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Inside Daily Brief (Aug 31st, 2019)

1. 🌀 Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 4, continues to intensify as it approaches the Bahamas. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is warning residents to prepare for a “multi-day event,” asking them to heed local authority evacuation calls. Overnight, the storm’s track shifted east, turning toward the north earlier than originally expected, but the cone of uncertainty still includes much of Florida where a state of emergency has been declared. The storm’s new track has it skirting along the East Coast as it heads for Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. On Saturday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a state of emergency ahead of the storm. -- NBC NEWS

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2. ⚾ A medical examiner has ruled that Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol. The coroner said Skaggs died in July after choking on his vomit and had a toxic mix of alcohol and painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system. His family says drugs were “out of character” for him. Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus says the coroner’s report “doesn’t change” that “we lost a friend, a teammate and we still miss him.” Skaggs missed the 2015 season recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, and also spent significant time on the injured list in the past two seasons due to muscle strains. -- BBC

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3. 📺 Celebrities and fans are reacting to the death of actress Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern on the iconic 1970s television shows "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda." Harper died Friday at 80. Ed Asner, who played Lou Grant, said Harper was “a beautiful woman, a wonderful actress, a great friend… her brilliance burst through and shined its light upon all of us. Goodnight beautiful. I’ll see you soon.” Gavin MacLeod, who played Murray Slaughter, told the AP his "life has been so enriched by having the experience of working with Valerie and calling her a friend." After being diagnosed in 2009 with lung cancer, Harper was told she only had a few months to live when she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in 2013. -- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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4. 🎾 Teenage tennis superstar Coco Gauff will face Naomi Osaka, the number one player in the world, in the US Open tonight. After soaring to stardom at Wimbledon, it’s another impressive run for 15-year-old Coco, the youngest American woman to reach the third round at the US Open since 1991. Last year, Osaka upset tennis great Serena Williams to win the 2018 US Open. Williams called today's match “the future of women’s tennis.” The two face off Saturday at 7 p.m. -- ESPN

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5. Authorities say at least ten teens were injured Friday night after a shooting at an Alabama high school football game. Half of those injured are considered to be in critical condition. Those victims were at Ladd-Peebles Stadium near Mobile for the game between Leflore and Williamson high schools when shots rang out. As police interview witnesses, it is unclear whether there was a fight before the gunfire. Authorities say two people are in custody. -- CBS NEWS

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6. 🌎 The Taliban launched a new attack on Kunduz, one of Afghanistan's largest cities, early Saturday morning. Three civilians were killed along with 36 Taliban fighters after Afghan National Security Forces retook control of the city later in the day. The large scale Taliban attack comes less than two weeks after the terror group attacked Balkh province and closed in on the city of Mazar-E Sharif. Kunduz city was captured in 2016 and 2017 by the Taliban. -- THE GUARDIAN

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7. 🏈 Must-watch college football games:

  • Duke v. #2 Alabama (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC): The Crimson Tide returns after a loss to Clemson in the 2018 National Championship game to take on the Blue Devils, who finished the 2018 season #6 in the ACC Coastal Division. Duke hasn't defeated Alabama since 1945.
  • #16 Auburn v. #11 Oregon (7:30 p.m. ET on ABC): Kickoff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, both teams start the 2019 season with national championship hopes. Auburn is the 3.5-point favorite.
  • #3 Georgia at Vanderbilt (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN): Despite the home field advantage for Vandy, George enters this SEC opener as a 22-point favorite.
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8. 📚 Book of the week: The Nightingale” tells the story of two sisters in France during World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.

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10. 🎙 Podcasts of the Week: The Joe Rogan Experience, Pod Save America, and Fantasy Football Today Podcast

 

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Curated and written by Heather Long, a South Carolina-based journalist with experience in local and national news. When she’s not writing, you can find her renovating her home in Greenville (a must visit), doing homework for her master's degree from Harvard or cheering on the Clemson Tigers. Follow her on Instagram at @heatherjayde.

Editor: Kim Lyons, Inside.com managing editor and Pittsburgh-based journalist.

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