Week Of October 22, 2016 - Man From Yesterday
In The News -
Authorities have said that they may never know why a tour bus collided with a truck on a major highway in southern California because the driver was among 13 people killed in the crash. Officials have not released the identities of any of the crash victims but neighbors have identified the bus driver as Elias Vides, 59, who also owns the tour company. The bus was traveling west on Interstate 10 when it plowed into the back of a large truck early on Sunday. The freeway was closed for hours before it finally reopened at around 7pm this evening. It was carrying 44 adult passengers from the Red Earth Casino in Salton City to Los Angeles when the crash was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 5.17am, CHP chief Jim Abele told a news conference on Sunday afternoon.
The saga began Wednesday with a letter to the editor in a local Rhode Island newspaper criticizing women over 20 who wear yoga pants in public. Quickly, it snowballed into a “Yoga Pants Parade” Sunday afternoon with hundreds of people walking past the letter writer’s house — and a few death threats, according to the author, who said he had only intended satire. “To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age,” wrote Alan Sorrentino, 63, in the letter published by the Barrington Times last week. “I don’t want to struggle with yours.”
Illegal Immigrant’s Protest - The inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge was closed by an immigrant rights protest on Wednesday morning, snarling traffic on one of the region's most important crossings at the height of rush hour. Delays at the bridge for traffic heading into New York from New Jersey were up to nearly 90 minutes; traffic cameras showed bumper-to-bumper traffic barely inching along.
A plane carrying Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off a runway Thursday night as it landed at LaGuardia Airport in New York. There were no reported injuries in the rough landing, which occurred on a rainy Thursday evening in the city.
Armed anti government protesters led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, charged in the takeover of a federally owned Oregon wildlife sanctuary in January, were acquitted Thursday of federal conspiracy and weapons charges.
Polls tightening - many have Trump moving up.
October surprise - not good for Hillary - as FBI re-opens e-mail case.
An American Airlines flight was forced to abort its takeoff at O'Hare Airport due to a mechanical issue before part of the plane caught fire Friday afternoon, forcing the passengers and crew to evacuate by the emergency chutes.
Central Italy was hit by another powerful earthquake Sunday, toppling buildings that had recently withstood other major quakes and sending panicked residents back into the streets, but causing no immediate loss of life. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 was the strongest to strike the country in nearly 36 years. That there were no reports of deaths was largely due to the fact that thousands of residents left their homes after two strong jolts last week shook the same mountainous area.
Hillary Clinton on Saturday questioned FBI Director James Comey's decision to write to congressional leaders about emails uncovered in the bureau's probe into Anthony Weiner, saying the timing of such a move was "unprecedented" and "deeply troubling." Later it’s announced - Investigators found 650,000 emails on a laptop that they believe was used by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, a close Clinton aide, and underlying metadata suggests thousands of those messages could have been sent to or from the private server that Mrs. Clinton used while she was secretary of state, according to people familiar with the matter.
At least 17 people, including four teenagers, were killed and 41 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning. The weekend’s latest homicide happened shortly after 4 a.m. Monday in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. A 28-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to the chest and head on the kitchen floor of a second-floor apartment in the 1100 block of West Garfield, according to Chicago Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Technology news -
Telecom giant AT&T reached a deal Saturday to buy Time Warner for more than $80 billion, a surprising acquisition that reflects the telecom giant’s desire to amass reputable TV and film content to diversify its massive but mature business of providing Internet access.
A Nashville family whose $1 million home was destroyed earlier this year in a fire caused by a hoverboard toy is suing Amazon saying the retail giant knowingly sold a dangerous product.
This week didn't look good for Apple. Google's new Pixel phone launched to positive reviews, largely because of the phone's new digital helper called Google Assistant.
As I wrote in my review of the new Google Pixel, it’s relatively easy to make a high-end smartphone these days. The real challenge is lighting it up with unique software that helps you do more.
Sports news -
At game three of the Cubs-Indians World Series - Comedy legend and Cubs superfan Bill Murray had a microphone in his hand for a different reason on Friday night.
Murray had the honor of singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch in Game 3 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians at Wrigley Field.
The Cleveland Indians celebrated a second straight win Saturday night, this one a 7-2 thumping, on the Chicago Cubs' home turf. And the idea of the Cubs ending their 108-year-old championship drought faded as surely as the postseason mastery of Corey Kluber continued to grow. The Indians are now up 3-1 in this series.
Entertainment news -
Passing - Pop music legend Bobby Vee — an icon for music fans around the world, and a champion for charitable causes around Central Minnesota — died early Monday morning of complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 73. One of his biggest hits, “Take Good Care Of My Baby.”
Passing - John Zacherle passed yesterday at 98. Known to NY TV Viewers as “The Cool Ghoul” as he hosted horror TV movies on several NY TV stations and was a rock DJ on WPLJ during the 1970’s.
Passing - Super agent Norman Brokaw, who went from mailroom to mogul during a lifetime spent at the William Morris Agency, has died. He was 89. Brokaw, who had a decades-long, fruitful association with the now-embattled Bill Cosby while also representing the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck and Clint Eastwood.