#1 Alabama makes it 12 straight wins over the Vols


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and No. 1 Alabama started fast again in a 58-21 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

Alabama had touchdowns on its first four possessions while outscoring Tennessee 28-0 and outgaining the Volunteers 217-6 in the opening period. Alabama has outscored opponents 165-31, and Tennessee has been outscored 69-16 in first quarters this season.

More: https://wreg.com/2018/10/20/1-alabama-makes-it-12-straight-wins-over-the-vols/

Grizzlies’ Green breaks jaw


MEMPHIS – Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green has undergone surgery after breaking his jaw during a victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

The Grizzlies announced Saturday that Green broke his jaw while taking an elbow to the face during the third quarter of the 131-117 triumph.

Grizzlies officials said the 6-foot-9 forward had surgery Saturday morning. No additional information was provided.

More: https://wreg.com/2018/10/20/grizzlies-green-breaks-jaw/

Early voting numbers have tripled since 2014

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – An estimated 40-thousand people in Shelby County have participated in early voting.

About 7,700 people voted Saturday alone.

According to the election commission, that is a huge number for one weekend.

In the 2014 mid-terms, more than 11 thousand early voters cast their ballots in the first 4 days of early voting.

This year, that number has tripled.

We were there Sunday as volunteers from early voting locations turned in their voter registration rolls.

Future poll workers were also being trained on how to properly put away voting machines in preparation for election day.

Employees and execs are failing drug tests at shocking rates

By John Aidan Byrne October 20, 2018 | 10:25pm

New York City employers are squarely blaming a raging drug epidemic for much of the trouble they have filling jobs in one of the tightest labor markets in a generation.

More local prospective workers are testing positive for substance abuse, or showing up stoned for work, according to industry analysts.

And even as weed is legalized in some places, or viewed as more socially acceptable, it’s not just marijuana’s job-impairment side-effects that bother these hiring managers. The abuse of hard drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, has exploded, and further threatens productivity.

Many jobs in New York City now take 60 days or more to fill. Thirty percent of the openings in New York City for registered nurses, bartenders, delivery drivers, program managers and machine operators that are posted on professional job Web sites go unfilled for 60 days or more, according to the employment portals.

A 2018 report by Quest Diagnostics reveals a 150 percent increase from 2013 to 2017 of methamphetamine positivity rates for workers tested in the wider New York region, which covers New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Drug abuse rates overall for workers tested in New York state were at 3.5 percent in 2017, compared with 3.2 percent a decade earlier, the Quest data analysis shows.

The drug crisis comes as the local job market is very tight, with the New York City unemployment rate at 4.1 percent.

More: https://nypost.com/2018/10/20/employees-and-execs-are-failing-drug-tests-at-shocking-rates/

Canada is running out of marijuana two days after drug became legal

Canadians were so excited about getting their hands on some legal, recreational marijuana the country is reportedly experience a shortage.

Police were called to help shops struggling to handle long queues and with frustrated people unable to buy cannabis.

Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who has led the government’s legalisation programme, told public broadcaster CBC the country was unable to supply enough to meet demand.

“We expected, you know, certain strains might run out and there would be a bit of a run on supply,” he said.

“But, you know, they’ve got a pretty good infrastructure in place and I’m confident it will work.”

On Wednesday Canada became the first industrialised nation and only the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to legalise recreational cannabis as part of a controversial experiment in drug policy.

Under the new law, citizens will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis in public and each household will be able to grow up to four marijuana plants.

More: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/canada-marijuana-legal-weed-shortage-pot-running-out-a8593861.html

Dodgers, Red Sox in 1st World Series Face-Off Since 1916

Los Angeles Dodgers beat Milwaukee Brewers Saturday to advance
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 20, 2018 10:47 PM CDT

(NEWSER) – Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and the Boys of Summer. Ted Williams to Yaz and the Impossible Dream. Manny Ramirez. Pedro Martinez. Bill Buckner. Fenway Franks and Dodger Dogs. Ebbets Field, the Green Monster. “Sweet Caroline” or “I Love LA.” Yet for all their rich history—dating back to Babe Ruth on the mound—the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have rarely crossed paths heading into this World Series, to which the Dodgers advanced for the second consecutive year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night. Only once before in October, and that was more than a century ago (1916, to be exact; Boston won). In fact, Clayton Kershaw has never even pitched at Fenway Park. Consider this: Going into Game 1 on Tuesday night, the Dodgers have beaten the Red Sox in Boston just one time, the AP reports.

