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Need To Know
China Celebrates
Chinese President Xi Jinping oversaw a massive military parade earlier today, held in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country's Communist Party. Its creation marked the beginning of modern China, though the state operates much differently now than when Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China in 1949 (see timeline), employing a socialist market economy with a dynamic private sector. The parade itself reflected the grander ambitions of a country that has rapidly risen from a centrally-planned, largely agrarian society to the world's second-largest economy - and it included a slew of new military technology on display. The celebration comes against an intensifying struggle in Hong Kong, where demonstrators protested for the 17th straight week against what they say is increasingly authoritarian control from Beijing.

See photos from the event here.
October Long Ball
The Year of the Home Run heads into the postseason tonight as the Milwaukee Brewers visit the Washington Nationals in the National League wild card game (8pm ET, TBS). Power hitters across Major League Baseball combined for 6,770 total home runs this year, obliterating the previous record of 6,105, while 15 teams set franchise records for most home runs in a season (see more records broken). That group includes the Los Angeles Dodgers, who went 106-56 en route to their 7th straight division championship - a streak that has yet to include a World Series. The Houston Astros (107-55), who became the first team to notch three 100-win seasons and three 100-loss seasons in the same decade, are the American League's top seed and await the winner of tomorrow night's wild card game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics. The Astros and Dodgers are heavy favorites to meet in the World Series - see the full playoff schedule here

Changes to the official game ball made in 2015 are likely responsible for the home run explosion. 
CA to let College Athletes Get Paid
California Governor Gavin Newsome signed a bill yesterday that would allow student athletes at colleges across the state to accept endorsement deals, potentially upending amateur sports in the US. Critics of the NCAA - which pulls in over $1B annually - have long argued schools and the organization are able to monetize students' abilities, while students are limited to scholarships and a cost-of-living stipend. The NCAA, which nearly 1,200 schools are voluntarily part of, prohibits payments to players in part over concerns that it could create unfair advantages for schools able to provide lucrative endorsement deals for top athletes. What happens next is unclear while the NCAA contemplates its response - California schools could opt to allow players to accept deals at the risk of being banned from the NCAA, creating their own athletic organization. The law goes into effect in 2023. 
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