LBN – Special Report – August 13th, 2017

*White House Clarifies Trump: ‘Of Course’ He Condemns White Supremacists
The White House on Sunday said “of course” President Donald Trump was condemning right-wing extremism when on Saturday he denounced violence “on many sides” after an apparent attack on protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trumpon Saturday did not directly call out white supremacists and neo-Nazis. “The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred,” a White House spokesperson said Sunday, “and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.
*H.R. McMaster Calls Charlottesville Attack ‘Terrorism’

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, called the deadly attack on protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia an act of terrorism. “Certainly I think we can confidently call it a form of terrorism,” he said on NBC’s Meet The Press. “What terrorism is, is the use of violence to incite terror and fear, and of course it was terrorism.” Trump was vague about the attack, choosing to blame “many sides” for violence. McMaster refused three times to answer whether or not he could work with Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist and self-proclaimed godfather of the alt-right.

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*Iran Parliament Approves New Funds for Missile Program

The Iranian Parliament approved new funds on Sunday for the country’s missile program and its Revolutionary Guards, in response to new U.S. sanctions. Some lawmakers chanted, “death to America” as the bill was passed, according to state media. The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed legislation that slaps new sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea, and President Trump signed it despite his reservations. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the new legislation passed by the Iranian Parliament does not violate the terms of the nuclear agreement that was reached with the U.S. and other major powers in 2015.


*Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem

NFL star and Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynchsat during the national anthem before Saturday night’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Lynch has not spoken publicly since the incident, and did not speak with reporters after the game. “I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing and we’ll do ours,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. Colin Kaepernick made similar moves last year, causing other players to follow his lead. Kaepernick has yet to sign with a team so far this year.

*Tips Lead to Arrest of MS-13 Gang Member on FBI Ten Most Wanted List: 

An MS-13 gang member on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list has been captured in Virginia after a four-year manhunt, authorities announced SaturdayWalter Yovany Gomez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, was arrested without incident Fridayin Woodbridge, 20 miles south of Washington, as a result of a well-coordinated investigation and tips from the public, the FBI said.


  • Over 100 million copies of the Bible are sold each year.
  • In 1631, a publishing company published a Bible with the typo “Thou Shalt Commit Adultery.” Only 9 of these Bibles, known as the “Sinners’ Bible” exist today.
  • The word “bible” is from the Greek ta biblia, which means “the scrolls” or “the books.” The word is derived from the ancient city of Byblos, which was the official supplier of paper products to the ancient world.

  • The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, which states, “Jesus wept.”
  • The full Bible has been translated into 532 languages. It has been partially translated into 2,883 languages

*LBN-SEE IT:Amanda Knox is now working as a freelance journalist and with the Innocence Project. “I feel like my job is to live my life and to heal,” she says.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Studies show that breastfed babies have lower levels of cholesterol as adults. Additionally, breast milk is rich in healthy cholesterol and fats, which help prevent adult heart and central nervous system diseases.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: With the arrival of two revolutionary treatment strategies, immunotherapy and personalized medicine, cancer researchers have found new hope — and a problem that is perhaps unprecedented in medical research. There are too many experimental cancer drugs in too many clinical trials, and not enough patients to test them on. The logjam is caused partly by companies hoping to rush profitable new cancer drugs to market, and partly by the nature of these therapies, which can be spectacularly effective but only in select patients. In July, an expert panel of the Food and Drug Administration approved a groundbreaking new leukemia treatment, a type of immunotherapy. Companies are scrambling to develop other drugs based on using the immune system itself to attack cancers.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” —–

