LBN – Late Breaking News – Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

*Monthly Refugee Admissions Lowest in 15 Years; Percentage of Muslims Declining:
Nine hundred and thirteen refugees were admitted to the United States during August, the first time the monthly intake has dropped below one thousand in 15 years, and the smallest number of monthly admissions since October 2002.August’s arrivals followed a pattern evident since the start of the Trump administration – a declining proportion of Muslims in comparison to Christians and adherents of other faiths.

Of the 913 refugees admitted during the month, 551 (60.3 percent) were Christians, with the biggest groups including 185 Pentecostalists from Ukraine and 53 Baptists, also from Ukraine.

A significantly smaller group, 220 (24.1 percent) were Muslims, including 48 Sunnis from Iraq and 47 from Syria.

The remaining 142 (15.5 percent) were unaffiliated or from other religions, and included 43 Buddhists and 36 Hindus, mostly from Bhutan.

LBN – Wednesday, August 6th, 2017

*Trump: “If Congress Can’t Fix
DACA, I’ll ‘Revisit’ It.”

President Donald Trump said Tuesday night that if Congress cannot pass a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that his administration scrapped, he will “revisit” it. “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” Trump tweeted. He declined to offer specifics on what “revisiting” would entail. Congressional Republicans have yet to pave out a path forward on a legislative fix, and lawmakers remain divided on the issue. Trump frequently makes promises he doesn’t keep, and earlier Tuesday his administration announced that DACA would be phased out over the next six months to buy Congress time. The New York Times reported that Trump asked his staff if there was a “way out” of deciding on DACA.

*U.N.: There Have Been 33 Uses of
Chemical Weapons in Syria

United Nations war-crimes investigators have found the most conclusive evidence to date on chemical-weapons attacks in Syria, announcing in a new report that at least 33 uses of such weapons have been documented so far in the war-torn country. Twenty-seven of those attacks were perpetrated by forces representing the government of President Bashar al-Assad, according to the report. At least 83 people were killed in the April sarin-gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun, and most of those victims were women and children, according to the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria. The findings declare that the attack was, in fact, a war crime.


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*This is Hillary’s idea of taking
responsibility for losing the election:

Hillary Clinton takes sole responsibility for her stunning election loss to Donald Trump in her new tell-all, acknowledging, “It was my campaign. Those were my decisions.” “I go back over my own shortcomings and the mistakes we made. I take responsibility for all of them. You can blame the data, blame the message, blame anything you want — but I was the candidate,” she writes in “What Happened,” CNN reported Wednesday. In the book, which is scheduled to be released next Tuesday, the former secretary of state admits she misjudged the political environment and Trump’s unorthodox presidential campaign. “I think it’s fair to say that I didn’t realize how quickly the ground was shifting under all our feet,” she writes, CNN reported, citing an early copy of the book. “I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans’ anger and resentment.” But she takes time to fault James Comey — whom she refers to as a “rash FBI director” — for re-opening the investigation into her email server a week before the election, and Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders for muddying the message about how Democrats could help the middle class. And she wonders why, after years as first lady, secretary of state, senator from New York and two-time presidential candidate, the public turned against her. “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking. I’m at a loss,” she writes. Then she says: “I think it’s partly because I’m a woman.”

*Political Divisions in U.S. Are
Widening, Notes Media Expert:

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Divisions in America reach far beyond Washington into the nation’s culture, economy and social fabric, and the polarization began long before the rise of President Donald Trump, notes media expert and author Michael Levine( ). Recent poll findings help explain why political divisions are now especially hard to bridge, Levine commented. People who identify with either party increasingly disagree not just on policy; they inhabit separate worlds of differing social and cultural values and even see their economic outlook through a partisan lens. The wide gulf is visible in an array of issues and attitudes: Democrats are twice as likely to say they never go to church as are Republicans, and they are eight times as likely to favor action on climate change. One-third of Republicans say they support the National Rifle Association, while just 4% of Democrats do. “More than three-quarters of Democrats, but less than one-third of Republicans, said they felt comfortable with societal changes that have made the U.S. more diverse” said Levine.

Suspended for Opening Body Bag to
Gawk at Dead Man’s Genitals: 

Five nurses in Denver have been suspended after inappropriately gawking at a deceased man’s genitals and discussing the body in inappropriate terms, a hospital spokesman at the Denver Health Medical Center said. The nurses are under suspension for three weeks after allegedly admiring the size of the patient’s penis after he died. Another nurse overheard the conversations and reported them. “Multiple staff members viewed the victim while he was incapacitated, including after he was deceased,” a Denver Police report says. “The complainant, Risk Management for Denver Health, made a mandatory report.”

*Pharma Bro Shkreli Selling His $2M
Wu-Tang Clan Album

Martin Shkreli, the former drug-company executive dubbed the most hated man in America for hiking up prices on life-saving medicines, is selling his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album. Just a month after he was convicted of securities fraud, Shkreli listed the Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album on eBay with a starting price of $1. Bidding quickly hit $56,000 in the auction set to run through Sept. 15. The record was the only one sold by the rap group, and Shkreli butted heads with its members after releasing snippets of it online to celebrate President Donald Trump’s election victory. Shkreli claims he will give proceeds from the auction to “medical research,” though he did not provide any further details. “I am not selling to raise cash—my companies and I have record amounts of cash on hand,” Shkreli wrote on eBay. He also offered a disclaimer to potential buyers: “At any time I may cancel this sale and I may even break this album in frustration.”

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Top UTA agent Jeremy Barber saved a woman from choking to death during a flight headed back to LA from the Telluride Film Festival, sources say. Barber — a partner in the agency with clients including Anthony HopkinsDon Cheadle, Sigourney Weaver,Noah Baumbach and Julian Fellowes — was on the same Delta shuttle that’s been transporting stars such as Christian Bale and Natalie Portman to and from the remote Colorado town. As Barber boarded the starry flight, he helped a woman stow her overhead bag,  sources say. But there was trouble later when “the same woman, who was sitting directly in front of him, started choking,” said a source. “She was about to die. It was not good. People were freaking out . . . he really saved her life.

*Richard Simmons left with huge legal bills after failed National Enquirer suit:

Richard Simmons’ lawsuit against the National Enquirer is officially over — and Simmons is looking at a huge legal bill, we’re told. Simmons sued the newspaper in May for claiming that he is transitioning into a woman. Over the holiday weekend, LA Judge Gregory Keosian rubber-stamped his decision to dismiss the enigmatic fitness guru’s case, arguing that it’s not defamatory to say someone is transgender. Simmons is now on the hook for the legal expenses of the National Enquirer, which sources say could run into “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:Steve Bannon, the ousted White House strategist, sat for an interview with CBS News’ Charlie Roseon Wednesday afternoon in New York, sources say. The full interview will air Sunday on 60 Minutes with portions of it set to run Thursday afternoon on CBS This Morning.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Now here’s something to really jump up and down on the couch for. Hollywood’s worst-kept romantic secret—the relationship between Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes — is finally out of the bag, after the couple was photographed walking hand in hand on the beach in Malibu on Labor Day, wearing matching fedoras no less. They have repeatedly denied they are in a relationship over the past few years, despite incessant rumors and frequent sightings of them together.   ***Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost at Nick & Toni’s “holding hands and enjoying a late-night dinner” andBilly Joel with Gov. Andrew Cuomo dining outside.   ***Veteran Hollywood manager and producer Steve Glickhaving lunch yesterday at Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica.   ***Kendall Jenner and Blake Griffin are definitely a couple, according to spies who saw them together on the beach at Soho House in Malibu on Sunday. One witness told us, “They spent all day together on the beach and at Soho House’s Little Beach House. It definitely looked like a date, or the early stages of a romance. They were laughing and having a good time.”


  • Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts and is the largest city both in the state and in New England. It is also the sixth largest city in the United States and the 12th largest globally.

  • Foreign-born residents from over 100 different countries make up a fourth of Boston’s population. In Boston public schools, half of the students either speak a language other than English or speak another language in addition to English.

