Southwest cancellations, Indigenous Peoples Day, Boston Marathon returns: 5 things you need to know Monday

US celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day

A growing number of cities are replacing Columbus Day — celebrated Monday — with Indigenous Peoples Day. President Joe Biden on Friday issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day, lending the most significant boost yet to efforts to refocus the federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus toward an appreciation of Native peoples. Monday is also Columbus Day, which commemorates the arrival of the Italian explorer to North America in 1492. Native American groups claim the holiday celebrates Western colonialism. They also pay tribute to the man who encouraged the trans-Atlantic slave trading and was responsible for the genocide and killing of indigenous people. Some Italian Americans view the decision to eliminate the holiday as an insult to their ethnic heritage.

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Columbus Day versus Indigenous Peoples Day?

A growing number of cities, states and universities are replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, also known as Native Americans Day.

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Southwest Airlines woes continue after hundreds more cancellations

Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend, citing air traffic control issues and weather. Mike Van de Ven, the president of Southwest Airlines, said that he hopes operations Monday will be more normal. Van de Ven’s comment came after Southwest cancelled more than 1,100 flights Sunday, roughly 30% of its scheduled flights that day, stranding travelers and flight crews across the country. Before heading to the airport, travelers should verify their flight status. As of 6: 10 a.m. E.T. Monday, Southwest had canceled348 flights, according to flight tracker FlightAware. The airline had previously apologized to its employees prior to Monday’s cancellations. The airline’s executive vice president for daily operations, Alan Kasher, said that he was sorry for Monday’s cancellations.

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United Airlines predicts December will be the busiest air travel month in almost 2 years

United Airlines is expecting a massive travel surge for the holidays. Maria Mercedes Galuppo of Veuer has the story.

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3 US-based economists win the Nobel prize for economics

Three U.S-based economists won the 2021 Nobel prize for economics on Monday for work on drawing conclusions from unintended experiments, or so-called “natural experiments,” bringing the 2021 celebration of Nobel prizes to a close. David Card of University of California at Berkeley received one-half of the prize. Joshua Angrist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Guido Imbens of Stanford University shared the other half. According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the trio have “completely transformed empirical work in economic sciences.” The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel is officially known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Although the award was not created by the prize founder it is part of the Nobel stable. Last year’s economics prize went to Americans Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson for “improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.”

On Friday, journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia won the Nobel Peace Prize for their fight for freedom of expression in countries where reporters have faced persistent attacks, harassment and even murder.

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An emotional Ressa on Nobel Peace Prize win

Philippines’ Maria Ressa says she’s “honored” to be the joint winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for the freedom of the press. It will “inspire more people to face their fear, conquer it, and demand their rights,” she said. (Oct. 8)

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20,000 to run pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon

The first-ever fall Boston Marathon will finally hit the streets Monday following the cancellation of the 2020 race and a six-month delay in 2021. Originally scheduled for April 2020, the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon was first postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, then canceled for the year — the first time since 1897 that no version of the race has been run. The 2021 race was postponed from April for six months to give the pandemic more time to abate. About 20,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 26.2-mile race. As they race the 2-mile course, volunteers will hand out masks to finishers.

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Boston Marathon returns, changed by COVID-19

Thousands of masked runners from around the world gathered in a convention hall Friday to pick up their race bib numbers and other supplies for the 125th running of the Boston Marathon that has been greatly changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Oct. 8)

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Educators get free breakfast at McDonalds

McDonald’s is treating America’s educators to breakfast starting on Monday. Teachers, school staff and administrators can get a free “Thank You Meal” through Oct. 15 at participating restaurants nationwide during breakfast hours, the restaurant told USA TODAY exclusively. To receive the free meals, you must have a valid work ID. The Happy Meal box will contain a choice of one entree or hash browns as well as a beverage. According to Jennifer Healan (Vice President of Marketing, Brand Content and Engagement), the McDonald’s five-day giveaway is McDonald’s first big national thank you gesture for teachers.

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Why you should celebrate the teachers in your life

This is why teachers deserve appreciation every day.

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