On the Radar: Texas fire, Wall Street protest, Halloween costumes
A firefighter works among the rubble of a Bastrop County, Texas, home in September.
October 5th, 2011
06:01 AM ET

On the Radar: Texas fire, Wall Street protest, Halloween costumes

Three things you need to know today.

Texas fire: Firefighters in Bastrop County, Texas, continue to battle on Wednesday a blaze that sprang up Tuesday near where fire destroyed more than 1,500 homes in September.

About 1,000 acres were burning with multiple street evacuations, according to Sissy Jones, spokeswoman with the Bastrop County sheriff's office.

"We have had to evacuate 30 homes in the area," John Nichols, public information officer with the Texas Forest Service, told CNN. A highway in the area was closed because of the fire, he added.

The area that was burning is in the northeast portion of the county near the town of McDade, Texas. The cause of the fire was unknown, authorities said.

Wall Street protest: Labor unions were poised Wednesday to join the Occupy Wall Street protest as similar demonstrations were springing up outside New York City.

"These young people on Wall Street are giving voice to many of the problems that working people in America have been confronting over the last several years," Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which has 20,000 member in the New York area, told CNN.

Transport Workers Union Local 100 spokesman Jim Gannon said the Occupy Wall Street movement, which denounces social inequities in the financial system and draws inspiration from the Arab Spring revolutions in Africa and the Middle East, has advanced issues that unions typically support.

Meanwhile, a Twitter account called Occupy Boston mentions a city-wide college walkout there Wednesday. The Massachusetts Nurses Association says "hundreds" of the city's nurses will rally with the Occupy Boston protestors on Wednesday. The Nurses Association says the protest will be part of the opening day activities for a national nursing convention being held in Boston.

Halloween costumes: Charlie Sheen, the former star of TV's "Two and a Half Men" who was fired from the popular sitcom earlier this year, is the most popular Halloween costume for 2011, CNNMoney reports.

Top choices for women include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Snooki from the "Jersey Shore," the report says, citing figures from Spirit Halloween, the country's largest seasonal Halloween retailer.

As for kids' costumes, expect to be seeing a lot of Angry Birds on your doorstep on Halloween night, the report says.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. audit the federal reserve located here

    Protesting says you did 'something'. But it will always be nothing until the fed is audited. It never has been ya know.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. audit the federal reserve located here

    Of course they audit themselves, dummy. Have you ever seen the results? No, you have not. There has never been a Congress or a President that would even allow the results of an audit to be released! Let alone allow US a public audit. Now go stomp around wall street if it will make you feel better.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Peanuts

    D@mn! Those smelly hippies are still at it?!
    For the love of god! Air pollution is bad enough around NYC.
    These hippies need to move along and get an actual job. They complain about the economy. Get an F'in job!

    October 5, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • catherine

      That is sad i wish there is something that we can do to help.

      October 5, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Peanuts

    Simple solution for the supposedly planned Boston Protest, if I were a professor at the colleges: threaten that any students missing class on any day of the protest is guaranteed to fail. BAM! Problem solved. Education is more important than standing in a circle-jerk pow-wow with a bunch of stinky hippies!

    October 5, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I was told that the audit will never, ever be released, and there was nothing the American people could do about it.
    What? You knew that already, dummy?
    Then why give information that we'll never be able to act upon?
    It's better to 'stomp' around Wall St., et al, than kvetch about something we can't act upon...

    October 5, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeffrey

    I don't see any coverage of this story" http://en.m4.cn/2011/10/03/secret-us-israeli-nuke-transfers-led-to-fukushima-blasts/
    Or that NATO has lost in their attempt to take over Libya http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/conflicts/04-10-2011/119217-libya_nato-0/ Pretty crummy radar. Only the two biggest stories of the day.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. tia

    Well, Robert Plant is in the area.....it's gonna get HOT. Ha.

    October 5, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Bonjour, mes amis!
    I'm in agreement with Peanuts, although I think that the protesters' plight is far more complex than it appears in his statements. I think that Peanuts knows that too and writes concisely.
    Of course, there is corruption on Wall Street. I used to know one of the smartest manipulators there pretty well. He made a lot of money for himself (advancing the cash for his daughter's massive diamond engagement ring), and he gave me some good business advice (not stock tips). When I asked him, "aren't there some things that go on that we don't know about," he said yes.
    Still, this country without Wall Street would not function at all. Realism demands that we accept some bad things with what is good in life.
    Many of the Wall Street protesters don't have any valid idea what is wrong with this economy, and many of them could not perform any job requiring literacy and thinking if they got one. That includes many of those with graduate degrees from some kind of college or university.

    October 5, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I read a comment here to the effect that "anybody should be able to go to Harvard or Yale."
    That is ridiculous. There must be some elite schools, or the highest level of education will be lowered.
    Equal opportunity for all citizens does not insure that all humans are equally capable. Read Plato again: democracy does not require trimming the highest growth of a wheat field to the level of mediocrity.

    October 5, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Good morning, JIF.

    October 5, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. petercha

    That's so sad – Texas getting hit with more fires. My prayers and best wishes for my fellow Americans in the great state of Texas.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Good morning, banasy.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ jeffrey:
    I'm glad you brought that up.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. volksmaniac

    Well , with the union thugs joining the fray , there will soon be violence . It happens every time . That's how they operate. Intimidation and violence .

    October 5, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. jay

    This is were the worlds speculatuion demons have taken us – simple we the world are most likely beyond financial recovery. Its just a matter of time before the implosion of many goverments through out the world occur (a domino effect), they will have too at one point in the future simply admit that its not going to happen(financial recovery).Realisticly, the world economic situation will not be able to recover to pre 2008 economic growth and of course corporate speculation (greed).... Globalization is certainly one of several culprits – but, nobody has the will to accept that over population of us humans is genuine and probably one of the main reasons contributing to all this mess.....

    October 5, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
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