4 things to watch for -- Thursday, November 7th


From Jason Carr: This time of year—known as 27 Degrees Week—is tolerable only insofar as…

It warrants retrieving the "Pimp Coat" from the back of my wardrobe. This topcoat, festooned as it is with a faux fur-like collar, was a treasure hunt find of mine from 2016 at Lost & Found vintage in Royal Oak. See photo above.

It is the first full week of No Shave November, or Movember. This movement supports awareness of prostate cancer and is an excellent excuse to get in touch with your inner mountain man. Much to the chagrin of the women folk. Just remember to get all the crumbs out before approaching said women folk.

The maple tree in our front yard is on fire with color, ranging from green to yellow to orange to red. I never get sick of looking at it. It’s in Technicolor Cinemascope.

Turducken. Nuff said. Gobble-quack-bock-bock.

College basketball and the return of the #1 Spart—oh. Right. Wouldn’t be MSU hoops if we actually beat an elite opponent early in the season.

The Lions haven’t been eliminated from playoff contention and still have Thanksgiving to play on. Speaking of which, if politics and beer threaten to sour your family gathering, shock everyone by pulling out a vape and begin huffing. Then fake a choking fit and proceed to “urgent care” (code for Your Friend’s Basement Bar).

Speaking of the bar, the night before Thanksgiving, a.k.a. The Biggest Bar Night of the Year, a.k.a. Friendsgiving to some folks. Uber and Lyft drivers also call it Christmas.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Ramen Tuesday. This last one is my own invention, owing to how broke everyone is after snapping up all those so-called deals. Save your money. And your sanity.

Here’s what’s coming up on Thursday, November 7, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- Overnight Snow

Brandon Roux: Scattered rain and snow showers overnight will turn to plain snow showers before sunrise Thursday, but there’s not a ton of moisture here so it’s not a big concern. Still, streets are slick Thursday morning and temperatures will struggle all day starting in the lower 30s and finishing in the mid to upper 30s, that’s it. The breeze is manageable the next couple of days so it won’t feel brutal outside, just watch out for a few snow showers coming and going not stacking up to anything.

  • Get the full forecast here

All Morning -- Tricky Travel

As Brandon mentioned, the overnight snow chances could impact the morning drive across Metro Detroit. Kim DeGiulio will help us get around the possible trouble spots.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning -- JEOPARDY! James Returns

JEOPARDY! James Holzhauer returns to the national spotlight Wednesday night. Can he keep up his skillful run on the popular trivia show? Remember, he won more than $2 million earlier this year. We'll have a recap of his performance.

6:45 a.m. -- Hidden Holiday Travel Fees

Are you planning holiday travel? You may be surprised at who is charging what, and how it could impact your bottom line. We'll have a Help Me Hank report that could help you save cash.


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.

  • Wednesday Question: It’s National Saxophone Day! What late night TV show did Bill Clinton perform with his sax while running for president in 1992?
  • Answer: The Arsenio Hall Show
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

National Days: November 7th

  • National Cash Back Day
  • National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • National Men Make Dinner Day

History Highlights: November 7th

  • In 1874, the Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly.
  • In 1916, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress, winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • In 1967, Carl Stokes was elected the first black mayor of a major city — Cleveland, Ohio.
  • In 1972, President Richard Nixon was re-elected in a landslide over Democrat George McGovern.
  • In 1980, actor Steve McQueen died in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, at age 50.
  • In 1991, basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for HIV, and was retiring. (Despite his HIV status, Johnson has been able to sustain himself with medication.)
  • In 2008, General Motors Corp. reported a $2.5 billion loss in the third quarter while Ford Motor Co. said it had lost $129 million.

Celebrity Birthdays: November 7th

Celebrating a birthday Thursday? 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 --

  • Actor Barry Newman is 81.
  • Singer Johnny Rivers is 77.
  • Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 76.
  • Actor Christopher Knight (“The Brady Bunch”) is 62.
  • Guitarist Tommy Thayer of Kiss is 59.
  • Actress Julie Pinson (“As the World Turns,” ”Days of Our Lives”) is 52.
  • Actress Michelle Clunie (“Queer as Folk,” ”The Jeff Foxworthy Show”) is 50.
  • Guitarist Zach Myers of Shinedown is 36.
  • Singer Lorde is 23.

Get to know the Local 4 News Today team better

Local 4 News Today links

About the Authors: