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Major Columbus Day cool down coming out of Canada. Sunshine today. Hi 80. Chance of showers tomorrow. Hi Saturday 75. Find the umbrella and jacket for Sunday. Hi 58. Monday, mostly sunny and cool. Hi 61. Back to the 70s Wednesday.
15,000 attended the Romney/Ryan rally in Fisherville last night. Mitt Romney will deliver a foreign policy speech Monday at VMI in Lexington.
Nine patients in the Roanoke area are being treated at local hospitals for meningitis. Local clinic - Insight Imaging - is notifying patients it used the steroid injection linked to the outbreak. The potential scope of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least five people widened dramatically Thursday as health officials warned that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of patients who got steroid back injections in 23 states could be at risk.
The president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation in Bedford has resigned. Robin Reed turned in his resignation to the board of directors Sept.28, according to a foundation news release, which stated that Reed "would be pursuing other opportunities." He joined the foundation in June 2010.
VDOT crews will be working to repair railroad crossings in Roanoke and Botetourt County starting this coming Monday and running through Oct 18. The work is expected to be done between 8:30 and 5P, weather permitting.
Here is a list of dates and locations for the work:
· Monday, Oct. 8 - Route 616 (Carlos Drive)
· Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Route 627 (Sanderson Drive) intersection with Route 605 (Shadwell Drive)
· Wednesday, Oct. 10 - Route 654 (Read Mountain Road)
· Monday, Oct. 15 - Route 652 (Mountain Pass)
· Tuesday, Oct. 16 - Route 651 (Stoney Battery Road)
· Wednesday, Oct. 17 - Route 716 (Apple Orchard Lane)
· Thursday, Oct. 18 - Route 763 (Shady Side Road)
Rams handed the Cardinals their first loss of the year. Rams 17, Cardinals 3.
NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, and former NBA player Penny Hardaway have agreed to join the group of minority owners for the Memphis Grizzlies. the NBA is expected to approve the sale.
NASCAR is racing at Talladega this weekend.
Va. Tech at North Carolina
Virginia at Duke
Florida St. at N.C. State
Wake Forest at Maryland
West Virginia at Texas
Presbyterian at VMI
Gardner-Webb at Liberty
Towson at James Madison
Richmond at Villanova
Emory & Henry at W&L
Ferrum at C. Newport
Today is National Noisy Munching Day, a day to annoy others by eating ice, pickles, chips, anything crunchy and loud. Saturday is The North American Wife Carrying Championship in Maine. **Wonder if that determines if you live in the doghouse for the winter or not?
1892: The Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was wiped out while attempting to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kansas.
1962: In England, Parlaphone Records released the Beatles' first record, "Love Me Do." Ringo Starr, who had just joined the group, was too nervous to play drums, so he played tambourine.
1969: "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted on BBC television.
Cuttin' Cake Today
promoter Bob Geldof is 61
actor Daniel Baldwin 52
actress Kate Winslet 37
basketball's Grant Hill 40
Steve Miller 69
Joke of the Day
What do you call a fairy that never takes a bath? ans - stinker bell
Smarter Than Question
The average person has five pounds of this in their home and that's a good thing. What is it? Congrats Rhonda, you got it. Brenda you were in the piggybank. The answer is "loose change." Way to go!
An idol mess! The dueling divas fight is escalating and it may be more than just an argument. Some sources are saying Nicky threatened to shoot Mariah. Stay tuned. For real or hype?
The Nielsen ratings company says an estimated 67.2 million people watched the first debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, the largest TV audience for a presidential debate since 1992.
Nicki Minaj is FURIOUS with "American Idol" producers. She is CONVINCED that producers - along with members of Mariah's team - are conspiring with her to get under Nicki’s skin...Nicki says she won't be anyone's puppet. And the next time Mariah "acts up," Nicki is walking off the set.
Ricky Martin is about to get his own series on NBC.
Remember the TV anchor in the news earlier this week - reporter Jennifer Livingston - who confronted a viewer that called her fat online? Well, Jennifer has a famous brother, its actor Ron Livingston of Office Space fame
Tuesday, the New York Daily News said George Clooney was ready to dump Stacy Keibler any day now, but Wednesday, Life and Style has "exclusively confirmed" that the two are moving in together. An insider tells the magazine, "She’s 100 percent moved in."
The latest issue of STAR magazine’s cover claims that Jessica Simpson’s fiancé Eric Johnson is a cheater. Apparently, Eric was “caught” messing around with his ex-wife Keri – and having a relationship with both women and the same time. Now, Jessica and Eric are taking legal action because they have had enough of STAR and their rumors
Ann Romney is guest-hosting "Good Morning America" next Wednesday.
Approximately $127,000 worth of jewelry has been stolen from actress Julianne Moore's New York City brownstone. Police say a complaint was filed with the NYPD on Oct. 1. They said Thursday that a necklace, bracelets and watches, some by Cartier, were reported missing. The robbery occurred between June 6 and August 28. The brownstone was under renovation at the time.
OBIT: R. B. Greaves, a pop singer whose "Take a Letter, Maria" was a 1969 hit, has died in Los Angeles. He was 68. Greaves died of prostate cancer on Sept 27.
NEW IN THEATERS: Frankenweenie (PG); Taken 2 (PG-13); Pitch Perfect (PG-13)
News from Nashville
Eric Church was once the opening act for Bob Seger.
Trace Adkins in Fishersville yesterday performing for Romney/Ryan event.
Toby Keith tells Country Weekly magazine when it came to turning down the American Idol judge deal, he says it was a “Lucrative deal. Lot of money, but it’s a lot of time, and it took me five seconds.”
Scotty McCreery has donated some of his American Idol memorabilia to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh for a new display.
