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Garrett Wittels is ready to continue 56-game hit streak despite legal woes

Garrett Wittels (courtesy of FIU athletics)

The most talked about college baseball player in 2010, is ready to get the season underway.

Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels will be in the Panthers’ lineup when their season begins this weekend, despite unresolved legal issues stemming from a rape charge in the Bahamas late last year.

Officials in the Bahamas will not begin preliminary evidentiary inquiries until April.

The junior got a base hit in all 56 games in which he played last season, two short of the NCAA record.

compiled from staff & FIU athletics news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR TUESDAY OCTOBER 12, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Tuesday, October 12, the 285th day of 2010. There are 80 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in what became the Bahamas.

* In 1918, the Cloquet Fire erupted in Minnesota; about 450 died.

* In 1933, bank robber John Dillinger escaped from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who killed sheriff, Jess Sarber.

* In 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five people.

* In 2002, a bomb blamed on Islamic militants destroyed a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, many of them foreign tourists.

* In 2000, Seventeen sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Activist Dick Gregory turns 78 today (file photo)

78 Dick Gregory, comedian & activist.

63 Chris Wallace, broadcast journalist.

60 Susan Anton, actress, model & singer.

48 Chris Botti, jazz musician.

42 Hugh Jackman, actor.

41 Martie Maguire, country musician of the Dixie Chicks.

33 Bode Miller, skier & Olympic gold medalist.

ENTERTAINMENT: Jewel to sing National Anthem at 2010 Indianapolis 500

compiled from staff, wire, music news and Indianapolis Motor Speedway news

Special thanks goes to Jessica Erskine of Rogers and Cowan Music Entertainment for supplying Jewel’s photo

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel will be performing the national anthem before the start of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 race.

Jewel Kilcher has sold 27 million albums around the world since her 1995 smash debut “Pieces of You,” which achieved platinum status 12 times.  She has won an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award and has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award.

She currently is working on a ninth studio album, “Sweet and Wild,” is set to be released June 8 on the Valory label.

Jewel (photo credit Lynda Churilla)

Jewel was born in Payson, Utah. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Homer, Alaska. She spent most of her younger years living with her father in Homer. Their home did not have indoor plumbing but instead an outhouse.

Jewel and he father when they had the chance earned a living by singing in bars and taverns.

Jewel learned how to play the guitar at Interlochen, Michigan Arts Academy and she learned how to write songs at age 16.

She lived in her van for awhile as she traveled the country playing street performances and small concerts.

Jewel was discovered by John Hogan, the lead singer from the local San Diego, California band Rust, told his manager Inga Vainshtein about Jewel’s talents. Vainshtein showed up at the Interchange coffee shop with a representative from Atlantic Records and the rest is history.

Jewel is married to nine-time world champion pro rodeo cowboy Ty Murray. They tied the knot on August 7, 2008 in the Bahamas.

The 2010 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday May 30 and will be broadcast live on ABC-TV and the IMS Radio Network.