With one more week of school in the books, the arrival of Thanksgiving Break is getting closer and closer. But as we get ready for the week of Halloween and the start of November, let’s take a look at some of the things you may have missed this past week. From sports stories to a great musician’s death, to government news, this week has been a busy one for sure!

1. Health Care Law affecting Rural communities

According to the New York Times, “While competition is intense in many populous regions, rural areas and small towns have far fewer carriers offering plans in the law’s online exchanges. Those places, many of them poor, are being asked to choose from some of the highest-priced plans in the 34 states where the federal government is running the health insurance marketplaces, a review by The New York Times has found.”

Most area in America are covered by at least two insurers; however, if you live in a rural area, you might be in those areas. You may have one insurer to work with, and that may not be enough for your whole community. While this may not affect you as a college student living in Poughkeepsie, maybe you are going to be dealing with this back home.

2. World Series Craziness

The 2013 World Series is underway, and the St. Louis Cardinals are playing the Boston Red Sox for the title of World Champs. However, there have been disputes with the endings of both Game 3 and 4 of the series. Both games ended in weird, unconventional ways. Game 3 was ended when Red Sox 3rd baseman Will MIddlebrooks was called for obstruction in the bottom of the ninth inning, resulting in a St. Louis victory. Then in game 4, the Cardinals lost the game in the ninth inning as well, this time due to a shocking pickoff.

3. Lou Reed’s passing

Rock Legend, Lou Reed, passed away this week. He was 71, the cause of death was found to be liver disease. Reed was a member of the band, Velvet Underground, and was the frontman of the group.

4. Ohio State’s Marching Band

Ohio State is known for many things around the country, but its marching band doesn’t get enough credit. They performed on Saturday at the team’s football game, and astounded everyone. First they did a tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, last week. Then during halftime on Saturday, they did a Hollywood themed show, which had songs from Superman, Harry Potter, and many more.

5. F.D.A. changing painkiller prescriptions

The Food and Drug Administration is making the act of prescribing painkillers stricter. The rule is being enforced because narcotic painkillers, or opioids, are resulting in drug abuse and addiction. This new rule is a way to crack down on the drug problems, starting with some of the most basic drugs.

6. Syria meets deadline for destroying chemical weapons

Syria is three days early of its deadline of which it must destroy all of its chemical weapons. However, at this time, it is unknown if all of Syria’s chemical weapons have been destroyed or deactivated. The idea to get rid of all of Syria’s weapons stemmed from Russia, who were “looking for a way to avert American military action against the Assad government,” according to the New York Times article.

7.  Penn State paid close to $60 million to 27 victims of Sandusky Case

Penn State has announced that it will pay $59.7 million to 27 people who were sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky. From the article on New York Times, “The settlements have been unfolding since mid-August, when lawyers for the accusers began to disclose them. Penn State followed a policy in which it has not been confirming them, waiting instead to announce deals at once.”

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