LBN – Saturday, November 18th, 2017

*Goldman Sachs Says If You Thought 2017 Was Surprisingly Good, Just Wait for 2018:

This has been a good year for the global economy, and 2018 will follow that trend, analysts at Goldman Sachs said. Economic growth around the world has picked up steam this year. Germany — Europe’s largest economy — grew an unexpectedly strong 0.8 percent in the third quarter. In Japan, the economy has grown for seven straight quarters. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the economy grew 3 percent in the third quarter. “2017 is shaping up to be the first year of the expansion in which growth surprises to the upside,” Goldman analyst Charles Himmelberg said in a note to clients Thursday. “We expect 2018 to deliver more of the same.”


*Trump: I’m Putting Big Game Trophy Decision on Hold

President Trump tweeted on Friday night that he was delaying an announced reversal of a ban on the import of trophy hunted animals. “Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!” Trump tweeted. Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it would allow the importation of endangered African elephants killed for trophies in Zimbabwe and Zambia, sparking outcry from activists and some Republicans.

*C.E.O. of Puerto Rico Power Authority Resigns: 

The chief executive of Puerto Rico’s troubled public electric company stepped down on Friday amid a two-month island-wide blackout and weeks of bruising public outcry over a costly contract to restore service. The resignation of Ricardo L. Ramos, the chief executive of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as Prepa, was effective immediately. The governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló, told reporters that he accepted the resignation because Mr. Ramos had become a “distraction.” A spokeswoman for Mr. Rosselló said the governor had not asked for Mr. Ramos to step down. “There is an investigation that we’ve called upon for the whole contracting situation,” Mr. Rosselló said in an interview. “The truth of the matter is that this decision was taken with the best interests of the people of Puerto Rico.”

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*A Twitter Account With Two Fake IDs Accused a Democrat of Assault:

A woman claiming to be from Connecticut made an explosive allegation of sexual assault against Sen. Richard Blumenthal(D-CT) on Friday. Her account quickly made its way through conservative chat forums, where contributors roundly called for the Senator to address the allegations and be held accountable for them.  But it is not entirely clear that the woman making the charge actually exists. In fact, a quick search shows that the account ripped off bio photos of women in Texas and London and misspelled the name of the accuser’s Connecticut hometown. The account was quickly shut down once the accusation went viral on rightwing media, with the user then emerging to claim she’d been hacked. After that, the account was suspended.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Taylor Swift may have a less litigious reputation now. Swift’s attorneys sent blogger Meghan Herning a cease-and-desist letter last month demanding a retraction after Herning called for Swift, 27, to denounce white supremacy in a feature for PopFront after many white supremacists used her lyrics to spread support for their cause. Herning received the letter on Oct. 25 demanding that PopFront remove the story Oct. 24 — a day before the letter was dated — and also ordered Herning not to publish said letter, claiming it would constitute copyright infringement.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Amber Heard and Elon Musk were spotted grabbing breakfast in LA on Thursday at Sweet Butter Kitchen, looking over her new GQ Australia cover. The catch-up session came just one day after Musk’s Rolling Stone cover article dropped, with the Tesla billionaire admitting of their split, “I was really in love, and it hurt bad” and “She broke up with me more than I broke up with her, I think.” The pair parted ways in August, and while it was clearly emotional for Musk, they still seem to be on good terms.   ***Celebrity restaurateur Danny Meyer dining with his mom at Bistro Chat Noir on the Upper East Side in NYC.   ***Priscilla Presley and Beverly Hills PR exec. Edward Lozzi chatting it up at La Scala restaurant in Beverly Hills.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Malcolm Young, the guitarist who co-founded the legendary rock group AC/DC together with his brother, died Saturday at the age of 64. Young had struggled with dementia for the past several years and retired from the band as a result of his illness. He reportedly passed away peacefully surrounded by family. “Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” the band announced in a statement. “Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.   ***Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaïa, an icon in the fashion world known for his body-con designs, has died in Paris at the age of 77, according to French media. Alaïa, who gained the moniker “King of Cling” for his snug-fitting attire, worked closely with Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell, and former First Lady Michelle Obama was known to wear his designs. No further details have been released on Alaïa’s death, but Twitter tributes came pouring in Saturday to mourn the loss of a fashion legend.   ***Bobby Baker, a onetime Senate page who, through his close ties to Lyndon B. Johnson and others, became one of the most influential nonelected men in the American government of the 1950s and early ’60s, only to be investigated for and eventually convicted of tax evasion and other crimes, died on Sunday, his 89th birthday, in St. Augustine, Fla. His death was confirmed by the Craig Funeral Home of St. Augustine.


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tara Haelle: The first tip is a no-brainer: get the flu vaccine, said Dr. Julie Brandies, a physician at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. There’s virtually no reason to not get one. “It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than getting the flu,” Ms. Brandies said. Flu vaccine effectiveness varies season to season, from 10 percent to 60 percent over the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But it’s beneficial even without completely preventing influenza.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by JONATHAN COWAN and JIM KESSLER: Eggs over easy, home fries, bacon and toast. It’s $9.99 at Tops Diner in Newark but $5.79 at Pop’s Diner near Oklahoma City. If the same meal in two parts of the country has such a different price, should America have a single national minimum wage? As recently as three years ago, Democrats led by President Barack Obama had settled on pushing a national minimum wage increase to $10.10, up from $7.25, which was set in 2009. Since then, a movement working on behalf of low-wage workers has pushed for a $15 national minimum wage in what is known as the Fight for $15. This noble movement has succeeded in several high-cost cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle, where wages are set to rise on a glide path to $15 in several years’ time. But a wage floor that is right for the high-cost coasts may be the wrong fit elsewhere. After all, in a 2016 report we noted that a typical dentist appointment in Jackson, Tenn., ran $67, but it was $108 in San Francisco. A dozen eggs was $3.99 in Oakland, Calif., but 93 cents in Fargo, N.D. And according to the real estate website Rent Jungle, a two-bedroom apartment in the Los Angeles metro area runs $2,907 per month. In Philadelphia it’s $1,739; in Jacksonville, Fla., it’s $1,112. Seen in this context, the fight for $15 makes more sense for people living in Brooklyn, where parking can run $30 a day, than it does for people in Cumberland, Md., where a space costs $35 per month. And it explains the very different minimum-wage levels that have been set in different states. In 2014, in addition to Seattle and San Francisco’s vote for $15, Arkansas, Alaska, South Dakota and Nebraska all chose to raise their minimum wages. In these four rural, lower-cost states, the new minimum wages rose to between $8.50 and $9.75.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Socrates: Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….Giorgio Armani

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***“Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader and his wife, filmmaker Maggie Carey, have split after more than 10 years together, his rep confirmed. The pair have been separated since July and are in the process of divorcing, according to People. Hader, 39, and Carey married in 2006 and share daughters Hannah, 8, Harper, 5, and Hayley, 3.

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LBN – Friday, November 17th, 2017

*BREAKING: Civil Rights Leader Rev. Jesse Jackson Announces he has Parkinson’s Disease

“After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father,” Rev.Jesse Jackson wrote in a letter to supporters. “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.”

*YIKES! Only One in Ten Americans Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables:
Only a sliver of Americans eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just 12% of Americans eat the minimum daily fruit recommendation of one and a half to two cups per day, and only 9% consume the minimum daily vegetable recommendation of two to three cups per day, according to the CDC study published on Thursday. “The study confirms years of data demonstrating that Americans do not eat their veggies,”Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University, told the Guardian. “Assuming this result is close to reality, it suggests the need for taking much stronger action to make it easier and cheaper to eat fruits and vegetables.”

*Officials: Iraq Has Recaptured Last Town Held by ISIS

Iraqi forces have recaptured Rawa, the last town still held by ISIS in the country. Iraq’s Joint Operation Command on Friday raised the national flag over the foothold, the command said in a statement. Though pockets of resistance still exist in Iraq,Friday’s development means that ISIS has been defeated in every town and city. The commander in chief of Iraq’s armed forces, Haider Al-Abadi, said in a statement that the “liberation of Rawa district in mere hours reflects the great strength and power of our heroic armed forces and the successful planning for battles.”

