It’s Friday! Time for News & Booze…

1. FIRST CASE OF EBOLA IN NYC  

NEW CASE: A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola. 33-year-old Craig Spencer had a high fever and nausea Wednesday night and was rushed by ambulance to the Bellevue Hospital. CNN

SPENCER’S RECENT ACTIVITY: Spencer works at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. On Wednesday night, just hours before developing symptoms, he took an Uber cab to the Gutter Bowling Alley in Williamsburg. He also rode the subway. NY DAILY NEWS 

 

2. OTTAWA SHOOTING 

THE GUNMAN: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had converted to Islam and is believed to have had connections to other radical jihadists in Canada. It’s not clear whether he had accomplices in the attack. CNN

THE PLAN: Police say Zehaf-Bibeau has a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a “radicalization process.” REUTERS

 

3. CRIME 
New York City police are trying to figure out what caused a man carrying a hatchet to attack a group of police officers. There are reports 32-year-old Zale Thompson could ties to Islamic terrorism. CNN

4. POLITICS 

A U.S. Treasury official says ISIS is funded by oil smuggling, sex slaves trafficking, kidnapping and other crimes. He accused ISIS fighters of “going home to home, business to business, demanding cash at gunpoint.”  YAHOO NEWS

5. TECH 

Facebook’s new iOS app Rooms lets people chat in groups about specific topics, posting photos, videos and text. Some compare it to the early days of the Internet, when people chatted in forums. CNET

It won’t be the same without dialup-modem squawking. You’ve.Got.Mail. 

 

6. STOCK MARKET 

The Dow climbed more than 200 points and almost saw its best day of the year yesterday, thanks to strong earnings reports from companies like General Motors, Southwest Airlines and Caterpillar. USA TODAY

 

7. BUSINESS  

Starbucks’ newest seasonal drink, the Chestnut Praline Latte, will be available nationwide on November 12. Some predict it will be as popular as Starbucks’ famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. HUFFINGTON POST

Because nothing says “morning” like 20 ounces of coffee candy. 

 

8. SPORTS 

Serena Williams said she received a written apology from Shamil Tarpischev, the Russian tennis official who referred to the Williams sisters as “brothers” and said on a TV talk show that they were “scary” to look at. LA TIMES

 

9. ENTERTAINMENT  

Fox is working on a half-hour television series based on Will Smith and Kevin James’ 2005 hit movie Hitch. No word on who will play the “Love Doctor.” DEADLINE

Words to live by: Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.

 

10. WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

John Wick: Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist. An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him. REVIEW

Ouija: Starring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff. A group of friends must confront their greatest fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. REVIEW

Sounds like an analog version of World of Warcraft.

 

11. OTHER SHTUFF   

Booking a plane ticket? A new study finds you can get the least expensive fares if you book on Sunday, followed by Saturday. Average ticket prices are most expensive on Monday. WALL STREET JOURNAL

Because airlines know you’re never more desperate to book a trip than when you stumble into work on a Monday.

 

RETWEET

@capricecrane: Yes, my cell phone has voice mail, but that’s just to filter out the idiots who still think I use it for calls.

 

And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Friday, October 24, 2014…

 

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