Here’s hoping your Friday isn’t freaky…
Weather: Couldn’t get better. Simple forecast for the weekend: sunny with highs in the lower 70s, with nighttime lows in the lower to middle 40s. It will warm up slightly to start the work week, with no rain in sight.
Campaigning for laughs. President Barack Obama and his election opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, went at each other again Thursday night — but this time, it was largely for comedic effect. The candidates took part in a quadrennial election tradition of attending the Al Smith Dinner, a benefit for Catholic charities at the Waldorf-Astoria named for the former New York governor and first Catholic nominee for president. Romney was a bit edgier, spoofing on mentions of Big Bird and Sesame Street from the first debate, saying that “the president’s remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter O and the number $16 trillion.” Meanwhile, Obama was more self-deprecating, saying, “I’ve decided that for our final debate I’m going to go back to the strategy I used to prepare for the first debate… I’m just kidding. I’m trying to make [Obama campaign strategist David] Axelrod sweat a little bit.”
Newsweek fades to digital. The 79-year-old run of Newsweek as one of the top weekly newsmagazines in the world will come to an end at year’s end. Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of the magazine and the companion website The Daily Beast, announced that Newsweek would halt printed publication and transition to a digital-only format. The magazine was sold two years ago by The Washington Post Co. to audio magnate Sidney Harman for $1; Harman put Brown in charge, leading the new operation to be nicknamed “NewsBeast.” The story famously spiked the story of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, which was picked up by the then-new Drudge Report… In a somewhat related move, The Montgomery Advertiser — now the state’s largest daily newspaper — announced it would sell its building next to Union Station and seek smaller quarters elsewhere. Its presses are in a separate facility, which will remain.
Sports: Tigers sweep. Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta each hot two-run homers as Detroit completed a four-game shutout of the Yankees with an 8-1 win in the American League Championship Series… Over in the NL, Adam Wainwright gave up just four hits and one run in seven innings as the Cardinals beat up the Giants 8-3, and take a 3-1 lead in the championship series… Volleyball: Two local teams have advanced to the AHSAA North Super Regional in Huntsville, after qualifying in Thursday’s area tournaments. Gardendale won its Class 6A Area 12 tournament with a 3-1 victory over host Hewitt-Trussville, while Fultondale advances in 2A as a runner-up, despite a loss to Altamont School in the area finals. Mortimer Jordan and Hayden were knocked out in the first round of 5A play at Curry. (Corner’s results were not reported.)