News October 2019
Index
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Monday, October 21, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  5:00am it is 2°C / 36°F, mostly clear / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - Mostly sunny /
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I was born on this date October 21 - Steven MacDowall
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Canada > Up for grabs today are 338 parliamentary seats and, by extension, the tenure of liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He's faced a tough campaign, with revelations he wore black and brownface in the past, but picked up a key endorsement from former US President Barack Obama. Health care, the climate crisis and the cost of living reportedly are voters' top issues. > Article: A Canadian election looms - seven charts explain all
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USA > Baseball > The Astros defeated the Yankees (Oct. 20th) and are heading to the World Series for the second time in three years. / The Astros defeated the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night at home in Game 6. // The Astros will go head-to-head against the Washington Nationals for the World Series title starting with Game 1 Tuesday (Oct 22) in Houston. They'll play a best of seven series.

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Saturday 19, & Sunday 20, October, 2019
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Friday, October 18, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  7:00am it is 9°C / 49°F, light rain and drizzle / forecasting a high of 9°C / 49°F - 30% chance of showers /
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Thursday, October 17, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  7:00am it is 8°C / 46°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 13°C / 55°F - windy with rain / Alert > An intense low pressure system over New England will approach the Maritimes today and cross the region on Friday. A band of very strong easterly winds will spread across New Brunswick today. Over areas near the coast these winds are forecast to gust to 90 km/h. (Total rainfall: 19.8 mm / 0.78 in)
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Passing > House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings died this morning at age 68 due to longstanding health complications. / "The Democrat, known for his devotion to Baltimore and civil rights, and for blunt and passionate speechmaking, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital." / After the 2018 midterms, "pundits had speculated ... that Cummings, who could be boisterous in his questioning of witnesses, might become a 'nightmare' for [President] Trump."
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USA > Update GM Strike > A tentative deal has been reached that could end the monthlong General Motors strike. Details about the agreement haven't been publicly released. It needs to get the OK from both union leadership and rank-and-file union members before it can take effect. Union officials are set to meet today in Detroit. If the deal is approved, it's not clear when workers would start returning to work. Meanwhile, in Chicago, 25,000 educators are set to go on strike today. Classes have been canceled today in the country's third-biggest school district. The educators want higher pay, smaller class sizes and more support staff.
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Today's site > Moncton Time Zone page
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  10:00am it is 6°C / 43°F, clear / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - sunny /
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Germany/Turkey > Volkswagen delays final approval for Turkey plant following Syria incursion / Volkswagen AG delayed approval of a new car plant in Turkey, as investors and multinationals weighed the country’s ability to weather economic pressure from the West after its military incursion into northern Syria.  > Article
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Baseball > The Washington Nationals "beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4, to complete a four-game sweep in a National League Championship Series that was one-sided from the start" to claim the franchise's first World Series berth. / It's the city's first pennant since 1933 — way back when the Washington Senators won the American League.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  7:00am it is 10°C / 43°F, sunny / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - sunny / rain  (total rainfall 3.7 mm / 0.15 inches)
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Booker Prize > Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have both won this year’s prestigious literary award, after the judges rebelled against the one-winner-only rules. Ms. Evaristo, who wrote “Girl, Woman, Other,” is the first black woman to win. > Article
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UK > Study for work stress > A new study out of the U.K. about work stress found that 40 percent of employees -- out of 2,000 surveyed -- say they're "close to the breaking point" at work. The numbers, compiled for a British charity called the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association, are pretty eye-opening:
   60 percent say they get stressed about work when they go on holiday.
   31 percent say they call in sick due to work stress.
   30 percent say they've been "pushed to the point of tears."
   10 percent say they use alcohol to cope.
   14 percent say they "used their own children as an excuse to avoid the office."
It's tough to read, and perhaps surprising. If you're the boss, I don't think many employees will eagerly tell you how stressed and upset they are about their jobs. // Would they share that they drink too much, or call in sick, or use their kids as an excuse? Would they admit that they're sometimes at "the point of tears," outside of an anonymous survey? > Article
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Mexico > Fourteen police officers have been killed and three injured in a shooting in western Mexico. / The police were carrying out a court order in El Aguaje, Michoacán state, when their convoy was ambushed. / A powerful criminal group, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, is believed to have carried out the attack. / Authorities said all resources would be put into finding those responsible. The region is a hotspot for violence linked to turf wars between drug cartels. / Police patrol vehicles were ambushed as they passed through the town. / Reports say the convoy was surrounded by heavily armed men in a number of pick-up trucks who then fired on the officers and set their vehicles on fire. / At least 14 police officers were killed and three others injured. > Article


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Monday, October 14, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  7:00am it is 6°C / 43°F, mist - clearing / forecasting a high of 16°C / 61°F - mainly cloudy.
