Russia and Syria unleashed a coordinated assault by land, air and sea on rebel groups who oppose the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There are now reports that Iran pushed Russia to get involved. NY TIMES
2. GUN CONTROL
HMMM: GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson is being criticized for advising potential victims in a mass shooting to rush the gunman. Carson said he would “not just stand there and let him shoot me.” CBS NEWS
CALL TO ACTION: In the wake of the recent shootings, People magazine is publishing contact information for all 535 members of Congress and urging readers to contact their representatives to make their voices heard about gun laws. PEOPLE
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries, putting her in opposition with President Obama. USA TODAY
We oppose it as well… solely because we hate saying it.
Amazon has launched Amazon Handmade. It’s a site for handmade goods and will compete with Etsy. CNET
Finally, somewhere we can sell our origami owls.
Norwegian Air may add nonstop flights from the U.S. to Europe for as little as $69 by 2017. The airline would use a new narrow-body aircraft that can fly into smaller regional airports instead of JFK and LaGuardia, which have more expensive landing fees. NY POST
Narrower? Even the aisles? In some cultures you have to be married to have your groin that close to someone’s head.
6. RESTAURANT TRENDS
OpenTable says reservations of tables for one are up 62% nationally over the last two years, according to its analysis of its online reservations. Solo diners are the fastest-growing party size. CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“I used to think those people who sat alone at Starbucks writing on their laptops were pretentious posers. Now I know: They are people who have recently moved in with someone.” – Carrie Bradshaw
7. FANTASY SPORTS
Fantasy sports giants FanDuel and DraftKings are banning their personnel from participating in any daily fantasy sports for money. They’ve also launched internal investigations following reports that a DraftKings employee used inside information to place bets. TIME
Of course they cheated and it’s obvious and we are completely jealous we didn’t do it first.
MLB: Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta allowed four hits and no walks in nine innings as Chicago won 4-0 over the Pirates in the NL wild-card game. ESPN
NBA: Knicks coach Derek Fisher drove 95 miles to LA to get into a fight with Memphis Grizzlies forward and former teammate Matt Barnes in California. Fisher is dating Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan, who stars on “Basketball Wives LA.” FOX SPORTS
Nicki Minaj spoke out for the first time about her feud with Miley Cyrus — but she shut down the New York Times interview after the reporter mentioned the feud between Minaj’s boyfriend Meek Mill and Drake and asked if she “thrives on drama.” READ IT
Tabloid OK! is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio and model Kelly Rorhbach are engaged after only four months of dating. But “a source close to Leo” says it’s not true. HOLLYWOOD LIFE
Maybe Leo found out the Victoria’s Secret catalogue is for ordering lingerie, not girlfriends.
11. OTHER SHTUFF
Harvard’s debate team lost a competition against a group of New York prison inmates. The convicts in the prison debate club take courses taught by faculty from nearby Bard College. The Harvard team congratulated the inmates on Facebook. CBS NEWS
“That’s the way you do it. That’s the way you debate.” #FrankTheTank
@bazecraze: The scariest part of my day is when my trainer stops counting to say hi to somebody.
And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Thursday, October 8, 2015…