend Julia Lemigova at the U.S. Open on Saturday. The winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, including four US Open championships, proposed to Lemigova in the middle of the two men’s semifinal matches on Saturday. The couple drew cheers as the proposal was broadcast on the big screen at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I was very nervous,” Navratilova said. “It was kind of an out-of-body experience. You’ve seen people propose at sporting events before, in movies, in real life. Here it was happening to me. It was like I was watching myself do it.” Navratilova’s engagement wasn’t the only surprise in Flushing Meadows on Saturday. Both men’s semi-finals ended in major upsets: Kei Nishikoir defeated top seed Novak Djokovic, and 14th-seeded Marin Cilic knocked out Roger Federer.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Some of the top designers showing at New York Fashion Week took time out from the busy preparation for their runway shows for an intimate dinner with WME/IMG top brass Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell Thursday night. Carolina Herrera, Nicole Miller, Bibhu Mohapatra and Monique Lhuillier were among the select guests at a dinner prepared by Scarpetta celebrity chef Scott Conant at his private culinary suite in Soho in NYC.   ***Alessandra Ambrosio, Katie Cassidy, Jessica Hart and artist Jeremy Penn helping Schutz shoes launch their fall collection.   ***Stylist Lauren Rae Levy celebrating her birthday with a bash at Up & Down in NYC.   ***Vanessa  Hudgens holding court at No. 8, following her Svedka Flaunt Magazine cover party.   ***Guy Laliberté, co-founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, celebrating his 55th birthday at the Forge in Miami with guests including Pamela Anderson, Ryan Seacrest, Tao owner Marc Packer, Andrew Sasson and Andy Masi.   ***Women in Film representative, Lucy Webb having lunch at the popular Panini Café in Beverly Hills.

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“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” – Erica Jong.

MY REVIEW: “The Genius of LBN might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.”—–Glenn D., an LBN E-Lert from Greenville, North Carolina.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: I’M beginning to think that college exists mainly so we can debate and deconstruct it. What’s its rightful mission? How has it changed? Is it sufficiently accessible? Invariably worthwhile? As the fall semester commenced, the questions resumed. Robert Reich, the country’s labor secretary during the Clinton administration, issued such a pointed, provocative critique of the expense and usefulness of a traditional liberal arts degree that Salon slapped this headline on it: “College is a ludicrous waste of money.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: In some situations, panic is a sign of clear thinking. Reality is reality, whether it’s tweeted or not. And the truth doesn’t always set you free. The mind and the will don’t always act in concert. You can know a lot of things and still not act. And as we saw with the Iraq invasion, you can not know a lot of things and still act.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I don’t know what action will be sufficient to roll back both the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, but I do know what’s necessary. And it’s not “leading from behind,” which didn’t really work for President Obama in Libya, and it isn’t simply leading a lonely and unpopular charge from in front, which certainly didn’t work for President Bush in Iraq. It’s actually reviving America’s greatest strategy: leading from within.

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Saturday • September 6, 2014

OBAMA DELAYS IMMIGRATION ACTION, YIELDING TO DEMOCRATIC CONCERNS: President Obama has delayed action to reshape the nation’s immigration system without congressional approval until after the November elections, bowing to the concerns of Senate Democrats on the ballots, White House officials said on Saturday. The decision is a striking reversal of Mr. Obama’s vow to take action on immigration soon after summer’s end. The president made that promise on June 30, standing in the Rose Garden, where he angrily denounced Republican obstruction and said he would use the power of his office to protect immigrant families from the threat of deportation.

EGYPT’S MORSI ACCUSED OF LEAKING SECRETS: Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, has been charged with leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar (a country which had supported Morsi) and its satellite news agency, Al Jazeera. Cairo’s public prosecutor’s office wrote in a statement that the investigation “exposed humiliating facts and the extent of the largest conspiracy and treason carried out by the terrorist Brotherhood organization against the nation through a network of spies.” The former president is currently in jail along with thousands of members of his Muslim Brotherhood party. Al Jazeera has denied both aiding the Brotherhood and any bias in reporting events.

OBAMA ENLISTS 9 ALLIES TO HELP IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ISIS: President Obama escalated the American response to the marauding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Friday, recruiting at least nine allies to help crush the organization and offering the outlines of a coordinated military strategy that echoes the war on terror developed by his predecessor, George W. Bush, more than a decade ago. In his most expansive comments to date about how the United States and its friends could defeat ISIS, a once-obscure group of Sunni militants that has now upended the Middle East and overshadowed Al Qaeda, Mr. Obama said the effort would rely on American airstrikes against its leaders and positions, strengthen the moderate Syrian rebel groups to reclaim ground lost to ISIS, and enlist friendly governments in the region to join the fight.

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JOAN RIVERS AUTOPSY INCONCLUSIVE: The New York City medical examiner’s office has completed its autopsy of Joan Rivers as the investigation into her death heated up. Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman for the ME’s office said that the “cause and manner” of Rivers’ death will now be determined after additional studies. The initial finding was inconclusive. State Health Department officials had already announced their own probe into the death of Rivers, 81.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Health insurance is now so complicated that only 14% of beneficiaries can answer basic questions about deductibles and co-pays.

PUTIN IS UNDER SATAN’S INFLUENCE: LEADER OF KIEV ORTHODOX CHURCH: President Vladimir Putin has fallen under the spell of Satan and faces eternal damnation unless he repents, a top Ukrainian clergyman said on Saturday in an unusually blunt statement that squarely blamed the Russian leader for the war in Ukraine. Patriarch Filaret heads the Kiev Patriarchate, a branch of the Orthodox Church that broke away from Moscow in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union and the declaration of an independent Ukraine.

AFGHANS SAY TALIBAN ARE NEARING CONTROL OF KEY DISTRICT: Local Afghan officials say more than 200 police officers and soldiers have been killed during a fierce Taliban offensive in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan that has lasted all summer and now threatens to overwhelm a key district. Officials at the national level have played down the violence and even, in some cases, flatly denied that there is a problem. But local military, police and government officials, including two Afghan generals, have said in recent days that they are unsure their forces can continue to hold out against the offensive, which has been underway since June in the Sangin district in northern Helmand and more recently in neighboring Musa Qala, unless they get more support from national authorities and international forces

LBN-INVESTIGATES: After the Shah of Iran was ousted in 1979, Iran reverted from a legal system to Islamic law. Women under this law are not considered mentally or legally the equal of males. Additionally, children are perceived as the “substance of the male” and merely incubated by the female body. In the case of divorce, women lose all custody of children.

BLUE WHALE POPULATION BACK AT 97%: Population numbers of blue whales off the U.S. west coast appear to have rebounded to about 97 percent of their levels at the beginning of the twentieth century, according to a new study published in Marine Mammal Science. About 2,200 whales now roam the ocean, thanks to a 48-year international ban on commercial or subsistence whaling. Concerns about ship strikeson the whales have increased, but the study’s authors consider current population numbers to be robust enough to withstand losses from ships.

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ALIBABA PLANS $24 BILLION IPO: Chinese online retailer Alibaba is expecting to raise as much as $24 billion in an initial public offering, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. That would make Alibaba’s the largest ever U.S. IPO and place its value at around $163 billion. Shares will be priced between $60 and $66, potentially making it worth more than eBay and Amazon. And its founder and chairman, Jack Ma, stands to make a killing, potentially raking in over $840 million before taxes.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: TV is increasingly for the old, and the Internet is for the young, according to new research by media analyst Michael Nathanson of Moffett Nathanson Research. The median age of a broadcast or cable television viewer during the 2013-2014 TV season was 44.4 years old, a 6 percent increase in age from four years earlier. Audiences for the major broadcast network shows are much older and aging even faster, with a median age of 53.9 years old, up 7 percent from four years ago.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: While many musicians have caught the acting bug, Bruce Springsteen has been immune. Springsteen made notable contributions to a handful of film soundtracks like “Streets of Philadelphia” and “The Wrestler,” but he prefers not to appear in front of the movie camera. In fact, Springsteen’s only IMDB “acting” credit is for the short film “Hunter of Invisible Game,” which is his own music video. That’ll change soon as the rock legend has been cast as a mortuary owner in the Netflix series Lilyhammer, which stars his longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Munich Massacre (1972)

During the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, Palestinian terrorists from the group Black September infiltrated the Olympic Village and took a number of members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage. Two of the athletes were killed during the initial assault, and nine others lost their lives in the course of a failed rescue attempt, during which a German police officer and five of the eight kidnappers were killed as well.

LBN-R.I.P.: Bruce Morton, an award-winning reporter during what CBS News veterans considered the organization’s glory days, from the 1960s through the 1980s, died on Friday at his home in Washington. He was 83. The cause was complications of cancer, his daughter, Sarah Morton, said.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: There was nobody like her. Some people are knockoffs or imitations of other, stronger, more vivid figures, but there was never another Joan Rivers before her or while she lived. She was a seriously wonderful, self-invented woman.  She was completely open and immediately accessible. She had the warmth of a person who found others keenly and genuinely interesting. It was also the warmth of a person with no boundaries: She wanted to know everything about you and would tell you a great deal about herself, right away. She had no edit function, which in part allowed her gift. She would tell you what she thought. She loved to shock, not only an audience but a friend. I think from the beginning life startled her, and she enjoyed startling you. You only asked her advice or opinion if you wanted an honest reply.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: “Are Football Coaches Overpaid?” asks a new paper by two Vanderbilt University professors, Randall S. Thomas of the law school, and R. Lawrence Van Horn of the school of management. It’s amazing the things academics can find worthy of study, isn’t it? My answer is: Of course they are. At a time when state legislatures are cutting back their support for public universities, when most big athletic programs lose money, when tuition has never been higher, there is something terribly askew about the skyrocketing compensation of college football (and men’s basketball) coaches. At the University of Alabama, Nick Saban makes a reported $6.9 million a year, more than most professional football coaches. At Ohio State, Urban Meyer makes $4.6 million. At the University of Texas, Mack Brown made more than $5 million before he resigned last December. Navy’s football coach, Ken Niumatalolo, makes over $1.5 million. Navy, no less!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Reagan: Once again Israel is being forced to defend itself from the terrorists who run Gaza.  Once again Israel has had to drop bombs and send tanks and ground troops into Gaza to blow up tunnels and destroy the missile sites Hamas has been using to rain hundreds of rockets down on Israel’s farms and cities.  And once again the Jews of Hollywood are silent.  Where are Spielberg, Streisand and David Geffen? Why haven’t these famous liberal consciences of Hollywood stood up to show their support for Israel against the terroristic attacks of Hamas?

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: When I was age eight, I was caught dipping this bitch Sally’s pigtail in his inkwell and gave him detention for my roguery. I now believe this was the start of my life of crime.

LBN – YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH MIKE FLINT, PRODUCER, MANAGING PARTNER, MACHAL PRODUCTIONS LLC

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1.     My mom is a lousy cook: NO

2.     I hate the smell of nail polish: NO

3.     I get a flu shot every year: NO

4.     I wish I were more humble: NO

5.     I love the color green: YES

6.     Aging sucks: NO (But it really depends – quality of life makes a huge difference -All things considered the alternative to aging is not so good thus I gave you a one word answer!)

7.     James Taylor is overrated: NO

8.     One of my relatives has been in prison: NO

9.     President has been a disappointment as a president: NO  – Assuming you are referring to Obama – I never expected much from him so he is not a disappointment.

10.     I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years. NO

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Fans of Joan Rivers will get to see her on Broadway next year if Henry Bushkin succeeds in bringing “Carson: The Musical” to the Great White Way. Bushkin, the lawyer who represented the “Tonight Show” host for decades, is in New York now casting for the show he adapted from his best-selling biography, “Johnny Carson.   ***If you’ve got dreams of kissing Elizabeth Hurley, you’d better have a hefty bank account. A banker by the name of Julian Bharti, 27, shelled out a whopping 50,000 British pounds, or roughly $81,000, on Thursday to plant a big, wet kiss on the 49-year-old, reports E! News. Bharti earned the privilege to smooch the actress during the Woodside End of Summer party and auction benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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Friday • September 5, 2014

RECORD 92,269,000 NOT IN LABOR FORCE; PARTICIPATION RATE MATCHES 36-YEAR LOW: A record 92,269,000 Americans 16 and older did not participate in the labor force in August, as the labor force participation rate matched a 36-year low of 62.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The labor force participation rate has been as low as 62.8 percent in six of the last twelve months, but prior to last October had not fallen that low since 1978.

U.S. FORMING COALITION TO FIGHT ISIS: In a meeting with defense and foreign ministers from 10 key NATO allies, Secretary of State John Kerry outlined plans to fight the increasingly out of control threat of ISIS in the Middle East. Kerry said the U.S. was forming a “core coalition” to prevent the militants in Iraq from gaining more territory. There’s a need to “bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own,” he said. ”Obviously I think that’s a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground.”

FAT! OBESITY RATES REACH HISTORIC HIGHS IN MORE U.S. STATES: Rates of adult obesity increased in six U.S. states and fell in none last year, and in more states than ever – 20 – at least 30% of adults are obese, according to an analysis released on Thursday. The conclusions were reported by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and were based on federal government data. They suggest the problem may be worsening despite widespread publicity about the nation’s obesity epidemic, from First Lady Michelle Obama and many others, plus countless programs to address it.

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LBN-CURRENTLY READING: Activist and author Malala Yousafzai is currently reading: “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck (Click here).

UKRAINE, REBELS REACH CEASEFIRE: The government of Ukraine and rebels backed by Russia have reached a ceasefire deal, President Poroshenko announced Friday. The ceasefire in the east of Ukraine comes after rebels tried to take the port city of of Mariupol and defend their stronghold in Donetsk. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s military spokesman said 2,000 Russian servicemen have been killed so far in the fighting, a surprisingly high number given the total of 2,600 to have died, according to the United Nations.

NATO APPROVES FORCE TO CHECK RUSSIA: Leaders of NATO agreed to build a rapid-response team that can quickly assemble if an aggressor crosses an allied country’s border—namely, Russia. ”Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance,” Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday. The force will be headquartered in Eastern Europe. British Prime Minister David Cameron offered 3,500 personnel to the team and suggested its headquarters be in Poland with equipment stockpiled in the most eastern member countries. Rasmussen also noted that NATO is prepared to help fight back militants in Iraq, but there has not been a request from the Iraqi government

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sharks are nine times more likely to kill men than women, new research from Australia shows.  Men are targeted in 84 per cent of all unprovoked shark attacks, and make up 89 per cent of all shark bite fatalities – which means that women are statistically more likely to survive a shark attack.

ONE PERSON COMMITS SUICIDE EVERY 40 SECONDS: WHO: One person commits suicide every 40 seconds — more than all the yearly victims of wars and natural disaster — with the highest toll among the elderly, the United Nations said Thursday. In its first report on suicide, the UN’s World Health Organization blamed intense media coverage when celebrities kill themselves for fuelling the problem.

NEW HIRES PLUNGE IN AUGUST: A six-month streak was broken last month, after U.S. employers failed to hire more than 200,000 new workers. According to the Labor Department, 142,000 jobs were added in August, the lowest figure in the past eight months. The unemployment rate went from 6.1 to 6.2 percent, apparently because fewer people were working or seeking employment. Over the last year, which has shown healthy economic growth for the country, job gains have been an average of 212,000 monthly.

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GOT HIM: The Pentagon said today it has confirmed that a U.S. strike on Monday killed Ahmed Godane, the founder and leader of the Shabab militia, the Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Somalia. “Removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss” for Shabab, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

APPLE BOOSTS SECURITY AFTER NUDE HACK: Apple is moving to minimize the risk of hacking that resulted in the dumping of nude photos of dozens of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence onto the Internet. The tech behemoth said it will beef up security measures, adding alerts that will tell people about activities that could be signs of a break-in. Customers will be sent email and “push notifications” that show up prominently on iPhones and iPads when someone tries to change the password for a customer’s account, upload backed-up account data to a new device, or log into customers’ accounts for the first time from an unknown device. The notifications will start going out in the next two weeks. Some victims of the celebrity nude-photos upload had said Apple’s iCloud system was part of the problem. The company says an investigation revealed no breach of its data servers.

ASTEROID FLYING ‘VERY CLOSE’ TO EARTH: Close call. A newly found asteroid will fly “very close” to Earth on Sunday but won’t hit it or any of humanity’s artificial satellites. NASA says the flyby space rock will be about 60 feet long and will not be visible to the naked eye but can be seen through an amateur’s telescope. NASA is currently working on methods to deflect threatening asteroids so they don’t unexpectedly crash into the planet, as one did over Russia in 2013.

BUSH’S DAUGHTERS AREN’T REPUBLICAN: Does this mean the GOP won’t have a Bush-Bush ticket for 2016? After two generations of Republican Bushes, the two daughters of George W. aren’t following in the family’s footsteps. Jenna Bush is signed up as a voter for the New York Independence Party—a mistake, her spokeswoman said, that was meant to declare her as an independent. And her twin sister, Barbara, is registered in Texas as unaffiliated.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The estate of George Harrison will remember the Beatle this fall with a star-studded, one-night tribute called George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison. The event will take place at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on September 28th and feature appearances by a number of notable rockers including Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer, the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Spoon’s Britt Daniel and even “Weird Al” Yankovic.

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HOLY WAR! JULIA’S HINDU OBSESSION IS DRIVING HER FAMILY NUTS: Julia Roberts’ obsession with Hinduism has spun out of control since the suicide of her half-sister, say sources – putting a strain on her marriage! Ever since Nancy Motes’ tragic Feb. 9 death, the star has been spending hours chanting and meditating, and it’s driving her Catholic husband Danny Moder nuts, inside sources say. “Danny wants Julia to turn to him for the comfort she needs during this difficult time, instead of spending hours alone in meditation,” revealed the source.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A May 29 online survey of 1,000 Americans conducted for the American Humanist Association found that 34 percent said “under God” should be removed, and 66 percent said they should remain, after being told those words were added to the original version.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Manson Family Member Attempts Assassination of US President (1975)

In 1967, depressed teen runaway Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme met cult leader Charles Manson, and she soon became a devoted member of his “Family.” In the early 1970s, she was arrested in conjunction with several murders committed by the “Family” but avoided charges. Several years later she was arrested again, this time for aiming a gun at US President Gerald Ford at an appearance in California in what was believed to be an assassination attempt

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LBN-COMMENTARY By Mitt Romney (former governor of Massachusetts. In 2012, the Republican Party nominated him for president of the United States): Russia invades, China bullies, Iran spins centrifuges, the Islamic State (a terrorist threat “beyond anything that we’ve seen,” according to the defense secretary ) threatens — and Washington slashes the military. Reason stares.  Several arguments are advanced to justify the decimation of our defense. All of them are wrong.  The president asserts that we must move to “a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity.” The old order, he is saying, where America’s disproportionate strength holds tyrants in check and preserves the sovereignty of nations, is to be replaced.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Like everyone, I was revolted by the beheadings of the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. It wasn’t just that they had been killed — though that is horrendous enough — it was the monstrous way the deed was done. I’ve been trying to understand why the act of beheading arouses this strong visceral response. Why does separating a head with a knife feel different from a shooting, or a bombing? Does this reaction contain some hidden intuitive wisdom, or is it just a blind prejudice?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Rand Paul: Some pundits are surprised that I support destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militarily. They shouldn’t be. I’ve said since I began public life that I am not an isolationist, nor am I an interventionist. I look at the world, and consider war, realistically and constitutionally. I still see war as the last resort. But I agree with Reagan’s idea that no country should mistake U.S. reluctance for war for a lack of resolve.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Alessandra Stanley: Her delivery was like an automatic sprinkler: fast, relentless and sometimes prone to stick, soaking a comic riff into a muddy swamp.She could be hilarious, and other times almost wincingly off the mark. Most days, Joan Rivers, who died at 81 on Thursday, looked as if she couldn’t stop herself, as if, should she stop telling jokes, the well would dry up and the lights would go out. She wasn’t the first female stand-up comedian, but she was certainly one of the hardest working, driven by a desperation that was all her own and yet epitomized old-school showbiz: No gig was too small or too far away.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: A note to my critics “Why, you pusillanimous piece of dirt, you’d run with your tail between your legs if I said boo!” I am a force of nature and can’t be stopped.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The heartbroken father of late actress Brittany Murphy is launching a legal crusade to find the truth about his daughter’s death, sources say. Angelo Bertolotti plans to sue his ex-wife, Brittany’s mother Sharon Murphy, for wrongful death, slander, libel and defamation of character. He’s also suing the L.A. Coroner’s Office and L.A. Police Department, which he believes bungled the investigation into the “Clueless” star’s tragic death. Lab tests indicate the star may have been poisoned and her death is actually an unsolved murder.   ***Gwyneth Paltrow is converting to Judaism after her conscious uncoupling with husband Chris Martin, sources say. The actress is quietly converting after years of following Kabbalah, which originated in Judaism, and being friends with Michael Berg, co-director of the Kabbalah Centre.   ***Scarlett Johansson and fiancé Romain Dauriac welcomed a baby girl, Rose, on Wednesday. A rep for the star, 29, said, “Mother and daughter are doing well.” It’s Johansson’s first child.   ***Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in upstate New York. Cassidy, 64, was charged last summer in the town of Schodack, near Albany. The Times Union reports he pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a tentative sentence of a conditional discharge that includes 50 hours of community service in Florida, his home state.

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Thursday • September 4, 2014

OUCH! LA RESTAURANTS ENACT 3% SURCHARGE FOR HEALTHCARE COSTS:

Several upscale restaurants in the City of Angels will be adding a 3 percent surcharge to cover their employees’ healthcare costs, a trend that has been gaining steam since the Affordable Care Act launched nearly one year ago.

Beginning on September 1, restaurants Lucques, Tavern, A.O.C, and a few offshoots all added a 3 percent surcharge to customers’ checks, explicitly stating in a press release their decisions hinged on covering employee healthcare costs.

Lucques Group, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, owners of the restaurants, also named several other restaurant groups that will be duplicating their efforts; Restaurants Rustic Canyon, The Hungry Cat and Melisse were among those mentioned.

YIKES! NEARLY 1 IN 10 CALIFORNIA WORKERS ARE IN COUNTRY ILLEGALLY, STUDY FINDS: A report released Wednesday by researchers at USC found that immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state’s workforce and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product. The study, which was conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, was based on census data and other statistics, including data from the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security. It looked at a variety of ways the estimated 2.6 million immigrants living in California without permission participate in state life.

FEDS LAUNCH FERGUSON CIVIL-RIGHTS PROBE: The Department of Justice will open a civil-rights investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department, which was responsible for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The probe will be announced as early as Thursday, according to two federal law-enforcement officials who spoke to The Washington Post. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will conduct the investigation, which will include not only the police units belonging to Ferguson but also other towns in St. Louis County. The investigation comes on the heels of a Justice Department probe into whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson violated Brown’s civil rights when he fatally shot him.

JOAN RIVERS LEAVES INTENSIVE CARE: Comedienne Joan Rivers has been moved out of ICU and into a private room, but it is not clear whether she remains in critical condition. TMZ reports that New York health officials are “reviewing” the endoscopy clinic where she was having a procedure on her vocal cords when she stopped breathing and was rushed to hospital last week. The site says sources tell it that the state’s health department has contacted the clinic but has not launched a formal investigation. The 81-year-old Rivers reportedly is being kept comfortable at Mount Sinai Hospital.

TESLA TO BUILD ‘GIGAFACTORY’ IN NEVADA: Tesla Motors announced Wednesday it will build a factory in the Nevada desert that will produce enough batteries to power a half-million vehicles by the end of this decade. The facility will cost $5 billion and employ 6,500 people. The company is trying to widen the customer base for its cars, which start at $35,000 and can run for 200 miles on a single charge. Demand is small at the moment but growing, with Tesla reporting selling 40,000 fully electric cars this year, up 35 percent from a year ago.

AL QAEDA OPENS NEW FRONT IN INDIA: Even terrorist groups crave attention, it seems. With ISIS drawing condemnation—and eyeballs—globally because of its brutal campaign to establish an extremist caliphate in Iraq and Syria, its forebear al Qaeda has announced the formation of a branch of the militant group in India and surrounding countries. A senior Indian official said the government has put several states on alert after viewing a video that shows al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri promising to “raise the flag of jihad” across the Indian subcontinent. The timing of the video implies a rivalry between ISIS and al Qaeda for support in south Asia, and is a jolt for India, which normally concerns itself with attacks by home-grown Islamic militants and anti-India groups based in Pakistan. Ironically, al Qaeda denounced ISIS last February, apparently because the offshoot group is too extreme.

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ROSIE PEREZ TO JOIN ‘THE VIEW’: The new cast of The View appears to be set. Actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace will sign onto the ABC talk show, replacing Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. Perez is an actress most famous for her roles in Do the Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump, and Fearless. She co-hosted The View once before during a guest stint in February. Wallace, who was George W. Bush’s communications director, was rumored to be a frontrunner for the gig and already guest co-hosted three times this year.

BLOOMBERG RETURNS TO RUN HIS COMPANY: Michael Bloomberg will return as chief of the company he founded more than 30 years ago, Bloomberg LP. Less than a year after ending his third and final term as mayor of New York City, Bloomberg will take on the business role that made him a billionaire. Current Chief Executive Daniel L. Doctoroff will resign from the role at the end of the year. Doctoroff says he was not forced to step down, but decided to do so on his own accord because Bloomberg became more involved in company affairs. “When Mike decided he wanted to spend some time at the company, and then spent more time, obviously things changed. It isn’t the job I had for the past six years,” Doctoroff said. “It’s his. He doesn’t want to consult with me on everything. I get that.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Haitian families who live in the country spend almost 60% of their income on food. The poorest groups spend more than 70%

L.A. ARTIST WILL DISPLAY NUDE JLAW PICS: Los Angeles artist XVALA will add leaked nude photos of actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton to his Fear Google campaign and the pictures will be on display to the public in the artist’s No Delete show starting Oct. 30, Cory Allen Contemporary Art, or CACA, announced. Cory Allen claims such moves by the Los Angeles artist have “helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era.” The photos of the two stars are among nude pictures of dozens of celebrities that went viral after being uploaded to a message board. The actresses’ images are to be printed on canvas, life-size and unaltered, E! reports.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***USA Today, the Gannett Company’s flagship paper, laid off roughly 70 people on Wednesday. The cuts appeared to be equally split between employees in the newsroom and other departments, and they equaled less than 10 percent of the total work force.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: VIDEO: Man Stands Up For Constitution As Police Demand to Enter Home Without Warrant…

LBN-NOTICED: ***Cameron Diaz celebrated her 42nd birthday in the Hamptons on Saturday with fellow blond leading ladies Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow.   ***Sarah Jessica Parker dining with her kids and friends on the patio at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton Friday night.   ***Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy also dined at the restaurant on Sunday night, across from Condé Nast’s Patty Newburger, who was celebrating her birthday, and gave Paul a piece of her cake.   ***Jimmy Fallon celebrating Labor Day with lunch at Rowdy Hall in NYC with his family. Fallon munched on chicken wings and a burger, while his daughter had mac and cheese.   ***Music mogul turned top home designer Sandy Gallin threw his 10th end-of-summer bash on Sunday — the first at his new Amagansett home after moving from Bridgehampton. Neighbor Lorne Michaels arrived with Jack Nicholson, and Jimmy and Jane Buffett brought Anjelica Huston. The Hollywood exes ended up having a “cozy meal in a corner together,” a spy said, after also seeming close the night before. Barry Diller arrived from his yacht Eos in sweatpants, with fashionista Diane von Furstenberg. Also spotted were Larry Gagosian, Jon Bon Jovi, Les Moonves, Michael Eisner and Kelly Ripa.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has asked a federal judge to sentence him to probation and community service after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation. In a Wednesday court filing, D’Souza’s lawyers said their client will present himself as a “disgraced and humiliated man” who acted out of character by having two “straw donors” donate $10,000 each to his friend Wendy Long’s unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York, and then reimbursing them.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Little Rock School Crisis (1957)

On this day in 1957, Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus ordered the National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. His actions defied the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which called for the racial desegregation of public schools. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower responded by sending federal troops to enforce integration and protect the students.

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ANDREW MADOFF, WHO TOLD OF HIS FATHER’S SWINDLE, DIES AT 48: Andrew H. Madoff, the last surviving son of the convicted swindler Bernard L. Madoff, died on Wednesday in a Manhattan hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for cancer. He was 48. A family lawyer, Martin Flumenbaum, said the cause was mantle-cell lymphoma, for which Mr. Madoff had been treated since early 2013. His older brother, Mark, committed suicide in 2010.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Justin Bieber has pulled yet another Justin Bieber: The pop star was charged with dangerous driving and assault after a minivan collided with an ATV in Ontario, the Associated Press reports.The incident occurred on Friday afternoon near Bieber’s hometown of Stratford, and according to a police news report “the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan engaged in a physical altercation” following the crash. While it’s unclear which vehicle Bieber was in, the pop star had been spotted riding an ATV earlier that week. The singer was released from police custody on the promise that he would appear in court on September 29th.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonathan Alter: We read so many stories about this “critical juncture” or that “pivotal moment” in foreign policy that it’s hard to know which to take seriously. “Whither NATO?” has been a hardy if sleepy perennial since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded in 1949. But this time the credibility of NATO, the international order in the Middle East and Europe, and the foreign policy legacy of Barack Obama’s presidency are all genuinely on the line.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***NBC is so determined to keep “Today” host Matt Lauer happy after its rocky patch with the show, it’s agreed to foot the bill for helicopters to fly him to the Hamptons and back. In June, Lauer extended his lucrative $20 million-a-year deal with NBC News to remain a “Today” co-host through 2016, following speculation that he would leave the show in the wake of the storm over the brutal departure of Ann Curry in 2012.   ***Sexy “Modern Family” star Sofía Vergara topped Forbes’ list of highest-earning TV actresses, reeling in a whopping $37 million in the past year, the magazine reported Wednesday. The 42-year-old bombshell retained her top spot for a third consecutive year, beating out her previous year’s earnings by $7 million.

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Wednesday • September 3, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Suicide

1.     The word “suicide” comes from two Latin roots, sui (“of oneself”) and cidium (“killing” or “slaying”).

2.     People have committed suicide in an endless variety of ways, including swallowing poisonous spiders, power-drilling holes in their heads, sticking hot pokers down their throats, choking on underwear, injecting peanut butter into their veins, crushing their necks in vices, and hurling themselves into vats of beer.

3.     In China, someone takes his or her own life on average every two minutes. China accounts for nearly a quarter of the global total of suicides with between 250,000 and 300,000 suicides a year.

4.     Among famous figures who committed suicide: Sigmund Freud, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Brutus, Judas Iscariot, Hannibal, Nero, Virginia Wolf, Adolf Hitler, Ernest Hemmingway, Sylvia Plath, Vincent van Gogh, Jack London, Dylan Thomas, Judy Garland, Rudolph Hess, Pontius Pilate, Socrates, and possibly Tchaikovsky, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe.

5.     It is more likely someone will die from suicide than from homicide. For every two people killed by homicide, three people die of suicide.

6.     In America, someone attempts suicide once every minute, and someone completes a suicide once every 17 minutes. Throughout the world, approximately 2,000 people kill themselves each day.

7.     Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.

8.     The most common types of suicide include copycat, euthanasia, familicide, forced, honor, Internet, martyrdom, ritual, attack, and cop suicides.

9.     The acne medication isotretinoin (Acutane) has been linked to a possible increase risk of suicide. The FDA requires Acutane to include a label warning that the product may be linked to suicide, depression, and psychosis.

10.  The spring months of March, April, and May have consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate, 4-6% higher than the average for the rest of the year. Christmas season is actually below average. Some studies suggest greater seasonality in suicides in rural rather than urban areas.

11.  When her husband Caecina Paetus hesitated to kill himself honorably, his wife Arria (d. A.D. 42) snatched the dagger from her husband, stabbed herself, and handed the weapon back with the words “Paete, non dolet“ (“Paeuts, it does not hurt”).

12.  French philosopher Albert Camus (1913-1960) perhaps best explains the divergent views philosophers and theologians hold concerning suicide when he said, “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.”

13.  David Carradine, famous for his roles in the 1970s series Kung Fu and the Kill Bill movie trilogy, was found hanging in a hotel closet with a yellow nylon rope around his neck and a black rope around his genitals. Family members deny it was a suicide.

14.  Autoerotic asphyxiation, also know as sexual hanging, is a type of abnormal sexual behavior in which a person (usually a young male) tries to restrict the flow of oxygen to the brain (usually with a rope around the neck) while masturbating to enhance the sexual experience. The practice arose out of the observation that men executed by hanging often got an erection and sometimes ejaculated. The practice is mentioned in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

15.  A college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live Web cam while some users egged him on. There are also several pro-Internet sites that give detailed information on the most effective ways to commit suicide.c

16.  While there is a common perception that suicide rates are highest among the young, the elderly, in fact, have the highest suicide rates.e

17.  Some studies suggest a correlation between a sport team’s performance and fans’ suicide rates.f

18.  Sylvia Plath’s (1932-1963) novel The Bell Jar, about a gifted young woman’s mental breakdown, mirrors Plath’s own breakdown and is considered to be one of the best-told tales of a woman’s descent into insanity. It was published only weeks before Plath killed herself.g

19.  One of the first defenses of suicide written in English was John Donne’s (1572-1631) unorthodox Biathanos (1609). In his work, Donne proposed that suicide is not incompatible with the laws of God, reason, and nature. Other writers such as Voltaire (1694-1778) and Hume (1711-1776) also attacked suicide taboos and led the way to abandoning legal punishments of suicide attempters.i

20.  Many cultures have prohibited a normal burial for people who committed suicide, although the restrictions varied according to time and place. A common practice in England until 1823 was to bury a suicidal person at night in a crossroad with a stake driven through the heart. In France, the suicide’s body was dragged through the streets and then hanged from the public gallows. In Prussia, early laws required the victim to be buried under the gallows.j

OBAMA: JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED TO ISIS: The U.S. “will not be intimidated” by the Islamist militants that executed American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Obama said Wednesday during a visit to Estonia. He vowed that the U.S. will “degrade and destroy [ISIS] so that it is no longer a threat to Iraq, the region, and United States.” The mission will “take some time but it is going to get done,” Obama told reporters. “Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget and that our reach is long and that justice will be served.” He added that Sotloff “deeply loved the Islamic world” and risked his life to “tell the story of Muslim men and women demanding dignity.”

