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5 things you need to know this morning: Sept. 25, 2023

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

Five things you need to know

1. Man in life-threatening condition in hospital after eating contest at Calgary pub

One man was sent to hospital in life-threatening condition after an incident at an eating contest at a well-known Calgary pub. Paramedics were called to the Ship and Anchor pub around 6 pm Saturday and were told there was an Oktoberfest-themed eating contest going on. They were not able to determine if that’s what led to the medical incident, but attendees said the contest involved eating bratwurst on a bun.

2. Writers Guild and Hollywood studios reach tentative strike-ending deal

After nearly five months, it appears as though the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood studios have reached a tentative agreement to end the historic screenwriters strike. However, no deal is in the works yet for striking actors. The three-year contract agreement must be approved by the guild’s board and members before the strike officially ends.

3. Convicted Mafia boss finally caught after decades on the run dies in hospital

Matteo Messina Denaro, the convicted mastermind behind some of the Sicilian Mafia’s most heinous slayings, died in a hospital prison ward on Monday. Doctors said he had been in a coma since Friday. The 61-year-old had been on the run for decades before his need for colon cancer treatment led to his capture in January 2023. His cause of death is suspected to be from his illness, but an autopsy still needs to be performed.

4. Florida woman found dead after alligator spotted with body in mouth

Florida officials have humanely killed a nearly 14-foot alligator that was recently spotted with a body in its mouth. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim of the gator as 41-year-old Sabrina Peckham. While alligators have been spotted in that area before, one resident said she had never seen one that large.

5. Haley Van Voorhis becomes 1st female non-kicker to play in NCAA football game

Barriers were broken down Saturday as Haley Van Voorhis took the field for NCAA Div III Shenandoah University. The junior became the first woman to appear in an NCAA football game at a position other than kicker. She made an impact as well, registering a quarterback hurry in the first quarter of the team’s win, forcing an incomplete pass.

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