California Governor Newsom vetoes a bill banning caste discrimination, and October stargazing in today’s edition of Bwoglines.

Editor’s warning: Mentions of death.

Happening in the World: An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck Afghanistan on Saturday morning, killing hundreds of people and destroying at least 465 houses. The disaster occurred near the Iranian border, 40 km from the city of Herat at about 11 am local time. The death toll is expected to rise, as unconfirmed estimates put the toll at over 2,000. (BBC)

Happening in the US: California Governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill banning caste discrimination. The bill would have been the first of its kind in the United States. Newsom said the law was “unnecessary” since other legislation covers caste-based discrimination. Activists in the Hindu community wanted to address economic divides within the Indian immigrant community. (Reuters)

Happening in NYC: New York has two meteor showers and a partial eclipse during the month of October. The Draconid meteor shower will be visible October 6 to 10, and the Orionid meteor shower will peak October 21 to 22. The partial eclipse known as the “Ring of Fire” will happen at midday on October 14. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: A workshop on podcast editing will be held today both in-person and on Zoom from 3 to 4:30 pm. The session will cover the basics of Adobe Audition, including recording, editing, and audio enhancement effects. The in-person seminar will take place in the Seminar Room of the Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge. Register here for this event and other workshops in the Podcasting Workshops Series.

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