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SHOW NOTES: Monday, October 31, 2016

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   :06  Topic A:   Hillary FBI update


Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reportedly has said she does not know how tens of thousands of emails related to the FBI investigation of her boss’ personal server were found on a laptop she shared with her now-estranged husband, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.

The Washington Post reported that Abedin was not a regular user of the laptop in question. The paper also reported that Abedin’s lawyers did not bother to search the device for work-related emails after she agreed to turn over such messages to the State Department.

On Saturday, a senior law enforcement official told Fox News that the laptop contained “five digits,” or at least 10,000, emails of interest to investigators.

The source also told Fox News that law enforcement officials think it’s highly unlikely that all of the newfound emails are duplicates, as the Clinton campaign has suggested. The Post reported, citing former FBI officials, that investigators would likely use a computer program to weed out duplicate emails before examining the remaining messages for possible criminality.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that several Clinton allies have suggested the Democratic nominee distance herself from Abedin, who has had a professional relationship with Clinton for two decades. In that capacity, Clinton’s team defended an unusual employment arrangement in which Abedin was paid by the Clinton Foundation, a consulting firm called Teneo and the State Department all at once.

Clinton also stood by Abedin when Weiner’s first online sex scandal cost him his seat in Congress, and when his second imploded his bid for New York mayor. When Abedin announced her separation from Weiner earlier this year, it was Clinton’s campaign that sent her statement to reporters.

Others suggested to the Times that the latest twist in the email investigation would make it impossible for Clinton to make Abedin part of her White House team if she is elected president next month. The paper also reported that Abedin did not travel with Clinton on a swing through Florida Saturday, instead working out of the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters.

“We of course stand behind her,” Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told reporters, adding Abedin has “completely and voluntarily complied with and cooperated with the investigation.”

The Post reported that Abedin gave a sworn deposition this past June, saying that she had “looked for all the devices that may have any of my State Department work on it and … gave them to my attorneys for them to review for all relevant documents.”

Two months earlier, Abedin told the FBI that her attorneys had asked the State Department about how to conduct a review of work messages from her personal laptop and Blackberry, but received no response.

The FBI announced Friday that it had restarted an investigation into emails Clinton sent on a private server system while secretary of state, as a result of a probe into Weiner’s, “sexting,” or sending sexually-suggestive electronic messages, to a teenage girl.

The FBI conducted a roughly two-year investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server system, finding several emails marked as classified and concluding that she had been “extremely careless.” However, the agency did not find evidence that Clinton had been criminally negligent and did not recommend criminal charges to the Justice Department.


The hosts of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” are facing backlash from students of their real estate seminars who claim the couple’s program is misleading. Christina and Tarek El Moussa, the (* absolutely charisma-less) hosts of the show, flip houses. They also have a seminar program, titled “Success, Path, Education,” that advertises it will teach student the secrets of their success. But the program is generating complaints, like one from Doug Stephens, who said when he attended the class, the El Moussas were nowhere to be seen. You get to watch them in a video. The rest of the time you are hit with an aggressive sales pitch, he said, to buy more courses. Stephens said he paid almost $2,000 for the conference and another $1,000 for some software. But, Christina El Moussa tells ABC News that she and Tarek are proud of their program. “It’s our tools, it’s our system. It’s what Tarek and I do. I’ve only heard very minimal complaints.” Christina El Moussa said that she does attend seminars, when the events are close to her home. “If it’s going to be within 45 minutes from my house I’m definitely going to come. It gets harder to travel all around, especially [because] we have two kids.” She adds that, “Tarek does tons of training via webinar.”

           Topic C: Bill Murray Epic “Take Me Out” during 7th inning stretch at Wrigley


The Chicago Cubs hosted game three in their World Series battle against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. The series coming to Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945 was one of the most anticipated events in the Windy City in the past seven decades.

Sadly (for Cubs fans), the night ended with the Indians beating the home team 1-0, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The bright spot in the night happened during the seventh-inning stretch when Chicago native Bill Murray was tapped by the Cubs to lead the sing-a-long of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

A very animated Murray channeled his inner “Daffy Duck” for the performance, encouraging the crowd to “spray it” as they sang.


The SNL alum is no stranger to singing at Wrigley. In April 2004, Murray delivered another inspired performance at the Cubs’ home opener.

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:22     Topic A: NC battle at the Fall Festival

Political campaigns are emotional times, but two candidates for North Carolina’s state legislature apparently took that emotion too far Saturday when they got into a fight at a local festival.

A witness told the Bladen Journal that Democratic candidate Tim Benton was trying to confront Republican Brenden Jones at the annual Beast Fest in Bladenboro.

Woody Hester told the paper that Benton was accusing Jones of being behind fliers linking him to a white supremacist group.

“Mr. Benton kept nudging him with his shoulder the whole time they were walking across, and then he just stepped back and little and coldcocked him,” Hester said.

“To beat all, he (Benton) left a little child in a stroller to walk across the street, and if Mr. Jones’ (companion) hadn’t caught her, the child would have rolled into the street,” Hester added.

The North Carolina Republican Party said late Saturday that Jones had filed criminal assault charges against Benton and called on the Democratic Party to remove Benton from the race.

“We are just thankful that Brenden Jones, his wife, and nine year old daughter, who were all with him at the time did not suffer serious injuries,” North Carolina GOP spokeswoman Kami Mueller said.

Jones posted the North Carolina Republican Party’s statement about the incident on his Facebook page, saying that he “did my best to defuse the situation.”

According to a 1994 Fayetteville Observer article, Benton was accused of being involved in the distribution of Ku Klux Klan applications at a local school. Benton, then a middle school gym teacher and athletic director, said at the time that he was being targeted for supporting a local textile worker who was fired for refusing to remove a Confederate flag from his tool box.

Neither Benton or the North Carolina Democratic party had any immediate comment on the incident.


One of the more enduring legends of rock is that, after 10 years of marriage, Phil Collins reportedly asked second wife Jill Tavelman for a divorce via fax machine. Did that really happen? In a new interview with ABC News, Collins says no. “[It] really hurt my career, or my public persona,” the 65-year-old musician said. “And it was based on an untruth … So, I just thought it would be an opportunity just to lay it all out, and if I say it didn’t happen, I’m trusting that people will believe me.”

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:36    Topic A: Flashback 1992: Clinton Cheers HW Bush October Surprise


Flashback: Bill Clinton cheered 11th hour indictment that doomed Bush re-election

Whispers of “payback” are being directed at Hillary Clinton after she decried as “unprecedented” the surprise FBI revival of its probe of her email scandal.

That’s because 24 years ago, as former President George H.W. Bush was surging back against challenger Bill Clinton, a special prosecutor raised new charges against Bush in the Iran-Contra probe, prompting Clinton to claim he was running against a “culture of corruption.”

Many Republicans claimed that the indictment made by special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh against former Reagan-era Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger the weekend before the 1992 election cost Bush a second term. The indictment, later thrown out, challenged Bush’s claim that he did not know about a controversial arms-for-hostages deal that dogged the Reagan-Bush administration.

