Things you should know today: 10/17/18


Puppeteer who played Big Bird on ‘Sesame Street’ retiring

In this April 10, 2008 file photo, Big Bird reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street in New York. The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on “Sesame Street” is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show. Caroll Spinney tells the New York Times that Thursday, Oct. 18, will be his last day on the program, which he joined from the start in 1969. In addition to Big Bird, the 84-year-old was also Oscar the Grouch. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Carrol Spinney, who has played both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” since joining the show in 1969, announced his retirement Oct. 17. Matt Vogel, who is known for playing Kermit the Frog and Count von Count, will now play Big Bird.

The Latest: Turkish police arrive at Saudi consul residence

Security officials secure an entrance as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 17. On Wednesday a pro-government Turkish newspaper published a report made from what they described as an audio recording of Saudi writer and journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged torture and slaying at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at Istanbul’s Saudi Consulate, a pro-government Turkish newspaper reported Oct. 17. The newspaper cited an audio recording of the torture and death of the writer. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saudi Arabia committed to investigate and hold accountable any suspects in the case, including members of the royal family.

Russian official: Student gunman killed 17 at Crimea college

In this image made from video, showing the scene as emergency services load an injured person onto a truck, in Kerch, Crimea, Wednesday, Oct. 17. An explosive device has killed several people and injured at least 50 others at a vocational college in Crimea Wednesday in what Russian officials have called a possible terrorist attack. (Kerch FM News via AP)

A student gunman killed 17 and injured at least 40 before killing himself at a vocational college in Crimea. The shooting was originally reported by Russian officials as a gas explosion or possibly a terrorist attack. Witnesses and an investigative committee have said the victims died as a result of gunshot wounds.

KSL creates local Halloween activities map

KSL is compiling a map of haunted houses and spook alleys in Utah, including some close to the BYU campus. Anyone can submit a place to be added to the map or use it to plan Halloween festivities.


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