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This is day 270 of 2017. There are 95 days remaining.


• Wilford Brimley is 83

• Meat Loaf is 70

• Shaun Cassidy is 59

• Comedian Marc Maron is 54

• Gwyneth Paltrow is 45

• Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) is 43

• Lil’ Wayne is 35

• Avril Lavigne is 33


• 1950: The answering machine was invented.

• 1954: The nationwide debut of Tonight! (The Tonight Show) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC.

• 1964: The Warren Commission released its report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

• 1968: The stage musical Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, where it played 1,998 performances until its closure was forced by the roof’s collapsing in July 1973.

• 1995: The Government of the United States unveiled the first of its redesigned bank notes with the $100 bill featuring a larger portrait of Benjamin Franklin slightly off-center.

• 1998: Google was founded.

• 1998: St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire’s record-breaking season ended with his 69th and 70th home runs.

• 2003: A Brazilian prisoner who tried to escape from Sao Paulo prison while dressed as a woman was caught because he couldn’t walk in high heels. Guards said the man looked like a beautiful woman but waddled like a duck.

• 2004:  NBC announced that Conan O’Brien would take over for Jay Leno The Tonight Show in 2009.

• 2015: A “Supermoon” coincided with a lunar eclipse creating a “Blood Moon” over much of the earth.


• Ancestor Appreciation Day

• Women’s Health & Fitness Day

• Woman Road Warrior Day. A day to honor women who travel for business.

• Chocolate Milk Day


• October 3: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter


22.7: Length of time, in months, the average smartphone owner keeps their phone before upgrading.


The new French airline Joon has been created specifically to attract millennials. For example, it has virtual reality headsets. [That way you can buy a ticket for coach but virtually travel in first class.]

Fans of the New England Patriots were upset after regular tap water was sold for $4.50 to $5 per cup. [Because it’s perfectly okay for people at a football game to get upset about concession prices but not about inequality.]

A groom posing for wedding pictures on a bridge in Ontario jumped into a pond in his tuxedo in order to save a little boy. [Hey, you’ve already won the girl. You don’t have to impress her anymore.]

A group of conservative Catholic authorities have officially accused Pope Francis of heresy. [They don’t like that he took a knee during Mass.]

Missouri prisons have been ordered to eliminate smoking due to the health risks it presents. [But what if you’re already on death row?]

Missouri prisons have been ordered to eliminate smoking due to the health risks it presents. [In a place with open toilets people might be thankful for the smell of burning tobacco leaves.]

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle made their first public appearance the other day as an official couple. They were holding hands. [You can tell a couple is dating because they hold hands. If they weren’t holding hands, people would think that they were married.]

Meghan Kelly is being criticized for asking a man if it was true that he became gay because he was such a big fan of Will and Grace. [I know I became a lousy dancer because I was such a huge fan of Elaine on Seinfeld.]


BOEING IS GIVING $2 MILLION TO ANYONE WHO CAN MAKE A JETPACK _ Flying cars, self-driving vehicles and hyperloops are right around the corner, but what about everyone’s favorite sci-fi gadget: jetpacks? Don’t worry, Boeing’s got you covered. The company announced Tuesday that it will sponsor an epic jetpack “fly-off” competition sometime in Autumn 2019 with a winning prize of $2 million.

… The GoFly Prize, a two-year global competition, was established to encourage the creation of a “personal flight device” that can carry a passenger 20 miles without running low on fuel or battery. The rules ask that the device is “safe, useful, and thrilling.” Any form of transportation is eligible as long as it meets safety requirements. According to its official registration page, GoFly is looking for, “an ‘everyone’ personal flying device, capable of being flown by ANYONE, ANYWHERE. It should be a device for ALL: young and old, city-dweller and country-dweller, expert and novice.”

US NAVY IS ADDING XBOX CONTROLLERS _ The U.S. Navy plans to equip its Virginia-class submarines with Xbox 360 controllers, which will control the ship’s periscopes. The joystick now used, along with its corresponding control panel developed by Lockheed Martin, cost about $38,000. An Xbox 360 controller, meanwhile, goes for about $30 and can be purchased just about anywhere that carries toys.

… While the popular image of a periscope is a long, rotating tube with eye holes that sailors look into to see what’s going on above the water, the Virginia-class periscopes are much more complicated. They feature two masts equipped with digital cameras. These are controlled by a helicopter-style joystick from a control room on the submarine, where large monitors display the images captured by the cameras.

… Feedback from junior officers revealed that the current controller is clunky and heavy.

PENNSYLVANIA FIRE CHIEF CALLS COACH MIKE TOMLIN THE N-WORD _ A Pennsylvania volunteer fire chief is under fire for hurling a racial epithet at Steelers coach Mike Tomlin after his team chose to stay in the locker room during the national anthem on Sunday. Fire Chief Paul Smith, who leads Cecil Township Volunteer Fire Station #2, made a post on Facebook stating that Tomlin “just added himself to the list of no-good n*****s” after the team’s game on Sunday. Smith’s comment crossed the line for many fellow firefighters and residents of the small community near Pittsburgh. Smith apologized when reached by a local TV station, although he did not apologize to Tomlin.

TEENS AT LOOKOUT PLUNGE DOWN CLIFF _ A pair of teens who plummeted 60 feet over an Australian cliff miraculously escaped serious injuries. Police say the 17-year-old driver and his 16-year-old female passenger were lucky to walk away with minor cuts and bruises after their 4WD rolled off the cliff and fell onto rocks. The 17-year-old went to drive away from the overlook Monday night when he crashed through a barrier instead.

TWITTER TESTING 280 CHARACTER TWEETS _ Twitter is testing a new feature that will double the character limit of tweets — which means you may soon have 280 characters to play with. According to Twitter, it made the changes to address the frustration most people have with trying to fit their thoughts into a 140-character limit. About 9 percent of tweets (in English) hit the limit. A company spokesperson said: “We understand since many of you have been Tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters — we felt it, too. But we tried this, saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint.”

… Twitter is currently testing the new limit out with a small group, though it may roll the feature out to everyone if there’s positive reception.

DYSON PLANS TO SELL ELECTRIC CAR BY 2020 _ Dyson, the company known for making vacuum cleaners and other appliances, plans to sell a much bigger type of electric product by 2020: a car. Founder James Dyson wrote an email Tuesday to staff that the British-based company has been developing a “radically different” battery-powered electric vehicle with a team of 400 people. The 70-year-old Dyson, who is worth $4.5 billion, said his company is investing $1.34 billion in the project. He revealed no car details or how much it will cost but predicted electric vehicles would become the company’s largest source of revenue.

NAPPING VETERAN CAN’T SMELL HOUSE FIRE BUT SERVICE DOG DOES _ While many of us have dogs at home who provide both comfort and companionship, we may underestimate the value of service dogs. They are trained to help those in need, often according to very specific needs. Tony Damato is an Ohio Vietnam War veteran, and his service dog, Bella, is constantly by his side. He has a number of health issues and Bella has been there for him in times of need. With his wife and daughter away, Tony fell asleep. He napped for about an hour, unable to smell smoke filling his house — and only woke up when Bella jumped on him. Tony then saw the smoke and was able to get out of the house in time. But Bella was still stuck inside. Firefighters had to fetch her from inside the house. She had inhaled a lot of smoke. Both the service dog and her owner were taken to hospitals for treatment.

POLICE OFFICERS THROW RETIREMENT PARTY FOR HORSE  _ If you were having a party tomorrow and could have any kind of cake, what would you chose? Vanilla? Chocolate? Ice cream? How about hay-flavored? That’s what police officers with the Omaha Police Department chose for for their colleague’s retirement party. That colleague is a horse, who was very happy with his tasty surprise. Blaze the horse has been with the Omaha Police Department since 2014 and when it came time for him to retire, officers in the department knew they had to do something special to thank Blaze for everything he’d done. So they threw him a retirement party complete with a custom-made hay cake, decorated with the horse’s favorite fruits and vegetables.

SAUDI ARABIA AGREES TO LET WOMEN DRIVE _ Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the repression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change will take effect in June of next year. Saudi leaders also hope the new policy will help the economy by increasing women’s participation in the workplace. Many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by male relatives.

