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Tuesday • March 31, 2015

PENCE WANTS TO FIX RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence addressed the controversy around his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a press conference Tuesday morning and said he wants forbid anti-gay discrimination with new legislation. “I abhor discrimination,” Pence said, adding that he was raised with the Golden Rule. “I’ve come to the conclusion that if would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this legislation does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone,” he said, emphasizing that he would like to see an amendment to that effect by the end of the week. “It’s been a tough week here in the Hoosier State,” he said, reaffirming that he is proud of the law. “I believe that religious liberty is our first freedom and it is vital to millions of Americans who cherish faith as my family and I do.” Pence also referred to “confusion” and “mischaracterization” of the law, and spoke of the need to “confront” that perception of the bill.

IRAN TALKS EXTENDED TO JUNE: The deadline for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran will be extended once more, officials told the AP, and the talks will now aim to finalize an agreement by the end of June. Negotiations overnight did not produce a working agreement for Iran’s nuclear program as talks entered the final day before a midnight deadline Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Diplomats from the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia met separately and then with Iran’s foreign minister, in attempt to reach a framework for the final accord. Officials were uncertain whether they could meet the self-imposed deadline (6 p.m. ET), and if a third extension was possible. The talks have been twice extended since an interim deal was reached in November 2013.

OBAMA OFFERS MAJOR BLUEPRINT ON CLIMATE CHANGE: The White House on Tuesday morning unveiled President Obama’s blueprint for cutting United States greenhouse gas pollution by nearly a third over the next decade. Mr. Obama’s plan, part of a formal submission to the United Nations ahead of efforts to forge a climate change accord in Paris in December, detailed the United States side of an ambitious joint climate change pledge the president made in November in Beijing with the Chinese president Xi Jinping. In an effort to spur other countries to enact their own domestic climate change plans leading to the Paris accord, the leaders of the world’s two largest greenhouse gas polluters offered the outline of a set of climate actions. Mr. Obama said the United States would cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025, while Mr. Xi said that China’s emissions would drop after 2030.

HILLARY ALSO USED DISPUTED EMAIL ON IPAD: This email scandal just won’t go away: Hillary Clinton is facing questions about her use of personal email at the State Department once more, as details emerge that she also used it on her iPad and BlackBerry instead of simply on her home server as she once claimed. On at least once occasion, she replied to a serious work email—about American drone strikes—with details apparently about interior decorating, according to emails released by the State Department in 2013. When her aide followed up, Clinton acknowledged the error and asked whether the reply from her iPad went through.

TURKISH PROSECUTOR HELD AT GUNPOINT: Mehmet Selim Kiraz, a Turkish prosecutor who probed the politically sensitive death of a teenage boy injured by police at a 2013 protest, appeared in a video Tuesday in which far-left terrorists held him at gunpoint. He was taken hostage at an Istanbul courthouse earlier in the day by members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front. The militants say they will execute him by 3:35 p.m. local time if the officer who shot the teenager is not arrested and doesn’t confess.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Within hours of the announcement that he had been named the new host of “The Daily Show,” the comedian Trevor Noah was subjected to the full scrutiny of the Internet. As potential audience members scoured his past work and his social media for more clues about the South African comedian, they uncovered many posts on his Twitter account that they deemed to be offensive to women or Jews. Comedy Central announced on Monday that Mr. Noah, 31, had been chosen to succeed Jon Stewart as anchor of “The Daily Show,” its satirical news program, when Mr. Stewart steps down this year. Though Mr. Noah has performed stand-up comedy around the world, he is not widely known in the United States, and he has appeared as an on-air contributor to “The Daily Show” only three times before he was promoted to host.   ***Longtime Hollywood director Paul Haggis, a former Scientology member, is a key voice about the inner workings of the organization in the new Alex Gibney documentary, “Going Clear,” which has been in LA theaters for a while and aired last night on HBO. “Going Clear” is based on Lawrence Wright’s award-winning book about Scientologists and their church’s bizarre underpinnings and often nefarious practices. Other top-level defectors, including some of the senior operatives who ran vicious dirty tricks campaigns aimed at the LA Times and other media, help make the case that Scientology is a cult of dwindling membership that has gotten hugely wealthy mainly by acquiring property around the world since pressuring the IRS to award it church status for tax purposes.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Mike Fleming, the co-editor in chief of Deadline Hollywood, took to the site to apologize for last week’s story by his co-editor, Nellie Andreeva, that suggested increasing diversity in TV casting was problematic because white actors were losing work. There was a lot of derision directed at the piece, which wondered if the diversity pendulum had swung too far in favor of “ethnic actors.”

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JAY Z REVEALS STREAMING SERVICE: Jay Z launched his latest business venture Monday, announcing Tidal, a subscription music-streaming service. The move grows out of Jay Z’s $56 million purchase of foreign streaming company Aspiro, which he plans to repurpose as an artist-owned company for exclusive content. “This is a platform that’s owned by artists,” he told The New York Times. “We are treating these people that really care about the music with the utmost respect.” Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and others have already signed on to the deal. The service will make millions of songs and videos available on two subscription tiers.

LBN-SEE IT: Model Heidi Klum with and without make-up.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***The Rolling Stones will return to North American stadiums this summer for the 15-city Zip Code tour. The tour will kick off May 24th at San Diego’s Petco Park, criss-crossing the country before ending July 15th at Quebec’s Le Festival D’Été de Québec. The tour name plays off the jeans-focused cover of the group’s classic 1971 album, Sticky Fingers, which it will be reissuing in a deluxe format on May 26th.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Miriam Bienstock, a co-founder of Atlantic Records who ran the business side of the company in its formative years, helping to lay the groundwork for what became a colossus of the recording industry, died on March 21 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92. Her death was confirmed by her children, Caroline and Robert Bienstock.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Curator at MacMall, Chris Quilisch, an LBN E-Lert reader from Los Angeles, California.


LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past few decades the United States has engaged in a great struggle to balance civil rights and religious liberty. On the one hand, there is a growing consensus that straight, gay and lesbian people deserve full equality with each other. We are to be judged by how we love, not by whom we love. If denying gays and lesbians their full civil rights and dignity is not wrong, then nothing is wrong. Gays and lesbians should not only be permitted to marry and live as they want, but be honored for doing so. On the other hand, this was a nation founded on religious tolerance. The ways of the Lord are mysterious and are understood differently by different traditions. At their best, Americans have always believed that people should have the widest possible latitude to exercise their faith as they see fit or not exercise any faith. While there are many bigots, there are also many wise and deeply humane people whose most deeply held religious beliefs contain heterosexual definitions of marriage. These people are worthy of tolerance, respect and gentle persuasion

LBN-COMMENTARY by Larry Grobel: Saturday, we lost the most inspirational man I ever knew. Victor Englebert. I’m overwhelmed with grief from this news. I met him in Ghana, when he came knocking on my door and I invited him in. He was working on some children’s books about Africa.  He was one of the greatest adventure photographers in the world. Did cover stories for National Geographic, Paris Match, etc.  We became friends, traveled on stories together. He shot the photo of me in the Guajira Desert which I used on the cover of my memoir. I also wrote about him in the memoir and including his picture as one of the 5 most influential people in my life. I learned that the world was out there for the taking from him. He took pictures. I took notes. I learned how to travel from him. He could sleep anywhere, eat anything. I learned how to be patient watching him work. He just had a magnificent spirit, a generous soul, and more astounding stories than anyone else.  Spend some time on his website and see why I had so much admiration for this man.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: Yesterday, the White House confirmed that President Obama will meet with Pope Francis during his visit in September. Some experts are wondering if they’ll discuss their disagreement over contraception. Then Joe Biden said, “I didn’t even know they were dating.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Oscar winner Susan Sarandon’s former “boy toy” Jonathan Bricklin confirmed their six-year relationship has ended after filming his AOL reality show “Connected” together. “We’re taking some time apart to really refresh,” Bricklin told Page Six on Monday, adding of Sarandon, “But she’s someone I love more than anyone I’ve ever been with and that won’t change. We’re going to figure out how life proceeds from here.”

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Monday • March 30, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Polls show that faith in government is near all-time lows. In a Gallup survey, voters listed dysfunctional government as the nation’s No. 1 problem. In fact, American voters’ traditional distrust has morphed and hardened. They used to think it was bloated and ineffective. Now they think it is bloated and ineffective and rigged to help those who need it least.

LUBITZ TREATED FOR SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: Before he became a pilot, Andreas Lubitz received psychotherapy in which his suicidal tendencies were noted, according to German prosecutors. These revelations are the latest in an inquiry into why the 27-year-old pilot programmed a routine Germanwings flight into a downward descent that ultimately led it to crash in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Though police have not yet determined a motive for the crash, they are focusing heavily on Lubitz’s psychological state. “To have carried out such an act, it’sa clearly psychological,” said French judicial police investigator Jean-Pierre Michel.

IRAN PULLS BACK FROM NUCLEAR DEAL: An Iranian official said Sunday the country refuses to ship its stockpile of atomic fuel abroad, a core part of the proposed nuclear deal, just two days before the negotiations’ deadline. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Iranian media that “there is no question” of sending its stockpile of uranium to Russia, which Iran had tentatively agreed to do in order to prevent use for a future weapons program. The remarks raise concern over whether leaving large portions of nuclear fuel in Iran could pose a risk. Should Iran win the right to retain the fuel, the Obama administration is expected to argue that it would not be a threat with regular inspection.

LBN READERS SPLIT ON ELVIS BEING OVERRATED: Approximately 48% of LBN E-Lert readers from all 50 states and 26 foreign countries felt Elvis was overrated. In a close vote, approximately 2,000 LBN E-Lert readers sent in their vote and while a major felt Elvis was NOT overrated, a strong minority felt he was.

TREVOR NOAH TO REPLACE JON STEWART: Comedy Central will announce today that Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show this year, The New York Times reports. Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, has only appeared on show three times but will take over for 52-year-old Stewart as only the third host in the show’s history. “You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah told the Times upon learning of his new gig while on a comedy tour in Dubai. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.” Noah was born in South Africa to a black mom and a white Swiss father, and he speaks six South African languages plus English and German.

DUKE, MICHIGAN STATE HEAD TO FINAL FOUR: No. 1 seed Duke is heading to the Final Four after a 66-52 victory against second-seeded Gonzaga in the South Region final, while No. 7 seed Michigan State upset Louisville in a 76-70 overtime win in the East Region championship Sunday. The Spartans will head back to the Final Four for the first time since 2010, which was also the last appearance by Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. This will be the 12th appearance for Krzyzewski, who has four national titles with the Blue Devils. Duke will face Michigan State in the first national semifinal Saturday and Kentucky will go head-to-head with Wisconsin in the second national semifinal.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat.

TIM COOK SLAMS ‘RELIGIOUS FREEDOM’ LAWS: Apple CEO Tim Cook penned a Washington Post op-ed Sunday railing against discriminatory legislation proposed in more than two dozen states, after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law that appears to allow business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples in the state. Cook called on major businesses to join Apple in opposing the controversial legislation, which is similar to the Indiana bill that critics say allows business owners to discriminate against the LGBT community based on religious freedom. Cook argued the discriminatory legislation undermines economic and job growth. “America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business,” Cook wrote.

ANTI-ISLAM BLOGGER KILLED IN BANGLADESH: A secular blogger was hacked to death in Bangladesh Monday, the second such attack on writers who criticized Islamists in recent weeks. Washikur Rahman was attacked by religious students in Dhaka, as the government pursues its own crackdown on religious groups. Two attackers were apprehended with machetes. 

EMAIL ERROR RISKED G20 LEADERS’ SECURITY: An email misfire compromised the security of world leaders’ passport numbers at the last Group of 20 summit, The Guardian reports. An employee of Australia’s immigration department allegedly sent sensitive personal information for President Obama and several other world leaders to the wrong people by mistake. The official didn’t double-check the “to” field in Microsoft Outlook, which had auto filled the wrong recipient and sent the private data to the organizers of the Asian Cup football tournament. “The personal information which has been breached is the name, date of birth, title, position nationality, passport number, visa grant number, and visa subclass held relating to 31 international leaders,” the department wrote in a letter to the country’s privacy commissioner, but it failed to report the issue to any of the leaders affected.

EHUD OLMERT, ISRAELI EX-PREMIER, IS CONVICTED OF FRAUD: Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister who was forced from office under a cloud of corruption, was convicted on Monday of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial of a case involving an American businessman, whose sensational testimony in a Jerusalem court in 2008 was instrumental in Mr. Olmert’s downfall. This was Mr. Olmert’s third conviction on corruption charges since 2012, and he is already facing jail time.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Technology company owner, Josh Goodman along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***GNC, the country’s largest specialty retailer of dietary supplements, has agreed to institute sweeping new testing procedures on its herbal products that far exceed quality controls mandated under federal law. The action to be announced Monday comes after the New York State attorney general’s office accused GNC and three other major retailers of selling herbal supplements that were fraudulent or contaminated with unlisted ingredients that could pose health risks to consumers. Experts said the announcement marked an initial but significant step forward for the $33 billion-a-year supplement industry, which is loosely regulated and plagued by accusations of adulteration and mislabeling.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Rhonda B., an LBN E-Lert reader from Austin, Texas.


LBN-NOTICED: ***Lily Tomlin at Cafe Carlyle in NYC taking in Debbie Harry’s show. Sarah Jessica Parker and Victor Garber seeing “An American in Paris” in NYC.   ***Ted Cruz with wife Heidi, mother, mother-in-law, two children and two security aides at Picholine on the Upper West Side in NYC.   ***Judith Giuliani among 80 guests at Grace and Chris Meigher’s Palm Beach home for dinner.   ***Rosie Perez having dinner with actor Ramon Rodriguez to discuss their movie collaboration “Only for My Son” at Catch in the Meatpacking District in NYC.

ROBIN WILLIAMS WIFE & KIDS LEGAL WAR OVER ESTATE: Lawyers for the late funnyman Robin Williams’ third wife Susan Schneider Williams and his three children head to court today to battle over his estate. Robin committed suicide August 11, 2014 at age 63 at his Tiburon, Ca. home.  The coroner ruled death by asphyxia caused by hanging. His wife claimed he struggled with depression, anxiety and was reeling from a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.The feud between Robin’s wife and children over his fortune and effects “got ugly, real fast.” The attorneys will appear before a San Francisco probate judge, as they battle over personal effects including clothes that the megastar star kept at his Northern California homes.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Gene Saks, an actor who switched to stage and film directing in midcareer, winning three Tony Awards and becoming the leading interpreter of the plays of Neil Simon, died on Saturday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 93. The cause was pneumonia, his wife, Keren, said.   ***Ray Arnett — who began life as the son a chauffeur for New York’s legendary Shubert family, then became Liberace’s choreographer — died in Beverly Hills at 97 this month. Arnett was played in HBO’s Liberace movie, “Behind the Candelabra,” by comic Tom Papa.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. Dept of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook

“The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the government’s premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations – such as carpenters, teachers, and veterinarians. Revised every 2 years, the latest version contains employment projections for the 2010-20 decade.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Vincent van Gogh (1853)

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch postimpressionist artist whose paintings include some of the world’s best known, most popular, and most valuable pieces in the world today. Yet, only one of his paintings was sold while he lived. The majority of the works for which he is best known were produced in 29 months of frenzied activity and intermittent bouts with epileptic seizures and profound despair that tragically ended in suicide.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Margot Sanger-Katz: We know that living in a poor community makes you less likely to live a long life. New evidence suggests that living in a community with high income inequality also seems to be bad for your health. A study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute examined a series of risk factors that help explain the health (or sickness) of counties in the United States. In addition to the suspects you might expect — a high smoking rate, a lot of violent crime — the researchers found that people in unequal communities were more likely to die before the age of 75 than people in more equal communities, even if the average incomes were the same. “It’s not just the level of income in a community that matters — it’s also how income is distributed,” said Bridget Catlin, the co-director of the project, called the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: There’s a lot of fuzzy math in American politics, but Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, recently set a new standard when he declared the cost of Obamacare “unconscionable.” If you do “simple multiplication,” he insisted, you find that the coverage expansion is costing $5 million per recipient. But his calculation was a bit off — namely, by a factor of more than a thousand. The actual cost per newly insured American is about $4,000. Now, everyone makes mistakes. But this wasn’t a forgivable error. Whatever your overall view of the Affordable Care Act, one indisputable fact is that it’s costing taxpayers much less than expected — about 20 percent less, according to the Congressional Budget Office. A senior member of Congress should know that, and he certainly has no business making speeches about an issue if he won’t bother to read budget office reports.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: After listening to even one minute of rap music, I wake up with my head hurting as though it had been hit with a cudgel. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actor Nicholas Brendon won’t stop getting drunk and disorderly – and former co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar is leaping in to try to save her old friend. That’s because the actress is terrified of Nicholas coming to the same tragic end as her former “Crazy Ones” co-star, Robin Williams, insiders have revealed. “Sarah loves Nick, and she’s still haunted by Robin’s death,” said a friend. “She said that she just can’t stand idly by and watch Nick destroy himself!”   ***Flying ace HARRISON FORD has ben released from the hospital following his grim plane crash. Ford crashed his WW2 vintage era craft March 5, after landing  - nose-diving it onto a golf course following engine failure. The ”Han Solo” legend, 72, was seen driving in Los Angeles yesterday.   ***In a candid interview with High Times magazine, marijuana-loving “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg, who suffers from glaucoma, says she only smokes these days for medical purposes. “I had just been smoking a long time before the glaucoma — and for the fun of it,” she laughs in the magazine’s June issue. But after she was diagnosed with the eye disorder, “What I did notice was that there were fewer headaches. Didn’t take me long to see there might be a correlation.”

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LBN-ETC: Is Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass really an angry black lesbian? —- Signed, Howard B., West Hollywood, California.

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Sunday • March 29, 2015

PROVISIONAL AGREEMENT REACHED WITH IRAN: Western diplomats in Switzerland announced on Sunday that Iran and six world powers have reached a provisional agreement on key parts of a deal to sharply curtail the country’s nuclear program. According to one of the diplomats, Iran had “more or less” agreed to cut the number of centrifuges by more than two-thirds and to have most of its stockpile of nuclear material shipped abroad. With the outlines of a deal reportedly nailed down, the deal is due to be finalized on June 30. Iranian diplomats, meanwhile, denied any reports of specific numbers when it came to centrifuges and exporting stockpiles.

HORROR – PILOT: ‘EVERYONE WILL KNOW MY NAME’: The German daily Bild is reporting that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed an airliner, killing 150 people, told his girlfriend he was planning a major act so “everyone will know my name.” The woman, a flight attendant, was given the pseudonym of Maria W. by the paper, and says she was in a relationship with Lubitz in 2014. “When I heard about the crash, I remembered a sentence… he said: ‘One day I’ll do something that will change the system, and then everyone will know my name and remember it’,” the woman told the paper. She also told the paper, “He never talked much about his illness, only that he was in psychiatric treatment,” and that they broke up because she became afraid of him.

BILL CLINTON GAVE ROMNEY DEBATE ADVICE: When Mitt Romney appeared at the annual Clinton Global Initiative in 2012 in New York, former President Bill Clinton reportedly gave him advice backstage about how to seem in command while facing President Obama in the upcoming debates. The allegation comes in a long profile in the New York Times outlining concerns in the Clinton camp about how to rein in the former president’s mistakes, which were seen as a handicap for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries.

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TUNIS MUSEUM ATTACK SUSPECT KILLED: Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, the leading suspect in a museum attack on foreign tourists, was killed in anti-terrorist operations. He was reportedly killed on Saturday night in the Gafsa region near Algeria. He was considered an important member of al Qaeada’s North African operations, and was suspected of leading the March 18 attack on the National Bardo Museum. A total of 22 people were killed in the attack.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Charles Crumpley along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


KENTUCKY WILDCATS SET UNDEFEATED RECORD: By edging out third-seeded Notre Dame on Saturday 68-66, the Kentucky Wildcats extended their win-loss record this season o 38-0. That perfect season not only will the Wildcats advance to the Final Four, but made them the first men’s Division I team to have a 38-0 record. Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns dominated the game, posting a season-high 25 points, 17 of which came in the second half.

STANFORD INVESTIGATING CHEATING CLAIMS: The Associated Press reports that officials at Stanford University are investigating a “unusually high” number of students suspected of cheating during the winter quarter. University Provost John Etchemendy sent a letter to faculty about the “troubling allegations.” He emphasized that all students agree to abide by an honor code, but “with the ease of technology and widespread sharing that is now part of a collaborative culture, students need to recognize and be reminded that it is dishonest to appropriate the work of others.” In the 2013-2014 academic year alone, 83 students violated the honor code, according to a university spokesperson.

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ROGER MOORE DENIES RACIST BOND COMMENTS: Former Bond actor Roger Moore claims that comments he made in a French magazine about the potential for Idris Elba to play James Bond, that many have called have called racist, were mistranslated. Moore, 87, tweeted, “An interview I gave to Paris Match implies I said something racist about Idris Elba. That is simply untrue,” along with the hashtag “Lost in translation.” He then added, “When a journalist asks if ‘Bond should be English’ and you agree, then quotes you saying it about Idris Elba it’s out of context.” Moore is quoted in the interview in Paris Match as saying, “Though James has been played by a Scot, a Welshman, an Irishman, I think he should be English-English. It’s nonetheless an interesting idea, but unrealistic. Some years ago, I said that Cuba Gooding Jr would make an excellent Bond but it was a joke!”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***A producer for singer Judith Hill has filed a lawsuit against Prince after the singer e-mailed a free download link to Hill’s album via Live Nation’s mailing list. Jolene Cherry filed her suit Friday in Los Angeles, claiming that Hill was already under contract after inking a long-term deal with the producer

UNIQUELY, LBN: Alice I., an LBN E-Lert reader from Maui, Hawaii.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Even though the U.S. government didn’t grant Native Americans citizenship until 1924, nearly 13,000 of them served in WWI.

EMPIRE’ STAR SORRY FOR RACISM COMMENTS: Empire actress Taraji P. Henson issued a public apology Friday after accusing a Glendale police officer of racially profiling her son at a traffic stoplight. “I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s,” she posted on Instagram. “Sometimes as humans we over react without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to the officer for being kind to my son.” Video footage of the traffic stop showed Henson’s 20-year-old son driving through a crosswalk while a pedestrian was passing.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Swimsuits

1.     In Australia, Speedos are called “Budgy Smugglers,” a term which is derived from the name of a small parrot, the domestic budgerigar. Apparently, the body-hugging swimwear looks as if it is attempting to conceal a parrot when viewed from the front.

2.     The most expensive swimsuit in the world is a bikini that is worth $30 million dollars. Designed by Susan Rosen and Steinmetz Diamonds, the bikini is made with more than 150 carats of D flawless diamonds which are all set in platinum.

3.     The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition that generated the most letters was the 1978 issue, “The Beauties of Brazil,” which published Cheryl Tiegs’ infamous fishnet see-through swimsuit. The best selling was the 25th anniversary issue with Kathy Ireland on the cover in 1989.

4.     The seamless Speedo polyurethane LZR (“laser”) suit, designed in coordination with NASA, has helped swimmers break over 200 records in just 23 months after it was introduced in February 13, 2008. The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) banned the LZR and other high-tech suits on January 1, 2010.

5.     The world’s largest bikini parade took place on November 9, 2009. Clad only in bikinis, 287 girls paraded in Johannesburg, South Africa, to raise awareness for breast cancer, which affects one in every 30 South African women.

6.     Tyra Banks was the first African-American to appear on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, in 1997. The second was Beyoncé Knowles, in 2007.

7.     One of the first chest-revealing suits for men appeared in 1932 and was called the “Topper.” The suit had a detachable top that could be zipped away from the trunk bottoms. Unfortunately, men who chose to appear topless at the time were often arrested for indecent exposure.

8.     Thongs are illegal in Melbourne, Florida as of January 2005. The punishment is a $500 fine or 60 days in jail.

9.     In 1907, when Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman (1887-1975) wore a one-piece suit in Boston that revealed her arms and legs, she was promptly arrested for indecent exposure.

10.  Perhaps the most celebrated cinematic swimwear moment of all time is when Bo Derek ran down the beach in hair braids and a nude swimsuit in the movie 10. The most celebrated bikini moment was when Ursula Andress emerged from the water donning a white bikini as Honey Ryder in the 1962 Bond film Dr. No.

LBN-NOTICED: Three stalwart Los Angeles Italian-Americans all noticed last night inside Ralphs market on Coldwater Canyon—last minute shopping and gabbing- Fabio, ABC’s entertainment anchor George Pennacchio, and Beverly Hills PR exec Edward Lozzi.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

GoWatchIt

“Search for movies across any platform to watch or save for later. Share movies with your friends. Search Netflix, iTunes, Redbox, Amazon, Fandango, and Movies on Demand. Sign up to receive alerts when your movies become available.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: James Baker can take credit for two presidencies and one vice presidency in the Bush family. So it’s a tad ungracious for a Bush to take Baker to task. At first Jeb Bush tried to distance himself from Baker distantly. He had his spokeswoman, Kristy Campbell, send an email to reporters the day after Baker — one of his foreign policy advisers and his dad’s best friend, campaign manager and secretary of state — gave President Obama some bipartisan backup on Israel. Speaking to the liberal Israel advocacy group, J Street, Baker faulted the “diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship” surrounding Benjamin Netanyahu. Baker’s criticism of the abrasive Israeli leader he once banned from the State Department sparked a furor among Republicans who want a loyalty oath on support for the Jewish state.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: One sign of a landmark shift in public attitudes: A poll last year found that Americans approved more of gays and lesbians (53 percent) than of evangelical Christians (42 percent). That’s partly because some evangelical leaders were intolerant blowhards who give faith a bad name. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson famously blamed the 9/11 terror attacks in part on feminists, gays and lesbians, and doctors who perform abortions. After an outcry, both men backed off.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mikkael A. Sekeresmarch: When it airs on Monday, the Ken Burns-produced documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” will emphasize how much more we now know about the genetic basis for cancer. This year, according to President Obama, cancer research and funding will focus on so-called precision, personalized or targeted medicine — using cancer’s molecular underpinnings to develop drugs that attack the genes or gene products that make up cancer’s factory while sparing normal cells. What a beautiful concept. The problem is, cancer is rarely that simple, or that easily fooled.

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Saturday • March 28, 2015

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CLINTON E-MAIL INBOX WIPED CLEAN: All the e-mails Hillary Clinton sent and received during her tenure as Secretary of State have been wiped clean, according to Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi and currently investigating Clinton. She is being investigated for using a private e-mail account while employed by the U.S. Government. It is unclear exactly when the contents of the account was erased, but Gowdy says it “appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department.” Clinton had turned over 30,000 e-mails and her attorney says the 900 pages pertaining to the attacks on Benghazi cover its request.

GERMANWINGS PILOT’S EX: HE PLANNED CRASH: 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who apparently deliberately crashed the plane into a French mountainside this week, had apparently told an ex-girlfriend that he was planning an act “that will change the whole system, and then all will know my name and remember it,” according to German media reports. Lubitz’s former lover, a stewardess known only as Maria W., told a German newspaper, “I never knew what he meant, but now it makes sense.” The report also claimed that Lubitz’s fiancee, whose last name is Goldbach, had left him the day before the crash, leaving him depressed.

21 DEAD AFTER TERROR SIEGE ON HOTEL: Fighters with the Islamic rebel group Al-Shabab attacked a prominent hotel in Somalia’s capital city on Saturday, resulting in at least 21 deaths, including six of the attackers. Gunmen held control over the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel for over 12 hours until police and security agents reclaimed the building. Among those killed was the Somalian ambassador to Switzerland, Yusuf Bari-Bari.

YEMEN: REBELS ARE ‘STOOGES OF IRAN’: Yemeni President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi blamed the chaos in the country on Shiite rebels on Saturday, calling them “stooges of Iran” and demanding more airstrikes against them until they surrender. He also directly challenged Iran, which has denied arming the rebels, known as Houthis. Hadi fled Yemen earlier this week.

HACKER REVEALS CLINTON SPY NETWORK: While Hilary Clinton has turned over a mass load of e-mails while being investigated for using her private account during her stint as Secretary of State, some new information is coming to light. A week prior to Islamic militant attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time family friend of Clinton, had supplied the then Secretary of State top intelligence through her private account, revealing a secret network. The e-mails “include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations,” according to ProPublica and Gawker. The e-mails were first revealed in 2013 after a hacker obtain the conversations from Blumenthal’s account but have new meaning during Clinton’s investigation. They are currently being called into congressional inquiry due to the Benghazi attacks.

PAO LOSES GENDER DISCRIMINATION SUIT: On Friday, San Francisco’s superior court ruled that all claims filed against prominent venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers by former employee Ellen Pao were not valid. According to the New York Times, Pao, who is now the chief of social media for Reddit, claimed that the firm “did not promote her because of her gender; that it retaliated against her for complaining; that is failed to prevent gender discrimination; and that ultimately it fired her in 2012 for complaining.” She was asking for $16 million in damages and missed opportunities.

