*Fog Advisory, a chance for thunderstorms this afternoon & evening, today's high is 86
*Awards were given out this weekend for the largest pumpkins in Missouri! The First place pumpkin broke that state record at 1,563 lbs. BUT the 2nd place pumpkin is all the rage because it was grown in a backyard in Kirkwood in a regular neighborhood backyard and not on a rural farm. The 2nd place pumpkin weighed 650 lbs.
*About 60,000 people affected by Hurricane Harvey are still living in hotels in the Houston area after they were forced to evacuate their homes. There are two places in St. Louis today that will be collecting toiletries and cleaning supplies to help them!
11am to 3pm:
Barak Christian Church
7370 North Hanley
5pm to 11pm:
Calvary Baptist Church
2822 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive
St Louis, MO
YouTube has announced it is taking down all videos showing viewers how to alter their firearms using bump stock devices. A spokesperson for YouTube said in a statement, "We have long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we have taken a closer look at videos that demonstrate how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly and we’ve expanded our existing policy to prohibit these videos." Bump stock devices are legal to own in the U.S.
*The remnants of Hurricane Nate are soaking the East Coast today after it caused some flooding and power outages to parts of the Gulf Coast but spared it the kind of damage delivered by previous hurricanes.
Nate made landfall in Mississippi Sunday as a Category-1 hurricane and quickly lost strength, downgrading it to a tropical depression. 100,000 homes and businesses lost power, but most were restored within 24 hours. There were no reports of any storm-related deaths or injuries and no widespread damage.
Congress Members Return From Puerto Rico-
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers are back from their trip to Puerto Rico to survey hurricane damage and relief efforts. They say many residents still do not have access to water, food and medical care & the U.S. will likely need to rebuild the country's damaged electrical grid, something she says will probably cost billions of dollars.
Source: CBS New York
Trump Tweets About North Korea-
President Trump is tweeting about North Korea again writing "Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn't work!" That comes after a cryptic message tweeted out Saturday. Trump said basically the same thing, that negotiations haven't panned out, then added "Sorry, but only one thing will work!"
Meanwhile, it looks like things are changing in North Korea. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister has a new job. Kim Yo Jong was promoted over the weekend to a high ranking position in the country's ruling party. She's now an alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party.
According to analysts who watch North Korea, the new role shows that she's trusted and absolutely loyal to her brother.
Iran Threatens Response If Its Elite Guards Are Labeled Terrorists-
Iran says it will deliver a crushing response if the U.S. deems its elite forces a terror group.
The threat comes after reports President Trump is expected to classify the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards a terror organization. Trump is also expected to decertify the Iranian nuclear deal, in which sanctions were lifted in exchange for Iran ceasing its nuclear weapons program.
An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said the terror label would result in decisive and crushing retaliation and that the U.S. would have to move its bases in the region outside of Iranian missile range.
The president is reportedly making the announcements on both decisions October 15
Puerto Rico will soon have wireless service back thanks to “outside the box” thinking.
The FCC is giving approval for Google's parent company, Alphabet, to help restore wireless service to Puerto Rico with balloons. Hurricane Maria devastated infrastructure in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands last month, taking down the power grid and communications network.
Millions of Puerto Ricans are still without reliable communications. The balloons would float into high-altitudes of around 60-thousand feet, where they can be navigated by wind currents. They carry equipment that could help reestablish wireless capability and can last for as long as 100 days.
The idea was used successfully in Peru earlier this year.
Source: Tech Crunch
Dove Apologizes For Ad-
Once again Dove has been under fire for an “insensitive” ad.
Dove is apologizing for an ad that many are calling racially insensitive. On Saturday, the soap company issued a Twitter apology saying it, "missed the mark in representing women of color thoughtfully." The ad depicts a black woman shedding her brown t-shirt as she transforms into a white woman wearing a lighter t-shirt.
Then a third image shows a white woman removing her t-shirt to reveal a woman of Asian descent. Dove's Twitter and Facebook pages were littered with backlash posts. One post read, "This is gross. You think people of color can just wash away their melanin and become white? What were you going for, exactly?" Dove, which is owned by a Dutch-British company called Unilever, said, "We deeply regret the offense it caused." This isn't the first time Dove has been criticized for producing racially insensitive material. In 2011, another controversial ad depicted a "before and after" with three women. The woman standing in front of the "before" image was black, the woman in between had olive-toned skin and the woman in the "after" image had white skin.
Source: NBC News
*The Blues won their home opener and beat Dallas 4-2 on Saturday! They take on the Islanders today!