Looking ahead

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Issue: "Africa, Inc.," Oct. 10, 2009

Pooh back in print

October 5: For the first time in more than 80 years, Winnie-the-Pooh will reappear in an authorized sequel to the 1920s-era originals. Playwright David Benedictus wrote the Pooh sequel, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, continuing on the classic works of original author and creator A.A. Milne.

High court reconvenes

October 5: The NFL has a lot on the line sometime after the Supreme Court of the United States reconvenes on Oct. 5. The powerful sports league will be arguing for anti-trust protection similar to the exemption Major League Baseball enjoys.

UFL debuts

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October 8: Realists might call the debut of the NFL-rival United Football League the beginning of the end. The fledgling league will host its first game today as the Las Vegas Locomotives play host to the California Redwoods. California owner Paul Pelosi (husband to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) hired former NFL coach Dennis Green, giving the league an air of legitimacy. But the history of upstart sports leagues is littered with failures.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded

October 9: More than 200 nominees will have their attention focused toward Oslo, Norway, for the announcement of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner. U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are two of the high-profile nominees. Fans of the dead music star Michael Jackson attempted to nominate the King of Pop-but the prize committee neither takes write-in candidates nor awards the honor to those not living.

Clergy Appreciation Day

October 11: Want to show your pastor you love him? The website My-Pastor.com has some ideas for recognizing your pastor for Clergy Appreciation Day. The site suggests that church members could plan a bonfire, chip in to buy a commemorative plaque, or even host a banquet capped with a celebrity-style roast.

Harpers Ferry anniversary

October 16: Exactly 150 years ago today, abolitionist and fanatic John Brown led a raid on the federal weapons arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va. The raid was an attempt by Brown to arm Southern slaves for an uprising. Instead, Brown and his men were caught by marines after a standoff. Brown was executed and the Harpers Ferry Raid is regarded by historians as one of the sparks that touched off the Civil War.


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