1. TRUMP SUBPOENA
The Jan. 6 committee voted unanimously to make former President Donald Trump testify about his role in the violent attempt by his supporters to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election results. "He is required to answer for his actions," said committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., but Trump will almost certainly defy the subpoena in drawn-out court battles.
2. PARKLAND VERDICT
A Florida jury sentenced Nikolas Cruz to life in prison without parole for the 2018 mass shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz, who will be formally sentenced on Nov. 1, pleaded guilty in 2021 to murdering 14 students and three staff members. The stepfather of slain teacher Scott Beigel spoke out against the verdict: "This animal deserves to die."
3. HIGHER INFLATION
Markets withstood a hotter-than-expected inflation report. Prices increased 0.4% in September from the month before and were up 8.2% from a year ago. This was above Wall Street estimates, and a significant blow to hopes that the gradual slowdown in inflation would pick up pace in time to prevent the Federal Reserve from making additional large rate hikes. Based on this report, it's unlikely the central bank will change course, which is bad news for stocks, mortgage rates and potentially the global economy.
This is only bad news if you need to buy things with money.
4. DEPORTATION BACKLASH
The Biden administration was called out by humanitarian advocates and a key Democratic senator for announcing it will deport Venezuelan asylum seekers who enter by crossing the Mexico-U.S. border. New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, supports the administration's plan to allow up to 24,000 asylum seekers to fly into the U.S. from Venezuela but condemned expansion of Title 42, which lets the federal government deport people without hearing their claims for asylum.
5. NETFLIX … BUT WITH ADS
Netflix announced it will be adding a “Basic with Ads” tier starting in November in 12 countries. For U.S. subscribers, the new tier will cost $6.99 a month and launch on Nov. 3. You can expect ads at the beginning and in the middle of your binge-watching sessions, accounting for about four to five minutes of every hour you’re consuming.
“Netflix and Chill” — Now brought to you by your favorite brand.
6. JOINING THE MAJORS
America’s pastime is now sponsored by CBD. Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web Holdings became the first CBD company to ink a sponsorship deal with one of the “Big Four” professional sports leagues, following a $30.5 million contract with Major League Baseball. The company makes gummies, tinctures and creams infused with CBD, or cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive chemical found in hemp and cannabis plants that has been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Buy me some gummies and Cracker Jack!
7. PHARRELL'S AUCTION
We're just days away from one of hip-hop's most lavish auctions in Pharrell's Son of Pharaoh offering, and prospective bidders have a chance to preview all the goods. Among the items up for grabs is a pearl necklace with an emerald charm, with an estimated minimum of $30,000. There's also a Chopard Imperiale watch expected to go for about $300,000 if you feel like balling out. For most items, expect the winner to pay upward of $1,000.
Clap along if you feel like a bid without a roof…
8. RANKING HALLOWEENS
Halloween Ends, the latest entry in the 43-year-old horror franchise, slashes its way into theaters today, and expectations are high that it kills it at the box office. The two previous Halloween films were among the most successful in the series, but how do they compare with other films in the iconic series? Cheddar News crunched the numbers to rank which Halloweens did best in terms of ticket sales.
9. IN ENTERTAINMENT
Here are a few of the other entertainment headlines we've been keeping an eye on: The American Music Awards unveiled the slate of nominees for next month's show; Bad Bunny leads all artists in nominations. Trevor Noah has a final The Daily Show date slated for December, and Super Bowl-bound Rihanna is reportedly gearing up for her next stadium tour, which is expected to kick off in 2023.
10. EMOJI DRAMA
Does thumbs-up really mean thumbs-up? According to online discussions, members of Gen Z entering the workplace are feeling culture shock over how their elders use emojis. To a Millennial or Gen Xer (or older!) a thumbs up might mean "Good job!" but those born between 1997 and 2012 are used to seeing it as a dismissive or even sarcastic reaction. Forget about using a heart — that's far too intimate. Above all, though, this newest generation joining the adult world prefers no emojis at all, according to one 25-year-old. "[W]rite something real back," said the elder Zoomer.
**LOVE **HATE **ATE
One thing we love: Figuring out our Halloween costumes two weeks early.
One thing we hate: Being as scared to see the new Halloween movie as we were to see the old ones. (Please don’t make fun of us.)
One thing we ate: Butternut squash and brown rice casserole — a cozy, wholesome one-pan recipe that could not feel more autumn-y.
WHAT TO STREAM THIS WEEKEND
Looking for something good to stream this weekend? The Cheddar News Digital Team has you covered! This week we've got basketball royalty, something sweet (literally) and creepy Halloween-esque options.
This image released by The CW shows Meg Donnelly, left, and Drake Rodger in a scene from "The Winchesters," a prequel to the long-running series "Supernatural." (Matt Miller/The CW via AP)