10 Things to know: Friday, September 13th
Here are some of the stories headlines around St. Louis and the world from FOX 2 and CNN.
1. Funeral Arrangements for Willow: Willow Long’s funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church in Effingham at 11am on Monday. A public visitation will be held on Saturday at the Hearts Rock Café in the Effingham High School from 5-9pm.
2. Phineas the Dog: Supporters trying to save him from being euthanized are taking their show on the road, which in this case is Interstate 44. And the show is two large billboards paid for by Phineas’ Facebook fans who are trying anything they can think of to see his life spared.
3. Big tipper or big scammer? Check out this picture posted to Reddit by a person who says she’s a bartender in St. Louis. She apparently got a $200,000 tip. But, she’ll never see it because credit card companies do not process excessive tips. So now the question is, did the ‘tipper’ pay the $111 bill?
4. Car wash for Lane: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and now the Green Lantern Express carwash in St. Peters are raising awareness in honor of Lane Goodwin. Find out more…
5. Dad dons short shorts: A Utah dad dons some tight, short shorts to prove a point to his teen daughter. Scott Mackintosh, a father of seven, went viral after he put on cutoff shorts and t-shirt reading, “Best Dad Ever.”
6. Talks, talks everywhere:
Day two for U.S. and Russian diplomats’ talks on Syria is today. If you listen, the goals are similar, but the ideas on how to reach them are not. And tensions abound. Secretary of State John Kerry remained firm yesterday after meeting his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, saying the military strike option is not off the table if Syria does not implement agreements. Lavrov kept his cool, saying “diplomacy likes silence.” Tell that to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who threw in his two cents. He says he is willing to place his chemical arsenal under international control if the U.S. cools it with the threats.
7. #TWITTER IPO
Twitter is taking its first step toward going public, but keeping details on the deal private. With a simple tweet — what else would it be? — the social media giant announced yesterday that it has filed documents for an initial public offering of stock. Details are scarce because the company took advantage of a federal law to provide its registration privately to U.S. regulators. Investors are all excited about the prospect of public stocks. Is the little blue bird finally coming of age?
8. Boardwalk blaze:
New Jersey just can’t seem to catch a break. Nearly a year after a superstorm swallowed its iconic seaside boardwalk, a fire broke out yesterday at the same location. The raging blaze destroyed dozens of businesses, undoing much of the rebuilding work done after Superstorm Sandy hit in October. It’s enough to make New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sick. “I feel like I want to throw up,” he says. “After all the effort and time and resources that we’ve put in to help the folks … rebuild.”
But there’s a glimmer of good news: There were no reports of injuries.
9. Relentless rain: First came heavy rains, then swirling mountainsides, followed by entire towns cut off. Now, Colorado officials fear a wall of water clogged with debris is cascading toward Boulder. Sirens shrieked overnight, warning residents along Boulder Creek to evacuate. Flash floods are blamed for at least three deaths, and officials don’t want any more. “Do not cross Boulder Creek for any reason,” they warned.
10. Witches and wizards, rejoice: J.K. Rowling still has some tricks up her sleeve. The “Harry Potter” author is returning to the world of wizards that made her famous. Her screenwriting debut will feature a movie centered on one of Potter’s textbooks, “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.” It’s about its fictional author, Newt Scamander.
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