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When it came, Clinton seized on it, saying for example, “Secretary Weinberger’s note clearly shows that President Bush has not been telling the truth when he says he was out of the loop.” Clinton added, “It demonstrates that President Bush knew and approved of President Reagan’s secret deal to swap arms for hostages.”

Powerline blogger Paul Mirengoff wrote, “What goes around comes around.”

He concluded:

The Clintons seized on the new indictment, howling about a “culture of corruption” that supposedly pervaded the administration. Bush’s poll numbers declined and Bill Clinton won the election.

Shortly after the election, a federal judge threw out the new indictment because it violated the five-year statute of limitations and improperly broadened the original charges. President Bush then pardoned Weinberger.

Keep this history in mind during the coming days when you hear Democratic hacks talking about how awful it is for law enforcement officials and/or prosecutors to “interfere” in the presidential election process.

            Topic B:  TOP PET NAMES OF 2016

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance has pulled hundreds of thousands of pet names from its database to see which ones stand out. Here are their most popular and most unique cat and dog names to come out of 2016:

Top 10 Dog Names 2016 – Male

– Charlie

– Cooper

– Max

– Oliver

– Buddy

– Rocky

– Teddy

– Milo

– Tucker

– Bentley

Top 10 Dog Names 2016 – Female

– Bella

– Lucy

– Luna

– Daisy

– Lola

– Sadie

– Molly

– Stella

– Chloe

– Maggie

Top 10 Cat Names 2016 – Male

– Oliver

– Max

– Milo

– Simba

– Leo

– Charlie

– Jack

– Loki

– Smokey

– Jasper

Top 10 Cat Names 2016 – Female

– Luna

– Bella

– Lucy

– Chloe

– Lily

– Mia

– Sophie

– Lola

– Nala

– Daisy

Silliest Pet Names of 2016

– Neil Catrick Harris

– Sir Leonardo ScraggleBottoms III

– Sir Snuggles of Fluffington

– Judas Stardust

– Peppurrcorn VonPuskins

– Professor McGonagall

– Sugar Britches

– Emoji

– Sassafrass

– Mooncake

            Topic C: Bob Dylan acknowledges Nobel

Bob Dylan has finally broken his silence on being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. A reporter from the British paper The Telegraph asked the 75-year-old musician him about it, and Dylan said, “The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless,” he said. “I appreciate the honor so much.” Asked if he was planning on attending the ceremony in Stockholm in December, “Absolutely,” he told the reporter, “If it’s at all possible.” He did not give a straight answer on why he hasn’t returned any phone calls from the Nobel committee.

* Like the rest of us, he probably thinks they were political robocalls.

* Maybe he can have the reporter pass a note to the Nobel committee, like in grade school.

* “Absolutely – if it’s possible.” So still with the vagueness, then.

* The Nobel committee’s like, “Say, uh, Bob, since you’re coming, how about you bring along your guitar.”

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             Topic  A: Mac VS PC


Apple demolished by Microsoft at their respective PC events

Microsoft hailed as the winner over Apple following back-to-back events

Who would have thought that at back-to-back hardware events in the year 2016, Microsoft Corp.’s would prove the much more innovative and exciting one over Apple Inc.? Times are a-changing.

On Wednesday, Microsoft MSFT, -0.38%  unveiled the Windows 10 Creators Update that includes 3D imaging tools; new virtual-reality headsets that can be used through a HoloLens platform on Windows PCs; live broadcasting for Xbox; a $2,999 enterprise-grade desktop called Surface Studio that essentially folds into a table-sized tablet; the Surface Dial, which is an input device for Surface products that lets users toggle between different menu items by twisting it like a doorknob; and the Surface Book i7.

On Thursday, Apple AAPL, -0.66%  unveiled a new app for Apple TV that essentially is a glorified TV guide without the world’s two most popular streaming services on it — Amazon.com Inc.’s AMZN, -5.14%  Prime Video and Netflix Inc. NFLX, +0.08%   — two new MacBook Pros that are marginally thinner and lighter than their predecessors, and a new input feature called Touch Bar that, similar to Surface Dial, lets users more easily interact with their screens from the top of their PCs and can adapt input options based on the software being used at the time.

Live blog recap: Apple unveils new MacBook and TV app at underwhelming event

While PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster called Apple’s Mac updates “a solid evolution” to its Pro line of laptops, many other people argued it was hugely underwhelming when compared to Microsoft’s the day prior. That is an issue for Apple as it forecasts returning to sales growth this quarter after three straight quarters of declines.

Apple Inc.

Apple no longer the most innovative in town

Microsoft destroys Apple at their PC hardware events

On Tuesday, Apple reported its first annual revenue decline in 15 years on the back of another week quarter. Fourth-quarter sales were down 9% year-over-year, weighed down by a 13% decline for the iPhone and a 17% decline for the Mac. The one bright spot was services, such as Apple Pay and Apple Care, which rose 24%. Sales from services surpassed $6 billion during the quarter, while revenue from the Mac declined to $4.9 billion.

However, many analysts were hoping holiday sales for the Mac would help the company return to growth in the current fiscal quarter. Apple’s fiscal first-quarter revenue guidance between $76 billion and $78 billion brackets the Wall Street consensus of $77.4 billion, according to FactSet. The company’s Mac line has faced increased competition from the likes of Microsoft and Alphabet Inc. GOOG, +0.00% GOOGL, +0.27%   in recent years, particularly amid the rise of sophisticated two-in-one tablets, such as the Surface Book. The Mac performed poorly during back-to-school shopping compared with Google’s Chromebook Pixel. Thursday’s event likely did little to fuel optimism.

Shares of Apple fell more than 1% to $114.35 shortly after the event ended Thursday afternoon. Its shares have outperformed in the past three months, rising 11% versus a 1.7% decline for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.05%   and a 1.5% decline for the S&P 500 SPX, -0.31%   . However, they’ve underperformed on the year, declining 0.2% in the past 12 months, compared with more than 3% increases for both the Dow 30 and S&P.

Many designers on Twitter were quick to call the product suite announced at Microsoft’s event much better and more exciting than Apple’s:


Robert Gunter @rscottgunter

This week:

Microsoft = 😍 Apple = 😒

11:47 AM – 27 Oct 2016

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Jim Silverman @jimesilverman

designers praising microsoft, hating on apple. also casual mentions of ww3 creeping up.

weird week on my twitter feed.

11:48 AM – 27 Oct 2016

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27 Oct

Brader Design @braderbiz

Perhaps #MicrosoftEvent yesterday has brought up a new level to this game?


Brader Design @braderbiz

I mean, the #TouchBar from #Apple sure is exciting, but that #SurfaceStudio with #SurfaceDial from #Microsoft are just.. much more WOW!

11:51 AM – 27 Oct 2016

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Other technologists — even avid Apple users — sounded off similarly:


Matthew Zappile @mmzappile

For the first time, Microsoft’s “Pro” user products are more exciting to me than Apple’s.

11:49 AM – 27 Oct 2016

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RogB @RogB_UK

Microsoft just pretty much pulled apple’s trousers down today.

11:49 AM – 27 Oct 2016

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Christian Correa @TwelfthStation

Microsoft: Here is the future of the desktop for creatives & professionals.

Apple: Here’s a year-old CPU and an emoji bar for $200 more.


NBC continues their tradition – three years now – of doing one poorly-reviewed live musical per year. “Hairspray Live!” is set to bomb on Pearl Harbor Day – er, set to air on December 7. But before that one has even hit the airwaves, the network announced next year’s musical: Jennifer Lopez will star in “Bye Bye Birdie!” As you no doubt remember, the show is about a teen idol, who closely resembles Elvis Presley, performing on The Ed Sullivan variety show one last time before being drafted into the military.

* So it’s timely AND relevant.

* NBC adds that “Hey, kids, auditions will be held in your school cafeteria after final period!”

* What, could they not get the rights to “Annie Get Your Gun”?

* How about adding the red buzzer from “America’s Got Talent”?

* Could someone just tell NBC: if it’s a choice between doing it live or doing it good, we don’t really need it to be live.

* Let me guess how they update it: “Birdie” is a transgender underground rave DJ making one last appearance on Dr. Phil before undergoing a radical sex change.

* One of the songs in Bye, Bye Birdie is “One Last Kiss” and this is the networks kissing off what’s left of network television.

* Great. So Bye Bye Birdie will air just as cable viewers are flipping the birdie to network shows.

* They’re flipping the birdie even as they’re flipping the channels.

* If it’s half as good as “Peter Pan” live, then we’re in for a real treat.

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Show Prep HOUR TWO

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   :06  Topic A:   Hillary FBI update


Lynch, Justice opposed Comey’s Clinton email letter; Democrats in Senate demand answers

House lawmakers rip into Comey over Clinton decision

Four Democrats in the Senate on Saturday sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey requesting a range of disclosures in the wake of Comey’s Friday announcement about newly discovered emails possibly pertaining to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.

The letter asks for “more detailed information about the investigative steps being taken, the number of emails involved, and what is being done to determine how many of the emails are duplicative of those already reviewed.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Benjamin Cardin and Sen. Thomas Carper signed the letter and gave Comey and Lynch a deadline of Monday to respond.

Calling Comey’s letter from Friday “troubling,” and noting that they are aware of the warning given by the Justice Department to the FBI regarding Comey’s actions on Friday, the senators also write that his letter to Congressional Republicans breaks with the longstanding tradition of the FBI and Department of Justice proceeding cautiously in the days leading up to an election.

“Director Comey’s letter has been misunderstood. It is already being used for political purposes, creating a misleading impression regarding the FBI’s intent and actions,” the senators wrote, calling on federal officials to dispel any misleading impressions and clarify what significance any of the new emails have to the previous investigation of Sec. Clinton.

The Justice Department advised Comey against telling Congress about newly discovered emails possibly “pertinent” to the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s server, with GOP rival Donald Trump on Saturday suggesting a cover-up.

“That’s because the Justice Department is trying so hard to protect Hillary,” Trump said at a rally in battleground Colorado. “This is what we mean when we call it a rigged system. … She is so guilty.”

Comey said in a letter that was made public Friday that the FBI discovered the emails while pursuing a case related to the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin — disgraced former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was allegedly sexting a 15-year-old girl on a laptop he shared with his wife.

A government source confirmed Saturday to Fox News that the Justice Department concluded the letter to Congress would be inconsistent with agency policy against investigations that could impact an election or help a particular candidate.

Comey purportedly made the decision to send the letter to Capitol Hill committee leaders independently of the Justice Department.

The FBI this summer concluded its rough 2-year-long investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state.

Comey said at the time that some of the emails contained classified information and that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her actions. However, the agency didn’t find enough evidence to recommend criminal charges to the Justice Department.

Clinton, who in most major polls leads Trump by about 5 percentage points, on Saturday repeated her call for Comey to provide more details, saying “explain everything right away, put it all out on the table.”

“If you’re like me, you probably have a few questions about it,” Clinton said at a rally in Daytona Beach, Florida. “It is pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election. In fact, it’s not just strange, it’s unprecedented and deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts.”

She also accused Trump of “making up lies” about the issue and “doing his best to confuse, mislead and discourage the American people.”

Late Friday in Iowa, Clinton called on Comey to release the “full and complete facts” about the FBI review. In a speech Friday in Daytona Beach, Floriday, Clinton called Comey’s release of the letter “unprecedented” and repeated her demand for more specifics.

On a conference call Saturday with reporters, Clinton campaign officials said the FBI has given no indication that the cache of recently discovered emails are even about the candidate

Campaign chairman John Podesta said Comey’s information is “long on innuendo” and “short on facts.” He also said there’s “no evidence of wrongdoing. No charge of wrongdoing. No indication this is even about Hillary.”

Podesta made the argument despite Comey saying the newly discovered emails are possibly “pertinent” to the larger Clinton email investigation.

Trump made a total of three campaign stop Saturday, with Election Day just 10 days away.

In Colorado, where Trump trails Clinton by single digits, he suggested the effort to protect Clinton went all the way to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the Obama administration’s top law enforcement officer.

In late-June, Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, got off his plane in Phoenix to talk with Lynch, whose plane was on the same tarmac.

Lynch has said they talked about golf, travel and grandchildren. But the private meeting occurred days before the FBI interviewed Clinton, then closed the case.

“I’ve had a plane for a long time, and I’ve never had anybody walk off the runway and into my plane,” Trump said in Colorado.

The Clinton campaign late Saturday argued Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates also objected to Comey sending the letter.

Trump on Saturday also campaigned in North Carolina and Arizona, where he is in tight races with Clinton to win the White House.

Clinton on Saturday also campaigned in Miami, Florida, another essentially must-win state for both candidates.

           Topic B:  Ex-FBI official: Clintons are a ‘crime family’


Ex-FBI official: Clintons are a ‘crime family’

A former FBI official said Sunday that Bill and Hillary Clinton are part of a “crime family” and argued top officials hindered the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of State.

During a radio interview with John Catsimatidis, former assistant FBI director James Kallstrom heaped praise on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before taking aim at the Clintons.

“The Clintons, that’s a crime family, basically,” Kallstrom said. “It’s like organized crime. I mean the Clinton Foundation is a cesspool.”

Kallstrom, best known for leading the investigation into the explosion of TWA flight 800 in the late ’90s, said that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, was a “pathological liar.”

He also blasted Attorney General Loretta Lynch, claiming that she impeded the investigation into Clinton’s private server.

“The problem here is this investigation was never a real investigation,” he said. “That’s the problem. They never had a grand jury empanelled, and the reason they never had a grand jury empanelled, I’m sure, is Loretta Lynch would not go along with that.”

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“God forbid we put someone like that in the White House,” he added of Clinton.

Kallstrom also said that FBI Director James Comey and the rest of the FBI’s leadership were responsible for holding back the investigation, not the rest of the bureau.

“The agents are furious with what’s going on, I know that for a fact,” he said

           Topic C: Arby’s new “mystery meat”


Oh deer: Arby’s tests venison burger at select locations

Arby’s is best known for its sliced roast beef but this fall, the chain is taking its “we have the meats slogan” pretty seriously.

