The Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from the World Series, having taken Game 5 from the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-2 win. Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw bounced back from a rough Game 1 outing to allow only one run allowed in seven innings. Yasiel Puig went 2-for-2 off the bench, including a clutch RBI single in the sixth inning, to help Los Angeles build a 3-2 lead in the Series The series now returns to Milwaukee for Game 6 on Friday. Wade Miley will likely start for the Brewers, while Hyun-Jin Ryu will be starting for the Dodgers.
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On Wednesday, Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John Canley of California –a Vietnam War veteran who saved 20 fellow Marines despite being wounded several times during an intense seven-day battle in 1968 — was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Trump. In an East Room ceremony at the White House attended by many former members of his Alpha Company, Mr. Canley, 80, was decorated by the president for his heroic actions during the Battle of Hue during the communists’ Tet Offensive. Mr. Trump told Mr. Canley that “America is the greatest force for peace, justice and freedom the world has ever known because of you and people like you.” Mr. Canley is a native of Arkansas who enlisted in the military using false papers at age 15, and served in Vietnam for more than five years. During the Tet Offensive, his company of the First Battalion, First Marines Regiment was ordered to take back Hue from communist forces.
Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalize possession and use of recreational cannabis. Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001. At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation of 37 million people on the first day, according to an AP survey of the provinces. That is just a sample of what ultimately will be a much larger marketplace. No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto. The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn’t expect stores until next spring. Canadians everywhere will be able to order marijuana products through websites run by provinces or private retailers and have it delivered to their homes by mail. Canadian provinces and municipalities have been preparing for months for the end of cannabis prohibition. They are responsible for setting out where cannabis can be bought and consumed.
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ABC’s The Conners didn’t come close to the blockbuster premiere rating of its predecessor, the reboot of Roseanne, but the new series did have strong numbers that led Tuesday night in the ratings. The debut airing delivered 10.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. While that is down 55% from the premiere of Roseanne last spring, it managed to edge out NBC’s This Is Us for the night. ABC did not expect Roseanne premiere-level numbers, and it was predicted that audience interest in the spin-off was about half that of viewer interest in Roseanne before its return. The debut episode, titled “Keep on Trucking,” confirmed previous reports that Roseanne Conner died of an opioid overdose. Roseanne Barr said in a statement that the “opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”
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Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett are the headliners for the seventh annual “Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival.” The 3-day festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will be held on April 12–14, 2019, with more than 100,000 people are expected to attend. Additional performers will include Danielle Bradbery, Kane Brown, Sheryl Crow, Delta Rae, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Flo Rida, Chris Janson, Jillian Jacqueline, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Dustin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, Midland, Maren Morris, David Lee Murphy, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Michael Ray, Trombone Shorty, Mitchell Tenpenny and The Wailers. The Tortuga Music Festival also raises funds to support marine conservation and research via proceeds from tickets. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. ET, and further information can be found in the link: here.
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Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life since Sesame Street’s premiere in 1969, is retiring from the iconic roles after nearly 50 years. Spinney, through a press release from Sesame Workshop, said that even though he is relinquishing these roles to other seasoned performers, he plans on remaining an ambassador for Sesame Workshop into the future. “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” said Spinney. “And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come.” Spinney’s work with Jim Henson began after the two met at a puppetry festival in 1962, and Spinney joined the inaugural season of Sesame Street in 1969. Since then, he’s starred in hundreds of episodes of the show, winning the Legacy for Children Award in 2003 and The Christopher’s James Keller Award in 2004. His life and career were documented in the 2014 film “I Am Big Bird.”
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Country superstar Garth Brooks announced his 2019 Stadium Tour Wednesday morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Brooks is planning 10-12 live concerts a year for the next three years at stadiums across the country. In addition this Saturday, October 20 Brooks will be performing at Notre Dame Stadium,, which will also be taped and aired at a later date. Brooks’ stadium tour will kick off at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. Brooks said that tickets will go on sale before Christmas for stadium concerts in the first 5 cities.
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Kodak Black donated $2,500 to the the GoFundMe fund of South Carolina police officer Terrence Carraway, who was involved in a shooting earlier this month, October 3rd. The rapper donated underneath his government name, Bill K Kapri, saying he wasn’t looking for any recognition. Officer Carraway and six others were injured when responding to a sexual assault investigation. Aside from donating to this cause, this isn’t the first time the rapper has done a random act of kindness. On October 1st, the rapper gave $10,000 to the Jack & Jill Children’s Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The GoFundMe, which is currently at $57,740, is almost at the $60,000 goal.
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Future and Juice WRLD announced their upcoming joint project WRLD On Drugs on social media Wednesday morning (Oct. 17). The duo both made identical Instagram posts down to the caption, revealing what seemed to be a tracklist for the upcoming record. “Pluto x Juice #WRLDONDRUGS” the rappers both wrote under a photo of a glowing dry erase board. The project is set to feature approximately 16 tracks, including the recently released collaboration track, “Fine China” and title track “World on Drugs.”
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Boxer Canelo Alvarez has signed a five-year, 11-fight contract worth a minimum of $365 million with new sports streaming service DAZN. The deal was finalized early Wednesday morning, making Alvarez the richest athlete contract in sports history. Alvarez, who’s part of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, is the unified middleweight world champio, and has a 50-1-2 record — his only loss coming against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013. Alvarez also defeated Gennady Golovkin last month in a battle featuring two of boxing’s biggest superstars. With HBO recently announcing its plan to no longer provide boxing coverage by the end of 2018, DAZN hopes to step up. Alvarez will next fight Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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