  • Children under the age of 18 only make up 17% of Boston’s population. These lower numbers are largely attributed to high housing costs.

  • Urban legend has it that Boston’s difficult-to-navigate streets are paved cow paths. While some streets are paved over cow paths, most of the streets follow the original coastline of Boston Proper before the city expanded over 1,000 acres during the landfill projects in the 19th century, giving them their seemingly strange pattern.

  • On April 15, 2013, two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over 300. Rather than instilling fear, this event triggered over 36,000 participants in the race the following year in 2014, the most since the record-setting year in 1996 when the race had 36,748 starters for the marathon’s 100th anniversary.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ****One of the nation’s most prestigious prizes in medicine will go to Planned Parenthood and two scientists who played a crucial role in developing the vaccine to combat HPV, a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. A third honor will go to a Swiss molecular biologist, who made a groundbreaking discovery about cell growth. The Lasker Awards, sometimes called the “American Nobels” because 85 of the awardees have gone on to win the international honor, were announced by theAlbert and Mary Lasker Foundation Wednesday. Each prize comes with $250,000. The citation for the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award credits Planned Parenthood “for providing essential health services and reproductive care to millions of women for more than a century” and for helping “men as well.”   ***Pet chicks and ducklings seem unlikely culprits in a serious public health problem. But they’re responsible for infecting more than 900 people with salmonella this year — the highest number to date, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency is investigating multi-state outbreaks of salmonella infections linked to people who keep poultry in their backyards. As the local-food movement grows across the nation, more people are raising chickens, ducks and other birds. But along with the benefits of connecting with nature and easy access to fresh eggs comes the risk of disease. While most people who contract salmonella typically recover without treatment after a few days of diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, some cases require hospitalization and some can be fatal.




*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Who would have thought musty old Fenway Park, the 105-year-old dowager of the Back Bay, would be a battleground for technological espionage? In exposing a sign-stealing operation by the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees did not find evidence within the manually operated scoreboard in left field, along the Pesky Pole in right, or in the pattern of the neon lights on the Citgo sign above Kenmore Square. They found it on the Apple Watch of an assistant athletic trainer. The Red Sox have countered by saying that the Yankees have used a YES Network camera to spy on them, which the Yankees quickly denied. Major League Baseball is investigating the claims. After the initial disclosure of the Boston sign stealing by Michael S. Schmidt of The New York Times, Commissioner Rob Manfred all but said “boys will be boys” in a meeting with reporters at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon.



*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Rick Stevens, the former lead singer of Oakland’s Tower of Power rhythm and blues band who spent 36 years in prison, has died. He was 77. KTVU-TV reported that Stevens died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. Stevens joined the band in 1969 and sang lead on the group’s first two albums, including on the hit songs “Sparkling in the Sand” and “You’re Still a Young Man.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: TV’s revealing interview show ——“Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 2: The Kennedy Campaign —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank BruniIt’s funny, and sad, that for all the reverence we accord athletes, we objectify them, casting them as hunks and hulks. We do that in spades with football players. Maybe that makes it easier to treat them as disposable. Maybe that’s why Patriots fans worry more about how Tom Brady will perform in Thursday night’s season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs than about what kind of father he’ll be to his children a decade from now, or about how intact his memories of his own glory will be. There isn’t a stronger drumbeat for him to retire mostly because he gives so many spectators so much pleasure — and seems to be having a blast himself. But there also isn’t a stronger drumbeat because in the same way that he and Bündchen don’t talk about his brain, the rest of us barely give it a thought.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by M. Zuhdi Jasser (Author, Political commentator):  In Jerusalem today on a trip to Israel with the American Conservative Union (ACU). We are meeting and learning this week from like-minded minded leaders and thinkers in Israel.  More to come later, but I broke off very early this AM to visit the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque at Temple Mount and was so inspired I thought I’d post a few pictures. Sadly the mosques are only open to Muslims and in fact non-Muslims who yes, may visit the common area between the structures but no, may not go in, and are prohibited from publicly or noticeably praying. That so runs against the spirit of the Islam I know.