MY REVIEW: “It’s long-past-time the LBN spoke about the dangers of drinking milk. Grow a pair of balls and tell your readers “Diary is death!” —— Jenn T., an LBN E-Lert reader from St. Louis, Missouri


RAND PAUL: GAY MARRIAGE A ‘MORAL CRISIS’: Rand Paul called the push for same-sex marriage a “moral crisis” during a private prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C. “The moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out a thing like marriage,” Paul said Thursday on video obtained by CBN News’s David Brody. “There’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think there would be some sort of other marriage.” The Republican senator from Kentucky is due to announce his presidential candidacy next month. “The First Amendment says keep government out of religion, not religion out of government.” Paul said America needs a religious revival. “We need another Great Awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform.”

RARE GEORGE CARLIN RECORDING RELEASED: To celebrate the re-launch of George Carlin’s website, his family on Friday released clips from a 1972 stand-up routine that ultimately led to the comedy icon’s arrest. His final act, “Seven Dirty Words,” was deemed highly obscene and led to the Supreme Court decision that limited the extent that government could monitor free speech over television and radio. The two clips, which feature a likely stoned Carlin, include “Father Rivera” and “Not Going OK.” Carlin passed away in 2008. Prominent celebrity publicist Michael Levine, who served as Carlin’s publicist for a number of year, called Carlin “one of the lasting greats of all-time.”

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Patricia Hearst Shaw has no interest in reading Jeffrey Toobin’s upcoming book about her, or seeing the movie version, and she has harsh words about the New Yorker writer for exploiting her tragic story.Known as Patty Hearst in 1974 when she was kidnapped and brainwashed by the Symbionese Liberation Army, the publishing heiress confided to a friend, “I’m tired of being a cash cow for hack writers like Jeffrey Toobin. He is an emotional rapist.” Toobin’s book, title unknown, won’t be published by Doubleday until 2016, but it has already been optioned by Fox 2000, with “Big Eyes” screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski signed for the screenplay.   ***Another day, another oddball Shailene Woodley interview. The “Divergent Series: Insurgent” star, 23, continued to open up about her rather unique dietary habits.“I’ve eaten ants and that was great,” she said in a video interview with Nylon. “And June bugs, that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we’ll see what happens.” She also noted her love of “gelatinous” pigs’ feet.

O.J. SIMPSON IS A ‘DEAD MAN WALKING’! A still-arrogant O.J. Simpson played the celebrity card behind bars, and took a violent beating from a member of the Aryan Nation!The jailhouse brawl ended with the skinhead inmate threatening to kill “The Juice,” a prison snitch who eyewitnessed the showdown said. Now we’ve gone behind the scenes at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, where O.J. is serving time, to get details of the incident. The ruckus started after the 67-year-old disgraced football star jumped to the head of a line while prisoners were waiting for their medication, said our inside source.That infuriated fellow inmate and Aryan Nation member, sexual offender Travis 
“Blu” Waugh, the source revealed.Said the rat: “O.J. still thinks of himself as a celebrity who doesn’t have to follow any rules. That pissed off this bad dude, who told O.J. to ‘wait like everybody else.’“O.J. challenged the skinhead and spit in his direction.”With tempers on both sides flaring, O.J. reportedly said: “I’m gonna stay right here and your ass ain’t gonna do nothing about it.”That’s when Blu slammed O.J. against a wall and threatened to kill him, snarling, “O.J., you’re a dead man!” Prison guards quickly stepped in to break up the scuffle, said our snitch. They cuffed Blu and ordered O.J. back to his cell.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Nature Soundmap

“Hear the world like never before. Nature soundscapes and wildlife sounds from all over the planet.”

LBN-.R.I.P.: Rod Hundley, basketball’s irrepressible Hot Rod, who parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century, died on Friday at his home near Phoenix. He was 80. Hundley was an electrifying presence at West Virginia University, played for the Lakers and stamped his persona on broadcasting, mostly for the New Orleans Jazz.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Nutrition

1.     “Nutrition” is derived from “nourish,” which is from the Latin nutrire, meaning to feed, nurse, support, and preserve–literally, “she who gives suck.” Essentially, nutrition refers to the variety of ways the body makes use of food.

2.     Anthropophagites, or cannibals, are humans who eat human meat. While human flesh itself contains high-quality protein, cannibalism in most cultures likely served a more symbolic than nutritional purpose.

3.     The Greeks and Romans regulated nutrition on the theory of the four humors circulating throughout the body (warm, cold, moist, dry). Classical physicians tried to correct an excess of cold and moist “humors” by providing hot, dry foods and vice versa. For example, a woman’s body was seen as wetter and colder than a man’s and, therefore, she was to avoid food that would make her even colder and wetter, such as fish, eels, and meat from newborn animals.

4.     Many parents during the Roman empire who were influenced by doctors such as Soranus and Galen often denied their babies colostrum (protein-rich breast milk) believing it was too thick and not good for the child’s digestion. They regularly gave their babies to a wet-nurse (though the mother’s milk was usually the best) and were likely to wean their babies onto foods that lacked adequate nutrition, such as diluted cereals and mixtures of honey or wine with softened bread.

5.     Most likely due to poor nutrition as children, many Greeks and Romans were shorter than people today. Men from Pompeii, for example, averaged 5 ft. 5-½ in. and women averaged 5 ft. 2 in.

6.     The Ebers papyrus (1350 B.C.) suggests placing drops of crushed and roasted ox liver in the eyes of people suffering from night blindness. While Egyptians most likely were not aware of vitamin A, liver does have high levels of the vitamin which help maintains normal vision in dim light.

7.     Common diseases that are caused by nutritional deficiencies include beriberi (Vitamin B1-thiamine), pellagra (B3-niacin), anemia (B12-cobalamin), and scurvy (C-ascorbic acid).

8.     The English are sometimes called “limeys” because British sailors would eat limes to stave off scurvy. Limes were later replaced by lemons due to the lack of adequate vitamin C in lime juice.

9.     Vitamin D is unusual because it is the only vitamin that can be synthesized in the body. Sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D, though sunscreen lotions with high SPF can prevent vitamin D formation. Vitamin D is also the only vitamin that is a hormone.

10.  There are approximately 60 nutrients which are placed in six major categories: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

LBN-R.I.P.: Last week, we learned that, only months into the job, the official in charge of the military courts system at Guantánamo Bay was stepping down, after judges ruled he had interfered in proceedings. The appointment of an interim replacement was the sixth change of leadership for the tribunals since 2003. This is yet another setback for the military commissions, as they tackle two of their highest-profile cases: the joint trial of the chief planner of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and four alleged co-conspirators, and the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused in the bombing of the American destroyer Cole.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Yesterday I read Levine’s epic commentary knocking Starbucks for removing chairs and replacing them with stools. So I tried to sit on one of the stools last night at Starbucks. I lasted less three minutes and my ass is still hurting. Awful! Bye, Starbucks. Earth to Starbucks — “Stools are NOT chairs!”. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Martin O’Malley — the leading Democrat to challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 presidential ticket — is being secretly helped by former presidential candidate Gary Hart.Hart, who has called himself “the inventor of the Iowa caucuses,” was George McGovern’s campaign manager in 1972. He was also a front-runner for president in 1987 before his affair with Donna Rice was exposed, forcing him to drop out.O’Malley was a traveling aide in Sen. Hart’s 1984 campaign. A New Yorker piece on O’Malley identified Hart as one of the former Maryland governor’s “mentors.” Hart has another reason to help: He is said to harbor a grudge against the Clintons because he never got an appointment during the eight years of the Bill Clinton administration.

LBN-ETC.: Let’s be honest – Yelp is a exhortation effort. Nothing less. —-Ron Hansen, Denver, Colorado.

LBN-ETC.: Demonstrate Your Expertise. Reach out to the news media with ExpertClick’s News Release Wire. Present your topics and expertise. Show the news media how to reach you.With NewsReleaseWire.com you can send news releases without per-release charges.  The New York Times wrote: “Dial-an-Expert” CNN said: “An Invaluable Tool” USA Today called it: “A Hot Site” See experts you know – and mutual connections at: http://www.expertclick.com/Topic=Public%20Relations.aspx Send News Releases ten ways to the news media see who gets and how in the brochure: http://www.Expertclick.com/brochure; Or call (202) 333-5000 to set up your account.

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LBN-ETC: Is Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass really an angry black lesbian? —- Signed, Howard B., West Hollywood, California.

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YELP ‘EXTREMELY CONCERNED’ ABOUT WHAT INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY WILL REVEAL:

When the campaign for a film called Billion Dollar Bully hit Kickstarter last week, support began pouring in. The investigative documentary—which will probe allegations of manipulation and fabrication of reviews, extortion and other questionable business tactics by marketing giant Yelp—is quickly approaching its $60,000 goal, but not without one big adversary.

According to the film’s producer and director Kaylie Milliken, Yelp “seems very threatened” and is “extremely concerned” about her small, two-person production. This is no surprise, considering the company’s shares were down four percent in trading the day after the project was announced—a dip that many are attributing to the documentary, according to Business insider.

“I have gotten a huge reaction from [Yelp], which I have to admit, I was not expecting,” Ms. Milliken told the Observer, adding that they’re only halfway done filming. “They’ve been aggressively denying it and trying to discredit my character and the film itself.”

LBN-ETC: Wanted: Prominent Author Seeks Part-Time Administrative Assistant. Prominent, veteran author seeking a part-time (approximately 20-30 hours a week) administrative assistant in Santa Monica / Venice area.  Must live within 15 minutes of Santa Monica/ Venice. Work primarily from home and on-line but be available for meetings with author 2 or 3 times a week. Proper candidate must be smart, very resourceful, good writer (grammar, spelling), very organized, detail oriented, focused, hard-working, quick and hungry to learn. A sense of pride in their work. Technology savvy. Modest knowledge of QuickBooks program.  A great opportunity to work hands on (learn, grow). This is NOT a job for someone who is slow, distracted, overwhelmed with a busy life and just looking to cruise.  Send resume with complete contact details (No Attachment) to: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to one study, trace amounts of cocaine can be found on four out of every five dollar bills in circulation. However, because cocaine is a fine powder and is easily spread around, presence of the drug does not necessarily mean the bill was used as a snorting straw.

CLUE- LUBITZ TORE UP SICK NOTE ON DAY OF CRASH: German prosecutors said Friday morning that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz “hid” an existing illness from his employer. Prosecutors did not specify what the illness was, but Bild newspaper reported he had a “serious depressive episode” six years ago, citing internal Lufthansa documents. Prosecutors said they found a “torn-up sick note that signed Andreas Lubitz off work on the day of Alps crash,” according to the BBC. No suicide note or claim of responsibility was found.

AIRLINES ALTER COCKPIT RULES AFTER CRASH: Airlines around the world Thursday changed their rules mandating that a second crew member be present in the cockpit at all times, following revelations that a German co-pilot may have locked himself in and deliberately crashed a jetliner. Though the U.S. has required two crew members to be in the cabin at all times since the 9/11 attacks, many countries had not updated the rules. Norwegian Air Shuttle, easyJet, Air Canada and Air Berlin all announced the new requirement while Germanwings parent company Lufthansa was among the airlines that did not change policy. Just hours before, French prosecutors said flight voice recordings suggest 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cabin in order to crash a Germanwings plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

HARRY REID WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday that he won’t be seeking re-election next year, putting an end to his nearly 30-year-long Senate career. The 75-year-old Nevada Democrat suffered serious injuries to his face and eye during an exercise-related accident on New Year’s Day, but said his decision was not related to that incident. “I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” he said. “I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter.”

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AMANDA KNOX VERDICT EXPECTED TODAY: Italy’s high court will rule Friday on the fate of those convicted in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, deciding whether to uphold Amanda Knox’s prison sentence or to send the case back to a lower court for retrial. If the ruling is upheld, it could set into motion deportation proceedings for the 27-year-old, who has been in the U.S. since a 2011 acquittal and who has stated that she doesn’t intend to return to Italy.

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ECONOMY GREW 2.2% IN 4TH QUARTER, FINAL ESTIMATE SHOWS: The American economy grew at a rate of slightly more than 2 percent as 2014 drew to a close, but economists fear some of that momentum likely petered out in the first quarter of this year. The economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, the Commerce Department said Friday. The figure was unchanged from an earlier estimate of growth released in late February.

ISIS BRIDE’S DAD SEEN AT PRO-JIHAD MARCH: The father of one of three young British “Jihadi Brides” is under investigation after authorities uncovered footage of him marching amid jihadist flags at a 2012 rally led by extremist preacher Anjem Choudary. In the video, Abase Hussen is seen enthusiastically marching with protesters and is even captured in the same frame as a burning American flag. The Ethiopa-born Hussen’s daughter, 15-year-old Amira Abase, left for Syria last month. Her father subsequently accused police of placing a “heavy burden” on his daughter through their investigation, and the police apologized. “The impression given was that Islamic extremism was an alien world to his daughter – this footage suggests it wasn’t,” said Henry Jackson Society anti-terrorism expert Hannah Stuart.

BOKO HARAM OUSTED FROM STRONGHOLD: Nigeria’s military said Friday that it has driven Boko Haram from the town of Gwoza, one of the terrorist group’s remaining strongholds in the country’s northeast—a major victory, if confirmed to be true. Nigerian commanders said they had captured many terrorists in the area described on Twitter as the “the headquarters of the terrorists’ self-styled caliphate.” The announcement’s timing, however, comes just one day before Saturday’s presidential election, which had been postponed from February due to the violent insurgency.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Ruth Porat, Google’s new chief financial officer, is joining a company that has more than 50,000 employees and is one of the most valuable corporations in the world. Thus, given Google is long past its early days, it’s not the kind of place that will make her a start-up billionaire.  Instead she will have to settle for $65 million in stock grants, a $5 million signing bonus and a yearly salary of $650,000, according to a company filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Book store Hennessey + Ingalls is closing its Hollywood offshoot but the main Santa Monica bookstore will remain open.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The Concern Annual Block Party, one the biggest charity events of the year in L.A.,  has been set for July 11th this year at Paramount Studios.

NOTRE DAME, WISCONSIN HEAD TO ELITE 8: Notre Dame breezed by Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals Thursday while Wisconsin knocked off North Carolina 79-72, sending the Irish and the Badgers to the final eight of the NCAA tournament. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points for the Irish to overtake the seventh-seeded Shockers. Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points while the Badgers rallied in the last 10 minutes. The third-seed Irish will face off with undefeated Kentucky in Saturday’s regional final while Wisconsin will match up with No. 2 seed Arizona to secure a Final Four spot. Kentucky beat West Virginia in a 78-39 victory and Arizona held off No. 6 Xavier 68-60 on Thursday as well.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Those of us who used to love Starbucks were attracted to the brand in large part due to the “third place” concept attached to the chain. The “third place” concept was some place that you could go that wasn’t home, wasn’t work but was a “third place”. A comfortable, inviting place where you could go to — read newspaper, talk to a friend, meet a first date, visit, discuss, rest a moment, restore. Today, I fear, our Starbucks friends are in the process of declaring war in their own “third place” concept turning it rapidly into a “to-go coffee shop with good lighting.” Evidence? Couches gone, chairs going to (rapidly) be replaced by massive number of stools that I invite the United Nations to investigate as torture devices. People are noticing. The other night at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood a popular stand-up opened his act with sharing the new Starbucks slogan with the audience – “Welcome to Starbucks – now get the fuck out!”

LBN-COMMENTARY by J. Neil Schulman: I don’t accept at face value anything about the Bowe Bergdahl case. It makes no sense to me that a “coward” would leave the relative safety of his base for far-more dangerous Afghan territory flooded with Taliban. I don’t see why a traitor seeking out the enemy would end up imprisoned by them instead of being honored. I don’t know why Pvt. Bergdahl spent his spare time on base learning the local language Pashto and after enlisting twice — the first time in the Coast Guard, the second time in the Army — would make himself appear as if he hated his country. I suspect Robert Bowdrie “Bowe” Bergdahl was an embedded U.S. intelligence operative, unknown by his fellow soldiers, given secret orders to leave base on an unknown mission — one which might have gone drastically wrong. Otherwise his trade for five Taliban makes no sense. But so long as Bergdahl is a pawn in a chess match between the administration and President Obama’s detractors, we may never be told the truth and Sgt. Bergdahl, possibly silenced by oath, may be a casualty of American partisan politics.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Like a lot of people who pay attention to such things, I had assumed that Democrats had a huge advantage going into next year’s presidential race. Democrats do really well among the growing demographic groups, like Hispanics, single people and the young. Republicans, meanwhile, do doing sensationally well with just about every shrinking group. If 67-year-old rural white men were the future of the electorate, the G.O.P. would be rolling. But there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that, in fact, Democrats do not enter this election with an advantage. There are a series of trends that may cancel out the Democratic gains with immigrants, singles and the like.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Two impossible things happened to the U.S. economy over the course of the past year — or at least they were supposed to be impossible, according to the ideology that dominates half our political spectrum. First, remember how Obamacare was supposed to be a gigantic job killer? Well, in the first year of the Affordable Care Act’s full implementation, the U.S. economy as a whole added 3.3 million jobs — the biggest gain since the 1990s. Second, half a million of those jobs were added in California, which has taken the lead in job creation away from Texas.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett: I produced more than 2,500 ounces of surplus breast milk with my first son. I am almost six months postpartum with my second child, and already my freezers are stuffed with five-ounce bags of milk. Some women are computer programmers or impressive cooks. I’m good at producing breast milk. My friends and family marvel at this talent, sort of. They like to joke that I could make real money if I sold it. Big milk producers are able to make thousands of dollars selling their surplus breast milk, which led Wired magazine to call breast milk “liquid gold” a few years ago. The going rate now is something like $1 to $4 per ounce. No wonder some women consider the sale of their breast milk a part-time job.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Larry David will hand over his starring role on Broadway to an old “Seinfeld” pal — Jason Alexander. Producers said Thursday that Alexander, who played George Costanza on the hit show, will replace David as Norman Drexel in “Fish in the Dark” beginning June 9. David wrote the comedy, which is running at the Cort Theatre.   ***Andy Cohen isn’t too famous for Tinder. The Bravo bigwig admits to being active on the popular dating app, telling People: “I have no shame in my game. I’m there, I’m swiping.” So why’d he join? The single 46-year-old says Tinder’s really the only way to meet someone in New York these days. “You know … Where am I going to meet an architect who lives in Brooklyn besides Tinder at this point?” he said. “It’s the modern-day singles bar.” He added, “I like it. It’s fun.”   ***During her lifetime, Joan Rivers spoke highly of many of her fellow comedy stars, but there was one actor she wasn’t shy about saying she didn’t like — and that was Ben Stiller. The “Night at the Museum” star spoke with Howard Stern on Wednesday and revealed that he and Rivers had a contentious relationship that was never resolved before her death last year. Stern, who had heard about Rivers’ distain for Stiller, asked the actor about the late comedy star. “She had a thing about me. She didn’t like me,” Stiller told Stern.

LBN-ETC.: Could creating your character be likened to an artist creating a sculpture? Is character is not something that just happens by itself, any more than a chisel can create a work of art without the hand of an artist guiding? — www.TheExcelReport.com

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Thursday • March 26, 2015

MONSTER – WHAT’S KNOWN ABOUT GERMANWINGS CO-PILOT: Here is what’s known so far about the Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot accused of murdering 149 people.His name is Andreas Lubitz, age 28. According to The Wall Street Journal, he is from Montabaur, near Frankfurt. Lubitz had 630 hours of flight time since he graduated from Lufthansa’s flight school in September 2013. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said there were no indications for concern regarding the co-pilot. Lubitz had interrupted his training six years ago for unknown reasons.Lubitz was heard breathing normally through the entire descent on flight voice recordings, according to French prosecutor Brice Robin. Lubitz did not respond to any radio messages from air-traffic control, nor did he respond to the pilot’s demands to open the locked cockpit door, Robin said. A motive is unknown. The French said they see no connection to terrorism.

SAUDI ARABIA ATTACKS YEMEN: Saudi Arabia commenced military operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen on Wednesday, hours after the rebels seized control of a military base used by U.S. officials for drone strikes. Warplanes have reportedly begun bombing the airport in the country’s capital city of Sanaa. Earlier, Yemeni President Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled his home to an undisclosed location. The White House said late Wednesday that President Barack Obama authorized logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led operations in Yemen. “While U.S. forces are not taking direct military action in Yemen in support of this effort, we are establishing a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate U.S. military and intelligence support,” according to a White House statement.

U.S.-LED AIRSTRIKES HIT ISIS IN TIKRIT: U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes Wednesday to support Iraqi forces in the fight to retake the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants, American officials said. The U.S.-led coalition hit as many as a dozen targets in Tikrit as Iraqi forces shelled ISIS strongholds in the city, according to a U.S. defense official. President Obama approved the airstrikes at the request of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, The New York Times reported. The airstrikes are the first time the U.S. has engaged in the offensive due of concerns about supporting the Iranian-led Shiite militias, which are backing Iraqi troops in the mission. U.S. officials have stressed the bombing raids are supporting “Iraqi forces under Iraqi command,” said Lt. Gen. James Terry, the senior U.S. commander of the U.S.-led coalition.

ASYLUM SEEKERS HIT AT 20-YEAR HIGH: Worldwide applications for asylum have reached a 20-year high, numbers show, in part due to the four-year-old civil war in Syria. Roughly 866,000 people sought asylum in 2014, up 45 percent from the previous year. Most of the applicants went to countries in nearby Europe, but the United States recorded the second-highest number of asylum seekers worldwide.

JESSE JACKSON JR. RELEASED FROM PRISON: Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from federal prison Thursday after serving less than a year and a half of his two-and-a-half-year sentence for spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. Ex-Congressman Patrick Kennedy said Jackson is going to spend the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house. “But a halfway house means he’s half way [home],” said his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson. “I won’t be satisfied until he’s totally free.”

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN ENGAGEMENT RING MISSING: The sad saga of Bobbi Kristina Brown continues – as her late mother’s diamond ring has disappeared. It’s the same ring Bobbi Kristina – who has remained in a coma since Jan. 31 – shared on Instagram as her “engagement ring” in 2012, when she announced plans to marry Nick Gordon.A Houston family member is now trying to locate the $250,000 sparkler, sources say.

B-MOVIE KING ROGER CORMAN RIPPED OFF BY PONZI SCHEMER FOR $60 MILLION?: Hollywood’s legendary B-movie king  Roger Corman is embroiled in his own personal “Little Shop of Horrors” after a Ponzi schemer allegedly scammed $60 million from him, according to a blockbuster new lawsuit. Roger, 88, who famously launched the acting careers of such stalwarts as Jack Nicholson and filmmaking legends Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola after striking drive-in gold with his series of Edgar Allan Poe/Vincent Price films may be facing financial ruin.Roger who netted an honorary Oscar in 2010 for his no-holds-barred style of low budget filmmaking and his mentoring of fresh talent like Robert DeNiro and Ron Howard was also responsible for introducing Europe’s biggest filmmakers like Ingmar Bergmann to U.S. audiences through his distribution company.The NY Post reported that Roger and his producer wife Julie finances could be imperiled after $73 million of it was unwittingly invested by a hedge-fund manager, according to a bombshell lawsuit filed this week.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Knitting

1.     No one knows how old knitting really is, though it is generally thought to be older than handcrafts (rug hooking) but not as old as weaving.

2.     Many ancient textile fragments thought to be knitting have turned out to be nålebinding (Danish for literally “binding with a needle), an ancient form of needlecraft that is sometimes referred to as “single-needle knitting.”

3.     The history of knitting is not well known because fabrics used for knitting are made of wool, silk, and other fibers that decay rapidly. Additionally, knitting needles are hard to distinguish beyond a doubt from hair picks, skewers, spindles, or the other many uses of a sharpened stick.

4.     Historians posit that knitting is a relatively recent invention because there are no ancient legends of knitting like there are legends of spinning and weaving, such as Arachne, Ixazaluoh, Nephthys, Amaterasu. There are no ancient gods or goddesses who knit.

5.     Knitting is considered to have originated in the Arab world, and from there, spread with the Crusades into Spain. The term “to knit” wasn’t added to English until the 1400s.

6.     The earliest known types of knitting by nomadic people in the desert places of North Africa actually used circular or narrow, oblong wooden frames. The knitting action was similar to “bobbin work.” Historians are unsure when the frames were dispensed with and knitting began to be directly on hooked knitting needles.

7.     One of the earliest known examples of knitting (formed on two sticks by pulling loops through loops) were a pair of cotton socks found in Egypt from the first millennium A.D. Many of them have knit into them khufic (a decorative Arabic script) blessings, symbols to ward off evil, or both.

8.     Knitting was initially a male-only occupation.

9.     The first knitting trade guild was started in 1527 in Paris.

10.  When the knitting machine was invented, hand knitting became useful but nonessential. Like quilting, spinning, and needlepoint, knitting has become a leisurely activity.

LBN-LOOKING BACK: Yehuda Avner, a former diplomat and aide to a string of Israeli prime ministers who turned his insider stories about the country’s leaders into a well-received memoir, died on Tuesday at his home in Jerusalem. He was 86. Mr. Avner had been a regular reader of the LBN E-Lert for the last four years from his home in Jerusalem and would write to us occasionally. He will be missed.

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

‘FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’ DIRECTOR BOWS OUT: Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is leaving the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise and will not return for the next installment based on the E.L. James’ bestselling series, Deadline reported Wednesday. “While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three,” Taylor-Johnson said in a statement. Taylor-Johnson reportedly had creative differences with the author. The first movie has already grossed more than half a billion dollars at worldwide box offices.

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LBN-HOLLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Kanye West has dropped CAA after less than three years and signed with rival Hollywood agency UTA for representation in all areas, including music. Insiders say the switch came in part because the controversial rapper and hubby of Kim Kardashian wasn’t happy with his books for performances outside of touring and wants to make a move to films, including animated projects.   ***Legendary music manager John Hartman will accept the Lifetime Achievement  in Management Award at the Talent Managers Association dinner on May 28th at the Century Plaza Hotel in L.A.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***For several years, insiders have wondered when the wildly oversubscribed Soho House West Hollywood finally would embark on an expansion. The answer, it turns out, is next year. Club founder Nick Jones say he recently zeroed in on an 80,000-square-foot property in downtown L.A.’s Arts District. “It will be called Soho Warehouse,” he says. The move comes on the heels of an aggressive global expansion financed by a $383 million investment from billionaire owner Ron Burkle, which has seen new outposts of the club everywhere from Chicago to Istanbul.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Legendary rock n’ roll photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt will have his largest photo display reception to date on Thursday, April 9th at 7pm at Mr. MusicHead at 7511 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Steven Smith, a tea company founder who, steeped in memories of sweet Red Rose brewed by his grandmother, helped transform the nation’s tea-drinking habits as much as any American since that party in Boston Harbor in 1773, died on Monday in Portland, Ore. He was 65. The cause was liver cancer, his company, Steven Smith Teamaker, said.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: My friend, Hans claimed to be serious about his paintings, but he was at heart a mere dilettante. Let’s face facts, kids, most people are lazy and assume great things will just come to them. No wonder they celebrate their birthday at Subway each year. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***A boozed-up Mariah Carey turned her posh penthouse into a “house of horrors” for her hired help -– and they’re firing back in bombshell lawsuits, sources say. The pop diva’s former assistant and nanny each claim the “Vision of Love” singer stiffed them out of a small fortune in wages after they slavishly met her every whim during 120-hour-plus work weeks. What’s more, 46-year-old Mariah rarely slept and threw tantrums if her wacky demands weren’t met, sources said. She also ordered staff members to wear only black “so she stands out as the star,” a source said.

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LBN-ETC.: Could creating your character be likened to an artist creating a sculpture? Is character is not something that just happens by itself, any more than a chisel can create a work of art without the hand of an artist guiding? — www.TheExcelReport.com

LBN-ETC: Koolest Art on the Planet: — www.OfCourseSheSaid.com

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Wednesday • March 25, 2015

MORE GOVERNMENT MIS-MANAGEMENT: F.B.I. Lagging Behind U.S. Terrorism Threat, Report Says: The F.B.I. urgently needs to improve its intelligence capabilities and hire more linguists to counter the rapidly evolving threats to the United States, according to a report released on Wednesday that examined the bureau’s progress since the Sept. 11 attacks. The report by the F.B.I. 9/11 Review Commission said that the bureau had made great strides in its intelligence collection and sharing, but that its ability to gain information from people and to analyze it lags “behind marked advances in law enforcement capabilities.” “This imbalance needs urgently to be addressed to meet growing and increasingly complex national security threats, from adaptive and increasingly tech-savvy terrorists, more brazen computer hackers, and more technically capable, global cyber syndicates,” the report said.

IN NUCLEAR TALKS, IRAN SEEKS TO AVOID SPECIFICS: If an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear capability is reached by deadline in the next seven days, one thing may be missing: an actual written accord, signed by the Iranians. Over the past few weeks, Iran has increasingly resisted any kind of formal “framework” agreement at this stage in the negotiations, preferring a more general statement of “understanding” followed by a final accord in June, according to Western diplomats involved in the talks. Should that position hold — one of the many unknowns of the coming days — the United States and its five negotiating partners may find themselves in the uncomfortable position of describing the accord as they understand it while the Iranians go home to offer their own version.

ITALIAN COURT TO DECIDE AMANDA KNOX FATE: The latest act in the Amanda Knox murder case drama is set to play out Wednesday in Italy’s highest court, where the judicial body will decide what to do with the American’s murder conviction, which was upheld by an appellate court in January 2014. The court can order new trials for Knox or her co-defendant, or approve their convictions and sentence terms—a move that could result in an attempt to extradite Knox to Italy. Knox returned to the U.S. after an initial 2011 acquittal in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, and has vowed not to return.

JON HAMM LEAVES ALCOHOL REHAB: Mad Men actor Jon Hamm completed a 30-day rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse at Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut in February, according to TMZ. Hamm’s representatives told the site, “With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction. They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward.”

KRAFT FOODS AND HEINZ ANNOUNCE MERGER: Two of America’s biggest food brands have announced a merger that will make them the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company. Kraft Foods and Heinz are set to become the Kraft Heinz Co., with Heinz shareholders getting 51 percent of the new entity and Kraft shareholders getting the remainder. The new organization is expected to generate $28 billion in revenue each year.

9,800 U.S. TROOPS TO STAY IN AFGHANISTAN: President Obama announced Tuesday the U.S. would slow the pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan and leave 9,800 troops through the end of 2015. The announcement came after a White House meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who requested keeping an additional 5,000 troops. The decision is also aimed at supporting counterterrorism efforts, including CIA drone strikes and other special operations, which are conducted out of two large military bases in Afghanistan, according to two administration officials. The president also vowed to keep his promise to close the remaining U.S. bases and consolidate forces in Kabul by the end of 2016.

BBC DROPS VIOLENT ‘TOP GEAR’ HOST: A BBC investigation has found that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson physically attacked one of the show’s producers. In a statement announcing that Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed, BBC Director General Tony Hall wrote that “a line has been crossed” and he “cannot condone what has happened on this occasion.” He also called Clarkson a “huge talent,” and emphasized that the decision was not made lightly. Top Gear will continue to air on BBC2, according to The Telegraph.

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WOMAN CLEARED OF SON’S MURDER SPEAKS OUT: An Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row for her son’s brutal murder before a court dismissed her case spoke publicly about her innocence in Phoenix on Tuesday. Debra Milke maintained she had nothing to do with the murder of her 4-year-old boy, who was told he was going to see Santa Claus and instead was taken to the desert and shot by two men. A federal appeals court overturned Milke’s conviction two years ago and ruled that prosecutors failed to disclose a history of misconduct by the case’s lead investigator, who had lied under oath and violated suspects’ rights during interrogations. “I always believed this day would come. I just didn’t think it would take 25 years, three months and 14 days to rectify such a blatant miscarriage of justice,” she said.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hollywood Movies

1.     Originally, the term “movies” did not mean films, but the people who made them. It was generally used with disdain by early Hollywood locals who disliked the “invading” Easterners.

2.     The first film ever made in Hollywood was D.W. Griffith’s 1910 In Old California, a Biograph melodrama about a Spanish maiden (Marion Leonard) who has an illegitimate son with a man who later becomes governor of California. It was shot in two days.

3.     When Horace and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887, they hoped it would become a religious community. Prohibitionists, they banned liquor from the town and offered free land to anyone willing to build a church.

4.     The “running W” was a trip wire to make horses fall over at the critical moment during filming. The device broke countless horses’ legs and necks. It is now illegal.

5.     The most filmed author is William Shakespeare, including straight film versions, modern adaptations (West Side Story [1961], The Lion King [1994], etc.), and Shakespeare parodies.

6.     The shortest dialogue script since the introduction of talkies was written for Mel Brook’s Silent Movie (1976), which has only one spoken word throughout: “Non.”

7.     The character most frequently portrayed in horror films is Count Dracula, the creation of the Irish writer Bram Stoker (1847-1912).

8.     The first motion picture to depict a non-pornographic sex act was Extase (1933) starring Hedwig Kiesler, known later as Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000). Her character flees from an impotent husband, runs naked through the woods, bathes, and then has sex with a young engineer in a hut.

9.     The earliest known American pornographic film is the 1915 A Free Ride, a.k.a. A Grass Sandwich. The film was directed by “A. Wise Guy” and was written by “Will She.”

10.  The Western Hero most portrayed on screen has been William Frederick Cody, a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, followed by William Bonny, a.k.a. Billy the Kid.

LBN-NOTICED: ***A packed room of Hollywood movers-and-shakers turned up last night for the “City Talk” conversation series at the popular Luna Park restaurant in L.A. featuring guest-of-honor veteran Hollywood Reporter Senior Editor Alex Ben Block. The conversation was moderated by media expert and author Michael Levine and focused on “what it takes to survive in Hollywood.”

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Paul McCartney and Metallica will headline this year’s Lollapalooza Festival, which rolls into Chicago’s Grant Park July 31st through August 2nd. The long-running fest unveiled their lineup Wednesday morning, and it features Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine, Bassnectar, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Death From Above 1979 and many more.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Man With Severe Disabilities Shares Lesson In Perspective


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Lots of legal buzz around the upcoming event sponsored by the Downtown and Beverly Hills Bar Association titled “How to Win” (In The Court of Public Opinion) to be held on Thursday, April 2 at 6pm at the Sofitel Hotel in L.A. Featuring legendary attorney Mark Geragos and prominent celebrity publicist Michael Levine. The event is expected to be standing room only for attorneys throughout Southern California.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Aretha Franklin (1942)

Known as the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin began singing in church choirs as a child before achieving mainstream success with a string of hit songs including “Respect,” “Think,” and “Natural Woman.” In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and, in 2005, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian decoration in the US

LBN-R.I.P.: Gen. Eva Burrows, who was only the second woman to lead the international Salvation Army and who carried its banner back to Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism, died on Friday in Melbourne, Australia. She was 85. Her death, after a brief illness, was confirmed by Maj. John P. Murray, communications secretary for the Salvation Army’s international headquarters in London. In 1986, at 56, General Burrows became the organization’s youngest commander.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I can think of many good reasons to go ahead with the nuclear deal with Iran, and I can think of just as many reasons not to. So, if you’re confused, let me see if I can confuse you even more. The proposed deal to lift sanctions on Iran — in return for curbs on its bomb-making capabilities so that it would take at least a year for Tehran to make a weapon — has to be judged in its own right. I will be looking closely at the quality of the verification regime and the specificity of what happens if Iran cheats. But the deal also has to be judged in terms of how it fits with wider American strategic goals in the region, because a U.S.-Iran deal would be an earthquake that touches every corner of the Middle East. Not enough attention is being paid to the regional implications — particularly what happens if we strengthen Iran at a time when large parts of the Sunni Arab world are in meltdown.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: The issues surrounding G.M.O.s — genetically modified organisms — have never been simple. They became more complicated last week when the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, probably causes cancer in humans. Two insecticides, malathion and diazinon, were also classified as “probable” carcinogens by the agency, a respected arm of the World Health Organization.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: According to a new poll, exactly 50 percent of Americans view President Obama’s presidency as a success. While the other half of Americans are actually candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): There is little doubt that Senator Ted Cruz’s “first out of the gate” announcement was intended to differentiate him from the many other Republicans who are lining up to run, and to gain the news coverage that comes from being first. Cruz actually has already done a fairly good job of increasing his familiarity among Republicans nationally over the past two years in which he has been in the U. S. Senate. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans nationally know enough about Cruz to have an opinion of him. This puts him about in the middle of the pack of the potential Republican candidates measured a few weeks ago, clearly behind Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie, but better known than Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal or, in particular, Scott Walker.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Letterman: Burger King is now making a Whopper-scented cologne. But there is a warning. If you wear Burger King’s Whopper cologne, don’t go near a lion cage. You know, I think I’ll just stick with my Steak and Shake aftershave.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Shortly after Angelina Jolie revealed she underwent preventive surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, Kelly Osbourne said that she too carries the BRCA1 gene, putting her at a high risk for both breast and ovarian cancers. “I actually do have the cancer gene,” Osbourne, 30, said on Tuesday’s episode of her cancer survivor mother Sharon‘s chat show, “The Talk.” “My mom made all of us go and get tested after she found out she had it and got her double mastectomy.”   ***Jimmy Kimmel is packing on the pounds — at least temporarily. Kimmel admitted to gaining quite a bit of weight — nine pounds, to be exact — during an eight-day span in Austin this month. “I think Texas may have broken my stomach, I really do,” the comedian joked on Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” talking about his time in Austin for SXSW.   ***Iggy Azalea looks a little different these days. In a candid new interview with Vogue, the Australian-born rapper, 24, reveals she got breast implants a few months back. After writer Lynn Yaeger asked Azalea what she’d change about her body, the “Fancy” rapper unabashedly said, “I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs!”   ***“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan has been admitted to the hospital again as she continues to deal with health problems stemming from a brutal sexual assault in Egypt in 2011. The 43-year-old CBS News reporter is back in a Washington, DC-area hospital, the network confirmed on Tuesday. In February, Page Six reported that Logan was admitted to the hospital with digestive disease diverticulitis and internal bleeding.   ***David Crosby struck a joggger while driving 55 mph on Sunday. The 73-year-old folk-rock singer was in his 2015 black Tesla in Santa Ynez, Calif., when he was blinded by sunlight and hit the man with his vehicle, reports local TV station KEYT. The jogger is identified as 46-year-old Jose Jimenez, who suffered several fractures and lacerations from the incident.

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Tuesday • March 24, 2015

150 FEARED DEAD IN ALPS PLANE CRASH: A German passenger plane has crashed in the French Alps and French President François Hollande says there are believed to be no survivors. The Airbus A320 carried 144 passengers, two pilots, and four crewmembers, on a flight that was headed from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. The Germanwings flight—a low-cost Lufsthansa brand—was reportedly descending at about 3,000-4,000 feet per minute, “which is quite standard for an airport approach.” There are competing reports about whether the plane issued a distress call before it disappeared from radar. Plane debris has now been located near the village of Barcelonette.

ISRAEL SPIED ON U.S. TALKS WITH IRAN: Israel spied on private talks the U.S. held with Iran on nuclear weapons, and gave information to members of Congress in order to gain support against the deal, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Citing senior White House officials, the report claims Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted inside information on the closed-door talks in order to lobby support and build a case against the deal. The White House reportedly discovered the snooping after U.S. intelligence agencies spying on Israel intercepted messages containing details that only could have come from the private talks. The Journal also reported Israel obtained “information from confidential U.S. briefings, informants, and diplomatic contacts in Europe.” Israeli officials denied the report’s claims and said they received intelligence in other ways. On Tuesday, Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that Israel hadn’t recieved a formal complaint from the White House, and said it was “a shame there are people who try to create conflict.”

ANGELINA JOLIE HAS HER OVARIES REMOVED: Angelina Jolie penned a New York Times op-ed on removing her ovaries and fallopian tubes, two years after sharing her account of undergoing a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which poses an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. The actress and UN envoy lost her mother, grandmother, and aunt to cancer. Jolie explained the oophorectomy and added that she had a progesterone IUD inserted into her uterus to help prevent uterine cancer and balance hormones. The procedure also forced her into menopause and she can no longer have children. “I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life,” she wrote.

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IRAQ OPTS FOR CONSOLIDATION OVER ADVANCE IN BATTLE AGAINST ISIS: As a small force of Islamic State militants holds out in parts of Tikrit for a fourth week, Iraqi forces have been forced to shift tactics, officials say: Rather than storming in to clear the city at any cost, the security forces are trying to seal off the area and begin preparing for even more challenging battles to the west and north. The Iraqi forces’ progress has put them closer to the doorstep of Nineveh Province, where the city of Mosul looms as the most important battle against the Islamic State. But the hard lessons of the Tikrit offensive, with a heavy cost in casualties for the Shiite militiamen and soldiers involved, have Iraqi officials thinking more cautiously about their next steps. To that end, officials say, their next goal will be securing the western province of Anbar, in part to keep Islamic State fighters there from ambushing and harassing the main Iraqi force to the east.

DURST APPEARED TO BE BOUND FOR CUBA: Wealthy murder suspect Robert Durst may have been headed to Cuba when he was apprehended in New Orleans last week, based on evidence found in his hotel room. Police say they found maps of Florida and the island nation, as well as $42,000 in cash, fake identities, and a rubber mask of an old man. While Cuba’s relations with the U.S. have softened in recent months, the longtime refuge for wanted Americans has firmly stated that it will still refuse to extradite people to the U.S. to stand trial.

TOO MUCH SLEEP RAISES MORTALITY: Don’t sleep too little, or too much: Scientists who analyzed 16 sleep studies found that people who sleep more than eight hours a night as well as those who sleep fewer than six hours a night, have an increased mortality risk compared to those who sleep for between somewhere between six and eight hours. Those who sleep too long are in most danger, with a 30 percent increase in the risk of death over medium sleepers, while those on the low end have a 12 percent increase. The discrepancy persists even when the scientists adjusted for factors that may make people sleep longer.

OBAMA LIKELY TO DELAY AFGHAN WITHDRAWAL: President Obama is set to meet Tuesday with Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani in the Oval Office, where the duo will hammer out a plan for a likely slower-than-planned U.S. troop withdrawal from the country. Ghani is expected to ask that U.S. troops remain in the country for a longer time, due to instability and threats from ISIS.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream is thought to show a volcanic sunset caused by the massive eruption of Krakatau in Indonesia in 1883. The blood-red sunset could be seen as far away as Norway, where Munch lived.

TERROR FEARS KEEP TUNISIAN MUSEUM SHUT: The Tunis museum at the center of last week’s deadly terror attack is delaying its reopening, according to officials, because of logistical and security concerns. The Bardo is now scheduled to reopen Sunday, after the worst terrorist attack in more than a decade killed 21 people in the country’s capital on March 18.

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LIZ TAYLOR EX HUBBY LARRY FORTENSKY SAD LAST DAYS: Liz’s blue collar honey – once the King of the Media Jungle – reduced to eking out a meager existence as his health fails. He once stumbled into fame by marrying a screen legend – but Elizabeth Taylor’s blue-collar groom Larry Fortensky is spending his sad final days in squalor! The 63-year-old former construction worker is “living like a hermit” in the isolation of Menifee, Calif., sources say. His sister Donna is caring for Larry in a modest rental home that sits on a property surrounded by RV trailers – more than 20 years after Larry married Elizabeth in a fairytale wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. For a while, Larry was raising chickens, but now he’s pretty much down and out – his lifestyle is light-years away from when he was traveling with Liz around the world, and living at her fabulous gated mansion in Bel Air,” a friend said. Said another source: “When Larry was with Liz, he was the toast of the town. Now he’s a broken down nobody, living among the tumbleweeds!” The humble hardhat famously met the “Cleopatra” star at the Betty Ford Center when both were battling drug and alcohol problems. Their elaborate nuptials took place on Oct. 6, 1991, with the groom, 39, in a dashing white tux. His bride was 20 years older, and wearing a $25,000 Valentino gown. The pair lasted four years before they split. Liz reportedly gave Larry $1.5 million – plus a monthly $5,000 allowance, later reduced to $2,500 a month. After their divorce, Larry was arrested on a drug charge, and later for domestic violence against a girlfriend. He came close to death after falling at his $450,000 house in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – and spent several weeks in a coma.

FACEBOOK PROPOSES HOSTING NEWS CONTENT: Facebook has been quietly talking to media companies about hosting their news content directly on the platform rather than asking users to click a link to get to the article, The New York Times reported Monday, citing several people briefed on the talks. The social network is planning to test the new format in the next few months, with initial partners expected to be The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and National Geographic. Facebook has also proposed advertising to run alongside content in order for publishers to make money. Representatives for The Times and BuzzFeed declined to comment. The Guardian and National Geographic did not immediately respond to questions about the Facebook proposal.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Julie Andrews ready to dish ALL in 2nd memoir that will rip the lid off her years in Hollywood. The Hollywood legend, 79,  has already released one book “Home” back in 2008 but that was only about her childhood years. Now, hot on the heels of promoting The Sound of Music’s 50th Anniversary, Julie will hit the press circuit in September to ballyhoo her new tome.

JOHNNY CASH SECRET LOVE CHILD COVER-UP: More than a decade after the death of Johnny Cash, family members and friends are still reeling from a secret the country music legend tried to take to his grave – a forbidden affair with his wife’s sister that left her pregnant with his love child! “The years can’t erase what happened between Johnny and his sister-in-law Anita,” a Nashville insider said. “It’s still haunting their relatives and closest pals.” The illicit affair and its aftermath have led to a Cash family feud that still smolders behind the scenes, according to sources.

DAVID CAMERON RULES OUT THIRD TERM AS PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN: Just over six weeks before seeking a second term in May’s general election, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain has ruled out serving a third, in a declaration that provoked surprise as well as criticism and put his Conservative Party on the defensive. In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC on Monday, Mr. Cameron said he would run for a “full second term,” but he added that “the third term is not something I am contemplating,” a stance that could undermine his authority if he secures an election victory on May 7. Likening prime ministerial terms to portions of a well-known breakfast cereal, Mr. Cameron said that they were “like Shredded Wheat, two are wonderful but three might just be too many.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer is leaving the firm to take the same post at Google. Ruth Porat, the bank’s chief financial officer since 2010, has been one of the most powerful women on Wall Street, and she will immediately become one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, another industry that has been criticized for its lack of gender balance.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Lady Gaga was the surprise performer at a benefit Sunday for the Geffen Playhouse in LA, where the honorees were power couples Elton John and David Furnish and Mellody Hobson and George Lucas. Gaga crooned “You and I” at a piano, then sat in the audience to watch VIPs, including Anjelica Huston, Samuel L. Jackson and Beau Bridges, recount intimate career memories at the “Backstage at the Geffen” event.   ***George and Amal Clooney dining on Dover sole at Scalinatella on the Upper East Side in NYC.   ***“Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall running into “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten at 1770 House in East Hampton.   ***Hermès CEO Robert Chavez at Palma carriage house toasting “Sartorialist” Scott Schuman’s collaboration with Condé Nast Traveler . Benicio Del Toro working out at La Palestra private gym on West 67th in NYC.   ***Goldie Hawn, Ray Liotta and Josh Hartnett in Moët’s suite at the BNP Paribas Open.   ***Jay Z, Beyonce and Blue Ivy brunched at Hotel Bel-Air on Oscar Sunday.   ***Daryl Hannah and Neil Young ordered at Malibu’s The Sunset Restaurant.   ***Cindy Crawford celebrated her birthday at The Restaurant at Mr. C with husband Rande Gerber and George and Amal Clooney.   ***All in at the same time at SoHo House were Bob Shaye, David Duchovny with Suzanne Todd, producer Mimi Polk, manager-producer Guymon Casady, documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and Chris Martin. Clint Eastwood also has been in.   ***Bill Hader had breakfast at Hugo’s in West Hollywood.   ***ICM Partners’ John Burnham joined Harvey Keitel at Nobu in Malibu.   ***Steven Spielberg dined with wife Kate Capshaw at the Eat Pole in New York.   ***The Palm seated Kate Hudson with a mystery date on the same night that Sharon Stone dined with a group of friends.   ***At Craig’s on the same night were Sidney Poitier and wife Joanna, and Ashley Greene.   *** James Marsden dined with Lauren Shuler Donner at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. Cheryl Tiegs, Risa Shapiro, Jill Smoller and Richard Sakai also have been in.   ***Jane Fonda popped into Porta Via in Beverly Hills.   ***Jeffrey Katzenberg broke bread with his family at Dan Tana’s in West Hollywood.   ***Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund ate at Tower Bar with Kristen Wiig and Aru Graynor. Across the room were Jamie Patricof and wife Kelly Sawyer with Jessica Alba and Cash Warren as well as Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zoe, John Demsey, Very Wang, Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch, Steve Bing and stylists Karla Welch and Kemal Harris.

TOE TURN ON! EVA MENDES FOOT FETISH: No fallen arches for fetishistic Eva Mendes and baby daddy Ryan Gosling. It’s  Fifty Shades of Feet at the Hollywood home that new mom Eva shares with her baby daddy, Ryan – thanks to Eva’s habit of getting turned on by toes. In addition to her funky fetish, Eva’s also got a newfound passion for ladies-only foot-rubbing parties, sources said.The star regularly hosts sexy soirees where the women exchange tips on foot massages and try out their techniques on one another. “She’s invited guest experts like Chinese reflexology doctors – and even real foot fetishists – along to share their tips,” added a pal. “Eva’s really into it, and will give Ryan the most mind-blowing foot massages afterwards.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Harry Houdini (1874)

Born Erik Weisz, Houdini was an American magician, escape artist, and silent film star famed for his escapes from bonds of every sort—locks, handcuffs, straitjackets, and underwater chests. One of his most notable non-escape illusions was performed in 1918, when he had an elephant vanish onstage. In his later years, he campaigned against magicians and mind readers who claimed supernatural powers and even took aim at Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, from whom he derived his name.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Danny Schechter, whose media criticism became a staple of Boston radio and who went on to champion human rights as an author, filmmaker and television producer, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 72. The cause was pancreatic cancer, his brother, Bill, said.   ***Jerry Warren, a newspaper editor who became the deputy White House press secretary under Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, but who returned to newspaper work after being disillusioned by the Watergate scandal, died on Friday in Arlington, Va. He was 84. Mr. Warren, who lived in Alexandria, Va., had been suffering from cancer and pneumonia, his family said in confirming the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrew Ross Sorkin: Consumers who have logged on to Expedia or Priceline or Kayak recently to book tickets saw that airfares had not dropped along with oil prices, an airline’s largest expense. Why? The answer is that mergers over the last several years have left the nation with only four main airlines — Delta, United, Southwest and American-US Airways — which deliberately don’t compete on some routes

LBN-COMMENTARY By Dick Morris: Don’t expect a gold mine of emails on Hillary’s private account. Why not? Because she doesn’t know how to type. That’s right. She writes everything out in longhand. Really. Anyone who has spent time in meetings with her knows about her endless yellow pads.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Angelina Jolie Pitt: Two years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer. I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes. I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date. Then two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results. “Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history.

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Monday • March 23, 2015

COPS: NO EVIDENCE U-VA RAPIST EXISTS: Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said the police department found no evidence that the alleged rapist in the University of Virginia fraternity case ever existed. Longo announced the findings of a five-month investigation into a rape reported in a Rolling Stone article at a press conference Monday. Longo said investigators made multiple attempts to locate the alleged rapist, who Jackie identified as “Haven Monahan,” but could not find any trace of him or of the party in which the attack was said to have happened. “We’re not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident occurred” at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Longo said. But he added: “That doesn’t mean that something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie on the evening of Sept. 28, 2012. We are just not able to gather sufficient facts to what that would have been.” The case, he said, would be suspended, but not closed. The facts of the case came into question after key players in the story questioned reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s account.

CRUZ: ‘IMAGINE’ ME AS PRESIDENT: Before a packed, excited auditorium at Virginia’s Liberty University, Sen. Ted Cruz announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Monday. In a speech that covered broad strokes and traditional talking points, Cruz asked listeners to “imagine” an America powered by evangelical Christian values and a prosperous economy. Speaking on the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing his signature health-care act into law, Cruz vowed to repeal the legislation completely. He also pledged to stand “unapologetically” with Israel, attempting to draw a stark contrast between himself and Obama as he became the first presidential candidate to formally announce in the 2016 election.

BIBI: SORRY FOR INSULTING ARAB-ISRAELIS: Newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Monday for making remarks that insulted Arab-Israeli voters on election day. “The right-wing government is in danger,” he said last week. “Arab voters are going en masse to the polls. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them on buses.” He also claimed that foreign actors were intervening in Israeli democracy by getting the minority faction to vote. In his apology, Netanyahu said it was not his intention to hurt Arab citizens, and noted the investments his government has made in their community.

BOB JONES SORRY FOR SAYING TO STONE GAYS: Evangelical leader Bob Jones III has apologized for 35-year-old comments advocating biblical punishment for homosexuality at Jimmy Carter’s White House. “I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted,” he said in 1980, speaking out against an LGBT rights expansion. “But it would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands.” Jones serves as chancellor of Bob Jones University, a recently accredited private Christian college whose students must sign a code of conduct that forbids homosexual activity. The apology was posted on the university website.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND NAZI ‘LAIR’: Overgrown ruins near the Argentine border with Paraguay may be the remains of a secret Nazi lair, according to archaeologists who say they found Nazi insignia on the walls and “Made in Germany” porcelain on the premises. “Apparently, halfway through the Second World War, the Nazis had a secret project of building shelters for top leaders in the event of defeat—inaccessible sites, in the middle of deserts, in the mountains, on a cliff or in the middle of the jungle like this,” said archaeologist Daniel Schavelzon. “This site also has the bonus of allowing the inhabitants to be in Paraguay in less than 10 minutes. It’s a protected, defendable site where they could live quietly.”

NFL STAR DODGES LIFE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT: Former NFL player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to sexual assault in a deal with Arizona prosecutors, dodging a potential life sentence if he had been convicted at trial. Instead, Sharper was sentenced to nine years in prison. Sharper changed his plea via video from Los Angeles, where he’s also facing charges of sexual assault by women who say he drugged them. “The Arizona and California cases, combined with others in Nevada and Louisiana, are likely to lead to a long prison sentence,” the AP reports.

‘SERIAL’ SUBJECT ARGUES FOR NEW TRIAL: A laywer for Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular This American Life spinoff podcast Serial, argues that trial attorney Christina Gutierrez’s failure to interview a possible alibi witness was an error of “such a fundamental nature” that it requires a new trial to resolve. “The circumstances here are worse than the circumstances of any other case in which a court has found ineffective assistance of counsel relating to an alibi issue,” wrote attorney C. Justin Brown in a 31-page brief filed Monday. Syed was sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, but the podcast examining his case uncovered that his lawyer didn’t properly investigate classmate Asia McClain’s claim that she saw Syed in their high-school library at the time the murder took place.

HILLARY’S BENGHAZI EMAILS REVEALED: Those reviewing Hillary Clinton’s personal emails after the attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, didn’t find any “stand down” order from the secretary of state, as had been rumored by Republicans since 2012. Anonymous officials described the contents of the emails given to the House panel on Benghazi to The New York Times. Instead, exchanges were seen between Clinton’s private email account and other staff on their personal email accounts, “raising questions about her recent assertions that she made it her practice to email aides at their government addresses so the messages would be preserved, in compliance with federal recordkeeping regulations.” Other emails show that Clinton aides were relieved that ex-UN Ambassador Susan Rice shielded Clinton from much of the negative blowback.

CALIFORNIA RAIN SEASON ENDS UP HALF WET: As March gives way to April, California’s rainy season is set to end with little progress on the state’s historic drought. In downtown Los Angeles, this year’s October-to-March rain totals stand at 7.4 inches—barely half of the “normal” 12.4 inches. Temperatures around L.A. are also unseasonably warm, reaching the 90s in mid-March as the state’s reserve snow caps continue to shrink. “Nothing got better this year,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often dubbed the “Queen of Funk”, Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.

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Sunday • March 22, 2015

OBAMA SAYS HE TOLD NETANYAHU THAT TALK BEFORE ELECTION HURT THE PEACE PROCESS: President Obama said he has told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Israeli leader’s remarks in the closing days of his re-election campaign had upended the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and ran counter to the very nature of Israeli democracy, an unusually forceful and public condemnation of the top official of a vital United States ally. In his first public comments on the matter since Mr. Netanyahu’s victory in Tuesday’s elections, Mr. Obama said the prime minister’s pre-election statement that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch had all but foreclosed the chance for negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

FRANCIS TO MAFIA: STOP MAKING MOMS CRY: While visiting one of the most dangerous and drug-riddled neighborhoods in Naples on Saturday, Pope Francis called on members of the Mafia to stop the violence and stop organizations that “exploit and corrupt young people, that exploit the poor and the weak with cynical drug trafficking and other crimes.” Knowing his audience well, Francis then continued pleading, “To the criminals and all their accomplices, I, today, humbly and as a brother, repeat: convert yourselves to love and justice. It is possible to return to honesty. The tears of the mothers of Naples are asking this of you.”

ISIS PUBLISHES INFO ABOUT MARINES: U.S. Marines have been urged to be vigilant after ISIS published what are allegedly the names and addresses of 100 military personnel, and then told followers to kill them. “It is recommended Marines and family members check their online/social footprint, ensuring privacy settings are adjusted to limit the amount of available personal information,” U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel John Caldwell said in a statement. The hacking group called the Islamic State Hacking Division put information it allegedly took from government servers, databases, and emails about members of the Air Force, Army, and Navy as well as photos up on the web. However, U.S. government sources have said that the information was publicly available.

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NUMBER ONE VILLANOVA UPSET: The first number one seed in the NCAA tournament has been knocked out, as Villanova was bumped by North Carolina State on Saturday night. After winning 71-68, No. 8 NC State will go on to challenge Syracuse. Villanova was expected to shake off its recent tough history in the tournament. “I know we have to answer to the fact that we did not get to the second weekend again,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “We have to own that. But it’s not going to define us within our program. It’s going to define us outside of our program, and we accept that.

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TED CRUZ TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT: According to reports, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will announced on Monday that he is running for president. Cruz is scheduled to speak at Liberty University in Virginia, which was founded by Jerry Falwell. His senior advisors have told reporters that he will not form an exploratory committee like some of his rivals, but will be launching his bid right away. This would be him the first official Republican presidential candidate. According to his advisors, Cruz will try to raise $40 to $50 million over the primary period.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: African-Americans and Hispanics have a much higher rate of Type 2 diabetes than whites. There are 74 cases per 1,000 for African-Americans, 61 cases for Hispanics, and 36 cases for whites.