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Weekend Update on A Man Arrested at the Emoji Movie – SNL —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lizzie Crocker:  Big brands are collectively spending $255 million per month for sponsored content on Instagram alone, according to the influencer analytics firm Captiv8, which also estimates that Instagram influencers with upwards of 7 million followers make an average of $150,000 per sponsored post. And YouTube influencers with large followings earn up to $300,000 for a video partnership. When influencer marketing began changing the digital advertising landscape in 2009, influencers struggled to produce enough content with any impact because the content-creating process was so manual.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul A. Offit: Scientists have long offered several solutions to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, but this one will surprise you: Don’t finish your treatment course. The antibiotic era began in the mid-1930s with the development of sulfa drugs and leaped forward in the early 1940s with the mass production of penicillin. Since then, scientists have developed a wide variety of types of antibiotics. Nonetheless, with their overuse, many strains of bacteria have become resistant. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and extended spectrum ß-lactamase producing and carbapenem-resistant opportunistic bacteria have become increasingly problematic. Occasionally, patients get infected with bacteria resistant to all commercially available antibiotics. In other words, we’ve taken our first steps into the post-antibiotic era. The best way to reduce the problem of resistant bacteria is to refrain from giving antibiotics to patients who don’t need them. Many prescriptions are written for symptoms such as cough, runny nose, and congestion—infections that are often caused by viruses for which antibiotics are useless. The all-to-easy-to-remember Z-pack (azithromycin) is a prime offender.Viruses can also cause pneumonia and sore throats. Because bacteria can also cause these diseases, doctors should make every effort to determine whether these infections are actually caused by bacteria before writing a prescription. For example, rapid diagnostic tests can distinguish viral throat infections from strep throats and chest X-rays can distinguish viral pneumonias from bacterial pneumonias.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: A couple of chubby brats with big missiles and short fuses. Is nuclear winter coming? Fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen, are bellowing from a posh golf club in New Jersey while fire and doom emanate from a medieval police state in Asia. Ever since Donald Trump was elected, the mandarins and chatterers of the capital have been alarmed that we would get to this precipice of blustery, threatening exchanges between Trump and Kim Jong-un about thermonuclear annihilation, and that when we did, it would be parlous.



*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Chelsea Handler called for a military coup on Twitter on Friday. The Netflix host, who has been outspoken in her dislike for President Trump, suggested he be removed by the military. “To all the generals surrounding our idiot-in-chief…the longer U wait to remove him, the longer UR name will appear negatively in history,” she wrote. The comedian’s comments were met with passionate negativity.   ***Bruno Mars said Saturday he is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis. The Grammy-winning star told the audience at his show in Auburn Hills, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Detroit, that he and tour promoter Live Nation are redirecting funds from the show to the charity The Community Foundation of Greater Flint

LBN – Special Report – Saturday, August 12th 2017

*TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH – China’s Xi Urges Trump to Use ‘Restraint’ on North Korea


Chinese President Xi Jinping has appealed to PresidentTrump to exercise “restraint” in his back-and-forth saber-rattling with North Korea. In a phone call between the two leaders on Saturday, Xi urged Trump to “avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula,” state-run China Central Television reported. The call came on the heels of Trump’s Friday declaration that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” for a potential military showdown with Pyongyang, where leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to launch missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam. The ongoing war of words has spurred fears that the aggressive rhetoric will lead to a full-blown war, with Trump repeatedly hinting at missile strikes on North Korea amid reports the country’s nuclear capabilities are much more advanced than initially thought.


*Al Qaeda has drawn a bullseye on a new American target: Subway trains


Al Qaeda is about to take on a new target — America’s trains — in an upcoming edition of its terror magazine, Inspire. Issue No. 17 is headlined, “Train Derail Operations,” and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel. It’s competing Sunni extremists group, the Islamic State, for more than a year has advocated using vehicles to mow down innocents. Its murderous followers have weaponized vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, creating hundred of deaths and injuries.

