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Demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera in New York to protest the staging of Berkeley composer John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer. (John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Berkeley composer John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer opens at the New York Metropolitan Opera Monday night. The 1991 work depicts the murder of wheelchair-bound American cruise passenger Leon Klinghoffer at the hands of PLO hijackers and explores the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Pro-Israel and American Jewish groups have denounced the opera as an anti-Semitic glorification of terrorism. They successfully pressured the Met to cancel a planned simulcast of the opera, and protests -- possibly including former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani -- are planned for Monday night. (New York Times, Wall Street Journal)
  • An Associated Press investigation details how dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and death-camp guards have received millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States.
  • Today -- that's Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 -- is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election. (Capital Public Radio)
  • Berkeley is considering outlawing pet restrictions on rental properties -- "so long as the pet can be reasonably accommodated, is well behaved and the tenant takes responsibility for property damage." (SFGate)
  • Ebola concerns prompt Syracuse University journalism school dean to uninvite a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist just back from covering the epidemic in Liberia. And that earns the school blasts like this one from the Washington Post: Syracuse University bravely saves students from exposure to journalism.
  • Apple Pay, the consumer technology giant's electronic payment system, opens Monday. Analysts say it's either going to be pretty good (Wall Street Journal) or great (Forbes).
  • A New York Times columnist says, "Welcome back, Barry Bonds" -- and calls out baseball for its hypocrisy in turning the retired Giants slugger into a pariah.
  • Lamest World Series pseudo-controversy so far: Some radio stations in San Francisco have "banned" the Lorde song "Royals" for the duration of the Fall Classic. (ABC7-San Francisco)

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