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On Wednesday night at approximately 7:49, troopers from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post were dispatched to a traffic crash involving a Chrysler Pacifica and farm combine. The crash occurred approximately an eighth of a mile west of Lorenz Road in Tawas Township. The driver of the passenger car, 30 year old Allison Mitchell of National City was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the combine, a 44 year old Tawas City man was not injured. The investigation indicated the combine was traveling west on M-55 when the operator observed in his rearview mirror a passenger vehicle that was rapidly approaching from behind. The approaching vehicle collided into the rear of the combine. The preliminary investigation revealed that Mitchell may have been texting while driving. No signs of braking were observed at the scene and seatbelts were not used. Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors and the crash remains under investigation. Assisting the State Police were the Iosco County Sheriff's Office, Tawas Police Authority, Tawas City Fire Department and Iosco County EMS.  

A large bird kill-off north of Oscoda may be attributed to weather.  Hundreds of migrating songbirds were found along the shores of Lake Huron north of Oscoda. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Peggy Ridgeway of the AuSable Valley Audubon said the birds were found from Greenbush to just north of the U.S. 23/F-41 intersection. Ridgeway said speculation is the birds were out over the water migrating at night when the massive cold front came in last week. The birds were possibly struck by lightning, hit a large storm updraft or were taken down by hailstones. Ridgeway said the birds were mainly warblers, juncos, woodpeckers and other migrating songbirds.  

The City of Caseville joined the effort to address boating navigation problems at the mouth of the Pigeon River.  At its recent meeting, the Caseville board approved a resolution to request the Army Corps of Engineers begin a feasibility study. According to the Huron Daily Tribune the study would be the waters along the breakwall at Pointe Park. At the request of the Huron Yacht Club, the city and Caseville Township have been asked to support the process. When winds blow in directly from the west, it makes things difficult to get out to the lake, boats are banging up against the walls and water gets up onto the seawall and makes things slippery. An Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study would be the next step, which could take a considerable amount of time.

Building off of momentum and initial investments by the Bay Area Community Foundation and Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, Huron Pines has been awarded an additional $120,000 from the EPA and $19,981 from The Coastal Management Program in the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes to support coastal stormwater management. Huron Pines will continue to work with community leaders along the coast to address environmental and public health concerns caused by polluted storm water runoff. The funding will help Huron Pines collaborate with schools, local governments and residents in the communities of Au Gres, Tawas, East Tawas and Rogers City, to conduct storm water assessments to make the best recommendations for keeping pollution from reaching nearby waterways and entering Lake Huron.

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A man was injured when he crashed into a vehicle that was pulled over after another driver hit a deer Monday in Sanilac County. According to M-Live, Sanilac Central Dispatch got a 911 call about 6:35am Monday for a two-vehicle crash on Old 51 near Roach Road. The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office reports A 36-year-old Applegate man was driving a Dodge pickup truck when he hit a deer, pulled off to the side of Old 51 and turned his hazard lights on. He was outside his vehicle on the east shoulder of the road checking the deer when a southbound Honda CRV ran into the back of the pickup. The 77-year-old Croswell man driving the Honda was treated and taken to McLaren-Port Huron. His condition was not released by police. Investigators said the other driver was not injured. The crash remains under investigation. 

The trial for a Mio man accused of armed robbery has been scheduled.  Benjamin Barron Junior, 36, of Mio is facing a felony armed robbery charge and misdemeanor charge of brandishing a weapon in public. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Barron is charged with allegedly barricading himself inside Mio Pioneer Pharmacy causing a standoff with police on May 1st. Barron's trial is set to begin on January 22nd after a scheduled status conference on December 3rd. Because Barron is a four time habitual offender, he could face an enhanced sentence of up to life in prison.  

Work on the U.S. 23 construction project continues. Traffic will continue to run on the southbound lane as work continues on the northbound lane. The sidewalk bike path along the northbound lane is still closed as construction continues north. Intermittent lane closures will continue north of Aulerich Road, allowing efficient delivery of materials. Most of the concrete curb and gutter construction south of Aulerich Road was completed last week. Many driveway approaches south of Aulerich road were paved, base course paving north of Aulerich Road continues this week. Sub-base enhancement continues which will provide better resistance to winter frost and thaw conditions by allowing proper water drainage. For more information contact MDOT’s Alpena Transportation Service Center at 356-2231.