GREECE TO GERMANY: GIVE US NAZI MONEY: Jewish leaders in Greece say there are looking into how to reclaim money in reparations from Germany as part of bailout negotiations. When 58,585 Jews were sent to concentration camps they had to pay their own train fare, which totaled $27 million in today’s money. Greece’s Jewish leaders say they want to reclaim it, along with multiple decades of interest. Greece has tried including reparations in past negotiations, but the new government of Alexis Tsipras has made it a central focus. The Germans, meanwhile, have dismissed the claims, arguing the issue was settled in the past.

REBELS SEIZE YEMEN’S THIRD LARGEST CITY: Shiite rebels known as Houthis have seized the third largest city in Yemen as well as its airport. The rebels, backed by supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, were faces by thousands of protesters in the streets of Taiz. The rebels dispersed them by firing into the air and beating at them with batons. The seizure comes a day after U.S. troops evacuated a southern air base.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Two of the world’s most twee men, Jimmy Fallon and Wes Anderson, crossed paths at ‘21’ in NYC last week.  We’re told the ­“Tonight Show” host was at a corner table while “The Grand Budapest Hotel” director sat nearby.  Fallon was seen scooping a small portion of the spot’s signature chicken hash in Mornay sauce onto a small plate, then personally delivering the food to Anderson.   ***Amal Clooney shopping in Soho with her girlfriend, fawning over all the vintage clothes and accessories at What Goes Around Comes Around. Spies said the stylish human-rights lawyer bought a Chanel knit dress, a metallic dress and a mink-fur baseball cap.   ***LuAnn de Lesseps with daughter Victoria at Bagatelle Miami Beach over spring break.   ***­“Empire” star Malik Yoba hosting a viewing party for the show’s season finale at Bounce Sporting Club to benefit Prison-to-College Pipeline with guest Tyson Beckford.

BURGER KING JAPAN TO SELL BURGER COLOGNE: Only in Japan on April 1, customers can buy a side of cologne with their burgers at Burger King. 1,000 bottles of “Flame Grilled” burger-scented cologne will be available for 5,000 yen (around $40), including the burger. The company said it also hoped to lure in new grill-beef burger fans with the cologne.

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STEVE NASH RETIRES FROM NBA: Steve Nash, who most recently played as point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, announced on Saturday that he is retiring after 19 years in basketball. The two-tie MVP wrote in a personal essay on Players Tribune, “The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her…And that is what I’m most thankful for in my career. In my entire life, in some ways.”

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LBN-R.I.P.: ****Lisa Colagrossi, an ABC Eyewitness News anchor in New York, has died after suffering a brain hemorrhage, according to a statement released Saturday by WABC. Colagrossi, 49, was returning from an assignment Thursday morning when the aneurysm hit. “She was an amazing reporter, committed to Eyewitness News,” said the statement. “She was dedicated to telling a story with honesty [and she was] a working woman, a hockey mom [and] gutsy and fearless.” Colagrossi, who worked at the station for almost 14 years, leaves behind a husband and two sons.   ***Chuck Bednarik, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Hall of Fame center and linebacker, one of the last N.F.L. players to commonly play on both offense and defense and a legendary football tough guy, died Saturday in Richland, Pa. He was 89. The Eagles said he died at an assisted living center after a brief, unspecified illness.   ***Izola Ware Curry, the mentally ill woman who in 1958 stabbed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a Harlem book signing — an episode that a decade later would become a rhetorical touchstone in the last oration of his life — died on March 7 in Queens. She was 98. Ms. Curry died in a nursing home, the last stop in the series of institutions that had been her home for more than half a century. Her death, confirmed by the office of the chief medical examiner of New York City, was first reported by The Smoking Gun, the investigative website.   ***Michael Brown, a keyboardist and songwriter who at 16 was a writer of the 1966 hit “Walk Away Renee” for his band the Left Banke and composed “Pretty Ballerina” for it as well, died on Thursday at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 65. The cause was heart failure, said Marge Finn, a family friend

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Pity the poor cat. Somehow that creature of infinite detachment emerged as the symbol of incessant attachment here at South by Southwest. In this festival of interactivity, connectivity, sharing and Tinder-ing, the two big stars were Grumpy Cat, who groggily greeted an endless stream of fans, and Meerkat, the live-streaming video app pounced on by presidential candidates eager to seem hip. (The meerkat is actually from the mongoose family.) Animal shelters hosted “yappy hours” with free beer, and Friskies cat food set up the Haus of Bacon, where Internet cat stars took photos with groupies. There was even an attempt to rebrand cats to be less snobby and more in tune with the huggy Internet age.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P.J. O’Rourke: Somehow—while we Senior Teens in our forties, fifties and sixties weren’t paying attention—thirty years have elapsed since The Breakfast Club was released. To mark the anniversary, the movie will be screened in 430 U.S. theaters on March 26th and March 31st. If you are a Judd Nelson/John Bender type who would rather not be seen crying in public, I suggest you don’t go. The Breakfast Club is John Hughes’s masterwork. Unless Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is John Hughes’s masterwork. The latter is a shout from the peak of adolescent heights. The former is a call from the pit of adolescent depths. In the sea-level bog of middle age, they’ll both make you weep. I watched The Breakfast Club, as it were, home alone.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: We have achieved a level of social equality barely imagined by progressives 50 years ago, but economic equality has gotten much worse. No one knows what the world will look like in 50 years, but if we resign ourselves to dystopia — in which capital has full control, as it nearly does now — we’ll surely have one. Let’s resolve to build something better. In the long run we know that we’ll make the transition from capitalism to some less destructive and hopefully more just system. Why not begin that transition now? If there is going to be a global market that will further enrich capitalists, there must be guarantees that the rest of the population can at least afford housing and food. And things can be even better than that: We’ll have the robots work for us.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Country star Keith Urban has laid down the law to wife Nicole Kidman: “No more Botox!” The “American Idol” judge fears the 47-year-old actress’ frozen face is scaring their girls, sources tattled. “Keith has had it with Nicole’s love of cosmetic treatments. They got into a huge fight about it after she showed off her new face at Oscar events,” an insider said.   ***It’s over for Bradley Cooper and model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse. Reportedly, the Oscar-nominated “American Sniper” star, 40,  and Suki, 22, busted up sometime after the event. Both Bradley and Suki attended the star-studded event “chaperoned” by Bradley’s mom, Gloria Campano.   ***Candice Bergen is well rounded — and proud of it. “Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat,” the “Murphy Brown” star declares in her new memoir, “A Fine Romance.” “In the past 15 years . . . I have put on 30 pounds. I live to eat. None of this ‘eat to live’ stuff for me. I am a champion eater. No carb is safe — no fat, either,” she boasts.   ***“GMA” co-host Lara Spencer is splitting from her husband of 15 years, CNN reporter-turned-real-estate-broker David Haffenreffer.

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Friday • March 20, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Human Mind

  1. The mind is typically defined as the organized totality or system of all mental processes or psychic activities of an individual.
  2. Many philosophers hold that the brain is a detector of the mind and that the mind is an inner, subjective state of consciousness.
  3. Philosophers have used a variety of metaphors to describe the mind, including a blank sheet, a hydraulic device with different forces operating in it, or a television switchboard.
  4. Attempts to understand the mind go back at least to the ancient Greeks. Plato, for example, believed that the mind acquired knowledge through virtue, independently of sense experience. Descartes and Leibniz also believed the mind gained knowledge through thinking and reasoning—or, in other words, rationalism.
  5. In contrast to rationalists, empiricists, such as Aristotle, John Locke, and David Hume, believe that the mind gains knowledge from experience.
  6. Combining both rationalism and empiricism, Kant argued that human knowledge depends on both sense experience and innate capacities of the mind.
  7. Scientists are unsure if other types of animals have a mind or if some man-made machines could ever possess a mind.
  8. Historically, there have been three major schools of thought that describe the relationship of the brain and the mind: 1) dualism, which holds that the mind exists independently from the brain; 2) materialism, which argues that the mind is identical to the physical processes of the brain; and 3) idealism, which posits that only mental phenomena exist.
  9. Scientists propose that the human mind evolved largely through the sexual choices our ancestors made, similar to the way a peacock’s tail evolved through sexual selection.
  10. In one study, a group of experimenters were given unlabeled samples of both Pepsi and Coke. Not a single tester could tell the difference between the two. The test was repeated with the correct labels attached. Three out of the four testers chose Coke. In fact, the Coke label activated parts of the brain associated with the mind (memory, self-image, and culture) that the Pepsi label didn’t.
  11. Most scientists argue that there is no evidence that playing classical music to babies increases the power of their mind. However, children who learn to play a musical instrument can develop their mental skills further than those who don’t learn a musical instrument.
  12. Early-life stress negatively affects the mind. Abuse, neglect, and harsh or inconsistent discipline in early life increases the risk of depression and anxiety as well as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
  13. The term “mind” is from the Old English gemynd, or “memory,” and the Proto-Indo-European verbal root *men-, meaning “to think, remember.” The use of “mind” to refer to all mental faculties, thought, feelings, memory, and volition developed gradually over the 14th and 15th centuries.
  14. The NSF estimates that a human brain produces as many as 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, depending on how deep a thinker a person is. Most of the so-called random daily thoughts are about our social environment and ourselves.
  15. Buddha described the mind as being filled with drunken monkeys who jumped, screeched, and chatted endlessly. Fear, according to Buddha, was an especially loud monkey. Buddha taught meditation as a way to tame the “drunken monkeys” in the mind.
  16. A group of scientists from Cal Tech and UCLA have developed a way for epilepsy patients who have had electrodes implanted inside their brains to control a computer mouse with their minds.l
  17. The Stanford Prison Experiment is an infamous experiment that took average people and randomly assigned them to be either guards or prisoners. After a few days, the prisoners and guards became grossly absorbed in their roles. The experiment revealed how readily the human mind accepts authority and institutional ideologies.
  18. A single descriptive word can manipulate how the mind remembers an event. For example, in a 1974 experiment, 45 people watched the film of a car accident. Different groups of people were asked how fast the cars were going using different trigger words, such as “hit,” “smashed,” “collided,” bumped,” and “contacted.” The group whose question included the word “smashed” estimated the cars were going 10 mph faster than the group whose word was “contacted.” A week later, when participants were asked about broken glass, those who were asked more forceful trigger words reported that there was broken glass even though there was none.
  19. Studies show that people are able to group items in short-term memory into roughly seven units that allow them to hold more individual items. Interestingly, many human belief systems have considered the number 7 to be a sacred number.
  20. In 1938, Orson Wells broadcasted an adaption of H.G. Wells’ War of the World on the radio. The broadcast caused mass panic in nearly 3 million of the 6 million listeners. Psychologists note that even highly educated people believed it because it was on the radio and thus “authoritative.” They also note that media manipulation of our minds is a regular art form.

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Friday • March 20, 2015

SUICIDE SEEN IN MISSISSIPPI HANGING: On Friday, a federal law-enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times that preliminary autopsy results point to suicide as the cause of death for the black Mississippi man found hanging from a tree. Otis Byrd was found Thursday hanging about two feet off the ground by police who were searching for him. (Byrd was last seen at a casino almost two weeks ago.) The FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are all investigating the incident. Autopsy results are expected next week.

CRUZ TO GIVE ‘IMPORTANT’ SPEECH MONDAY: A political staffer for Ted Cruz called The Daily Beast to say that the senator would be giving an important speech Monday morning at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. “You’re going to want to be there,” he said. The aide would not answer questions as to what the speech would be about, except to say that it would be worth our while to attend. Cruz has said in the past that, were he to run for president, he would make a decision in this general time period of 2015. — Tim Mak.

SUGE KNIGHT LAWYER INVOKES ‘EMPIRE’: A California judge set rap mogul Suge Knight’s bail at a staggering $25 million on Friday because he “feels Suge is a danger to be out and about given his extensive record and, specifically, incidents involving guns, violence, and witness intimidation,” according to TMZ. Knight has been held on murder charges since a fatal hit-and-run in January. His attorney, Matt Fletcher, accused the prosecutor—who fought for maximum bail—of watching too much Empire and compared Knight’s dilemma to the show’s Lucious Lyon, who was arrested for murder in the season finale.

FBI INVESTIGATING BIG-SPENDER SCHOCK: Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock’s campaign finances are under investigation by the FBI and local authorities, sources told CNN, spelling more bad news just days after he announced his resignation. According to the report, the FBI has already begun subpoenaing potential witnesses for a grand jury investigation. Schock’s spending has caused a flurry of news stories, kicked off by a profile of his Downton Abbey-themed office, including the revelation that he expensed 90,000 more miles than were ever on his vehicle’s odometer.

WAL-MART PAYS $10M FOR DEADLY CRASH: The family of James McNair, the comedian friend of Tracy Morgan who was killed by a Wal-Mart truck that crashed into their luxury van last year, has received $10 million from the retail giant. The payout was an attempt to avoid more losses in litigation, according to the McNair family lawyer, though the corporation didn’t want the sum revealed for fears it would result in “financial damage.” The driver of the truck, Kevin Roper, was charged with death by automobile and additional assault charges.

PARENTAL CHEATING EXPELS 600 IN INDIA: Hundreds of students in the Indian state of Bihar have been expelled following a viral video showing parents and family members scaling the walls of a building to help them with their exams. This year, as many as 600 10th-graders were caught up in the cheating scandal, which centers around a test that determines whether they will be allowed continue with their education.

TWISTED SISTER DRUMMER DIES OF APPARENT HEART ATTACK AT 55: A.J. Pero, the drummer for the heavy-metal band Twisted Sister, died Friday. He was 55. The band said Anthony Jude Pero died of an apparent heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob, a group with which he played in between engagements with Twisted Sister. Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said Pero was on a tour bus Friday morning when Adrenaline Mob band members tried unsuccessfully to awaken him, then called an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m.

KIDS OF COMEDIAN KILLED IN TRACY MORGAN CRASH WIN $10M SETTLEMENT: Court papers show that the children of the comedian who was killed in the crash that injured Tracy Morgan won a $10 million settlement from Wal-Mart. The amount was disclosed in documents filed in New York’s Westchester County, where comedian James McNair lived until the June 7 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. McNair died when a Wal-Mart truck hit a van carrying him, Morgan and others. Morgan’s lawyer says the “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury. The McNair family lawyer announced a settlement in January, but the amount was said to be confidential. However, he disclosed the $10 million figure in court papers supporting his request for nearly $3 million in legal fees. Wal-Mart said it could not discuss the terms.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: National elections take place within a specific global moment. In the 1990s, there was a presumption that we were living in an age of rapid progress. Democracy was spreading. Tyranny was receding. Asia was booming. The European Union was building. Conflict in the Middle East was lessening. The world was cumulatively heading toward greater pluralism, individualism, prosperity and freedom. Today it’s harder to have faith in rapid progress. Democracy is receding. Autocrats like Vladimir Putin of Russia are marching. The European project is decaying. Economies are struggling. Reactionary forces like the Islamic State and Iran are winning. The Middle East is deteriorating.

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Thursday • March 19, 2015

FEDS WANTED GOOGLE ANTI-TRUST LAWSUIT: A newly discovered report from the Federal Trade Commission concluded that Google abused its power by using anti-competitive tactics that inflicted “significant harm” on users and competitors. Google’s conduct “helped it to maintain, preserve and enhance Google’s monopoly position in the markets for search and search advertising” illegally, the report said. The 2012 determination led official to urge an anti-trust lawsuit against Google, but the tech giant avoided litigation by changing some of its policy practices in 2013. In a statement on Thursday, Google General Counsel Kent Walker said, “Speculation about potential consumer harm turned out to be entirely wrong. Since the investigation closed two years ago, the ways people access information online have only increased, giving consumers more choice than ever before.”

BIBI: I’M ACTUALLY FOR PALESTINIAN STATE: Just days after Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the possibility of Palestinian statehood in a last-minute effort to rally the right-wing vote ahead of Israel’s election, the prime minister said he didn’t really mean that. Reaffirming his commitment to “a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution,” Netanyahu on Thursday blamed the failure of peace talks on a joint Palestinian government with Hamas, which Israel considers a terrorist organization, and on the Palestinian government’s refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

JUDGE WITHHOLDS GARNER JURY’S TESTIMONY: A New York judge declined to divulge the contents of a grand jury’s secret testimony in the case of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who was choked to death by an NYPD officer last year in Staten Island. Public rage following the jury’s decision not to indict the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, had prompted the New York Civil Liberties Union to sue to make the evidence public. District Attorney Daniel Donovan said that such a disclosure would damage the credibility of prosecutors who had told grand jury members that their views would be kept from the public. The judge ruled that the motivants “failed to establish” a “compelling and particularized need” to overcome the secrecy afforded to grand juries.

5% OF BRACKETS SURVIVE UAB UPSET: Only 5 percent of all the March Madness brackets on ESPN predicted that the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a 14th-seed team, would defeat third-seed Iowa State but that’s just what happened. UAB edged out Iowa State, 60-59, after trailing for almost the entire game.

FEDS EYE CHRISTIE FOR PUNISHING 3RD MAYOR: Federal prosecutors are looking into another alleged case of Chris Christie punishing a mayor who didn’t endorse him, akin to what is said to have happened in the Bridgegate scandal and with the mayor of Hoboken. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, a Democrat, has claimed the Christie administration punished him for not endorsing Christie, a Republican, for re-election in 2013. Now federal investigators are seeking records from Port Authority officials, including Bridgegate veterans David Wildstein and Bill Baroni. Fulop said that meetings with state officials were canceled within an hour of his decision not to back Christie.

ISIS: WE ATTACKED TUNIS MUSEUM: ISIS on Thursday said in a statement that  two Tunisian members, Abu Zakaria al-Tunisi and Abu Anas al-Tunisi, carried out attack against “infidels” in Tunisia’s Bardo Museum yesterday. Prime Minister Habib Essid said earlier that at least one of two shooters was already on the security services radar, and identified that attackers killed at the museum as Yassine Labidi and Saber Khachnaoui. As many as three others linked to the incident, which killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 20 others, are still at large.

THIS WINTER WAS THE WARMEST ON RECORD: Don’t let an impending snowstorm fool you: This past winter was the warmest ever recorded worldwide, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report released Wednesday. The months of December through February were 1.42 degrees Farenheit warmer than the average for the 20th century.

‘EMPIRE’ FINALE WATCHED BY 16.5 MILLION: Wednesday’s two-hour season finale of Empire was watched by an estimated 16.5 million viewers—and that’s not even counting how many will stream it over the next few days. The Fox hit’s ratings have climbed every consecutive week and it has the largest share of black viewers under 50 of anything on television, including the Super Bowl.

LBN-ETC: Mick Jagger at Atlantic Grill on the Upper East Side enjoying a “leisurely lunch”…***“Cabaret” composer John Kander celebrating his 88th birthday with the cast of his musical, “The Visit”… ***Atlanta “Housewives” Cynthia Bailey and Claudia Jordan at Red Stixs…   ***Jon Bon Jovi taking a selfie with Elegant Affairs’ Andrea Correale at a private concert at The Wynn Las Vegas…   ***New York Rangers including Ryan McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin at Serafina in the Meatpacking District before Wednesday’s game against the Blackhawks. They gathered at the bar (no alcohol was served) before heading up to dine in a private room…

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Wednesday • March 18, 2015

MORE TERROR! 19 DEAD IN TUNISIA MUSEUM ATTACK: At least 17 foreign tourists are dead following a hostage situation in Tunisia’s Bardo Museum in the capital. Prime Minister Habib Essid confirmed that Polish, Italian, German, and Spanish nationals were among those those killed and called the incident a “cowardly terrorist operation.” In addition to the 19 dead, 24 others were injured, a majority of them also tourists. Local media reports that two gunmen were killed by security forces and the situation is over. It’s not yet known who is responsible.

NETANYAHU CRUSHES RIVALS FOR FOURTH TERM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party crushed its opposition and secured a fourth term for Netanyahu in Wednesday’s election. With nearly 99.5 percent of ballots counted, Likud had 29-30 of the 120 seats in parliament vs. the Zionist Union’s 24 seats. This means that Netanyahu is virtually certain to form a new government and become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. Pre-election polls showed Likud with 10 fewer seats than it won, but Netanyahu evidently turned the tide by promising there would be no Palestinian state if he were reelected and warning that Arabs were voting for leftist parties. “I am proud of the Israeli people that, in the moment of truth, knew how to separate between what’s important or what’s not and to stand up for what’s important,” Netanyahu said.

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U.S. PRESBYTERIANS OK GAY MARRIAGE: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) amended its constitution Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriage. The denomination’s definition of marriage now includes a “commitment between two people,” and was approved by majority of the church’s 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The general assembly approved the amendment last summer but needed a majority in order to ratify the provision. The 86th vote of approval came from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey and the new definition will take effect June 21. Nearly 1.8 million people and 10,000 congregations belong to the denomination.

WHITE HOUSE RECEIVED CYANIDE LETTER: A letter sent to the White House tested a presumptive positive for cyanide, but was being tested again to confirm, the Secret Service said Tuesday. The envelope was discovered at the White House Mail Screening Center and at first came back with a negative result in biological testing. When tested for chemicals on Tuesday, the results came up positive for cyanide. The substance was reportedly inside a plastic bag in an envelope, sources familiar with the incident told ABC News. The sender is known to the Secret Service and will face potential charges pending the result of the second test, according to sources.

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U.S.: NO ASSAD IN SYRIA NEGOTIATIONS: The chief American envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS reassured Turkish officials that any negotiations to settle the four-year-old Syrian civil war should not include Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. “The United States believes that [Assad] has lost all legitimacy to govern,” the U.S. embassy in Ankara said in a statement released after General John Allen’s talks, adding that “the United States’ position on Assad has not changed.” Allen’s meeting came as a bit of damage control: Just days ago, Secretary of State John Kerry set off alarm bells when he suggested Washington would “have to negotiate in the end” with the controversial leader.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE BUDGET WITH DEEP CUTS: House Republicans called it streamlining, empowering states or “achieving sustainability.” They couched deep spending reductions in any number of gauzy euphemisms. What they would not do on Tuesday was call their budget plan, which slashes spending by $5.5 trillion over 10 years, a “cut.” The 10-year blueprint for taxes and spending they formally unveiled would balance the federal budget, even promising a surplus by 2024, but only with the sort of sleights of hand that Republicans have so often derided.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Former top F.B.I. hostage negotiator Christopher Voss having a casual dinner last night at the popular Coral Tree Café in Brentwood.   ***Sen. Ted Cruz at Carmine’s in Times Square in NYC.   ***Whoopi Goldberg dining at Lure Fishbar in NYC on Monday.   ***Jake Gyllenhaal speaking with neuroscientist Moran Cerf at the Rubin Museum of Art’s annual “Brainwave” talk series.   ***Steve Guttenberg, Norman Reedus, Parker Posey and Lindsay Ellingson at a Cinema Society screening of Sundance winner “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” followed by a bash at Beautique.   ***A handsome but scruffy Chris Pine at the Hotel George V in Paris.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Alex Ben Block, Senior Editor of the Hollywood Reporter, will be the guest-of -honor at the next City Talk conversation on next Tuesday night at Luna Park restaurant at 5pm.’

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AILING CHER ON THE MEND: CHER has bounced back from her “deathbed!” The 68-year-old superstar had been out of commission for five months after canceling her concert tour last year due to a “killer virus.”At the time, her rep said the virus had affected Cher’s “kidney function.” Cher made her public comeback on March 1 at a screening of the cop thriller “Dirty” in Beverly Hills. She was there to support her transgender son, Chaz. An eyewitness said: “Cher got off her ‘deathbed’ to support Chaz, but it’s clear that the illness has taken a great toll on her.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his former Beatles mate, Ringo Starr, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith and John Mayer will also usher in new members, the hall announced on Wednesday. The 30th annual induction ceremony is scheduled for Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Cleveland.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***William B. Ewald Jr., who was a White House speechwriter for Dwight D. Eisenhower and wrote several revisionist histories to help redeem the former president’s reputation, died on Monday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 89. The cause was respiratory failure, his son William B. Ewald III said

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jonathan Alter: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu won a big election Tuesday, but he won ugly by staking out a new position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is likely to harm his nation in the months ahead.  A reckoning is coming—faster than expected—for Netanyahu, his Likud Party and maybe even for the State of Israel itself.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Alan K. Simpson and Bruce A. Morrison: The goal of fixing our broken immigration system is further away than ever. President Obama’s executive orders — which would allow up to five million of about 11 million illegal immigrants to stay in this country — have been challenged in the courts, and Republicans, a majority in the new Congress, have held up appropriations and confirmations in retaliation. Neither side is ready to compromise. But the failure to fix our immigration laws is not an exclusively Republican or Democratic failure. Just as we created the problem together, we must solve it together. There is one way to start: Mandate E-Verify for all employers — and make it the vehicle for legalizing unauthorized workers.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill Gates: The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 10,000 people. If anything good can come from this continuing tragedy, it is that Ebola can awaken the world to a sobering fact: We are simply not prepared to deal with a global epidemic. Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world in the coming years, by far the most likely is an epidemic. But it almost certainly won’t be Ebola. As awful as it is, Ebola spreads only through physical contact, and by the time patients can infect other people, they are already showing symptoms of the disease, which makes them relatively easy to identify.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: As the saying goes, “to err is human, to forgive is divine,” to which I’d add: “to ignore” is even more human, and the results rarely divine. None of us would be human if we didn’t occasionally get so wedded to our wishes that we failed to notice — or outright ignored — the facts on the ground that make a laughingstock of our hopes. Only when the gap gets too wide to ignore does policy change. This is where a lot of U.S. policy is heading these days in the Middle East. Mind the gaps — on Iran, Israel and Iraq. We’re talking about our choices in these countries with words that strike me as about 10 years out of date. Alas, we are not dealing anymore with your grandfather’s Israel, your father’s Iran or the Iraq your son or daughter went off to liberate. Let’s start with Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party pretty well trounced the Labor Party leader, Isaac Herzog, in the race to form Israel’s next government. Netanyahu clearly made an impressive 11th-hour surge since the pre-election polls of last week. It is hard to know what is more depressing: that Netanyahu went for the gutter in the last few days in order to salvage his campaign — renouncing his own commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians and race-baiting Israeli Jews to get out and vote because, he said, too many Israeli Arabs were going to the polls —  or the fact that this seemed to work.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Guess what happened when Glenn Campbell’s son brought cocaine to the White House for a “meet and greet” with Pres. Obama? Country legend Willie Nelson once boasted that he smoked marijuana on the White House roof when Jimmy Carter was in office. But Glen Campbell’s estranged son learned it wasn’t a good idea to try and meet up with President Barack Obama – with cocaine in his pocket! Kane Campbell has battled drug addiction and spent time in prison. Yet the 46-year-old tried to parlay his status as the son of the “Rhinestone Cowboy” to get a “meet and greet” with the Commander in Chief last summer.   ***Embattled Italian fashionistas Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce say they respect how everyone lives – but are still defending their views on kids born through in-vitro fertilization. The D&G founders sparked a backlash last week – most notably a boycott call from singer Elton John – for their opposition to gay families and view that kids born to gay couples via IVF are “synthetic.”   ***Jude Law is a father again. The 42-year-old British actor and his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend Catherine Harding recently welcomed a baby girl.   ***Things are not good between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. The pair, who famously married in an elaborate Italian ceremony in 2006 and divorced in 2012, are not on speaking terms. Holmes, 36, and Cruise, 52, who are parents to 8-year-old Suri Cruise, rely on the help of intermediaries to communicate about their daughter.

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LBN-ETC: Wanted: Prominent Author Seeks Part-Time Administrative Assistant. Prominent, veteran author seeking a part-time (approximately 20-30 hours a week) administrative assistant in Santa Monica / Venice area. Must live within 15 minutes of Santa Monica/ Venice. Work primarily from home and on-line but be available for meetings with author 2 or 3 times a week. Proper candidate must be smart, very resourceful, good writer (grammar, spelling), very organized, detail oriented, focused, hard-working, quick and hungry to learn. A sense of pride in their work. Technology savvy. Modest knowledge of QuickBooks program. A great opportunity to work hands on (learn, grow). This is NOT a job for someone who is slow, distracted, overwhelmed with a busy life and just looking to cruise. Send resume with complete contact details (No Attachment) to: NinaRast@usc.edu.

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Monday • March 16, 2015

OH, NO!  ”ISIS DRAG” – ISIS FIGHTERS DRESS AS WOMEN IN DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO FLEE BATTLEFIELD‏: As Islamic State-driven violence rages on in Iraq, people are using any means possible to escape, and for some that means dressing in drag. On Monday, the Iraqi army arrested 20 male Islamic State members dressed as women in the northern city of Baquba, according to spokesman Ghalib al-Jubouri. The arrested used a number of creative ways to pull off a realistic female disguise, as seen in the pictures originally posted on Instagram.

PUTIN REAPPEARS AFTER 10 DAYS IN HIDING: It’s been almost two weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin was last seen in public, sparking rumors concerning his health and grip on power as he canceled meeting after meeting. On Monday, the Kremlin leader stepped back into the spotlight, attending a meeting with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev in St. Petersburg. “It would be boring without gossip,” Putin said, addressing the rumors of his health. Before he appeared Monday, the Kremlin had issued a statement from Putin putting 40,000 troops on full alert for military duty as Russian state news agency’s fumbled in reporting scheduled events ahead of time and that Putin was recovering from the flu.