*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Are YOU a Brand? —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Conan O’Brien: At yesterday’sTrump rally, the crowd was chanting “CNN Sucks!” And man, you do not want to hear what they had to say about the Science Channel.



*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Aaron Carter suffered injuries after a serious car crash Tuesday morning. “Life is really so precious,” the troubled singer shared on Twitter. “I just got into a terrible accident and completely totaled my BMW M4.” “TBH this s–t hurts my arms hurt my legs hurt all my airbags went off I broke my nose this is f–-ked up,” he continued. A rep for the star confirmed Carter didn’t actually break his nose. “Aaron was in a car accident yesterday,” his rep added. “Fortunately no one was hurt and Aaron is at home doing fine. He is looking forward to his shows in Memphis on Saturday and New York on Tuesday.”   ***Don’t expect George and Amal Clooney to expand their brood anytime soon. “I’m 39,” Amal told The Hollywood Reporter with a firm shake of her head when asked if she wanted more kids with her Oscar-winning husband. “I already had them quite late.” Despite rumors that George, 56, and Amal used fertility treatments to conceive their twins, Ella and Alexander, the “Suburbicon” director insists that Amal’s pregnancy was a surprise to them both — and that her pregnancy with twins was an outright shock at Amal’s ultrasound.

LBN – Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

*Sessions: Trump Ending DACA Out of ‘Compassion’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that theTrump administration is ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy. Sessions noted that there will be a “wind-down period” to give Congress time to pass legislation to replace the program. Sessions said President Obama imposed on congressional powers when he created the program through executive order in 2012. “The compassionate thing is to end the lawlessness, enforce our laws, and, if Congress chooses to make changes to those laws, to do so through the process set forth by our Founders in a way that advances the interest of the nation,” Sessions said. Ahead of the alleged announcement, Trump tweeted that it was up to Congress to address the program, which currently protects nearly 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation. Sessions additionally referred to those protected by the DACA policy as “this group of illegal aliens.”

*Irma Whips Up to Category 5, With South Florida in Its Path

Hurricane Irma hit Category 5 strength early Tuesday, forecasters declared, warning the approaching storm’s path is putting it on a direct course for South Florida later this week. Weather crews detected winds as high as 175 mph, as Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands officials urged residents to take shelter as the monster storm approached. Irma is the strongest storm on record in the Atlantic since Hurricane Felix in 2007.

*Harvey Relief Telethon to Feature Beyoncé and Clooney

Beyoncé leads a roster of big-name celebrities who’ve signed on to help raise money to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey in a live telethon. George Clooney, Barbra Streisand, andOprah Winfrey are just a few of those set to appear during “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief” on Sept. 12. The one-hour special will air at 8 p.m. ET across ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and CMT. The benefit will also feature Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Blake Shelton, and country superstar George Strait. Proceeds from the event will be donated to several charities aiding recovery efforts in Houston, including the United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Feeding Texas and the Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
*Putin: President Trump Is ‘Not My Bride’

Russian President Vladimir Putin still has hope for improving relations with the United States under the leadership of President Trump, he said Tuesday. But Putin took issue with questions from reporters asking whether he was disappointed in the American president, calling it “naive” to ask. “He’s not my bride, and I’m also not his bride or groom,” he said at the BRICs summit in Xiamen, China. Meanwhile, Putin said he was reserving the right to further cut the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia. “But we won’t do that for now,” he said. ”Let’s wait and see how the situation develops further.”


*Putin: Military Threats at N. Korea May Cause ‘Catastrophe’

Threats of military action against North Korea could cause a “global catastrophe,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin, after a BRIC summit in China on Tuesday. Putin criticized U.S. attempts at diplomacy in particular, noting that tougher sanctions against the reclusive nation were doomed to failure as they would rather “eat grass” than give up their weapons program. He said Pyongyang won’t halt its missile tests until it feels safe. “There’s no other path apart from a peaceful one,” Putin told reporters. “Russia condemns North Korea’s exercises, we consider that they are a provocation … [But] ramping up military hysteria will lead to nothing good.” Russia shares a border with North Korea and has called for negotiations.