*Judge Tosses DJ’s Case Against Taylor Swift In Groping Trial

A judge has reportedly thrown out David Mueller’s case against Taylor Swift on Friday arguing that the radio DJ has no proof that her allegations of groping cost him his job. The trial, which had been going on for the past four days, centered around an incident during a 2013 meet-and-greet after a Denver concert where Swift alleged that Mueller groped her buttocks. Mueller denied the claim and sued Swift for $3 million. In turn, Swift countersued for just $1 in order to prove a point about sexual assault. U.S. District Judge William Martinezdetermined that Swift could not be held liable because Swift did not appear to set out to get Mueller fired.

*Bryan Cranston and wife caught having sex on a train

Maybe Bryan Cranston and his wife should’ve run out of steam sooner. After the couple got married in 1989, they tried to make the most of their honeymoon by having sex on the train that was transporting them from Switzerland to Italy. Prior to boarding, however, their travel agent clued them in on a fun fact about the ride. “The travel agent said, ‘By the way, the third tunnel is 50 minutes long. It’s tradition for honeymooners to take advantage of that time,’” Cranston recalled on “Conan” Thursday. “I said, ‘Capiche.’ We’re doing this, much to my wife’s chagrin. I said, ‘Are you ready to use up seven calories?’” The train that Cranston and wife Robin Deardentook carried not only passengers but also their cars, so the famous couple remained in their vehicle the whole time — surrounded by other cars with families in them. When the train entered the third tunnel, it was as dark as the travel agent had described. “It was an absence of light,” Cranston recalled. “You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face … It was exciting.” Unfortunately, the couple’s X-rated activities didn’t turn out as planned. “All of a sudden within a short period of time I start seeing the features of my beautiful wife’s face, and I’m thinking my eyes are getting acclimated to this,” Cranston shared, before adding that the train entered “broad daylight” while they were both completely naked. “The children in front are turning around and their grandmother’s like, ‘No no no no.’ She gives me a look like, ‘You! How? No!’” he said. He ended his horror story by revealing his wife’s reaction. “My gorgeous wife says to me those three words you always want to hear: ‘Get off me.’”



*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***There will be a standing room only crowd of L.A. media types and influencers on hand Monday night for “City Talk” featuring guest of honorAdam Carolla in a private room at the popular Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood. Carolla is in the process of making a new documentary movie with friend and fellow talk show hostDennis Prager titled “Safe Spaces” about the snow-flake movement on U.S. campuses.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Rappers Drake and Future are named in a $25 million lawsuit filed by a woman who claims that their negligence partly led to her alleged rape at a 2016 concert in Nashville. The Bridgestone Arena, the touring companies behind the concert, and the company that provided security for the event—where Drake and Future headlined—are also named in the lawsuit. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit filed earlier this week, says she was approached by “a man associated with Bridgestone Arena” at the show before following him backstage after being told she was going to meet the performers. Instead, she says, the man—later identified as Leavy Johnson—pushed her to the ground and “violently assaulted her,” the lawsuit alleges. Johnson was reportedly later arrested by Nashville police and charged with rape over the incident.

*WHO READS LBN? Artist Maya Lin

*LBN-SEE IT: Allbirds shoes are popular with those working in Silicon Valley


*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Bill Murray at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in Midtown NYC eating a seafood tower at the bar. He couldn’t finish it, so he offered some of the shrimp, crab and lobster to other strangers sitting at the bar before he walked across the street to see “Groundhog Day”.   ***The stars were out in full force on David Geffen’s $300 million yacht last week, which played host to the likes of Oprah WinfreyDiane Sawyer, andGayle King. Geffen’s boat was anchored off the luxurious Verdura Resort in Sicily, where Google’s exclusive three-day summer camp is held every year.  The annual event is held at the $1,770-a-night resort, but it was Geffen’s 454-foot boat where a slew of celebrities decided to play instead.  Geffen posted pictures of his famous crew’s week together in Italy, where he was also joined by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, actress Julianna Margulies, and Disney CEO Bob Iger.


“Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 1: The Early Years  ——- —— Welcome to Episode 1 of the television interview show “Without Notes” with our guest, Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, political commentator, and feminist advocate.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Vegetarianism

Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first 3 hours after meals. A number of researchers argue that while the human body is capable of digesting meat, our bodies are actually designed to be herbivores. For example, the human molars are similar to those of an herbivore, flat and blunt, which make them good for grinding, not gnashing and tearing. The first Vegetarian Society was formed in England in 1847. The society’s goal was to teach people that it is possible to be healthy without eating meat. In 2012, the Los Angeles city council unanimously approved a resolution that all Mondays in the City of Angels will be meatless. The measure is part of an international campaign to reduce the consumption of meat for health and environmental reason. Americans consume more meat than almost anyone else in the world. The average American eats approximately 222 pounds of meat per year. This does not include seafood.


*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Katie Couric, who is stepping down as Yahoo global news anchor, has left CAA for WME.   ***Christine Evangelista, star of E! drama The Arrangement, has signed with UTA.   ***This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin has signed with WME.   ***Cara Delevigne’s older sisterPoppy Delevigne, who will appear in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has signed with WME and IMG Model.   ***The new documentary Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres, about the late president and onetime prime minister of Israel recently landed some heavies: former President Barack Obamaand Barbra Streisand. Oscar-winning Richard Trank (father of filmmaker Josh Trank) was tapped to direct the film that began production in January 2016 for Moriah Films, the documentary arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The team, personally requested by Peres and his family, includes Oscar-winning Rabbi Marvin Hier, the center’s founder. Trank says 60 hours of “exclusive and intimate footage were filmed before Peres died in September. After Obama’s mid-July interview, Trank and Heir presented him with a copy of the Gremlich letter, sometimes


Freeloaders: Panhandling  ——

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Ken Kaiser, a no-nonsense umpire who was unafraid over his colorful 23-year major league career to confront players and managers, but who lost his job during a misguided labor action by his union, died on Tuesday in Rochester. He was 72. His son John Kaiser said the cause was most likely congestive heart failure. Kaiser also had diabetes.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Brooks and Marcus on Trump’s threats for North Korea, thanks for Putin —– New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Trump’s tough words for North Korea over its nuclear threat, as well as his thanking Russian PresidentVladimir Putin for expelling hundreds of U.S. diplomats, plus his attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. ——-

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT : “Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.” —–



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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lizzy Crocker: If women like pillow talk after sex and men desire a nap, they are united by healthy post-coital cravings of cigarettes and Chinese takeout.  That’s according to long-standing gender tropes, facilitated by bad Hollywood movies and worse romance novels. The allure of smoking between the sheets post-coitus has been a fixture in films and on television for so long that it has hardened into cliché. (When was that last time you reached for a pack of Marlboros after collapsing in orgasm?) It’s a rare thing to find a sitcom that hasn’t riffed on these stereotypes: a woman whispering sweet nothings to her male partner, only to have the camera pan out, revealing that he’s drifted to sleep, satisfied and disinterested. But if a new Yelp survey is to be believed—and one can’t help but take it with a chunk of salt—young people these days exhaust themselves in bed with a “summer fling” and reach for the… pizza.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tom Brokaw: This year is the 75th anniversary of one of most shameful acts in American history. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 two months after the Pearl Harbor attack, consigning more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast to crudely constructed concentration camps in remote areas. Without hard evidence or due process, the targets of 9066 were considered “security risks,” even though young Japanese-American men were volunteering for military service and many of their elders were appalled by the militaristic mania that had taken over Tokyo. Japanese-American businessmen, farmers, fishermen, educators and doctors, even Japanese-Americans who fought for the United States in World War I, were sneeringly lumped together under a denigrating shorthand: Japs. This summer I attended a reunion of camp survivors and their offspring at Heart Mountain, a barren slice of north-central Wyoming where 10,000 Japanese-Americans lived in primitive barracks surrounded by barbed wire, watched over by armed guards.



