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American ISIS Suspect Freed After Being Held For Over A Year

United States officials said on Monday that the administration has freed an American citizen whom the military imprisoned without trial for more than 13 months as a suspected Islamic State member.  The man, a dual American and Saudi citizen, was captured in September 2017 by a Kurdish militia in Syria. The Kurds turned him over to the American military, which held him as a wartime detainee at a base in Iraq. Officials said he was released in Bahrain, where his wife and daughter are living. The identity of the man has been kept secret, so he has been called “John Doe” in court filings and public debates.  This case has established the precedent of how the government locked up a citizen for more than a year without charging him with a crime, and the issue of whether the government can or should imprison American terrorism suspects without trial as enemy combatants, rather than prosecuting them. ...Read more

Student Dead At North Carolina High School After Fight Ends In Gunfire

A North Carolina high school student shot and killed a fellow student during a fight at their school on Monday, officials said. The shooting prompted a lockdown and dozens of parents rushed to the school to make sure their children were safe. The student accused of firing the fatal shot was arrested quickly, and investigators secured the campus at Butler High School in Matthews, about 12 miles southeast of Charlotte, NC. Students remained inside with the school on lockdown for about two hours after the shooting. The male who was shot died at a hospital, according to local authorities. Neither the suspect nor the victim’s names or ages were immediately released. The shooting happened in a hallway as students were arriving for the day.  ...Read more

City Of Boston To Host Victory Parade For World Series Winners Red Sox On Wednesday

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday morning that there will be a Duck Boat parade to celebrate the victory in Boston on Wednesday October 31. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Boylston Street, near Fenway Park, however as of press time there is no rally at city hall scheduled.  Late Sunday night, the Red Sox won the World Series for the fourth time in fourteen years in a 5-1 game against the L.A. Dodgers.  During a press conference Monday, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said that no costumes with replica firearms will be permitted at the parade and cars parked in restricted areas Wednesday morning will be towed beginning at 12 a.m. Anyone attending the parade is urged to act responsibly. ...Read more

FOX Announces Cast For Live Musical Production Of ‘Rent’

Fox has announced the lineup for its live musical version of Rent.  Vanessa Hudgens, who starred as Rizzo in Fox’s Grease Live, will play Maureen Johnson, a performance artist protesting a real estate development plan to evict the homeless. Maureen’s girlfriend, Joanne, will be played by Kiersey Clemons. Dancing With the Stars winner Jordan Fisher will appear as aspiring filmmaker Mark Cohen while Brennin Hunt and singer Tinashe will play star-crossed lovers Roger Davis and Mimi Marquez, a musician and a dancer respectively who are both HIV positive.  RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Valentina will take on the role of Angel and Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Judas in last spring’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, will play Tom Collins. Finally Mario rounds out the cast as Benjamin Coffin III. Jonathan Larson’s Tony- and Pulitzer-winning rock musical follows a group of New York City artists dealing with the HIV/AIDS crisis in 1989.  Rent will air live Jan. 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. on Fox. ...Read more

Venom Breaks $500 Million At The Worldwide Box Office

Sony’s Venom just grossed an additional $17.3 million in 65 international markets this past weekend, which now brings the film’s global total to $500 million. Venom follows Eddie Brock as he attempts to revive his journalism career by investigating the Life Foundation only to come into contact with an alien symbiote which grants him powers, transforming him into the anti-hero Venom. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson. ...Read more

Cleveland Browns Fire Head Coach Hue Jackson, Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley After Loss To Pittsburgh

The Cleveland Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson on Monday, this coming after their 33-18 to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Browns also fired offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Jackson was hired in 2016 and has been 3-36-1 as head coach of the Browns. Team owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam stuck by Jackson after he was 1-15 in 2016 and 0-16 last season. Jackson was 2-5-1 so far this season. Senior offensive assistant Al Saunders and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams are candidates to replace Jackson on an interim basis. Saunders was 17-22 was head coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1986-88, and Williams was head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03. ...Read more

Halloween a day early? Lexington, other Central Kentucky towns move up trick-or-treating.

Lexington is now among the Central Kentucky towns that have moved its trick-or-treating to Tuesday because of expected Wednesday rain.
The city announced the decision to move trick-or-treating to 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday after many nearby towns and counties did the same.
“Safety is our first priory,” the city stated.
Richmond, Winchester, Danville, Harrodsburg, Mt. Sterling, Scott County, Franklin County, Jessamine County and Harrison County authorities have all also announced trick-or-treating has been moved to Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Washington County towns Springfield, Mackville and Willisburg have moved their trick-or-treating to 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Lawrenceburg has moved its trick-or-treating to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Berea has announced its trick-or-treating will remain on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Heavy rains are likely,” in a storm system Wednesday, WKYT meteorologist Chris Bailey said. The amount of rain will depend on how strong the system is, Bailey said, but he said one model suggests wind gusts of greater than 40 to 50 mph are possible. ...Read more

Boston Red Sox Defeat The Los Angeles Dodgers To Win The 2018 World Series

The Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-1 victory in Game 5 to bring them a World Series championship. Boston capped off a stellar year with the Championship, finishing the regular season 108-54 and in October, winning 11 of 14 games. Starter David Price pitched seven innings, allowing just three hits and one run and struck out five, leading the Sox to clinch another championship, Boston’s fourth since 2004 and ninth in franchise history. Alex Cora became the fifth manager in history to win a World Series in their first year as manager. The Red Sox are planning to host their championship parade in their hometown later this week.  ...Read more

FBI Closed In On Pipe Bomb Suspect By Tracking DNA And Social Media Posts

Cesar Sayoc, the man who is accused of sending 13 pipe bombs through the mail to a range of Democrats and critics of President Trump, left forensic and digital evidence behind that authorities used to track him down and arrest him. According to authorities, they were able to link the DNA found on two bomb packages to a sample that was previously collected by the state of Florida, as well as matching Sayoc’s fingerprints to one from a separate mailing that law enforcement officials said he had previously sent. Investigators also said they had scrutinized Sayoc’s social media accounts and found identical spelling mistakes on his online posts; such as “Hilary” Clinton, and Debbie Wasserman “Shultz”, which matched the mailings he has been charged with sending. Other social media posts by Sayoc trafficked in online conspiracy theories, anti-Semitism and white supremacy. Authorities say this evidence is what led them to the 56-year-old, who had a long criminal history and appeared to be living in his van, showering on the beach or at a local fitness center. Sayoc has been charged with five federal crimes as of Friday. ...Read more

Victims Of The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Identified

Eleven people were killed on Saturday when a gunman stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s historic Squirrel Hill neighborhood. On Sunday, the victims’ identities were revealed in a news conference. Among those killed were a pair of brothers and a married couple. The oldest was 97 years old, and the youngest 54. Authorities said the suspected gunman, Robert Bowers, made statements about genocide and killing Jewish people. Bowers has been arrested and is being treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital. He was charged late Saturday with 11 state counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation in what the leader of the Anti-Defamation League called the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. Among the victims were brothers Cecil Rosenthal, 59, and David Rosenthal, 54, both of Squirrel Hill; Sylvan Simon, 86, and his wife, Bernice Simon, 84, both of Wilkinsburg; Rose Mallinger, 97; Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland, city of Pittsburgh; Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough; Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill; Melvin Wax, 86, of Squirrel Hil; and Irving Younger, 69, of Mount Washington. ...Read more