*House Passes Tax Bill, as Does Senate Panel: 

With 227 Republican votes, the House passed the most sweeping tax overhaul in three decades on Thursday, taking a significant leap forward as lawmakers seek to enact $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses and individuals and deliver the first major legislative achievement of President Trump’s tenure. The swift approval came two weeks after the bill was unveiled, without a single hearing on the 400-plus-page legislation and over the objections of Democrats and 13 Republicans. The focus now shifts to the Senate, where Republicans are quickly moving ahead with their own tax overhaul, which differs in substantial ways from the House bill. After four days of debate, members of the Senate Finance Committee voted 14 to 12 along party lines to approve their version of the tax package late Thursday night. The approval helps clear the way for the full Senate to consider the bill after Thanksgiving, although it remains to be seen whether it has the support to pass the chamber.

*SWISH SWISH – Katy Perry Banned From China Before Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Performance

Katy Perry has been banned from China before she was slated to perform at the upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, Page Six reported Friday. Though Perry had been initially told that she would be able to enter the country, her visa application was denied after the Chinese government was informed that the singer had worn a dress with sunflowers on it during a 2015 performance in Taiwan. The outfit caused controversy because the anti-China protesters in Taiwan had adopted the sunflower as a symbol of their cause. Perry also waved a Taiwanese flag during the concert. Former One Director singer Harry Styles will instead take her place at the fashion show.

*Giant worms are a window into the hell of life in North Korea

Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier who was critically injured during a desperate defection highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades. At a briefing Wednesday, lead surgeon Lee Cook-jong displayed photos showing dozens of flesh-colored parasites — including one 10.6 inches long — removed from the wounded soldier’s digestive tract during a series of surgeries to save his life. “In my over 20-year-long career as a surgeon, I have only seen something like this in a textbook,” Lee said. The parasites, along with kernels of corn in his stomach, may confirm what many experts and previous defectors have described as the food and hygiene situation for many North Koreans.

*Sicilian Mafia ‘Boss of Bosses’ Toto Riina Dies at 87

The notorious Mafia “boss of bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riinahas died at the age of 87. Riina was in prison, serving 26 life sentences for his work masterminding a plan to assassinate law enforcement and Italian prosecutors who were working to bring down the Sicilian Mafia. He was captured in 1993. His health began deteriorating after two surgeries, and he was recently placed in a medically induced coma. Riina’s condition sparked a public debate in Italy over whether he should be afforded the mercy of hospice care on his deathbed, despite his long, extraordinarily violent history.

*‘Bob Kraft is a p—y compared to me’- The shot that ignited NFL’s civil war:

The Ezekiel Elliott suspension is what sent a teetering NFL power share into a full-out civil war, reports on a lengthy piece on the state of the league. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired the first shot in emphatic fashion. “I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,” Jones told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being alerted of Elliott’s six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. “If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p—y compared to what I’m going to do.” The latter part was a reference to Deflategate and the Patriots owner’s anger at Goodell suspending Tom Brady for four games in the face of questionable assertions and dubious data.

*World’s first human head transplant a success, professor says: 

The world’s first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China, according to a controversial Italian doctor who said Friday that scientists are now ready to perform the surgery on a living person. Professor Sergio Canavero, chief of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, said the operation was carried out by a team led by Dr. Xiaoping Ren, who last year successfully grafted a head onto a monkey’s body. “The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between brain-dead organ donors is the next stage,” Canavero said at a press conference in Vienna, the Telegraph reported. “And that is the final step for the formal head transplant for a medical condition which is imminent,” said Canavero, who has gained a mix of fame and notoriety for his Frankenstein-like pursuits.

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*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Kimberly Guilfoyle, Shepard Smith, Greg Gutfeld and Jesse Watters along with CNN’s Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin at meteorologist Rick Reichmuth’s launch of his Weatherman umbrella in Soho in NYC.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Author Donna Tartt has left her legendary agent Amanda “Binky” Urban in a move that’s stunned the literary world after Urban landed Tartt a monster $3 million deal for the movie rights to her blockbuster novel “The Goldfinch.” Sources say that despite all the dough, Tartt was left with a sour taste in her mouth when she was not given the chance to write the screenplay for the film or named as a producer. A publishing insider tells Page Six of Tartt, who was repped by Urban for three decades: “She was unhappy with the deal made for the movie. Tartt wanted a shot to write it, and that wasn’t given to her — nor was she able to get a producer credit, which seems ludicrous.” The film’s being written by Peter Straughan, who adapted “Wolf Hall” for PBS.


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*Kerbox Media Debuts Interactive Advertisements with a Twist

Bill Kerbox, the pioneer of aerial video marketing and the first ever to use a drone to shoot a lifestyle Real Estate marketing video, has now introduced the latest thing in Mobile Video Marketing; Short interactive videos under 20 seconds in length with a twist – You can click on the video for a myriad of different call to action features including 3 second access to how much your home could sell for, instant text or email messages, and instant video calls on Skype. Click on the link and see for yourself, or call Bill Kerbox at 310-600-4484.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: As the holiday season approaches, the pressure to spend spikes. This year, gift-buying Americans plan to spend $660 on average. That’s according to new data from NerdWallet’s 2017 Consumer Holiday Shopping Report, which analyzed spending and behavior trends of more than 2,000 Americans aged 18 and over. And holiday-induced debt is a growing problem. Although survey respondents say they plan to spend roughly the same amount as they spent last year, 24 percent of shoppers say they overspent in 2016, while 27 percent admit to not making a budget at all.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The revealing webseries interview show –  “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 4: My Friend,Bill Clinton —

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Ferdie Pacheco, “the fight doctor,” a boxing presence for four decades as the physician in Muhammad Ali’s corner and later a ringside television analyst, died on Thursday at his home in Miami. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his wife, Luisita Pacheco.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Most INSANE Catches in Football History —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: John Bowlby is the father of attachment theory, which explains how humans are formed by relationships early in life, and are given the tools to go out and lead their lives. The most famous Bowlby sentence is this one: “All of us, from cradle to grave, are happiest when life is organized as a series of excursions, long or short, from the secure base provided by our attachment figures.” Attachment theory nicely distinguishes between the attachments that form you and the things you then do for yourself. The relationships that form you are mostly things you didn’t choose: your family, hometown, ethnic group, religion, nation and genes. The things you do with your life are mostly chosen: your job, spouse and hobbies. Through most of American history, our society was built on this same sort of unchosen/chosen distinction. At our foundation, we were a society with strong covenantal attachments — to family, community, creed and faith. Then on top of them we built democracy and capitalism that celebrated liberty and individual rights. The deep covenantal institutions gave people the capacity to use their freedom well. The liberal institutions gave them that freedom.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by J. R. R. Tolkien: It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   **Migos rapper Offset appeared in court  and recently and admitted to fathering a secret love child seven years ago. The woman with whom 25-year-old Offset had relations, Justine Watson, requested in August more child support for their 7-year-old son, Jordan, according to court documents, via TheBlast. Watson claimed Offset was Jordan’s father despite never having taken a DNA test and said he sporadically provided financial assistance. Watson requested retroactive child support, health insurance for their son and $15,000 for attorneys’ fees.   ***Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale have welcomed a new addition to their family. Byrne, 38, has given birth to the pair’s second child together, but the name and sex of the child hasn’t been confirmed yet, according to People.


LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord

LBN – Thursday, November 16th, 2017


According to a survey of 37,000 Netflix subscribers across 22 countries, 67 percent of viewers download and watch their shows on the move. Some of the viewing habits might catch you by surprise: 37 percent admitted to watching at work, 22 percent said they’d cried while streaming in public, and 12 percent copped to Netflixing in public bathrooms. With 109 million-plus Netflix subscribers worldwide, that would mean nearly 13 million people have made it a habit of binge-watching and flushing!


*Charles Manson Hospitalized … ‘It’s Just a Matter of Time’

Charles Manson is in the hospital and, as one source familiar with his situation tells TMZ, “it’s not going to get any better for him.” We’re told Manson was rushed to a Bakersfield hospital 3 days ago, and has been wheeled around on a gurney for various treatments … escorted by 5 uniformed cops. We’re told the 83-year-old Manson, who lays still covered in blankets, looks ashen. Sources say Manson’s health has been steadily deteriorating and, as it was put to us, “It’s just a matter of time.” Manson had serious health issues back in January as well, when he was hospitalized for severe intestinal bleeding and needed surgery to repair a lesion, but was deemed too weak by doctors and sent back to prison.

