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Today is Wednesday. 343 days down and 22 days to go.

The online Christmas shopping season is in full tilt. Payment transactions are what allows it to happen. Here’s how they work.

40 years ago last evening, Howard Cosell had some news he wanted to get out during a Patriots-Dolphins game. He didn’t want to intrude on the the game but Frank Gifford pushed him to break in. And he did. “An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous perhaps of all of the Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival.” A sad night.

A million here, a million there. $234 million for a high school tells me that things are going well in the town of Arlington.

Everyone has a favorite weather forecaster. John Wolfson likes Dave Epstein. My guy is Mike Wankum, a fellow South Shore resident. Shelby Scott was great in her time getting blasted by waves on the seawall in Situate. And then there’s Stu Soroka. He was the underground weatherman on WBCN before moving to one of the Boston television stations. He lived somewhere along the water in Marshfield in the 70’s. It was cool to see him on TV. Local hippie makes good.

And the chief scientist in charge of Operation Warp Speed, the administrations’s effort to facilitate vaccine development, has no idea what the president’s Warp Speed executive order is about. “Frankly, I don’t know, and frankly, I’m staying out of this. I can’t comment, I literally don’t know.” OK, then.

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