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Halloween 2018 by the numbers:

$9 billion: Total Halloween consumer spending expected for 2018, according to the National Retail Federation.

175 million: Americans planning to celebrate Halloween this year.
41.1 million: Potential trick-or-treaters aged 5-14, according to the US Census Bureau.
$86.79: Average amount Americans will spend on Halloween festivities.
69,340: Acres of pumpkins harvested in the United States in 2017.
52: Years since the premiere of the classic TV special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Trump makes solemn visit to Pittsburgh, even as officials shun his timing:

President Donald Trump paid a solemn visit Tuesday to grieving Pittsburgh, where some local officials said his presence was unwelcome and where shouts of protest could be heard in the distance as he viewed memorials to the murdered victims.

Trump went unaccompanied by a slate of elected leaders who declined invitations to join him. Instead he traveled alongside the first lady and prominent Jewish members of his administration — including daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner — to somberly lay stones atop the 11 Star of David markers planted in the ground outside the Tree of Life synagogue. The traditional Jewish practice was in remembrance of the victims of Saturday’s shooting spree, the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history.

Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer Details Health Issues Related to Cyst in Brain:

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has opened up about the health problems that have led to speculation about his future with the program.

Meyer told Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel that a congenital arachnoid cyst in his brain, which required surgery in 2014, has been the source of severe headaches at various points in his career.

“Over the last few years, I’ve felt better and, with the help of my doctors, learned to manage it and monitor it with medication,” Meyer said. “I’m optimistic that this time won’t be any different.”

Mary Lou Retton reveals secret divorce:

Mary Lou Retton shared on Monday night’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars” that she is no longer married.

Retton said she and her husband of 27 years, former football player Shannon Kelley, divorced in February.
“I went through a divorce. People don’t know that,” Retton told her pro dancing partner Sasha Farber. “It’s the first time I’ve actually said it publicly.”
The retired Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast said it hasn’t been easy.
“It was hard,” she said. “I felt very alone.”

Dating while you have an STD:

Dating someone new is about checking out the new restaurant on the block or taking a hot yoga class together. And in the age of safer sex, it also means sharing information about your sexual health.

It’s a conversation that people with sexually transmitted diseases or STDs, also referred to as sexually transmitted infections or STIs — such as herpes, chlamydia or HIV — have been having for years. Meanwhile, their numbers are growing. Today, an estimated 1 in 2 sexually active Americans will contract an STD by the time they turn 25.

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