Rising: Philippine death toll
Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines last week, and officials cited by the BBC predicted a death toll numbering as high as 10,000. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded, the typhoon's projected casualties would make it the deadliest natural catastrophe on record in the Philippines. The storm is on its way to Vietnam, where 600,000 have already been evacuated from coastal areas. With many of the dead already rotting, mass graves have already been implemented to deal with the large scale death. Many died from drowning and from collapsing buildings as nearly 10-foot walls of water destroyed everything in its path.
Falling: Oregon Ducks
The previously unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Ducks had their national title aspirations doused after losing to Stanford 26-20 on Thursday. The Cardinal beat Oregon the punch from the opening kick and held the Ducks scoreless in the first hall, a feat that hasn't been accomplished in the Ducks' last 55 games. Although Oregon made a late run that included a recovered onside kick coupled with two late touchdowns, it wasn't enough. The Ducks now sit on the outside look in to the national championship picture and will need a string of losses from higher-ranked teams to even have a shot at sneaking into the national title game.
Rising: 'Thor's' box office totals
Overshadowing its 2011 predecessor, Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," claimed the No. 1 spot this weekend at the box office, according to articles from ABC News and the Wall Street Journal, bringing in more than $86 million in North America; combined with the international market, "Thor" brought the total revenue for the superhero film to $327 million in its first week in theaters. The latest installment of the Norse God of Thunder brings back Chris Hemsworth as the titular character, as well as Tom Hiddleston as his exiled brother, Loki.
The Washington Post and BBC reported late this week the U.S. economy added a strong 204,000 jobs in October, deflating worries that the two-week government shutdown would hamper growth in the private sector. While the thousands of furloughed government workers were blamed for pushing the unemployment rate up to 7.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics officially classifies 815,000 as having stopped looking for work due to lack of prospects. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, as of Oct. 22, Knox County stands below the national average with 7 percent unemployment.
Rising: South Knoxville businesses
Last month, the Henley Street bridge reopened one lane in each direction, bringing an end to the three years of isolation felt by many South Knoxville businesses. According to an article from the Knoxville News Sentinel, the South Knoxville Alliance, a public relations front has received a $70,000 grant to rejuvenate interest in the area, many stores are looking to bring back the customers the Tennessee River cut them off from. With ads and brochures, the community is looking to re-brand itself as "K-Town South" to identify it as a unique, yet connected area of the city.
Falling: Justin Bieber's dignity
On Friday, the New York Daily News reported the Brazilian government is looking to hold Justin Bieber "legally responsible" for spray painting the former Hotel Nacional while on his world tour. Bieber posted pictures on his Instagram account of himself spray painting, and says he never does so without consent from the building's owner. While the 19-year-old pop star had already left the country when Rio de Janeiro police went to question him, it doesn't mean the issue has been dropped. Illegal graffiti in Brazil can be punished by up to a year in jail and a fine.