1. KIDNAP MURDER CHARGE
Police have confirmed they have recovered the body of Eliza Fletcher, a Memphis mother and teacher who was abducted during an early morning jog last week. The suspect, 38-year-old Cleotha Abston, was initially arraigned before Fletcher was identified, but has now been charged with murder. Abston was released from prison in 2020 after serving two decades for the kidnapping of a Memphis lawyer.
2. MORE BOOSTERS COMING
COVID-19 vaccine boosters could soon become as common as a flu shot, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a press conference yesterday. Biden's COVID czar, Ashish Jha, added that officials expect more boosters to roll out throughout this fall. He also said people aged 12 and under should get another dose if they haven't in the past two months.
3. JUUL SETTLES UP
E-cigarette maker Juul Labs is paying out $438.5 million to 33 states and Puerto Rico as a part of a settlement that caps a two-year federal investigation into its business practices. Why did the company settle? The investigation revealed that Juul was intentionally marketing its vaping products to young people, even though it's illegal for minors to purchase them.
This crown Juul just got tarnished.
4. TECH TUNE-UPS
APPLE EVENT: Today is the day Apple users have been waiting for. The tech giant is holding an event to show off its latest and greatest devices. Few details about the iPhone 14 or Apple Watch Pro have leaked, but industry-watchers expect to see significant upgrades. Not to be outdone, Meta announced its own event for Oct. 11, when it's expected to show off its new headset.
AMAZON STREAMING: While Amazon Prime Video's The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brought in record viewership during its debut, questions remain about whether it can sustain an audience as well as bring in new viewers. Cheddar News' Michelle Castillo explains how there's a lot riding on the success of the series since the company is expected to sink about a billion dollars into it.
5. BAD DAYS FOR BED BATH & BEYOND
News of Bed Bath & Beyond's chief financial officer committing suicide over the weekend rattled investors of the home goods retailer, sending shares down 18% yesterday. The tragic death, as well as a lawsuit claiming company executives were involved in a pump-and-dump scheme, may generate the big headlines this week, but the bigger picture is that Bed Bath & Beyond is hanging by a thread. One observer told Cheddar News that this coming holiday season could make or break the firm.
6. TRUMP BAD-MOUTHS EVS
Donald Trump lashed out at electric vehicles during a campaign rally in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town over the weekend. The former president's rhetoric is a flip-flop from 2020 when he embraced electric vehicles. Trump said a friend and EV driver told him, “This damn trip took me forever.”
The Donald is just still mad at that Secret Service driver.
7. ACTIVIST & ATHLETE PEN KIDS' BOOKS
New children's books from two notable Americans in very different lanes are set to hit store shelves. Civil rights trailblazer and symbol of desegregation in American schools Ruby Bridges wants to teach kids kindness in I Am Ruby Bridges. And Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is looking to inspire kids and help shape them into leaders in I Have a Superpower.
8. OBAMA PORTRAIT UNVEILING
President Joe Biden will host former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle at the White House today for the unveiling of their official portraits. Generally, the current president hosts the previous leader, but Trump did not opt to continue with that tradition. Details about the portraits have not been released so we'll all have to wait to see the final products.
9. BROADWAY POPS & FLOPS
With Lea Michele headed back to Broadway to star in Funny Girl, we thought it might be pretty cool (and hilarious) to stroll down memory lane and recount some of Hollywood's favorites trying their hand at stage acting. There were a few success stories from Viola Davis, Meryl Streep and Hugh Jackman, but there were also some major flubs. Brendan Fraser, who's in the middle of a comeback, Julia Roberts and Al Pacino received low praise for their Broadway performances.
10. MORE ENTERTAINMENT
The Venice Film Festival got underway this past weekend and there seems to be a few good pictures headed to theaters. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson's Banshees of Inisherin received a staggering 13-minute standing ovation — the longest of any film this season. Brendan Fraser made waves of his own with The Whale. Top Gun: Maverick returns to No. 1 at the box office, and it was a big weekend for Adele.
Adele is really rolling in the royalties.
11. TOP THRILL DRAGSTER CLOSES
It's the end of an era for Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park and its famed Top Thrill Dragster coaster. It's the second tallest roller coaster in the world but it's getting packed up for good after a 2021 incident left a woman with a head injury. State investigators found that the park did not intentionally deceive patrons about the ride's safety. If you're still seeking a thrill, the world's tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka, waits for you at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.
NYC REVEALED: How New York Rebuilt the World Trade Center
The Twin Towers were icons on the New York skyline. Then, in the course of one September morning, they were gone. What followed was more than two decades of competing visions and continual setbacks that finally culminated in the city’s newest landmark.