10.29.2018

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Need To Know.
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Red Sox Win Series.
The Boston Red Sox are once again baseball's top team after clinching the World Series with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, winning the series 4 games to 1. The win caps a historic season for the Red Sox in which they won a combined 119 regular and postseason games, the third most in league history behind the vaunted 1998 New York Yankees (125 wins) and the 2001 Seattle Mariners (120 wins). The Red Sox rocked Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who gave up four runs in seven innings and was ultimately outdueled by Boston's David Price. It is the franchise's fourth championship since 2004 after having gone nearly nine decades without winning a World Series. Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce, who was traded to the team mid-season, was named the Series' Most Valuable Player after going 4-for-12 at the plate and driving in eight runs in five games. 

Vegas has the Red Sox and the Houston Astros as the favorites heading into the 2018-2019 season. 
Synagogue Shooting.
At least eleven people were killed and six injured after a gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning. The shooter, identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, reportedly shouted anti-Semitic slurs as he fired on a baby-naming ceremony being held at the time. The victims included a 97-year-old woman and a married couple who were both in their 80s (all of the victims were over 50 years old). Bowers - who carried three pistols and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle - surrendered after a shootout during which four police officers sustained non-life threatening injuries. Bowers frequently left anti-Semitic messages on the social media site Gab, and hinted at the attack just prior to the shooting. Gab has become increasingly popular among alt-right activists and white nationalists who have been kicked off more popular social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.  
Mail Bomb Suspect Caught.
Officials charged a Florida man with sending a slew of mail bombs to high-profile Democratic figures on Friday. 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc faces five federal charges (pdf), including targeting former presidents and assaulting federal officers, for sending at least 13 explosive devices to targets ranging from liberal billionaire donor George Soros to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (see full list). The mailings sparked a coast-to-coast search for the bomber last week. Investigators were led to a van that Sayoc lived in after finding a thumb print on one of the envelopes mailed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D, CA-43). An outspoken supporter of President Trump - Sayoc's van was decorated in pro-Trump paraphernalia - Sayoc was described by relatives as a loner and a lunatic. No one was injured by any of the devices, and Sayoc faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted.

Read a deeper dive on what is known about Sayoc here
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, owner of English Premier League club Leicester City, is killed in helicopter crash outside of club's stadium (More)
> Remains of Matthew Shepard, openly gay student murdered in 1998, interred at Washington National Cathedral (More) | Who was Matthew Shepard? (More)
> Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri becomes NFL's all-time leading scorer with 2,547 points (More) | NFL Week 8 scores (More)
Science & Technology.
> Lab-scale membrane device with different properties on each side creates electricity from saltwater at 35.7% efficiency, roughly equal to wind power and higher than many solar cells (More)
> Study links stress-induced hormone cortisol to lower long-term cognitive ability; effect pronounced for people in middle age (More)
> First private Chinese rocket, meant to compete with companies like SpaceX, fails to reach orbit on initial launch (More)
Business & Markets.
> US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grows at 3.5% in Q3, faster than expectations but slower than Q2's 4.2% (More)
> IBM to buy open source software giant Red Hat for $34B (More) | What is open source software? (More)
> General Motors asks Trump administration to back a national electric vehicle program (More) | FBI probe reviewing Tesla's Model 3 production numbers (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Leaders of Germany, France, Turkey, and Russia make united call for Syrian cease fire; Turkey has supported Syrian rebels, while Russia supported Syrian government (More)
> 737 crashes into sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, India; all 189 passengers presumed dead (More)
> Former army captain and far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro elected as Brazil's president on the back of anti-corruption campaign (More)
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