The kids at PS22 in Staten Island, N.Y., gave special attention to Jerrod Niemann and his song "Shinin' On Me." The youngest aren't knew to country. Carrie Underwood stopped by last Spring.
Lar's This & That
THE PIZZA NATION
According to a new survey done by Zagat, an average person eats pizza 4.3 times a month and 83% of people consider pizza to be their favorite food. Pepperoni is everybody’s favorite topping and anchovies the least favorite, also New York thin crust came out on top over Chicago deep dish.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO HANG UP THE COSTUME
OK... In a new survey, the most popular answer for the age when kids should STOP trick-or-treating is . . . 13. The most popular age when you should START taking your kids trick-or-treating is 3.
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS
A new study from the Journal of Positive Psychology finds that Monday’s aren't as bad as we give it credit for.
Researchers say we think Monday's stink because we're happier on the weekends. The huge shift in mood from Sunday to Monday isn’t nearly as huge as the rest of the week, which may explain why Wednesdays and Thursdays don’t seem so bad, in retrospect.
Here are some tips from Men’s Health they say will make things better for you from Monday – Thursday.
Weekdays at 6 a.m.: Send Your Most Important Email
An e-mail sent first thing in the morning will be on top of the pile when people start wading through their inbox, so they’re more likely to open it.
Zone in on Your Most Tedious Task Monday at 9 a.m.
We wake up with a fresh supply of self-discipline, which we use up throughout the day. In the morning it’s as strong as it will ever be.
Monday or Tuesday Afternoon, Schedule a Weekly Check-in with Your Boss
When it comes to face-time with your manager, scheduling a weekly one-on-one on Monday or Tuesday is much better than putting one on the calendar for Thursday or Friday – you’ll leave with action steps for the week instead of leaving for the weekend.
Gather Your Team Together for a Meeting on Wednesday Afternoon
The middle of the week is when people are focused − not sloppily returning from a weekend, or already looking to the next. You should schedule either meetings before or after lunch, at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Thursday Afternoon: Ask for a Promotion
Before you choose a day, know two things: your boss’ schedule and your company’s cycle. If your boss has a Wednesday morning meeting, don’t ask for a meeting right after it. If you work for more of a seasonal company, asking for a raise when business is bad isn’t your best move. And, schedule a meeting with your boss after you accomplish something significant, like saving the company money, making the company a lot of money or solving a problem.
SHAVED HEADS - MANLY OR NOT?
Look at Kenny Chesney or Dr. Phil? Pretty handsome without a headful of hair. A recent study that was done showed that shaving your thinning hair is actually perceived as manlier than getting hair plugs or toupees. The study also showed that those with shaved head are perceived as tougher, stronger and much more masculine than their thick haired counterparts.
TOP 10 BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN
Yahoo has compiled a list of the top ten best cities to live in. The list is determined on leisure activities, education, economy, crime and air quality of each city.
10. St. Paul, Minnesota
9. San Diego, California
8. Austin, Texas
7. New York City, New York
6. Denver, Colorado
5. Portland, Oregon
4. Boston, Massachusetts
3. Washington D.C.
2. Seattle, Washington
1. San Francisco, California
All gorgeous big cities, but, one of my favorite places is Bar Harbor, Maine.
On our recent station fundraising cruise, I couldn't get over the breathtaking view from Cadillac Mountain. Wow!!!!
THE BEAUTY SECRET SHE'D LIKE TO KEEP SECRET
What is the worst beauty secret a woman keeps from her friends and partner? Moustache bleaching. A lot of women admit that bleaching their 'stache would be the worst beauty secret their partner could ever discover. This is from a new survey:
BEAUTY RITUALS WOMEN PREFER TO KEEP SECRET
Waxing or bleaching moustache (94 per cent)
Waxing bikini line (90 per cent)
Whitening teeth (90 per cent)
Applying fake tan (79 per cent)
Plucking eyebrows (41 per cent)
Coloring hair (36 per cent)
90% of men think beauty comes naturally to women -- well it looks like a lot of work.
Weird, But True News
Margarita Drongen, a Dutch witch, is being allowed to deduct brooms and spell lessons from her taxes. She gets to because she offers lessons on how to make spells, potion preparation and healing with stones at about $3000 per 13 week course and with Halloween coming up her classes become even more popular. **That's what you call a "magical taxbreak.
Staying Healthy Today
A new type of contact lens will be introduced this month that aims to actually cure nearsightedness. The idea is that if kids begin wearing them early enough, the lenses' unique design will train the eye to grow in a way that will eliminate vision problems.
After falling for a decade, the rate of nonfatal injuries to children under five has risen 12%. How is that possible? Because we're paying more attention to our smartphone than to our kids! It seems that even though kids wear helmets more than ever, they are finding ways to get hurt while we send a text or update our Facebook status from our smartphone.
Of course, there are no hard statistics tying the two together, but child injury experts are associating the explosion in smart phone sales with the rise in injuries to young children. A dozen pediatricians and emergency-room physicians agreed saying they're seeing more injuries to young children.
Good News Story
I love stories about being being "unselfish" and doing great things for others. That's what the Vinton Breakfast Lions Club has done. They raised more than $8,000 during their annual "A Draw Down" fundraiser.
The Lions Club uses proceeds from the annual event to give scholarships to three seniors at William Byrd High School and to buy school and personal need supplies for students at Herman Horn, W.E. Cundiff and Bonsack elementary schools.
The money also is used for the club's annual Christmas Shopping trip for elementary students, eye exams, hearing devices and support to the Service Dogs Association. Very nice Lions.
Lar's Thought of the Day
Find the good in things, rather than pointing out the bad.