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Halloween 2021 shaping up to be spectacular - and spooky!
Halloween 2021 shaping up to be spectacular - and spooky!

Oct. 18, 2021 - Halloween 2021 is shaping up to be a blockbuster with spending expected to reach $10.14 billion, up from $8.05 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

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decor: noun;decoration, the things in a room that give it a design Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of October 25

decor: noun; decoration, the things in a room that give it a design
Halloween 2021 shaping up to be spectacular - and spooky!

population: noun; the total number of people living in a defined geographic area;
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

vehicle: noun; car, truck, automobile (auto)
Festival to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Jeep

warblers: noun; small songbirds that migrate in the spring and fall
Rare piping plover nest spotted in Ohio

Today In History

October 28

1919: Library of Congress: Congress passed the Volstead Act providing for enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified nine months earlier. Known as the Prohibition Amendment, it prohibited the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors" in the United States. The movement to prohibit alcohol began in the early years of the nineteenth century when individuals concerned about the adverse effects of drink began forming local societies to promote temperance in the consumption of alcohol. Some of the earliest temperance societies were organized in New York (1808) and Massachusetts (1813).

1914: Jonas Salk, medical doctor and virologist who developed the first polio vaccine, was born in New York City.

1886: The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France proposed by Edouard de Laboulaye in 1865 to celebrate America's centennial, was officially dedicated. More than one million New Yorkers came to the dedication. Lady Liberty was renovated in 1976 for America's Bicentennial. Just hours after the October 28 anniversary in 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall close to New York Harbor and while the statue itself was not damaged, Liberty Island and the statue were closed to the public until July 4, 2013 due to extensive damage to the island.




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