Optimize: week of Oct. 15

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Welcome to Optimize, a weekly update to keep you informed on what has happened during the week. Here are five national/international stories (and one local one) that you should know:

Saudi Arabian journalist dies:

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation in Istanbul. He was beheaded and dismembered. Previously, this brutal incident has been kept rather quiet, and there were many mysteries that surrounded it. However, it was recently stated that “those involved [would] be held responsible.” 

Canada hits the boof:

As of Wednesday, Canada became the largest country to federally legalize recreational marijuana. Multiple varieties of cannabis will be available to adults in a small selection of stores.

Meghan Markle is pregnant:

As announced on Oct. 15, Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are having a baby. “Will this baby close its own car doors?” Markle seems in her element, cradling her baby bump at Bondi Beach.

TP Therapeutics raises $80 million for cancer drugs:

Drugmakers TP Therapeutics brought in $80 million dollars to fund cancer research. Most of this funding will be used to improve upon a mid-stage drug that will help with cases of lung cancer and other solid tumors.

Sex abuse investigation on Roman Catholic Church:

Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic Church has been charged for child sex abuse. Federal agents are investigating information from past inquiries that go back about 70 years.

Local Bonus: A “Berning” passion for Liz Watson:

For the first stop of his 9-state tour in support for Liz Watson’s Congressional candidacy, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders visited Dunn Meadow to encourage people to vote in this election. Ninth-district candidate Watson will be running to unseat Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth.