- After causing a 200-mile trail of destruction in Florida , Hurricane Michael is now on a path to strike the Carolinas, which have yet to fully recover from Hurricane Florence's wrath just last month. The Weather Channel says Michael's epicenter will continue to accelerate to the east-northeast through tonight across the Carolinas and into Virginia, and then move off of the East Coast by Friday.
- Emergency crews from multiple agencies made quick work of a blaze that broke out at a Meridian strip mall Wednesday night. Alarms went out at about 9:20 p.m. from a row of shops along South Meridian Road near Gem Avenue. Investigators say the fire probably broke out in a nail salon. There were no injuries to report. The investigation into the exact cause of the fire continues.
- Sears, once the world's biggest retailer, is now facing the real possibility of bankruptcy. CNBC reports that the 125-year-old company is unable to keep up with e-commerce and hasn't turned a profit in eight years. Sears is currently $134 million in debt, and CNBC says company officials have already approached several banks in preparation for filing bankrupcy.
- [image-1] There are only 273 people on the planet who have attained the level of Master Sommelier, the highest wine expert certification in the world. But scandal has cloaked the exam which determines who should be certified. Food & Wine magazine reports that The Board of Directors of the Court of Master Sommeliers will probably boot out one of its own after an unnamed member was found to have leaked "detailed information concerning wines in the tasting flight" of the most recent exam.
- Most people know that it was Jackie Robinson who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947. But not too many history books tell the story of George Taliaferro, the first black athlete to be drafted by the National Football League in 1949. The New York Times reports that Taliaferro died in a Mason, Ohio, nursing home on Oct. 8. He was 91.
- The Major League Baseball championship series will get underway tomorrow when the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Brewers in Milwaukee. On Saturday, the Houston Astros will be in Boston battle the Red Sox.
- Today is the International Day of the Girl. In 2012, the United Nations set aside Oct. 11 as a day to increase awareness of gender inequality. The New York Times gave 22 young women photographers around the world an assignment in honor of the day: "Show us what 18 years old looks like in your community."