Sandy, The Donald and a Headless Magician
Good morning and happy Friday!
The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. Meteorologists expect a natural horror show of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday. With a rare mix of three big merging weather systems over a densely populated region, experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.
The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north. A wintry storm is chugging across the country from the west. And frigid air is streaming south from Canada.
It's a huge day for Microsoft as its latest operating system, Windows 8, is released for general availability. Reviews are mixed among newspapers and tech magazines, but CNN Money says that in Windows 8, the iPad has its first real challenger because it's the first to put the full PC experience on a tablet. Windows 8 offers the ability to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the new Surface tablet, a function that the iPad does not. But the price tag for the new Surface, $599 with its touch keyboard cover, may keep initial sales low.
John Sununu's claim that Republican Colin Powell only endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama because both men are black set the Twitterverse on fire over the controversial comments. Sununu is the former New Hampshire governor who served as White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush and is now an advisor to Mitt Romney. Powell is a retired four-star Army general who was secretary of state for President George W. Bush. The comments are coming from both sides of the fence. Here are a few of them:
Michael Ian Black @michaelianblack If Sununu thinks Colin Powell supports Obama only because he's black, does that mean Sununu supports Romney only because he's a douchebag?
ABFoundation @ABFalecbaldwin Sununu's towering stupidity is as valuable as Powell's endorsement in this race.
The boxing world is remembering famed trainer Emanuel Steward, who died Thursday at the age of 68. Steward was the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym and a standout trainer for boxers including Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko. Victoria Kirton, Steward's executive assistant, said he died at a Chicago hospital but declined to disclose the cause of death.
"It is not often that a person in any line of work gets a chance to work with a legend, well I was privileged enough to work with one for almost a decade," Klitschko said Thursday. "I will miss our time together. The long talks about boxing, the world, and life itself. Most of all I will miss our friendship."
David Letterman is making headlines after he took Donald Trump to task Thursday over "The Celebrity Apprentice" star's "bombshell" announcement that he'd donate $5 million to the charity of President Obama's choice if the commander-in-chief would release his college and passport records and applications. Appearing on "The Late Show," Trump said he would go even higher and that the offer is all about transparency. "Would you give him one of those giant checks?" Letterman quipped with his arms spread wide. Letterman's Top 10 list for the evening was called "Lame October Surprises," which number 1 was "Donald Trump offering $5 million to unearth anyone who still takes him seriously."
A dark, "Thriller"-inspired new video is among the most viewed of the day. "Moon Trance" has been viewed nearly a half-million times as of this writing.
It's a "Quarter Past Midnight," and night skiing is both dangerous and haunting.
Finally, get into the Halloween spirit with a magician's crazy (and scary) headless man trick.
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