1. THE KING

Arnold Palmer Dead at 87

Mike Blake/Reuters

Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87. Alastair Johnson, chief executive of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed the businessman, philanthropist, and trailblazing golfer died during the afternoon following complications from heart problems, several days after being admitted to the hospital for a cardiovascular procedure. “We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador,” the U.S. Golf Association said in a statement. “Arnold Palmer will always be a champion, in every sense of the word. He inspired generations to love golf by sharing his competitive spirit, displaying sportsmanship, caring for golfers and golf fans, and serving as a lifelong ambassador for the sport.” Palmer’s accessible public persona and dominance of the sport during the early days of the television era led to him being known as the “King of Golf.”

2. HELL ON EARTH

Air Strikes Pound Rebel-Held Aleppo

Dozens of air strikes hit Aleppo overnight, said Syrian civil defense worker Bebars Mishal. "Especially at night, the bombardment intensifies, it becomes more violent, using all kinds of weapons, phosphorous and napalm and cluster bombs," he said. "Now, there's just the helicopter, and God only knows where it will bomb. God knows which building will collapse." The air strikes got worse after the short-lived ceasefire, brokered by the U.S. and Russia, ended. The Syrian army has reportedly launched a new offensive in the city. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 237 people have died from air strikes in Aleppo since last Monday, when the truce ended.

3. ALARMING

Police: Neighborhood-Watch Group Warns to Watch Young Black Men

Police in Shreveport, Louisiana, are investigating a neighborhood-watch group for allegedly making racist social-media posts and calling for “vigilante justice.” Several members of a neighborhood-watch group in the city’s Broadmoor neighborhood posted comments to Facebook suggesting residents watch for young black men after a spate of car break-ins. One person suggested taking action, writing, “I volunteer for the vigilante justice force!” James Richard, the page’s co-administrator, said several posts that broke rules about abusive or inflammatory comments were deleted. At least one member was blocked from the group for making “blatantly racist” comments, he said. Police were notified about the incident by group members who were alarmed that their children were becoming targets after the racist stereotyping. “I wanted them to do something—people can't play police officers,” said Darcel Moreno, a resident who feared for her two young sons’ safety after the group’s calls for vigilante justice.

Get The Beast in your Inbox
Our newsletters are delivered twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
Daily Digest
The best stories from our journalists
Cheat Sheet
Everything you need to know today, from a variety of sources

By Subscribing I have read and agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

4. TRUTH SQUAD

Debate Commission Chief: Moderators Shouldn’t Fact-Check

Screengrab/CNN

Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said Sunday that she does not believe moderators should play a large role in fact-checking each candidate. Speaking with Brian Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Brown said the candidates should be the judges of what the other says. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica,” Brown said. “And I think it’s better for that person to facilitate, and to depend on the candidates to basically correct each other as they see fit.” The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is on Monday. NBC’s Lester Holt is the moderator.

5. BACK TO NORMAL

Curfew Lifted in Charlotte After Days of Protests

Mike Blake/Reuters

The mayor of Charlotte has lifted a curfew in the city after several days of protests following the fatal police shooting of a black man. Mayor Jennifer Roberts had imposed the curfew last Thursday as the protests spiralled out of control, with one demonstrator fatally shot during the protests. On Sunday night, however, Roberts said the curfew, from midnight to 6 a.m., would no longer be in effect. Protesters have continued to march through the city's streets since Keith Scott was shot on Tuesday, but the release of police video of Scott's death on Saturday seems to have calmed things down.

6. FREE EXPRESSION

Oculus Execs Weigh In on Palmer Luckey’s Anti-Hillary Funding Efforts

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Oculus executives are breaking their silence on founder Palmer Luckey’s funding of anti-Hillary Clinton Internet memes, a story first reported by The Daily Beast. In a Facebook post on Friday, Lucky apologized for “the impact” of his actions and said he is voting for Gary Johnson in the presidential election, not Donald Trump. The comapny’s CEO, Brendan Iribe, wrote on Facebook that Luckey is “free to support the issues or causes that matter to [him], whether or not we agree with those views.” He added: “It is important to remember that Palmer acted independently in a personal capacity, and was in no way representing the company.” Jason Rubin, Oculus’ head of studios, said he takes Luckey at his word after reading his post, despite evidence that Luckey was not telling the whole truth about his invovlement.

7. TIP-TOEING

Pence: Trump’s Gennifer Flowers Invite Was a Joke

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Sunday said Donald Trump’s invitation to Gennifer Flowers to sit in the front row at Monday’s presidential debate was simply a joke. Bill Clinton admitted to having a sexual relationship with Flowers. The Indiana governor said Trump wanted to mock Mark Cuban, a Hillary Clinton supporter, for his threat to sit in the front row during the debate. Despite Flowers tweeting her support of Trump and acknowledging that she will be there, Pence said she will not be in attendance.

“Donald Trump was using the tweet yesterday really to mock the effort by Hillary Clinton and her campaign to distract attention from where the American people are going to be focused tomorrow night, which on the issues, on the choice that we face,” Pence said on Fox News Sunday.

8. CONGRATS

Jane Pauley Named Anchor of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

Jim Ruymen JR/reuters

Jane Pauley was named the new anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS News announced Sunday morning. Pauley is replacing Charles Osgood, who is retiring after 22 years at the helm of the show. She starts in her new role on October 9. “Charles Osgood set the standard from ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’ And it’s an honor to be given the chance to further our show’s legacy of excellence,” she said. CBS News President David Rhodes called Pauley the “ideal host” for the show.

9. NO TRIAL

Jordanian Writer Who Shared Anti-Islam Cartoon Murdered

Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Nahed Hattar, a Jordanian writer who allegedly shared an anti-Islam cartoon on Facebook, was killed on Sunday outside a courthouse in Amman, according to the country’s state news agency. Hattar, an activist and supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was standing trial for accusations of insulting Allah. The cartoon shows a bearded man smoking a cigarette and lying in bed with two women as he asks Allah for a drink. A source said the gunman, who was arrested at the scene, was a 39-year-old Muslim preacher. “The law will be strictly enforced on the culprit who did this criminal act and will hit with an iron first anyone who tries to harm the state of law,” a government spokesman said.

10. VINDICATION

Athletes Expelled From 1968 Olympics for Protest Invited to White House

Alex Gallardo/Reuters

Two black U.S. medalists who were expelled from the 1968 Olympic Games for staging a protest on the podium have been invited to the White House. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the two men featured in the iconic photo with their raised-fist protest at the Mexico City Games, have been invited by the U.S. Olympic Committee to attend a White House gala and meet President Barack Obama, Carlos told Reuters. The invite stands in stark contrast to the treatment the men received following their demonstration against racial inequality. The competitors in the 200-meter track event were suspended from the U.S. Olympic team over their protest and sent back to the U.S. “It was against the charter of the Olympic Committee to make a political statement at the victory podium,” Carlos told Reuters in a phone interview. At a time when the fight for civil rights in the U.S. was especially turbulent, the two men famously bowed their heads and thrust their fists into the air while the U.S. national anthem played. Carlos said he does not expect an apology from the U.S. Olympic Committee after all these years, but he does hope they have a better understanding of the protest now. “Time has gone by to the point where they had to take a look at themselves and say, ‘These guys weren’t bad guys,’” Carlos said. “‘They were courageous enough to make a statement for what they believed in.’”