10.17.2018

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Need To Know.
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Legalization Begins in Canada.
Canada's Cannabis Act kicks in today, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana across the country. The bill, signed into law in June, overturns the country's 1923 prohibition of the drug and allows individuals over 18 to possess up to 30 grams. The country's 13 provinces and territories will implement their own regulations around production and distribution (see breakdown). The day marks the success of a long-standing push by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has criticized the flow of black market money from marijuana to international crime organizations. Canada becomes just the second country to legalize the drug, behind Uruguay. Canadians spent $4.3B on weed for medicinal purposes alone last year - a total market that may double in size with the onset of legalization. 

62% of US voters support legalization according to recent polls, up from 31% in 2000. 
Man Booker Prize.
The prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction was awarded to author Anna Burns for her novel Milkman. The prize is given out to the best original English-language novel published in the UK each year - Burns beat out Everything Under by Daisy Johnson and The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. Burns becomes the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the prize, which comes along with a $66,000 cash award. Burns drew on her surroundings for the novel, in which a young woman - who acts as an unnamed narrator throughout the book - is forced into a relationship with a paramilitary figure during the thirty-year-long conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles (see historical background). Milkman is Burns' third book since 2001, when her novel No Bones won the Winifred Holtby Prize and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. 
Roseanne.
ABC premiered The Conners, a spin-off from its canceled hit reboot of the sitcom Roseanne, last night to mixed reviews. ABC canceled Roseanne, despite the show smashing ratings and bringing in over 22 million total viewers per episode, after a tweet by the eponymous comedian about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett caused an uproar. The original show was a reboot of the comedian's sitcom that ran from 1988-1997 and was known for its more accurate portrayal of working-class family life than other shows. Last night's opening episode of The Conners began by explaining how Roseanne's character died - from opioid overdose following surgery - in the hopes of creating a smooth transition between the two shows. Roseanne herself took to Twitter to criticize the network for axing her character, as well as using the opioid crisis as a plot device. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Idris Elba joins Taylor Swift in film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats (More)
> Dennis Hof, owner of Nevada's infamous Moonlite BunnyRanch and state senate candidate, dies at 72 (More)
> Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, gives birth to baby boy (More)
Science & Technology.
> Weight loss surgery in severely obese patients lowers risk of heart attack or stroke in following 5 years by 40%, according to study of 20,000 patients (More)
> Engineers develop ultra-light gloves that allow users to "feel" and manipulate virtual objects (w/ video) (More)
> Google CEO Sundar Pichai makes first public comments confirming the existence of search engine that will conform to Chinese censorship rules, codenamed Project Dragonfly (More)
Business & Markets.
> US stock markets up 2% on strong earnings & economy data, erasing a portion of last week's losses (More)
> Uber could be valued at $120B in projected 2019 IPO, according to proposals from investment bankers (More) | Lyft selects JPMorgan to lead IPO, experts expect valuation nearing $15B (More)
> Netflix adds 7 million subscribers in latest quarter, shares surge 10% in after-hours trading (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> US Treasury sanctions financial network that supports Iranian paramilitary group accused of training child soldiers (More)
> Officials say US airstrikes killed nearly 60 al-Shabaab fighters in central Somalia, the largest strike in the past year (More) | Who is al-Shabaab? (More)
> Trump trades Twitter barbs with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) over DNA test bet (More) | Trump raises over $100M for 2020 reelection bid (More)
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Mapping the predominate race in 11 million neighborhoods across the country.
Watch Simone Biles perform a vault never successfully completed by a female gymnast
The World Economic Forum says the US has returned to number one in global competitiveness
Next-generation computer chips are so powerful you can use them to fake the Moon landing (w/ video).
See the stunning finalists of the 2018 Architectural Photography Awards.
An authoritative ranking of all the Halloween candy available at your local Walgreens
Apple changes emoji design after bagel controversy roils the Internet.
Canine unit at Atlanta airport uncovers...a fully-roasted hog's head in checked luggage
Clickbait: Man commits violent assault, then goes skinny dipping with sharks
Historybook: HBD Mae Jemison, first African-American woman in space (1956); HBD Eminem (1972); Mother Teresa wins Nobel Peace Prize (1979); Earthquake near San Francisco, California kills 63 (1989); RIP civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy (1990).
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