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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 18

aerial: adjective; in the air
Helicopter on Mars ready for test flight

mechanical: adjective; related to mechanics, parts that when put together make something work to complete a task
Garrett Morgan (1877-1963), traffic light inventor

private: adjective; not public or out in the open for everyone to see or have access to
April 14, 1865: President Lincoln assassinated

unimpeded: adjective; not blocked, clear view or path;
Look to the sky for a lunar light show

Today In History

October 24

1861: Library of Congress: The first transcontinental telegraph system was completed by Western Union, making it possible to transmit messages rapidly (by mid-nineteenth-century standards) from coast to coast. This technological advance, pioneered by inventor Samuel F. B. Morse, heralded the end of the Pony Express. Only two days later, on October 26, the horseback mail service that had previously provided the fastest means of communication between the eastern and western United States officially closed. The short-lived Pony Express had been established only one and one-half years earlier, in April 1860. The nearly 2,000-mile route - running through present-day Kansas, Nebraska, the northeast corner of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California - included vast stretches of rugged terrain once thought impassable in winter.

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