THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • The U.S. Census Bureau says that the average American commute grew to just over 27 minutes one way in 2018. All told, the average American worker spent 225 hours, or well over nine full calendar days, commuting in 2018.
  • Comedian Rip Taylor, the King of Confetti, died over the weekend. He was 84.
  • Amy Schumer went back to work doing stand-up two weeks after having her baby.
  • Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from her husband.
  • "Cool Mom" Chrissy Teigen has gotten a tattoo of all her family's birthdays.
  • The Washington Redskins fired Coach Jay Gruden after their team opened the season 0-5. He was summoned to a 5am meeting yesterday so he could be given the news.
  • Former President Jimmy Carter fell at his home over the weekend, giving him a black eye and requiring 14-stitches. He's 95.
  • First Monday in October means the U.S. Supreme Court went back in session yesterday.
  • Amazon is now selling a DIY wood cabin you can supposedly build in 2 days.
  • FOX and Dish have ended the blackout that began on September 26 that came ahead of Sunday's NFL games.
  • This is Nobel Prize Week, when you'll keep hearing about various Nobel Prizes being awarded.
  • Ronnie Ortiz-Magro (from Jersey Shore) is facing a felony kidnapping charge after L.A. police responded to a battery incident at a home he and girlfriend Jen Harley were staying at in Hollywood Hills on Friday.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Larry Junstrom has died at the age of 70. Junstrom quit Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1971 and joined Donnie Van Zant's band .38 Special in 1976, appearing on all 12 of the group's studio albums.
  • An Alabama woman was arrested after asking police to test the purity of her meth.
  • Bob Saget will host "CMT's Nashville Squares," a show that features the "tic-tac-toe" format and features personalities in country music, pop culture, entertainment, sports, fashion and comedy.
  • A Georgia teacher is on leave after saying the Confederate flag means you "intend to marry your sister."
  • Getting concerned about Alex Trebek. He gave a very reflective interview over the weekend where he said he wasn't afraid of dying.
  • In the UK, when Charlotte Watson's dad died four months before her wedding, she had his ashes used to create custom fingernails so he could be with her at her wedding.
  • In St. Louis, there's a new bar that charges by the hour and not the drink. $10 an hour for premium drinks, $20 an hour for top shelf. They scan a driver's license for height and weight to develop a number of drinks an hour to keep patrons within their legal limit. It's called Open Concept.
  • In Philadelphia, they've brought a ghost ship to life by projecting the image of an 18th century ship floating in the water.
  • Yes, that was former President George W. Bush sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres at the Dallas Cowboys game Sunday.

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