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Zap2it:What to Watch. Where to Watch It.

Visit Zap2it for TV listings, Nielsen ratings, TV show guides and news about your favorite TV shows, plus movies, movie times, theaters, trailers, photos and more.”

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Tuesday • September 2, 2014

SHOCK! JUST HALF OF WOMEN CAN LOCATE THE VAGINA ON A DIAGRAM OF THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM:


Half of 26 to 35-year-olds were unable to correctly identify a vagina on a medical diagram of the female reproductive system, a new survey has found.

In contrast, the majority of older women aged 66 to 75 were much better educated about their body parts.

The study, by women’s cancer charity The Eve Appeal, found that less than a quarter of 16 to 25-year-olds said they felt confident they were well informed about gynecological health issues, compared to more than 42 per cent of women aged 66 to 75.

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Tuesday • September 2, 2014

FBI, APPLE PROBE HACK ATTACK ON CELEBS: The FBI has responded to outrage over the leaking of hacked nude photos of dozens of famous women, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and actresses Kirsten Dunst and Krysten Ritter, by saying it is probing the case. A statement from the agency said it is “addressing the matter” and would have no further comment “at this time.” Lawrence and others have said they may pursue legal action over the nude photos, which apparently were leaked by an anonymous hacker. Some have criticized Apple’s Find My iPhone feature for a system bug that may have left celebrities’ phones vulnerable to hacking. Apple says that security gap in the feature has since been patched. A spokesman for Apple said the company also is investigating whether its iCloud system was hacked as part of the leak. Dunst is one of the celebrities who have pointed the finger toward iCloud.

U.S. FORCES HIT AL-SHABAB IN SOMALIA: American military forces carried out an operation against the Islamic militant group Al-Shabab in Somalia on Monday, according to the Pentagon. No further details were released. “We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary. The strike comes a day after the al Qaeda-linked group, which the U.S. has designated a terrorist organization, set off a car bomb outside a high-security prison in Mogadishu and fired their way into the building. Three security guards and two civilians were killed. Also Monday, the African Union announced that military forces had liberated several important Somali towns from the group, which wants to turn the country into a fundamentalist Islamic state.

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ERIC CANTOR IS JOINING WALL STREET: Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is bouncing back from his Republican primary loss this year and planning to make a new start on Wall Street. Cantor announced Tuesday morning that he will be joining New York-based Moelis & Co., as vice president and managing director of the “boutique” investment firm. He will help open a Washington, D.C. office and advise corporate clients on takeovers and other financial deals. Individuals and groups associated with securities and investments donated in total about $1.4 million to Cantor’s 2013 and 2014 election cycles. Moelis has facilitated a number of major deals, including Hilton’s sale to the Blackstone Group and Berkshire Hathaway’s purchase of Heinz, and has a worked with the Dubai government.

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GERMANY BANS UBER: A Frankfurt court has banned ridesharing service Uber from Germany, saying it lacks the needed legal permits to operate within the country. However, Uber has no intention of leaving Deutschland, claiming the ban is unenforceable. “You cannot put the brakes on progress. Uber will continue its operations throughout Germany,” said an Uber spokesman. However, Uber may be taking a major risk with this move. Taxi Deutschland, which is suing the San Francisco-based company, said Uber could incur a fine as high as €250,000 ($327,840) for each trip if it loses the case. Many taxi drivers in Europe and the U.S. have not taken warmly to Uber, which often undercuts certified city car services without having to follow local permit and regulation laws for cab drivers. Taxi drivers have protested Uber in a number of cities, including London, Berlin, and Washington, D.C.

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.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows. The findings are unlikely to be the final salvo in what has been a long and often contentious debate about what foods are best to eat for weight loss and overall health. The notion that dietary fat is harmful, particularly saturated fat, arose decades ago from comparisons of disease rates among large national populations.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

“Test your knowledge! Can you identify geographic features viewed from space? Each year, in honor of Geography Awareness Week, the National Air and Space Museum hosts the Geography From Space quiz.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The toughest part of governing is the effect on the mind of those who govern. As Henry Kissinger said, once you get in government you are not building up human capital; you are just spending it down. People in senior positions are simply too busy to learn fundamental new viewpoints. Their minds are locked within the ones they brought into power. Then there is the problem of myopia. People at the top of government confront such a barrage of immediate small issues — from personnel to scheduling — that it is hard for them to step back and see the overall context in which they operate.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: There are things that you think and things that you say. There’s what you reckon with privately and what you utter publicly. There are discussions suitable for a lecture hall and those that befit the bully pulpit. These sets overlap but aren’t the same. Has President Obama lost sight of that?

LBN-YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH LAWRENCE GROBEL

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1.    My mom is a lousy cook?  NO

2.    I hate the smell of nail polish? YES

3.    I get a flu shot every year? YES

4.    I wish I were more humble? NO

5.    I love the color green? YES

6.    Aging sucks? YES

7.    James Taylor is overrated? NO

8.    One of my relatives has been in prison? NO

9.    President Obama has been a disappointment as a president? NO

10.   I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years? NO

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Tuesday • September 2, 2014

MISSING LIBYAN JETLINERS RAISE FEARS OF SUICIDE AIRLINER ATTACKS ON 9/11:

Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.

Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.

“There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,” said one official. “We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.”

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Monday • September 1, 2014

COME TO OUR LABOR DAY PARTY TODAY (MONDAY) – 4PM – 7PM: FREE

HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS AND LEMONADE:

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

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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 murder 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 derive and many fantasized about dead women rather than living ones.

14.  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.

15.  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.

16.  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.”

17.  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.

18.  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.

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

20.  Most psychiatrists note that psychopaths cannot be successfully treated.

NUDE PHOTOS OF JLAW LEAKED: Photos that purport to show Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities in the nude are circulating on the Internet, TMZ reports. The site says the leaked images appear to be part of a “massive celebrity hacking campaign.” The photos that supposedly are of Lawrence were taken in various locations; some show the subject in bathing suits, while others show her fully nude. The site quotes reps for Lawrence condemning the leakage of the photos as “a flagrant violation of privacy.” Other alleged victims of the hacking include Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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U.S. URGES RESTRAINT IN PAKISTAN POLITICAL CRISIS: The United States on Monday called for restraint by all sides in Pakistan’s political crisis, saying protesters had a right to demonstrate peacefully but that it strongly opposed efforts to impose change through violence and destruction of property,. “We have been carefully monitoring the demonstrations in Islamabad. We continue to urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, calling for peaceful dialogue. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been on the streets for weeks trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Demonstrators clashed with police over the weekend, and three people were killed.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 2014 there were just 49,883 religious Catholic sisters in the United States, down 13% percent from 2010 according to figures from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. To put it in greater perspective, that is a 72% decline since 1965

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GUANTANAMO DECAYS AS CLOSING DELAYED: Obama administration officials remain divided over whether the president can (or even should) close Guantanamo prison before he leaves office, but in the meantime the facility is becoming tattered. A floor is buckling in the unit that houses the most notorious detainees, steel supports are corroded in the kitchen building, and poor ventilation is making life difficult for some guards, among other problems. President Obama has argued that the facility should be closed because of high maintenance costs, estimated at almost $3 million per detainee annually. But more than 12 years after the first prisoners were sent there, State Department and some Pentagon officials are split over what to do or how how to proceed.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The Venice film festival clearly believes that nothing succeeds like an excess of Al Pacino. In the course of one hectic 14-hour period, guests took their seats for two new films featuring the 74-year-old actor, a veritable banquet of volcanic brooding and rasping, actorly monologues. The first of these, The Humbling, provided a paunchy, punch-drunk adaptation of the Philip Roth novel. But the second, Manglehorn, showcased the finest performance Pacino has delivered in years.

LBN-SEE IT:…. The epidemic of overdoses from pills and heroin has hit Staten Island harder than anyplace else in New York City.


LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***In just a few blazing minutes, Tony Stewart unleashed pent-up racing emotion that had swelled for three weeks. At Stewart’s first Nascar Sprint Cup race since his car fatally struck a driver at a short track in Canandaigua, N.Y., he burst from the No. 12 starting position into fourth place within 17 laps and remained in the leader’s shadow for more than a third of the Oral-B USA 500 on Sunday evening.

LBN-THINK AGAIN:….


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: After 26 years under current ownership and decades under previous owners Callahan’s will close at the end of this year. The Santa Monica diner, beloved by many local regulars, has been open since 1946 according to the new building owners. Abraham Vazquez, who has owned Callahan’s since 1988, said that his lease is up at the end of the year and that he can’t afford the rent proposed by the building owners. Added to his burden is the loss of his daughter, Leticia “Letty” Vazquez, who died earlier this year.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: You are 500 times more likely to die of a drug overdose if you have a tattoo.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Sandra, an LBN E-Lert reader from London, England.


LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Death Row Records founder Suge Knight landed a deal from Penguin Riverhead in 2002 to pen his autobiography, which, according to a press release at the time, was to “chronicle the inspirational story of Knight’s emergence from the streets of Compton, Calif., to become one of the most significant and controversial personalities in the music industry,” and detail Knight’s take on the deaths of Tupac and Biggie Smalls, his friendship with John F. Kennedy Jr., and “incidents involving Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Vanilla Ice, Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez, among others. Knight got a healthy six-figure contract for the book, through agents Frank Weimann and Mickey Freiberg. But Knight never wrote the book, because he wasn’t willing to divulge the nitty-gritty of his life and times in the music business. Weimann last week confirmed to Page Six that the book was never written.

LBN-MEET: Singer Morgan James:


LBN-NOTICED: ***Veteran film distributor Starth Hamilton having lunch at the popular Lenny’s Deli.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Gloria Estefan (1957)

Estefan is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. Born in Cuba and raised in Florida, she began performing with the Miami Sound Machine in the 1970s. The group had a string of hit songs and albums, but Estefan was clearly the star, and by the early 1990s she was being billed as a solo artist. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, she is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music history.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Estrich: There’s a painful lesson to be learned for liberals, especially liberal Jews, from the hopefully concluded war in Gaza. Most of my liberal friends desperately want to believe that the fact that Israel is subject to more criticism than almost any country in the world (including some very scary ones), that respected universities consider calls for boycotts, that student government slates (at UCLA) run and win on pledges not to accept travel from the Anti-Defamation League, that all of this and more has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that it is a Jewish state, much less with anti-Semitism. No, it’s not about holding Jews to a different standard; it’s Israel.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews. My propaganda vilfies humans!

LBN-YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH MARK JOSEPH, MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCER

www.mjmgroup.com



1.    My mom is a lousy cook? No

2.    I hate the smell of nail polish? No

3.    I get a flu shot every year? Yes

4.    I wish I were more humble? Yes

5.    I love the color green? No

6.   Aging sucks? No

7.   James Taylor is overrated? Yes

8.  One of my relatives has been in prison? No

9.   President Obama has been a disappointment as a president? Yes

10. I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years. Yes

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Donnie Wahlberg‘s “Favorite Girl” Jenny McCarthy is now his wife. The couple tied the knot Sunday in a ceremony outside Chicago, McCarthy’s publicist, Brad Cafarelli, confirmed. It’s the second marriage for both 45-year-old Wahlberg and 41-year-old Mccarthy.   ***Joan Rivers laughed about “going in for a little procedure’’ the night before she had the throat operation that left her on life support, a close friend said Sunday. “She said her throat was bothering her for a long time. Her voice was getting more raspy, if that was possible. She said she was just going in for a little procedure in the morning, that was it,” Jay Redack, Rivers’ former writing partner,, said outside Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

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Sunday • August 31, 2014

TOMORROW – JOIN OUR LABOR DAY PARTY FUN!

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

R.S.V.P. Essential – E-mail: MLAsst@LCOonline.com, Lenny’s Deli: (310) 475-5771

U.S. AIRSTRIKES HELP BREAK ISIS SIEGE: U.S. airstrikes helped Iraqi forces break through to the city of Amerli, which had been blocked by ISIS for months. Since June, ISISI had kept food and aid from entering the Shiite Turkmen village. The coordinated attacks began Saturday night, according to Iraqi officials. Karim al-Nouri, a high-ranking official in the Shiite-led Badr Brigades, said thousands of troops, including ones from the Iraqi army, began their advance at 7:30 p.m. It marked the second time this month that the U.S. coordinated airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help civilians in Iraq trapped by ISIS. “Amerli has been liberated,” said local politician Mahdi Taqi. “There is so much joy and people are cheering in the streets.” ISIS still has a strong grip over much of Iraqand has been trying to expand its power through social media.

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OBAMA: THE WORLD HAS ALWAYS BEEN MESSY: Sure, the world feels like it’s falling apart, but “the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy,” according to President Obama. Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in upstate New York, the president says he “can see why a lot of folks are troubled.” “In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through,” the president told donors. “The good news is that American leadership has never been more necessary, and there’s really no competition out there for the ideas and the values that can create the sort of order that we need in this world.”

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Partner at ICM Partners, Rick Levy along with 474,000 other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


IRAN: U.S. SANCTIONS ARE AN ‘INVASION’: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at the sanctions the U.S. imposed over the country’s nuclear program, calling them an “invasion.” The sanctions were imposed Friday on more than 25 businesses, banks, and individuals suspected of aiding Iran’s nuclear program and supporting terrorism. “Sanctions are an invasion of the Iranian nation,” Rouhani said in a televised statement. “We should resist the invasion and put the invaders in their place. We should not allow the continuation and repetition of the invasion.” Rouhani did, however, tell journalists that the sanctions would not put an end to nuclear talks with world powers.

ISIS DISPLAYING A DEFT COMMAND OF VARIED MEDIA: The extremists who have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq have riveted the world’s attention with their military prowess and unrestrained brutality. But Western intelligence services are also worried about their extraordinary command of seemingly less lethal weapons: state-of-the-art videos, ground images shot from drones and multilingual Twitter messages. ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is using every contemporary mode of messaging to recruit fighters, intimidate enemies and promote its claim to have established a caliphate, a unified Muslim state run according to a strict interpretation of Islamic law. If its bigotry and beheadings seem to come from a distant century, its use of media is up to the moment

MICHAEL SAM CUT FROM RAMS: THE first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL, Michael Sam, was cut from the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. Sam’s cut came as NFL teams slimmed their rosters down to 53 players. “I will tell you this, I was pulling for Sam, I really was,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “And I don’t say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do.” He added, “It was a football decision, and the decision is no different than any other decision we make. It was a football decision. It was a football decision back in May to draft Mike.” Sam, who was drafted in the seventh round from the University of Missouri, wrote a series of tweets thanking the Rams for “allowing me to show I can play at this level.” He said he looks forward to building on the experience earned with the Rams to work “toward a long and successful career.” “The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues,” Sam wrote.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Glenn Cornick, the original bassist for Jethro Tull, passed away August 29 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 67. Billboard reports that Cornick died of congestive heart failure and had been receiving hospice care recently. Cornick was a founding member of Jethro Tull, appearing on their first three albums before departing the group in 1970.

WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. GARY SMALL, WORLD’S LEADING BRAIN EXPERT: Tune in to Episode Three (3) of the new TV show – “Without Notes” — Click here


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


LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Rocky Marciano Dies in a Plane Crash (1969)

After failing to become a professional baseball player, Marciano took up boxing and became one of the greatest boxers of all time. Hard-punching and durable, he was the heavyweight champion from 1952 to 1956—and the only one to have retired without a defeat or draw in his professional career. He died in a plane crash in 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday, while en route to Des Moines, Iowa, where a surprise birthday party awaited him.


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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Library of Congress: Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond

‘Like our ancestors, we look up at the heavens and wonder. What is the structure of the universe? How significant are we? Are we alone? To commemorate the acquisition of The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive, the Library of Congress presents an exploration of these questions across the breadth of its collections and offers a first glimpse into Carl Sagan’s papers.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Maral Mollaey, founder of All-Access Project, an LBN E-Lert reader from Santa Monica, California.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Is sex more important than music, war, sports and vampires? Is sex more important than Nixon? Michael Sheen thinks so. The nimble Welsh actor has played a royal flush of renowned men — Mozart, Tony Blair (three times), the English soccer manager Brian Clough and David Frost in “Frost/Nixon.” He also starred as a villainous vampire in the “Twilight” movies. Asked how he rates the importance of historical figures he has channeled, he places his current conjuring, William Masters in Showtime’s mesmerizing “Masters of Sex,” on top.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: Many white Americans say they are fed up with the coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A plurality of whites in a recent Pew survey said that the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News reflected that weariness, saying: “All you hear is grievance, grievance, grievance, money, money, money.” Indeed, a 2011 study by scholars at Harvard and Tufts found that whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism. Yes, you read that right!

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Joan Rivers was on life-support Saturday as her daughter, family and friends kept an increasingly grim vigil at a Manhattan hospital. The 81-year-old Rivers, initially placed in a medically induced coma after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest on Thursday, was dependent on the machines to keep her alive. Sources told the Daily News that Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, is “in denial” over her mother’s condition.

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Saturday • August 30, 2014

ARE YOU COMING TO OUR LABOR DAY PARTY THIS MONDAY?

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

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SAUDI KING WARNS WEST WILL BE JIHADISTS’ NEXT TARGET: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action. “If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station. “Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

 

KERRY: ISIS WON’T BE ALLOWED TO SPREAD: In an op-ed published Saturday in the New York Times, Secretary of State John Kerry called ISIS a cancer that must be eliminated and a “unifying threat to a broad array of countries.” “With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries,” Kerry wrote. “The world can confront this scourge, and ultimately defeat it. ISIS is odious, but not omnipotent.” Meanwhile, a companion opinion piece by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham argued for an immediate military response to ISIS and criticized the president’s “tactical and reactive half-measures” so far. “Continuing to confront ISIS in Iraq, but not in Syria, would be fighting with one hand tied behind our back. We need a military plan to defeat ISIS, wherever it is.”

 

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OBAMA WEIGHING DELAY IN ACTION ON IMMIGRATION: President Obama is considering a delay of his most controversial proposals to revamp immigration laws through executive action until after the midterm elections in November, mindful of the electoral peril for Democratic Senate candidates, according to allies of the administration who have knowledge of White House deliberations. The president vowed in late June to act unilaterally, declaring a deep frustration with what he termed Republican obstruction in Congress. He pledged to act to reshape the immigration system soon after he received recommendations from senior advisers at the end of the summer.

 

WANTED: GIRLS GONE WILD FOUNDER: Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has a $500,000 warrant out for his arrest. Francis faces seven charges in connection with an alleged altercation in May involving “pushing and shoving” at the Girls Gone Wild headquarters. Francis spent that night in jail but now lives in another country and “has no ties to this community,” according to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. He was accused of making criminal threats, trespassing, battery, and disobeying a court. On top of those charges, Francis, 41, also faces a probation violation from a January 2011 conviction of false imprisonment and assault. He filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2013.

 

NEW NOVARTIS DRUG SHOWS STRIKING EFFICACY IN TREATING HEART FAILURE: An experimental drug has shown a striking efficacy in prolonging the lives of people with heart failure and could replace what has been the bedrock treatment for more than 20 years, researchers said Saturday. The drug, which is being developed by the Swiss company Novartis, reduced both the risk of dying from cardiovascular causes and the risk of being hospitalized for worsening heart failure by about 20 percent in a large clinical trial.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Barbara Walters, Roger Waters and Dennis Basso at a screening of new doc “Pump” at the Southampton home of Katharina Otto-Bernstein.   ***Steven Tyler at brasserie CBD Provisions at the Joule Hotel in Dallas while in town for an Aerosmith gig.   ***Wiz Khalifa with friends at Level R at the Empire Hotel in NYC.   ***NY Jet Chris Johnson, along with NY Giant Jason Pierre-Paul, at Haus nightclub.   ***Kristen Chenoweth laughing with friends and her hairstylist over dinner at STK Rooftop in NYC.

 
*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Old Farmer’s Almanac

“Old Farmer’s Almanac offers free long range weather forecasts, full moon dates, weather history, sun rise and set times, best planting dates, and folklore.”

 

MY REVIEW: “People all over the world strongly acknowledge that LBN is an extraordinary news and information service. In my own life it has been more valuable than my own college education. I read it daily because it expands my mind and therefore my life.” —– Dr. Park Chu, an LBN E-Lert reader from Tokyo, Japan.


 

LBN-THINK AGAIN:….


 

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***It’s not just you. Nobody has seen a good movie lately.  Or at least if they have, it isn’t in a theater. Ticket sales to movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada are expected to sink to about $3.9 billion, a 15 percent decline when compared to summer of 2013, according to box office company Rentrak. In July, box office sales were down 30 percent, the New York Times reports.

 

UNIQUELY, LBN: Singer – songwriter Alexis Baker, an LBN E-Lert reader from West Hollywood, California.


 

AT GATEWAY TO HAMPTONS, KU KLUX KLAN ADVERTISES FOR NEW MEMBERS: All along the bucolic back roads of this blue-collar gateway to the more opulent Hamptons, residents agree: There is nothing sophisticated about the Ku Klux Klan’s continuing drive to recruit new members. The pamphlets the group has distributed seem to have been made in somebody’s basement, printed on threadbare paper with a printer in need of ink. They are stuffed into plastic sandwich bags, along with a few Jolly Rancher candies serving as weights, and tossed onto driveways in the dead of night. Among the recipients have been Latino immigrants — the very target of the Klan’s campaign.

 

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Warren Buffett (1930)

Known for his financial wisdom and his vast wealth, Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. His early investment successes, particularly in buying undervalued companies whose stocks rose quickly, made him extremely rich and earned him the epithet the “Oracle of Omaha.” In 2006, he made the commitment to give away his fortune to charity, with the largest contribution—approximately $31 billion—going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Kerry: In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force. In addition to its beheadings, crucifixions and other acts of sheer evil, which have killed thousands of innocents in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, including Sunni Muslims whose faith it purports to represent, ISIS (which the United States government calls ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) poses a threat well beyond the region.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Mccain and Lindsey Graham: After more than three years, almost 200,000 dead in Syria, the near collapse of Iraq, and the rise of the world’s most sinister terrorist army — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has conquered vast swaths of both countries — President Obama’s admission this week that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with this threat is startling. It is also dangerous. The president clearly wants to move deliberately and consult with allies and Congress as he considers what to do about ISIS. No one disputes that goal. But the threat ISIS poses only grows over time. It cannot be contained. It must be confronted. This requires a comprehensive strategy, presidential leadership and a far greater sense of urgency. If Mr. Obama changes course and adopts a strategic approach to defeat ISIS, he deserves support.

 

LBN-COMMENTARY by Cecily Mcmillan: Fixing the prison system won’t be quick or easy. But in the short term, things could be done to improve conditions on Rikers. Before I left, I asked the other inmates what changes they would make. They had many ideas. Here are two. Upon intake, every inmate should receive a physical and psychological examination, as well as medication and treatment as needed. (I waited three weeks before receiving that daily prescription medication, which I had been taking before I was incarcerated.) While in jail, each prisoner should be guaranteed access to a doctor within 24 hours, as well as emergency medical help — such action, I believe, could have saved Judith’s life. And inmates need to be able to file grievances about mistreatment without fear of retaliation. The rules governing ordinary interactions between inmates and correction officers, as well as the process for filing grievances, seem all too often to describe an alternate reality where interactions are calm, orderly and reasonably respectful.

 

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….Cameron Diaz


 

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Gwyneth Paltrow is expanding her Goop game into clothing.  Rumors are swirling that the actress and founder of the aspirational lifestyle Web site is exploring a partnership to start her own fashion line, which will be sold online.  But first, Paltrow will launch a collaboration with Diane von Furstenberg, DVF x Goop.   ***Homeward bound indeed. Suri Cruise‘s lost Chihuahua puppy, Honey, was found and safely returned home on Wednesday after escaping from a friend’s front gate. Last week, Katie Holmes, 35, and her 8-year-old daughter offered a $1,000 reward for Honey’s safe return.

 

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Friday • August 29, 2014

DON’T YOU DARE MISS MONDAY’S LBN (LEVINE BREAKING NEWS) LABOR DAY PARTY:

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

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UK RAISES TERROR THREAT LEVEL TO ‘SEVERE’: Britain’s government has raised the country’s terror threat level to “severe,” Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday.  It’s the fourth-highest of five potential threat levels. According to the U.K. government, it means an attack is “highly likely.” But there is no intelligence to suggest an attack is imminent. May said the threat level was raised because of the risk from the deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria, where extremist militants from the group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL). May said, however, that there was no specific threat to Britain that caused the raise in the terror level. This is the first time Britain’s terror threat level has been at “severe” since 2011.

OBAMA’S “STRONG DISAPPROVAL” DOUBLE HIS “STRONG APPROVAL”: Americans are more than twice as likely to say they “strongly disapprove” (39%) of President Barack Obama’s job performance as they are to say they “strongly approve” (17%). The percentage of Americans who strongly disapprove of Obama has increased over time, while the percentage who strongly approve has dropped by almost half.

WHITE HOUSE: WE’RE NOT AT ‘WAR’ WITH ISIS: The White House is insisting the U.S. is not at war with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, despite an aggressive air campaign and previously labeling the jihadist group an “imminent threat to every interest we have.”  “Before getting into the strategy, though, there seems [to be] a fundamental, existential question: Is the United States presently at war with ISIS — yes or no?” MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked President Barack Obama’s top spokesman, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, on Thursday. Earnest went with “no.”

MOHAMMED IS MOST POPULAR NAME IN OSLO: Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå – SSB) has counted the population of Oslo and found that Mohammed is the most common male name in Oslo for the first time ever. Altogether 4,801 boys and men are named Mohammed or variations of Mohammed as their first name, and Mohammed has thereby passed both Jan (4,667) and Per (4,155).

UZI DEATH CALLED ‘INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT’: Arizona law enforcement officials said no criminal charges would be filed related to the incident where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi. In a statement, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said there are “no charges pending” in regards to the shooting of Charles Vacca, 39. Instead, after watching the now unfortunately viral video of the shooting accident, the sheriff’s office said the death will be “viewed as an industrial accident.” In the video, Vacca is seen guiding the girl on how to handle the Uzi, saying, “All right, full auto.” Moments later, the girl loses control of the submachine gun and strikes Vacca in the head. An employee at Last Stop says the shooting range has already resumed operations

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans.  In contrast, 65 percent of Democrats believe that ISIS is a major threat, three points less than climate change. Seventy-eight percent of Republicans cited ISIS as a major threat -+ a partisan difference of 13 points.  Eighty percent of Republicans also cite “Islamic extremist groups like al Qaeda” as a major threat to the United States compared to 69 percent of Democrats.

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ISIS WATERBOARDED JAMES FOLEY: At least four hostages, including slain American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their time being held captive in Syria by ISIS. “They knew exactly how it was done,” a person with direct knowledge of what happened to the hostages told The Washington Post. The CIA used the simulated drowning technique to interrogate suspected terrorists after the 9/11 attacks, which President Obama recently called torture.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

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“SoYouWanna teaches you how to do all the things nobody taught you in school. From work to wine, apartment rentals to toning your abs … learn it all with SoYouWanna!”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Short men were found to marry later in life than average or tall men, but were 32 percent less likely to divorce. They were also more likely to marry less educated and younger women. Once married, they did less of the housework and earned a much higher income than their spouse. Tall men were found to marry sooner in life, but were more at risk for divorce later on, as shorter men had more stable marriages. However, researchers note that the link between short men and stable marriages could be because they chose to marry later (or didn’t have the option until later).  Tall men were also more likely to marry women closer to their age, and who were better-educated.

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IN JUST 6 MONTHS, 37,477 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT KIDS RELEASED, ONLY 280 DEPORTED: The Obama administration has released a huge majority of illegal immigrant children who poured over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year into dozens of tony counties without notifying the public, while deporting just 280, according to new reports. The Health and Human Services Department released a list of 126 counties 29,890 of the kids were placed into, sometimes with their parents who are also in the United States illegally.

HALF OF ALL SYRIANS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED: Nearly half of all 6.5 million Syrians are displaced as a result of having “been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives,” according to a new United Nations report. The report also notes that there are 3 million Syrian refugees registered in other countries, which is 1 million more than the previous year. The host governments of these countries estimate that thousands more Syrians live within their borders, but haven’t formally registered. “The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Hollywood agency CAA is auctioning off lunches with top talent for a good cause for its annual School Day event on Sept. 18 to support public education.  As part of the firm’s Lunch With a Leader program, winning bidders in the charity auction will dine at Bouchon in Beverly Hills and the Palm in New York and Nashville with the likes of Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, studio boss Stacey Snider, Hoda Kotb and Jason Collins.  Other lots being sold through Charitybuzz include lunch with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, a grad school class with James Franco, a yoga session with Jessica Alba and a set visit to the new Zac Efron movie “We Are Your Friends.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Michael Jordan partied at club Avenue in NYC after having dinner at Tao Downtown while in town to see Roger Federer play at the US Open.

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LBN-SEE IT: Michelle Obama and the family’s personal chef, Sam Kass, in the White House kitchen garden in 2010. On Saturday, the Obamas will attend Mr. Kass’s wedding to Alex Wagner of MSNBC.


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LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***LeBron James will reportedly have less time for a string of planned Hollywood projects now that he’s returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With his focus on bringing a championship to Ohio, James has stepped back from a plan to actively promote Starz’s upcoming series, “Survivor’s Remorse,” about an NBA player coping with his personal life after becoming a star. The series’ main character was reportedly inspired by James.   ***Legendary professional wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts is reportedly in intensive care at a Las Vegas hospital after collapsing on a flight to the city on Wednesday.  An ambulance brought Roberts, 59, from the plane to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with double pneumonia, WrestlingInc.com reported.  The website said Roberts was in a coma for nearly 24 hours.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Hurricane Katrina Devastates US Gulf Coast (2005)

Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Central Gulf Coast as a Category 3 storm. Its storm surge breached the levee system that protected New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, flooding the city. Lack of food and water in the aftermath fueled criticism of the US government’s recovery efforts, and many former residents established new lives elsewhere.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Dubbed the “King of Pop,” singer-songwriter Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958. As a child, he performed as the lead singer of the Jackson family’s popular Motown group, the Jackson 5. Jackson went on to become one of the most internationally famous award-winning solo pop sensations to date. Jackson’s 2009 death stirred controversy and was ultimately ruled a homicide. Dr. Conrad Murray, who had been caring for the pop star at the time of his death, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on November 7, 2011, later receiving a four-year prison sentence.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: We all know what makes for good character in soldiers. We’ve seen the movies about heroes who display courage, loyalty and coolness under fire. But what about somebody who sits in front of a keyboard all day? Is it possible to display and cultivate character if you are just an information age office jockey, alone with a memo or your computer? Of course it is. Even if you are alone in your office, you are thinking. Thinking well under a barrage of information may be a different sort of moral challenge than fighting well under a hail of bullets, but it’s a character challenge nonetheless.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: François Hollande, the president of France since 2012, coulda been a contender. He was elected on a promise to turn away from the austerity policies that killed Europe’s brief, inadequate economic recovery. Since the intellectual justification for these policies was weak and would soon collapse, he could have led a bloc of nations demanding a change of course. But it was not to be. Once in office, Mr. Hollande promptly folded, giving in completely to demands for even more austerity.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jamie Bartlett: Ideas, no matter how horrific, can rarely be quashed entirely. It’s doubly true online, especially in a post-Snowden world, where free, open source cryptography, anonymous web-browsers and decentralized social networks are proliferating. This means a new response is needed. The battle for hearts and minds used to be waged from on high: propaganda air dropped from governments and media broadcasters. Now, it’s more like hand-to-hand combat, played out across millions of social media accounts 24 hours a day. That means all of us have both the opportunity and responsibility to defend what it is we believe.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Shakira is expecting her second child with her soccer player boyfriend, Gerard Piqué. “The Voice” coach, 37, confirmed the happy news to the Spanish edition of Cosmopolitan on Wednesday. Shakira and Piqué, 27, are already parents to a son, Milan Piqué Mebarak, born on January 22, 2013.   ***“Glee” star Heather Morris is engaged. The 27-year-old actress’ boyfriend, Taylor Hubbell, popped the big question recently, Us Weekly confirmed.

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Thursday • August 28, 2014

UKRAINE: RUSSIA IS INVADING: According to a pro-Russian rebel leader in eastern Ukraine, between 3,000 and 4,000 Russians have joined the separatist ranks. Those Russians are either former service members or current military personnel on leave, he said. Experts now put the number of Russian troops fighting in Ukraine at over 10,000. The admission comes as rebels take the town of Novoazovsk, which connects Russia and Crimea, in southeastern Ukraine. In addition, a Ukrainian official on Thursday claimed that two columns of Russian tanks fired missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then moved into the country as Ukraine’s border guards ran. As a result, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has canceled a visit to Turkey and said Russia has now deployed troops in his country. This is not the first time rebels have bragged about Russian troops and weapons.