On Tuesday, the Atlanta-based company announced that it will begin testing venison (that’s deer meat for all the non-hunters out there) sandwiches in select markets at the end of October.

The new sandwich is a thick-cut venison steak made from top and bottom round steaks from the hind quarter of the deer, topped with crispy onions and a sweet-tart berry sauce.

Arby’s says it’s sourcing the new meat offering from free-range farmed deer that feed on grass, and Rob Lynch, Arby’s Brand President & Chief Marketing Officer, says he is confident that “deer hunters are going to love this sandwich.”

On Twitter, the announcement gave way to plenty of surprised reactions– plus some very clever puns– on the new offering.

Matt Cartier @NYSHOCKER

@USATODAY @Arbys @RichCring I think I’ll stick to harvesting and cooking my own venison!

6:47 PM – 25 Oct 2016

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tim doty @timdoty

Gosh, not sure about this – and I used to be a deer hunter who grew up eating venison! http://usat.ly/2fcPRAf  via @usatoday

2:54 AM – 26 Oct 2016

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Tim @timwellslive

Apparently they’re selling Venison at Arby’s now. Apparently it’s only a few…bucks. I guess they ran out of….doe. Oh deer

7:57 AM – 26 Oct 2016

The company’s new campaign, “It’s Meats Season,” celebrates the official start of autumn’s hunting season in the U.S.

The new sandwich will be offered for a limited time at 17 Arby’s restaurants across the country, with tests rolling out over the next several weeks. The sandwich first hits Tennessee early next week before moving on to other deer hunting havens in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

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:22     Topic A: Crazy Politics: NC state house candidates scuffle at fall festival


Political campaigns are emotional times, but two candidates for North Carolina’s state legislature apparently took that emotion too far Saturday when they got into a fight at a local festival.

A witness told the Bladen Journal that Democratic candidate Tim Benton was trying to confront Republican Brenden Jones at the annual Beast Fest in Bladenboro.

Woody Hester told the paper that Benton was accusing Jones of being behind fliers linking him to a white supremacist group.

“Mr. Benton kept nudging him with his shoulder the whole time they were walking across, and then he just stepped back and little and coldcocked him,” Hester said.

“To beat all, he (Benton) left a little child in a stroller to walk across the street, and if Mr. Jones’ (companion) hadn’t caught her, the child would have rolled into the street,” Hester added.

The North Carolina Republican Party said late Saturday that Jones had filed criminal assault charges against Benton and called on the Democratic Party to remove Benton from the race.

“We are just thankful that Brenden Jones, his wife, and nine year old daughter, who were all with him at the time did not suffer serious injuries,” North Carolina GOP spokeswoman Kami Mueller said.

Jones posted the North Carolina Republican Party’s statement about the incident on his Facebook page, saying that he “did my best to defuse the situation.”

According to a 1994 Fayetteville Observer article, Benton was accused of being involved in the distribution of Ku Klux Klan applications at a local school. Benton, then a middle school gym teacher and athletic director, said at the time that he was being targeted for supporting a local textile worker who was fired for refusing to remove a Confederate flag from his tool box.

Neither Benton or the North Carolina Democratic party had any immediate comment on the incident.

           Topic B:   THE 2017 POOPING DOG CALENDAR

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:36    Topic A:

GOP on Obamacare: “worst of all worlds”



According to Republicans, there is nothing remotely positive about President Barack Obama’s prized health care law, The Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as “Obamacare.”

This week, news broke that premiums under Obamacare would soar an average of 22 percent nationwide next year, just as Republicans predicted during the law’s cutthroat battle to make it through Congress in 2009 and 2010.

So, in this week’s GOP address, which was delivered by Texas Rep. Jason Ratcliffe, it was only natural for Republicans to continue denouncing the failing law.

“As you can see, Obamacare is more than just another pile of broken promises,” Ratcliffe said. “It’s the worst of all worlds. It’s higher costs and fewer choices. It’s less freedom and more government. It’s more uncertainty and less peace of mind.”

But, according to Ratcliffe, there is a “better way.”

“Republican are offering a plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with real, sensible, patient-centered solutions,” he said.

“Our plan gives you more control so you can choose the plan that best fits your needs — not Washington’s mandates,” Ratcliffe added. “That means things like making it easier to take insurance from job to job. Giving small businesses more leverage to negotiate better rates. And finally allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines.”

            Topic C: Signs of Alien life?


Scientists to study strange star for signs of intelligent life

Starting on Wednesday night, scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life will begin studying a strange star that has generated plenty of buzz because of its unique behavior.

The distant sun is known as Tabby’s star, and what’s atypical about it is that its brightness does not remain constant. Data show that the star dimmed slightly from 2009 to 2012, and then its brightness dropped by two percent over a period of six months. Now, the Breakthrough Listen project at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced that they will peer at the star using a radio telescope to see if they can detect intelligent life

Carnegie Astronomy @CarnegieAstro

Using @NASAKepler data, @joshuadsimon & @benmontet discovered #TabbysStar @KIC8462852 dimmed 2% in 6 months. https://carnegiescience.edu/news/our-galaxy%E2%80%99s-most-mysterious-star-even-stranger-astronomers-thought

11:00 AM – 3 Oct 2016

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“The Breakthrough Listen program has the most powerful SETI equipment on the planet, and access to the largest telescopes on the planet,” Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center and co-director of Breakthrough Listen, said in a statement. “We can look at it with greater sensitivity and for a wider range of signal types than any other experiment in the world.”

One farfetched theory about the star is that aliens are somehow responsible for the star’s dimming, perhaps by having built a structure that passes in front of it, although Dan Werthimer, the chief scientist at Berkeley SETI, said he thinks that’s incredibly improbable.

“I don’t think it’s very likely – a one in a billion chance or something like that – but nevertheless, we’re going to check it out,” Werthimer said in the statement.

The Berkeley team is not the first to look for signs of life around this star, which is formally known as KIC 8462852, and no one has found anything yet. They’re going to spend a total of 24 hours over three nights gazing at the star using a large, movable radio telescope in West Virginia, but even in that amount of time they predict that they’ll gather oodles of data that will take a while to analyze.

The star has been a subject of much fascination since it was first described in 2015 by astronomer Tabetha Boyajian, an assistant professor at Louisiana State University.

Earlier in October, Columbia University astronomer David Kipping told FoxNews.com that he thinks the most likely explanation for what’s happening with the star is a natural one— it’s just a “gap in our present knowledge” at this point.

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Police in Winter Haven, Florida, arrested a 48-year-old man for allegedly shoplifting merchandise from a Walmart. When police asked Brian Crume why he took three packs of electrical wire and walked out without paying, he said he was going to sell the merchandise on the street because he needed the money to bail out his wife, who was arrested earlier that day, charged with shoplifting.

             Topic B: Petition to Stop Soros Voting Machines hits 100K



Will America finally stand up to global elite rigging our elections?

A White House petition to remove Soros-owned electronic voting machines has passed the 100k votes necessary for a response. Will America finally stand up to global elite rigging our elections?