ISIS MAINTAINS HOLD IN TIKRIT AS IRAQ PAUSES OFFENSIVE: Islamic State militants on Monday continued to hold parts of the city of Tikrit against a much larger pro-government force after two weeks of battle, as Iraqi officials said they were pausing their offensive to call for reinforcements and to preserve property and civilian lives.The slowing of the operation came amid reports that the tomb of Saddam Hussein in the nearby village of Awja, a politically and emotionally charged symbol for all sides, had been destroyed in the recent fighting. Its roof appeared to have collapsed, with rubble strewn around the area, footage from The Associated Press showed. Iraqi officials and allied militia leaders have been saying since last week that they are in control of the battlefield. They said that they had surrounded the handful of Islamic State fighters remaining in Tikrit, and that full government control would be restored there in a matter of days.

OBAMA EXTENDS TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration has conceded to some military leaders, abandoning plans to remove almost half of the U.S. troops remaining in Afghanistan by the end of the year. It is likely many of the 9,800 combat troops, as well as some 2,000 counterterrorism troops, will remain until next year in order to “continue pursuing the remnants of al Qaeda and to monitor Islamic State militants looking to recruit in Afghanistan,” the Associated Press reported.

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GOT HIM: Just a day after Robert Durst’s arrest, the real-estate scion appeared on HBO appearing to confess his role in the deaths of his wife, longtime friend, and neighbor. On Sunday’s final episode of the documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, Durst whispered to himself in a moment picked up on microphone: “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” Durst was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday on an extradition warrant out of Los Angeles and faces murder charges in the death of his longtime friend Susan Berman, who was killed execution-style in 2000. He is also suspected in the death of his wife, who disappeared in 1982, and he was acquitted for shooting and dismembering a Texas neighbor in 2001. On Monday morning, The Jinx director Andrew Jarecki told CBS This Morning that while Durst’s arrest was not timed with the finale, he had turned over the recording to authorities many months prior. Jarecki had discovered Durst’s seeming confession almost two years after the interview.

SADDAM HUSSEIN’S TOMB LEVELED IN TIKRIT: The final resting place of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been destroyed in the battle between security forces and Islamic militants near Tikrit, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Sunni residents said last year they had relocated Saddam’s body, but AP footage shows the mausoleum nearly leveled as government troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militia fight to retake the city. Images of Saddam have been replaced with Shiite militia flags and images of militia leaders such as Iranian General Qasem Suleimani. “The IS militants set an ambush for us by planting bombs around” the tomb, said Capt. Yasser Nu’ma, an official with the Shiite militias.

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SAUDIS: IF IRAN GETS NUKES, WE WANT ’EM: A Saudi prince said that if Iran is permitted to operate a nuclear program, then Saudi Arabia will want its own arsenal. “I’ve always said whatever comes out of these talks, we will want the same,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, who formerly served as Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief. “So if Iran has the ability to enrich uranium to whatever level, it’s not just Saudi Arabia that’s going to ask for that.” The prince warned that a nuclear deal with Iran could potentially set off an arms race in the region. “The whole world will be an open door to go that route without any inhibition, and that’s my main objection to this P5+1 [the six world powers] process,” he said.

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CHINA IS 3RD BIGGEST ARMS EXPORTER: China has become the world’s third largest arms exporter, more than doubling its sales over the past four years. The country now supplies weapons to more than 35 countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. Its exports also include armored vehicles, trainer aircraft, anti-ship missiles, and drones to various countries in South America and Africa, where “cash-strapped militaries” are looking for “medium-quality weapons systems at affordable prices,” said Philip Saunders, director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the U.S. National Defense University. The United States and Russia hold a combined 58 percent stake in the market and the top two spots.

FACEBOOK BANS REVENGE PORN POSTS: Facebook is clearing up its policy on what it bans and why with the launch of new guidelines for community standards on Monday. The social-media network provided more specific rules about what type of information users are allowed to post, following previous incidents in which the company flip-flopped on its policy. The new rules prohibit pages supporting “violent, criminal, or hateful behavior” as well as physical or financial threats and bullying. For the first time, Facebook is banning content that promotes sexual violence or exploitation, including revenge porn. The company, however, will not automatically scan for violations and will rely on users to report offensive content. Facebook also released a transparency report Monday outlining government requests for user data and removing content.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***George Clooney was back at art dealer Larry Gagosian and sushi guru Masa Takayama’s Upper East Side restaurant, Kappo Masa in NYC, on Friday night. But rather than dining with wife Amal, he was powwowing with his producing partner, Grant Heslov.   ***Michael Bloomberg greeting Nancy and Henry Kissinger outside Midtown restaurant Le Périgord in NYC and walking with them inside for dinner.   ***Jane Fonda dining at Indochine before heading to the Public Theater in NYC.    ***Victor Cruz and Willie Geist talking sports at the Randall’s Island Park Alliance Fielding Dreams Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.    ***Whoopi Goldberg having lunch with her daughter at Old Homestead Steakhouse in the Meatpacking District in NYC.   ***A packed crowd of powerful community leaders of Los Angeles showed up Saturday night to the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown L.A. for the Rotary Club annual President’s Ball. The master of ceremonies for the evening was popular KNX radio’s anchor Frank Mottek. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey presented  former governor Gray Davis an award for his outstanding public service throughout his career. Other honorees include: Champion of Justice,  uber-attorney Thomas Girardi; Hermosa Beach Police Chief, Sharon Papa; the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally; The Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted by Special Advisor to the President & CEO, Ned Colletti and Hollywood celebrity publicist and author Michael Levine.  Presenters include Former Los Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley, LA5 Rotary President, Alan Bernstein, and Arthur Kassel and Rich Malchar.   ***Former California first lady, Maria Shriver and her kids having lunch at Shutter’s Hotel on the beach in Santa Monica.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS RAGE OVER ATTACK ON SON!: Michael Douglas livid over anti-Semitic attack on son, 14, in Europe by hate monger. Speaking out in an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, Michael revealed the horrifying details about the creep who gave his son, Dylan, “his first taste of anti-Semitism”. The incident happened when Michael and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones took their two young children on vacation in Europe. “During our stay at a hotel, our son Dylan went to the swimming pool. A short time later he came running back to the room, upset. A man at the pool had started hurling insults at him,” he wrote. Dylan, who had been attending Hebrew school and wearing his Star of David, was shaken and in tears. And that’s when Michael, 70, exploded – he confessed in the op-ed. The two-time Oscar winner marched right down to the pool and asked attendants to point the bigot out to him. “We talked. It was not a pleasant discussion,” Michael recalled.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jerry Lewis (1926)

Lewis, an entertainer known for his slapstick comedy, became popular in the 1940s through his partnership with Dean Martin. They performed together in nightclubs as well as 17 films before parting ways in 1956. Lewis then went on to direct and star in The Nutty Professor and many other movies. He left filmmaking in the 1970s to focus on supporting and fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Irwin Hasen, the cartoonist and comic-book artist who drew, and helped create, “Dondi,” the widely syndicated comic strip about a lovable, wide-eyed World War II orphan, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 96. The cause was heart failure, his lawyer, Fredric Horowitz, said.   ***Al Rosen, a slugging third baseman for the Cleveland Indians who was unanimously named the American League’s most valuable player in 1953, when he came within a hit of winning the batting triple crown, but whose career was cut short by injury, died on Friday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 91. His death was announced by his family.   ***Dell Williams, who in 1974, after being humiliated by a department-store clerk when she tried to buy a vibrator, was moved to start Eve’s Garden, the New York boutique widely described as the nation’s first sex shop catering specifically to women, died on Wednesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 92. Her death was confirmed by a friend, Mary Elizabeth Greene-Cohen.   ***Jimmy Greenspoon, the longtime keyboardist for the rock band Three Dog Night, died on Wednesday at his home in North Potomac, Md. He was 67. The cause was cancer, said his agent, Chris Burke.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Marc Townsend (Author): No matter where you want to be, you are where you are until you get there. Moving forward will get you where you need to be, but never forget the road marks- the life experiences – that got you there.  They’ll always keep you focused on the right road ahead.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Ching: I’m not much of a gun control advocate.  I have yet to see any gun prop itself up, aim, shoot and kill anybody. But if we must ban guns, we ought to ban knives too.  Then we can all eat like civilized Chinese, with chopsticks and no weapons on the table!  After the Boston Marathon bombing, now we have to ban pressure cookers too!

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Reese Witherspoon is livid over ex-hubby Ryan Phillippe, with her former husband living a Lothario lifestyle that could be a bad in fluence on their kids. Even Ryan’s neighbors are concerned about the star’s partying ways, sources said. The couple has two children – Deacon, 11, and Ava, 15 – from a marriage that flamed out in 2006 after Ryan soiled the wedding sheets with blonde beauty Abbie Cornish. “There’s lots of conflict between Reese and Ryan about the kids – especially Deacon, and what he’s exposed to when he’s at Ryan’s home,” our insider dished.   ***Ever the aggressive pitchman, Hollywood producer and film financier Ryan Kavanaugh couldn’t resist using his own wedding announcement to plug a hangover cure. Kavanagh married model Jessica Roffey on Friday in a Malibu ceremony in front of guests including Edward Norton, Zoe Saldana, Pierce Brosnan, Katie Holmes, Jerry Bruckheimer and Ryan Seacrest. Steven Tyler even sang “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” for the couple’s first dance. But contingent to reporting on exclusive details of the nuptials delivered to the press by his team were requests that media must mention that Kavanaugh gave all his wedding guests a product billed as “the ultimate natural hangover defense,” which we refuse to name on principle. Relativity boss Kavanaugh owns the company that makes the hangover remedy, naturally.

LBN-ETC: Wanted: Prominent Author Seeks Part-Time Administrative Assistant. Prominent, veteran author seeking a part-time (approximately 20-30 hours a week) administrative assistant in Santa Monica / Venice area. Must live within 15 minutes of Santa Monica/ Venice. Work primarily from home and on-line but be available for meetings with author 2 or 3 times a week. Proper candidate must be smart, very resourceful, good writer (grammar, spelling), very organized, detail oriented, focused, hard-working, quick and hungry to learn. A sense of pride in their work. Technology savvy. Modest knowledge of QuickBooks program. A great opportunity to work hands on (learn, grow). This is NOT a job for someone who is slow, distracted, overwhelmed with a busy life and just looking to cruise. Send resume with complete contact details (No Attachment) to: NinaRast@usc.edu.

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Monday • March 16, 2015

ISIS VOWS TO ‘BLOW UP THE WHITE HOUSE, BIG BEN AND THE EIFFEL TOWER’: En route to conquering the European cities of Paris and Rome, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria says they plan to “blow up” the White House, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower. ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani detailed the terror group’s plans to conquer Portugal, Spain, Paris and Rome in an almost 30-minute audio message to the West, “So They Kill And Are Killed,” which references a Koran verse. “We won the day Europe and U.S. dreamt of reclaiming Tal Hamis, Mosul, Sinjar, Tikrit, Qaim, Derna, Tell Abyad, and more,” stated the ISIS mouthpiece, as transcribed by Ynet News. “We — with Allah’s help — want Paris, before Rome and Islamic Iberia and after we blow up the White House, Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower before Paris, and Rome,” al-Adnani warned. “The Muslims will return to power, to be the vanguard and lead in every place.”

NETANYAHU WARNS: ARABS ARE VOTING: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on election day that a large turnout by Arab voters could endanger the country’s political right. “The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organizations are busing them out,” Netanyahu said in a video recently uploaded to his Facebook page. Netanyahu proceeded to be denounced by Israeli candidates. “A prime minister who campaigns against voting by citizens belonging to an ethnic minority is crossing a red line of incitement and racism. This is especially severe on Election Day, when the message to Israeli citizens is to participate in the elections, vote, and take part in the democratic system,” said Joint List candidate Dov Khenin. Meretz party Chairwoman Zehava Galon also sharply criticized Netanyahu: “Serious warning: Israeli citizens are voting in the elections.”

IRAN SENT ARMS TO IRAQ TO FIGHT ISIS, U.S. SAYS: Iran has deployed advanced rockets and missiles to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State in Tikrit, a significant escalation of firepower and another sign of Iran’s growing influence in Iraq. United States intelligence agencies detected the deployments in the past few weeks as Iraq was marshaling a force of 30,000 troops — two-thirds of them Shiite militias largely trained and equipped by Iran, according to three American officials. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence reports on Iran.

SOUTH KOREA TELLS CHINA NOT TO MEDDLE IN DECISION OVER MISSILE SYSTEM: Tension between Seoul and Beijing over Washington’s desire to deploy a ballistic missile defense system in South Korea intensified on Tuesday as South Korea made an unusual public retort to China, asking it not to meddle in its defense policy. In recent months, the United States has made it increasingly clear that it wants South Korea to install the American missile defense system, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad. The Americans call it a needed deterrent against North Korea, which has been developing its ballistic missile technology.

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STUDY: BEING ALONE AS BAD AS SMOKING, EXCESSIVE DRINKING: More Americans are choosing to live alone than ever before. And while it’s healthy to have “down time” by yourself, one study says too much alone time may shorten your life. Researchers at Brigham Young University studied 3 million people. They found people who said they were lonely, felt socially isolated or lived alone, had a 30 percent increased likelihood of death. The study says loneliness and isolation are as damaging as obesity. The impact of loneliness has also been likened to smoking 15 cigarettes a day or excessive drinking. So partner up.

APPLE PLANS $30 CABLE TV TO SMASH RIVALS: Apple is in talks to offer a collection of about 25 television networks to owners of Apple TVs, iPhones, and iPads this fall, sources close to the deal told The Wall Street Journal. Apple is working with CBS, Fox, and Walt Disney Co., the owner of ABC, to create a “skinny” bundle that includes ESPN and FX, according to the report. Apple is planning to formally announce the online television service in June and launch in September, with prices between $30 and $40 a month, according to some media executives. Notably absent from the deals is NBC because of Apple’s failed talks with NBCUniversal’s parent company, Comcast Corp., over working together on a streaming television platform.

49NER QUITS OVER CONCUSSION CONCERNS: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland said Monday he’s retiring from football over concerns about repetitive head trauma resulting in brain injury. The 24-year-old, who was one of the NFL’s top rookies last season, told Outside the Lines that he came to the decision after talking with family, concussion researchers, friends, and current and former teammates. “I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland said. “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.” More than 70 former players have been diagnosed posthumously with progressive neurological disease, raising concerns about the connection between football and brain damage.

MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST DURST: Los Angeles prosecutors filed a murder charge against real-estate scion Robert Durst on Monday in the 2000 killing of his friend Susan Berman. The 71-year-old was arrested in New Orleans over the weekend, the day before HBO documentary The Jinx aired its final episode catching Durst speaking to himself on microphone, saying “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” The charges accuse Durst of lying in wait and killing a witness, which could result in the death penalty. The documentary filmmakers also said Monday they did not strike any deal with law-enforcement authorities to hold off on arresting Durst to coincide with the final episode.

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MLB COMMISH MAY LIFT PETE ROSE BAN: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday he will consider Pete Rose’s request to be reinstated “on its merits.” It marks the first glimmer of hope for Rose, who has been banned from Major League Baseball since 1989 after claims he gambled on games, including his own Cincinnati Reds, came to light. Two previous league commissioners, Bud Selig and Fay Vincent, dismissed Rose’s petitions to lift his ban without any consideration. “I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I’ll make a decision once I’ve done that,” said Manfred. As part of being banned from baseball, Rose, the all-time leader in hits, has been barred from the Baseball Hall of Fame.

‘VIOLENT’ MAN FORCES DOWN DULLES FLIGHT: A Denver-bound flight taking off from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. was forced to return Monday night after a passenger reportedly became violent. “We had a passenger becoming violent. No weapons involved. He’s restrained by other passengers now, though,” the pilot of United Flight 1074 told air-traffic control. A passenger told NBC News that the manmade claims he had a bomb after he tried to make it into the cockpit before he was retrained. Video appears to show a passenger telling the man “Don’t move. You’re OK. We’re going to get you off this plane, buddy,” while the man screams “Please get me up.” The Boeing 737, which had 33 passengers and six crew members on board, returned around 10:40 p.m. ET. The man was taken for a medical evaluation at a local hospital, according to an airport spokesperson.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Evolution

1.     Ultimately every living thing can trace its ancestry to a bacterium that lived billions of years ago.

2.     Bears, seals, and dogs are closely related carnivores but are on a different branch of the evolutionary tree than cats and hyenas.

3.     Some snakes have hipbones, which shows they once had four legs like lizards, their close cousins.

4.     Inside some whales and dolphins are small bones that show they once had back legs and that their ancestors walked on land. These occasionally reappear as tiny rear flippers.

5.     Birds evolved from dinosaurs and both are descended from reptiles. The closest living reptilian relation of a bird is the crocodile.

6.     Evolution rarely follows a straight line from species to species. Instead, it is more like a tree with many branches. Some branches lead to new branches, while others become dead ends.

7.     An elephant’s trunk is an amazing example of evolutionary development. It is a combined nose and upper lip that lengthened as the elephant’s ancestors became taller and their tusks grew bigger. With its heavy head, it needed an easy way to reach the ground.

8.     Physically, the human body seems to have changed very little in the last 50,000 years. However improvements in diets, increased lifespan, and developments in biotechnology may start to speed up the evolutionary process.

9.     All humans develop a tail in the womb that eventually dissolves.

10.  The penises of human ancestors were covered in hard spines. Theorists believe these spines possibly helped a man’s sperm overtake that of his competitors. As humans became more monogamous, the spines became obsolete.


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‘DON QUIXOTE’ AUTHOR’S REMAINS LOCATED: Forensic scientists in Spain say they have found the tomb of Miguel Cervantes and are in possession of his remains, nearly 400 years after his death. Historians knew the beloved Don Quixote author was buried at Madrid’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, but his remains were lost when the convent was rebuilt. In January, a tomb was located with “MC” carved into it. “The remains are in a bad state of conservation and do not allow us to do an individual identification of Miguel de Cervantes,” forensic scientist Almudena Garcia Rubio told the BBC. “But we are sure what the historical sources say is the burial of Miguel de Cervantes and the other people buried with him is what we have found.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATS: Very few Haitians own cars: fewer than 5 out of 1,000. There is no railroad in Haiti. In the cities, people often take communal taxis and colorful public buses called “taptaps.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Robert Plant will hit the road again this year with his Sensational Space Shifters backing band for a tour that wraps itself around festival appearances at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. The Pixies will open select dates, while singer-songwriter J.D. McPherson will open a handful of others.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Curtis Gans, who helped organize a quixotic crusade to depose President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968 and transformed the movement’s improbable electoral success into what became a lifelong object lesson in the virtues of voting, died on Sunday in Frederick, Md. He was 77. The cause was lung cancer, his son, Aaron, said.   ***Mike Porcaro, the longtime bass player for the Grammy-winning rock group Toto, died on Sunday. He was 59. The band’s publicist, Keith Hagen, confirmed the death but did not provide a cause of death or other details. Mr. Porcaro had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for several years.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Nat King Cole (1919?)

Originally a jazz pianist, Nat King Cole performed in Los Angeles nightclubs with his trio in the 1930s but did not achieve commercial success until he began singing. His warm, velvety voice brought a personal touch to his ballads, and he became internationally popular for his broodingly romantic hits, such as “Unforgettable.” He went on to become one of the first African-American artists to star in a radio show and to host a network television show.


LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Several years ago, Doug Lemov began studying videos of excellent teachers. He focused not on their big strategies but on their microgestures: How long they waited before calling on students to answer a question (to give the less confident students time to get their hands up); when they paced about the classroom and when they stood still (while issuing instructions, to emphasize the importance of what’s being said); how they moved around the room toward a student whose mind might be wandering. In an excellent piece on Lemov for The Guardian, Ian Leslie emphasizes that these subtle skills are often not recognized or even discussed by those who talk about education policy, or even by those who evaluate teachers.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: The relationship between journalists and Steve Jobs could often be fraught, but there were always a handful of reporters he liked and trusted. They included John Markoff of The New York Times; Steven Levy, formerly of Wired magazine (he’s now at Medium); Walt Mossberg, the longtime technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal (he’s now at Re/code); and Brent Schlender of Fortune. They had all been on the technology beat seemingly forever, and they had known Jobs for decades. As Schlender writes in “Becoming Steve Jobs,” the forthcoming book he co-authored with Rick Tetzeli, he first met Jobs in April 1986, eight months after the Apple co-founder had been ousted by John Sculley, then Apple’s chief executive. Jobs, who had started a new company called NeXT, was 31. Schlender, who had just joined The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau, was 32.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Pam Anderson deserves the $800,000 ring “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon gave her before he died of cancer, friends of the “Baywatch” star say. The buxom blonde was in the front row at Simon’s funeral in Los Angeles on Saturday and gave a eulogy before such mourners as Drew Carey, Conan O’Brien and Bob Barker.   ***Scott Disick has checked into rehab after a boozy weekend in Atlantic City. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star and father of three has checked into Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica.  ”I realize my issues are bigger than me and I’m ready to truly remedy this struggle I continue to battle,” Disick, 31, told the site.

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Sunday • March 15, 2015

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN FERGUSON SHOOTING: A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two Ferguson police officers on Thursday, when peaceful protesters were gathered in front of Ferguson Police Department headquarters. A handgun with shell casings that match those at the scene has also been recovered. During a press briefing on Saturday afternoon, police identified the suspect as 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams, a demonstrator who has “acknowledged his participation” in the shooting. Police stressed that Williams may have not intended to shoot at the officers, but “may have had a dispute” with other people in the area and could have been firing at them. He was identified with the help of the public.

KERRY: U.S. WILL NEGOTIATE WITH ASSAD: While speaking on the fourth anniversary of the civil war in Syria, U.S. secretary of state John Kerry called the conflict “one of the worst tragedies any of us have seen” and said the U.S. will “have to negotiate in the end” with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Two previous attempts at negotiating with Assad have fallen through, but Kerry said the U.S. was pushing for a third round.

‘THE JINX’ SUBJECT ROBERT DURST ARRESTED: Robert Durst, son of real estate mogul Seymour Durst and subject of HBO documentary The Jinx, has been arrested in New Orleans on an extradition warrant out of Los Angeles and faces murder charges, according to an ABC News affiliate. Durst was reportedly arrested at around 11:00 p.m. Saturday night. Coincidentally, tonight is the finale of the The Jinx, which examines the mystery of Durst’s role in three murders, including that of his wife, Kathy Durst, and his longtime friend Susan Berman in 2000.

JEB EMAILED MILITARY, SECURITY ISSUES: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush used his private email account discuss security and military issues while in office, according to the Washington Post’s review of publicly released records. Among the issues discussed were details of Florida National Guard deployments after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, troop deployments to the Middle East, and the protection of nuclear plants. Aides to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, however, said that none of the information discussed in the emails was sensitive or classified.

IRAQI KURDS: ISIS USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS: Iraq’s Kurdistan Region Security Council says it has evidence that the Islamic State has started using chlorine gas as a chemical weapon. The allegation comes from a January suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq; Iraqi officials and Kurds in Syria have also reported low-grade chemical weapons being used against them. Peshmerga forces discovered “around 20 gas canisters” inside the truck after the January attack. The gas induced “dizziness, nausea, vomiting and general weakness” in the peshmerga fighters, according to the Council.

BIEBER APOLOGIZES FOR OFFSTAGE ANTICS: After hours of being made fun of at his Comedy Central roast, Justin Bieber went out on a note of sincerity: “I turned a lot of people off over the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything all around,” the 21-year-old said. “I’ve lost some of my best qualities. For that, I am sorry,” he added. “I’m looking forward to being someone who you guys can all look at and be proud of.” Bieber has made headlines over the past few years for reckless driving, egging a neighbor’s house and urinating in public, among other antics.

REFORM JUDAISM GETS 1ST GAY PRESIDENT: The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical branch of Reform Judaism, finally has its first openly gay president. Denise Eger, who founded Congregation Kol Ami in Los Angeles, will be sworn in on Monday. “It really shows an arc of LGBT civil rights,” Eger told Seattle PI. “I smile a lot—with a smile of incredulousness.” With 2,000 rabbis and 862 congregations, Reform Judaism is the largest organization in American Judaism.

BOSTON ST. PATTY’S PARADE WELCOMES GAYS: Lesbian, gay and transgender groups will march in Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, since organizers have lifted a ban on homosexual groups joining the festivities. Two gay rights groups, Boston Pride and OutVets (which represents gay veterans) will march in the parade. “This is a huge step forward in our mission to have inclusivity in our city and in the Boston-area community,” Malcolm Carey, clerk of Boston Pride’s board of directors, told Reuters.

BIEBER APOLOGIZES FOR BAD BEHAVIOR AT COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST: Justin Bieber really wants you to like him again. After being the butt of the joke for hours during the taping of his Comedy Central roast, the 21-year-old singer gave a contrition speech. “I turned a lot of people off over the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything all around,” said Bieber, whose music has been overshadowed by his offstage antics, which include reckless driving, public urination and throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home. “I’ve lost some of my best qualities. For that, I am sorry,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being someone who you guys can all look at and be proud of.” It was a sweet ending to a night of sharp barbs aimed as much at Bieber as the rest of the roasters. Hosted by Kevin Hart, the “Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber,” taped Saturday at Sony Studios, also features Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O’Neal, Martha Stewart and Ludacris. It’s set to premiere March 30.

BRISTOL PALIN ENGAGED TO MARINE BOYFRIEND: The former vice presidential candidate’s daughter, Bristol Palin, 24, is engaged to her decorated-Marine boyfriend, Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the couple announced Saturday. “Truly the luckiest girl in the world, cannot wait to marry this man!!!!” Palin posted on Instagram, along with a photo of her diamond ring. “He asked me to marry him at a Rascal Flatts concert,” she posted later. Palin was previously engaged to Levi Johnston, the father of her son Tripp, 6, but the two never married. Meyer, 26, was awarded the US Medal of Honor in 2011.

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LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Eva Longoria

Eva Jacqueline Longoria (born March 15, 1975) is an American actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman. Longoria’s career began in 1998, when she won the title of Miss Corpus Christi, and later began entering talent contests that led her to Los Angeles; shortly after, she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent. Eva began to raise her profile after having roles as Isabella Braña on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2003. In 2004 she signed as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. For her work on Desperate Housewives she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She has also starred in films such as Harsh Times (2005), The Sentinel (2006), and Over Her Dead Body (2008).

LBN-NOTICED: A packed crowd of powerful community leaders of Los Angeles showed up last night to the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown L.A. for the Rotary Club annual President’s Ball. The master of ceremonies for the evening was popular KNX radio anchor Frank Mottek. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey presented former governor Gray Davis an award for his outstanding public service throughout his career. Other honorees include: Champion of Justice,  Uber-attorney Thomas Girardi; Hermosa Beach Police Chief, Sharon Papa; president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally; The Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted by Special Advisor to the President & CEO, Ned Colletti and Hollywood celebrity publicist and author Michael Levine. Presenters include former Los Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley, LA5 Rotary President, Alan Bernstein, and Arthur Kassel and Rich Malchar.

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Saturday • March 14, 2015

OBAMA MEETS KAYLA MUELLER’S PARENTS: During his visit to the Phoenix VA, President Obama met briefly on Friday with the parents and brother of Kayla Mueller, the female aid worker who died while held captive by ISIS. According to the White House, the president offered Carl and Marsha Mueller, as well as her brother Eric Mueller, his condolences from him and First Lady Michelle Obama. The president also reportedly talked about the family’s work to set up a foundation in her name to help others, and about “Kayla’s compassion and dedication to assisting those in need around the world.” No other details were released.

VANUATU WRECKED BY CYCLONE PAM: Aid groups are nervously waiting for death counts after a giant cyclone ripped through the South Pacific archipelago Vanuatu. Cyclone Pam roughed up the islands with 168 mph winds, blowing away homes, communication lines, and knocking down trees. So far, the only confirmed report is from UNICEF of at least six dead. The island chain has a population of 267,000 people spread over 65 islands.

BRISTOL PALIN ENGAGED TO DAKOTA MEYER: Dakota Meyer, the 2011 Medal of Honor winner, proposed to Bristol Palin Friday night at a Rascal Flatts concert. “The lead singer, Gary LeVox, dedicated ‘Bless the Broken Road’ to us, and then Dakota got down on one knee and proposed!” wrote Palin on her blog. Bristol is the oldest daughter of Sarah Palin and has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and a reality show about her son, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp. Meyer, who is the third living recipient of them Medal of Honor from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, met Palin while filming Amazing America.

GANDHI GETTING STATUE NEXT TO CHURCHILL: Right next to statues of men who worked to expand and protect the British Empire in London’s Parliament Square, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled today. The location will be especially interesting as Gandhi will be placed right nearby his former nemesis Winston Churchill, who notoriously loathed Gandhi. He once called him “a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Vice-regal palace.” The statue will be unveiled by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa.

PAMELA ANDERSON GETS RESTRAINING ORDER: Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has gotten a temporary restraining order against her third ex-husband Rick Salomon for “repeated acts of harassment and abuse.” According to Anderson, Salomon tried to strangle her during sex, physically abused her, took photos of her without her knowledge which he then threatened to release. Anderson also says that when she threw him a sobriety party he got mad and called her a “crack whore,” “bitch,” and told her to “go upstairs, you ugly, dirty, bitch!”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Albert Einstein (1879)

Einstein was an intellectual giant of the 20th century whose name has become synonymous with genius. Recognized as one of the greatest physicists of all time, Einstein made countless important contributions to physics, including his theories of relativity, which profoundly revolutionized scientific and philosophical inquiry. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize for his work on theoretical physics.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: First Patient Successfully Treated with Penicillin (1942)

Penicillin was the first antibiotic agent successfully used to treat bacterial infections in humans. Penicillin’s effect on bacteria was first observed by biologist Alexander Fleming in 1928, but it was not until 1941 that scientists purified the substance and established that it was both effective in fighting infectious organisms and not toxic to humans. The first successful treatment occurred the next year.

C.I.A. CASH ENDED UP IN COFFERS OF AL QAEDA: In the spring of 2010, Afghan officials struck a deal to free an Afghan diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda. But the price was steep — $5 million — and senior security officials were scrambling to come up with the money. They first turned to a secret fund that the Central Intelligence Agency bankrolled with monthly cash deliveries to the presidential palace in Kabul, according to several Afghan officials involved in the episode. The Afghan government, they said, had already squirreled away about $1 million from that fund.Within weeks, that money and $4 million more provided from other countries was handed over to Al Qaeda, replenishing its coffers after a relentless C.I.A. campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan had decimated the militant network’s upper ranks. Qaeda leaders wanted some captive militants released, and from the letters it appeared that they calibrated their offer, asking only for men held by Afghan authorities, not those imprisoned by the Americans, who would refuse the demand as a matter of policy. But the Afghans refused to release any prisoners, “so we decided to proceed with a financial exchange,” Mr. Rahman wrote in the June 2010 letter. “The amount we agreed on in the deal was $5 million.”

LBN INVESTIGATES: France

  1. France’s formal name is La République Française (French Republic).
  2. The name “France” comes from the Latin Francia, which means “land or kingdom of the Franks.”
  3. France is the largest country by size in Europe at 248,573 m2 (643,801 km2), and that figure includes the islands of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Réunion Island.
  4. France’s highest point, also the highest point in Europe, is Mont Blanc at 15,771 feet (4,807 m) high.
  5. France is divided into 22 metropolitan regions, and its five overseas regions called Dom-Toms.
  6. With at least 75 million foreign tourists per year, France is the most visited country in the world and maintains the third-largest income in the world from tourism.
  7. France celebrates July 14th as its Fête Nationale(Independence Day), which is the founding of its current Constitutional Monarchy, or the First Republic. The celebration actually commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison on July 14, 1789, which sparked the French Revolutionary War.
  8. France’s flag has three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red. Known as Le Drapeau Tricolore (French Tricolors), the origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution when the “ancient French color” of white was combined with the blue and red colors of the Paris militia.
  9. The French government gives medals, La Médaille de La Famille Française (Medal of the French Family), to citizens who have successfully raised several children with dignity.
  10. There is only one stop sign in the entire French city of Paris.
  11. In the Savoie region of France, there is a small town named Pussy.
  12. One in five French people have reportedly suffered from depression, making it the most depressed country in the world.
  13. Louis XIX was king of France for just 20 minutes.
  14. French toast was originally called pain perdu (lost bread), and the first written mention of the dish comes from the court of Henry V of England. The Oxford English Dictionary mentions the first use of the name “French toast” was in 1660 in a book called the Accomplisht Cook.
  15. The 2003 Durex Global Sex Study showed that the French are the people who have the most sex in a year.

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Friday • March 13, 2015

ISIS STILL ON THE ATTACK, DESPITE INTERNAL STRIFE AND HEAVY LOSSES: The Islamic State is facing growing dissension among its rank-and-file fighters and struggling to govern towns and villages it has seized, but the militant Sunni group is still managing to launch attacks and expand its ideological reach outside of Iraq and Syria, senior American officials said. In the seven months since allied warplanes in the American-led air campaign began bombing select Islamic State targets, the Sunni militancy, while marginally weaker, has held its own, senior defense and intelligence officials said. Pentagon officials expressed only cautious optimism on Thursday after the Islamic State lost much of the central Iraqi city of Tikrit following more than a week of fierce fighting, warning that it would be as difficult for Iraqi forces to hold the city as it was to liberate it. And even as the militants made a last stand in Tikrit, Islamic State fighters were mounting one of the fiercest assaults in months in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad

OBAMA: ‘NO EXCUSE’ FOR FERGUSON SHOOTING: Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, President Obama said Thursday there was “no excuse” for the gunfire that wounded two police officers during a demonstration outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police station. Obama added that years of racial targeting were “oppressive and objectionable and worthy of protest,” but it doesn’t excuse resorting to violence. “They’re criminals. They need to be arrested,” he said of the shooters. “What we need to do is to make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides… that we’re able to work together to try to come up with some good answers.” The St. Louis County Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol took over protest security Thursday night as protests peacefully endured. Police said they’re still searching for suspects in connection to the shooting of a St. Louis County officer, who was hit in the shoulder, and a Webster Groves cop who was shot in the face. Several people were taken into custody for questioning but later released, and no arrests were made.

U.S. KILLS KENYA MALL ATTACK MASTERMIND: The man who allegedly planned the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in 2013 that left 67 dead has reportedly been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Somalia. The al Shabab fighter, named Adan Garar, and two others were apparently targeted while in a car near the town of Bardhere. Garar was accused of planning several other failed attacks on the coastal city of Mombasa.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIRD FLU HALTS U.S. CHICKEN SALES: A virulent form of bird flu has been discovered in Arkansas, prompting Mexico and up to 40 other countries to impose new import restrictions on U.S. chicken. Arkansas is home to Tyson Foods, the largest chicken company in the world. Economists say the restrictions are likely to hurt poultry farmers because the virus—a highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu that does not pose a threat to humans—is unlikely to kill enough chickens to offset the drop in demand. Kansas has ordered a quarantine on its poultry-producing counties to attempt to prevent contamination from a strain found in Missouri.

SECRET SERVICE INTERFERED IN BOMB PROBE: The two Secret Service agents suspected of driving a government car through a White House security barricade while drunk last week were disrupting an active bomb investigation, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Citing officials familiar with the incident, the Post reports the pair drove through police tape, hit a temporary barricade, and ended up directly next to the package, which turned out to be a book wrapped in a green T-shirt. Earlier that night, a woman shouted she was holding a bomb before dropping the package near the White House and fleeing to her car. Two of the agents under investigation for the incident are Marc Connolly, the second-in-command on Obama’s detail, and George Ogilvie, a senior supervisor in the Washington field office. The incident is the latest in a string of scandals inside the Secret Service, raising concern over the agency’s culture of professionalism.

BOSTON BOMBERS’ HOSTAGE RECOUNTS ESCAPE: A man held captive by the Boston Marathon bombers after they had carjacked and kidnapped him in 2013 recounted his escape at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial Thursday. Dun Meng, an app designer who was taken hostage after the Tsarnaev brothers carjacked his Mercedes, identified Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as his kidnapper and called it “the most terrifying moment, the most difficult decision in my life.” Meng fled from the car when the Tsarnaevs stopped at a gas station, escaping to another gas station across the street. Meng testified he had lied to the brothers that his car was not equipped with a tracking system, which proved key to police tracing it to a street in Watertown, Massachusetts. Tamerlan was killed in a firefight that morning, while Dzhokhar was captured after hiding in a boat the next night.

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PUTIN, SAID TO BE ‘PERFECTLY HEALTHY,’ IS ALSO NOWHERE TO BE SEEN: Where’s Putin? It was the question preoccupying Moscow and much of Russia on Friday, as speculation mounted about why President Vladimir V. Putin had not been seen in public since last week. He canceled a trip to Kazakhstan; postponed a treaty signing with representatives from South Ossetia who were reportedly told not to bother to come to Moscow; and, unusually, was absent from a meeting of top officials from the F.S.B., Russia’s domestic intelligence service.

ARMY DRUG CLINICS TURNED AWAY THOUSANDS: According to senior Army clinical staff and records obtained by USA Today, Army substance-abuse clinics have turned away thousands of soldiers in need of treatment since 2010, when substance-abuse outpatient treatment was transferred from medical to non-medical leadership. A retired psychologist describes leadership that simply “want to get the reports in on time and fill the slots. They think that makes a good program. Our goal is to give treatment to soldiers. And [the bosses] see that as inconsequential.” The newspaper also claims that more than two dozen soldiers who were turned away and sent to “poor care” eventually committed suicide. The Army denies that its drug-abuse programs have been in decline.

PISTORIUS LAWYERS FAIL IN ATTEMPT TO STOP APPEAL: Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers failed Friday in their attempt to stop an appeal by prosecutors that will again seek a murder conviction against the double-amputee athlete for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa dismissed an application by Pistorius’ defense lawyers to challenge the appeal by prosecutors, who were last year granted permission by Masipa to have Pistorius’ negligent killing conviction reviewed. Prosecutors want Pistorius found guilty of the more serious charge of murder for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a door in a bathroom in his home in 2013. A murder conviction would call for a minimum sentence of 15 years in jail.

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INDIAN BRIDE LEAVES GROOM OVER MATH TEST: An Indian bride walked out on her wedding when her would-be groom failed to answer a simple math question correctly: What is 15 plus 6? When the groom answered “17,” the bride left and refused to return, despite the groom’s family’s pleas, according to police. “The groom’s family kept us in the dark about his poor education,” the bride’s father, Mohar Singh, said. “Even a first grader can answer this.” The gifts and jewelry that had been exchanged before the wedding were returned.

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KATHY GRIFFIN DITCHES ‘FASHION POLICE’: Less than two weeks after co-host Kelly Osbourne’s abrupt departure, Kathy Griffin is quitting Fashion Police: “After seven episodes of Fashion Police, I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on,” Griffin said in a series of tweets. Griffin’s exit leaves just two hosts of the E! show. Osbourne quit Feb. 27, days after co-host Giuliana Rancic made an off-color joke about the actress Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks. Griffin said Wednesday of Rancic’s remark: “I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her.” A rep for E! confirmed Griffin’s departure in a statement: “We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all.”

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LBN-NOTICED: ***House of Cards” first lady Robin Wright at Kappo Masa in NYC.   ***André Leon Talley in a red cape lunching at the Mark with Vera Wang.   ***Aziz Ansari at Tex-Mex spot Javelina in NYC.    ***Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell at Carmine’s  in NYC.   ***“Orange Is the New Black” actor Nick Sandow at Smith Canteen in Brooklyn.   ***Gillian Miniter, Fe Fendi and Elyse ­Newhouse hosting a dinner for Tom Gold Dance at Brasserie ­Cognac .   ***Vanessa Hudgens at Dos Caminos Soho in NYC before previews of “Gigi” start Thursday.   ***Comedian Peggy Ching having lunch yesterday at Shutters on the beach in Santa Monica.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Michael Graves, one of the most prominent and prolific American architects of the latter 20th century, who designed more than 350 buildings around the world but was perhaps best known for his teakettle and pepper mill, died on Thursday at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 80. His death was confirmed by his firm, Michael Graves & Associates, which did not specify a cause. He had been paralyzed from the waist down since 2003 as a result of a spinal cord infection.   ***Terry Pratchett, the immensely popular British fantasy novelist whose more than 70 books include the series known as Discworld, died on Thursday at his home near Salisbury, England. He was 66. The cause was posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of dementia, Suzanne Bridson, an editor at Transworld Publishers, said in an email.   ***Daevid Allen, a founding member of the influential jazz outfit Soft Machine and the driving force behind the prog-rock group Gong, died on Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 77. “Daevid passed peacefully in Australia today, Friday 13th at 1.05pm, surrounded by his boys,” a message posted on the Planet Gong site read. “Everything has stopped here in a house of tears. Tears first, celebration later.”   ***Former KCBS investigative and consumer reporter Judd McIlvain died this week at home in the Los Angeles area. He was 73. In his heyday at Channel 2, he was The Troubleshooter who took on viewers’ consumer issues and often got them solved.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***E. Barry Haldeman, Of Counsel at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, will speak at the UCLA Entertainment Symposium taking place March 13-14, 2015 at the Freud Playhouse on the UCLA campus. This year’s symposium, “Hollywood Over-the-Top,” will address digital content and its far-reaching effects on the entertainment business.  Haldeman will co-moderate the panel “Talent Over-the-Top” about talent deals, on Friday, March 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Areas that his panel will cover include:

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The political world is stuck in the middle of an accelerating protocol crisis. All sorts of customary acts of self-restraint are being washed away. It used to be that senators didn’t go out campaigning against one another. It used to be they didn’t filibuster except in rare circumstances. It used to be they didn’t block presidential nominations routinely. It used to be that presidents didn’t push the limits of executive authority by redefining the residency status of millions of people without congressional approval. It used to be that presidents didn’t go out negotiating arms control treaties in a way that doesn’t require Senate ratification. It used to be that senators didn’t write letters to hostile nations while their own president was negotiating with them. All the informal self-restraints that softened the brutality of politics are being torn away. It’s like going to a dinner party where all the little customs of politeness

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: We’ve been warned over and over that the Federal Reserve, in its effort to improve the economy, is “debasing” the dollar. The archaic word itself tells you a lot about where the people issuing such warnings are coming from. It’s an allusion to the ancient practice of replacing pure gold or silver coins with “debased” coins in which the precious-metal content was adulterated with cheaper stuff. Message to the gold bugs and Ayn Rand disciples who dominate the Republican Party: That’s not how modern money works. Still, the Fed’s critics keep insisting that easy-money policies will lead to a plunging dollar. Reality, however, keeps declining to oblige. Far from heading downstairs to debasement, the dollar has soared through the roof. (Sorry.) Over the past year, it has risen 20 percent, on average, against other major currencies; it’s up 27 percent against the euro. Hooray for the strong dollar!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: I hate the new Apple Watch. Hate what it will do to conversation, to the pace of the day, to my friends, to myself. I hate that it will enable the things that already make life so incremental, now-based and hyper-connected. That, and make things far worse. This has nothing to do with Apple. We can still be friends. I’m writing on a MacBook Air, my constant companion since I kissed off my hometown Microsoft-programmed clunker for the sleek and far less needy Mac some time ago. I’m closer to my iPhone 6 than to some of my siblings — you never call, you never text, you never share, not a selfie in six months

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: What madness. And what nonsense. FOR one thing, the admissions game is too flawed to be given so much credit. For another, the nature of a student’s college experience — the work that he or she puts into it, the self-examination that’s undertaken, the resourcefulness that’s honed — matters more than the name of the institution attended. In fact students at institutions with less hallowed names sometimes demand more of those places and of themselves. Freed from a focus on the packaging of their education, they get to the meat of it.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I hate Kosher food. Love Jewish people but hate Kosher food. I have eaten a lot of bad food in L.A. but this week I came upon an unique awful restaurant which I didn’t know serves Kosher food (because it’s tell people). It’s called Dr. Sandwich on Pico in Beverly Hills and after two mouth full of their food, I had the urge to throw up. The food is awful. The prices are sky high and other than that, I had a charming time. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Despite a recent double mastectomy and desperate pleas from husband Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie wants to hold off on having cancer surgery in the hope of having one more child. “The surgery would be a preventative step that she’s already told the press she will take,” a source close to the couple said. “But now she’s put the brakes on it.” The 39-year-old mom of six also has been pushing off removing her ovaries, because her children are terrified for her to go under the knife again, friends said. “Her kids were extremely disturbed by the impact her double mastectomy had,” said the source. “She had tons of tubes in her and couldn’t even get out of bed.”   ***Rumer Willis’ sweaty dance sessions with Val Chmerkovskiy on “Dancing with the Stars” have prompted mom Demi Moore to want to get in on the act. Demi is begging Rumer to fix her up with Val’s brother, Maksim, said insiders. “Demi has always had the hots for Maks,” claimed a pal. “She is desperate to hook up with him.” The 52-year-old “Ghost” actress is said by sources to be growing bored with her rocker boyfriend, Sean Friday, 28. ***England’s image-conscious Duchess Kate Middleton has issued a royal command to husband and future king Prince William: Get a hair transplant. “Kate thinks he looks old before his time,” dished a longtime confidante of the royal couple. “She wants immediate action.” The 32-year-old heir to the British throne has been losing his hair at a disturbing rate, and Kate is horrified at how it makes him look. “It seems too late for Rogaine or any hair-regrowth treatments,” said the source. “Kate says William either needs to get a hair transplant or shave his head completely, so that he looks younger and more dynamic.” But the duchess’ demands have led to a royal rumble in Buckingham Palace. NERDS star Robert Carradine nearly totaled in gruesome head-on collision – cops. Robert, 60, the younger brother of Keith and the late David Carradine, was involved in a terrifying car accident with a semi-truck. The collision occurred last week on a Colorado highway. According to the police reports, the “Nerds” star slammed into the truck head-on. “He was northbound on Highway 145 and drove right into the oncoming lane,” said CSP Sgt. James Saunders told TheCortezJournal.com. “There were no apparent contributing factors.”   ***Talk about a “stable” relationship. Sources say that Jessica Springsteen — the show-jumping champion daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa — is dating Argentina-born polo stud Nic Roldan, who was named one of Town & Country’s “Top 50 Bachelors” alongside Prince Harry, Leo DiCaprio and Pierre Casiraghi last year. Spies said Florida-based Roldan, 32, was seen at the Palm Beach Winter Equestrian Festival last weekend, “cheering on” Springsteen, 23, who’s been racking up wins on horse Davendy S.

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Thursday • March 12, 2015

2 COPS SHOT AT FERGUSON PROTEST: Two police officers were shot by unknown assailants during protests in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night. Protesters gathered across the street from Ferguson police headquarters just hours after Chief Tom Jackson resigned. Shots rang out from the vicinity of the crowd, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. According to the head of the St. Louis County police, a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder and a 32-year-old officer from Webster Groves was shot in the face. Both were taken to a hospital and are expected to survive. “These police officers were standing there and they were shot, just because they were police officers,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. “I don’t know who did the shooting to be honest with you right now, but somehow they were embedded in that group of folks.”

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IRAQI FORCES CLAIM WESTERN AREAS OF TIKRIT FROM ISIS: Iraqi government forces and allied militias took control of the western neighborhoods of Tikrit on Thursday, military officials said, leaving only one area, including a palace complex once used by Saddam Hussein, in the hands of Islamic State militants. Military officials said they were confident of declaring victory within a few days in Tikrit, a central objective in rolling back the militants and the government’s largest operation against the Islamic State since it swept into much of the country’s north and west in June.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately 1-2% of humans, or about two in 100 people in the world, have red hair.

IRAN SUPREME LEADER SLAMS GOP LETTER: Iran’s supreme leader called Republican senators’ letter to Tehran the “ultimate degree of the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system’s internal disintegration.” According to Iran’s news agency, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei noted that the GOP’s insistence that any deal struck by President Obama could be null and void when he leaves office is a sign of America’s “tricks and deceits.” Khamenei has the final say over decisions in Iran, especially about its nuclear program. “Of course I am worried, because the other side is known for opacity, deceit, and backstabbing,” he said.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: U.S. Colleges

1.     In the United States, there is little difference between the terms “college” and “university.” However, the term “college” in other countries, such as Canada, refers to a junior college or trade college, where as a “university” is larger, more research focused, and usually contains multiple colleges.

2.     Typically, the worst paying majors are Social Work, Theology, Elementary Education, Music, Spanish, Horticulture, Education, Fine Arts, Hospitality/Tourism, and Drama.

3.     The majors with the best pay include Engineering, Economics, and Physics.

4.     Harvard Stadium was the first reinforced concrete structure in the world.

5.     The word “alumnus” is Latin meaning “a pupil” and, literally, a “foster son.”

6.     The term “college” is from the Latin collegium meaning “community, society, guild” and, literally, “association of collegae”. It was first used to describe an academic institution in the late fourteenth century in relation to Oxford and Cambridge.

7.     “University” is a shortening of the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium or “a community of masters and scholars.”

8.     The term bachelor in “bachelor’s degree” most likely is from the Medieval Latin term baccalaureate, which is a play on the Latin words bacca lauri or laurel berries. The word is also a re-Latinization of the French word bachelor, which means a “youthful knight” or a “novice in arms.”

9.     Famous college dropouts include Reggie Jackson, Steve Jobs, Ben Affleck, Woody Allen, Hans Christian Anderson, Dan Ackroyd, Kate Beckinsale, James Cameron, and Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook).

10.  Before the Civil War, disbelief in the in Bible or profaning the Sabbath were campus crimes at Yale.

14 MILLION CHILDREN SUFFERING AS RESULT OF WAR IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, UNICEF SAYS: Around 14 million children are suffering hardship and trauma from the war in Syria and Iraq, the United Nations children’s agency said on Thursday, highlighting the needs of children struggling to cope with severe violence, and the danger to the rest of the world of failing to help a generation preyed on by extremist groups. “Violence and suffering have not only scarred their past, they are shaping their futures,” Anthony Lake, Unicef’s director, said in a statement released on Thursday with a report on the plight of 5.6 million children in Syria and two million more who have fled as refugees. Close to three million children in Iraq and 3.6 million children in neighboring countries bearing the brunt of the influx are affected by the conflict, Unicef estimated.

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U. OF ALABAMA ELECTS BLACK STUDENT PREZ: Elliot Spillers, a University of Alabama junior, was elected as the school’s Student Government Association president Tuesday, making him the first black SGA president in almost 40 years. Student voter turnout reached a six-year high, with Spillers receiving 8,602 of the 14,391 votes cast. Spillers is also considered the first non-Machine candidate to win since 1986 (the Machine is known as a group of traditionally white fraternities and sororities that control many campus institutions). Several race-related scandals have hit the university, including a recent exposé on sororities’ reluctance to accept minorities because it would be bad for their “status” and “reputation.”

COLORADO POT TAX BRINGS $2.3M TO SCHOOLS: Colorado marijuana sales reached an all-time high in January, bringing with it excise taxes totaling a whopping $2.35 million designated for public schools. Recreational marijuana sales jumped to around $36.4 million, up from $14.69 million a year ago, according to data from the Colorado Department of Revenue. “This is really what we expected and hope to see: a shift in the underground market to a regulated market,” legalization advocate Mason Tvert told The Denver Post. “It’s clearly generating significant revenue for the state.”

F.C.C. RELEASES NET NEUTRALITY RULES: Two weeks after voting to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday released 313 pages of rules detailing what would be allowed. The release of the rules had been eagerly anticipated by advocates and lawmakers, as well as broadband and technology companies. The publication on Thursday resulted in few surprises, with the F.C.C. set to decide what is acceptable on a case-by-case basis. The regulations include a subjective catchall provision, requiring “just and reasonable” conduct.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***A top producer of “The View” has been fired by ABC brass for brashly berating former host Rosie O’Donnell in front of the show’s entire staff. Jennifer Shepard-Brookman, a senior producer who has worked at the ABC daytime show for over eight years, was “profoundly and publicly disrespectful” to O’Donnell in front of the whole staff at a production meeting in early February, show insiders told us.

SECRET SERVICE PROBED FOR DRUNK DRIVING: Claims that two senior Secret Service agents drove a government car into a White House security barricade on March 4 after drinking at a party are being investigated, according to agency officials who spoke with The Washington Post. One of the two reportedly involved is a top member of the president’s security detail. Officers on duty wanted the agents to undergo sobriety tests, but a supervisor ordered them to let the agents go home, one official told the Post. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leahy confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general was investigating the incident and that the Secret Service was “aware of the allegations of misconduct involving two of our employees.” The Secret Service has faced a string of scandals in recent years, raising concerns about some agents’ professionalism and competency, and forcing Director Julia Pierson’s resignation last year.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Meryl Streep and her “The Devil Wears Prada” co-star Anne Hathaway sat together at Joe’s Pub on Tuesday night to see British actress Cush Jumbo’s one-woman show “Josephine and I.” At their table was costume designer Ann Roth, who’s made garb for a dozen Streep films, from “Silkwood” to “Julie & Julia.”   ***Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovićc dining at Primola in NYC nearby Louise Grunwald and Rainer and Regina Greeven.   ***Bradley Cooper seeing Shaggy perform at Up & Down in NYC.   ***Helen Mirren hosting a bash for “The Audience” at URBO for guests including David Geffen. ***Rudy Giuliani at Bill’s Bar & Burger in NYC.

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MAN WHO TACKLED GIFFORDS SHOOTER DIES: Bill Badger, who intervened when a shooter opened fire on a supermarket event for former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, died Wednesday of pneumonia in Arizona. He was 78. The retired Army colonel was praised for tackling gunman Jared Loughner after he fatally shot six people and wounded 13, including Giffords, at a Tuscon grocery store in 2011. Badger was also shot in the head. “Bill was not only a great man and a proud Army veteran, he was a hero,” Giffords said in a statement

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***John D. Arras, a plain-spoken philosopher who preached that doctors should consider fairness and morality, as well as medical issues, in making life-or-death decisions about patient care, died on Monday in Galveston, Tex. He was 69. He died after having a stroke while vacationing with his family, his wife, Liz Emrey, said.   ***Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and co-directed “Still Alice,” a film about Alzheimer’s disease, while suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 63. His death was announced by his publicist, Ekta Farrar.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Rumors that “True Blood” hunk Alexander Skarsgård is dating British fashion plate Alexa Chung continue to heat up. The pretty pair were seen very cozily holding hands at Caviar Kaspia in Paris during fashion week there Tuesday night. ***Anthony Pellicano — the tough-talking investigator who inspired Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” — depicted his former client Mike Ovitz as a paranoid homophobe in a deposition last month at the Big Spring federal penitentiary in Texas. Pellicano, who has been behind bars since 2008, is a co-defendant of Ovitz’s in the civil case of Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch, whose phone was tapped and whose life was threatened after she wrote about the CAA founder and former Disney boss. Ovitz — once known as the most powerful man in Hollywood — gave Pellicano $80,000 in cash and named 40 people he wanted Pellicano to investigate, including Busch, Pellicano said.

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Wednesday • March 11, 2015

AP SUES STATE DEPARTMENT, SEEKING ACCESS TO CLINTON RECORDS: The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. The legal action comes after repeated requests filed under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act have gone unfulfilled. They include one request AP made five years ago and others pending since the summer of 2013.

11 FEARED DEAD AFTER ARMY CHOPPER CRASH: Eleven troops are presumed dead in Florida after an Army helicopter crashed Tuesday, a military official announced. Search and rescue efforts had been underway at a remote beach between Pensacola and Destin after a chopper was reported missing last night. Seven Marines and four members of the crew were on board. The Marines are from a Camp Lejeune Special Operations group and the aircrew are from the National Guard; their names have not been released. Debris was found at around 2 a.m. The helicopter was being used during a training exercise, and a second chopper taking part returned to the base safely

HILLARY CLINTON TRIES TO QUELL CONTROVERSY OVER PRIVATE EMAIL: Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed on Tuesday that she had deleted about half her emails from her years as secretary of state, saying she had turned over to the Obama administration all correspondence about government business but had erased records of communications about private matters, like yoga routines, her daughter’s wedding and her mother’s funeral. In a news conference about her exclusive use of a private email account while secretary, Mrs. Clinton sought to squelch the furor about those communications, already in its second week. She acknowledged that it would have been wiser to use a government email for official business, but said she had “fully complied with every rule” and was going “above and beyond” what was required of her in asking the State Department to make public much of her email correspondence.

FOR CHINESE ECONOMY, STRENGTHS ARE NOW WEAKNESSES: China’s exports of steel are soaring. But that is not a good sign for the economy. China has far more steel mills than it needs, a problem made worse by the country’s shrinking housing market, the most voracious consumer of the metal. Companies have scaled back or closed, as domestic steel prices have collapsed. With scant demand at home, the remaining mills have looked beyond their borders for business. China shipped a record 100 million metric tons of steel overseas in the 12 months ended in February, a 55 percent increase from the previous year.

RACIST OKLAHOMA FRAT BRO APOLOGIZES: Two University of Oklahoma students seen in a video singing a racist chant during a fraternity event issued apologies Tuesday. Sigma Alpha Epsilon member Parker Rice, 19, acknowledged his actions were “wrong and reckless” and said he was “seeking guidance on how I can learn from this and make sure it never happens again.” The parents of 20-year-old Levi Pettit also issued a statement that said they were “shocked and saddened” and their son “will live with the consequences forever” for his mistake. OU President David Boren had earlier expelled two unidentified students after closing the fraternity Monday. The video shows SAE members singing a chant using racial slurs and makes references to lynching.

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NEMTSOV SUSPECT ‘TORTURED’ TO CONFESS: The Russia rights council said Wednesday that former Chechen police officer Zaur Dadayev may have been tortured before he confessed to taking part in the murder of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov. “There are reasons that lead us to believe Zaur Dadayev confessed under torture,” Andrei Babushkin told AFP. Babushkin said he had seen “numerous wounds” on Dadayev’s body while visiting him Tuesday.

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PHARRELL, THICKE TO PAY GAYES $7.3M: A jury has ordered Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye for copyright infringement. The verdict found that the pair’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” copied the sound of Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” Williams contended in court that the two songs share “feel—not infringement,” though he admitted when listening to the juxtaposed bass lines that “It sounds like you’re playing the same thing.” “Blurred Lines” has grossed almost $16.5 million since its release.

BOKO HARAM CAPTIVES FORGOT THEIR NAMES: Aid officials said Tuesday an estimated 80 children who were held captive at a Boko Haram camp in Cameroon were unable to remember their names or recall their hometowns after they were rescued by security forces. The children ranged from ages 5 to 18 and did not speak English, French, or any local language, said Christopher Fomunyoh, a director for the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute. The children were rescued from a camp in northern Cameroon in November after security forces raided what they though was a Koranic school. Fomunyoh said he had visited an orphanage where the children are being rehabilitated, but that many of them had lost track of who they were.

FEDS APPROVE POWDERED ALCOHOL: A powdered alcohol called Palcohol has been approved for sale by the federal government. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau had approved the product last year, but then took it back saying it had been approved in error. According to the agency, issues with the product have now been resolved. Some states have banned the powdered alcohol, partially out of fear that people will snort it (instead of mixing it in drinks as suggested). A bureau spokesperson said approval revolves around whether or not what is in the product matches the label, not whether or not the product can be abused.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Oregon and Washington are the only states that specifically allow physician-assisted suicide under certain strict guidelines. A few of these guidelines include being diagnosed with a terminal illness that will lead to death in six months, making two oral requests and one written request for assistance separated by 15 days, and persuading two physicians that the patient is sincere and is not influenced by depression.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Jeremy Clarkson, the hugely popular host of the car program “Top Gear” who relishes the politically incorrect, was suspended by the BBC on Tuesday after a mysterious “fracas” with a producer. Mr. Clarkson, 54, is the Prince Philip of television hosts, given to making impolite comments about foreigners and then apologizing. Even though “Top Gear” attracts strong ratings, the BBC had put him on a “final warning” last year for his behavior after he used a racist word during filming.

SECRETARIAT JOCKEY BREAKS LEGS IN CRASH: Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who won the Triple Crown riding the horse Secretariat, was involved in a car accident Tuesday night in Canada that left him with two broken legs. The van he was driving reportedly hit an icy patch of road and flipped near his house in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. The 73-year-old is “in good spirits” and “resting comfortably” in a hospital, his spokesman said. He has been given one white cast and one blue to represent Secretariat’s colors. Turcotte has been paralyzed from the waist down since 1978, when he was involved in a racing accident.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Oscar winner Common catching up with fellow rapper Fabolous at Marc Murphy’s Landmarc at Time Warner Center in NYC after the premiere of Liam Neeson’s “Run All Night”.   ***Hoda Kotb with her nieces at the Palm Court at the Plaza having an afternoon tea of “pink macarons, pink chocolate cupcakes, little éclairs and pink cotton candy”.   ***Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson and InStyle’s Ariel Foxman at the Food for Thought benefit for the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters at the Edison Ballroom.

MUSCLE MANIA! WWE CHIEF VINCE MCMAHON CHEST PRESSES 450 LBS. & HAS 5% BODY FAT: It only makes sense that the head of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is as ripped as the pros gracing his company’s roster of wrestling superstars. In fact, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is in such great shape at 69 that he made the March cover of Muscle & Fitness. “I’m still making gains,” McMahon tells the magazine, revealing that he weighs in at 240 pounds, boasts just five percent body fat, and chest presses 450 pounds. “Age really doesn’t have anything to do with it.”

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L.A. ROTARY CLUB TO HOLD PRESIDENT’S BALL THIS SATURDAY; HONORS FORMER CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR, UBER-ATTORNEY GIRARDI AND MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE: The historic Rotary Club of Los Angeles will host its annual President’s Ball this Saturday March 14th at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown L.A. The master of ceremonies for the evening will be KNX news anchor Frank Mottek. During the evening L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacy will present former California governor Gray Davis for outstanding public service.  Other honorees include: Champion of Justice, Thomas Girardi; Hermosa Beach Police Chief, Sharon Papa; the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally; The Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted by Special Advisor to the President & CEO, Ned Colletti and celebrity publicist and author Michael Levine.  Presenters include Former Los Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley, LA5 Rotary President, Alan Bernstein, and Arthur Kassel and Rich Malchar. Please RSVP if you are interested in supporting our event.  There are a limited number of tables still available.  Advance tickets are $100.00 each until March 8th, thereafter, they will be $125.00, and $150.00 at the door. Buy your tickets now by following this link. Sponsor tables of ten are available for $1,500.00 and will insure VIP seating for you and your guests. Follow this link to purchase your sponsor table now.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***UTA has promoted agents Marissa Devins, Nancy Gates, Peter Goldberg, Ramses IsHak, Rena Ronson, Leslie Schuster, Michael Sheresky and Brent Weinstein to partner. “We are proud to recognize the outstanding contributions of Marissa, Nancy, Peter, Ramses, Rena, Leslie, Mike and Brent,” said managing directors David Kramer, Jay Sures and Jeremy Zimmer in a joint statement. “Each of them has played a major role in innovating our expertise across a diverse range of practice areas as well as providing the 100% client focus that drives our agency. We are proud to have them join the UTA partnership.”

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Claude Sitton, a son of the South whose unwavering coverage of the civil rights movement for The New York Times through most of that tumultuous era was hailed as a benchmark of 20th-century journalism, died on Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 89. The cause was congestive heart failure, his son Clint said. Mr. Sitton had been in a hospice.   ***Florence Arthaud, the French sailor who died at 57 in a helicopter crash in Argentina on Monday along with nine others, including two French Olympians, was celebrated by the French yachting world as the only woman to have won the Route du Rhum, a grueling solo trans-Atlantic race.   ***Jonell Nash, who taught a generation of cooks that traditional African-American recipes could be flavorful but not necessarily fatty, and who introduced soul food to new followers at home and abroad, died on Feb. 27 in the Bronx. She was 72. The cause was cancer, her friend and former colleague Harriette Cole said.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The symbolism was too powerful to ignore. As anyone who watched Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech last week in Congress knows, one of the people prominently seated in the House gallery was the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a primary financial backer of both the Republican Party and Netanyahu. As The Washington Post’s Colby Itkowitz reported, at one point Adelson’s wife, Miriam, accidentally knocked her purse off the House gallery railing and it hit Representative Brad Ashford, a Nebraska Democrat seated below. The Post noted that Adelson had given $5 million to the G.O.P.’s Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC, which had spent $35,000 in a failed effort to defeat Ashford in his 2014 race against Representative Lee Terry. Ashford later joked to The Omaha World-Herald: “I wish I’d opened the purse. Do you think she carries cash?” We certainly know that Mr. Adelson does. And when it came to showering that cash on Republican presidential hopefuls and right-wing PACs trying to defeat President Obama (reportedly $150 million in 2012), and on keeping Netanyahu and his Likud party in office, no single billionaire-donor is more influential than Sheldon. No matter what his agenda, it is troubling that one man, with a willingness and ability to give away giant sums, can now tilt Israeli and American politics his way at the same time.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: “Convenience.” “Convenience.” “Convenience.” “Convenience.” Hillary Clinton’s reliance on that word during her news conference at the United Nations on Tuesday minimized the exemption from standard procedure that she allowed herself when she decided — all on her own — to use only a private email address for both personal and government business. She told reporters that she hadn’t wanted to be weighed down by a second electronic device. It wasn’t secrecy that motivated her. It was purse space and pinkie strain. And behind her forced smile, which was practically cemented in place, she seemed put out by all the skepticism and all the questions. She shouldn’t be. This latest Clinton controversy is not the work or fault of Republican enemies or a ruthless, unappeasable press corps. It’s her doing.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: How the School Nutrition Association became an ally of what you might call the “let them eat cake” forces is a long story. What matters is that if, like the association, you’re taking a stand against the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act — from a food perspective, among the two or three most progressive pieces of legislation of the Obama administration — you are simply on the wrong side. You’ve pitted yourself not only against better nutrition for current school kids but, even more important, against better nutrition for future students and adults. The School Nutrition Association’s position may not be the equivalent of the American Diabetes Association insisting that, say, we serve Coke at all meals, but it’s in that ballpark. The new nutrition guidelines — which the School Nutrition Association once backed, and even helped develop — gently nudge school lunches into the 21st century. Of course one could nitpick the act to death: It’s a government decree, it doesn’t go nearly far enough and some of its standards are already outmoded. (The fact that McDonald’s is now outpacing federal agencies in demanding food raised with fewer antibiotics is simply surreal.)

LBN Commentary by J. Neil Schulman Talk to your local firearms dealer or firing range and you’ll find that sales of firearms, ammo, and training is at an all-time high. NRA membership is also at an all-time peak. But wait — fewer Americans are willing to admit to a Chicago-based university phone survey that they own guns. President Obama — whose BATFE is pushing a new ban of a common rifle round — was an instructor at a university in Chicago. What a coincidence!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Linda Sugin: Last week, the entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen promised $100 million toward the renovation of Avery Fisher Hall, the home of the New York Philharmonic, which will be renamed Geffen Hall. Several years ago, two other $100 million gifts renamed two more key cultural centers: the main New York Public Library, now called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and the New York State Theater, now called the David H. Koch Theater. When most of us make gifts to charity, we are allowed to deduct those gifts on our taxes, just as big philanthropists can. Deductions for gifts to the arts are appropriate because donors finance public goods and allow others to pay less for music, dance and even literature. But Congress could do more to encourage current philanthropy — with an eye to encouraging more philanthropy in the future — by revising the way tax law treats naming rights.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Warren Beatty and Annette Bening were to celebrate their 23rd anniversary on March 12, but pals said a $108 million divorce may be around the corner. Warren’s famous sister, Shirley MacLaine, is trying to play matchmaker and bring him closer to Annette, a source claimed.“But it may be too little, too late to save the marriage,” said the source, adding that Warren, 77, and Annette, 56, “no longer see eye to eye.” The couple’s marriage has unraveled in recent years over their transgender son, Stephen Ira, 23 – the oldest of their four children.   ***New wifey Amber Heard slaps Johnny with a “moral oral” dilemma. Johnny Depp’s lovely new bride, Amber Heard, has slapped him with an ultimatum: Fix your funky breath. The 51-year-old star stubbornly refuses to floss, despite grossing out those closest to him, pals said. Now Amber, 28, has had enough.“Amber has flat-out ordered Johnny to floss every day and brush his teeth more because his bad breath is becoming a serious turn-off,” an insider said.   ***Jessica Chastain’s search for a Manhattan home has ended in the perfect purchase, a historic apartment across the street from Carnegie Hall once owned by legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The Juilliard-trained, Oscar-nominated actress has spent over a year searching, but she’s settled on a $5.1 million pad at the famed Osborne Apartments on West 57th Street.

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Wednesday • March 11, 2015

GRIM NEW ISIS VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW CHILD EXECUTING ALLEGED MOSSAD SPY: A baby-faced executioner who looks to be no older than 12 appears to kill an Israeli Arab who confesses to being a Mossad spy in the latest stomach-turning video released by ISIS. The 13-minute clip was released via Twitter Tuesday evening, and shows a seated man identified by his family as 19-year-old Muhammad Said Ismail Musallam calmly confessing to having been recruited by the Jewish State’s spy agency, even stating how much he was paid. Musallam, from East Jerusalem, is believed to be the alleged Mossad spy ISIS claimed last month to be holding, and who was interviewed in the terror organization’s February edition of its online magazine, Dabiq. In the interview, Musallam says he was enlisted into the Mossad by a Jewish neighbor who worked as a police officer.

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Monday • March 9, 2015

‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ BANNED IN FLORIDA GOV’T: Officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have been banned from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in any official communication, former employees say. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel,” said Christopher Byrd, a lawyer with the DEP’s Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013. Another former DEP employee, Kristina Trotta, said she was told in 2014 not to say “climate change” or “global warming” during a staff meeting. Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office has denied that the ban was a state rule. “There’s no policy on this,” said Jeri Bustamante, a spokesperson with the governor’s office, in an email. Scott repeatedly questioned whether climate change was caused by human action and his office was called an “environmental disaster” by the Tampa Bay Tribune.

 

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DARREN WILSON’S BOSS SENT RACIST EMAIL: Darren Wilson’s boss—the man who responded to the call that Michael Brown had been shot and killed and interviewed Wilson about it—has been identified as the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who sent a racist email about paying a black woman to have an abortion to prevent crime. Sgt. William Mudd resigned last week after the Justice Department’s report outed him as the racist emailer. The St. Louis American reveals that Mudd was the anonymous cop in grand jury testimony who arrived at the scene of the shooting and then debriefed Wilson. Mudd told a prosecutor interviewing him that it’s a “stupid question” to ask how Wilson could’ve prevented himself from killing Brown. “When you are physically attacked unprovoked, I believe ‘How could he prevent this?’ is a stupid question.”

 

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Former L.A. Mayor James Hahn along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.



 

TMZ GETS SUGE KNIGHT HIT-AND-RUN VIDEO: Early on Monday, TMZ posted video of Suge Knight’s Jan. 29 hit-and-run involving two victims, one of whom was killed. In the video, Knight drives up to Tam’s Burgers, a Southern California restaurant where the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was filming. A man TMZ identifies as Cle “Bone” Sloan appears to try to stop Knight from entering the set. After an altercation, Knight clips Sloan with his left mirror and knocks him to the ground. When three other men come toward Knight’s truck, the rap mogul’s vehicle surges forward, ramming into Terry Carter, who died of his injuries from the incident. Knight fled the scene, but later surrendered to police. He has been behind bars without bail since then and is facing murder and premeditated murder charges.

 

RUSSIA COURT CHARGES 2 IN NEMTSOV MURDER: Two men were charged in connection to the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Russian authorities said Sunday. The liberal critic of President Vladimir Putin was shot dead on a bridge outside the Kremlin last month. Police charged the two Chechen men, Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev, with carrying out the murder while three other suspects remain in custody. A sixth suspect reportedly blew himself up during a standoff with police in the Chechen capital of Grozny. Dadayev, a former policeman from the mostly Muslim region of Chechnya, admitted his involvement in the shooting. Dadayev reportedly was angered by Nemtsov’s defense of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

 

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‘DOWNTON’ REP. BILLED $10K FOR NYC BASH: Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock reportedly billed taxpayers for at least 10 of his House staffers to accompany him on a weekend trip to New York City last September, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday. Schock’s staffers spent little time doing government work while in NYC for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, but still managed to spend $10,053 of taxpayers’ money. A Schock spokesman confirmed to the Sun-Times that at least 10 staffers were in attendance. The congressman has recently come under fire for his spending habits, which include using taxpayers’ money to charter a plane between Peoria and Chicago for a Chicago Bears game as well as lavishly redecorating his office with a Downton Abbey theme.

 

THE AGONY OF MARY TYLER MOORE: TV legend Mary Tyler Moore spends her sad last days in the grip of dementia, her few lucid moments are spent deciding on her resting place – while being reminded of the tragic deaths of her loved ones. “With most of her affairs now in order, Mary is left with making the gut-wrenching and difficult decision of whether to be buried or cremated,” a family insider said. But the source also revealed the heartbreak behind that decision, as the beloved star, 78, ponders being buried alongside her kid sister, who died of a drug overdose – or joining her only son and her younger brother in having her ashes scattered. Mary is wrestling with these decisions with husband Dr. Robert Levine as she lives out her remaining days at their $10 million estate in Greenwich, Conn.

 

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‘SNIPER’ KILLED ‘HUNGER GAMES’ IN 2014: American Sniper has surpassed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1 as the top grossing domestic release of 2014. The Clint Eastwood film has brought in $337.2 million since its Dec. 26 opening. Mockingjay, which came out Nov. 21, grossed $337 million. Although American Sniper was knocked from the box office’s top 10 this weekend, it still made $4.5 million on its 11th weekend in theaters.

 

FLIGHT DEATHS UP, ACCIDENTS DOWN: In its annual safety report, the International Air Transport Association noted the marked increase in jetliner accident deaths in 2014, but also said fewer accidents were occurring. The report, which was released Monday, said 641 people died in airline disasters in 2014. That death toll does not include the 298 people killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 because it was shot down while flying over Ukraine and, thus, is not considered an accident. The total was higher than 2013’s toll of 210, as well as the five-year average of 517. However, the number of fatal crashes actually dropped in 2014, to 12 from 16. In fact, based on the total number of flights, 2014 notched a record low of one significant accident for every 4.4 million flights.

 

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The news doesn’t really get better for fans of the Googie-style Norms coffee shop on North La Cienega Boulevard in L.A. A flurry of conversation in January about a possible threat to Norms — after the new owner of the property filed for and received a demolition permit — was followed by talk of a reprieve. But now Chris Nichols of the LA Conservancy’s activist Modern Committee, in his other hat as a modernism-loving editor and columnist at Los Angeles Magazine, reports that the new owner told him last week of extensive development plans for the site. The Norms building might well remain — the coffee shop itself might even get to stay — but the property will be built up and the parking lot sacrificed to another intensive La Cienega shopping center.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ***Barney Beanery’s owner David Houston having lunch at the popular Chinois restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica.   ***Actress Reese Witherspoon having dinner at Holy Cow BBQ in Santa Monica.   ***Former TV actress Jan Badler having drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***Attorney Robert Shapiro having lunch at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.   ***Legendary music manager John Hartman having drinks at Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica.   ***Famed 3D photographer Doug Bertzold having dinner at Salt restaurant in Marina Del Ray.

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Chocolate

1.     Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa once wrote, “There is no metaphysics on earth like chocolate.”

2.     Hershey’s produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses–every day.

3.     The English chocolate company Cadbury made the first chocolate bar in the world in 1842.

4.     In the film Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock used Bosco chocolate syrup for blood in the famous shower scene.

5.     Although cacao originated in Central and South America more than 4,000 years ago, now approximately 70% of the world’s cacao is grown in Africa. Cote d’lvoire is the single largest producer of cocoa, providing roughly 40% of the world’s supply.

6.     Chocolate has traditionally been associated with magical, medicinal, and mythical properties. In fact, in Latin, cacao trees are called Theobroma Cacao, or “food of the gods.”

Champagne and sparkling wine are too acidic to go well with dark chocolate. Red wine typically compliments it the best.8.     Reports predict that the global chocolate market will grow to $98.3 billion in 2016 from $83.2 billion in 2010.

9.     Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old, but they produce marketable cocoa beans for only 25 years.

10.  Nearly all cacao trees grow within 20 degrees of the equator, and 75% grow within 8 degrees of either side of it. Cacao trees grow in three main regions: West Africa, South and Central America, and Southeast Asia/Oceania.

 
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer: If you want to feel happy, do something for yourself. If you want to feel fulfilled, do something for someone else.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Sandra Sellani (Author): Nothing hides mediocrity like a good market.

 

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: The two worst (chain) restaurants in the America are by far: 1. Buca Di Beppo 2. The Olive Garden. I would rather eat dog food! ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

 

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Blake Shelton’s drunken antics have wife Miranda Lambert ready to dump her partying hubby in a $40 million divorce drama. “Blake is 38 years old and still acts like a drunken, oversexed frat boy. Miranda has had it – and she’s given him a marriage-ending ultimatum!” a family insider said.   ***Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello have agreed to say “I do” – but it’s more like “I don’t” when it comes to setting a date. The 38-year-old hunk tried to push the “Modern Family” spitfire, 42, into a quickie spring wedding, but she balked, friends confided. “Sofia isn’t going to do anything that doesn’t fit her schedule,” a pal revealed. “She’s telling Joe they can plan a late-fall wedding … at best.”   ***Bobbi Kristina Brown’s troubled boyfriend Nick Gordon threw a drunken, violent tantrum during the intervention that led him to rehab, sources said. The intervention was staged in an Atlanta hotel room, led by Gordon’s mom and assisted by “Dr. Phil” staffers, according to a report on Sunday. But Gordon was sky high on drugs and booze — to the point where he couldn’t walk and had to be pushed around on a luggage cart, TMZ reported.

 

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Monday • March 9, 2015

ISIS FOOLED CAPTIVES WITH MOCK EXECUTION: A former translator for ISIS said that Western hostages were made compliant prior to their beheadings with the use of mock executions. “Saleh” told Britain’s Sky News that he worked with Mohammed Emwazi, the 26-year-old Briton dubbed Jihadi John, to communicate with American, British, and Japanese hostages in Syria. Saleh said Emwazi told him to tell the hostages: “No problem, only video, we don’t kill you, we want from your government [to] stop attacking Syria. We don’t have any problem with you; you are only our visitors.” Subject to repeated mock executions, the hostages didn’t know if or when they would be killed. Saleh, who told interviewers that hostages were given Arabic names to make them believe ISIS would treat them well, said he saw Emwazi kill Japanese hostage Kenji Goto in person, although from a distance.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


BIDEN: GOP’S IRAN LETTER UNDERMINES U.S.: Vice President Joe Biden slammed 47 Republican senators who signed a letter urging Iran to reject any nuclear deal with President Obama, calling it “beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.” The letter, organized by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, threatened that any deal reached between U.S. and Iran would need congressional approval or it could be undone after Obama left office in two years. “The decision to undercut our president and circumvent our constitutional system offends me as a matter of principle,” Biden said Monday. “As a matter of policy, the letter and its authors have also offered no viable alternative to the diplomatic resolution with Iran that their letter seeks to undermine.” Meanwhile, seven Republican critics remain concerned the letter could backfire in the GOP push to undo a possible nuclear deal. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, said it might detract from a bill he has sponsored mandating a congressional vote to approve or reject an Iran nuclear deal.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that in addition to being read in all 50 of the United States, the LBN E-Lert is read in 26 foreign countries including: China, India, Brazil, France, Spain, Russia, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Israel, Iraq, England, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Korea, Greece among others.

LBN-NOTICED: ***George Lucas delighted fans when he unexpectedly stopped into Midtown Comics in Times Square and bought three “Star Wars” comics. “He came in and was browsing the store, looking at the ‘Star Wars’ stuff,” a shop employee tells us of his visit on Monday. “He was only in for about 15 minutes, his driver was waiting outside. Fans were pretty excited to see him and he signed a comic book. He was saying he hadn’t read any of the new ‘Star Wars’ comics.”   ***Spike Jonze and Ellen Barkin seeing Cush Jumbo’s one-woman show “Josephine and I” at Joe’s Pub in NYC.  ***Paula Abdul eating lunch at Junior’s Times Square in NYC.   ***Edie Falco with her kids at off-Broadway musical  “Brooklynite”.   ***“Star Trek” star George Takei at  Strand Bistro in NYC.   ***Zoe Saldana playing tennis with Roger Federer on a tiny court during a Moët & Chandon  bash at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills..   ***Gwen Stefani and Demi Moore at Soho House West Hollywood to check out a launch of Established Jewelry by Nikki Erwin.

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LASER INJURES THREE PILOTS IN NYC: A Bronx man was arrested for injuring three pilots by pointing some kind of laser beam at aircraft heading to and from LaGuardia Airport. Police said Frank Egan, 36, was charged after officers from the NYPD’s aviation unit spotted the laser being pointed out of his apartment in the Bronx. One of the two aircrafts the laser beam hit was a helicopter piloted by police officers, who had to be treated for eye injuries. The other pilot was flying an Air Canada commercial airliner and was hospitalized in Toronto. Police say Egan eventually admitted to using the laser they found in his apartment. Egan faces charges of reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, felony assault, assault on a police officer, and menacing a police officer.

PRISONER BEAT AFTER SAVING GUARD: An inmate at New York City’s Rikers Island who helped save a female corrections officer from being raped was beaten by his fellow inmates after the story hit the news, according to a jail source who spoke with the New York Daily News. Franklin Johnson was attacked Thursday when news of the rescue aired on TV, and the other inmates apparently felt he got too much credit for the rescue. Johnson suffered a minor knee injury, the jail source said. Franklin is set to be released March 24 after serving time for drug-related charges.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The Coral Tree teams in Brentwood, California expands to fine steaks and whiskey. Brentwood doesn’t know what’s going to hit them when the ritzy Baltaire opens tonight. Spread across the old Cheesecake Factory, the Coral Tree team takes full advantage of the spacious digs with a main dining room (perfect for people watching), a lovely covered outdoor terrace, fireside lounge, and robust bar area that’ll probably be chock full of  beautiful patrons. Chef Travis Strickland, who hails from the Windy City, is touting a slew of steak options from bone-in filet, Porterhouse, Japanese A5 Wagyu, 35-day dry-aged cote de boeuf. Other options include a tableside Dover sole, tossed Greek salad, and even matcha green tea to aid digestion after a hearty meal.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Tajik, an LBN E-Lert reader from Saigon, Vietnam.


GUN-OWNING HOMES AT RECORD LOW: The percentage of U.S. households with guns is at a record low, according to the annual General Social Survey. In 2014, 32 percent of Americans owned or lived with someone who owned a firearm, tying the mark set in 2010. The survey also found that 22 percent of Americans own firearms, down from the 1985 peak of 31 percent. However, the drop does not necessarily reflect a response to gun-violence fears. The survey said the decrease was probably correlated to a decline in the popularity in hunting. Also according to the FBI, gun background checks have actually increased, “suggesting the total number of firearms being purchased is going up,” explained the AP report. The survey also found that four out of 10 white Americans lived in a household with a gun, compared to two out of 10 black and Hispanic Americans. Higher-income households were also significantly more likely to possess firearms than lower-income ones.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The director of a movie about musician Gregg Allman pleaded guilty Monday in a train crash that killed a camera assistant and injured six film workers, and prosecutors in exchange dropped charges against his wife and business partner. As part of the plea deal, Director Randall Miller will spend two years in the county jail and another eight on probation on involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing charges. He also will pay a $20,000 fine.

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CIA: The World Factbook

“The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Sam Simon, who was one of the major creative forces behind “The Simpsons” and who left the show after its fourth season in a lucrative arrangement that allowed him to spend much of the rest of his life giving his money away, died on Sunday at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. He was 59. His death was confirmed by his agent, Andy Patman. Mr. Simon learned a few years ago that he had colon cancer.   ***Lew Soloff, a jazz trumpeter who reached a broader audience with the jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat and Tears, especially with a memorable solo on the original version of the 1969 hit “Spinning Wheel,” died on Sunday in Brooklyn. He was 71. The cause was a heart attack, his manager Nancy Meyer said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Wales And Lila Tretikov: Today, we’re filing a lawsuit against the National Security Agency to protect the rights of the 500 million people who use Wikipedia every month. We’re doing so because a fundamental pillar of democracy is at stake: the free exchange of knowledge and ideas.Our lawsuit says that the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance of Internet traffic on American soil — often called “upstream” surveillance — violates the Fourth Amendment, which protects the right to privacy, as well as the First Amendment, which protects the freedoms of expression and association. We also argue that this agency activity exceeds the authority granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that Congress amended in 2008.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: One of America’s leading political scientists, Robert Putnam, has just come out with a book called “Our Kids” about the growing chasm between those who live in college-educated America and those who live in high-school-educated America. It’s got a definitive collection of data about this divide. Roughly 10 percent of the children born to college grads grow up in single-parent households. Nearly 70 percent of children born to high school grads do. There are a bunch of charts that look like open scissors. In the 1960s or 1970s, college-educated and noncollege-educated families behaved roughly the same. But since then, behavior patterns have ever more sharply diverged. High-school-educated parents dine with their children less than college-educated parents, read to them less, talk to them less, take them to church less, encourage them less and spend less time engaging in developmental activity.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: The most important word in the title of Goran Rosenberg’s beautifully wrought book, “A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz,” is the unlikely one that precedes the name of the Nazi death camp. Auschwitz, for the Jews, and not only for them, was a destination with no return ticket, a place of gas and ashes. But some did survive; those sent the other way on the ramp to be worked to death for Hitler’s Reich, except of course that it might just be, if they were resilient enough, that the 1,000-year Reich expired in flames before them. As was the case with Rosenberg’s father, David, for whom there was a road, of sorts, from Auschwitz.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Kevin Carey has a 4-year-old girl. Carey, the director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, has been thinking about the role of universities in American life for virtually his entire career. But after his daughter was born, that thinking took on a new urgency. “All of a sudden there is a mental clock,” he told me the other day. “How am I going to pay for her college education? I wanted to write a book that asked, ‘What will college be like when my daughter is ready to go?’ ” His answer is his new book, “The End of College,” which is both a stinging indictment of the university business model and a prediction about how technology is likely to change it. His vision is at once apocalyptic and idealistic. He calls it “The University of Everywhere.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***It’s been a long road for Joe Manganiello. The “Magic Mike” hunk, who’s engaged to Sofia Vergara, says he’s been sober for 12 years. “Of course sobriety is something near and dear to me,” the 38-year-old actor told Us Weekly at the screening of “The Resurrection of Jack the Snake,” a documentary about the former wrestler and his own issues with sobriety.

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LBN-ETC: Getting the word out about your business isn’t nearly as important as getting it out to the RIGHT audience. When I started my business in 2009, I did no advertising other than a mention to the subscribers of the LBN E-Lert. From that initial announcement, I have built a steady business of high-level clientele, referral after referral. When I recently heard that the Elert was welcoming reader listings at an affordable price, I jumped on it; again the calls came flooding in. For reaching high level decision-makers, movers and shakers, there is simply no better resource than the LBN Elert. —-Suzanne Sena.

LBN-ETC: Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award” for Healthy Food Delivery Service — www.NutriFitOnline.com.

LBN-ETC: America’s premier nasal surgeon — www.RobertKotlerMD.com.

LBN-ETC: Ever think about writing a book?  A book is a great promotional tool and says “I am the expert!”  You only need a book proposal to get a book contract…and a nice advance check. I am the author of 34 books and have worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects.  I can help you create a book proposal and find the best publisher, or guide you through the self-publishing process.  Contact John Riddle at johnriddle@sprintmail.com for more information.  And don’t forget to celebrate I Love To Write Day on Nov. 15. www.ilovetowriteday.org for more info.

