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October 3, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, October 3

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Tom Clancy, 1947-2013. The prolific author, known for his highly-detailed action novels such as “The Hunt for Red October” and “Patriot Games,” died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in his hometown of Baltimore at age 67. Clancy carried such attention to detail of military science and weaponry that some government officials suspected he had knowledge of classified material. Many of his works were made into motion pictures, and recurring protagonist Jack Ryan is one of the most enduring characters in American cinema. In later years, Clancy even branched out into video games.

Sports: Desmond does it. Former Pinson Valley star athlete Desmond Jennings smacked a two-run homer to help his Tampa Bay Rays shut out Cleveland 4-0 in Wednesday's American League wild card game. The center fielder was 2-for-3 for the night; his double in the fourth inning gave starter Alex Cobb the cushion he needed for the win. The Rays now move to the AL Division Series, and head for Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox... Football: Not funny, HaHa. Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix has been suspended indefinitely by coach Nick Saban for an unspecified violation of team rules. Saban did not elaborate on the violation, which is standard procedure. The junior is a likely early-round NFL draft pick.

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