Skimm'd over candy corn for dinner

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NOVEMBER 01, 2017


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Skimm'd over candy corn for dinner


"It's going to be cheap" – Bette Midler on the "Hocus Pocus" remake that she's not starring in.


The Story

Yesterday in New York City a man rammed a rented pickup truck down a bike path, killing at least eight people and injuring 11 others.

What do we know?

This happened along the Hudson River near the World Trade Center. The driver was on the bike path for almost a mile. He eventually hit a small yellow school bus, injuring two kids and two adults. He jumped out of the truck carrying a paintball gun and pellet gun, and shouting "Allahu Akbar," before being shot by police. He underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

Who did this?

A 29-year-old with a Florida driver's license who came to the US from Uzbekistan about seven years ago. Officials say he left a note claiming that he carried out the attack in the name of ISIS.

What are people saying?

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said this was an "act of terror." NY Gov. Cuomo called it a "lone wolf" attack that doesn't seem to be part of a larger plot. President Trump said this was "another attack by a very sick and deranged person," and that "we must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country."


This was the deadliest terrorist attack in NYC since 9/11. And while ISIS has not claimed responsibility, it comes at a time when the terror group is pushing its followers to carry out more vehicle attacks on the West – like recent ones in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain.


What to say to your co-worker with an ESPN homepage…

Guess you've got plans tonight. Last night, the LA Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 in game 6 of the World Series. The Astros were leading the series going into the game, meaning they could've ended it all with a win. Instead, now things are all tied up 3-3 and game 7 is tonight. Plllaay ball.

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Get out the grill. Today, Facebook, Twitter, and Google are getting grilled on Capitol Hill. This has to do with Russia's attack on the presidential election – including spreading misinformation via tech platforms. Like – you guessed it – Facebook, Twitter, and Google. At first, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it was "crazy" to think his company helped spread fake news. Then, it came out that Russian-linked accounts bought thousands of politically divisive ads during the campaign and created fake Facebook pages that pushed content to at least 126 million users. Oh, oops. Russian agents also uploaded more than 1,000 political videos to YouTube (which Google owns). And tens of thousands of Russian bots tweeted election-related content and fake news. Today, lawyers from all three companies testify in front of Congress.

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What to say when more people are added to the thread...

Widening the scope here. Yesterday, a group of US attorneys general made moves to expand a lawsuit against drugmakers over price-fixing. The suit claims that 18 companies conspired to fix prices for more than a dozen generic drugs. For years, pharma companies have been getting shade for hiking up prices of brand-name drugs (like: EpiPen). Then last year, states accused certain drug companies of doing the same with generic drugs. Bad look, since generics are supposed to be more affordable, and treat life-threatening conditions like diabetes. Now, the AGs are adding to their sh*t list, and reportedly want the companies to pay back the states and consumers. A judge has to sign off to let them officially expand the lawsuit. But it means more drug makers could be swallowing a bitter pill.

What people are talking about...

Sexual harassment in the workplace. Yesterday Netflix put production on hold for the final season of "House of Cards." Earlier this week, actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance on him back in the '80s, when Rapp was 14 years old. Netflix said it's taking this time to "address any concerns" from cast and crew. Meanwhile, earlier this week reality star Ariane Bellamar accused actor Jeremy Piven of groping her. He says 'not true.' CBS, where Piven currently has a show, says it's looking into the allegations. Also a top editor at NPR is on leave over allegations of sexual harassment. Two women say he forcibly kissed them when he worked for The New York Times in the '90s.

What to say when you try out the other side of the bed...

Really shaking things up. So is Samsung. Yesterday, the company announced three new CEOs to run its three major divisions. There's been a leadership vacuum ever since that time when Samsung's heir and de-facto leader went to prison on corruption charges. So now Samsung's trying to join the clean slate club. Hopefully its plans don't go up in flames. In other news about companies changing their stripes, Burberry's chief creative officer and president Christopher Bailey is stepping down next year after 17 years with the company. He's credited with turning Burberry from a British designer that makes trench coats into a major international fashion player. Plaid to the bone.


Rabbit, rabbit

What superstitious people say first thing in the morning on the first of every month. Because rabbits have been considered good luck for pretty much ever. If you're effed. Until you say tibbar, tibbar (rabbit, rabbit backwards) before you go to bed. No pressure.



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