The U.K.-based company Smartmatic has sent voting machines to important battleground states across the US including Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

“Other jurisdictions affected are California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin,” noted the Daily Caller.

“Smartmatic Chairman Mark Malloch-Brown is a former U.N. official and sits on the board of Soros’ Open Society Foundations.”

The discovery has caused concern among the US voting populace given Soros’ deep ties with Clinton.

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Show Prep HOUR Three

:05 Weather bed, with sponsor and pitch to wx. After wx do current conditions

   :06  Topic A:   Hillary FBI update


FBI revisiting Clinton emails just latest in long history of ‘October Surprises’

What did Comey’s testimony reveal about Clinton probe?

“There is nothing new under the sun. But there are lots of old things we don’t know.” – Ambrose Bierce

We’ve seen this all before. Everyone is apoplectic about how crazy the presidential campaign is. How crazy the congressional campaigns are. And then the dramatic FBI email news just days before the election.

Did you hear about Mike Pence’s plane sliding off the runway at LaGuardia? Can you believe it? What would have happened if…


In an election year, October is always full of surprises.

This isn’t new. This zany stuff always unfolds in October just as the election cycle crescendos.

Late-House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, D-La.,  and Rep. Nick Begich, D-Alaska, perished in a plane crash October 16, 1972. Nobody has ever found the plane after it lifted off from a socked-in Anchorage International Airport into turbulent skies. Boggs was in Alaska to help the freshman congressman campaign just before the election.

Also on October 16 — but 28 years later in 2000 — Missouri Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan died in a Cessna that went down near St. Louis. Carnahan was running against then-Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Mo.

Missouri law prevented officials from striking Carnahan’s name from the ballot. Carnahan still defeated Ashcroft posthumously by 2 percentage points. Missouri’s new governor then appointed Carnahan’s wife, Jean, to the Senate where she served until losing to former Sen. Jim Talent, a Republican, in a 2002 special election.

Two years later, on October 25, 2002, Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., barnstormed the state in his campaign against former Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican. Wellstone died when the Beechcraft King Air A100 in which he was flying crashed in northern Minnesota. Then-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, an Independent, appointed Sen. Dean Barkley, also an Independent, to serve the rest of Wellstone’s term.

Democrats scrambling to find a replacement for Wellstone on the ballot tapped former Democratic Vice President and former Sen. Walter Mondale. Coleman defeated Mondale a few days later.

The term “October Surprise” entered the American political vernacular in 1964. That’s when Washington, D.C., police picked up a top aide to President Lyndon Johnson on “morals” charges after an incident in a YMCA locker room.

Aide Walter Jenkins had worked with Johnson in the House dating back to the late-1930s, followed him to the Senate, the Kennedy administration, then the White House.

Johnson thought his longtime aide was facing blackmail and that this could portend a “dirty trick” just before the election. The president got FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover on the phone immediately (remember the part about the FBI supposedly being above the fray just before elections we’ve been hearing so much over the past few days?) to order an investigation.

The president was just weeks away from facing Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Arizona, at the polls.

Goldwater had long been talking about Texas cronyism and questions of ethics surrounding Lone Star State political operatives tied to Johnson. Goldwater’s campaign printed bumper stickers declaring “All the Way with LBJ, but Don’t Go Near the YMCA.”

In the New York Times, columnist James Reston wrote that the Jenkins bust “revived and dramatized all the harsh feelings about morals, and political cliques, and the Texas gang in Washington.”

Sound familiar?

“October Surprise” conspiracy theories only flourished after Jenkins’s arrest.

In October, 1968, rumors abounded that Johnson might craft a last-minute deal to halt the Vietnam War. Such an effort could vault Johnson’s Vice President and Democratic nominee Hubert Humphrey to the presidency over GOP nominee Richard Nixon.

It was thought that President Carter might engineer a special deal with Iran in October, 1980, to trigger the release of American hostages held in Tehran.

Of course, the converse theory was that the campaign of GOP nominee Ronald Reagan forged a pact for Tehran to hold the hostages through the election to make Carter appear weak.

Iran freed the hostages on Reagan’s inauguration day in 1981.

Four days before the 1992 presidential election, the feds indicted former Reagan Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger over the Iran-Contra affair.

This fueled speculation that then-President George. H.W. Bush knew something about the arms-for-hostages agreement. Republicans found the timing dubious. They charged this was an effort by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh to defeat Bush.

President Bill Clinton then vanquished Bush with Ross Perot placing third.

Bush pardoned Weinberger in the final days of his presidency.

We haven’t even talked about the election dispute in Florida in 2000 between President George W. Bush, a Republican, and Vice President Al Gore, a Republican. And that’s to say nothing of a 1976 DUI arrest of the younger Bush in Maine, which surfaced immediately before the 2000 election.

But almost no October Surprise resonated quite like the one in the closing days of the 2004 presidential campaign between George W. Bush and then-Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

A videotape — recorded somewhere in the Hindu Kush mountains bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan — surfaced on October 30, 2004.

The public hadn’t seen nor heard from Osama bin Laden for a while. But like an apparition appearing on Halloween, America’s mortal enemy infused immediately into that year’s presidential election. The tape rattled the country.

Would the phantasm of bin Laden remind voters that the 9-11 attacks unfolded on President Bush’s watch? Would it rekindle the fears of terrorism and perhaps work against Kerry?

Kerry’s surrogates wondered aloud why the U.S. had still not captured bin Laden.

Just months before, Kerry assumed the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Boston to accept his party’s presidential nod.

“I’m John Kerry and I’m reporting for duty,” declared the former Vietnam-era soldier, saluting the throng.

The bin Laden video almost echoed Kerry’s pronouncement, but with a vengeful sneer. It practically proclaimed “I’m Osama bin Laden and I’m reporting for duty.”

In the video, a robust-looking bin Laden stared directly into the camera and augured that neither Bush nor Kerry held the keys to U.S. security.

“I am speaking to tell you about the ideal way to avoid another Manhattan,” threatened bin Laden. “Your security is in your own hands.”

And so now we have another October Surprise, courtesy of FBI Director James Comey and “Carlos Danger,” the nom de plum of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.

Comey cleared Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing tied to her email back in July. Republicans went nuts, accusing Comey of politics. Naturally, Democrats were grateful.

“Let me just say this about Director Comey,” beamed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in July. “This is a great man. We are very privileged in our country to have him be the director of the FBI.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, also a Californian and the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence panel, gushed with similar praise for the nation’s top G-Man.

“I’m especially grateful to the FBI and Director Comey — who previously served as a U.S. attorney and deputy attorney general during the Bush administration — for a thorough, objective review,” Feinstein said at the time.

But Friday’s news muted the Pelosi and Feinstein’s praise for Comey, as Republicans rallied to his cause.

“The public interest would be served by the FBI providing the facts, rather than allowing Republicans to stoke innuendo and falsehoods 11 days away from a presidential election,” Pelosi said.

Feinstein said she was “shocked” to read Comey’s missive Friday and called the move “appalling.”

“Director Comey’s announcement played right into the political campaign of Donald Trump, who is already using the letter for political purposes,” she said.

There are just a few hours left in October. Not a lot of time left for surprises. It’s just that these things happen all the time in October. And they sometimes trigger other events in November.

That’s when the real surprises happen.

           Topic B:  Clinton Lashes Out at Comey


Clinton lashes out at FBI Director Comey: His actions are ‘unprecedented and deeply troubling’

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lashed out at FBI Director James Comey during a campaign stop in Florida Saturday, telling a large crowd in Daytona Beach that Comey’s decision to write Congress a letter about new developments in the bureau’s case against her is “deeply troubling.”

Comey on Friday decided to write members of Congress a letter — to the objection of Attorney General Loretta Lynch — informing them that the bureau had discovered potential new evidence against Clinton related to their criminal probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

“Some of you may have heard about a letter written by the FBI director,” Clinton said. “You probably have a few questions about it. It is pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election.”

“In fact, it’s not just strange, it’s unprecedented and deeply troubling,” she added.

Clinton also repeated her campaign’s rhetoric regarding the issue, namely that voters “deserve to get the full and complete facts” while calling on Comey to “explain everything right away.”

Still, Clinton attempted to get voters to turn their focus away from the unfavorable developments against her. She told voters in Florida that the last 10 days of the election cannot be about “distraction.” Instead, she urged supporters to look beyond her email scandal.

“We can’t let the last ten days be about distraction,” Clinton said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s about what kind of country we want for ourselves and our grandchildren, and who will help take us there as your president.”

           Topic C: Should Mark  buy a new Mac?


Apple’s new MacBook Pros arrive: A great redesign, but at a price

Apple’s new MacBook Pros are finally here. It’s a killer redesign, but with a price tag to match.

Call it sticker shock. The cheapest of Apple’s high-performance line of MacBooks starts at $1,499. If you want the Pros with the touted Touch Bar then it jumps to $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15 incher.

Twitter users reacted quickly to the pricing on Thursday. The tenor of many of the tweets was “I like the Touch Bar but hate the price.”


“The price is high, but that’s nothing new for Apple,” Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, told FoxNews.com. “They do know what they’re doing, however, as demonstrated by how much money they make,” he added.

And Apple is getting praise for Touch Bar — the strip of virtual function keys that change dynamically based on what the user is doing. “I think the Touch Bar is very innovative and a real improvement for laptop [user experience],” Daniel Matte, an analyst at Canalys, told FoxNews.com.

New tech lets Apple raise its prices. “The increases, while surprising, are completely in line with the changes that Apple has been making across its other product lines,” Rhoda Alexander, director, Tablet and Notebook PCs at IHS Markit Technology, told FoxNews.com.

She continued. “The iPhone average price increased with the introduction of the larger smartphones, as did the iPad average with the launch of the iPad Pros. This will drive a similar change across their notebooks,” she said.

Apple will still sell you older systems like the existing 13-inch MacBook Air for $999 and the last-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,299. But, again, for designs that are long in the tooth, that’s not exactly cheap.

Windows competition

PC makers like HP present enticing alternatives, hundreds of dollars less but still loaded with the latest tech – if you can do without the Touch Bar and the very-high-resolution Apple Retina display.

HP, for example, has just updated its well-received 13-inch HP Spectre x360 – a stunning, ultra-thin, all-aluminum laptop with a 360-degree rotating display. It weighs only 2.85 pounds and is 0.54 inches thick, comparing favorably to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is slightly heavier and thicker.

The Spectre is offered with Intel’s latest 7th Generation processor, not the prior-generation 6th gen Intel chip used on the new MacBook Pros. The 13-inch Spectre x360 is priced at $1,159.99 for a model with Intel’s newest chip and a 1,920-by-1,080 touch display.

Dell also offers robust configurations of its popular 13-inch XPS 13 – updated recently with 7th gen Intel chips – pricing for the 256GB hard drive version of the XPS 13 starts at $1,149.99.

“Some people will say that Apple integrates it all better, but I suspect that will matter to only a small subset of the market,” Endpoint’s Kay said.

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Katrina Bookman hit the jackpot on a slot machine at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, New York, in late August. The machine told her she’d won $42.9 million. After celebrating amid other casino customers, she was escorted off the casino floor and told the machine had malfunctioned, and that she didn’t win anything. Katrina says the only thing the casino offered was a steak dinner. She’s hired a lawyer who thinks at the very least Katrina should win the maximum allowed on the Sphinx machine, which the casino says is $6,500. “The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win,” said her lawyer. The state gaming commission says that, for all machines, “malfunctions void all pays and plays.”

           Topic B:   100s of kids suddenly paralized


Her toddler suddenly paralyzed, mother tries to solve a vexing medical mystery

Erin Olivera waited weeks for doctors to tell her why her youngest son was paralyzed.

Ten-month-old Lucian had started crawling oddly — his left leg dragging behind his right — and soon was unable to lift his head, following Erin only with his eyes.

She took him to a hospital in Los Angeles, but doctors there didn’t know how to treat what they saw.

Lucian’s legs felt soft as jelly and he couldn’t move them. His breathing became rapid. The left side of his smile drooped as his muscles weakened.

If you played an NCAA-sanctioned sport at an NCAA member school, you may be entitled to free medical monitoring.

Physicians ran test after test, and Erin began spending her nights on a hospital room couch. After Lucian fell asleep, during her only minutes alone between working and visiting her three other kids, she cried.

A terrifying reality was taking hold: Doctors wouldn’t be able to give her a diagnosis for her paralyzed child.

How can I make a decision for him when I don’t even know what’s wrong?

— Erin Olivera

Lucian Olivera, center, touches the face of his brother, Nikolas, with his cold hand, a result of holding a bag of ice, while inside the kitchen of their home in Moorpark.

“How can I make a decision for him when I don’t even know what’s wrong?” she said. “What can I do to help him?”

So one morning in July of 2012, Erin lifted Lucian out of his hospital bed, his body limp and heavy. She rested his cheek on her shoulder, the way he liked to be held since he’d become weak.

Erin returned home to Ventura County with a child she thought might never learn to walk.

In the years since, hundreds of children across the country have shown up at hospitals unable to move their arms or legs. Dozens of kids have become paralyzed in the past few months alone.

They suffer from a mysterious illness that continues to alarm and puzzle scientists. This kind of sudden and devastating paralysis hasn’t been widespread since the days of polio. Lucian, one of the disease’s earliest victims, set off a hunt among doctors to discover its cause.

Before Lucian got sick, he liked to sit on the floor in the kitchen of his home in Moorpark, his small hands pressed against the glass door to the backyard as he tried to stand. He’d roll around, babbling at the dogs outside.

The child Erin brought home from the hospital didn’t have enough strength to crawl and couldn’t always sit up on his own.

On his first birthday, three weeks after he came home, Erin and her husband Israel propped Lucian up with pillows in a high chair. He giggled as he smeared red frosting on his bare chest and in his blonde hair.

After the kids went to bed in the evenings, Erin and Israel would whisper about Lou-Lou, as they called him. When Erin was pregnant, the couple had decided Lucian would be their last child. They wanted to save money, perhaps take a family vacation. Erin would focus on graduating from nursing school.

Now the future felt upended by questions about their youngest son — whether he’d ever be able to drive a car, get married, have kids.

They took him to more doctors, but that failed to bring a diagnosis, let alone a treatment.

Lucian Olivera, left, and his brother Nikolas play on a trampoline at their home in Moorpark.

Through months of physical therapy, Lucian eventually regained strength in most of his limbs, but still couldn’t move his left leg at all. When he crawled, it dragged behind.

Desperate, Erin resorted to endless Internet searches looking for clues about her son’s condition.

Then one day, she came across an article online about a dozen paralyzed kids. She immediately thought of Lucian.

The article mentioned Dr. Keith Van Haren, a Stanford University child neurologist who had diagnosed many of the other cases.

She called him.

Around the time Lucian first got sick in 2012, Van Haren was flummoxed by a young girl who’d just shown up at his clinic at Stanford.

The 3-year-old had been at home recovering from a bad cold when she suddenly couldn’t move her arm. Weeks later, it still hung from her body like dead weight, flopping wildly when she walked.

The paralysis struck Van Haren as unusual.

Doctors had been treating her for an autoimmune disease, as if her body were wrongly attacking its own cells. But if that were the case, her arm wouldn’t be so limp nor would the paralysis be so limited to one spot; Van Haren would expect other parts of her body also to be somewhat weak.

This, Van Haren thought, looked more like the most infamous cause of paralysis: polio. But it was eradicated so long ago in the United States that most doctors here have never seen a case.

“We know about it through history books,” said Van Haren, then just two years out of training.

The girl had been vaccinated against polio. Van Haren didn’t know what to tell her parents.

When he contacted California’s health department about the odd case, he learned that scientists there had already developed a hunch.

A handful of physicians had seen patients with similar symptoms and asked Dr. Carol Glaser to test them for polio.

“I thought, ‘Well that’s crazy. We don’t have polio here,” said Glaser, then head of the encephalitis and special investigations section at the California Department of Public Health.

Glaser quickly determined the patients weren’t suffering from polio. She also tested for pathogens that can sometimes cause such paralysis, including West Nile virus. All negative.

Then she decided to check for other viruses in the same family as poliovirus, known as enterovirus. And in some of the paralyzed patients, she found a possible culprit: enterovirus D-68.

Enterovirus D-68 was incredibly rare, almost never seen after it was first discovered in 1962 in four California children who had pneumonia. Though a cousin of poliovirus, it was only supposed to cause a runny nose and cough.

Van Haren had never heard of it.

Glaser asked Van Haren to consult for the health department, and together they watched for more paralysis cases. Their findings were preliminary, but what if they were accurate? What if there were an outbreak?

In the middle of the night, Erin sped past crop fields and cattle ranches on the 5 Freeway, headed north to Stanford. Israel sat next to her in the passenger seat, Lucian asleep in the back.

Erin had found some peace from visiting a polio survivors group at a senior center. The survivors, who reminded her of Lucian, told her they’d lived full, happy lives. Don’t limit us, they’d said.

Still, Erin showed up for a 10 a.m. appointment with Van Haren hoping for a chance of full recovery.

“What happened to your forehead?” asked Lucian, as Van Haren entered the exam room.

Van Haren explained to Lucian, now 2-years-old, that he had a birthmark.

“Does it cause you pain?” Lucian asked.

Van Haren said it didn’t, and told Erin and Israel that the question bothered him. Erin thought her son had insulted the doctor.

But Van Haren explained that he was sorry that that was Lucian’s first question. That meant, he said, that Lucian knew pain.

Van Haren began to examine Lucian’s leg.

It was 2014, two years since Van Haren first treated the young girl with the paralyzed arm.

By now Van Haren, who himself had small children, had grown accustomed to identifying the unique paralysis and relaying the tragic verdict.

One, two, three or four limbs paralyzed. Sudden onset. No cognitive changes.

Lucian fit the bill.

Within minutes, Van Haren delivered the diagnosis: polio-like paralysis likely caused by enterovirus D-68.

Erin’s nose turned red like it does when she tears up.

Van Haren told her there were other children like Lucian, and that doctors were learning more about the disease every day.

He said Lucian should continue physical therapy, but there was no cure. Chances were Lucian would never move his left leg.

As they headed back home, Erin, who was driving, waited for Lucian to fall asleep in the backseat. Then she started to cry.

After Erin and Israel returned home with Lucian’s diagnosis, the mystery paralysis began to spread.

In late summer of 2014, enterovirus D-68 started sending kids struggling to breathe to emergency rooms around the country. News reports called it a rare, cold-causing virus, a danger to children with asthma.

But then an 11-year-old boy in Texas with a seemingly normal fever lost the ability to walk and move his right arm.

A 17-year-old girl in Santa Barbara experienced severe neck pain at her birthday party and ended up in the hospital, paralyzed from the neck down.

In Oregon, a 13-year-old boy’s diaphragm stopped working, so he needed a ventilator to breathe. He was completely paralyzed, able only to wiggle his toes and his right hand.

Whatever was happening to these children was “pretty much, literally, exactly, what polio did,” said Dr. Jean-Baptiste Le Pichon, a child neurologist who treated four such patients in 2014 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Glaser watched from California as the numbers of paralyzed kids grew. She became horrified that her theory about enterovirus D-68 might be correct.

That October, Van Haren spoke at a national meeting of child neurologists. He asked 300 specialists how many of them had seen these kinds of paralysis cases in the past few months.

“More than half the hands in the room went up,” he recalled.

Doctors coined a name for the phenomenon: acute flaccid myelitis. “Acute flaccid” for the sudden and total paralysis and “myelitis” for an injury to part of the spinal cord involved in muscle movement, called the gray matter.

Between August 2014 and January 2015, 120 children in 34 states were diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, according to federal health officials. The median patient age was 7.

Physicians are still baffled that no one had noticed the possible risk of paralysis before.

Physical trainer Kelsey Stewart reacts with Lucian Olivera as he successfully knocks over a fake brick with a ball during a session at the Simi Valley Hospital Child Development Center.

Erin hoped the new cases would lead to a cure for her son.

But doctors say that though the disabled children can regain strength in some limbs, there’s usually also some paralysis that cannot be reversed — just like with polio.

Scientists think a virus travels to the spinal cord and damages motor function there, irreversibly.

Holding the red handles of his walker, Lucian, 5, jumped up and down and told his brother Nikolas to put on his shoes faster. Kids shout, skee balls thump, arcade games cha-ching.

The boys stood on either side of Erin, pulling at her skirt as she talked to the cashier at Chuck E. Cheese’s. “We need tokens! We need tokens!” they chanted.

A year apart in age, Nikolas and Lucian share the same round, bright eyes and blondish hair. Sometimes they try to pass for twins.

Four years after being hospitalized, Lucian wears braces on both legs — the one on his left leg decorated with Spider-Man designs, the right with skulls. When he uses his wheeled walker, he steps with his right leg, pulling his left behind him. His left leg is still completely paralyzed.

Israel stopped working so he could take care of Lucian. Erin often works 64 hours a week as a hospital psychiatric nurse so the couple can pay their bills.

Erin and Israel abandoned their 10-year plan, as well as dreams of buying their oldest son a car when he turned 16, or a vacation home. Their priorities have instead become much more short-term.

Over the summer, the biggest one was kindergarten.

They knew Lucian would do fine academically, he often seemed precociously intuitive and observant.

But would he use a walker or a wheelchair? Would he be in special needs classes? Would they be able to potty-train him on time? Would he need an aide in the classroom? And the most agonizing: would he fit in?

Erin had seen Lucian sitting alone at playgrounds, watching other kids run around. Erin and Israel stayed up at night worrying about how to deal with bullies, joking about “who’s going to bail which one of us out of jail first,” she said.

Lucian is too young to fully grasp his disability. He knows he can’t run or walk on his own, and that makes him unlike other kids. And when he meets new people, he squints his eyes as if he’s trying to read their face, to understand them — how they’ll react to him.

But if you ask Lucian why he uses a walker, he’ll blame his older sister, who fell on and fractured his leg two years ago. His parents have repeatedly told him that isn’t why he’s paralyzed, but he doesn’t seem to hear.

That half-understanding sometimes protects Lucian from the pain of his injury’s permanence. But it also means each day could bring a new reckoning of his life’s limitations.

A few months ago, Lucian asked his parents for an injection. “It’ll fix my leg and it’ll be like Niko’s,” he said, using his pet name for Nikolas.

Erin told Lucian what she had many times before: his disability is permanent, there’s no miracle treatment. His leg would get stronger over time, with exercise, but it would never be like his brother’s.

Lucian angrily pursed his lips and his eyebrows tensed. He went silent.

Between June and August this year, another 30 children nationwide became paralyzed, and scientists still don’t know why.

Dr. Manisha Patel, who heads the acute flaccid myelitis team for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the agency is concerned by the increase and its resemblance to 2014. Experts think case numbers for September and October will be even higher.

But there’s not much public health officials can do, because the paralysis officially remains a medical mystery.

Many suspect that enterovirus D-68 — which gave hundreds of people a severe cold in 2014 — also caused the paralysis outbreak that year. Some of the paralyzed children had enterovirus D-68 in their system, and researchers have found that injecting mice with enterovirus D-68 paralyzes them.

But to confirm the link, doctors need to find enterovirus D-68 in the paralyzed children’s cerebrospinal fluid, to show that the virus traveled to the spinal cord and created the injury there — which they haven’t yet.

And physicians are still baffled that no one had noticed the possible risk of paralysis before.

Some think there hadn’t ever been enough cases of enterovirus D-68 to unmask the horrifying side effect; only 26 people tested positive for the virus in 36 years. Another possibility is that enterovirus D-68 recently mutated to become more likely to paralyze those infected.

For now, experts say that enterovirus D-68 isn’t enough of a threat to make a vaccine and that many people now have immunity to the virus from the 2014 outbreak. Plus, it will probably mutate again, rendering a vaccine that protects against the current strain useless.

“You kind of hold your breath and hope it doesn’t get worse,” Van Haren said.

Lucian had been too excited about his first day of kindergarten to eat his Cheerios in the morning, instead unzipping his backpack and removing folders and papers.

Lucian Olivera, left, and his brother Nikolas attend Peach Hill Academy Elementary School in Moorpark on the first day of school.

But walking from the minivan to the school — a taxing process of pulling his left leg with the right, today with the added weight of his bag and lunchbox — had tired him by 8 a.m.

In his new classroom, Lucian sat cross-legged at the edge of a colorful rug, his walker to his left. When his teacher took attendance, he turned around to grin at Israel, sitting in the back.

Israel got permission from the school to stay with Lucian on his first day, unsure if the boy would be able to manage on his own. When Erin left an hour prior, Lucian called after her, his eyes wide with panic.

Lucian’s teacher Taylor Severn began to teach the class a game: the kids dance to music and freeze when she shakes a tambourine.

“I’m going to stand up with my walker,” Lucian announced to the class.

The song started and Lucian gripped the handles of his walker, happily shaking his body and kicking his legs. He froze. He danced.

When Severn turned off the music, the students plopped to the floor.

Lucian pushed his walker back. He bent over and put his palms on the rug to slowly lower himself. He pulled his left leg over the right so he was sitting cross-legged. He clasped his hands together and fixed his eyes on his teacher.

At 10 a.m. recess, Israel decided to go home earlier than he’d planned, since Lucian seemed to be doing OK.

He watched his son pull a toy out of a bin on the yard, extending his arm as he tried to land a tethered ball into a cup. Kids around him hula-hooped and took turns on tricycles.

A boy asked Lucian about his walker, and he pointed to his left leg and sheepishly explained that his sister fell on it when they were playing.

Israel walked over to Lucian, who was now at a lunch table eating a Rice Krispie treat.

He kissed his son and headed to his car.

Lucian, talking to the girl across from him, didn’t turn around to watch him leave.

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Somebody stole several patties of cow manure from the National Poo Museum. Burglars broke in to the ‘drying facility van’ at the museum, located at the Isle of Wight Zoo, in the UK, and took several cow patties that were part-way through the lengthy drying process. No one is sure why they stole the cow flop. Officials believe that in the dark they didn’t know what they had their hands on. The patties were going to be used in a display advertising an upcoming book called “Pooems: A Humorous Anthology of Animal Poo” by author Nicola Winsland.


            Topic C:  Mark&Mack Show  TRIVIA CHALLENGE

Every installment of X-Treme Trivia Challenge includes three mystery factoids. Create your own “Impossible Question” contest – great for listener giveaways and phone interaction starters!

1. In a recent survey, people named THIS the number one thing that gets them most aggravated at their coworkers. What is it?

When they “kiss up” to the boss

2. More than 95% of employees surveyed say it’s important their boss have THIS. What is it?

A sense of humor

3. 6% of workers under the age of 30 have accidentally done THIS to their boss. What is it?

Called them Mom or Dad

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The Lithuanian government has published a manual for its three million citizens on how to defend their homeland in the event of invasion by neighboring Russia. The 75-page guide, entitled “Prepare to Survive Emergencies and War”, warns that Russia “does not hesitate to use a military force against its neighbors, and at this moment it continues the military aggression against Ukraine.”

– The manual notes the Russian method of using “denial and ambiguity” at the beginning of an invasion.

– It details how Lithuanians should spy and inform on the enemy if Russia succeeds in occupying part of the country.

– There are detailed images of Russian-made tanks, grenades, mines and guns and instructions on how to recognize different types.

– Instructions cover first aid and surviving in the wild.

There will be 30,000 copies available in schools and libraries and it will also be published online.

             Topic B: Today in History…..


1992 – The Vatican finally admitted that Gallileo was right when he said the Earth revolved around the Sun.

1956 – Rear Admiral G.J. Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole.

1941 – Mount Rushmore was completed.

1926 – World famous escapologist Harry Houdini died of a burst appendix.

1885 – John Boyd Dunlop of Belfast, Ireland, patented the first pneumatic bicycle tire – the tire company he founded still bears his name.

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