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Sean P. Means
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A vehicle drives by a maple tree, which is beginning to change colors, on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park near Elkton, Va., on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Shenandoah National Park will close if parts of the government shut Tuesday because of the budget impasse in Congress. (AP Photo/The Daily News-Record, Nikki Fox)
The Cricket’s Daily 3: Life after shutdown

Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture:

• Hope nobody out there was planning a vacation this week at a national park, or to visit the Smithsonian or the National Zoo. [Mother Jones]

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•Two TV projects about Hillary Clinton -- CNN’s planned documentary and NBC’s planned miniseries -- have been pulled. In the case of the CNN project, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind it says it wasn’t Republican opposition that killed it, but obstructions from Hillary’s camp. [USA Today]

• Fans of Helen Fielding’s "Bridget Jones’s Diary" books are up in arms, after reading an excerpt of the upcoming third book -- which reveals (spoiler alert!) a shocking fate for one of the series’ major characters. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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