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5 things you need to know this morning: Sept. 20, 2019

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Will anyone actually storm Area 51 this weekend?

No, probably not, but there are festivities happening down in Nevada surrounding the “Storm Area 51” idea. The online viral joke turned into a mini-music festival in nearby Rachel, Nevada and people are already showing up. It’s unknown if anyone will actually try to storm the restricted area, but it’s certainly inadvisable.

2. New Indonesian law could see unmarried couples jailed for having sex

By the end of September, Indonesian parliament is expected to pass new laws that would make it a jailable offense to have premarital sex. Anyone in violation would have up to six months in prison. This law isn’t just for locals either, it would be imposed on the many tourists that travel to the Asian country.

3. The WHL season begins tonight

Get excited junior hockey fans, another WHL season gets underway this evening! Seven games are on tap, which includes the defending champion Prince Albert Raiders taking on the Saskatoon Blades. This year’s Memorial Cup hosts, the Kelowna Rockets, will get their season underway tomorrow night against the Spokane Chiefs.

4. New York mayor ends his presidential campaign

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. He made the announcement on Morning Joe this morning. He said that he had initially hoped his brand of progressive leadership could appeal nationwide, but realized “it’s clearly not my time.”

5. Canada resettled more refugees than any other country last year

According to the United Nations, Canada led the way when it came to resettling refugees in 2018. Out of 92,400 refugees who were resettled in 25 different countries, Canada was responsible for 28,100 of them. Behind Canada was the United States at 22,900 and Australia at 12,700.

Notable Birthdays (via Famous Birthdays)

Phillip Phillips (29), George RR Martin (71), John Tavares (29)

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