• Two US Cabinet secretaries reportedly are due to visit
California to see for themselves the catastrophic damage left by this summer's wildfires
. More than a dozen fires are burning across the state, claiming lives, obliterating homes and setting records
for their destructive force. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are expected in Redding
, where the Carr Fire
is only about half contained.
• The school year opens at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
, and students in Parkland, Florida, can expect a "profoundly different" kind of first day
. Their school, now the site of one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in US history
, will feature dozens more cameras, charged locks on classroom doors, more security staff and counselors, plus a 12-foot fence. And of course, they'll feel the absence of friends, teachers and coaches
whose lives were cut short so violently. Meanwhile, due back in court is admitted shooter Nikolas Cruz
, who told a detective that a voice in his head urged him
the night before the February massacre to hurt people.
• We could learn the conclusion of a dramatic murder mystery full of international intrigue. A court in Malaysia is expected to rule
in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother
, Kim Jong Nam. You'll recall he died last year in a chemical attack at a Kuala Lumpur airport. South Korean Intelligence indicated the North Korean ruler ordered the killing
, and the United States sanctioned the North
for it. Still, the trial of a woman from Indonesia and one from Vietnam has been going on as North Korea has been on a diplomatic charm offensive
. If convicted, the women could face the death penalty.
launches the second week of its preseason
, with the Eagles at the Patriots in a Super Bowl LII rematch, plus the Steelers at the Packers and the Jets at the Redskins. A key story line will be whether players continue to protest racial injustice
during the National Anthem.
• Madonna turns 60
(and yes, that means we're all
old). She's reportedly celebrating
with a fundraiser for Malawi's children. You can donate
, then throw your own dance party with this classic.