*WORKING TOGETHER – Senators Introduce Bipartisan Gun-Control Bill

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Thursday that would strengthen background checks for gun sales. The bill, which was introduced by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX),Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would give incentives to states and agencies to send records to the National Instant Background Check System by withholding bonus payments for political appointees whose agencies fail to do so, while rewarding those who upload records to the system. “For years, agencies and states haven’t complied with the law, failing to upload these critical records without consequence.” Cornyn said. “This bill aims to help fix what’s become a nationwide, systemic problem so we can better prevent criminals and domestic abusers from obtaining firearms.” The bill comes 11 days after 26 people were killed at a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

*THIN ICE – Russia May Be Forced Out of Winter Olympics by Doping Watchdog

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday found once again that Russia’s drug-testing authority remains non-compliant with international standards—meaning the entire Russian team may be banned from the February’s Winter Olympic Games. WADA upheld the ruling in Seoul on Thursday in advance of the Games in South Korea. Russia was first deemed non-compliant in 2016, following the publication of a report commissioned by WADA that found Russian government figures conspired with sports bodies and athletes to create a large-scale doping program. Any decision about Russian participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics will be handed down by the International Olympic Committee.

*BREAKTHROUGH – Former NFL Player Is First Diagnosis of CTE in Living Patient

Scientists say they have finally been able to detect evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy—or CTE—in a living patient. A new study, undertaken by lead author and pathologist Bennet Omalu, suggests that experts can diagnose the disease while a patient is still alive by detecting the presence and deposits of tau proteins—instead of requiring an autopsy for formal diagnosis. Omalu told CNN that the unnamed player in the study is actually Fred McNeill, who played for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and died in 2015. Omalu—whose work the 2015 film Concussion was based on—said he initially diagnosed McNeill in 2012 using a brain scan that traced tau, a signature protein of CTE. They later confirmed that diagnosis with an autopsy, after McNeill passed away. Omalu’s case study was published in Neurosurgery this week.

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*JUKING THE NUMBERS – Lawsuit: Wall Street Bankers Secretly Used Chat Rooms to Rig Treasury Bond Market

Wall Street banks secretly shared client information in online chat rooms in an effort to rig auctions in the $14 trillion U.S. Treasury market and pad their bottom lines, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday in a federal court in Manhattan. The filing expands on claims that emerged in July 2015 and triggered an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission, and several state and foreign regulators. It also reveals one of the original plaintiffs appears to be quietly cooperating with investigators. The suit, which names Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS as plaintiffs, claims the banking giants worked together from 2007 to 2015 to manipulate the price of bonds and skimmed profits from clients while padding the banks’ profits.

*Controversial Museum of the Bible is DC’s Newest Hot Spot:

Ancient scripts and rocker Elvis Presley’s Bible will be on display at the $500 million Museum of the Bible, which opens this weekend in Washington after questions about the origin of some of its artifacts and its portrayal of the holy book. Museum backers say its collections will offer a scholarly, nonsectarian view of one of history’s most-debated sacred writings, following revision of the initial mission statement that called for it to “bring to life the living word of God.” “It’s not about espousing our faith,” Steve Green, a Southern Baptist who is the museum board’s chairman and president of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, told reporters this week. “We just want to present the facts and let visitors decide.”

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch are said to be backing Meredith Corp. in revived talks to acquire Time Inc., The New York Times reports. Citing sources familiar with the negotiations, the Times says a new round of negotiations has been spurred by the Koch brothers’ involvement after earlier talks on a potential deal failed this year. The Kochs have tentatively agreed to prop up Meredith’s offer with a more than $500 million equity injection, according to the report.

