The almost unimaginable happened Nov. 2 as the Chicago Cubs broke the Curse of the Billy Goat and won Game 7 of the World Series after a drought of 108 years, the longest in the history of any professional sports team. An estimated 49.9 million people watched the game, making it the most-watched World Series game since Game 7 in 1991.

Other teams have had decades-long droughts, but none are as visceral as that of the Cubs, the perennial “lovable losers” of Major League Baseball. The losing streak is long been part of popular culture and the punchline of jokes. Yet, after a century without a World Series win, Cubs fans are somehow still some of the most dedicated in sports. To be a Cubs fan is to have boundless hope in the face of inevitable doom, like the Norse gods at Ragnarok, facing defeat either at the end of the season or in the playoffs.

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Alrighty people, he were are in the home stretch with just days to go before we can end the longest and most divisive presidential election in American history with a vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Come Wednesday, Nov. 9, we can put all the national polls and back and forth behind us.

Election fatigue set in a while back for many and now, like waiting for the date of a major surgery or the end of a nasty divorce, most of the nation just can’t wait for this all to be over so we can focus on our lives.

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Proposition 206 would raise the state minimum wage to $10 in 2017, then incrementally increasing the minimum wage to $12 per hour by the year 2020. It also entitles employees to earn an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work.

While we are in favor of raising wages and wish all our state’s workers earned gobs of money for their labor, 206 has some major flaws that make it an ill-advised proposition.
Firstly, the sudden rise in salaries would likely decrease overall employment. A full-time minimum wage worker earns $16,744 per year, which would jump to $24,960, an increase in $8,216 per employee.

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Halloween is by far the biggest holiday in Sedona. Residents and visitors celebrate the holiday with parties, concerts and trick-or-treating all over the city.

When Halloween falls midweek, we have only one real day to dress up and party, but when Halloween falls just after a weekend like it does this year, we can take advantage of several days of parties and events around town.

We recommend you take a look at all the Halloween-related events published in Friday’s edition of The Scene.

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Ever since Yavapai College unveiled its 10-year plan that poured more than $100 million into Prescott and Prescott Valley campuses while giving the Verde Valley mere pittance, the Governing Board has faced justifiable backlash.

First, board member Bob Oliphant resigned. He served the district that represented a good portion of the Verde Valley and saw the move for what it was: A blatant shortchanging of one-third of the college’s taxpayers to placate the majority of the board that lives in the Prescott area.

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Imagine waking up in a world without information provided by newspapers. Not merely the printed newspaper that appears in your driveway or you pick up in a rack at your coffeeshop, gas station or grocery store, but all the news online, the news links on your social media feed, the newsletter in your email inbox, the source an anchor cites in the evening television broadcast or the push notification that pops up on your smartphone.

The word “newspaper” no longer reflects a single subscription product, but the entire media industry.

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