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Sports > These three women are young. They're powerful. And they just made history > Simone Biles. Coco Gauff. Brigid Kosgei. > You'll want to remember their names. This trio of female athletes just had quite a weekend. / One flipped her way to becoming the most decorated gymnast ever. One served her way to becoming the youngest tennis titlist in 15 years. And one ran really fast for 26.2 miles to smash a world record. > Article
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Spain >  Spanish Supreme Court sentences Catalan separatists to jail / The leaders who organized the 2017 referendum received between nine and 13 years prison. > Article > Article II
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Japan >  Death toll in Japan climbs to 42 after typhoon unleashes widespread flooding // Thousands of troops and rescue workers were dispatched after the storm tore through Tokyo and large swaths of Japan's main island of Honshu on Saturday, bringing record-breaking rains to many areas. > Article 
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USA > Baseball > Carlos Correa's walk-off home run decides an epic battle in Game 2 of the ALCS / It wasn't just two exceptional teams and two successful organizations battling each other across Minute Maid Park's diamond Sunday night in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series -- a classic, taut contest that stretched on for nearly five hours -- it was also two philosophies and two divergent blueprints for achieving the same essential goal: securing the 27 outs necessary to win a baseball game. // The New York Yankees, a team built on relief pitching, went to their bullpen early and often. The Houston Astros, with one of the best rotations in the game, rode their future Hall of Fame starting pitcher as deep into the game as they could, then pieced it together from there. Each strategy had its own logic but also its own inherent dangers, especially as the game careened into extra innings. // In the end, the Astros' 3-2 win wasn't so much the validation of a philosophy as the result of one night's worth of exceptional performance sprinkled with bits of good fortune -- but above all, it was a massive victory for the Astros themselves, who evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. And it didn't take 27 outs; it took 33. //  Astros shortstop Carlos Correa ended it with a majestic, no-doubt, opposite-field home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th inning from Yankees lefty J.A. Happ, New York's ninth pitcher of the night. Correa barely budged from the batter's box at first, then casually tossed his bat, cupped his hand to the ear-hole of his helmet and strutted up the first base line, while his teammates spilled out of their dugout and a crowd of 43,359 went wild. > Article
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USA > New Orleans > A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction beside New Orleans's historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing two people and injuring more than 20. / Rescue workers searched the largely unstable building for one person still unaccounted for. > Article
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Saturday 12, & Sunday 13, October, 2019
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Friday, October 11, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  5:00am it is 5°C / 41°F, mist - clearing / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - a mix of sun and cloud.
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France > Update > Paris knife attacker's colleagues spotted 'signs of radicalisation' in 2015, internal report says Article Note > Mickaël Harpon (A 45-year-old IT assistant) was shot dead after stabbing four people to death with a 33-centimetre kitchen knife and an oyster knife during the lunchtime attack at his workplace on the French capital’s Île de la Cité on Thursday (October 03). He had been employed at Paris police headquarters since 2003.
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Nobel Update > Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for efforts to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea, but also recognises his domestic reform agenda including the promotion of women to key roles.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  6:00am it is 1°C / 35°F, clear / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - sunny.
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Brexit > Prime Ministers Boris Johnson of Britain and Leo Varadkar of Ireland are expected to meet today to hash out the issue of the Irish border. It comes after the E.U. issued an ultimatum last night to Mr. Johnson to leave Northern Ireland in the E.U. customs union or leave without a deal.
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Thomas Cook > Hays Travel, the tour company, acquired all 555 of its collapsed rival’s branches, potentially rescuing the posts of 2,500 workers.
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Austria > Transport > Cheap and cheerless airlines of Europe beware > Austrian Railways (otherwise known as OBB) is upgrading its fast-growing after-dark Nightjet service to include a Brussels-to-Vienna route in time for January. Overnight connections between Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich and the Belgian capital are also in the works. CEO Andreas Mattha has invested heavily since taking over in 2016: he's spent €40m in the process of buying 42 sleeper trains and a further 15 Deutsche Bahn sleeper trains that are being converted. / It's clear that he has (rightly) recognised an appetite among passengers for slower, smarter and statelier means of getting around, a particular concern as some customers begin to question the carbon footprint of unnecessary air travel. Next stop? The Netherlands. A Dutch service will be pulling into the station come 2021. - Monocle > OBB site
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Germany > Berlin > Design > Berlin Design Week kicks off today and will honour the centenary of the Bauhaus movement, celebrating its progressive spirit rather than merely wallowing in nostalgia. A key event at the city’s Kulturforum will come from the State of Design collective, bringing together everything from examples of future thinking in German industrial design to an interactive virtual-reality installation (inspired by Bauhaus teacher Oskar Schlemmer’s stage experiments). It’s more challenging, conceptual and cerebral works such as these that separate the event from its more commercially minded cousins in other cities. It’s also what’s helping Berlin Design Week carve out an important niche on an increasingly busy industry calendar. >  Site
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Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  6:00am it is 2°C / 36°F, clear / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - sunny.