*WHO READS LBN? Columnist and author Peggy Noonan

*Hospital Tells Cops to Stay Away from Nurses After Bad Arrest: 

Officials at a Utah hospital where a nurse was forcibly arrested after refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient are imposing new restrictions on law enforcement — including no longer allowing cops to be in the emergency room or to interact with nurses. Gordon Crabtree, interim CEO at the University of Utah Hospital, told reporters that the nurse, Alex Wubbels, handled the July 26 incident with “utmost courage and integrity” while upholding hospital policy and patient privacy. “Her actions are nothing less than exemplary,” Crabtree said during a news conference Monday, adding that he was “deeply troubled” by the actions caught on camera of Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne, who arrested Wubbels after she tried to explain to the detective that blood could not be taken without a warrant from an unconscious patient unless he or she consents or that individual has been arrested.


  • Spanish explorers discovered Alcatraz Island in 1775. They named it La Isla de los Alcatraces, which means “Island of the Pelicans.” Prisoners later called it “The Rock.”
  • In 1850, President Millard Fillmore (1800–1874) reserved Alcatraz Island for military use. A fortress was built on it and about 100 cannons were placed around the island to protect San Francisco Bay.
  • The largest group of Native Americans imprisoned at Alcatraz was 19 Hopi “hostiles.” They were imprisoned because they refused to farm the way the U.S. government wanted them to. They also opposed forced education in government boarding schools.
  • The “Escape from Alcatraz Marathon” is held every year to show that it is possible to escape from Alcatraz and live. Created in 1980, it includes a 1.5-mile swim to San Francisco, an 18-mile bike ride, and an 8-mile run.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: “When people have slept less, it’s a little like looking at the world through dark glasses,” said Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, a longtime relationship scientist and director of the Ohio State Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research. “Their moods are poorer. We’re grumpier. Lack of sleep hurts the relationship.” The men and women in the study had been married from three to 27 years. They reported varying amounts of sleep — anywhere from three and a half to nine hours a night. Each couple made two visits to the lab, where the partners were prodded to talk about the issues that caused the most conflict in their relationship. Then the researchers analyzed videos of their exchanges using well-established scoring techniques to assess positive and negative interactions and hostile and constructive responses. After all the data were parsed, a clear pattern emerged. Couples were more likely to be hostile — like the couple fighting about the child’s birthday party — when both partners were functioning on less than seven hours of sleep. Notably, the couples with more than seven hours of sleep still argued with each other, but the tone of their conflict was different.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Tronc, the publisher of The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, announced on Monday that it had acquired The Daily News, the nearly 100-year-old tabloid that for decades set the city’s agenda with its gossip, sports and city coverage. The deal represents the end of an era for The News, which was long a voice for New York’s working class. It may also signal the end of the political influence of its owner, the real estate magnate Mortimer B. Zuckerman, who often used the paper’s bold, front-page headline — known as “the wood” — for commentary about candidates and politicians, locally and nationally. The News once boasted A-list columnists including Liz Smith, Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill, but it has been worn down by a grinding tabloid war with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled New York Post. And like the rest of the newspaper industry, The News has been battered and bruised by the internet age, when the equivalent of pithy headlines — a staple of The News — come a mile a minute on Twitter.   ***Longtime Jewish Journal editor-in-chief and publisher Rob Eshman announced last week that he will step down on Sept. 26. The stated reason is that Eshman, 57, wants to work on a food book based on his food blog Foodaism and more movie projects. He will be succeeded as top editor by David Suissa, the president of the Jewish Journal’s parent Tribe Media

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Scarlett Johansson and new boyfriendColin Jost were seen kissing in the rain and dancing to a performance by Diana Ross at a starry Hamptons party. The new couple — who, according to witnesses, “kissed outside and didn’t care that it was raining” — were among a host of big names at a Saturday bash thrown by Discovery Communications chief David Zaslav and wife Pam at their East Hampton home.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The top three stressful cities in America are Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and New York, New York

*LBN-BOOK NEWS: Hillary Clinton casts Bernie Sanders as an unrealistic over-promiser in her new book, according to excerpts posted by a group of Clinton supporters.  She said that his attacks against her during the primary caused “lasting damage” and paved the way for “(Donald) Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.” Clinton, in a book that will be releasedSeptember 12 entitled “What Happened,” said Sanders “had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character” because the two Democrats “agreed on so much.”

