Monday, October 29, 2012
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Sunny skies and cooler temps welcome in the last week of October. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 52 today with a gradual warming through the week.

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On October 29 in

1929 Wall Street crashed on "Black Tuesday," heralding the beginning of America's Great Depression.

1940 Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number ‹ 158 ‹ in America's first peacetime military draft.

1956 During the Suez Canal crisis, Israel invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

1960 A chartered plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University football team crashed on takeoff from Toledo, Ohio, killing 22 of the 48 people on board.

1966 The National Organization for Women was formally organized during a conference in Washington, D.C.

1967 Expo 67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, closed after six months.

1998 Sen. John Glenn, at age 77, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he'd blazed for America's astronauts 36 years earlier.

In The Star

Oct. 29, 1937, in The Star: The Anniston City Council last night voted to buy a radio system for the Anniston Police Department. Just what kind of system will be installed apparently was to be decided by the cost of installation. The council favored what is known as an "ultra high frequency" system good for local transmission with a rebroadcast of items of local

importance from the conventional band receiver now in local police headquarters. In other business, the council refused to allocate $300 to the Chamber of Commerce; expectation that it might do so had earlier roused strong protest in the labor community. Also this date: An advertisement placed by Calhoun Motor Co., 21-23 E. 13th St., tells the potential car buyer that it's now the dealership for DeSotos and Plymouths. C. J. Alford is general manager. Additionally: A reader with Oxford allegiance, Dawson Haynes, has taken issue with a previous editorial strongly suggesting that the route of the Bankhead Highway be changed to completely avoid an intersection where several wrecks have occurred in downtown Oxford. The writer facetiously suggests establishing the highway's route so that it stays south of Anniston and Oxford, thereby cutting both off from its traffic. "I sincerely hope this letter will open the eyes of some people and Oxford and Anniston can get together and work together and stop trying to hurt one another."

Oct. 29, 1987, in The Star: An estimated 16 to 20 students were sent home from Anniston High School yesterday morning for non-payment of fees for some elective courses. Principal John Toland said the students were denied all classes at the high school because their parents had made no effort to pay the fees and had not contacted the school to make arrangements for alternative payment plans. Toland likened the action to a power cutoff after a power bill has gone unpaid too long. Anniston Board of Education Vice President Barbara Childs said the high school student handbook alerts students such action may be taken to collect outstanding student debts. An attorney general's opinion dating from the 1970s says fees may not be charged for required courses in high schools, but can be charged in elective courses that use special materials.

Today's birthdays:

Bluegrass singer-musician Sonny Osborne (The Osborne Brothers) is 75.
Country singer Lee Clayton is 70.
Rock musician Denny Laine is 68.
Singer Melba Moore is 67.
Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 65.
Actress Kate Jackson is 64.
Actor Dan Castellaneta ("The Simpsons") is 55.
Country musician Steve Kellough (Wild Horses) is 55.
Comic strip artist Tom Wilson ("Ziggy") is 55.
Actress Joely Fisher is 45.
Musician Toby Smith is 42.
Actress Winona Ryder is 41.
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is 40.
Actor TrevorLissauer is 39.
Actress Gabrielle Union is 39.
Actress Milena Govich is 36.
Actor Jon Abrahams is 35.
Actor Brendan Fehr is 35.
Actor Ben Foster is 32.
Rock musician Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend) is 28.

TV listings

Movie: The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, 6 p.m. on HBO: Weaving together the narratives of doctors, students, parents and successful professionals, this documentary sheds new light on the often-misunderstood neurological disorder that hampers the brain's ability to comprehend the written word. Director/producer James Redford, whose son is dyslexic, explores the topic from a variety of perspectives, including medical experts, children with the disorder and professionals who have fought to overcome it.

Scare Tactics, 6:30 p.m. on SyFy: Tracy Morgan hosts this special 3 1/2-hour marathon of new episodes, featuring more hidden-camera pranks with a sci-fi/horror twist. In the opener, "Driver's Dead," singer/actress Brooke Hogan makes her Scare Tactics debut as a ravenous zombie. Additionally, sexy witches persuade a handyman to help them in an off-kilter ritual, and a repo man tries to avoid being turned into a human doll by a deranged shut-in.

90210, 7 p.m. on CW: Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) plans to tell Max (Josh Zuckerman) about Alec's (Trai Byers) kiss during a romantic getaway, but she freaks out over a trust exercise. Meanwhile, Annie's (Shenae Grimes) new prospect (Rob Mayes) helps remove nude pictures of Silver (Jessica Stroup) from the Internet in this new episode.

Gossip Girl, 8 p.m. on CW: At an event with Manhattan's elite, Chuck (Ed Westwick) hopes to find the person who can tell him the truth about his father (Robert John Burke). Serena and Steven (Blake Lively, Barry Watson) share their romantic pasts, with unexpected results in this new episode.

Hoarders, 8 p.m. on A&E: Susan fancies herself a dealer in used cars and electronics, but she takes in far more stuff than she sells. She was recently out looking for more when a thief broke in and terrorized her disabled mother. Also in this new episode, the cleanup crew works with Michael, whose hoarding stems from his childhood as the son of an SS member in Nazi Germany.

Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m. on CBS: It's Halloween, which ratchets up the weirdness for McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and the Five-0 team as they investigate a particularly gruesome murder with a ritualistic connection. The evidence indicates that this won't be the last killing, so they have to act fast in the new episode.

Revolution, 9:01 p.m. on NBC: Miles (Billy Burke) takes the gang to visit an old acquaintance in hopes of getting medical help for the injured Nora (Daniella Alonso), but the detour takes them into unfriendly territory. Aaron (Zak Orth) reflects on his life before and since the blackout in this new episode.

Castle, 9:01 p.m. on ABC: Beckett's (Stana Katic) investigation of a gruesome ritualistic murder ‹ Hey! Are Castle and Hawaii 5-0 sharing writers?? ‹ turns up a surprise: evidence that links Castle (Nathan Fillion) to the crime. There must be some mistake, right? Yeah, it's a new episode.

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