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Good day to you after a historic night in Major League Baseball gives us all the Chicago Cubs as World Champions. The Cubbies played their hearts out Wednesday night. They came from a three games-to-one deficit to win a rain-delayed extra-inning Game Seven against the Cleveland Indians, 8-7, in the 2016 World Series, ending a Championship drought that lasted for 108 years—the longest in American sports history. More on games’ particulars below…
In local headlines…
The Libertarian candidate for Indiana governor was hospitalized Wednesday night. Rex Bell became ill during an interview with the newspaper in Richmond. He was taken to Reid Hospital, there, for treatment. His campaign rivals wasted no time offering well-wishes. The Democratic candidate John Gregg Tweeted, “On behalf of the Gregg family and the entire campaign, we are praying for Rex Bell & his family tonight.” Republican candidate Eric Holcomb Tweeted, “Janet and I join all Hoosiers in sending our thoughts & prayers to Rex Bell & his family.” There’s no further word on his condition at this time.
Two people were killed overnight downtown at 16th and Illinois Streets when their Tesla Model S—a high end electric car—crashed and disintegrated. It was a fiery crash around 1 a.m. Thursday when the car hit a tree and a parking garage. Officials said witnesses saw the car travelling at a high rate of speed. So that may have been a major factor in the crash, according to Fox 59. Due to the way the car is built—using magnesium batteries, first responders had to extinguish an unusual fire before they could extract the passengers. The female driver died on the scene. The male passenger died a short time later at the hospital. Their identities are unknown. It took the first responders nearly three hours to clean up the crash site due to the crash leaving such a wide field of debris.
Some Hoosiers are on tap to lose their jobs, here in the city. Angie’s List—a major employer—is planning a lay off. It’s unknown how many employees will lose their jobs. The company hasn’t revealed that but they did report this week a nearly $17-million loss for the third-quarter. A company spokesperson said they’re always looking to drive efficiencies and have identified another $15-to-20-million in savings that are primarily workforce related.
At the same time jobs are going, we’ve learned just a few more jobs are coming. ThinkGeek is setting up shop here in Central Indiana. A store in Greenwood Park Mall is scheduled to open on Friday—just south of Indy and another location will open at Castleton Square Mall on November 11 on the city’s far north-east side. Company officials say the new locations will focus on collectibles. Those locations are the first ThinkGeek stores here in the state.
Officials at Anthem Insurance they’ll leave the Obamacare exchange if they can’t make money this year. The Indianapolis-based insurer says 2017 is a ‘critical year’ for the company. Insurers say they can’t make money by offering Obamacare’s broad plans to the smaller-than-expected pool of people buying Obamacare insurance.
Speaking of Obama…
President Barack Obama who is a White Sox die-hard fan Tweeted, “It happened, Cubs win World Series. That’s change even this South Sider can believe in. Want to come to the White House before I leave?” The curse is over. The Cubs beat the Indians in 10 innings, 8-7, in an epic Game Seven of the World Series Wednesday night in Cleveland. The Cubbies have captured their first World Series title since 1908. By the way, First Lady and Chicago native Michelle Obama also expressed her excitement on Twitter saying she has been rooting for the Cubs since she was a kid and that she is so incredibly proud.
As the planning for an official celebration begins—complete with a parade, cleaning crews have their work cut out for them outside Wrigley Field following the Cubs dramatic World Series victory. Fans filled the streets watching the game on giant screens outside the stadium as the Cubs took care of business in Cleveland. Some posts on Twitter are saying a number of cars were smashed in Wrigleyville—the sports-bar filled neighborhood of the legendary stadium. Bottles were thrown and multiple people took down an electric pole and carried it down a street. EMS was called out to the area for a person who fell after climbing up a pole.
NASA got in on the congratulatory fun. The nation’s space agency tweeted congratulations with a picture of Chicago from space after the team’s hard fought win.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cheered-on her hometown Chicago Cubs in their World Series victory Wednesday night, but not in person. Because the game headed to extra innings, Clinton was able to catch the final moments after finishing a campaign rally in Arizona. She watched on an aide’s iPad as she stood by her idling motorcade, cheering. After the win, reporters who were part of the traveling press corps saw Clinton and one of her staffers waving the Cubs’ signature ”W” flags. Clinton grew up in the suburbs of the ‘Chi.’
Clinton campaigns today in North Carolina—a two-city swing while her rival, GOP candidate Donald Trump, will do a two-state swing. Trump starts the day in Florida and winds down this evening in North Carolina, as well.
The teenage girl caught up in former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal says the FBI has victimized her again by putting it in the national spotlight a week before the election. The unidentified 16-year-old told BuzzFeed that she wrote an essay to FBI Director James Comey, accusing him of making her part of “an opportunity for political propaganda.” The teenager says she was interviewed by the FBI for seven hours after the Weiner scandal was made part of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The Des Moines, Iowa police chief is calling the shooting deaths of two Iowa police officers nothing less than calculated murder. Speaking at a news conference Thursday morning, an emotional Chief Dana Wingert said people can argue with him, but he said the deaths were simply, “a cowardly act of calculated murder.” He said that neither of the officer’s families, departments or communities deserved this. The suspect, Scott Michael Greene, is still hospitalized but in police custody in the deaths of Urbandale Officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Police Sergeant Anthony “Tony” Beminio. Both were shot to death while sitting in their patrol cars early Wednesday morning. Heavy.com reported that Greene was recently kicked out of a high school football stadium with the assistance of police for attempting to fly a confederate flag at the game. Also The Des Moines Register newspaper’ Grant Rodgers reported on Twitter that Greene’s neighbors told him, the suspect put a Trump/Pence political sign in his yard two weeks ago. Rogers is covering this story and the suspect’s history of racial and violent run-ins closely HERE.
An $11,000 reward is being offered to help catch whoever set fire to a black church in Greenville, Mississippi and spray painted the words “Vote Trump” on the side of the building. Police said they’ve identified a person of interest in the case but don’t have any real suspects, yet. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the incident that destroyed Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday night. Greenville’s Mayor Errick Simmons believes this attack is a hate crime and said in a statement that it’s being investigated that way. Simmons is a Democrat. But Mississippi’s top election official says people shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about it being politically motivated. Mississippi’s Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says early indications are that it wasn’t.
Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero drove in runs in the tenth inning helping the Chicago Cubs to hang on to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 Wednesday night in the deciding Game Seven of the World Series in Cleveland. The Cubs pulled out the victory despite closer Aroldis Chapman blowing a 6-3 lead in the eighth—that shook Cubs fans to their core and gave Indians fans great hope. The Cubs overcame a three-games-to-one deficit in the best-of-seven series to claim their first title in over 100 years. The Indians are now the longest running current team without winning a championship. Zobrist was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.
The Pacers visit the Bucks tonight at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Indiana will be without guard Rodney Stuckey, who is out with a right hamstring strain. Both teams are 2-and-2 on the year. Tip is at 8 p.m.
Scattered storms Thursday morning end with clouds moving in this afternoon. Today’s High: 67 degrees.
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