Memorial To Synagogue Victims Held In Brevard County (Viera, FL) -- Faith leaders are calling for unity after the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. A memorial service was held last night in Brevard County at Temple Israel in Viera. More than a hundred Jews, Muslims and Christians gathered to mourn the eleven lives lost in Saturday's shooting. Rabbi Patricia Hickman told the crowd if we don't come together and turn to God for healing, our country will fall apart.
DeSantis Defends Calling Gillum By First Name (Tampa, FL) -- Ron DeSantis thinks there might be a double standard when it comes to campaign rhetoric. The former Sixth District congressman was criticized for referring to Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by his first name in their last debate. DeSantis campaigned in Pinellas County this weekend, and he wondered out loud why Gillum wasn't criticized for seemingly calling him a dog in that same debate. DeSantis then told a Tampa Bay TV station maybe from now on, he'll refer to Gillum as 'Crooked Mayor Gillum,' 'Failed Mayor Gillum' and 'Radical Mayor Gillum.'
Gillum Leads By One In New Poll (Undated) -- The race for governor appears to be tightening. A poll released yesterday shows Democrat Andrew Gillum up by just a point over Republican nominee Ron DeSantis. Previous polls have shown Gillum with as much as a seven point lead. The RealClearPolitics.com average now has Tallahassee's mayor up more than three points.
Bystander Hurt In Road Rage Shooting (Orlando, FL) -- A shooting in Orlando appears to be a case of road rage. It happened Saturday night on I-4 West near Michigan Street. Police say a person in a car shot at someone in a second car, but the bullet hit the driver of a third car that was an innocent bystander. The victim was hit in the leg but is expected to survive, and no arrests have been announced.
Men Wanted For Impersonating Police And Stealing Car (Naples, FL) -- A search is underway for two men who pretended to be police officers to steal a car. It happened Saturday morning on Alligator Alley at Mile Marker 56. FHP says two men were driving a pickup truck that had flashing lights when they pulled over a car and ordered the occupants to get out and lie on the ground. That's when troopers say one of the suspects stole the couple's car while the other suspect took off in the pickup.
Chicken Costumes A-OK (Atlanta, GA) -- In case you were worried, there’s good news just in time for Halloween. The Centers for Disease Control says it’s okay to dress up your chickens in costumes. The agency issued a statement last week refuting circulating reports that it was unsafe to put clothes on a chicken. Still, the CDC says it's important to practice some safety measures, like washing your hands after touching chickens, keeping them outside the house and avoiding kissing the birds. Also, keep children younger than five away from the animals.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2011, a rare and powerful October snowstorm blanketed parts of the Northeast downing power lines and snapping tree limbs. The storm forced governors in several states to declare a state of emergency.
1998, 77-year-old Senator John Glenn blasted off back into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, 36-years after he blazed the trail for American astronauts.
1974, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in Zaire, to regain the world heavyweight boxing championship. The fight was billed as "The Rumble in the Jungle."
1969, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered an end to all school segregation "at once."