HURRICANE DORIAN

Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas as a Category 5, killing at least 30 people (final death count expected to be “staggering”) and essentially wiping out the place over the course of nearly two days. As Dorian slowly made its way north (moving at just a few miles per hour), it was downgraded to a Category 2, only to quickly be upgraded to a 3 as it moved in on the Carolinas, battering the coast and spawning a bunch of tornadoes. Dorian is now moving northeast at about 15 mph as a Category 1. It is expected to clear the U.S. mainland for good later today and start its trek into the open Atlantic.

CALIFORNIA BOAT FIRE

On the final day of a three-day diving excursion off the coast of Santa Cruz Island in California, a 75-foot vessel called the Conception went up in flames. It was carrying 33 passengers (including a family of five celebrating a birthday) and 6 crew members. Five of six the crew members, who were on the top deck of the ship when the fire broke out on Labor Day morning, jumped off and were rescued by a “good Samaritan” recreational vessel. No one else survived – the blaze blocked their escape routes from the boat’s lower sleeping decks. Authorities are currently investigating potential sources of the deadly fire. One possibility is the cell phone charging station, located directly above the bunk bed areas.

SODA = EARLY DEATH?

A study of nearly half a million people reveals some less-than-refreshing news about soda. It’s all bad, Todd – both the sugary stuff, and the sugar-free…so maybe it’s time to quit, like, now? The study, published a couple of days ago by the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that high consumption (as in 2 or more/day) of sugar-sweetened soft drinks is associated w/digestive disease deaths; high consumption of sugar-free versions is associated w/deaths from circulatory diseases, including coronary artery disease.

OPRAH 2020

We’re talking WELLNESS, Peter…OK? On Wednesday, Oprah announced she is taking her motivational spirit on the road early next year w/an arena tour to promote a healthier lifestyle. The 9-city tour, in collaboration w/Weight Watchers, will begin January 4th, in Ft. Lauderdale, and conclude in Denver on March 7th. This is Oprah’s first national tour in five years. Tickets go on sale (on ticketmaster.com) to the general public beginning Friday, September 13th.