Halloween, Parker Solar Probe, World Series parade: 5 things to know Thursday

This Halloween will be sweet and stormy

Today is Halloween, a day for dressing in costumes, carving pumpkins – and eating candy! America’s kids are sure to be jazzed up on sugar from their trick-or-treats. (Here’s a list of the most popular candies in your state.) The sweet stuff aside, Wednesday is one of the best days of the year for other food discounts – you may not need a costume to score special treats. Headed out for trick-or-treating? Some of you should grab your ponchos: Stormy skies may darken your night.

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Skittles, MM’s and Snickers are America’s most popular Halloween candies overall, but each state has a favorite treat.
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NASA probe making first solar encounter

The Parker Solar Probe, which got closer to the sun than any other spacecraft (within 26.55 million miles of the Sun’s surface), will be making its first solar encounter on Wednesday. It will gather data about the sun while dealing with its extreme heat and radiation, said NASA. By 2024, the probe is expected to get within 3.83 million miles of the sun’s surface. Launched in August, the probe also broke a record for fastest spacecraft traveling relative to the sun, topping the previous speed of 153,454 miles per hour. 

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun’s outer atmosphere to shed light on how stars work.
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Tribute concert honoring Mac Miller

After his untimely death in September, Mac Miller’s life will be remembered with the “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” memorial concert Wednesday in Los Angeles. The show will support the newly-created Mac Miller Circles Fund (MMCF), which was established after his death by his family with the help of The Pittsburgh Foundation, intended to “provide programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities.” Artists slated to perform at the concert include Chance the Rapper, John Mayer, Miguel, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Thundercat, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples and more. Miller died from an apparent overdose on Sept. 7 at age 26. 

Red Sox fans celebrate World Series title 

In what has become a championship tradition in Boston, the Red Sox will climb aboard duck boats for a parade to celebrate the team’s fourth World Series title in 15 seasons Wednesday, starting at Fenway Park. The Red Sox, who won 108 games during the regular season, were the only team in baseball this year never to lose four games in a row and stormed through the postseason, taking down everyone who dared stand in their way. They won the World Series after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5. 

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