That came on June 12, 2004. And guess who scored and drove in a run for the Dodgers during that 14-5 romp? Alex Cora, now the rookie manager of the Red Sox. One of his teammates that afternoon—Dave Roberts, ready to lead Los Angeles into its second straight Fall Classic. Roberts is sure to draw a big cheer when the teams line up for pregame introductions. He’s still a fan favorite in Boston for his daring stolen base that sparked an unprecedented comeback from a 3-0 deficit against Mariano Rivera and the rival Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship Series.

More: http://www.newser.com/story/266194/dodgers-red-sox-will-face-off-in-world-series.html%E2%80%8B

Weekend Fun

Grizzlies and Tigers and Alice, oh my!

FRI: Alice Cooper at The Orpheum, Grizzlies home opener, SugaShack presents The Soul Set: Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Teddy Pendergrass & The Ojays at New Daisy

SAT: Tigers at Missouri at 3, Cooper-Young Beerfest, The Great Steak Cookoff with 98.1 The Max at Southland Park, Art on Fire at The Dixon, The Oh Hellos at Minglewood

SAT & SUN:  Memphis Comic Expo at The Agricenter, Big Bounce America’s 2018 Nationwide Tour with the world’s largest bounce house at Memphis International Raceway

TUES: Social Distortion at New Daisy

Also, Haunted houses, and corn mazes, The Arlington BBQ Fall Fest, and Dracula at Theater Memphis.

More here

Royal baby news has us thinking about baby names. What are the most and least popular?


Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s news that they’re expecting a child in the spring got us thinking about baby names.

We’re guessing the royal baby will have a historically regal name like Victoria or Arthur. At least that’s what the bets already being made with British bookmakers are theorizing.

But Harry and Meghan have a knack for breaking with tradition, so their firstborn could very well have an unusual name. They might even take a cue from her homeland.

We know America’s most popular baby names — they haven’t changed much over the last 10 years. Boys have had Liam, Noah and William in the Top 5 names since 2007. Girls have had Emma, Olivia and Ava since 2008.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/allthemoms/2018/10/18/least-popular-baby-names-over-last-10-years/1672901002/

Kleenex to Rebrand Tissue After Sexism Complaints

“Mansize” tissues will now be called “Extra Large”
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 18, 2018 6:29 PM CDT

(NEWSER) – Kleenex will re-brand its “Mansize” tissues after consumers complained the name was sexist, touching off a social media conversation about what’s in a name, the AP reports. The company behind Kleenex, Kimberly-Clark, said Thursday that the product, which is sold only in the UK, will now be called “Kleenex Extra Large.” Packages for the tissues describe them as “confidently strong” and “comfortingly soft.” Kimberly-Clark told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that it in “no way suggests” that being both soft and strong was “an exclusively masculine trait, nor do we believe that the Mansize branding suggests or endorses gender inequality.” “We are always grateful to customers who take time to tell us how our products can be improved, and we carefully consider all suggestions,” the company said in a statement.

Kimberly-Clark is not the first company to run into a branding issue forced by changing social views. Among the more memorable casualties was stationery maker BiC, which ran into disparaging comments when trying to market pink and purple pens “for her.” Amazon was flooded by reviews poking fun at the strategy and the notion that it was “designed to fit comfortably in a woman’s hand.” In another example, the British grocery chain Waitrose on Thursday said it will be changing the name of its Gentleman’s Smoked Chicken Caesar Roll because of complaints the name was sexist. A social media post about the sandwich touched off some spirited replies, with some noting that Pink Lady apples, Lady Grey tea and lady fingers could be subjected to name changes.

More: http://www.newser.com/story/266111/brits-wont-be-able-to-get-mansize-tissues-anymore.html