4 things to watch for -- Wednesday, October 2nd

WDIV-TV Local 4's Rhonda Walker

Rhonda Walker: Welcome to October!  It's a favorite time of the year for sports lovers and as metro Detroiters we are home to it all!  NFL and college football in full swing, Red Wings preseason underway, Pistons training camp starts Tuesday and college basketball for Michigan and my Michigan State Spartans is just around the corner. In fact the Spartan men's basketball team was just picked in a league media poll to win the Big Ten for the 3rd straight year!

I'm a huge sports fan and loyal to all our local teams. Personally my favorite spectator sports are football and basketball pro and college and this Sunday I tailgated with friends and was one of the thousands of screaming fans in the stands to witness the Lions nearly pull off an upset of a potential Super Bowl contender. Although we lost, I could not have been more proud of the Lions and how well they played. No one predicted we would lead at times and stay in the game down to the last 15 seconds with a chance to win! It was clear to me I was watching a much different team and perhaps this Matt Patricia era is going to be a game changer. I have to believe playing a team like Kansas City that great going into the bye week has to be a confidence booster and something to build upon when they take on Green Bay at Lambeau on Monday Night Football October 14th. As a fan, it definitely gave me a confidence boost, that and the fact that we have beat the Packers the last 4 meetings.  Let's keep that win streak going!

On Wednesday morning's show, for the love of kids, it's my Brag Book segment! Don't miss the two new local kids I'm bragging about for their outstanding achievements and make sure you nominate a special child you know for my brag book, so I can feature them next week!

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Here's what's coming up on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- Storm Chances

Paul Gross: Showers and thunderstorm chances continue through the day and Wednesday, although I do not expect any severe weather. Highs will range from the upper 70s (26 degrees Celsius) near the state line to the mid 60s (18 degrees Celsius) in our North Zone as a slow moving cold front bisects the area.  Keep in mind that temperatures will drop sharply from the 70s into the 60s when it passes through your area -- it may end up being warmer when you leave for work in the morning than when you head home from work later in the day.

Showers are likely both early and late Wednesday night, with a break in between.  Lows in the mid 50s (13 degrees Celsius).

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be watching the roads for us all morning. She'll have any construction updates and traffic trouble spots for the week.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning -- Rhonda's Brag Book

Do you know a young person who is really making a difference in our community? A standout student, volunteer, star athlete - or all around incredible person?

As Rhonda mentioned, we want you to submit their information on ClickOnDetroit and they could land in Rhonda Walker's brag book! As Rhonda mentioned, she'll show off two incredible students Wednesday.

All Morning -- Flavored Vaping Ban Begins

Starting Wednesday, Michigan vape shops will no longer be able to sell flavored e-cigarettes without being fined or serving possible jail time.

Flavored e-cigarettes come in flavors such as cotton candy and bubble gum, clearly targeting one type of smoker: Kids who otherwise wouldn't pick up a cigarette. The heath risks of these e-cigarettes are still unknown but proven to be dangerous. We'll look at what this ban means for Michigan and the fight to reverse it.

6:40 a.m. -- Wellness Wednesday

Flu shots can't give you the flu, so why do so many people think they do? Dr. Frank McGeorge will show you what really happens when you get a flu shot that causes so much confusion.



Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

National Days: October 2nd

  • National Produce Misting Day 
  • National Custodial Worker's Recognition Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • National Fried Scallops Day
  • National Walk to School Day 
  • National Pumpkin Seed Day 
  • National Coffee with a Cop Day 

History Highlights: October 2nd

  • In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a serious stroke at the White House that left him paralyzed on his left side.
  • In 1950, the comic strip "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers.
  • In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as the court opened its new term.
  • In 1971, the music program "Soul Train" made its debut in national syndication.
  • In 1985, actor Rock Hudson, 59, died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, after battling AIDS.
  • In 2002, the Washington, D.C.-area sniper attacks began, setting off a frantic manhunt lasting three weeks. (John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were finally arrested for killing 10 people and wounding three others; Muhammad was executed in 2009; Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.)

Celebrity Birthdays: October 2nd

Celebrating a birthday Wednesday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Singer Don McLean is 74. 
  • Musician Sting is 68. 
  • Actress Lorraine Bracco ("The Sopranos") is 65. 
  • Actress-talk-show host Kelly Ripa is 49. 
  • Singer Tiffany is 48. 
  • Actor Efren Ramirez ("Napoleon Dynamite") is 46. 
  • Singer LaTocha Scott of Xscape is 46. 
  • Actress Samantha Barks ("Les Miserables") is 29. 

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