KAVANAUGH INVESTIGATION… The White House announced yesterday that it is authorizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview anyone the agency deems necessary in its probe into sexual-misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The announcement came just a day after the administration was heavily criticized for its efforts to limit the scope of the investigation. “The F.B.I. should interview anybody that they want within reason, but you have to say within reason,” President Trump said during a press conference.
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS MISSING IN MISSOURI… An audit has discovered that the whereabouts of 1,259 registered sex offenders in Missouri are unknown. About eight percent of the 16,000 sex offenders in the state have not been accounted for, and they include including hundreds of offenders in the “most dangerous category,” authorities revealed. “Inadequate enforcement of the registration requirement at the local level,” was blamed for the missing offenders.
LAS VEGAS MASSACRE VICTIMS REMEMBERED… Victims of the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history were remembered yesterday on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. Mourners gathered at a sunrise service to remember 58 people were killed a year ago yesterday when a sniper opened fire at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas. Investigators say gunman Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,100 rounds from his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay into a crowd of 22,000 people before taking his own life as police arrived. At yesterday’s service, friends and family members of those slain or wounded bowed their heads for 58 seconds of silence before a choral group sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and bagpipes played.
MEDAL OF HONOR AWARDED… A former Green Beret was awarded the Medal of Honor yesterday for his actions on April 6, 2008, in the Shok Valley of Afghanistan. Ex-Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer II is credited with saving the lives of wounded teammates when his team was under several hours of sniper fire, rocket-propelled grenades and a hail of bullets. The 39-year-old Shurer is from Puyallup, Washington, and is a graduate of Washington State University.
U.S. RESEARCHER SHARES NOBEL PRIZE… A U.S. researcher, along with a Japanese colleague, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery that a body’s immune system can fight off the scourge of cancer. The prize is shared by American James Allison and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University. Their parallel work constitutes “a landmark in our fight against cancer,” according to the award committee.
COSBY DEFAMATION SUIT CAN PROCEED… The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday rejected Bill Cosby’s bid to avoid a defamation lawsuit brought by a former model who claimed the comedian tried to destroy her reputation after she publicly accused him of rape. The decision frees a lawsuit brought by Janice Dickinson in state court in California to proceed. In a 2014 television interview, Dickinson said Cosby raped her in 1982. In response, Cosby’s lawyer Martin Singer sent letters to other media outlets warning them not to publish Dickinson’s “defamatory fabrication,” adding that she was “seeking publicity to bolster her fading career.”
CARDI B SURRENDERS TO COPS… Hip-hop star Cardi B turned herself in to New York City police yesterday morning and is facing misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and assault for her role in a fight at a strip club in late August. The singer re-emerged with her lawyer, Jeff Kern. The platinum rapper was at the club on August 29 while her husband and fellow rapper, Offset, was performing there with his group Migos. The group has been on the road with its Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour with Drake.
MLB POSTSEASON UNDERWAY TODAY… Major League Baseball’s postseason arrives today after the regular season was extended by a day to decide two National League division winners and both NL wild cards. Today’s action features the NL wild-card game between the Cubs and Rockies in Chicago. It will be a matchup of lefthanders as Jon Lester (18-6) gets the start for the Cubs and will be opposed by the Rockies’ Kyle Freeland (17-7). First pitch is set for 8 p.m. Eastern. The winner advances to open National League Division Series play at Central Division-champion Milwaukee on Thursday.
IN YESTERDAY’S MLB TIE-BREAKERS…
Milwaukee 3 – CHI. CUBS 1… The Brewers handled the Cubs to complete their late-season charge by capturing the NL Central Division title and claiming home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The only hit starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin allowed over 5-2/3 innings was an Anthony Rizzo solo homer. Lorenzo Cain singled home Orlando Arcia with a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning and Ryan Braun followed with an RBI single. Arcia also scored the game’s first run on Christian Yelich’s third-inning single. Yelich was 3-for-4 on the day and his .326 average on the season gave Milwaukee its first-ever batting champion. Yelich’s quest to win the triple crown came up short, however, as he finished two homers behind league-leader Nolan Arenado (38-36) and one RBI behind Javier Baez’s league-leading 111.
L.A. DODGERS 5 – Colorado 2… The Dodgers cruised past the Rockies to claim their sixth straight NL West Division title. Starter Walker Buehler (8-5) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and helped himself at the plate with an RBI single. Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy hit two-run homers for the Dodgers, who host Atlanta on Thursday in Game 1 of the NLDS. L.A. has announced that Clayton Kershaw gets the start while the Braves are expected to counter with righthander Mike Foltynewicz.
BATTING: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee, .326
HOME RUNS: Nolan Arenado, Colorado, 36
RBI: Javier Baez, Chi. Cubs, 111
STOLEN BASES: Trea Turner, Washington, 43
WINS: Miles Mikolos, St. Louis, and Max Scherzer, Washington, 18
ERA: Jacob deGrom, N.Y. Mets, 1.70
STRIKEOUTS: Max Scherzer, Washington, 300
SAVES: Wade Davis, Colorado, 43
BATTING: Mookie Betts, Boston, .346
HOME RUNS: Khris Davis, Oa kland, 48
RBI: J.D. Martinez, Boston, 130
STOLEN BASES: Whit Merrifield, Kansas City, 45
WINS: Blake Snell, Tampa Bay, 21
ERA: Blake Snell, Tampa Bay, 1.89
STRIKEOUTS: Justin Verlander, Houston, 290
SAVES: Edwin Diaz, Seattle, 57
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Kansas City 27 – DENVER 23… The Chiefs (4-0) overcame a 23-14 fourth-quarter deficit and held off the Broncos (3-2). Patrick Mahomes passed for 304 yards and a touchdown. Kadeem Hunt rushed for 121 yards and a score.