JOGGER CALLED ‘MAD POOPER’ MIGHT HAVE A BRAIN INJURY? _  It’s not a Colorado jogger’s fault she’s pooping on people’s lawns — because she suffered a traumatic brain injury, and now simply can’t control where she does her business — according to a man who claimed to be “a family representative.” In a YouTube video — now removed — the unidentified man says the Colorado Springs Mad Pooper would like to apologize for her actions. The man claimed in the video that her bathroom behavior is similar to breastfeeding in public and is protected under the First Amendment.

… But a criminal defense attorney said the man is full of it. Attorney Jeremy Loew said, “Defecating in someone’s yard is definitely not protected under the First Amendment and it is actually a crime.” The woman could actually be charged with indecent exposure, which might land her in the sex offender registry. The jogger has been pooping outside the Colorado Springs home of Cathy Budde at least once a week and cops have been trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.

… The supposed spokesman, who also claimed the woman underwent gender reassignment surgery, refused to provide any verification that he is representing the defecator’s family.

WOMAN’S DETAILED GROCERY LIST LEAVES LITTLE ROOM FOR ERROR _ Twitter user Era Golwalkar gained attention online this week when a grocery list she made for her husband went viral. Golwalkar’s list had very explicit instructions, leaving her husband little room to mess up the shopping. List items such as potatoes and onions came with illustrations drawn by Golwalkar so her husband knew exactly what she was looking for. She even specified colors and condition. • IMAGE

MAN REMOVES NAZI SWASTIKA TATTOOS AFTER UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP _ Colorado resident Michael Kent recently sat down at a tattoo parlor in Colorado Springs to have his swastikas covered up. Kent, a former neo-Nazi, credits an African-American parole officer named Tiffany Whittier with helping him to see beyond skin color and changing his views about white supremacy. Whittier even inspired Kent, who’s 38, to take down the Nazi flags he had hanging in his living room and replace them with smiley faces. Whittier said, “I’m not here to judge him. That’s not my job to judge. My job is to be that positive person in someone’s life.” Kent said, “When you wake up and see a smiley face, you’re going to go to work and you’re going to smile.”

… Redemption Ink, a national non-profit that offers free removals of hate-related tattoos, helped connect Kent with Fallen Heroes Tattoo in Colorado to begin the 15-hour process of covering his swastikas.

ORANGE JUICE PRICES MAY SOON SHOCK YOU _ You may live a long way from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, but if you buy orange juice, you’ll be feeling the effect at the supermarket checkout counter. Orange juice drinkers may pay as much as $2.30 more for a gallon of orange juice as the result of broad swatch that Irma cut through Florida’s citrus crop. Just how high OJ prices rise depends on whether Brazil can increase its exports to the U.S. to help cover the shortfall. The Florida Department of Citrus estimates that 30% to 70% of the Sunshine State’s crop was destroyed.

COUPLE WILL MARRY AT COSTCO _ An Australian (Sydney) couple are tying the knot this weekend at their favorite place in the world — Costco. Sue Berkeley will walk down the aisle to husband-to-be Eli Bob on Saturday. Sue says, “I get to go to Costco on my wedding day, it’s just awesome. Where else can I get married to the one I love, in the place that I love, surrounded by the people I love?” When the couple became engaged recently, they realized their shared a passion for the discount superstore. They decided that because they visited four days a week, it might as well be the venue for their big day — and the reception.

… Sue is excited that she’ll be able to serve each guest for under $10: pizzas, hot dogs and unlimited soft drinks.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: 60% OF BRIDES ANNOUNCE ENGAGEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN 24 HOURS _ Pop quiz: A survey (by says 60% of brides do this within 24 hours of becoming engaged. The answer: announce the engagement on social media. In all, 86% of brides said they announced their engagement on social media within the first week.

… Once engaged, 62% of brides said they increased their social media use, with seven out of 10 saying they used social media for wedding planning “more than anything else.” The survey showed that the top three social sites used during wedding planning were Pinterest (89 percent of respondents), Instagram (38 percent) and Facebook (38 percent).

… 66% of couples plan on using or have used a personalized hashtag for their weddings.

… On their wedding day 74% of couples said they wanted to be “disconnected from social media.”


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN NABBED FOR TRYING TO STEAL CAR — WITH COPS INSIDE _ A would-be car thief in Japan was nabbed after he tried to steal a vehicle — with several police officers inside. The man was caught red-handed trying to make off with the unmarked police car. It was dark and the would-be car thief didn’t notice the officers inside the unlocked vehicle.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SCARY CLOWN MAKES DELIVERIES FOR TEXAS DOUGHNUT SHOP _ A Texas doughnut shop employed the help of a scary clown to make deliveries for customers looking to creep out their friends or loved ones. Hurts Donut shop shared photos of the menacing clown, reminiscent of Pennywise from Stephen King’s It, who would be delivering doughnuts for two days of early Halloween mischief. Hurts wrote on its Facebook page: “Scary Clown Deliveries available next Monday and Tuesday in Frisco [Texas]! Who did something rotten to you that totally deserves this?”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AN APOLOGY NOTE, TWO $20 BILLS, AND HALF A JOINT _ A Denver woman came out to her car after work and found an envelope stuck on her car’s left side mirror. In the envelope she found a rolled up baggie. Inside the baggie was a note, $40 cash and half a joint. The note read: “Hey I am very sorry truley. I am such a dumba**. Please forgive me. Sorry 4 the scratch man.” She said she will use the $40 to see if she can buff out the scratch. And the half a joint? She says, “I’m not a smoker. I’m a runner. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE BUST DRIVER USING PLASTIC STOOL AS FRONT SEAT _ A man in China was fined for driving a car without a windshield and using a plastic stool as a front seat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN USES WINNING LOTTERY TICKET AS A BOOK MARK _ A woman in the UK used her winning lotto ticket as a book mark and forgot about it. A week later, as she was checking another lottery ticket, she remember the one tucked in her book. It turned out to be a winner worth $50,000.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: YELLING MAN DRAW ATTENTION TO HIS POT PLANTS _ In Pennsylvania neighbors complained to the police that a guy was shouting obscenities in his back yard. When police arrived they found him cursing up a storm… at his marijuana plants. He was arrested.


SEASON PREMIERE: SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — The theme for season 35 is “Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers”. The Heroes are identified based on their high achievements along with their courage; The Healers are good-hearted, compassionate people, while the Hustlers are go-getters and hard workers.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — In season 5, Raymond Reddington (James Spader) returns to build a fresh, new criminal enterprise with the help of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), but she may be forced to choose whether to be loyal to her father, Red, or her job at the FBI.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — As season 5 begins, Beverly and Murray move Erica into her dorm.

SEASON PREMIERE: EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — In the season 4 premiere, Lucious (Terrence Howard) makes his first appearance since the explosion in Las Vegas, but still has no memory of his family, Empire or his life before the accident. Demi Moore, Phylicia Rashad, and Queen Latifah guest star.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Season 2 begins as JJ (Micah Fowler) returns from his first summer camp trip.

SERIES PREMIERE: SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — David Boreanaz (Bones) stars in this new action drama about the lives in and out of the field of an elite Navy SEAL unit. Jessica Paré (Mad Men) and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) also star.

SEASON PREMIERE: MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Jay forces the family to take their vacation on a houseboat on a lake in the season 9 premiere. Kyle Bornheimer guest stars.

SEASON  PREMIERE: LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — Season 19 begins with shocking allegations against Benson (Mariska Hargitay) that lead to the return of an old friend. Dean Winters, Peter Jacobson, Will Chase, and Amy Smart guest star.

SEASON PREMIERE: STAR (9p ET, FOX) — The 2nd season premiere continues a crossover with the season premiere of Empire.



SEASON PREMIERE: CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — Tension erupts in the season 5 premiere when Chief Lugo (guest star Esai Morales) brings in Denny Woods (guest star Mykelti Williamson) to review the shootout. Jon Seda returns to the show, and Tracy Spiridakos joins the cast.

SEASON PREMIERE: CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — Season 13 begins right after the events of the finale. Daniel Henney (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders) joins the cast.

SEASON PREMIERE: DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — Season 2 finds President Kirkman, a year into office, determined to rebuild the Capitol.