*Jerry Jones Is Scolded for ‘Antics’ in Letter From Fellow Owners

Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys’ owner, was told by his fellow owners that his “antics” were damaging the N.F.L. and reflecting “conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests,” another sign that the feud between Jones and his colleagues is not abating. The comments, made in a letter sent to Jones’s lawyer, David Boies, and copied to the rest of the league’s owners, came a day after Jones said that he had no intention of backing down from his efforts to delay a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell. By including an accusation that Jones’s actions amounted to “conduct detrimental to the league,” the owners signaled that they were not ruling out pushing for sanctions against Jones. Since Goodell suspended the Cowboys’ star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, in mid-August, Jones has tried to slow discussions about the commissioner’s new pay package, which the owners on the compensation committee have been working on since May.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Some Amish people living in a rural part of Indiana have a rare genetic mutation that protects them from Type 2 diabetes and appears to significantly extend their life spans, according to a new study. The findings, published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, shed light on the processes underlying cellular aging and could lead to new therapies for chronic diseases, some experts say. The researchers are planning at least one follow-up trial that will recreate the effects of the mutation so they can study its impact on obese people with insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. The mutation described in the new paper affects a mysterious protein called plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, or PAI-1, that is known primarily for its role in promoting blood clotting. The mutation was first identified in 1991 in a secluded Amish farming community in Berne, Indiana. An estimated 5 percent of the community carries the mutation, which causes them to produce unusually low levels of PAI-1.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***The group behind the Golden Globe awards says its Miss Golden Globe honoree will now be known as the Golden Globe Ambassador. Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna says the move was made in order to help expand the role to help recognize the association’s philanthropic efforts throughout the year. The honoree is traditionally the child of a celebrity. This year’s Golden Globe Ambassador is Simone Garcia Johnson, the daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his ex-wife, producer Dany Garcia.   ***JB McCrary, who will voice young Simba in The Lion King, has signed with ICM Partners.   ***The Florida Project star Brooklynn Prince has signed with UTA.   ***David Nicholls, who is writing Showtime’s limited series Patrick Melrose, has signed with CAA, as had Prison Break star Augustus Prew.   ***Mudbound composer Tamar-Kali Brown has signed with First Artists Management.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Seth McFarlane, Fabio, and attorney Jared Levine shared the room at Craig’s in West Hollywood.   ***Stranger Things actor Matthew Modine stopped by Cafe Gratitude in Venice for brunch.   ***Jessica Alba lunched at Tocaya Organica in Sunset Plaza. Selena Gomez was there on a different day.  ***GQ editor Jim Nelson checked out MTN in Venice.  ***Producer Carla Hacken popped by Mr. Chow. Television producer Linda Bell Blue and husband Steve Blue were also there.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: The Zionist Organization of America feted Stephen K. Bannon at a gala dinner in New York on Sunday night. What a disgrace. What a mistake, too. It’s a disgrace because no organization that purports to represent the interests of the Jewish people should ever embrace anyone who embraces anti-Semites. Jews have enemies enough. To provide those enemies with moral cover for the sake of political convenience or ideology corroborates the worst anti-Semitic stereotypes and strengthens the hand of those who mean us harm. That means that when a far-left group such as Jewish Voices for Peace makes common cause with someone like Linda Sarsour — the Palestinian-American activist who advocates the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state and publicly praised a convicted terrorist — it disqualifies itself as an advocate of any Jewish interest save its own. To deny Israel’s right to exist, as U.N. Secretary General António Guterres noted in April, is “a form of modern anti-Semitism.”

*LBN-R.I.P.: Lil Peep, who over the last two years emerged as one of pop music’s brightest and most promising young talents, blending the urgency and dexterity of contemporary hip-hop with the raw, serrated sentimentality of emo, died on Wednesday night in Tucson. He was 21. Sarah Stennett, the chief executive of First Access Entertainment, a company that worked with Lil Peep last year, confirmed the death in a statement. Ms. Stennett said she had “spoken to his mother and she asked me to convey that she is very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life.”

*LBN-CORRECTION: Yesterday, we incorrectly identified Steve Leon’s father as Ed. His correct name was Sol and we regret the clerical mistake.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Johnny Depp must really want Disney to dump him from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. He’s starring in an X-rated Marilyn Manson music video that features an orgy and a three way romp. In this video, Johnny is no Lone Ranger. This should pretty much preclude Depp’s continuing with Disney in family films – or even Willy Wonka or Alice in Wonderland films.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord