Questions and precautions: Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died yesterday. His death came 10 days after being admitted to a Texas hospital. His family wonders if the outcome would have been different if he had been admitted on September 25, the first time he showed up with a fever and stomach pain. Meanwhile, five of America’s biggest and busiest airports are beefing up protection measures. Now when people arrive at New York’s JFK, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O’Hare and Atlanta international airports from the nations hardest hit by Ebola, they will get a special screening.
Reaching out: It’s a plea by a mom trying to save her son. Paula Kassig, the mother of American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig, has sent a tweet meant for the eyes of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Abdul-Rahman Kassig, whose given name is Peter, was detained on October 1 in eastern Syria while doing humanitarian work. ISIS has threatened to kill him next. Paula Kassig’s message is essentially, let’s talk. No word yet on whether al Baghdadi has replied.
3. ST. LOUIS SHOOTING
Missouri police shooting: An off-duty St. Louis police officer shot and killed a teen last night, firing his gun 17 times, authorities said. Angry residents damaged several police cars in response – even though police say the man fired first. The death comes on the heels of the Michael Brown shooting two months ago in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, and just ahead of “A Weekend of Resistance” in St. Louis where activists will push for movement in the investigation into that case.
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