The West Branch Rose City School District saw an increase in students during the recent count day.  The Student count day was held on October 3rd. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, West Branch Rose City School Superintendent, Phil Mikulski said there were 2053 students present for the count day. Mikulski said that is 41 more than the district budgeted for. He also said the number is down from last year's count of 2095 students, but that number included some additional students from other districts who received partial instruction at West Branch Rose City schools. The Fall student count is used for ninety percent of the district's funding from the state. 



After a 15-year hiatus, largemouth bass virus has re-emerged. The virus has been confirmed as a factor in a fish kill in Cedar Lake in Alcona and Iosco counties, with additional lakes in the area being examined. Its origin and how it is spread are unknown, but anglers are considered a likely path for transmitting the virus through the movement of live, infected fish from one water to another, or by using contaminated and uncleaned gear or boats in uninfected waters. The virus is not known to infect humans, and infected fish are safe to eat as long as the fish is thoroughly cooked. Largemouth Bass Virus cannot be eradicated from lakes, nor can infected fish be treated. The best way to halt the virus is by anglers and boaters properly cleaning their equipment and doing their part to prevent the spread. For more information visit the story on our DNR News page.

The Oscoda Township Board of Trustees has made a hire for planning services.  Trustees approved hiring Place and Main Advisors LLC to provide contracted facilitation services. According to the Oscoda Press, Place and Main will be providing services related to strategic planning for Oscoda Township. The hire was made after reviewing the township's master plan which did not include who would carry out the stated goals and by when. Superintendent Dave Schaeffer said that there are also no goals and objectives in the master plan to meet certification requirements for Oscoda to become a Redevelopment Ready Community. Membership in the RRC could open up grant opportunities for the township. The Board of Trustees will most likely meet with Place and Main later this month and hope to have a plan in place by the end of the year.  

The Huron County Board of Commissioners continued their discussion on wind turbine noise complaints.  At their meeting the board opted not to hire ABD Engineering and Design to help investigate wind turbine noise complaints. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the board did vote to expand its contract with the Clark Hill Law Firm to include a review of the county's wind turbine complaint process. Commissioner John Nugent said developers should do year-long  sound studies to get a true picture of the noise a turbine causes in all conditions. Three noise complaints are currently before the county and Building and Zoning Director Jeff smith said data is needed from all three property owners in order to evaluate each complaint.



The Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency has consolidated in Oscoda County.  The Service Agency has consolidated to a single location after the organization chose to move to a new building. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency Family Services Coordinator, Penny Irelan, said three of the organization's services were spread out across the county. She said Early Head Start, Preschool and Head Start found it difficult to collaborate being at different locations in the county. Irelan said the new building, at 429 Pearl Street in Mio,  will provide more work space, a full kitchen, a closer location to town, better communication between the three branches and lease payments condensed from three to one saving the organization almost fifty percent.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources honored conservation officers who responded to incidents around the state last Thursday in Lansing. Among the officers recognized was Jeff Panich of Lincoln. Panich was honored for rescuing two people in July who fell off their personal watercraft in Tawas Bay without their safety lanyard and were unable to reach the watercraft, heading further into the lake. The man and woman were in the water for approximately thirty minutes before Panich arrived to rescue them. Panich received the DNR live saving medal for his actions.

The Whittemore Prescott School District saw a decrease in students during the Fall Student Count Day.  The first of two student counts was held on Wednesday, October 3rd. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Whittemore Prescott Area Schools saw a loss of 42 students. Superintendent Joe Perrera said there were 750 students on count day, 356 at the high school and 394 in the elementary school. Perrera said last year there were 792 students for the fall count and 793 for the Spring count. Perrera stated that the district has budgeted for a loss of forty students for the past four years because it seems to be the trend based on the district's data. The funding for the district is based on the Fall and Spring student counts with Fall determining ninety percent and Spring ten percent of funding from the State.

Huron Pines will hold a workshop dealing with the removal of Autumn Olive Tuesday. Autumn Olive is pervasive throughout Alcona County and its aggressive spread prohibits other desirable native plants from growing. The workshop will include details on the proper Autumn Olive removal options followed by a hands-on demonstration at the Hubbard Lake property at 720 Holiday Inn Road beginning tomorrow at 9am. Huron Pines will provide gloves and safety gear. To register or for more information visit Huron Pines Dot Org.



The National Transportation Safety Board recently issued a preliminary report on the plane crash in Wilbur Township last month.  The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash along with the Federal Aviation Administration. According to the Oscoda Press, the crash occurred September 25th in Huron Manistee National Forest land and was initially discovered by the Oscoda Township Police Department. The remains of the pilot were found ad are believed to be a 33 year old Orlando, Florida man. Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant John Richards said that due to the condition of the victim, they are having a difficult time getting a positive identification. The NTSB preliminary report states that the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post impact fire. Official confirmation of the pilot's name and details of the crash will be included in future reports of the incident.

In the continuing effort to provide clean, safe drinking water, mains in Baldwin Township will be flushed beginning Monday, October 15th through Friday, October 19th. Discolored water and lower water pressure may be encountered during the process. For more information contact the Baldwin Township Water Department. 



Oscoda County Officials approved having another tire recycling event.  Oscoda County Commissioner Jack Kischnick said last year's recycling event was very successful. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Kischnick said multiple semi-trailers worth of tires were taken out of the county. Kischinck suggested using money left over from last year's event be used to support this year's event. The board voted unanimously to use the leftover money to fund this year's event, which will cost approximately $4,000 dollars. Kischnick said no date has been set but the tire recycling will probably be held at last year's location, the Tri-Town Fire Department.

Iosco County has joined a Brownfield Assessment Grant Coalition.  The Iosco County Board of Commissioners entered a coalition agreement with Ogemaw, Crawford and Roscommon Counties. According to the Iosco county News Herald, Brownfield sites are burdened by pollution or other environmental issues that could hamper their redevelopment by private individuals. Ronald Smedley, Brownfield Redevelopment Coordinator, told the board that if a grant is awarded to the coalition, it could be as much as $400,000 dollars, which would be split between the four counties. He said the funding could be used to do Brownfield assessments with the state doing the administration at the sites. Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities work to clean up the sites so there can be further redevelopment in communities and create enhanced economic opportunities.


Sample ballots for all jurisdictions across Michigan are now available for the public to view at the The Secretary of State website.  Select your county, jurisdiction and precinct to view your local ballot.  See your ballot HERE.


With Halloween parties, football tailgaters and other events that can involve alcohol, it can also involve people making bad decisions and getting behind the wheel after one too many. Which is why police will deploy extra road patrols beginning tonight through November 4th for the "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Officers will be watching for impaired drivers especially in areas with a higher fatal crash rate. October had the third highest number of alcohol-related fatal crashes --- only behind August and July--and is the fourth highest month for drug-related fatalities on the road.

Many residents in rural areas of the UP will have access to high speed internet as Microsoft and Packerland Broadband unveiled new technology. 9 and 10 News reports the goal is to have a few thousand people hooked up by the end of next year. Governor Rick Snyder has said we need broadband in every corner of Michigan to bring back our smaller communities.

Michigan's unemployment rate fell by a tenth of a percentage point to 4.0 percent in September. Figures released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan's jobless rate was three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national rate of 3.7 percent last month. The agency says total employment in Michigan rose slightly by one thousand during the month while the number of unemployed fell by eight thousand.

There will be a new sheriff in Missaukee County in December. Undersheriff Wil Yancer will become sheriff when current Sheriff Jim Bosscher retires. Yancer will finish out a two year term and then he plans to run for the job in 2020.

The Detroit Free Press Chemical Bank Marathon is this Sunday and for the first time ever, a couple will get married during the marathon. The Grand Rapids couple, 33 - year-old Steven Phillips and 31-year-old Whitney Black are both running the marathon and plan to get married halfway through. Black says they're doing it to inspire others too....she's running after a car accident several years ago and 20 surgeries and Phillips used to weigh over 300 pounds and took up running and lost 130 pounds.



With marijuana sales starting in Canada, it has become the largest country with a legal national pot marketplace. At least 111 legal pot shops are expected to open across the nation of 37 million people today. Canadians also can order marijuana products through websites run by provinces or private retailers. Hours ahead of legalization taking effect, a Canadian government official told The Associated Press that anyone convicted for possessing up to 30 grams of weed will be pardoned.

Seven Michigan Technological University students in Houghton were left homeless when their off-campus home caught fire Monday night. W-L-U-C says they've been placed in Wadsworth Hall on campus for now. No one was hurt. There's no word yet on what caused the fire. Michigan Tech vice president for student affairs and advancement Les Cook, says they'll work as much as they can to provide them as much support as they need to get them back on their feet.

An appeal for help after a northern Michigan home is destroyed by fire Monday night on the Kalkaska-Orange Township border. 9 and 10 News reports a woman in the home and a firefighter were taken to the hospital, while two dogs were rescued. Homeowner Gayle Sieting says he ran to the store and came home to find the house on fire. He says he doesn't have insurance on the house and says friends and family are helping .

A new state law expected to help snow plow contractors and commuters. Governor Snyder signed the bill yesterday allowing commercial snowplow drivers to keep their vehicles' amber flashing lights as they move between parking lots. The governor saying it helps plow drivers err on the side of caution. The flashing lights makes it easier for other drivers to see the plows not only while pushing snow, but as they move from one job to another.

Police are looking for a man and two women involved with stealing a big screen TV from a WalMart near Big Rapids. The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says the white man, about six foot two wearing a vest, took the 55 inch tv and a sound bar Tuesday and got into a green Jeep Liberty with two females. They say the vehicle left the parking lot recklessly almost hitting several vehicles. Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office.



A Cheboygan man has been charged with killing his wife Carol Jean Pierce in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in the mid-70's. 9 and 10 News reports police from Wisconsin and northern Michigan have been searching the home of Richard Pierce for her remains. Pierce is being held without bail in Cheboygan, but police want to send him back to Wisconsin.  Pierce is fighting the attempt at extradition.

A woman and a firefighter were taken to the hospital last night after a fire on the border of Kalkaska and Orange Township in northern Michigan. Two dogs were also reportedly rescued from the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire at a home in Houghton in the U-P late last night caused a lot of damage to the upper portion of the home. W-L-U-C reports no one was injured and the cause is being investigated.

Gun Lake Casino in southwest Michigan is doing away with plastic straws . Casino spokesman Jeff Sorenson says both Gun Lake Casino and the Gun Lake Tribe that owns the casino are dedicated to being good stewards to the environment. Beginning in November, the casino will use straws that can be composted.

A northern Michigan woman has been arrested nearly a year after the death of a woman in Alpena, Emily Seaton. 9 and 10 News reports Danielle Robillard has been arrested and charged with dealing narcotics. State Police say she had provided drugs to Seaton before her death.



An arrest has been made in Battle Creek in the murder of a 22-year-old man , Khari Davis, at Claude Evans Park. Police Davis showed up at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and was soon pronounced dead. An 18- year-old has been arrested in the shooting.

Michigan State Police continue to investigate after the remains of eleven infants were found in the ceiling of what used to be a funeral home in Detroit. Construction workers found the remains Friday evening inside the former Cantrell Funeral Home while they were working on rehabbing buildings. Police say eight bodies were found in a cardboard box while three were found in a single small casket. State officials shut down the funeral home last April after inspectors found decomposing remains and deplorable conditions.

Sentencing today for Brian Koppe in northern Michigan in a double fatal accident last July. He's accused of causing a chain reaction crash that killed motorcyclist Kevin Copeland and his passenger, Erica McCurry. Koppe is accused of slamming into an suv from behind, rolling it on its side when Copeland crashed into the flipped SUV.

Michigan had a big win over Wisconsin Saturday, but 76 people were ejected from Michigan Stadium in the process. U-of-M Police Deputy Chief Melissa Overton says one person was arrested for assault and battery, there were 10 ejected for alcohol in the stadium, and 16 for disorderly conduct. A few were ejected for having a fake ID and 33 for possessing someone else's ID.

Sled dog teams hit the trails in Marquette County over the weekend for the UP 200 Dryland Dash. Racers competed for two thousand dollars in prizes that was split among the top competitors.



Road construction workers in six different unions have reached a contract deal that will keep them on the job for the next six years. The agreement between MITA and the Michigan Laborers' District Council calls for a $9.50 an hour raise over the six years -- as well as more generous overtime. The deal does NOT involve the road engineers, who were locked out in September. They will negotiate with MITA after the road construction season is done.

An Oakland County jury is expected to begin deliberations later today in the case of a Rochester Hills man accused of shooting at a teen who was asking for directions to school. Jeff Zeigler testified in his own defense yesterday. He told jurors he wanted to fire a warning shot, but his hand slipped on the gun and it fired before he could aim the gun higher in the air. Jurors have already seen home security video, showing 14-year old Brennan Walker running away from the front door and Zeigler firing a shot. Zeigler faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Anyone who may have been a victim of a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Kalamazoo is asked to contact police. The Diocese of Lansing removed Reverend Robert Gerl from priestly permissions last week because of credible allegations of sexual assault involving an adult male decades ago. He has worked as a school counselor in west Michigan between 2000 and 2011.

Police in the southwest city of Sturgis are looking for two suspects who attacked and robbed a 70-year-old man Thursday morning. WOOD TV reports it happened inside a business and the man has injuries to his face and head. He was taken to the hospital. Police have surveillance photos of the suspects and say they're confident they'll find them.



More flooding has occurred in the Upper Peninsula on Wednesday, just a few months after devastating flooding on Father's Day. W-L-U-C reports there were flooding issues on M-26 in Hubbel and on US 41 in Chassel Wednesday. The heavy rains also caused a road closure on M-203 north of Hancock because of a dirt slide and downed power line. It was closed for about an hour. Road work continues after the flooding in June.

Two women have been charged for lying about being sexually assaulted on Mackinac Island. The women who were working on the island under student visas from South Africa have been charged with filing a false police report. Michigan State Police and Mackinac Island Police investigated using undercover officers, a forensic artist and federal authorities.

A Metro Detroit relief effort is asking people for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. The group "DRAW--or, "Disaster Relief At Work" is accepting donations of cleaning supplies, tarps, heavy duty trash bags and bug spray for residents in the hardest hit areas. supplies can be dropped off at the Coffee Bucket in Waterford or donate on line at "draw buckets dot org slash donate."

The Mesick Consolidated Schools in northern Michigan are trying to pass a bond issue for the third time. They say it would cost owners of a 100-thousand dollar home just under 500 dollars a year. If approved in November, it would allow elementary school students to move into a new wing at the high school and include safety upgrades and more classroom technology. Schools superintendent Scott Akom tells 9 and 10 News that the kindergarten classrooms in the elementary building are starting to sink with uneven floors.

A northern Michigan woman will learn her fate today for stealing thousands of dollars from her employer. Carolyn Switala was the office manager at Maxbauer's Meat Market for two years when the owners saw that she was falsifying gift card transactions, according to court documents. Switala admitted to embezzlement of 20- thousand dollars or more.



Google's New Pixel 3 Smartphone Becomes Available

World's Largest Earthquake Drill

'Great ShakeOut' earthquake drills - the world's largest, with over 19 million people due to take part around the world. Official ShakeOut Regions located across the U.S. - led by California - plus parts of Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.
World's Highest-Paid TV Actresses List Published
'Sports Memorabilia Auction', featuring Joe DiMaggio's World Series Jersey, valued at $400,000 and the 1937 Heisman Memorial Trophy presented to Yale University Halfback Clint Frank, also estimated at $400,000.
Paula Abdul Begins First Solo North American Tour in More Than 25 Years - Paula Abdul begins 'STRAIGHT UP PAULA!' tour, her first solo North American headline tour in more than 25 years.
Alaska Day
Alaska Day state holiday marking formal transfer of the territory from Russia to the U.S. in 1867.
House of Representatives on Recess

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 2018

New IPhone Available To Pre-Order
Apple's new iPhone XR available to pre-order, following launch last month.  They will be available in stores October 26th.
'Making a Murderer' Returns To Netflix for Second Season - Season two of the documentary series telling the story of Steven Avery and his co-defendant and nephew Brenda Dassey, their families and the legal teams fighting for justice on their behalf. The new season features 10 episodes, taking an in-depth look at the post-conviction process, and exploring the emotional toll of the process.
11th Installment of 'Halloween' Movie Franchise Released In Theaters - Picking up 40 years after the original film as a direct sequel, the movie follows Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her final encounter with Michael Myers.
'The Wizard of Oz' Ruby Slippers Return To the Smithsonian - Ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz' movie return to view at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History after a year of research and conservation treatment following the museum's successful Kickstarter campaign to #KeepThemRuby.
House of Representatives on Recess



Early Voting Begins in Nevada for the Midterm Elections
President Trump Holds MAGA Rally in Elko, Nevada (11AM PT)
Former Vice President Biden Campaigns for Nevada Democrats (Las Vegas, 8:30 AM PT)
Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Las Vegas on Saturday, October 20th, the first day of early voting, to headline a rally hosted by the Nevada State Democratic Party, Latino Victory Fund, and Culinary Workers Union Local 226.
Early Voting Begins in New Mexico for Midterm Elections

Afghanistan Parliamentary Elections-Earlier this month the Taliban ordered its fighters to target security forces and authorities who are helping organize the elections, describing the process as 'completely bogus'. The group says the elections are being held 'for the sole purpose of legitimizing those stooges who are authorized by the occupying forces'.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 2018

2018 COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY - Inducting Ricky Skaggs (Modern Era), Dottie West (Veterans Era) and Johnny Gimble (Recording and/or Touring Musician).
21st annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to 'Veep' and 'Seinfeld' actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
90th birthday of Whitey Ford, American former professional baseball pitcher who spent his entire 16-year Major League Baseball career with the New York Yankees. He is a 10-time MLB All-Star, six-time World Series champion and was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
NFL hosts regular season game in London: Tennessee Titans @ Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium (9:30AM ET).

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd, 2018

President Barack Obama will travel to Las Vegas on Monday, October 22nd to campaign for the Nevada Democratic ticket. At a rally hosted by the Nevada State Democratic Party, President Obama will lay out the high stakes of November's election for Nevada families and highlight Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate, Steve Sisolak for governor, and Democratic candidates up and down the ticket.
Indiana Republican Party Right Track Results Tour - a statewide tour highlighting Indiana's Right Track Results team, ahead of the midterm elections - continues with Trump Organization Executive Vice President Donald Trump Jr. attending a rally for senatorial candidate Mike Braun. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Republican Congressional candidate Greg Pence (brother of Vice President Mike Pence) also participate.
Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala, honoring excellence in broadcast and digital journalism (6PM ET).
80th birthday of Christopher Lloyd, American actor best known for playing Emmett 'Doc' Brown in the 'Back to the Future' trilogy, Uncle Fester in 'The Addams Family' movies, Judge Doom in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', and Jim Ignatowski on the TV comedy series 'Taxi'.
50th birthday of Shaggy, singer best known for his hit singles 'Oh Carolina', 'Boombastic', 'It Wasn't Me' and 'Angel'


THE FUTURE INVESTMENT INITIATIVE EVENT IN SAUDI ARABIA - The Future Investment Initiative (FII) event, dubbed the 'Davos of the Desert'. Several western individuals and businesses have pulled out of the event in recent weeks over Saudi Arabia's suspected involvement in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul earlier this month.
The Washington Post, in partnership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), hosts 'Transformers: Space' discussion, on the future of human spaceflight, the new 'space race', and the launch of the first flights from U.S. soil since the space shuttle retired in 2011, with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Vice President Mike Pence, NASA astronaut Victor Glover and former astronauts Leland Melvin and Nicole Stott, Boeing Director of Starliner Crew and Mission Systems Chris Ferguson, The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye 'The Science Guy', Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Director Ellen Stofan, and Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Executive Vice President Heidi Hammel.
20th anniversary of Britney Spears releasing her debut single, '...Baby One More Time', the first song on the then 16-year-old's debut album of the same name, which followed in 1999. The iconic accompanying video features Spears as a Catholic high school student dancing round her school.
60th anniversary of the Smurfs first appearing in long-running French-language comic book 'Johan and Peewit' in a story titled 'La Flute a six schtroumpfs' ('The Smurfs and The Magic Flute'). The blue and white characters, known as Les Schtroumpfs in French, were created by cartoonist Pierre Culliford (aka Peyo). They have since spawned their own cartoons, live action movies, videogames and theme park attractions.
25th anniversary of Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter becoming the second player to end a World Series with a home run. His three-run shot in the ninth inning gave Toronto an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6.


International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners continues. Speakers today include Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Forbes World's Highest-Paid TV Actresses list published.
Devoted to 'making known to the people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations, and to gaining their support for the work of the United Nations' * Presidential Proclamation urges governors and other U.S. officials to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  Held on the day the U.N. Charter entered into force in 1945.


90th birthday of Marion Ross, American actress best known for playing Mrs. Cunningham on 'Happy Days'.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 2018

Keystone Annual Dinner, with keynote from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (10PM ET).
Apple's new iPhone XR available in stores.
Referendum also held on whether to reform laws against blasphemy.
Los Angeles Comic Con, multimedia pop culture, comic book, horror and gaming convention, formerly Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo.
Comic Con Paris - pop culture event celebrating TV shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels, anime and gaming.


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