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Week In History - October 1, 2016 - Man From Yesterday

In The News -
A series of early-morning tweets by Donald Trump gets everyone talking again. Trump tweeted about the Clinton campaign’s rollout of a failed pageant participant some years ago.

A ferocious hurricane packing 150-mph winds has prompted hundreds of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base employees to evacuate and threatens to wreak havoc on Haiti and Jamaica.Hurricane Matthew is expected to dump torrential rainfall on Jamaica and Haiti on Sunday evening before making landfall Monday.

Russia warned the United States about taking direct action against the Syrian regime, saying it would cause negative consequences across the Middle East, Russia's state-run Sputnik news agency reported Saturday.

Russia has suspended an agreement with the US on the disposal of surplus weapons-grade plutonium, the latest sign of worsening bilateral relations. In a decree, President Vladimir Putin accused the US of creating "a threat to strategic stability, as a result of unfriendly actions" towards Russia. Moscow also set pre-conditions for the US for the deal to be resumed.

Protesters gathered for a second night in Los Angeles over the deadly police shooting of an 18-year-old black man. Demonstrators blocked an intersection Sunday night near the home of Carnell Snell Jr. The rowdy crowd included at least three car drivers doing donuts on the street and several others spray-painting graffiti as officers stood by. The shooting occurred Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles police say they tried to pull over a car with paper license plates at about 1 p.m. After a short chase the driver and a passenger got out and fled. The passenger ran in back of a house, where he was shot. The driver escaped.

VP Debate - Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and his challenger, Republican and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence debated Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. Kaine came off obnoxious as Pence stayed cool.

Reports of “killer clowns” terrorizing and scaring people have been spreading across the country, and now people in more than 10 states have reported sightings.

The chief executive of the classified ad website Backpage.com was arrested Thursday on pimping charges, part of a broad crackdown led by state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who criticized the website for profiting from the sex trafficking of adults and children. Carl Ferrer was taken into custody in Houston after arriving on a flight from Amsterdam, according to a statement from Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton, whose office joined in the criminal inquiry.
Gov. Rick Scott (R) repeatedly pleaded with residents to take Hurricane Matthew seriously, urging the 1.5 million Floridians in evacuation zones to leave and describing Hurricane Matthew in increasingly blunt terms as he tried to describe the peril.

Hurricane Matthew strengthened to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane Thursday as it barreled toward a midnight landfall on the Florida coast, bringing the threat of deadly winds and storm surges along a 550-mile stretch from Miami to South Carolina. With Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina under states of emergency, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a blunt warning to his 1.5 million coastal residents: "This storm will kill you."

Business - The San Diego-based Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., which owns the Souplantation chain, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, reports the Wall Street Journal. The move comes after the company had tried to look for a buyer and "yielded no bid whatsoever," according to court papers filed on Monday.

Ford says it is bringing back the Bronco. It has also said, it is bringing back the Ranger here in the U.S.

 

Sports news -
Vin Scully calls his final game. He was joined in the booth by Willie Mays. Giants beat the Dodgers in San Francisco 7-1.

NFL - Denver, Philadelphia and Minnesota still unbeaten.. LA Rams - not bad with three wins. The Pats have three wins.

John Kruk and ESPN are parting ways. He had been there since 2004.

Although the MLB's average attendance dropped by 1.1 percent, the season was baseball's 11th-highest year. The NL West champion Dodgers led in home attendance at 3.7 million, followed in the NL by St. Louis (3.44 million), San Francisco (3.37 million) and the Chicago Cubs (3.23 million). Toronto topped the AL at 3.39 million, followed by the New York Yankees (3.06 million) and Los Angeles Angels (3.02 million).

 

Technology news
Netflix went down Saturday afternoon for about 2½ hours, unleashing a flood of tweets and posts as fans found themselves unable to get to their favorite shows. The company tweeted at 3:25 p.m.that it was "aware of streaming issues and we are working quickly to solve them. We will update you when they are solved."

Facebook launches their own version of Craig’s List -
Facebook Marketplace lets you browse a relevancy-sorted feed of things to buy from people who live nearby, and quickly list your own stuff for sale. Integration with Facebook Messenger lets you haggle or arrange a meet-up, and you know more about who you’re dealing with than on anonymous sites like Craigslist thanks to Facebook’s profiles.

Oops - Facebook says that a "technical issue" allowed listings for drugs, animals, adult services, and other illegal items to appear in its new Craigslist competitor, Marketplace.

Phone outage - Every major phone carrier experienced outages on United States' east coast this morning from about 11:00am local time until around 11:45am. DownDetector.com, which tracks technology failure, illustrated the precipitous collapse of major networks. Each is now showing some measure of recovery. The outage was traced to a company called “L3” which handles - probably more VOIP then one company should.

 

Entertainment news -
Kim Kardashian Robbed - Five suspects dressed as police officers gained access to the private mansion in Paris where Kardashian West was staying, before tying her up, robbing her at gunpoint and making off with an estimated $10 million in jewelry.

AT&T has signed a multi-year deal with singer Taylor Swift which will features "performances and content" including a DirecTV concert the night before the Superbowl. Taylor Swift will headline a DirecTV Super Saturday Night in Houston with tickets available to customers through exclusive AT&T promotions and campaigns.

Passing - Songwriter R.I.P. Rod Temperton- who wrote “Thriller” and other songs for Michael Jackson.

 
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