SERIES PREMIERE: LIAR (10p ET, Sundance TV) — Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) star in this six-part psychological thriller as a teacher and surgeon, respectively, whose seemingly innocent date turns into a series of volatile accusations. Secrets and lies slowly unravel until the truth ultimately reveals itself.


FIXER UPPER HOSTS ARE ENDING HIT SHOW _ Fixer Upper is about to start its fifth season, and the HGTV hosts announced Tuesday that it will also be their last. The Chip and Joanna show has become a mega-hit, consistently pulling in some of the highest ratings for the network. Season No. 5 starts in November.

… The couple doesn’t specify what’s next, but they now run a mini-empire that includes a furniture line, a real estate company, and a sprawling market in Waco, Texas.

GAME OF THRONES LOVERS ENGAGED IN REAL LIFE _ Jon Snow and Ygritte are engaged, or at least their real-life counterparts Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are. The Game of Thrones stars have been dating on and off for five years and now they’re tying the knot. In 2014, Leslie told People she and Harington actually knew each other before they both ended up on GoT.

DEBRA MESSING ‘DISMAYED’ BY MEGYN KELLY’S WILL & GRACE INTERVIEW _ Debra Messing responded to criticism over her appearance on the Monday premiere of Megyn Kelly Today, saying she regrets going on the show because of some of host’s comments about a Will & Grace super-fan in the audience. At issue was a moment when the former Fox News star jokingly asked a Will & Grace fan named Russell Turner if he “became” gay because of the show. She asked, “Is it true that you became a lawyer, and you became gay, because of Will?” Turner responded, “I look at Will Truman, I’m like, ‘He has it made’: lawyer, best apartment in New York City, and gay? Come on, trifecta.”

… But one of Messing’s Instagram fans called the segment on the Kelly’s daytime show debut a “fail”. Messing said on Instagram: “Honestly I didn’t know it was [Megyn Kelly] until that morning. The itinerary just said Today Show appearance. Regret going on. Dismayed by her comments.”

BOB NEWHART RETURNS TO THE BIG BANG THEORY IN SEASON 11 _ Bob Newhart is returning as the late Arthur Jeffries/Professor Proton in The Big Bang Theory season 11. The show just returned for its eleventh season this week and will continue to air on Mondays until it moves to its regular slot on Thursdays on November 2. Bob Newhart will reprise the role in the November 2 episode. The last time he appeared on the show was in season 9.

MAN IN TAYLOR SWIFT STALKING CASE FOUND UNFIT TO STAND TRIAL _ There’s been an update in case of the man who was arrested for stalking and burglary inside Taylor Swift ‘s apartment. Back in March 2017 Mohammed Jaffar was arrested in Swift’s New York City building for burglary, stalking and trespassing. After the arrest Jaffar was held on $20,000 bail and the judge signed off on an order of protection against him. The protection orders no contact with Swift. According to the criminal complaint, Jaffar allegedly wanted to meet with Swift and had previously tried to get in touch with her on multiple occasions.

… Now, the New York District Attorney’s office says the case was called this week and the defendant was found unfit to stand trial, then placed in the custody of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

PARAMOUNT NETWORK RELEASES FIRST TRAILER FOR WACO MINISERIES _ Paramount Network premiered the trailer for the six-part miniseries Waco. The show stars Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, John Leguizamo, Rory Culkin, Melissa Benoist and Camryn Manheim and tells the true story of the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF, and David Koresh’s spiritual sect in Waco, Texas, that resulted in a deadly shootout and fire. The show comes to the Paramount Network in January.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN IS PREGNANT _ The Kardashian family can’t stop, won’t stop getting bigger. Khloe Kardashian is pregnant and expecting her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson. The 33-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and the 26-year-old basketball player began dating a year ago after meeting on a blind date set up by a friend in September 2016.

… The pregnancy news comes just days after reports surfaced that Khloe’s 20-year-old sister Kylie Jenner is pregnant with Travis Scott’s child.

JOHN TRAVOLTA IN OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR CRIME BIOPIC GOTTI _ The first trailer for a new crime thriller titled Gotti has come out. The movie will span three decades telling the story of legendary crime boss John Gotti Sr., as played by John Travolta. The story focuses on Gotti’s rise to power in New York City, as well as his wife Victoria Gotti, played by Kelly Preston. • VIDEO

AVATAR SEQUELS BEGIN FILMING, WILL COST OVER $1 BILLION _ James Cameron is determined now more than ever to make those multiple Avatar sequels. While the first film was undeniably a box office juggernaut, taking in almost $2.8 billion, people aren’t exactly chomping at the bit for a sequel. But James Cameron soldiers on and filming on the four consecutive Avatar sequels began this week with an estimated price tag of over $1 billion.

… The sequel release dates are December 18, 2020 for Avatar 2, December 17, 2021 for Avatar 3, December 20, 2024 for Avatar 4, and December 19, 2025 for Avatar 5.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of September 18-24.

  1. NFL Football: Oakland at Washington, NBC, 17.48 million
  2. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 15.64 million
  3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.83 million
  4. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 14.7 million
  5. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 13.78 million
  6. NFL Football: Detroit at N.Y. Giants, ESPN, 12.29 million
  7. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 10.72 million
  8. Football Night in America, Part 3, NBC, 10.62 million
  9. Star Trek: Discovery, CBS, 9.49 million
  10. NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at San Francisco, NFLN, 7.46 million
  11. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 7.16 million
  12. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.72 million
  13. NCIS, CBS, 6.6 million
  14. The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 6.1 million
  15. The Big Bang Theory (Monday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 5.97 million
  16. American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 5.959 million
  17. Mom, CBS, 5.957 million
  18. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 5.65 million
  19. Bull, CBS, 5.55 million
  20. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 5.29 million


Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

CHIP AND JOANNA: The Fixer Upper couple will call it quits after season 5, which begins in November.

INTERNSHIP: Dawayne was asked for a supplement to his internship application and made a video.

VELCRO: Velcro “lawyers” want us to stop calling everything velcro.




Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires… by now you should know it’s a very good idea to have a “go bag” ready in case you have to flee your home in a hurry. BuzzFeed says these are the essentials we must keep in an emergency backpack.

Agree or disagree with any of these? Anything missing?

  • Cereal and chocolate bars.
  • An extra change of clothes.
  • A sleeping mat and a light blanket.
  • Toilet paper, notebook and pen.
  • A copy of your keys.
  • A lighter, candles, and battery-powered flashlight.
  • Plastic bags and latex gloves.
  • A small first-aid kit.
  • A battery-powered radio.
  • A whistle.
  • Packing tape.
  • A water bottle.
  • Bonus tip: Scan and print out a copy of your family’s important documents, just in case!


Last month a study ( revealed those with side gigs are making, on average, an extra $9,948 a year. A follow-up study looked at data of tens of thousands of loan applicants and found the most profitable side gigs. Ranked by the average monthly income, here are the top five:

1. Airbnb – The average monthly income for Airbnb hosts was $924, making it the most profitable side gig on the list.

2. TaskRabbit – It’s an online marketplace that matches freelancers to local demand. For example, if you need a logo made for your website, find a designer on TaskRabbit. Or if you need your lawn mowed, search TaskRabbit. TaskRabbit members make, on average, $380 a month.

3. Lyft – The average Lyft driver pockets $377 a month. This is just an average as some make more.

4. Uber – Uber comes in closely behind its competitor. The average Uber driver makes $364 a month.

5. DoorDash – DoorDash is an on-demand food delivery service that’s located in more than 300 cities. The average “Dasher” makes $229 a month.


You CAN boost your willpower — if you practice. Here are 3 ways, from Shape magazine:

• Visualize. Athletes do it. So do musicians and actors. So, imagine yourself taking out a box of cookies, not eating them, and then putting the box back in the cupboard. Experts say if you can’t imagine something, the chances you can actually do it are pretty slim.

• Get face-to-face with your weakness, and focus on reacting in a different way. For example, instead of ordering a sinful dessert, just have coffee. If you start passing up dessert, or chips and salsa from time to time, you’ll find it becomes easier and easier to say ‘no.’

• Do a taste test. Order a reasonable dessert, but share it with the table, and limit yourself to a couple of bites. You’ll know you’re winning your battle with temptation when you can have a few bites, and push it away. A great way to have your cake and eat it, too.


TRIVIA: Every week 1,100 Americans move where? (Into the U.S. prison system)


• Name a sport in which the players where helmets.

• You place this under a computer mouse to help it move more smoothly.

• Where is the Great Wall of China located?

• Name the garden fruit that gives pumpkin spice lattes their flavor?


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Guy smashing store window gets hit with karma.


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Binge watching Fuller Meouwse.


• 1963: The National Life And Accident Insurance Company bought the Ryman Auditorium for $200,000 and re-named it the Grand Ole Opry House.

• 1964: CONNIE SMITH made her chart debut with Once A Day.

• 1990: The first International Bluegrass Awards were held in Owensboro, Kentucky.

• 1997: BROOKS & DUNN’s music video for Honky Tonk Truth made its debut with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt appearing as Kix Brooks.

• 1997: THE RANCH made its chart debut with Walkin’ The Country, which also marked the chart debut for KEITH URBAN, the trio’s then lead singer and guitarist.

• 2000: A massive 20 foot bow was placed on the roof of the Grand Ole Opry House to commemorate the 75th birthday of the show.

• 2007: SARA EVANS told a judge she and Craig Schelske had reached agreement on the terms of their divorce.

• 2015: Hunter Montgomery, the 19-year-old son of MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s Eddie Montgomery, died in a Kentucky hospital of an overdose.


Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• JUSTIN MOORE on growing up.

• RASCAL FLATT’S Gary LeVox on longevity.

• TIM MCGRAW starts with good songs.


SCOTTY McCREERY is off the market, after proposing to longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal yesterday (Tuesday) at the top of a mountain in their home state of North Carolina. Scotty and Gabi have been dating since their senior year of high school and have known each other since kindergarten. She is a nurse at Duke University hospital. They plan to marry sometime next year. • IMAGE

REBA MCENTIRE has partnered with Justin boots for the Reba line, which will include boots, booties and casual shoes. It’s expected to be available in time for the holidays.

A stretch of highway in Redding, California has been re-named the MERLE HAGGARD Memorial Exchange. A dedication ceremony is set for October 25. Merle grew up in Bakersfield, which is about 400 miles south of Redding.

SARA EVANS will play a handful of dates in December to support her 2015 Christmas album.

On October 19 DARIUS RUCKER will play a show at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York. His new album, When Was The Last Time, hits stores the following day.

… DARIUS RUCKER’s forthcoming album, When Was The Last, Time includes a collaboration with JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and CHARLES KELLEY on the song Straight To Hell.

KELSEA BALLERINI makes her debut on Ellen today (Wednesday).


This is day 271 of 2017. There are 94 days remaining.


• Brigitte Bardot is 83

• Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 71

• Janeane Garofalo is 53

• Mira Sorvino is 50

• Naomi Watts is 49

• Hilary Duff is 30.


• 1787: The newly completed United States Constitution was voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the State legislatures for approval.

• 1820: The tomato was publicly proven safe when Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson stood on the steps of the Salem, New Jersey, courthouse and ate a large number of them without any adverse effects.

• 1892: The first night football game in America was played between Mansfield State Normal School (now Mansfield University) and Wyoming Seminary.

• 1941: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox finished the season with a batting average of .406. He was last major leaguer to hit .400-plus.

• 1987: The first episode of TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation aired.

• 1996: During their wedding at Spokane’s First Presbyterian Church, Craig and Jill Looper’s vow-sealing kiss set off the fire alarm. Or maybe it was an electrical problem. None of the 350 guests was injured, but the wedding cake was ruined. The couple signed their license on the hood of a fire truck.

• 2002: In Korschenbroich, Germany, a dirty diaper saved the life of a 20-month-old toddler after he fell 20 feet from a window and landed on his bottom. Police said the diaper acted like a car airbag, absorbing the shock better than a clean diaper.

• 2002: Chicago police officer Jessie Watts Jr. arrested two men who tried to burglarize the minivan he was occupying during an undercover surveillance.

• 2005: The U.S. Treasury introduced a new $10 bill, featuring splashes of red, yellow and orange.

• 2008: SpaceX launched the first private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

• 2012: Facebook hit 1 billion users.


• Drink Beer Day

• Good Neighbor Day

• Ask a Stupid Question Day


• October 3: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter