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October 17, 2012

NJN/am for Wednesday, October 17


It’s Wednesday, and you are halfway through the week…

Weather: Storms overnight. The morning and afternoon will be nice, with highs in the upper 70s. But things change for the worse after midnight, as storms move into the area. Lows will be in the middle 50s with an 80 percent chance of storms. Things will clear out by rush hour tomorrow.

Raucous debate. President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney went at it in full force in the second of three presidential debates Wednesday. Obama was anything but lethargic coming off his universally-panned performance in the first outing, but Romney didn’t back down in the town-hall style event at Hofstra University in New York. Opinions of who won and who lost were mixed in after-debate “flash polls,” with most giving the president a very slight advantage.

Birmingham Board of Education president out. Edward Maddox will resign as the leader of the city school board after he was arrested on charges that he used his position for personal financial gain, or for the gain of a family member. The resignation is part of a deal with state prosecutors, who charged Maddox with voting to increase the salary of his daughter, a city schools employee, when he should have abstained; Maddox is also accused of voting for funds to be given to a charity he runs.

Sports: Tigers in control. Justin Verlander pitched eight scoreless innings as Detroit won Game 3 of the American League Championship Series 2-1 over New York, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead over the Yankees… Soccer: The United States moves on to the “hexagonal series” of qualifying for the CONCACAF qualifying spots for the 2014 World Cup, thanks to a 3-1 win over Guatemala in the first round of qualifying. Clint Dempsey scored two goals. The Americans move on to the CONCACAF finals, where the top three out of six teams move on to Brazil.

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