1. According to Yahoo! News, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump apparently said his prayers before Sunday evening’s presidential debate. Dr. Ben Carson, who has been serving as a top surrogate for Trump since ending his own presidential campaign, told Yahoo News that Trump prayed with James Robison, a televangelist and founder of the Christian relief organization LIFE Outreach International. The debate came amid controversy over a 2005 video that leaked to the press on Friday and showed Trump making lewd comments and describing trying to “grab” women. According to Carson, Trump’s prayers included asking for forgiveness. “I know he prayed this morning with James Robison and we talked about it,” Carson said. Yahoo News asked Carson for further details about Trump’s morning prayers. “He is coming ever closer to the Lord,” Carson said of Trump. Carson was asked if the prayers included Trump asking for forgiveness. “Yes. Absolutely,” Carson replied.
2. According to the Christian Post, controversial senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Eddie Long, returned to his flock Sunday after rumors emerged last week that he allegedly traveled to Mexico to receive treatment for his undisclosed “health challenge.” New Birth released a single low quality photograph taken from a distance and accentuated with virtual marker arrows to help identify their pastor waving and smiling alongside his spiritual son Pastor Brian Tamaki of New Zealand’s Destiny Church who was part of a celebration of the bishop’s 29 years in ministry on Sunday. Other photos of the celebration posted online were similarly long shot photos. Prior to the release of this photograph, New Birth officials had declined to comment on the exact date of Long’s return to church and did not respond to questions about his health from The Christian Post. Some of Long’s followers like Carla Tucker declared Long’s appearance in church Sunday as a sign of God’s healing.
3. According to WHAS 11, the first black student at Yale was not allowed to speak in class. Now, his name will be repeated every day. On October 6, Dean of Yale Divinity School Gregory Sterling dedicated a classroom in honor of James Pennington, the first black student at Yale. Pennington, who escaped slavery in 1837, was not allowed to speak, ask questions, use the library or even earn an official degree from Yale despite attending classes at the Divinity School. After his time at Yale, Pennington served as the pastor of the First Hartford Colored Congregational Church and also was the first African-American pastor at New Haven’s Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ. He went on to become an abolitionist in New York and is known for caring for former captives of the infamous ship Amistad, who were supposed to be sold as slaves but took over the ship and served jail sentences in New Haven. 2016 Yale Divinity School graduate Lecia Allman led the campaign to honor Pennington, who is one of her personal heroes.
4. According to the Associated Press, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, whose career included internationally high-profile cases in private practice as well as a stint as federal prosecutor, died Sunday after a battle with cancer, just days after announcing he would be undergoing treatment. He was 50. Thompson’s family said he died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Ken was a dedicated public servant who embodied the highest principles of the law, and his grand presence will be sorely missed,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He said flags would be flown at half-staff on Monday in tribute to Thompson. Thompson had announced last Tuesday that he would be taking absences from his position to undergo treatment for cancer, saying, “As a man of intense faith, I intend to fight and win the battle against this disease.” He didn’t specify what kind of cancer he had. Thompson is survived by his wife and two children, as well as his mother, father, brother and sister.
5. According to CBS Sports, Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem has become a hot-button issue since August when the protest started. On one side, you have people like President Obama, who supports Kaepernick’s ‘constitutional right’ to protest. On the other side, though, there’s plenty of people like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who completely disagrees with the way Kaepernick’s protesting. During a recent interview with Yahoo!, Ginsberg called Kaepernick’s protest ‘disrespectful.’ “I think it’s really dumb of them,” Ginsburg said of the protesters, via ESPN.com. “Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful.” The Supreme Court Justice doesn’t necessarily disagree with the issue that Kaepernick’s protesting, she’s just not happy with how he’s doing it.
6. According to USA Today, Tiger Woods will not play in the Safeway Open this week or the Turkish Open next month, postponing his highly anticipated return to competitive golf. “After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey,” Woods posted on tigerwoods.com Monday afternoon. “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be. Woods, a 14-time major champ, hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015. He has missed considerable playing in recent years dealing with injuries to his back, left knee, elbow, neck and wrist. He committed to play in the Safeway Open last Friday and was scheduled to pair with NBA superstar Stephen Curry during Wednesday’s Pro-Am.
7. According to NY Daily News, Dr. Dre doesn’t want an upcoming biopic giving him a bad rap. The hip-hop mogul is threatening a lawsuit against Sony if the studio’s new made-for-TV movie, “Surviving Compton: Dre Suge & Michel’le,” portrays him as a woman beater, TMZ reports. Members of the hit-making rapper and producer’s legal team reportedly dispatched a cease and desist letter to the company to issue the warning. The forthcoming film reportedly shows the former N.W.A. standout turning very violent toward Michel’le, whom he dated for six years three decades ago and has a son with. Last year’s blockbuster biopic “Straight Outta Compton” — which Dre helped produce — received backlash for not covering the artist’s alleged abuse toward women such as Michel’le or former hip-hop reporter Dee Barnes.