LBN-ETC: Do you read LBN? Send your testimonial to us and we will post in a future LBN E-Lert. E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net.

LBN-ETC: Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award” – Chiropractic (Two years in a row) – Dr. Robert Jeffrey – www.DrRobertJeffrey.com .

LBN-ETC: www.BackSwanLtd.com

LBN-ETC: Do you have a “Big” dream? — www.TheExcelReport.com .

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Sunday • March 8, 2015

NEMTSOV MURDER SUSPECT BLOWS SELF UP: One of the suspects in the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov blew himself up as police got closer to detaining him on Saturday night, according to Russian news reports. A total of five suspects were due to be arraigned in Moscow, and all of them are Chechens. The two prime suspects have been named as Zaur Dadayev and Anzar Kubashev. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was on the verge of releasing a report on the involvement of the Russian military in Ukraine. He was with his girlfriend walking over a bridge near the Kremlin when he was shot.

BOKO HARAM GENERATES UNCERTAINTY WITH PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO ISLAMIC STATE: With thousands of fighters and some parts of northeastern Nigeria under its control, Boko Haram is believed to be the largest jihadi group to pledge fidelity to the Islamic State. But terrorism experts say that the practical significance of the move announced Saturday is as yet unclear. Some experts say that the pledge, or “bayat,” made by the leader of Boko Haram is a spiritually binding oath, which indicates that the Nigerian Islamist group has agreed to accept the authority of the Islamic State. But as with similar pledges to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, by other extremist groups, there are few details about how much direct control the Islamic State leaders have over their distant proxies.

OBAMA SAYS NUCLEAR DEAL OFFERED TO IRAN IS ‘EXTRAORDINARILY REASONABLE’: President Obama said that he and other world leaders have offered Iran an “extraordinarily reasonable deal” that will test whether the leadership of the Islamic nation is serious about at last resolving the dispute over its nuclear program. Even as negotiators appear close to an agreement, Mr. Obama highlighted the challenge of what comes next: ensuring that any pact forged in Geneva can pass muster in Tehran, where Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has expressed deep skepticism about a settlement with the outside world.

MH370’S BEACON BATTERY WAS EXPIRED: According to the first comprehensive report into missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the plane’s underwater locator beacon’s battery had expired in December 2012. The 584-page report appears to mostly cover how ordinary the flight was, from the lack of unusual health-related issues or problems for the cabin crew and no unusual weather. The news about the cabin crew supports reporting from The Daily Beast that ran counter to the Malaysian government’s trashing of the pilots. According to the report, the expired battery went unnoticed because of a computer error. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak claimed that the country is still searching for the missing flight and its 239 passengers. “The lack of answers and definitive proof — such as aircraft wreckage — has made this more difficult to bear,” he said. “Malaysia remains committed to the search, and hopeful that MH370 will be found.”

OBAMA HEARD OF HILLARY EMAILS FROM NEWS: President Obama claims that he only found out about Hillary Clinton’s private email address use for the State Department from last week’s New York Times report. The same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” the president told CBS News. “The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, which is why my emails, the BlackBerry I carry around, all those records are available and archived,” he said. “I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails about official business need to be disclosed.” On Wednesday, Clinton tweeted, “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

ENDLESS TURMOIL AT NBC NEWS: New York Magazine recaps the Brian Williams and Today show debacles along with other messes that incoming NBC News Chairman Andy Lack will try to clean up when he takes over the Peacock Network’s troubled news division in April. The much-anticipated story claims that before Williams’s downfall for embellishing his Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina experiences, the lead anchor was so ambivalent about staying at NBC Nightly News that he pitched himself to CBS chief Leslie Moonves as a late-night replacement for the retiring David Letterman. Moonves passed, the magazine reports. The story also says that contrary to speculation, Lack—who developed close relationships with on-air talent when he first ran NBC News from 1993 to 2001—told staffers during a meet-and-greet at 30 Rock on Friday that he has not spoken to Katie Couric about a role at the network. Perhaps the most troublesome aspect of New York’s story—at least for NBC News President Deborah Turness, who will be answering to Lack—is its assertion that before firing former ESPN programming executive Jamie Horowitz as he was tactlessly preparing to take control of  the Today show brand and causing high anxiety among cast members, she enthusiastically endorsed all of his proposed on-air talent changes, including replacing news reader Natalie Morales with former Good Morning America presenter Josh Elliott, and dumping Savannah Guthrie for fourth-hour host Hoda Kotb. Turness wanted to make even bigger changes, the mag claims, quoting her as telling Horowitz, “This is not aggressive enough of a plan.” If true, that will do nothing to help Turness’s frayed relationship with NBC’s most powerful and best-paid anchor, Today show star Matt Lauer.

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


LBN-INVESTIGATES: The NSF estimates that a human brain produces as many as 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, depending on how deep a thinker a person is. Most of the so-called random daily thoughts are about our social environment and ourselves.

BILL CLINTON DEFENDS FOREIGN DONATIONS: After mounting criticism about new donations from foreign governments, former President Bill Clinton defended the practice. “My theory about all of this is disclose everything and then let people make their judgments,” Clinton said. “I believe we have done a lot more good than harm and I believe this is a good thing.” It was recently that several governments, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia had donated to the foundation. “The UAE gave us money. Do we agree with everything they do? No. But they help us fight ISIS,” Clinton said. Critics have argued that the funds from foreign governments represent a conflict of interest as Clinton’s wife Hillary is expected to run for president.

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U.S. WOMEN CAUGHT CARVING IN COLOSSEUM: Two American woman are facing a penalty after being caught carving their names into the Colosseum in Rome and taking a selfie in front of them. The two women, aged 21 and 25, from California, scratched their initials with a coin on Saturday, and were caught by police. Signs in English and Italian all around the historic site point out that defacing the walls is strictly forbidden.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Attorney Mark Baer, an LBN E-Lert reader from Los Angeles, California.


LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***NBC Universal is looking at “The View”-style talk shows with multiple hosts to possibly replace “The Meredith Vieira Show” as its ratings slump behind syndicated competitors, sources say.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Harrison Ford at Venice, Cal­if., hot spot Gjusta “chatting with the young hipsters” before his fateful flight.   ***Kelly Clarkson at Trattoria Dell’Arte in NYC  while Jerry Springer dined nearby.   ***Jennifer Garner shopping for paraben-free skincare products at the Bluemercury store in Buckhead, Atlanta.   ***Jim Caviezel chatting with William DeMeo between takes on the set of “Person of ­Interest” in Alphabet City.   ***David Burtka grabbing food at Urbo in NYC between rehearsals of Broadway’s new “It Shoulda Been You.”

IDITAROD MOVED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW: While the eastern U.S. has been struggling with a cold and snowy winter, Alaska’s snowfall has been so meager that its Alaskan Iditarod dogsled are has been moved 289 miles north. This is only the second time in the historic race’s 43 year history that such a measure has been necessary. The 1000-mile race’s starting point has been moved from Willow to Fairbanks. In Anchorage, 350 trucks were used to bring in snow as the city has only received about a third of its annual snowfall.

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Rand McNally Driving Directions and Maps

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Many plastic surgeries in the early Renaissance were performed in barber shops.

LBN-R.I.P.: Dirk Shafer, a former Playgirl magazine centerfold who chronicled his experiences as a closeted gay man in a 1995 mock documentary, “Man of the Year,” was found dead on Thursday in West Hollywood, Calif. He was 52. Craig Harvey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office, said Mr. Shafer was discovered in the front passenger seat of his car on a residential street. The cause of death had not been determined, he said, adding that there was no evidence of trauma or drug or alcohol use.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Richard A. Friedman: In short, some people are prone to be less anxious simply because they won the genetic sweepstakes and randomly got a genetic mutation that has nothing at all to do with strength of character. About 20 percent of adult Americans have this mutation. Those who do may also be less likely to become addicted to marijuana and, possibly, other drugs — presumably because they don’t need the calming effects that marijuana provides.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ross Douthat: One of the anxieties haunting the 21st century is a fear that technological change will soon make many human lives seem essentially superfluous. It’s a fear as old as the Luddites, but the promise of computing, robotics and biotechnology has given it new life. It suddenly seems plausible that a rich, technologically proficient society will no longer offer meaningful occupation to many people of ordinary talents, even as it offers ever-greater wealth, ever-widening powers and, perhaps, ever-longer life to the elite.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Somewhere in Smithsonian storage sits a portrait of Bill Clinton with two odd features: He is standing next to a shadow meant to conjure Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, and he is not wearing his gold wedding ring. As we have been reminded by a recent wild cascade of stories, everything about the Clintons is convoluted. Nothing is simple, even a celebratory portrait.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Matthew B. Crawford: I am already in a state of low-level panic about departure times, possible gate changes and any number of other contingencies. This fresh demand for vigilance, lest I lose the PowerPoint slide show I will be presenting in a few hours, feels like a straightforward conflict between me and L’Oréal. Somehow L’Oréal has the Transportation Security Administration on its side. Who made the decision to pimp out the security trays with these advertisements? We travelers have no clue, so we search instead for a diagnosis of ourselves: Why am I so angry?

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Dennis Hof — proprietor of the Moonlite BunnyRanch brothel and the self-proclaimed P.T. Barnum of prostitution — will be the subject of a scripted MGM TV show. Hof’s book, “The Art of the Pimp,” which charts his life as the owner of the famous legal brothel, life as an American sex-industry entrepreneur and interactions with the likes of Heidi Fleiss and Ron Jeremy, has been optioned by MGM to become a series.

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Saturday • March 7, 2015

MORE DEPORTED FOREIGN NATIONALS ARE RETURNING TO US ILLEGALLY: For years, federal immigration authorities have hailed as an enforcement success the annual growth in deportations of foreign nationals who have been convicted of serious crimes or caught living or working in the United States without papers. What authorities have not highlighted is the simultaneous growth in the number of previously deported foreign nationals who have returned to the United States illegally either by sneaking through the porous Mexican border or by traveling on boats from the Bahamas to South Florida. While annual illegal re-entries are not as numerous as deportations, over time they contribute to an erosion of enforcement gains. For example, in fiscal year 2012 at least 409,849 undocumented immigrants were deported. But during the same period, more than 160,000 previously deported foreign nationals returned illegally. By now, three years later, roughly the same number of people deported in 2012 have returned, immigration experts say.

TWO SUSPECTS HELD IN NEMTSOV MURDER: Two men have been detained in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a liberal critic of Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin who was shot dead within sight of the Kremlin walls in late February. The suspects’ names are Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev, according to what Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Federal Security Service, told Russia’s state television station on Saturday. Both men are apparently from the Caucasus region. They may be brought to court for a formal arrest on Sunday.

OBAMA, BUSH MARK SELMA ANNIVERSARY: President Obama traveled to Selma, Alabama on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the day peaceful protesters led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were violently beaten by state troopers as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The act shocked the nation and eventually led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Former president George W. Bush will join Obama in commemorating the anniversary, along with over 100 members of Congress (about two dozen of whom are Republican) and an estimated tens of thousands of Americans.

ISIS DEMOLISHES ANCIENT CITY OF HATRA: Islamic State militants are reportedly destroying yet another ancient archeological site, this time the 2,000-year-old Iraqi city of Hatra, according to the country’s tourism and antiquities ministry. Employees of the ministry in Mosul say that the militants demolished the site on Saturday. A resident in the area told Reuters that a powerful explosion was heard Saturday and that other residents reported militants destroying some of Hatra’s larger buildings and bulldozing other parts. Hatra was named a world heritage site in 1987.

OBAMA CRITICIZES ‘OPPRESSIVE’ FERGUSON: During a town hall style meeting in South Carolina on Friday, President Barack Obama criticized the city of Ferguson, Mo. for the “oppressive and abusive” actions against African-Americans described in a Department of Justice report. “It turns out they weren’t just making it up. This was happening,” Obama said. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters at the event that the government will “use all the power that we have to change the situation there,” including dismantling the police force if necessary.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Ghyslain Wattrelos in London, England on Friday. His wife, daughter and one of his two sons were on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it vanished last March.


CORRUPTION CHARGE NEAR FOR SEN. MENENDEZ: The Justice Department reportedly plans to charge Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey with corruption for doing political favors for a donor and friend. “People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges,” CNN reports. The FBI has been investigating Menendez’s relationship with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, on whose plane the senator flew to the Dominican Republic in 2010. In 2013, Menendez paid back Melgen $58,000 after not disclosing the flight. Menendez has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Menendez, a Democrat, was reelected in 2012 and is considered a leading hawk on Iran and Russia in the Senate. “Let me be very clear, I have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law,” Menendez said at a press conference on Friday. “Every action that I and my office have taken for the last 23 years that I have been privileged to be in the United States Congress has been based on pursuing the best policies for the people of New Jersey and this entire country.”

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LBN-READER QUESTION?: Is McDonald’s Having An Identity Crisis? Please send your vote to: LBNELert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Reader Question” in the subject line).


LBN-SEE IT: Taylor Swift (Selfie).


AMAL CLOONEY TO TEACH AT COLUMBIA: Columbia’s Law School has confirmed that human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who recently wed actor George Clooney, will be a visiting teacher during the ivy league university’s spring semester. She will lecturing on human rights litigation strategies for the Law School’s Human Rights Institute. Amal has represented many high profile cases, such as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings, internationally and served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan in Syria.

SITE OF THE DAY:

OneLook Dictionary

“Think of this web site as a search engine for words and phrases: If you have a word for which you’d like a definition, we’ll quickly shuttle you to the web-based dictionaries that define that word. If you don’t know the right word to use, we’ll help you find it. No word is too obscure: More than 19 million words in more than 1,000 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search engine.”

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LBN-R.I.P.: Albert Maysles, the award-winning documentarian who, with his brother, David, made intensely talked-about films, including “Grey Gardens” and “Gimme Shelter,” with their American version of cinéma vérité, died Thursday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. His death was confirmed by K. A. Dilday, a family friend.   ***Harve Bennett, who navigated a rocky path from childhood stardom to youthful disaffection to adult success as a producer of four “Star Trek” films and an Emmy-winning TV movie, died on Feb. 25 in Medford, Ore. He was 84. A friend, Terry Lee Rioux, said the cause was complications of a recent fall.   ***Daniel Von Bargen, a character actor who played both bumbling and menacing authority figures and was probably best known as George Costanza’s thickheaded boss on “Seinfeld,” died on Sunday in Cincinnati. He was 64. His death was confirmed by Harry Gilligan, the owner of Gilligan Funeral Homes, without specifying the cause. Mr. Von Bargen had been treated for diabetes for years and had undergone a leg amputation.   ***Brian Carman, who as a high school student in the early 1960s co-wrote the instrumental surf-rock hit “Pipeline” for his band, the Chantays, died on Sunday at his home in Santa Ana, Calif. He was 69. The cause was complications of Crohn’s disease, his wife, Sunida Carman, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: In 1986, Congress passed, and Ronald Reagan signed into law, the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act. It directed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to ban certain types of ammunition that could pierce the body armor worn by police officers. The National Rifle Association had originally opposed the legislation — which, in fact, was one of a series of events that caused a split between the N.R.A. and most police associations — but the logic behind it was irrefutable. “Certain forms of ammunition have no legitimate sporting, recreational or self-defense use and thus should be prohibited,” Reagan said during the signing ceremony. The House of Representatives passed the measure by a vote of 400 to 21.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Dinner at Canter’s the other night was an adventure. Not in bad food or bad service or bad lighting but I had misfortune of sitting next to a Mother and her little brat. The child’s playfulness was amusing at first, but very soon I grew tired of his loud capers. Why do parents think that others find their annoying, ugly kids appealing. We don’t. ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The party may be over for Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miley Cyrus, insiders say. “Miley expected a proposal on Valentine’s Day,” said a source. “Now she’s extremely disappointed.” The 21-year-old son of former “Governator” Arnold and Kennedy clan member Maria Shriver had second thoughts after getting an earful from Miley’s ex-fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, sources said.   ***Despite all the rumors about Katie Couric returning to NBC, network sources tell us, “Katie is not welcomed back at the ‘Today’ show.” We’re told Couric is angling for a return to NBC now that it’s been announced that former boss Andrew Lack, who helped make her a star at “Today,” will be back as chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. He ran the news division for eight years until 2001.   ***Nancy Sinatra, 74, said at Peter Max’s studio on Monday that she’d recently had a knee replaced — but assured guests her boots are still “made for walkin.’” Max unveiled a series of paintings of Frank Sinatra, commemorating his centennial. But when crooner Nancy was asked if she still likes singing her 1966 hit, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin,’” she told a guest, “I think I’ve heard it enough.”

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Friday • March 6, 2015

MEDIA EXPERT LEVINE SAYS TWITTER HAS 45,000+ PRO-ISIS ACCOUNTS: According to media expert and author Michael Levine there are at least 46,000 Twitter accounts that support the Islamic State, despite the micro-blogging site’s attempts to shutter accounts in late 2014. The ISIS Twitter Census found that three-quarters of the users tweet in Arabic and an estimated one-in five in English, with most accounts tracked to ISIS-held territories in Iraq and Syria noted Levine on Thursday night. According to technologist J.M. Berger, who co-authored a  report on the matter said accounts had an average of about 1,000 followers. Levine said militants are not using Twitter for direct recruitment though. “They are using their accounts to attract people and draw people in.”

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

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STATE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES HILLARY: The State Department is investigating whether Hillary Clinton’s use of private email included sensitive information that would have violated security protocols during her tenure as secretary of state. An anonymous official did not provide further details on what security protocols entailed, but added that Clinton didn’t automatically violate any rules despite a Politico report that found her use of private email was a “clear-cut” violation of guidelines according to an employee manual. According to the New York Times, the department gained access to Clinton’s personal emails last summer as a part of an initiative to recover public records. In attempts to gain access, State officials met with Clinton’s lawyers and advisers last August after John Kerry’s chief of staff signed off on a request to retrieve the records. Department officials have maintained that Clinton and her staff determined which emails to hand over last year. A Clinton aide declined to comment on how many emails were withheld or how staff decided what was considered personal subject matter.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Chris Voss along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


BRITON ARRESTED OVER CYBERATTACK ON U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT: A 23-year-old British man has been arrested over a cyberattack in which data was stolen from the United States Department of Defense, the police said on Friday. The man was detained Wednesday morning by detectives from the National Crime Agency of Britain on suspicion of offenses linked to a hacking that took place in June, said a spokesman for the agency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, in line with official policy.

56,023,000: RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN NOT IN LABOR FORCE: A record 56,023,000 women, age 16 years and over, were not in the labor force in February.  Not only was that a record high, but it’s also the first time the number has exceeded 56 million, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  To be counted as ‘not in the labor force,’ according to the BLS, one must not have a job or have looked for one in the past four weeks. In January 2015, there were 55,756,000 women not in the labor force, which means that 267,000 women dropped out of the labor force since then.

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: THE DARK PAST OF CLINT EASTWOOD NEW GF: Clint Eastwood proudly went public with his new squeeze at the Oscars, but the 84-year-old “Dirty Harry” star might not know about Christina Sandera’s dark past. Christina, 51, has been arrested for “domestic battery” – and battled alcohol and anger management problems, according to police reports uncovered  by sources. “Clint just got out of a bad marriage and now he’s found himself in a violent new romance if Christina’s past is any indication,” a source said. “This certainly isn’t going to make his day!” Before Christina landed a hostess job at Clint’s Mission Ranch in Carmel, Calif., she was involved in a stormy 11-month marriage to a bakery shop owner, divorce papers indicate.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Apple, the highest valued company in the world, will be added to the Dow Jones industrial average next month in yet another sign of how popular the computer giant has become for investors. Apple, a top investment holding for risky hedge funds as well as retirees, will replace the telecommunications company AT&T, a technology standard-bearer in its day, on March 19, S&P Dow Jones Indices said in an announcement on Friday.

O.J. SIMPSON DOUBLE AMPUTATION FEARS: Creepy double murder acquitee O.J, SIMPSON may lose both legs in a diabetes related double amputation. His manager Norman Pardo divulged The Juice’s fears that he’s “Not leaving prison until he’s dead.” According to Pardo, OJ’s biggest concern is the lack of care at the Lovelock Correctional Facility to treat his ongoing struggle with obesity-related diabetes. Simpson underwent two knee replacement surgeries before he went into jail, “but the procedure was complicated by a bone infection,” Pardo told RadarOnline. He added that he “was on massive antibiotics to get rid of it” but “it didn’t want to heal.” “If his knee is giving him problems now it’s probably a knee infection that is setting in from when the doctor operated on him… it was a hell of a mess,” Pardo said.

LBN-NOTICED: ***The “Seinfeld” cast, sans Julia Louis-Dreyfus, reunited for the inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Initiative Lunch for Baby Buggy on Wednesday. Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards were caught sharing hearty laughs at the star-studded luncheon, which also welcomed Kevin Hart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jay Leno and more.   ***Liv Tyler at Cafe Cluny in the West Village in NYC.   ***Former  New York Giants star Hakeem Nicks dining with his fiancée, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Ariel Meredith, at Dune at the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas.   ***Tom Hanks, Anna Wintour and Sissy Spacek separately having power breakfasts at the Regency Bar & Grill in NYC.    ***Larry David at a bash at the Boom Boom Room for the new Netflix show “Bloodline”  ***Mel B and her husband, Stephen Belafonte, dining together at a private table at Philippe in NYC.

MY REVIEW: “LBN is the best, by-far, English speaking information and news source in Japan. I love the fascinating photos and the great Investigation information.”—- Kim S., an LBN E-Lert reader from Tokyo, Japan.


GERMANY SETS QUOTA FOR FEMALE EXECS: More than 100 of Germany’s biggest companies will be required to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards starting next year. The German parliament approved the quota system Friday and will require an additional 3,500 firms to set goals for raising the number of women in director and leadership positions. “If there are no equal opportunities at the top of companies, there are none in other areas either,” Manuela Schwesig, Germany’s minister for women and families, told ZDF television. “It was important to me to start with the very biggest [companies], where most women work.” The measure was backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party and the Social Democrats. Opponents, who said the quota system didn’t go far enough, abstained.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Because they viewed Christmas as a decadent Catholic holiday, the Puritans in America banned all Christmas celebrations from 1659-1681 with a penalty of five shillings for each offense. Some Puritan leaders condemned those who favored Christmas as enemies of the Christian religion.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Eugene V., an LBN E-Lert reader from Springfield, Illinois.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***In January, the first recording by Elvis Presley – a 1953 acetate disc featuring “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” – sold at auction for $300,000 to “an undisclosed buyer.” It turns out the secret purchaser wasn’t just any deep-pocketed Elvis fan: Jack White has revealed that it was his winning bid that landed the 10-inch recording, and that he plans to reissue the single on vinyl for this coming Record Store Day.   ***Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain‘s childhood home in Washington state is on sale for $400,000, complete with drawings he made on the bedroom wall, a realtor said on Wednesday. Cobain rose to fame as the lead singer and songwriter of Nirvana, arguably the defining band of the grunge era that dominated rock music, and elements of popular culture, for several years in the 1990s.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a stern defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who presided over the Archdiocese of New York for nine years in an era of troubled finances, changing demographics and an aging, dwindling priesthood shaken by sexual-abuse scandals, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 82. Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the cause was cardiac arrest.   ***Alex Johnson, who in a mercurial baseball career won the American League batting title with the Angels in 1970, edging out Carl Yastrzemski, only to be suspended by the team one year later for not hustling, a move that led to a landmark ruling in his favor, died on Saturday in Southfield, Mich. He was 72. The cause was complications of prostate cancer, his son, Alex Jr., said.

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Biography.com

“Every life has a story. Biography.com captures the most gripping, surprising and fascinating stories about famous people. The last fateful day. The decision that changed everything. The moment of cheating death. The biggest break. The defining opportunity. The most shattering failure. The unexpected connection. With over 7,000 biographies and daily features that highlight newsworthy, compelling and surprising points-of-view, we are the digital source for true stories about people that matter.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Hillary Clinton’s record is more moderate than the Democratic primary voter today. So it was always likely that she would move left as the primary season approached. It’s now becoming clearer how she might do it. She might make a shift from what you might call human capital progressivism to redistributionist progressivism. For many years, Democratic efforts to reduce inequality and lift middle-class wages were based on the theory that the key is to improve the skills of workers. Expand early education. Make college cheaper. Invest in worker training. Above all, increase the productivity of workers so they can compete.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Let’s begin with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran logic. He portrays a rampaging Islamic Republic that “now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sana,” a nation “gobbling” other countries on a “march of conquest, subjugation and terror.” Then, in the same speech, he describes Iran as “a very vulnerable regime” on the brink of folding. Well, which is it?


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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sandra Bullbock has FINALLY found love – with her longtime pal and costar in “The Heat,” actor Michael McDonald!  “Sandy can’t believe that Mr. Right was standing right in front of her all this time!” said a close pal of the Oscarwinning beauty. The new couple, both 50, was recently photographed looking blissfully happy as they celebrated Mardi Gras in Sandra’s adopted hometown of New Orleans. Not surprisingly, friends are thrilled with her choice.

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Thursday • March 5, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Marijuana

1.     Marijuana is created from the dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa.

2.     Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States. Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once, and more than 25 million have smoked it in the last year.

3.     According to one national survey on drug use, each day approximately 6,000 Americans try marijuana for the first time.

4.     Worldwide, it is estimated that about 162 million adults use marijuana at least once per year, and 22.5 million use the drug daily.

5.     After alcohol, marijuana is the most popular recreational or mood-altering drug used worldwide.

6.     Just under 40% of high school students in the U.S. report using marijuana at least once in their life, and 20% report using it regularly.

7.     According to one report, it would take 800 joints to kill a person—but the cause of death would be carbon monoxide poisoning.

8.     There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana in the popular vernacular. Some of the more common nicknames include pot, grass, weed, hash, and ganja.

9.     The international and scientific name for marijuana is cannabis. However, the substance is most commonly called marijuana within the United States.

10.  The name marijuana comes from a Mexican slang term for cannabis and is believed to have derived from the Spanish pronunciation of the names Mary and Jane. (The two names were also common Mexican military slang for a prostitute or brothel.) Marijuana came into popularity as a name for cannabis in the U.S. during the late 1800s.

11.  The cannabis plant can grow in nearly any environment and averages one to two inches of growth per day and up to 18 feet total in ideal conditions.

12.  The primary active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta 9 tetrhydrocannabinol). It is this chemical that produces marijuana’s mind-altering effects.

13.  The psychoactive side effects of THC in small doses include loss of inhibition, elation, and a distorted sense of time. The drug can also cause increased visual sensitivity and heightened imagination.

14.  Depending upon the weather conditions, soil type, and time of harvest for a cannabis plant, as well as the specific mixture of dried leaves and flowers in the marijuana product, a sample of marijuana can contain anywhere from 3% to 20% THC.

15.  Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.

16.  The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 B.C. by Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The emperor documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout.

17.  The first law in the American colonies regarding marijuana was a 1619 law that actually required farmers to grow the hemp plant. Once harvested, hemp was useful for clothing, sails, and rope.

18.  During the temperance movement of the 1890s, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol. The reason for this was that use of marijuana did not lead to domestic violence while alcohol abuse did.

19.  Marijuana was first severely restricted as a recreational and medicinal drug in the U.S. by the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The law did not prohibit marijuana use but imposed such a heavy tax that legal sale and use became nearly impossible.

20.  In October of 1937, Samuel Caldwell was the first U.S. citizen arrested under the Marihuana Tax Act for selling marijuana without paying the newly mandated tax. He was fined $1,000 and sentenced to four years of hard labor in Leavenworth.

U.S. STRATEGY IN IRAQ INCREASINGLY RELIES ON IRAN: At a time when President Obama is under political pressure from congressional Republicans over negotiations to rein in Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, a startling paradox has emerged: Mr. Obama is becoming increasingly dependent on Iranian fighters as he tries to contain the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria without committing American ground troops. In the four days since Iranian troops joined 30,000 Iraqi forces to try to wrest Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit back from Islamic State control, American officials have said the United States is not coordinating with Iran, one of its fiercest global foes, in the fight against a common enemy

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant: IT’S easy to see how women benefit from equality — more leadership positions, better pay at work and more support at home. Men may fear that as women do better, they will do worse. But the surprising truth is that equality is good for men, too. If men want to make their work teams successful, one of the best steps they can take is to bring on more women. This fall, the Internet sensation Alibaba went public after achieving years of extraordinary growth as China’s largest e-commerce company. The founder, Jack Ma, explained that “one of the secret sauces for Alibaba’s success is that we have a lot of women.” Women hold 47 percent of all jobs at Alibaba and 33 percent of senior positions.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Red hair doesn’t gray as much as other hair colors. Red hair initially tends to turn blond and then white.

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Wednesday • March 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday • March 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Monday • March 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Sunday • March 1, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-MEET: Actress Sigourney Weaver:


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

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

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


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

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Mark Bertolini, the chief executive of Aetna, along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday • February 28, 2015

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Bears have been known to eat almost anything, including snowmobile seats, engine oil, and rubber boots.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday • February 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday • February 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • February 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Author, Michael Douglas Carlin nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday • February 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday • February 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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

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Monday • February 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday • February 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday • February 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Mensa Workout

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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Friday • February 20, 2015

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

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

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

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cancer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Purdue Online Writing Lab

“The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.”

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

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Thursday • February 19, 2015

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Olympic Finances/Costs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Wednesday • February 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: John Travolta

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday • February 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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