Stories to Follow
Las Vegas Shooting: Last week, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 and injuring hundreds. Paddock was later found after committing suicide, and his motives for attacking remain unknown. This was the deadliest mass shooting in US history, and some are calling for gun law reform, while others say this isn’t the time to bring politics into the picture.
An Independent Catalonia: The Catalan government announced that a referendum to vote on independence from Spain passed. The Spanish government has called this referendum unconstitutional and publicized its readiness to do whatever it takes in preventing Catalonia’s split. Although it is yet to be seen whether Catalonia’s president will pursue formal independence, the EU is wary of the implications for its other members.
Happening This Week
Open House New York | October 14-15
It’s time again for Open House New York, a weekend-long festival where more than 240 fascinating sites across New York open their doors to the public. This two-day event offers glimpses into spaces usually closed to the public, from sky-high rooftop gardens to palatial apartments. Some require advance reservations, so be sure to check out ohny.org beforehand!
In Your Free Time
Tom Petty died at age 66 last week. We said goodbye to one of the best-selling music artists of all time and an all-around legendary rocker. Take a minute to reminisce with one of his greatest hits.
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