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5 things you need to know from this week, plus 1 you don’t.

Oct. 27, 2018 – The shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in United States history. 11 people were killed during services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The shooter will be tried on a total count of 42 criminal charges. (More information from the Washington Post.)

Oct. 29, 2018 – A practically brand new Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed in the Indian Ocean. None of the 189 people on board survived. The black box has been retrieved, but the cause of the crash has not yet been determined. (BBC’s coverage of the accident.)

Oct. 29, 2018 – After their recent World Series win, sports commentators are claiming the 2018 Red Sox team was one of the best in baseball history. New England is embracing this claim. The rest of the country, not so much… (Read more from the Washington Street Journal.)

Nov. 1, 2018 – Google employees all over the world walked out of work on Thursday. 20,000 employees walked out of Google offices in 50 different cities. The walkout was in protest of how the company handled sexual harassment allegations against executives. (NBC gives the reason why.)

Midterm elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6. Yes, that is this Tuesday. Make sure to do your civic duty! After the election, expect at most a three month break from political ads before the 2020 presidential campaigning starts.

Bonus: If you ever are in need a way to avoid your in-laws, try this man’s strategy

Julie Taylor is a contributor to the Daily Runner.