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Texas billionaire Tilman J. Fertitta agreed to definitive terms to purchase the Houston Rockets, both the team and the Houston businessman confirmed Tuesday.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Winner “Best of Los Angeles Award” – Best Drug Prevention Charity —–  Brent ShapiroFoundaton

*LBN-R.I.P.: Murray Lerner, a seminal music documentary filmmaker of the ′60s and ′70s, has died at age 90 in New York City. The cause of death was kidney failure. Though less famous than his contemporaries D.A. Pennebaker and the fraternal duo Albert and David Maysles, Lerner was every bit their equal in the cultural significance of his work, recording historic footage of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival and Jimi Hendrix and The Doors giving their last major performances in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: TV’s intriguing TV show —-  “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 2: The Kennedy Campaign —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Leonhardt:  A half-century ago, a top automobile executive named George Romney — yes, Mitt’s father — turned down several big annual bonuses. He did so, he told his company’s board, because he believed that no executive should make more than $225,000 a year (which translates into almost $2 million today). He worried that “the temptations of success” could distract people from more important matters, as he said to a biographer, T. George Harris. This belief seems to have stemmed from both Romney’s Mormon faith and a culture of financial restraint that was once commonplace in this country.Romney didn’t try to make every dollar he could, or anywhere close to it. The same was true among many of his corporate peers. In the early 1960s, the typical chief executive at a large American company made only 20 times as much as the average worker, rather than the current 271-to-1 ratio. Today, some C.E.O.s make $2 million in a single month. The old culture of restraint had multiple causes, but one of them was the tax code. When Romney was saying no to bonuses, the top marginal tax rate was 91 percent. Even if he had accepted the bonuses, he would have kept only a sliver of them.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Catholic Author Tom Nash: In a 2002 series of articles, Michael Rezendes and his colleagues on The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team did the Catholic Church—and, by extension, society at large—a great service in bringing greater light to the problem of sexual abuse by some priests in the Church. The Globe’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning coverage ignited investigations that helped facilitate national and international reforms. Some Catholic would strongly reject any affirmation of the Globe, given the newspaper’s general bias against the Church. I recognize that bias, and yet I would argue there’s no doubt that God used the Globe’s talented journalists to help purify the Church, as surely as he employed in Old Testament times ancient Babylon to topple the corrupt Kingdom of Judah and thereby spur the reform of the Jewish people. The Church in America, and elsewhere around the world, had various leaders who forget their primary role as shepherds—namely, to cherish and protect their flock, especially those most vulnerable—and instead moved offending clerics to other parishes. Miscreant lay employees never would’ve been given second and third chances, and so we see that radical trust in God supersedes maintaining problematic priests to preempt financial losses at the parish and diocesan level. Indeed, as we have seen too many times, not radically trusting in God only makes the explosion that much worse, when the pressure cooker of scandal finally blows.  —

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: 10 Things the Rich Do (That The Poor Don’t) —-


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Almost a year after Prince Harryconfirmed his relationship with actress Meghan Markle, the “Suits” star has opened up for the first time about the royal romance. “I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” the 36-year-old explained in the October issue of Vanity Fair. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”   ***Angelina Joliesays she’s nearly ready to return to acting after taking time off due to her dramatic split with Brad Pitt. Jolie screened her latest film as a director, “First They Killed My Father,” at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, where she said during a Q&A: “Right now, I don’t have anything to direct that I feel passionate about like this, so I’ll do some acting. I’ve taken over a year off now, because of my family situation, to take care of my kids.”