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1. SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN

Brought to you by the numbers 14 and 3: It’s been 14 days since the federal government partially shut down, and three days to go before we hit the debt ceiling. So, where do we stand? Nowhere. The Senate met yesterday afternoon, with Majority Leader Harry Reid saying he would do “everything I can throughout the day” to reach some kind of bargain with Republicans. But after a four-hour powwow, nada. The Senate meets again at 2 today. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says this hoopla has dragged on far too long, but she believes there’s going to be a resolution “this week.” Hope is a wonderful thing. Hope + action = even better!

2. BABY HOPE

Hope springs eternal: Twenty-two years later, she has a name. This weekend, we learned that the little girl known only as “Baby Hope,” whose abused and decomposed body was found in an ice chest by the side of a New York roadway in 1991, was 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo. And the man accused of killing her is her cousin, Conrado Juarez. Police say Juarez smothered her with a pillow while sexually assaulting her. Then he “folded the girl in half,” tied her and placed her in a garbage bag inside the cooler, an assistant district attorney says. The New York Police Department’s cold case unit never gave up on the case. A detective’s wife paid for the white dress “Baby Hope” was buried in. And detectives paid for the tombstone. “Because we care,” it says.

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