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IS forces ‘pushed back’ in Iraq

IS forces ‘pushed back’ in Iraq

Mexican soldiers ‘killed suspects’

Mexican soldiers ‘killed suspects’

Press freedom in Americas ‘worsens’

Press freedom in Americas ‘worsens’

US urges probe into West Bank death

US urges probe into West Bank death

Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona

Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona

UPDATE 1-Former Cream frontman Jack Bruce dies aged 71

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this pressed For your “Ou sont les neiges d’antan…” Salvador Dali kisses the hand of Raquel Welch after finishing his famous portrait of her, 1965 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)

Saint of the Day for Saturday, October 25th, 2014: St. Daria

this pressed: El Monte residents tell us how they envision their town — KCET-TV SoCal (@KCET)/Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day.[1][2] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world. In Brazil Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain there are festivals and parades and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

Day of the Dead
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Representations of Catrina, one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico
Observed by Mexico, and regions with large Hispanic populations
Type Cultural
Synthetic Christian
Significance Prayer and remembrance of friends and family members who have died
Celebrations Creation of altars to remember the dead, traditional day of the dead’s food
Begins October 31
Ends November 2
Date October 31
Next time 31 October 2014
Duration 3 days
Frequency annual
Related to Hallowmas

this pressed for your rght to know: Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast (from reacting to preparing…only in reverse!)

Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast
Oct. 25, 2014 9:57 AM EDT

via Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start.

The contrast in handling two Ebola diagnoses highlights how differently cities and hospitals prepare for health emergencies.

“The lesson I would take from New York is you have to practice,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, a representative of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “Preparedness isn’t something you just make a plan for and put it on the shelf.”

Russian clocks go back for last time

Russian clocks go back for last time

Mass protest over Italy job reforms

Mass protest over Italy job reforms

Obama commends New Yorkers for calm reaction to Ebola threat

Ebola Cases Top 10,000: WHO

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Online campaign aims to help abortion amendment – | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Russian government approves law to clamp down on offshore tax sheltering

Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto in e minor op 64: GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES

Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth (Bizet) Richard Lewis: make music part of your life series

Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth (Bizet) Richard Lewis

Feuerwerksmusik , MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS – Georg Friedrich Händel: great compositions/performances

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, KV 467 “Elvira Madigan”: great compositions/performances

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, KV 467 “Elvira Madigan

This presses: Thanks to my new constituent @iowahawkblog for noting Queen Elizabeth’s WW2 grease monkey background. I’d forgotten.|— Justice Don Willett

Just a thought: “Everyone can look under the hood of a car…few know what to look for!”   —George-B

Fourth Portsmouth man killed in Syria

Fourth Portsmouth man killed in Syria

Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP

Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP

Vietnam tycoon arrested for ‘fraud’

Vietnam tycoon arrested for ‘fraud’

Attacks ‘threaten Egypt’s existence’

Attacks ‘threaten Egypt’s existence’

Ebola outbreak cases pass 10,000

Ebola outbreak cases pass 10,000

World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim Shares his Views on Ebola Virus | Maine News Online

Cancer-killing stem cells engineered in lab – BBC News

Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus release date, specs: ‘Fastest Android smartphone’ to launch in Europe in Nov., Ecumenical News

UPDATE 2-Fannie Mae settles shareholder lawsuit for $170 million

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The Conflict Between Germany and the E.C.B. That Threatens Europe –

Combating a Flood of Early 401(k) Withdrawals –

Two Ministers Claim They Could Face 180 Years In Jail For Refusing To Do Gay Weddings

Obama on Ebola crisis: ‘We must be guided by facts not fear’ – BBC News

Hatchet-Wielding Man Who Attacked Cops ‘Just an Angry Guy’ – ABC News

NYC: ‘Open for business’ despite Ebola case

Egypt’s president: Foreign hands behind attack that killed 30 troops in Sinai | Fox News

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Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014

Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014

Pakistan’s bewildering array of militants

Pakistan’s bewildering array of militants

Attorney General Eric Holder ‘Exasperated’ By Leaks In Michael Brown Case

Attorney General Eric Holder ‘Exasperated’ By Leaks In Michael Brown Case

Ottawa Shooter’s Mosque Ties Probed – WSJ

Life terms for Argentina jail crimes

Life terms for Argentina jail crimes

Syrian Kurd leader sees war of ‘attrition’ in Kobani

Liberals Are Not Happy That They’re About To Lose The Senate