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Anniversary > Beverly VanLoo and Steve MacDowall > married on October 9th 1976 in Toronto
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Huawei >  In language that appeared to point to but did not name the Chinese giant, a European Union report warned that a 5G supplier from a “hostile” country could be forced by its home government to wreak havoc by causing cyberattacks. Huawei was blacklisted by the U.S. after the White House labeled it a tool for espionage by Beijing.
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Japan > Update World Cup Rugby > Argentina 47 - USA 17 // Scotland 61 - 0 Russia // Wales 29 - 17 Fiji
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Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  11:00am it is 13°C / 55°F, cloudy / forecasting a high of 17°C / 63°F - cloudy then clearing late this afternoon.
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Nobel > The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Manitoba-born James Peebles "for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology," and to Swiss colleagues Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz "for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star." Article 
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OE > Charts & Article to Read: US Supreme Court set to weigh in on 2020's most polarizing issues Article
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Japan > Update World Cup Rugby > South Africa 66 - 7 Canada
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Monday, October 07, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  8:00am it is 15°C / 59°F, cloudy / forecasting a high of 16°C / 61°F - rain (Total rainfall 13.6 mm / 0.54 inches)
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Nobel > The 2019 Nobel Prize for Medicine has been jointly awarded to William Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza for their pioneering research into how human cells respond to changing oxygen levels. // Announcing the prize at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on Monday, the Nobel committee said that the trio's discoveries have paved the way for "promising new strategies to fight anaemia, cancer and many other diseases." Article
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Canada > Product Design > Meandering down the aisles of most Canadian supermarkets often rewards shoppers with the opportunity to bag a design classic -- and at no great expense. The No Name brand (a no-frills range of goods, including washing detergent, canned vegetables and beer) debuted at the Loblaws supermarket group in 1978 and became famous thanks to its recognisable look: bright yellow background and bold, black Helvetica typeface. No Name branded advertising has graced everything from the sides of buildings to video games -- and now it’s appearing in one of Toronto's busiest subway stations. The company's quirky new campaign has transformed the signage of Union Station via the use of its black-and-yellow aesthetic (and sarcastic messages such as, "Northbound trains -- for trains that go north"). Plenty of commuters might not admit to buying No Name goods but they'll no doubt appreciate the enduring design credentials of a staple of Canadian branding. - Monocle > Go Deeper "2019 Brand of the Year: Loblaw zeroes in on shoppers" Article
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Saturday 5, & Sunday 6, October, 2019
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Friday, October 04, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 11:00am it is 04°C / 45°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 10°C / 50°F - a few shower (total rainfall 2.1 mm / 0,08 in)
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China > Update > Andreescu to take on Osaka: Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu (19 years old > Rank #6) has won her 17th match in a row, defeating American Jennifer Brady at the China Open today (October 3rd). The U.S. Open champion will next meet world No. 4 Naomi Osaka ( 21 year old > Rank #4) of Japan in the quarter-finals tomorrow (October 4th). Update > Andreescu’s 17-match win streak snapped by Osaka at China Open > Bianca Andreescu vs. Naomi Osaka - wins 7/5. 3/6, 4/6)
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Thursday, October 03, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 01°C / 34°F, mainly clear / forecasting a high of 11°C / 52°F - mainly sunny
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Canada > Calgary Zoo giraffe finally a mom: Emara, a Masai giraffe at the Calgary Zoo who received hormone help to try to ensure a successful pregnancy, gave birth to a male calf over the weekend.
