A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of kids to the hospital. An owner loses his basketball franchise over a racially charged e-mail. And a fragile truce hangs in the balance in Ukraine.
It's Monday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
Medical mystery: A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals. The culprit? Enterovirus-D68. There are no official numbers nationwide, but one hospital in metro Denver reported treating about 900 children. A CDC official says these cases might just be the "tip of the iceberg." Why has this type of enterovirus, first identified in the 1960s, gotten so out of hand this year? Even experts are stumped.
Countering the threat: President Obama says he'll tell the nation Wednesday "what our game plan is going forward" in the fight against ISIS. The U.S. has already gone on the offensive, launching airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters around a key dam in western Iraq yesterday. But Obama said his speech won't announce the involvement of ground troops.
3. HAWKS E-MAIL
Sense and sensibility: Bruce Levenson's losing his Atlanta Hawks franchise because of an e-mail he wrote three years ago. In the racially charged e-mail, Levenson said the black crowds at Hawks games scared away whites, "and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base." Levenson was pretty outspoken earlier this year when he talked about Donald Sterling, the Clippers owner caught making racist remarks on tape.
Truce in name only?: The fledgling truce between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels began Friday evening, and both sides were already accusing each other of violating it by Saturday. Yesterday, shelling hit areas near two key cities in eastern Ukraine, intensifying fears that the ceasefire may be falling apart.
5. JOAN RIVERS
A stylish sendoff: Joan Rivers' funeral service yesterday was every bit the showbiz affair that the comedienne would have wished for. It was A-list all the way. It was regal, it was elegant and it wasn't without laughter. Rivers, 81, died last Thursday.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- So you think you can dance?: This pint-sized wedding guest will have you questioning your mad moves.
- Put your money where your mouth is: Woman bets man that if he makes the shot, "I will not make you pay one more dollar for anything I want." Bet she's wishing she hadn't said that. (Warning: Crude hand gesture at end)
- You've been doing it wrong: This is how you strike in bowling!
- Score!: The Ohio State University football team lost their game to Virginia Tech 35-21. But the OSU marching band scored big time with this medley of TV theme songs
- Oh deer: You know how, in the Planet of the Apes, a bunch of angry chimpanzees ran across the Golden Gate Bridge. Well, this is the kinder, gentler alternative.