Tuesday, October 17th, 2023


➤ Donald Trump was given a limited gag order in his D.C. elections case, barring him from publically targeting prosecutors or court staff but allowing him to criticize the judge and the Justice Department. Trump says he’ll appeal. (More

➤ Mitt Romney says Oprah Winfrey asked him to join her on a unity presidential ticket in 2020 to try to stop President Trump’s reelection. The report comes from a new book, “Romney: A Reckoning,” due out next week. (More

 The third GOP presidential debate will be held in Miami on Nov. 8  with NBC News as the TV partner. The Republican National Committee announced details Monday on the new qualification criteria. (More

Israeli defense officials say they’ve killed the Hamas commander who led the deadly attack on Gaza border communities. They released video of a missile explosion engulfing the commander’s compound. (See Video

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Kyle Larson squeaked a narrow victory at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, becoming the first driver locked into NASCAR’s four-car championship finale in two weeks. (More

➤ TV ratings for the baseball division playoffs were down 15% from last year, despite higher ratings during baseball’s regular season. With the biggest-drawing teams already gone, World Series ratings are expected to be down as well. (More

One of the most exciting plays in football is a successful kickoff return, and Notre Dame’s 48-20 victory over USC featured one by Jadarian Price that went 99 years from one goal line to the other. (See Video


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➤ Big Stock Move: Prothena shares shot up 19% Monday after Bloomberg News reported that the Alzheimer’s drug developer is preparing for a potential sale. (More

➤ Coca-Cola is partnering with Pernod Ricard, owner of Absolut Vodka, to produce a new pre-mixed cocktail: Absolut & Sprite in a can. The drink will launch first in Europe early next year in a test rollout. (More

➤ Drug retailer Rite Aid filed for bankruptcy and said it would close underperforming stores while it struggles with a high debt load and continuing costs from lawsuits over opioid liability. (More

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Science & Technology

➤ Scientists are testing ways to make “moon roads” on the lunar surface by blasting moon soil with sunlight focused through huge lenses. Paved roads will help keep lunar rovers safer from dust damage. (More

➤ Hundreds of neuroscientists have published a map of all the different kinds of cells in the brain, producing a detailed, first-of-its-kind “brain atlas” for all scientists to use. (More

➤ A 21-year-old undergrad at the University of Nebraska won a $40,000 “Vesuvius Challenge” award by using AI to translate and read a word from a 2,000-year-old unopened papyrus scroll from Herculaneum. (See Scroll) 

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Travel Tuesday

➤ As Halloween approaches, the nation’s eyes turn to spooky sights and creepy places. The website Thrillist has compiled a state-by-state list of the most haunted places in America. (See List)  

➤ J.D. Power ranked the 10 best mega airports in America, evaluating them for on-time flights, baggage claim, check-in, restaurants, and retail. The surprise No. 1: Detroit Metropolitan Airport. (See Top 10

Speaking of air travel, FlightsFinder launched a “Flight Stress Calculator” allowing you to plug in your airport, your airline, and your departure time and get a stress rating for that particular flight. (More

Et Cetera

A Georgia man got a $1.4 million “super-speeding” ticket for going 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.  The court told the shaken man to either pay the fine or show up in court, where he learned the “fine” was just a place-holder to make sure he showed up. (More

➤  Netflix announced plans to open two brick-and-mortar stores in 2025 to feature “immersive” experiences based on the platform’s hit shows. They’ll include food and drink but not movie rentals. (More

The Audubon Seabird Institute is offering a variety of 24/7 live-streamed views of seabirds, osprey, and seals to the public. We recommend the Puffin Burrow cam. (Livestreams Here)

Poll Position

What was your favorite subject in school?

  1. English
  2. Math
  3. Science
  4. History
  5. Phys Ed
  6. Other

Monday’s Results:

Do you plan to get the Covid booster shot?

  1. Yes: 15%
  2. No: 85%

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“They were saying, ‘We want to go to Florida. We want to go to Florida.’ Well, now they’re in Florida.” 

Gov. Ron DeSantis after a state rescue mission evacuated nearly 300 Americans from Israel.

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