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Qatar > 2019 World Athletics Championships > The men's decathlon at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha October 2 and 3 // Canada's Damian Warner, Pierce LePage 1-2 after 5 events of men's world decathlon Article
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France > Paris police attack > 'Four killed' by knife-wielding man > A knife-wielding man has killed four officers outside central police headquarters in Paris, French media report. / The attacker, who was reported to be a member of staff inside the building, was later shot dead by police. / The area in the île de la Cité - in the centre of Paris - has been sealed off. / Thursday's attack happened at about 13:00 local time (11:00 GMT) in the courtyard of the police building. / It comes a day after French police went on strike across the country over increasing violence towards officers and rising suicide rates within the force. / French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner is at the scene. /
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Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 09°C / 47°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 13°C / 55°F - 30% a few showers or drizzle (total Rainfall 0.7mm / 0.03 in)
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Japan > World Cup of Rugby > France thrash USA 33-9 in Rugby World Cup
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China > China Open > Andreescu advances: Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu won her 16th match in a row today, beating Elise Mertens of Belgium in a second-round match at the China Open. The U.S. Open champion will next play American Jennifer Brady tomorrow. Article
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Canada/USA > Hockey season starts today > NHL season openers tonight: The puck drops on the National Hockey League regular season tonight with two all-Canadian matchups: the Ottawa Senators at the Toronto Maple Leafs – in which forward Jason Spezza will not play – and the Vancouver Canucks at the Edmonton Oilers.
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Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 07°C / 44°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 13°C / 55°F - 30% chance of showers
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OE > Article to Read: The Death of the Sick Day Article
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Japan > Finance > Heavy levy > With Japan's sales tax set to rise from 8 per cent to 10 per cent today (on October 1st), ordinary households are preparing to tighten their purse strings. That's the finding of a survey, released last week, by the Tokyo-based think-tank Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living. Hakuhodo predicted a drop in spending on leisure activities including dining out, haircuts and trips -- similar to a pullback in 2014 when the government lifted consumption tax to 8 per cent, from 5 per cent. The timing is bad for restaurants and retailers whose earnings could suffer if the buyer mindset hasn't changed by the year-end holidays. But officials see no cause for alarm just yet. Much depends on how quickly consumers bounce back from the sudden cost-of-living uptick. > Article
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Italy > 'Special day': First part of Genoa's new Renzo Piano bridge goes up > Just over a year after the Genoa motorway bridge collapse that killed 43 people, workers have raised the first stretch of a replacement designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. /  A siren blared on Tuesday as the vast section of deck was hoisted by cranes some 45 metres up to sit across two concrete piles, the first of 18 that will support a streamlined and luminous white bridge conceived to resemble the keel of a ship. / This morning is special. This is not the laying of the first stone, but a launch. Just like for a ship, except that this time we are not setting out to sea, but going upwards," Piano said as he arrived on site. > Article
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Streaming Services > "Stranger Things" creators the Duffer Brothers "have officially signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix to create films and television series," reports Variety. / "It should come as no surprise, then, that the show has been renewed for a fourth season at the streaming service." / Why it matters: Their agreement "is the latest in a string of high-profile overall deals that Netflix has struck with creators in recent years." / "They join a roster that includes 'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins, 'Game of Thrones' show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, 'Pose' director Janet Mock, as well as prolific creators Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes." 
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October Highlights
Until Nov. 24 2019 Venice
      Biennale RM
Until Oct 6 - Alphonse Mucha:
      Art Nouveau/Nouvelle
      Femme > Poster House
     119 W. 23rd Street, NYC, NY
      RM-1 / RM-2
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Until October 6 - Oktoberfest 2019 - Germany on Theresienwiese Video   Video II   
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Until Nov. 2 - 2019 Rugby World Cup  - The 9th World Cup - Japan - Site

Until October 6 - Oktoberfest 2019 - Germany on Theresienwiese Video   Video II     --
10 - 17 - Berlin Design Week
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21 - The 2019 Canadian federal election is scheduled to take place on October 21, 2019, to elect members of the House of Commons to the 43rd Canadian Parliament.
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Oct. Books of note:
01 - Tartine, A Classic Revisited
by Elisabeth Prueitt & Chad Robertson with Photographs by Gentl + Hyers - HC 328 pgs
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01 - Ama, A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen
by Josef Centeno & Betty Hallock with Photographs by Renata Fuller - HC 272 pgs
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01 - Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow, HC 432 pgs
( I downloaded this one and just started to read it Oct 2 - Steven)
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15 - Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, by Ronan Farrow
HC 464 pages
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15 - Me: Elton John - Official Autobiography, by Elton John, HC 384 pgs
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22 - Edison by Edmund Morris - HC 800 pages
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29 - Poilane: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery
by Apollonia Poilâne, HC 288 pgs
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October Passings
01 - Beverly Watkins, 80, American blues guitarist
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01 - Arto Tchakmaktchian, 86, Armenian-Canadian sculptor and painter
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01 Eric Pleskow, 95, Austrian-born American film producer, President of United Artists (1973–1978) and Orion Pictures (1978–1992).
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