- The suspect in a horrific Oct. 27 shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which resulted in the deaths of 11 people and the wounding of four police officers, is expected to appear in court today. CNN reports that Robert Bowers, who had no criminal record, faces 29 federal criminal counts, including a hate crime, which can carry the death penalty.
- [image-2] Boise's Jewish community will hold a memorial service this evening to honor the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting. The memorial will be held at Chabad Jewish Center on S. Maple Grove Road, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
"We will pray for the families and communities of the victims. We will reflect. And we will commit to be there for each other," said Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz. "The attacker harbored senseless hatred towards Jewish people. We must increase our love for every one of our people. We are all one family. This is the time for each of us to reach out to someone we haven't gotten along with or haven’t spoken to in a while."
- Oscar, the 15th named storm of this hurricane season, has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic hurricane season traditionally ends on Nov. 30 and usually peaks in mid-September.
- [image-4] The Boston Red Sox won their ninth World Series Championship Sunday night, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. Boston's Steve Pearce, who hit three homers, was named the series MVP.
- A Louisiana family has decided to pay a local library $1,542.65 for an overdue book that its matriarch checked out in 1934. The Shreveport Times says the library's policy is not to charge more than $3 for an overdue book, but the family of Margaret Stroud decided to pay the full amount (5 cents per day) to honor their mother. The book? Spoon River Anthology, an early 20th-century collection of free verse poems.
- No, it's not Halloween yet, but Billboard has begun publishing its annual Holiday Albums chart, and topping the list is Eric Clapton's Happy Xmas (Bushbranch/Surfdog, 2018), the first holiday album from the rock legend. And it's already beginning to look like Christmas on the Hallmark Channel. Forbes says the network kicked off its deluge of Christmas movies this past weekend. This year, Hallmark will also fill its Movies & Mysteries channel will holiday fare.
- At the box office, the reboot of Halloween earned $32 million at North American cinemas this past weekend. But Hollywood should be afraid, very afraid, of something called London Fields which eked out $160,000 from 613 theaters over the same period. The Hollywood Reporter says that's a per-screen average of $261, the lowest film opening ever in that many locations. For the record, I survived a screening of London Fields, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Amber Heard, in Toronto back in 2015. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen, but it's close.