MILITARY SKILL AND TERRORIST TECHNIQUE FUEL SUCCESS OF ISIS: As fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to seize territory, the group has quietly built an effective management structure of mostly middle-aged Iraqis overseeing departments of finance, arms, local governance, military operations and recruitment. At the top the organization is the self-declared leader of all Muslims, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a radical chief executive officer of sorts, who handpicked many of his deputies from among the men he met while a prisoner in American custody at the Camp Bucca detention center a decade ago. He had a preference for military men, and so his leadership team includes many officers from Saddam Hussein’s long-disbanded army.

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RUSSIANS HACKED WALL ST. AFTER SANCTIONS: Russians hacked J.P. Morgan Chase and at least one other bank in mid-August immediately after the U.S. levied new sanctions on Moscow, according to an FBI probe. The attack resulted in the theft of gigabytes’ worth of sensitive data and may be linked to similar recent infiltrations of European banks. People familiar with the case say the FBI suspects the attack was retaliation for the sanctions. Experts say the hackers’ ability to move through sophisticated security suggests these were not average criminals—but the hackers left enough of a trail to also suggest the Russian government wasn’t involved. The news comes as Russia pushes an invasion of Ukraine. “The Russians typically keep open the options to do something more, and the question now is what would trigger that and what would our response be,” said James Lewis, director of the Strategic Technologies program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

JUDGE DECRIMINALIZES POLYGAMY IN UTAH: A federal judge has struck down part of Utah’s ban on polygamy, effectively decriminalizing it in the state. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled Wednesday that the law’s phrase “or cohabits with another person” was deemed a violation of the free exercise clause of the First Amendment and the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case was brought by Kody Brown and his four wives, stars of the TLC reality show Sister Wives. In a lawsuit, the Browns claimed the state law forced them to flee Utah over fears of persecution. They were awarded financial compensation.

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JOLIE, PITT FINALLY GET MARRIED: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have finally said “I do.” A spokesman for the longtime coupe confirmed on Thursday that the two were wed in a small chapel in Chateau Miraval, France on Saturday. The nondenominational civil ceremony was attended by family and friends. The judge who performed the ceremony also issued the couple a marriage license from California. Jolie walked down the aisle with her eldest sons, Maddox and Pax, while Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox were the ring bearers.

BITTER AND TWISTED O.J. IS TURNING INTO A MUSLIM: After nearly six years behind bars, disgraced football great O.J. Simpson now wants to become a Muslim. Sources say Simpson became interested in Islam through fellow inmates, and his current “cellie,” Smoke, put him in touch with retired pro boxer Mike Tyson, a devout Muslim. “O.J. and Mike have been communicating the past couple of months,” said a source. “Mike has been encouraging him to study the faith and read the Koran.” Simpson, 67, has been locked up in Nevada’s Lovelock Correction Center since December 2008 on an armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. Sources say the Heisman Trophy winner turned to religion when his appeal for a new trial was denied late last year by a Nevada judge, leaving him disillusioned and bitter. “O.J. really thought that he was going to be successful in a bid for a new trial and eventually be released from prison,” added the insider. “But now he’s not eligible for parole until late 2017, which has angered him.”

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AID TO DISABLED KIDS SURPASSES WELFARE: The amount of federal money going to families with disabled children over the past two years has surpassed tradition welfare programs as a source of income. Roughly $20 billion was spent by the children’s Supplemental Security Income program, about $2 billion more than other welfare programs. Analysts say that the program has become an access point for families that lost benefits in welfare reform of the 1990s, especially when it is giving out cash for disabilities like ADHD. It started in 1974 as a small program serving families where parents could not work because they had children with severe physical disabilities. The program has since doubled its recipients in the past two decades, now serving 1.3 million youths who mostly have behavioral, mental, or learning disorders. Its defenders say it is one of the last programs for the poor that hasn’t faced severe cuts from Congress.

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HEROIN’S DEATH TOLL RISING IN NEW YORK, AMID A SHIFT IN WHO USES IT: A heroin crisis gripping communities across the country deepened in New York last year, with more people in the city dying in overdoses from the drug than in any year since 2003. In all, 420 people fatally overdosed on heroin in 2013 out of a total of 782 drug overdoses, rising to a level not seen in a decade in both absolute numbers and as a population-adjusted rate, according to preliminary year-end data from the city’s health department.

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TSARNAEV SISTER ACCUSED OF BOMB THREAT: The sister of the two men suspected of committing the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening a woman with a bomb. Aliana Tsarnaeva, 24, was charged with aggravated assault for threatening to bomb a New York City woman who is the mother of her husband’s children. According to police, Tsarnaeva allegedly said to the woman over the phone, “I have people who can go up there and put a bomb on you.” Tsarnaeva’s brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan, are suspected as responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing that left three dead and scores injured. At the time of the bombing, she said had not spoken to her brothers in years.

BRYAN SINGER ACCUSER DROPS CASE: Michael Egan II’s petition to have his lawsuit against X-Men director Bryan Singer dismissed without prejudice was granted, which means Egan would be allowed to refile at a later date. Singer’s request to have it dismissed with prejudice and have Egan pay his legal costs was rejected. “Although we would have liked the case dismissed on merits, the fact that now it’s dropped… is satisfactory,” the director’s lawyer said. Egan, now 31, accused the director of abusing him in Hawaii when he was 17. He also filed three similar suits against other Hollywood figures, which were dismissed.

LBN-YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH HEATHER MCMILLEN, ARTIST

www.heathermcmillen.com

1.    My mom is a lousy cook? No

2.    I hate the smell of nail polish? No

3.    I get a flu shot every year? No

4.  I wish I were more humble? No

5.   I love the color green? Yes

6.  Aging sucks? Yes

7.   James Taylor is overrated? No

8.  One of my relatives has been in prison? Yes

9.    President Obama has been a disappointment as a president? Yes

10. I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years. Yes


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LBN-OVEREHEARD:   ***Joan Rivers was rushed to a hospital in New York City moments ago … after she stopped breathing during a surgery on her throat … TMZ has learned. Sources say Rivers was undergoing the throat procedure in a clinic (specifically on her vocal chords) … when she stopped breathing during the surgery. Sources say 81-year-old Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York.  Sources say her daughter Melissa is on her way to New York.   ***While authorities investigate elder abuse claims against the widow of radio legend Casey Kasem, his distraught daughter is questioning whether Jean Kasem’s plan to bury him in Norway is really just a bid to escape possible extradition back to the U.S. Casey, 82, died June 15 in a Gig Harbor, Wash., hospital, over a month after his wife of 33 years removed him from a California nursing home and took him to stay with friends in Washington.   ***Halle Berry swore she’d never marry again after her 2005 divorce from Eric Benét. Now, the Hollywood beauty may regret not honoring her vow, as she’s allegedly calling it quits with third hubby Olivier Martinez. The 48-year-old actress wed the French actor, 48, in July 2013 while pregnant with their son Maceo.

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Thursday • August 28, 2014

AL QAEDA MAGAZINE HINTS OF LOOMING ATTACK; URGES BOMBING OF VEGAS, MILITARY TARGETS:

A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent.

The online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It includes a timeline of “selected jihadi operations” that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which first flagged the slickly-produced latest edition of the terror publication, finds chilling.

“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and question marks for the photo and information of the next attack — implying that it is coming soon.” said MEMRI Executive Director Steve Stalinsky.

There is a suggested list of targets for lone-wolf, or individually executed, terror attacks, including New York’s Times Square, casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and trains, the Georgia Military College, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego.

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Wednesday • August 27, 2014

LBN-LABOR DAY PARTY:You are cordially invited to the “2nd Annual LBN Labor Day Celebration”

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

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Wednesday • August 27, 2014

LBN-LABOR DAY PARTY:You are cordially invited to the “2nd Annual LBN Labor Day Celebration”

Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Depression

1.     The main risk factors of depression include past abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), certain medications (drugs that treat high blood pressure), conflict with family members or friends, death or loss, chronic or major illness, and a family history of depression.

2.     Even positive events such as graduating, getting married, a new job can lead to depression.

3.     Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also suffer from depression.

4.     More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression in a given year.

5.     Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men. Women may be at a higher risk for depression due in part to estrogen, which may alter the activity of neurotransmitters that contribute to depression.

6.     At some point in their lives, about one in four Americans will experience depression.

7.     Once men hit midlife, they may face an increased risk of depression due to the decrease of testosterone.

8.     Men typically experience depression differently from women and use different means to cope. For example, while women may feel hopeless, men may feel irritable. Women may crave a listening ear, while men may became socially withdrawn or become violent or abusive.

9.     Researchers have recently found that those who suffer from depression are at risk for low bone mineral density. Depressed women are especially at risk for developing osteoporosis.

10.  Abraham Lincoln first fell into a deep depression after Ann Rutledge, his first love, died. Lincoln reportedly suffered from chronic depression his entire life.

11.  In established market economies such as the United States, depression is the leading form of mental illness.

12.  As many as 15% of those who suffer from some form of depression take their lives each year.

13.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), more than 6% of children suffer from depression and 4.9% of them have major depression.

14.  Self-mutilation (cutting or burning) is one way in which individuals show they are depressed.

15.  Because the brains of older people are more vulnerable to chemical abnormalities, they are more likely than young people to suffer depression.

16.  Depressed people get colds more frequently than non-depressed people.

17.  Sufferers of depression are more likely to have a heart attack than those who are not depressed. Additionally, people who have heart attacks or heart surgery are more at risk for depression.

18.  During the Middle Ages, mentally ill people were seen to be under the influence of the devil or other evil spirits.

19.  The first mental asylum in the U.S opened in 1773 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

20.  Freud, who revolutionized the practice of psychiatry with his theories of the unconscious, postulated that depression comes from anger turned against oneself.

21.  Approximately 80% sufferers of depression are not receiving treatment.

22.  Recent research suggests that depression can shorten the lives of people with cancer by years.

23.  A kind of depression called hospitalism (anaclitic depression) can be seen in institutions where children did not receive enough emotional care. These children become apathetic and withdrawn, even though they may be cared for physically.

24.  Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, affects nearly 6 million American adults in a given year.

25.  Researchers have found a direct relationship between depression and the thickening of the lining of the carotid artery in women, a major risk factor for stroke.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The average temperature on Venus’ surface is about 870 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the hottest planet in the solar system and hotter than most ovens.

LBN-YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH ADAM CHRISTING, FOUNDER OF CLEAN COMEDIANS

www.cleancomedians.com

1.     My mom is a lousy cook?  NO

2.     I hate the smell of nail polish? NO

3.     I get a flu shot every year? YES

4.     I wish I were more humble? NO

5.     I love the color green? NO

6.     Aging sucks? YES

7.     James Taylor is overrated? Yes

8.     One of my relatives has been in prison? Yes

9.     President Obama has been a disappointment as a president? Yes

10.    I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years? NO


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Tuesday • August 26, 2014

LABOR DAY PARTY: You are cordially invited to the “2nd Annual LBN Labor Day Celebration”


Labor Day, Monday September 1, 4-7 pm at the popular Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, California.

Free Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Lemonade.

*****Special Bonus: Everyone will be invited to take the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. It will be down in the parking lot of Lenny’s Deli. For everyone who takes the challenge Lenny’s Deli will donate $20 to ALS.

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MORE WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS AT MICHAEL BROWN’S FUNERAL THAN THATCHER’S: The White House sent three officials to attend Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown in St. Louis — three more than it sent for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last year.  The administration’s handling of the Brown funeral already has started to raise comparisons between the two. For Monday’s funeral, the White House sent two officials with the White House Office of Public Engagement as well as Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.  No White House officials, though, were part of the presidential delegation sent last year to Thatcher’s funeral. For that, the White House sent former secretaries of State George Schultz and James Baker III — as well as the charge d’affaires to the U.K. and the former U.S. ambassador.

BURGER KING ANNEXES CANADA’S TIM HORTONS: Burger King will buy Canada’s Tim Hortons for $11 billion, the U.S. chain announced Tuesday morning. The acquisition will allow Burger King to effectively dodge U.S. taxes by moving its headquarters from Miami to Canada where the corporate tax rate is 15 percent, compared to 35 percent in the U.S. This “inversion” move lets companies transfer money earned outside of the U.S. to the parent company without paying additional U.S. taxes, USA Today explained. Democrats, including President Obama, have called the move unpatrotic. The new company will be the world’s third-largest fast-food chain with $23 billion in sales and more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries.

OBAMA SENT NO REPRESENTATIVE TO MEMORIAL MASS FOR BEHEADED JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY: President Barack Obama sent no White House representative to the memorial Mass held yesterday in Rochester, New Hampshire, for James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists. President Obama, however, did send three White House aides to Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American fatally shot in an encounter with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

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‘BREAKING BAD’ SWEEPS THE EMMYS: Walter White and Co. took home a slew of Emmys on Monday night. Bryan Cranston scored for Best Actor in a Drama Series, while Supporting Actress went to Anna Gunn as his wife, and an emotional Aaron Paul won for Supporting Actor. The show also won the top prize as Best Drama Series. Modern Family, The Colbert Report, and American Horror Story also took trophies at the ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers.

INSIDE THE BISEXUAL WORLD OF LINDSAY LOHAN: LiLo STILL prefers ladies to gentlemen says insider  no matter who’s she’s pap snapped with. While Lindsay Lohan’s rep has denied recent reports that she was in a relationship with older man Patrick Mahony, saying, “It is not true. She is single.” But that’s only half the story — according to an insider, Lohan still prefers to date women. “She is single, that is true,” a source close to Lohan told RadarOnline. “But don’t expect Lindsay to get into a relationship with a man anytime soon. Lindsay prefers women over men.”

‘KNEE DEFENDER’ GROUNDS FLIGHT: Fliers are very protective of their leg room. One passenger on a Newark to Denver flight this weekend protected his with a pair of “Knee Defenders,” a device to stop the chair in front from reclining. He was asked to remove the device and when he refused a fight broke out, with the woman in front of him throwing a cup of water in his direction. The plane was diverted to Chicago and both passengers were forcibly removed. The Knee Defender is a plastic brace that books to tray tables and is banned by most U.S. airlines.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains. The Conference Board says its confidence index rose for a fourth straight month to 92.4 from 90.3 in July. The August reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***It’s been five years since Prince put out a new record in the United States, since he limited the release of his 20Ten LP, but that will change this fall. On September 30th, the artist will release two new records: Plectrumelectrum, his long-teased album with the group 3rdEyeGirl, and his recently announced solo LP, Art Official Age. He will reportedly hold a series of special events and live dates around the world, details for which are forthcoming, to celebrate the albums’ release. Both records are available separately as pre-orders, via the website ArtOfficialAge.com, and include “instant gratification” downloads. ***Chris Montez will be performing at a special Beatles 50th anniversary concert at the Cavern Club in Liverpool on August 26. When Chris toured the UK for 30 days in 1963 the Beatles were the opening act!

LBN-NOTICED: ***Prominent entertainment attorney Stan Coleman having lunch at Shanghai Grill Chinese restaurant on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.   ***Los Angeles CPA Phil Kass having lunch at the Luxe Hotel in Brentwood last week.   ***Hotcakes founder Elfie Weiss having dinner at Chinois on Main Street in Santa Monica last week.   ***New children’s book author Elizabeth Gorcey having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills last week.   ***Entertainment entrepreneur Sandy Climan having lunch at the popular Luna Park restaurant on La Breat in Hollywood last week.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Because of both violence and AIDS, Haiti has the highest percentage of orphans of any country in the Western Hemisphere. Before the 2010 earthquake, the United Nations estimated there were 430,000 orphans.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Billy Crystal Gives Touching Emmys Tribute To Robin Williams

BOSTON BOMBER WIDOW HOLED UP IN JERSEY: The widow of the late Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsranaev is now living quietly with his two sisters in the Garden State. Boston’s WCVB-TV reported, Katherine Russell, 25, has left her parents home in Rhode Island to move in with Tamerlan’s sisters, Bella and Ailina, in North Bergen, N.J. known as “a progressive community.” Russell has kept a decidedly low profile since the deadly April 2013 terror attack at the Boston Marathon, in which three people were killed and 260 others injured. The Chechen Tamerlan, 26, who was a suspect in the mass murder attack along with his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was killed in a gun battle with police. Dzhokhar, 20, was apprehended and was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. His case is pending.

STUDY: Social Media Users Shy Away From Opinions: Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a new survey suggests they are in the minority. In a report released Tuesday, the Pew Research Center found that most people who regularly use social media sites were actually less likely to share their opinions, even offline. The findings run counter to how many people view social media. But a survey that asked some 1,800 adults about the case of leaker Edward Snowden found that people on Facebook and Twitter were more likely to clam up on whether widespread government surveillance is a good thing. Researchers also noted the “spiral of silence” phenomenon: Unless people know their audience agrees, they are likely to shy away from talking about hot-button issues.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Almost 13 years after 9/11, a jihadi organization with a murderous anti-Western ideology controls territory in Iraq and Syria, which are closer to Europe and the United States than Afghanistan is. It commands resources and camps and even a Syrian military base. It spreads its propaganda through social media. It has set the West on edge through the recorded beheading of the American journalist James Foley — with the promise of more to come. What went wrong? The United States and its allies did not go to war to eradicate Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan only to face — after the expenditure of so much blood and treasure — a more proximate terrorist threat with a Qaeda-like ideology. The “war on terror,” it seems, produced only a metastasized variety of terror.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: More and more I’m convinced that America right now isn’t a country dealing with a mere dip in its mood and might. It’s a country surrendering to a new identity and era, in which optimism is quaint and the frontier anything but endless. There’s a feeling of helplessness that makes the political horizon, including the coming midterm elections, especially unpredictable. Conventional wisdom has seldom been so useless, because pessimism in this country isn’t usually this durable or profound. Americans are apprehensive about where they are and even more so about where they’re going. But they don’t see anything or anyone to lead them into the light. They’re sour on the president, on the Democratic Party and on Republicans most of all. They’re hungry for hope but don’t spot it on the menu. Where that tension leaves us is anybody’s guess.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Prior to her surprise Emmy win on Monday night, Sarah Silverman made another contribution to this year’s Emmy’s carpet when she side-stepped Giuliana Rancic’s mani-cam during an awkward interview and ultimately revealed a vaporizer pen for smoking marijuana. She told an NBC reporter that it contained liquid pot. Silverman has long been open about her affection for getting high. During the intro to the nominated show, HBO special “We Are Miracles,” she smokes a joint outside an L.A. comedy club.   ***Padma Lakshmi, the gorgeous host of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” is afraid for her life after picketing Teamsters called her a “f - - king whore” and threatened to “bash that pretty face in.”The ex-wife of author Salman Rushdie was filming last week at the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, Mass., when the burly truck drivers started screaming racist, homophobic and sexist slurs at the cast and crew. The estate of gay icon and John Waters muse Divine (ne Harris Glenn Milstead) was illegally usurped from his cousins, who are his rightful family heirs, according to a U.S. District Court judgment out of Orlando on July 10. The ruling is a black eye for Michael O’Quinn, who had befriended Divine’s mother, Frances, and become her business manager and later was named as a beneficiary to the estate in an addendum to Frances’ will. (The estate reverted to Mom after Divine’s death at 42 in 1988 from an enlarged heart.)

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Monday • August 25, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Human Parasites

1.     Parasites are the most common form of life on Earth. Scientists believe that over 80% of all living things are parasites.

2.     Modern parasitologists recognize that they have not found all human parasites. They estimate that hundreds if not thousands of human parasites will be found in the coming years.

3.     The most deadly human parasites are protozoa, which are single-celled organisms. Some of these tiny creatures (there are over 80,000) have brought humans more misery and death than anything else in history, including wars and famine. The most well known deadly parasitic protozoa is plasmodium, which causes malaria.

4.     Microscopic, single-celled protozoans make up about 90% of all parasitic infections in the U.S.

5.     Malaria, which is caused by the parasitic protozoa plasmodium, is the deadliest disease of all time. No disease, including the plague or smallpox, has killed more people. It has also killed more people than all wars, famines, and natural disasters combined.

6.     John Matthews of Iowa went to the doctor when his vision became spotty and hazy. He had a parasitic worm in his eye eating away at his retina. Doctors were able to kill the worm with a laser, but not before the parasite did permanent damage to his retina and optic nerve.

7.     In 2013, an Iowan woman told her doctor she had bought a tapeworm on the Internet and ingested it in an attempt to lose weight. While tapeworms can cause anemia and malnutrition, it can’t absorb enough food to significantly affect weight.

8.     The Gnathostoma spinigerum is a helminth, or worm-type parasite. Because humans are accidental rather than direct hosts, the worms can’t reproduce in a human body, so they live out their 10- to 12-year life cycle migrating throughout the body, causing swelling under the skin.

9.     Malaria (Italian for “bad air”), which is caused by the plasmodium parasite, kills between 1.5 and 2.7 million people worldwide per year. Additionally, it kills more than 3,000 children under age 5 every day, or one child every 30 seconds, mostly in Africa.

10.  It is estimated that over 50 million children in America are infected with worm parasites but only a small number of those are detected and reported.

BROWN’S FATHER ASKS FOR DAY OF PEACE: Michael Brown Sr. only wants calm for his son’s funeral in Ferguson, Missouri today. “All I want is peace while my son is being laid to rest,” Brown told a crowd at PeaceFest on Sunday. “Please, please take a day of silence so we can lay our son to rest. Please. That’s all I ask. And thank you.” Also in attendance were Trayvon Martin’s parents, who promised a united front with the Browns. “You all stood for the family of Trayvon Martin, and we’re going to stand for you,” Tracy Martin said.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

HowStuffWorks: How Sleep Deprivation Works

“Pulled an all-nighter last night? You’re a danger to yourself and others. Find out why sleep deprivation is such a hazard.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: No one in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older.

GREAT BRITAIN APPEALS TO ANTI-EXTREMIST IMAMS IN EFFORT TO UPROOT SEEDS OF RADICALIZATION: The beheading of American journalist James Foley, apparently by a British jihadist, has drawn renewed attention to the dangers posed by radicalized young British Muslims. The government estimates that 500 or more British men and women have gone to fight for militant groups in Iraq and Syria, some of whom have already returned. Britain monitors its citizens on social media sites as part of its counterterrorism strategy. But the government has also turned to anti-extremist imams for help to prevent British Muslims from adopting radical views and to persuade those who have returned from the battlefields to moderate their beliefs.

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AMERICAN JOURNALIST RELEASED FROM SYRIA: Peter Theo Curtis, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria almost two years ago, has been freed and handed over to the United Nations. The release of Curtis comes just days after another U.S. journalist, James Foley, was beheaded by ISIS. Back in June, a video of Curtis was released that showed him slightly disheveled but in good health. His release was negotiated by Qatar, and relatives say no ransom was paid to his captors, al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front. He had been abducted in Antakya, Turkey, while trying to enter Syria, and was released in the Golan Heights area on the Israeli border. Multiple journalists have been abducted covering the Syrian civil war, and many are still missing.

ISIS SEIZES SYRIAN AIR FORCE BASE: Extremist militants grabbed a Syrian military base on Sunday in an offensive that has killed hundreds since last week and gave ISIS effective control of Raqqa province, which borders Turkey. The Al-Tabqa air force base was taken after the Syrian army evacuated to regroup, according to state media. It was the last major military base in the province to be taken by the so-called Islamic State. Since the battle began Tuesday, more than 340 ISIS fighters and 170 government soldiers have been killed, according to a watchdog group.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Donald Sterling having dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel last week.   ***Music composer Linda Thompson having dinner at Nikita in Malibu.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine visiting the Texas Book Depository JFK Museum in Dallas over the weekend.

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MILEY, KATY PERRY WIN AT VMAS: The MTV Video Music Awards had the biggest pop stars on stage, but the crowd went wild for a 2 year old. Blue Ivy, in a gold dress, helped her dad, Jay Z, present the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to her mom, Beyoncé. In other big moments, Nicki Minaj had a wardrobe malfunction during a performance with Ariane Grande and Jessie J, while Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” took home the prize for video of the year. Katy Perry got best female video for “Dark Horse,” and Ed Sheeran won for “Sing.”

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ACTOR RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH DEAD AT 90: Acclaimed Oscar-winning British actor and director Sir Richard Attenborogh has died at the age of 90, his son told the BBC on Sunday. Known as “Dickie” in the British arts scene, Attenborough had a snow-white beard that was familiar to generations of British filmgoers and a career that spanned more than 60 years. He won an Oscar for Best Director for the 1982 film Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley, but he also played the avunular theme-park developer in Jurassic Park and Kris Kringle in a remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Attenborough, whom British Prime Minister David Cameron called “one of the greats of cinema,” had been in poor health for some time. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter

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FOLEY SENT FINAL LETTER TO FAMILY: Murdered American journalist James Foley was able to smuggle a final letter out to his family, describing his time in captivity and his wishes for his loved ones. All physical letters out had been confiscated by his captors, so the message was memorized by a fellow hostage about to be released and dictated over the phone to Foley’s mother. “I have had weak and strong days. We are so grateful when anyone is freed; but of course, yearn for our own freedom,” he wrote, describing one cell of 18 hostages. The letter, which was posted by his family on Facebook, included personal notes to each of his immediate family members, ending with one for his grandmother: “Grammy, please take your medicine, take walks, and keep dancing. I plan to take you out to Margarita’s when I get home. Stay strong because I am going to need your help to reclaim my life.”

LBN-SEE IT:…For AIPAC, it is crucial to appeal across the political spectrum. But Israel has become an increasingly divisive issue with the public.


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Sunday • August 24, 2014

LARGEST QUAKE SINCE 1989 HITS BAY AREA: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has hit California’s northern Bay Area early Sunday morning. This is the largest earthquake to hit since the 1989 6.9 Loma Prieta quake. According to the local fire departments, there have been injuries. One hospital says it has treated at least 89 people with injuries related to the quake. PG&E is reporting outages to more than 42,000 customers across the northern Bay Area. There have also been reports that Route 121 is damaged with cracks that could cause flat tires. The quake took place at 3:20 a.m. local time. As a result of the quake, Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency

COP RAISES MORE MONEY THAN BROWN FAMILY: The online fundraisers for police officer Darren Wilson have raised more money than those for the family of the young man he killed, Michael Brown. On Friday, a crowd-funding page closed when it hit $235,010, more than surpassing its goal of $100,000. A second fund-raising page was opened which already has over $104,000. The first crowd-funding page saw donations from 5,902 people. Meanwhile, the Michael Brown Memorial Fund had raised just over $214,000.

NETANYAHU TO GAZANS: LEAVE HAMAS SITES: During a broadcast on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Gazans to evacuate any site where Hamas is operating. “I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to vacate immediately every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is a target for us,” he said. The remarks come a day after the Israeli military destroyed a 13-story residential building it claimed had a Hamas command center.

CHINA DEFENDS INTERCEPT OF US SPY PLANE: In response to a U.S. accusation on Friday that said a Chinese jet was making close passes at a Navy plane, China has said the U.S. accusation is “groundless.” According to the Defense Ministry, the pilot and the passes were “professional and the Chinese jet kept a safe distance from the U.S. planes.” The U.S. claimed that the Chinese jet came within nine meters at one point, and even did a “barrel roll” over the top of the plane to show that it was armed.

WH TO REVIEW MILITARY TRANSFERS TO COPS: President Barack Obama on Saturday ordered a comprehensive review of the federal governments strategy of kitting out local police foces with military-grade equipment, such as body armor, mine-resistant vehicles, silencers and automatic rifles, senior officals say. The review will determine whether the 10-year program of providing such equipment should continue after the clashes in Ferguson, Mo., which erupted after Darren Wilson, a white cop, shot Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed African-American youth to death on Aug. 9. Images of unarmed protestors facing down heavily armored police officers were often compared to images from Baghdad, and the White House will determine if local officials have proper training for the equipment and are using it appropriately, senior officials said. The review, along with proposed legislation, could change Washington’s approach in arming local police forces.

SUGE KNIGHT SHOT AT VMA PARTY: Rap mogul Suge Knight has just reportedly come out of surgery but is still in critical condition after being shot six times at 10AK nightclub in West Hollywood at 1:30 am. on Sunday. Knight is currently in the ICU. He was reportedly shot in the stomach, arm, and other locations at a VMA pre-party hosted by Chris Brown. He was apparently one of three people who were shot.

RYAN DEPORTS DREAMERS FROM BOOK SIGNING: During a book signing in Florida on Saturday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was confronted by a group of Dreamers over his vote against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. He was later confronted again by Ray Jose, an organizer with immigrant youth organization United We Dream. Jose was escorted out of the book store by a security guard. Earlier this month, House Republicans voted to end the Obama administration program that has helped more than 550,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents to remain and work in the U.S. for a renewable two-year period. Many Republicans have blamed the policy for the recent surge of unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, despite there being little evidence to support the talking point.

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Saturday • August 23, 2014

CHINA TELLS USA: KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: Chinese Defense Ministry here on Saturday urged the U.S. side to stop close-in surveillance of China, and create a sound atmosphere for bilateral military ties. The ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement that one U.S. anti-submarine plane and one patrol aircraft flew to an airspace about 220 kilometers east of China’s Hainan Island to conduct close-in surveillance Tuesday morning, and then a Chinese fighter jet took off to make regular identification and verification. Commenting on relevant criticism made by the U.S. side, Yang said that was “totally groundless,” as the Chinese pilot, with professional operation, kept the jet within a safe distance from the U.S. aircraft. Yang said that the U.S. side should follow the principle of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, take concrete actions, reduce and finally stop close-in surveillance of China, so as to create a sound atmosphere for bilateral military ties.

POLICE: LAS VEGAS MENTIONED AS AL-QAIDA TERROR TARGET: Metro police have confirmed al-Qaida leaders are encouraging lone jihadists to target Las Vegas for terror attacks. That information comes from a recent publication which names the city as a top spot to strike. “It’s just a suggestive rhetoric to those who subscribe to violent jihadists ideologies,” said Lt. Nichole Splinter with the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Unit. It’s in a publication titled Palestine where you can see Las Vegas listed as a top spot for a potential terror attack. The city is listed in a section about building and using car bombs. Splinter said it’s not uncommon for publications like this to suggest the names of big cities to target. The article points out specific targets like nightclubs and casinos to rack up mass casualties. Splinter said there is no evidence of a specific plan in place, but she and her team have their eyes open.

TWO ST. LOUIS-AREA OFFICERS SUSPENDED: St. Louis County police officer Dan Page, a 35-year-veteran of the force, has been suspended after a YouTube video of him making incendiary remarks surfaced. In the YouTube video, which was shot around two years ago, Page describes himself as “an indiscriminate killer, that it didn’t matter what your race or background was.” Page goes on to defame President Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court, Muslims and various sexual orientations. “Had he been a probationary officer doing the same thing, I would have fired him two hours ago,” St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar said. Meanwhile, Glendale officer Matthew Pappert was suspended after posting on social media that Ferguson protesters should have been “put down like rabid dogs the first night.”

THOUSANDS JOIN MARCH FOR ERIC GARNER: An estimated 2,500 people took to the streets of Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in a chokehold by a white police officer. The rally was led by Rev. Al Sharpton and relatives of Garner, who was stopped by police for selling loose cigarettes. Protesters carried signs bearing the words “I can’t breathe,” Garner’s last words, and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” the phrase which emerged in Ferguson, Missouri protests over the death of Michael Brown. No police officers present wore riot gear.

RUSSIAN CONVOY LEAVES UKRAINE: Hundreds of the white-painted trucks of Russia’s disputed aid convoy crossed back into Russia from Ukraine on Saturday, easing tensions in the area. On the same day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a cease-fire between Ukraine and Russia, saying that an agreement must be reached that would allow the border between the two countries to be patrolled by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). “There must be two sides to be successful,” she said at a news conference after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. “You cannot achieve peace on your own. I hope the talks with Russia will lead to success.”

SUICIDE ATTACKS KILL 17 IN IRAQ: At least 17 people were killed in what appear to have been revenge attacks after an assault on a Sunni mosque. The first suicide attack, in which a vehicle was rammed into an intelligence headquarters, killed at least eight people in Baghdad. Meanwhile, near Tikrit, a military Humvee packed with explosives attacked soldiers and Shiite militias, killing nine people. The attacks are believed to be retaliation for the gunning down of 68 worshippers at a village mosque by Shiite militiament in Diyala Province on Friday.

SPACEX TEST ROCKET EXPLODES MIDAIR: A test flight of SpaceX’s three-engine version of its reusable Falcon 9 rocket ended abruptly on Friday when the unmanned rocket self-destructed shortly after launch at a Texas development site. “During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,” spokesman John Taylor said. “Throughout the test and subsequence flight termination, the vehicle remained in the designated flight area. There were no injuries or near injuries.”

‘RECIPE’ FOR LIZARD TAIL REGROWTH FOUND: Humans are one step closer to regrowing lost limbs. Researchers at Arizona State University announced that they found a genetic “recipe” for how lizards regrow their tails. “Using next-generation technologies to sequence all the genes expressed during regeneration, we have unlocked the mystery of what genes are needed to regrow the lizard tail,” said lead author Kenro Kusumi, a professor of Life Sciences. “By following the genetic recipe for regeneration that is found in lizards, and then harnessing those same genes in human cells, it may be possible to regrow new cartilage, muscle or even spinal cord in the future.” Kusumi and his team found more than 320 genes that lizards, the animal most closely related to humans that can grow back appendages, turn on when regenerating.

NICKI MINAJ DANCER BITTEN BY SNAKE: A backup dancer for rapper Nicki Minaj was bitten by a six-foot boa constrictor during rehearsals for Minaj’s upcoming VMA performance of her new single, “Anaconda,” TMZ reports. The dancer is being treated at a local Los Angeles-area hospital. It’s not clear whether the snake will be used in Sunday night’s performance. Meanwhile on Friday night, another VMAs performer, rapper Iggy Azalea, fell off the stage during a live performance of her song, “Fancy.” Azalea continued rapping, however, and later posted an Instagram video of the tumble, writing, “Sorry but it would be a crime not to share hthis with you all, I know I laughed. #StillFinishedtheSongTho #KeptOnRapping #TheShowMustGoOn.”

BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON SPEND BIG IN THE HAMPTONS: Like a horde of other wealthy folk, Bill and Hillary Clinton dropped a small fortune on a high-priced rental in the Hamptons this month. The powerful politicos, who rented the past few years on East Hampton’s swish Lily Pond Lane, opted this year to drop about $100,000 for a three-week stay in sleepy (if swank) Amagansett. The shingled mansion, perched on a high bluff that overlooks Napeague Bay, is owned by a couple of New York City-based art collectors and — oddly enough — Republican party donors. There are seven bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, a water-view veranda, broad lawns, a waterside swimming pool and, so the scuttlebutt goes, big-time Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein lives close enough that the Clintons can send a Secret Service agent over to borrow a cup of sugar.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Gene Kelly

Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Although he is known today for his performances in Anchors Aweigh (1945), An American in Paris (1951) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952), he was a dominant force in Hollywood musical films from the mid-1940s until this art form fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical film, and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences

LBN-NOTICED: Motivational Speaker and Founder of “Soul Blazing” Lisa Haisha was spotted at Capital Hill on Monday August the 18th.


LBN-MINI INTERVIEW: WITH LEGENDARY MEDIA CONSULTANT
ELLIOT MINTZ


www.ELLIOTMINTZ.com

1.  What compelled you to spend five (5) years of your life and a great deal of money to create ElliotMintz.com?


ANSWER:  I am a preservationist at heart and felt the voices of some of the people I interviewed 40 years ago, were worthy of a ‘second spin’.  A good idea will stand the test of time.  I felt I owed it to the people who shared their thoughts and passions with me…as well as an audience hearing it all for the first time.


2.  What did you learn about yourself in the process of creating the site?

ANSWER:  I may have spent too much time being an observer as opposed to a participant in the years when I was documenting the times I lived in.  In the time that is left, I do not want to look back.  I do not find as much comfort with the past as I do with the present.


3.  Is there anything you decided not to include on your website?

ANSWER: We placed approximately 150 hours up.  There may be 600 hours more to share; but, that will have to wait till another day.


4.  What do you hope people will learn about you and your life from the website?

ANSWER: I do not view the website as being about ‘me’.  I think it’s about ‘us’.  It is a snapshot of the evolution of our generation.  I hope each person who participates in the experience will learn a little more about themselves.

5.  In your five year journey to create ElliotMintz.com, what did you learn about the internet?

ANSWER:  The internet is more of a distraction than an ally.  It is not to be completely trusted and it gets in the way of the humanity of true social interaction, I also think it’s bad for the eyes.


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Friday • August 22, 2014

PHOTO IMPLIES ISIS THREAT TO CHICAGO: There is another chilling Chicago connection in the battle between the US. and extreme Islamic militants isil (ISIS). First there’s the beheading of the journalist who was the Northwestern graduate. Now WGN Investigates has found an online war of words and disturbing images that includes an implied threat to a Chicago landmark building. It’s a nasty, sometimes horrible back and forth coming on the heels of U.S. bombing of ISIS forces in Iraq involving Facebook and Twitter pages with titles like, #AMessageFromISIStoUS and vice versa. Near the top of this tit for tat is the gruesome video and pictures of journalist James Foley’s beheading. Some Americans posted on the site disgusting photoshopped images Islamic religious leaders having sex with animals and images of U.S. firepower. The apparent message in this photo dated June 20th of this summer, is “soldiers of the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon.” No one in security at the Old Republic Building would comment, nor did the secret service, the FBI, or Chicago police.

RUSSIAN ARTILLERY FIRES ON UKRAINE: According to NATO, the Russian military moved artillery units with Russian military personnel into Ukraine over the past few days and is firing on Ukrainian forces. This is the first time the West has evidence of direct involvement by the Russian military in Ukraine. The equipment includes “Russian airborne, air defense and special operations forces in Eastern Ukraine” moved in since mid-August. The evidence of Russian military personnel comes on the same day as a convoy of Russian trucks carrying humanitarian supplies crossed into Ukraine without permission.

COP ACCUSED OF RAPING WOMEN ON PATROL: A police officer in Oklahoma City was arrested on Thursday after being accused of sexually assaulting at least six women while on patrol. The officer, Daniel Holtzclaw, was a three-year veteran and is being held on $5 million bond. He is charged with rape, oral sodomy, and sexual battery. Police believe there are more victims who have not come forward. He apparently assaulted the women on traffic stops.

HARRY REID APOLOGIZES FOR ASIAN JOKES: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made yet another cringe-inducing racial remark, this time to the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. “The Asian population is so productive. I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” Reid said, to a laughing crowd. As he walked off stage, Reid continued, “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.” The video was recorded by the GOP opposition research group American Rising. Friday, Reid apologized. “My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing.”

MISS SPAIN COMES OUT AS LESBIAN: Patricia Yurena, who was crowned Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, has become the first openly lesbian national beauty queen. Yurena posted a photo on Instagram of herself and her girlfriend, Vanesa Cortez (a singer and DJ) in bed together, along with the caption, “Romeo and Juliet.” “I don’t regret what I did and I did it because I am happy about what’s going on in my life,” Yurena said. Two openly gay competitors vied for the Miss California USA crown in 2012 but neither came home with the title.

CHINESE WARPLANE INTERCEPTS U.S. JET: The U.S. filed a formal protest against Beijing this week after a Chinese warplane flew close to a U.S. Navy patrol jet and performed acrobatic maneuvers around it in international air space. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said on Friday that the encounter took place on Tuesday 135 miles east of Hainan Island, where the Chinese jet came as close as 20 to 30 feet to the Navy jet and did a barrel roll over it.

UN DOUBLES SYRIA CASUALTIES: The number of people killed in Syria’s civil war from March 2011 to April 2014 is now at least 191,000, the UN says. That number is more than double the estimate of 92,901 deaths the organization counted in its last report which covered the first two years. “Tragically, it is probably an underestimate of the real total number of people killed during the first three years of this murderous conflict,” said Navi Pillay of the UN Human Rights Data Analysis Group. The report did not include roughly 52,000 deaths that have been recorded but could not be verified.

IPHONE 6 FACES SCREEN SHORTAGE: Another screen design hiccup has caused a disruption in the supply chain for Apple. The first was an issue over thinner screens, and now it involves a revision to the backlight for the screen. It is unclear whether this will affect next month’s launch or limit the number of phones initially available. The media event is scheduled for September 9.

MARIAH CAREY AND NICK CANNON ARE ‘LIVING APART’: Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon done? It’s not over ’til it’s over, but Cannon admitted, “There is trouble in paradise.” He told The Insider With Yahoo, “We have been living in separate houses for a few months.” News of the split came amid escalating rumors about their relationship. When reached for comment, Carey’s rep said, “I don’t comment on Mariah’s personal life.” Cannon and Carey wed in April 2008, after a six-week whirlwind courtship that started when Cannon was cast in Carey’s “Love Story” music video. In 2011, the couple welcomed twins, a son named Morrocan and a daughter named Monroe.

DONALD STERLING IS GAY, V. STIVIANO REPORTEDLY SAYS IN LAWSUIT: Donald Sterling is gay and never had sex with presumed girlfriend V. Stiviano. So says Stiviano in a new lawsuit, according to TMZ. As the gossip site writes, Stiviano said in papers she was “not ever a sexual partner of Donald T. Sterling” and “believes that [Sterling] is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males.” In addition, Sterling’s wife was well aware of his orientation and approved of lavish gifts he gave Stiviano as part of an arrangement for her to be his “beard.” The whole legal mess began when a recording of Sterling making racist comments to Stiviano surfaced. The recordings led to a ban on Sterling by the NBA and an order to sell the team.

LBN-NOTICED: Spiritual Leader and Founder of “Soul Blazing” Lisa Haisha and her daughter Ava were spotted at The White House on Saturday August the 16th.


LBN-YES OR NO MINI INTERVIEW: WITH HARA MARANO, EDITOR, PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

www.psychologytoday.com

My mom is a lousy cook?                     No.

I hate the smell of nail polish?              Yes.

I get a flu shot every year?                   No.

I wish I were more humble?                 No.

I love the color green?                         Yes.

Aging sucks?                                       Yes.

James Taylor is overrated?                  Yes.

One of my relatives has been in prison?  No.

President Obama has been a disappointment as a president?   Yes.

I’ve run out of gas at least once in the last 5 years?                    No.


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Thursday • August 21, 2014

ISIS PRESSED FOR RANSOM BEFORE KILLING  JOURNALIST:

Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained that he was killing the 40-year-old American journalist in retaliation for the recent United States’ airstrikes against the terror group in Iraq.

In fact, until recently, ISIS had a very different list of demands for Mr. Foley: The group pressed the United States to provide a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release, according to a representative of his family and a former hostage held alongside him. The United States — unlike several European countries that have funneled millions to the terror group to spare the lives of their citizens — refused to pay.

HOLDER: I AM ALSO A BLACK MAN: Speaking to the family Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder discussed his own interactions with police that made him feel “angry and upset.” Holder detailed a time he was pulled over in Georgetown while he was a federal prosecutor and asked, “Where are you going?” He also related the time when he had his car searched during a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. “I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was,” he said. Holder, who is the first African-American to hold his post, declared, “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”

AMERICANS WITH EBOLA TO BE RELEASED: Both of the Americans who were infected with Ebola while working in Africa will be released today from Emory University Hospital. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Whitebole, 59, were both treated with the experimental serum ZMapp. Both were evacuated from Africa in early August for treatment in Atlanta.

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ISRAEL KILLS 3 HAMAS COMMANDERS: Israel may have failed to take the life of the top commander for Hamas, but it is making clear that it is determined to get rid of the group’s leadership. On Thursday, Israel announced it had killed three senior Hamas commanders in an air strike on the Gaza Strip. The men, Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, were killed in a strike on Rafah. The deaths represent the killing of the most senior Hamas leaders since the conflict began.

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Cancer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MO’NE DAVIS GETS SI COVER: It was quite a consolation prize for star pitcher Mo’ne Davis, who gave up three runs and six hits in two and one-third innings before leaving the game Wednesday night so she is able to pitch again on Saturday. The team lost but Sports Illustrated revealed that Davis, age 13, is to be the latest athlete on its cover. Splashed across a photo of her mid-pitch is the title “Mo’ne: Remember Her Name (As If We Could Ever Forget).” It tells of her exploits not just in baseball, but also her first love, which is basketball, as well as soccer. Included in the story is the tale of her local Taney Little League in Philadelphia, which for decades has been co-ed, and was once recognized by the National Organization of Women.

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ARCHDIOCESE OPPOSES ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has warned Catholic school officials against donating to the ALS Association as part of the “ice bucket challenge” because it fears that the money could end up in research using embryonic stem cells. “It’s a well-established moral principle that a good end is not enough. The means to that ends must be morally licit,” the Archdiocese said. The Archdiocese has said that instead, any money should be sent to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Bank of America and the Justice Department have a reached a record $16.65 billion settlement, capping the most sweeping federal investigation into the sale of troubled mortgages by a Wall Street bank since the 2008 financial crisis. The landmark settlement, announced by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in Washington on Thursday morning, requires Bank of America to pay a $9.65 billion cash penalty and provide about $7 billion in relief to homeowners and blighted neighborhoods.

FRIEND OF BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT CHANGES PLEA TO GUILTY: A college friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who was charged last year with hindering the investigation into blasts at the finish line of the race, is changing his plea to guilty, his lawyer said. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, was to go to trial on Sept. 8 on one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of obstruction of justice, but will instead appear in front of Judge Douglas P. Woodlock at Boston’s Federal District Court on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Kadyrbayev’s lawyer, Robert Stahl, declined to provide additional details before the hearing.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

ManualsOnline.com

“Manuals and free owners instruction pdf guides. Find the user manual and the help you need for the products you own at ManualsOnline.”

RUSSIA SHUTS DOWN MCDONALD’S FRANCHISES: In a move that has been widely seen as retaliatory, the Russian government has kicked off a series of random checks at McDonald’s around the country, and has already shut down four prime locations in Moscow. Government officials from Siberia to Sochi have announced they will be launching their own investigations. No information has been given about what has been found at the restaurants. One of the restaurants closed included the company’s oldest in the country, just off Pushkinskaya Square that was seen as symbolic when it opened 24 years ago upon the end of the Cold War. McDonald’s took the high road in a public statement, making no reference to politics, saying: “We are looking at the substance of the allegations to work out what measures are needed to open our restaurants to visitors as soon as possible.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Blow: The killing of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, by a police officer, Darren Wilson, and the protests that have followed have brought about calls for the much-ballyhooed — or bemoaned, depending on your perspective — conversation about race. I wish these calls were not so episodic and tied to tragedies. I also wish this call for a conversation wasn’t tied to protests. Protests have life cycles. They explode into existence, but they all eventually die. They build like pressure in the volcano until they erupt. Then there is quiet until the next eruption. The cycle is untenable and nearly devoid of aim and the possibility of resolution.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week’s Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional “in memoriam” segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement Wednesday.

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Wednesday • August 20, 2014

HOLY CRAP! SHOCK! THE 35.4 PERCENT: 109,631,000 ON WELFARE:

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released by the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

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Wednesday • August 20, 2014

U.S. OFFICIALS: JAMES FOLEY EXECUTION VIDEO IS AUTHENTIC: U.S. intelligence analysts have examined the video that shows the execution of photojournalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement Tuesday. “We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic,” Hayden said. President Obama is scheduled to deliver a statement to reporters on Martha’s Vineyard at 12:45 p.m. ET.

LBN-REALTIME NEWS COVERAGE: Ferguson, Missouri Unrest

ISIS THREATENS SECOND HOSTAGE: A second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, is at risk of being killed by ISIS after the group killed James Foley on Tuesday. The U.S. government confirmed that the video sent out on Tuesday does in fact show ISIS militants beheading Foley, who is the first American victim of ISIS. In the video, after Foley is killed, the militant shows a second man, Sotloff, and warns that he could be next. Sotloff was kidnapped in August of 2013 near the Syrian-Turkish border. He has freelanced for Time, the National Interest, and MediaLine.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Left-Handedness & Left-Handed People

1.     Between 10-12% of people on earth are “lefties.” Women are more likely to be right-handed than men by about 4 percentage points.

2.     August 13th is “Left-Hander’s Day.” Launched in 1996, this yearly event celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience every day in a world designed for right-handers.

3.     At various times in history, left-handedness has been seen as many things: a nasty habit, a mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, rebellion, criminality, and homosexuality. It has also been seen as a trait indicating creativity and musical abilities.

4.     Some scholars note that left-handers may be one of the last unorganized minorities in society because they have no collective power and no real sense of common identity. Additionally, left-handers are often discriminated against by social, educational, and religious institutions. Social customs and even language set the left-hander apart as “different” and even “bad.”

5.     Many sources claim that left-handers may die as many as nine years earlier than right-handers.

6.     The word left in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. The Oxford English Dictionary defines left-handed as meaning crippled, defective, awkward, clumsy, inapt, characterized by underhanded dealings, ambiguous, doubtful, questionable, ill-omened, inauspicious, and illegitimate.

7.     Phrases in English suggest a negative view of left-handedness. For example, a “left-handed complement” is actually an insult. A “left-handed marriage” is not a marriage but an adulterous sexual liaison, as in a “left-handed honeymoon with someone else’s husband.” A “left-handed wife” is actually a mistress.

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

9.     Tests conducted by St. Lawrence University in New York found that there were more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than right-handed people. Famous left-handed intellectuals include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin.

10.  Mothers who are over 40 at the time of a child’s birth are 128% more likely to have a left-handed baby than a woman in her.

AL-QAEDA IN YEMEN ANNOUNCES ‘SOLIDARITY’ WITH ‘OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS IN IRAQ’: The world’s two most dangerous Islamic terror groups appear to be joining forces.  A statement purportedly by al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based branch — al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — expresses support for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL), the Yemen Times reported on Tuesday. “We announce solidarity with our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the crusade. Their blood and injuries are ours and we will surely support them,” the newspaper quoted the AQAP statement as saying.

RICK PERRY BOOKED IN TEXAS: Texas Governor Rick Perry has no regrets. That’s what he told a crowd on Tuesday when he was booked for two counts, one for abusing official capacity and another for coercion of a public servant, after vetoing state funding for a public integrity unit. Calling the indictment “a chilling restraint on the right of free speech,” he defended his actions before entering the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin. “I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high knowing that the actions I took were not only lawful and legal but right,” Perry said. “If I had to do so, I would veto funding for the public integrity unit again.”

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Google Cultural Institute

“Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online. With a team of dedicated Googlers, we are building tools that allow the cultural sector to display more of its diverse heritage online, making it accessible to all. Here you can find artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Approximately twenty thought leaders in L.A. gathered yesterday afternoon for the second in the “City Talk” series of cocktail party at the popular Luna Park restaurant on LaBrea near Wilshire. The featured guest of CNN Entertainment Correspondent Alan Duke and guests included KNX radio anchor Bob Brill, Film producer Mark Joseph, LCO partner Shannon Donnelly, attorney Mark Baer, author Larry Grobel, comedian Joey Garza, among others.

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NORTH KOREA: ‘HIDEOUS LANTERN JAW’ KERRY: Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest U.S. official to be on the receiving end of North Korea’s creative insults. On Wednesday a spokesman said Kerry was a “wolf” with a “hideous lantern jaw.” Previous insults from North Korea have included calling South Korean President Park as “mentally deranged … like a rabid dog” and as “no more than an old prostitute coquetting with outside forces.” The country has also referred to President Obama as “a wicked black monkey” and a “crossbreed with unclear blood.”

U.S. CHANGES NO-FLY LIST RULES: The eternally controversial no-fly list is about to get a makeover. The Obama administration plans to fix the way people can request removal from the list, which is a non-disclosed collection of 48,000 suspected terrorists. This summer, a federal judge ruled that the policy on not telling people if or why they are on the list is unconstitutional. The government says it will now “endeavor to increase transparency for certain individuals denied boarding who believe they are on the No Fly List.”

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SNAPCHAT GETTING IN NEWS BUSINESS: With 27 million users and looking for a revenue stream, picture-messaging app Snapchat is reportedly shopping around with advertisers and media companies for a new service called Snapchat Discovery. That new service would show news content and also deliver ads to Snapchat users. According to the report, it would debut in November. One of the potential news providers is MailOnline, the website for the Daily Mail. The service would give the startup its first source of revenue. In 2013, Snapchat famously declined a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: US Retaliates against Al Qaeda for Embassy Bombings (1998) On August 7, 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed, killing more than 200 people. Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda were believed to be responsible for the attacks. The US retaliated 13 days later with Operation Infinite Reach, a cruise missile strike that targeted terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: 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.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Hankoff (Writer-Director: Our surveillance-centric society has only missed Orwell’s 1984 mark by a few decades, but there is at least one more place where surveillance will benefit safety.  If our law enforcement had to wear cameras while on duty, there is already at least one study that shows violence diminishes.  There is something very powerful about saying “we are being recorded.”  It is inclusive and brings greater transparency to the powers that be.  Yes, the system needs to be “studied” but why not turn on all the cameras and study it together instead of using the need “to be studied” as a stalling tactic.  Who wants to be recorded at work?  I think that depends on the job.  When a life is at stake, what is the price? It beats mob rule.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Affectations can be dangerous, as Gertrude Stein said. When Barack Obama first ran for president, he theatrically cast himself as the man alone on the stage. From his address in Berlin to his acceptance speech in Chicago, he eschewed ornaments and other politicians, conveying the sense that he was above the grubby political scene, unearthly and apart.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Hillary Clinton recently reignited the who-lost-Syria debate when she suggested that President Obama made a mistake in not intervening more forcefully early in the Syrian civil war by arming the pro-democracy rebels. I’ve been skeptical about such an intervention — skeptical that there were enough of these “mainstream insurgents,” skeptical that they could ever defeat President Bashar al-Assad’s army and the Islamists and govern Syria.

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Tuesday • August 19, 2014

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Google

1.     The “Google Guys,” Larry Page and Sergey Brin, first met at Stanford University in 1995 when Sergey (21) was assigned to show Larry (22) around the school. Google was first incorporated as a private company on September 4, 1998, and held its initial public offering on August 19, 2004.

2.     According to its website, Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and “make it universally accessible and useful.”

3.     Google uses approximately 20 petabytes of user-generated data every day. (Petabytes are estimated at 10 to the 15th power. So 1 petabyte is approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.) It uses massive amounts of computation to index the Web, process search results, serve up ads, and more.

4.     In August 2004, Google went public with opening shares at $85 per share. Google stated that during its IPO, it hoped to raise as much as $2,718,281,828, which is the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant “e.” It raised $1.67 billion.

5.     In May 2011, over 1 billion unique visitors visited the Google website, up 8.4% from a year earlier. Microsoft came in second with 905 million visitors. Facebook and Yahoo held the third and fourth positions with 714 million and 689 million visitors, respectively.

6.     Facebook users spend the most minutes on the Internet with over 250 billion minutes in May 2011. Microsoft and Google came in second and third with 204 billion and 200 billion minutes, respectively.

7.     In June 2000, Google became the world’s largest search engine.

8.     In June 2006, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added “Google” as a verb.

9.     In Feb 2002, Klingon became one of Google’s 72 language interfaces.

10.  In 2010, Google’s total assets were $57.851 billion dollars.

11.  Google’s employee perks are famous. For example, at one time they offered a $5,000 hybrid car subsidy to encourage cleaner technologies. It was eventually killed to reduce company costs during the economic downturn.

12.  In January 2003, the American Dialect Society voted the word “Google” as the “most useful” Word of the Year for 2002.

13.  An early version of Google at Stanford could analyze 30-50 pages a second. Currently, it’s millions of pages a second.

14.  Creators Page and Brin once considered calling Google the “What Box.” However, Brin recalled that it sounded like “wet box,” which sounded “like some kind of porn.”

15.  The authors of A Billion Wicked Thoughts crunched data from Google, Bing, and Yahoo! and ranked the most popular terms relating to sex. The top 10 terms are the following: 1. youth (13.5%) 2. gay (4.7%) 3. MILFs (4.3%) 4. breasts (4%) 5. cheating wives (3.4%) 6. vaginas (2.8%) 7. penises (2.4%) 8. amateurs 9. mature 10. animation. They also note that heterosexual males enjoy a range of erotica, including sites featuring elderly women and transsexuals. Both gay and straight men favor chests, buttocks, and feet, in that order.

LOVE THY NEIGHBORS, IT’S GOOD FOR THE HEART: STUDY: Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave? Well, there may be reason for concern, said researchers who reported a link Tuesday between having good neighbors and a healthier heart. “Having good neighbors and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual’s heart attack risk,” said a statement that accompanied a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Heart and blood vessel diseases are the number one cause of death globally, claiming some 15 million lives in 2010, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study.

31 ARRESTED, 2 SHOT IN FERGUSON: The nights of violence and chaos continued in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday evening. Two people were shot during protests. Police were not involved in the shooting, and information of the victims’ conditions have not been released. More than 30 people were arrested, with some from as far away as California and New York. Noting the influx of visitors that is contributing to the violence, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson said in a press conference, “I am not going to let the criminals that have come here from across this country, or live in this neighborhood, define this community.” He stressed that police showed restraint. “Our officers came under heavy fire,” he said, but “not a single bullet was fired by officers.” There are several reports that police used tear gas to get crowds to disperse, and accounts of civilian gunfire and a man being pulled from his car at gunpoint. The night was generally peaceful until around 10 p.m., when some protesters threw bottles at police, and officers responded with high-pitched sound cannons.

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ISLAMIC STATE MESSAGE TO AMERICA: ‘WE WILL DROWN ALL OF YOU IN BLOOD’: The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans “in any place” if the raids hit its militants. The video, which shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and victims of snipers, featured a statement, which said in English “we will drown all of you in blood”.

GAZA TRUCE EXTENDED ANOTHER 24 HOURS: Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to extend their temporary truce in Gaza another 24 hours, but few long-term issues have been resolved during the past two weeks of talks in Cairo. Israel has not received assurances that rocket attacks will not resume. Palestinians have insisted on an end to an Israeli coastal blockade, which Israel says is a result of security concerns. Palestinian ambassador Jamal Shobaki said on the Voice of Palestine radio: “The gap is big, and the negotiations are difficult and complicated…. The Egyptians may present another proposal today.”

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THE VOICE OF ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ DIES: The man who was the voice of Saturday Night Live since its first episode in October 1975 has passed away. Don Pardo died Monday at age of 96. His time on SNL was just one chapter of his 70 years in show business, beginning a career in radio at NBC in 1944. Pardo was hired by SNL creator Lorne Michaels to introduce the Not Ready for Primetime Players and his voice was a part of of the show except for one season. He moved to Arizona after his wife died in 1995 but flew back to New York each week to do do the show. “It was always exciting,” Michaels said of Pardo. “Whatever montage we did to open the show, whatever pictures we used it didn’t really come alive till you heard him say it.”

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CHINA NABS JACKIE CHAN’S SON FOR POT: The son of actor Jackie Chan was arrested by Beijing police on marijuana-possession charges last week as part of a larger drug crackdown on celebrities. The police released an official statement regarding the detainment of Jaycee Chan, 31, who was taken into police custody with Thai movie star Kai Ko, 23. Both tested positive for marijuana. A government anti-drug adviser said celebrities were being targeted by the Chinese government because of the “huge influence” that they had on “their large number of fans.” More than 100 grams of pot were found in Chan’s home, and he is now under criminal detention for “providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs.” If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. Jackie Chan was named an official “Narcotics Control Ambassador” by Chinese police in 2009. He has yet to comment publicly on his son’s arrest.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Katie Couric’s much-anticipated guest return to “Today” has been scratched after she insisted on a longer run of a few weeks, which NBC chiefs flatly refused, sources say.

SUPERMAN COMIC BIDDING HITS $1.9 MILLION: Comic book fans with deep pockets are shelling out for a first edition Superman on eBay. The mint 1938 copy of Action Comics Number 1, in which Superman and Lois Lane appear for the first time ever. The bidding opened on August 14 for $1 million and still has six days left. It could beat the last record for a copy of the series, which was a $2.16 million sale to Nicholas Cage in 2011.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***James J. Schiro, a chief executive of two global giants in the accounting and insurance industries and a lead director at Goldman Sachs, died on Wednesday at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 68. The cause was multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects the blood cells, the family said. Mr. Schiro left the Goldman board in July to undergo treatment.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The United States has the most cases of breast cancer in the world.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INISDER: ***Movie legend Charlton Heston, a famous liberal who marched on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King later angered many of Tinsel Town’s left by turning conservative later in life, and becoming an ardent supporter of the NRA. Before succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer’s in 2008, Heston made one last film “My Father, Rua Alguem 5555”, directed by Egidio Eronico which had limited film fest release in 2003. According to the IMDB, the plot revolves around a man (Thomas Kretschmann) who grew up as an orphan who finally gets to meet his father –the psychopathic surgeon Dr. Josef Mengele (Heston), who performed genetic experiments on Auschwitz concentration camp victims during WWII.   ***OgilvyEntertainment founder and president Doug Scott is joining WME IMG as executive vice president of marketing and brand solutions, the company’s president of marketing, Greg D’Alba, announced on Tuesday.

WARPED JODI ARIAS HIRES PRIVATE DETECTIVE TO PROVE “INNOCENCE” : New kink in noose of convicted murderess Jodia Arias. Convicted killer Jodi Arias – found guilty of butchering exboyfriend Travis Alexander – has hired a private investigator to help prove her innocence, according to scources. Sources say Arias, 34, made the move after an Arizona judge ruled she can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her trial, where she could be sentenced to death. She’s directed the PI to get statements from people she believes will corroborate her thus far bogus story that Alexander physically abused her and she was suffering from battered women’s syndrome when she slaughtered him.

LBN-NOTICED: ***His best friends Frank Sinatra Jr., Robert Carradine, Oscar nominated actor, Robert Forster, Joanna Lancaster(Burt’s daughter) Oscar winner Shirley Jones, award winning songwriter Paul Williams and other Hollywood royalty, along with 50 other personal friends and immediate family of well-known character actor and Academy member Ed Lauter at  his wife Mia Lauter and his publicist Edward Lozzi’s excellent celebration of Life Memorial at the Bistro Gardens; all toasting a fine farewell to a life well lived.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur C. Brooks: For years, conservative politicians have been charged with indifference toward the plight of the poor and vulnerable. Republicans are accused of caring more about hedge fund managers than people who trim hedges, and when pollsters ask questions like “Who cares more about people like you?,” Democrats consistently come out on top. The George Washington University political scientist Danny Hayes has found that Americans, by significant margins, believe that empathy and compassion are traits “owned” by Democrats. Most Republicans acknowledge this, but many just shrug. Maybe they don’t win on empathy and compassion, they’ll concede, but they have a lock on some other traits. Research by Mr. Hayes shows that most voters instinctively associate morality and strong leadership with the political right.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Attitudes in Europe toward an America that is regrouping are marked today by extreme ambivalence. Europeans have long been known for finishing their diatribes about the United States by asking how they can get their child into Stanford. These days, European after-dinner conversation tends to be dominated by discussion of the latest episode of “House of Cards” or “Homeland” or “Mad Men.” A French diplomat told me that every meeting he attended at the White House during his tour in Washington ended with one of his party asking if it might be possible to see the West Wing. He found it embarrassing.  Europeans complain of the personal data stored or the tax loopholes exploited by the likes of Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks, Google and Twitter, but they are hooked on them all. Google, as recently reported by my colleague Mark Scott, now has an 85 percent share of search in Europe’s largest economies, including Germany, Britain and France, whereas its share of the American market is about 67 percent. American tech companies operate seven of the 10 most visited websites in Europe. Rage at the practices of the National Security Agency is outweighed by addiction to a cyberuniverse dominated by American brands.

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Monday • August 18, 2014

MICHAEL BROWN WAS SHOT AT LEAST SIX TIMES: The unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot at least six times, according to a preliminary private autopsy. The New York Times reports that Dr. Michael Baden, former New York City chief medical examiner, flew in at the request of Brown’s family to conduct a private autopsy, separate from the local one and another ordered by Attorney General Eric Holder. Two of the bullets hit Brown’s head, and four hit his right arm, Baden said. None were likely shot at close range—no gunpowder residue was found on Brown’s body. Brown would not have survived the shooting even if he had been taken to a hospital right away, Baden said. Although Ferguson police have sustained that Brown was shot during a physical struggle with an officer (now known to be Darren Wilson), they have never explained why Brown was shot at multiple times nearly three dozen feet from a cop car.

IRAQ SAYS IT HAS RETAKEN MOSUL DAM: Iraqi officials said on Monday that Kurdish and Iraqi forces had succeeded in retaking Mosul Dam from fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, although it was unclear whether they had seized control of the entire dam and the surrounding complex. Iraqi state television quoted Gen. Qassim Atta, an Iraqi military spokesman, as saying that Iraqi special forces and Kurdish forces were in command of the dam, the largest in Iraq. Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish leader and the foreign minister in Iraqi’s departing government, also said by telephone Monday that the dam was in the hands of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

GOV. NIXON CALLS FOR NATIONAL GUARD: Sunday night was so violent that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for the National Guard to help bring order to Ferguson. Accounts of Molotov cocktails, shootings, and looting Sunday night precipitated the governor’s announcement. At one point during the night, a McDonald’s was so overwhelmed with protesters that its workers took shelter. Three people were injured as a result, and seven to eight were arrested. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds, which authorities said were not local residents. In his executive order calling for the National Guard, Gov. Nixon said the soldiers were needed “given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are some things a shark cannot eat, such as a small fish called the Moses sole and the puffer fish. When a shark bites a sole, it releases a chemical in the shark’s mouth that makes the shark release it. Scientists are trying to duplicate this chemical so it can be used to keep sharks away from people.

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NADAL WITHDRAWS FROM U.S. OPEN: Reigning U.S. Open winner Rafael Nadal announced on Monday that he was withdrawing from the tournament. It marks only the fourth time in the Open Era, which began in 1968, that the defending U.S. Open champion has not appeared in the tournament. “I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things,” the two-time U.S. Open winner said in a statement. The 27-year-old Spaniard is currently suffering from a right wrist injury, and he hasn’t competed since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon in July. Nadal is one of the tennis’ big draw. In his absence, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic will likely vie for the championship.

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GOLD AS CANCER FIGHTER: Alternative medicine proponents have long attributed healing properties to gold, and in recent years, mainstream medical researchers have begun looking to the precious metal as well. In a recent study, tiny gold particles encased in the chemotherapy drug cisplatin appeared to boost the effectiveness of conventional radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive brain cancer. Cancer cells in samples subjected to this experimental treatment were completely eradicated, and over the next 20 days there was no regrowth.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Jimi Hendrix Headlines Woodstock (1969) Although a number of the world’s most popular musicians were invited to perform at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969—including The Who, the Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin—Jimi Hendrix was considered the main attraction. He was originally scheduled to perform last on Sunday night but did not end up taking the stage until Monday morning.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kareem Abdul Jabbar: I’m not saying the protests in Ferguson aren’t justified—they are. In fact, we need more protests across the country. Where’s our Kent State? What will it take to mobilize 4 million students in peaceful protest? Because that’s what it will take to evoke actual change. The middle class has to join the poor and whites have to join African-Americans in mass demonstrations, in ousting corrupt politicians, in boycotting exploitative businesses, in passing legislation that promotes economic equality and opportunity, and in punishing those who gamble with our financial future. Otherwise, all we’re going to get is what we got