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Season Two of Stranger Things to Premiere This Friday
By Jenelle Cadigan
Netflix is releasing season two of its original series “Stranger Things” on Friday, Oct. 27. The show, which takes place in the 1980s, is about a boy who disappears in a small town, and the dramatic chain of events that follows while his family and friends search for him. The newest trailer for its highly anticipated season features all of the essential characters from season one, including Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), and picks up right where it left off.
According to a Wired article, “In one month, Netflix users in 190 countries watched Stranger Things, and viewers in 70 of those nations became devoted fans. A handful of people tuned in from Bhutan, and from Chad. In a first for the streaming service, someone watched Season 1 in Antarctica.”
Netflix’s quarterly earnings report shows that roughly 109 million people are subscribed to the streaming service worldwide, with just under half of those (52.8 million) in the United States.
Mann Packing Listeria Recall
By Jenelle Cadigan
National, Connecticut, Hamden, Quinnipiac
Mann Packing of Salinas, California, is voluntarily recalling dozens of products sold at stores like Target, Walmart, Whole Foods and Aldi due to possible listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The company is recalling these products “out of an abundance of caution” because of “a single positive result found on one of our products during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.”
The recalled products were distributed throughout the United States and Canada with "best if used by" dates between Oct. 11. and Oct. 20. The full list of recalled products can be found here.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about 1,600 people get listeria each year and approximately 260 people die from listeria each year. Listeria has more serious effects on pregnant women and newborns - sometimes leading to miscarriage, stillbirth or premature delivery - as well as people over age 65. Common symptoms of listeria are fever, diarrhea, muscle aches, fatigue, stiff neck, headache, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions. Symptoms usually appear between 1 and 4 weeks after eating contaminated products.
Most of Puerto Rico still without power
By Michael Brennan
Puerto Rico, which was hit with a category 4 hurricane nearly a month ago, is still mostly without power. According to the Puerto Rican government, the U.S. territory has only restored electricity for 23 percent of its citizens as of Oct. 23.
Quinnipiac School of Communications secretary Rosa Nieves has a lot of family that lives in Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean three weeks ago, she has been collecting donations to send to the island for relief efforts.
Knowing that the territory is missing basic needs has prevented more tragic necessities, such as the burial of one of her family members.
"People have [been] burying family members in their backyards because they have no idea when help will come. We didn't hear that one of our family members died during Hurricane Maria until almost three weeks after the hurricane hit Puerto Rico," said Nieves.
In addition to the donations she collects from students, she also participates in family-run donations to the island in other states like New York.
"My aunt in Brooklyn started an initiative to collect basic supplies to send to families in the southwestern part of Puerto Rico once post offices started to open... I got so much in donated supplies I couldn't bring it all with me to Brooklyn in one trip," said Nieves.
Kelsey Bombon, the President of the Latino Cultural Society, is still spearheading efforts to raise money for relief efforts at Quinnipiac. She is "in the process" of organizing more fundraisers for those affected.
Yankees fall to Astros in ALCS game seven
By Michael Brennan
The Houston Astros handily won game seven of the ALCS 4-0 on Saturday night, which dashed New York Yankees fans' hopes of a coast-to-coast World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ratings are expected to be down nationwide for the World Series. Last year's Series had the highest ratings in 25 years and are considered to be an outlier for the MLB according to Business Insider.
The Yankees are one of Connecticut's two primary baseball teams, according to The New York Times. The other favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, were already eliminated earlier in the playoffs.