LBN – Special Report – Thursday, August 10th

*Deep Divisions Emerge in Trump Administration as North Korea Threatens War:

Senior American officials sent mixed signals on North Korea on Wednesday as President Trump’s “fire and fury” warning rattled allies and adversaries alike, a sign of his administration’s deep divisions as the outcast state once again threatened to wage nuclear war on the United States. The president’s advisers calibrated his dire warning with statements that, if not directly contradictory, emphasized different points. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson stressed diplomacy and reassured Americans that they could “sleep well at night,” while Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said North Korea risked “the end of its regime and the destruction of its people” if it did not “stand down.” North Korea gave no indication that it would do so. In a statement late Wednesday, the North Korean military dismissed Mr. Trump’s fire-and-fury warning on Tuesday as a “load of nonsense” and said only “absolute force” would work on someone so “bereft of reason.” The military threatened to “turn the U.S. mainland into the theater of a nuclear war” and added that any American strike on North Korean missile and nuclear targets would be “mercilessly repelled.”
*SILENT ATTACK- Hearing Loss of U.S. Diplomats in Cuba Caused by ‘Covert Device’

The bizarre hearing loss experienced by U.S. diplomats in Cuba was likely caused by a covert sonic device, the Associated Press reports. The Americans experienced a sudden and unexplained loss of hearing in fall 2016, leading them to cut their assignments short. Some of the affected Americans have since had to start using hearing aids. An investigation has determined that envoys were exposed to a secret device outside of their residences, but it is still unclear if the technology was intended to be a weapon or to serve some other purpose, U.S. officials said. In reported retaliation, the United States has expelled two Cuban diplomats.
*WHO READS LBN? Actress Hannah Murray

*Report: Tesla Close to Testing Prototype for Self-Driving Semi-Truck

Tesla is getting close to testing a prototype of a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and automatically follow a lead vehicle in a “platoon,” Reuters reports. The electric-car maker discussed possible road tests for the new technology with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles in an email exchange seen by Reuters. A regulatory official with the company told Nevada authorities the goal is to test two trucks “without having a person in the vehicle.” Tesla was also due to meet with authorities in California to discuss similar plans, according to the report. Chief Executive Elon Musk said earlier this year that the company’s new electric truck would be unveiled in September, though he didn’t mention self-driving capabilities at that time.

*Taylor Swift’s Mom Wanted to Keep Groping Allegation Private

Taylor Swift’s mother said in court Wednesday that she didn’t initially report allegations that a radio station DJ groped her daughter because they wanted to keep the matter private and didn’t want it to affect Swift’s career, the AP reported on ThursdayAndrea Smith said her daughter was “humiliated” and “really shaken” after the 2013 meet-and-greet with DJ David Mueller. “I did not want to make her relive this moment over and over again,” she said. “…We absolutely wanted to keep it private, but we didn’t want him to get away with it.” Mueller sued Swift for getting him fired after she told his boss he had inappropriately touched her during a photo-op. Swift countersued for sexual assault.

*Massage Envy Exec Dead After Alleged Stun-Gun Attack on His Parents:
An executive at Massage Envy died in police custody this week after allegedly attacking his parents with a stun gun in Scottsdale, Arizona. The mother of 55-year-old Lee EdwardKnowlton reportedly called 911 at about 7 p.m. Monday to report that her son, who was previously an executive at Cold Stone Creamery, was assaulting her and her husband. When police went inside, they found Knowlton and his 80-year-old father on the floor covered in blood. As authorities were handcuffing Knowlton, he allegedly stopped breathing. He was immediately taken to a local hospital, where he was soon pronounced dead. His parents were in stable condition as ofTuesday evening.

*Billie Lourd to Inherit $7M from Carrie Fisher:

Billie Lourd has been working hard to get used to life without her grandmother and mother around. Now, new court documents reportedly reveal what the star’s late mother left her after her passing. Carrie Fisher, Lourd’s mother, died in December 2016. It was previously reported that the late “Star Wars” actress left her daughter a slew of owned assets including bank accounts, a 2016 Tesla S, ownership of several LLCs and a life insurance policy. This doesn’t even cover Fisher’s various jewelry items, artwork, and collectibles.
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Azealia Banks bringing a homemade cake to the Public hotel rooftop to celebrate Scott Lipps’ new agency, Lipps LA.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levineback from Israel after a week’s trip to both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***One is the loneliest number and, sometimes, it could even be the most dangerous. Loneliness is just as much of a public health hazard as obesity, if not more so, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference last week. Research from 148 studies, involving 300,000 participants, showed people who had greater social connections had a 50% reduced risk of dying early, and another set of research involving 70 studies representing 3.4 million people in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia found social isolation, loneliness or living alone each played a significant role in premature death. Over 42 million Americans over the age of 45 suffer from chronic loneliness, according to the AARP. More than one-quarter of the population lives alone and more than half are unmarried, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. People that considered themselves lonely were less likely to engage in social activities, such as going to religious services, volunteering or finding a hobby, the AARP study concluded. (It’s based on a scale created by UCLA, where respondents were asked about various characteristics linked to loneliness. (The AARP promotes group activities for seniors.)

*LBN-BOOK NEWS: William Morrow has named Shelby Meizlik to the newly-created role of v-p of special events and creative strategies in an effort to expand the ways in which its publicity department promotes its authors. Kelly Rudolph has also been promoted to senior group publicity director, overseeing all imprints under the Morrow umbrella.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Milton Friedman: The Rise of Socialism is Absurd. Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economic Science, was one of the most recognizable and influential proponents of liberty and markets in the 20th century, and the leader of the Chicago School of economics.———-

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 1: The Early Years  —-

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Alan Peckolick, who overcame a failed art school career to emerge as a leading designer of some the world’s most distinctive logos, died on Aug. 3 in Danbury, Conn. He was 76. The cause was brain damage sustained after a fall, his wife, Jessica Weber, said. He had Parkinson’s disease.   ***Glen Campbell, the sweet-voiced, guitar-picking son of a sharecropper who became a recording, television and movie star in the 1960s and ’70s, waged a publicized battle with alcohol and drugs and gave his last performances while in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, died on Tuesday in Nashville. He was 81. Tim Plumley, his publicist, said the cause was Alzheimer’s.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Jim Carrey was given permission by a Los Angeles court on Tuesday to use his ex-girlfriend’s medical records during the wrongful death trial regarding her suicide. Carrey’s former girlfriend, Cathriona White, 30, died in Sept. 2015 from an overdose of prescription drugs, according to The Telegraph. White’s family accused the “Mask” actor of utilizing his “wealth, influence and celebrity status” to supply her with the drugs. Carrey’s defense argued that White, an Irish make-up artist, was prescribed pain killers after undergoing breast augmentation.   ***The very first sex scandal of Donald Trump’s presidency has just resulted in the birth of a love child. Married former White House communications director Jason Miller has fathered a son with Trump transition adviser A.J. Delgado following a wild night out in Las Vegas. Sources reported that Miller and Delgado went to a Las Vegas strip club with members of the media the night before Trump’s final debate against Hillary Clinton in late October. Miller confirmed the birth of their child on Wednesday.   ***Air travel is agony, even for superstars. Leonardo DiCaprio got stuck at Velana International Airport in the Maldives on Monday after he and his pals missed their connecting flight because the puddle-jumper from their swank resort was delayed. A source says the “Great Gatsby” star was able to book another flight — but still had to wait in the airport for five hours.   ***Anna Faris and Chris Pratt, who announced on Sunday that they’re splitting after eight years of marriage, have been having problems for at least a year and a half. “They’re very competitive with each other,” says a source. “At parties they compete over who’s funniest and get insecure if they’re not.” The discord also has to do with Pratt’s soaring career, with leads in “Jurassic Park” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”