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SPOUSAL SUPPORT Wednesday, October 29
Pauline Chai and her estranged husband, Khoo Kay Peng (a Laura Ashley executive), are battling in a London courtroom in a very expensive divorce, with the current issue to determine whether the English judge has jurisdiction instead of courts in the couple’s native Malaysia.
PARTY WITH THE DEAD Wednesday, October 29
The Day of the Dead, or El Día de Muertos, is a colorful Mexican holiday honoring ancestors that traces its roots back to the pre-Columbian era. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville is …
ROUTINE CLAIMS Wednesday, October 29
When a van on official business for the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, accidentally hit Megan Campbell’s Nissan Pathfinder in August, Campbell, naturally, filed a claim against the city for the $1,900 damage — normally just a cost of business for a city and one of about 400 claims St. Paul has processed this year.
BLOOD FOR BUTTERCUP Wednesday, October 29
In September, Dr. Sean Perry of the Marathon (Florida) Veterinary Hospital saved the life of Buttercup, an orange tabby who needed blood — by giving him a transfusion from a West Palm Beach dog blood bank. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 62 cats have been known to receive such “xenotransfusions,” and cats are apparently the only animals (besides dogs) that can safely process dog blood.
ALT-POP HERO Wednesday, October 29
Paul Collins first made his mark on the music scene with the seminal L.A. power pop band The Nerves. Their 1976 tune “Hanging on the Telephone” later became a hit for Blondie, and Collins …
GO HOME, HANOVER, YOU'RE DRUNK Wednesday, October 29
The Rural Municipality of Hanover, Manitoba, has prohibited alcohol sales for more than a century — or at least that’s what everyone in the community believed as recently as 2006, when the last attempt was made to repeal the ban (and failed by 30 votes).
FASHION FORWARD Wednesday, October 29
The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying native costumes and uncalled-for headdresses, happened to be touring the U.K. this fall, coinciding with the recent Paris Fashion Week in which the most celebrated designers from the “developed” world exhibited their wares, which often seemed as excessive as the Maasais’.
MONSTER SMASH Wednesday, October 29
In the world of sports, there is no greater thrill or splendor than watching costumed performers in monster suits smack the crap out of each other. Oh hell yes: Kaiju Big Battel is bringing its …
PISCES: Oct. 29-Nov. 4 Wednesday, October 29
The African nation of Swaziland has passed a law prohibiting witches from flying their broomsticks any higher than 150 meters above ground. That will be a big problem for Piscean witches. There is currently an astrological mandate for them to swoop and glide and soar as high and free as they want to.
AQUARIUS: Oct. 29-Nov. 4 Wednesday, October 29
Two physicists in Massachusetts are working on technology that will allow people to shoot laser beams out of their eyes. For Halloween, I suggest that you pretend you have already acquired this superpower. It’s time for you to be brash and jaunty as you radiate your influence with more confidence.
 
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