WEDNESDAY- 10/07/20
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"O hushed October morning mild,
 Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind if it be wild,
Should waste them all."
—from Robert Frost's "October"

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FDA releases update on COVID-19 vaccine guidelines

  • The FDA and legislators are working with the White House on an attempt to secure the release of a safe vaccine, however contention currently exists over the necessity of a two-month period for data collection
  • The Trump administration was working to block the FDA safety standards which required this two-month period, as the administration hoped to have a vaccine available by the November 3 election 
  • Several meetings are expected to take place this month prior to authorizing the use of any experimental shot


Kyrgyzstan protests suggest illegal collusion

  • Officials have officially annulled the results of Kyrgyzstan's October 4 election, in which only four political parties passed the 7% voter threshold—most of whom held close ties to President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. None of the opposition parties secured seats
  • 12 of the 16 competing parties soon signed a document requesting a new election be held as citizens took to the street in protest, clashing with police in the capital of Bishkek, injuring hundreds


Clothing retailers face drastic falls 

  • Shares of Levi Strauss & Co. (LEVI) have suffered a 27% fall in 2020, despite their online presence increasing by 52%
  • As opposed to years where in-person sales have dominated, the power of direct-to-customer sales have doubled, but the company’s long-term reliance on internet sales makes them cautious as the holidays approach


New Vizio OLED TVs available at a temporary discount

  • The newly released Vizio OLED TVs, which come equipped with Dolby Vision HDR, Chromecast, and Apple AirPlay, will be available from Best Buy temporarily for $100 off of retail value
  • The new device is Vizio’s first OLED, and is competitive among other similar products, if not slightly beneath the quality of more established brands


Swing state elections litigation heats up

  • Highly coveted swing states like Pennsylvania and Michigan are becoming battlegrounds for lawmakers attempting to prevent delays in counting and sorting ballots with pre-canvassing
  • The county commissioner of Bucks County, PA, Gene Digirolamo, is requesting the pre-canvassing to begin three days earlier than the traditionally held date of election morning
  • Other lawmakers and experts of public policy fear that changing the dates of when votes are counted could interfere with the current legislation that has extended registration dates, potentially affecting voters’s ability to safely cast their ballots


Greek runner gives disabled colleague the chance to climb Mt. Olympus 

  • Greek long distance runner Mario Giannakou carried 22-year old friend and student Eleftheria Tosiou up Mt. Olympus’s tallest peak, fulfilling one of Tosiou’s lifelong dreams
  • A veteran of several incredible distance races, Giannakou decided to make the trek up the mountain with Tosiou in a special backpack, a trip they completed in 10 hours


  • Science ⚗️. Three scientists have been awarded the Nobel physics prize for identifying the nature of black holes
  • Sports ⚾️. Top picks for the second day of the MLB divisional playoffs eye the Braves
  • Entertainment 🎞. Previews of The Batman have been pushed back to 2022 while the Matrix sequel moves forward to 2021
  • Interesting 🔎. Lost Ella Fitzgerald recordings accidentally recovered 
  • Music 🎸. Eddie Van Halen passes away at 65

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