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Registration wind-up

Today is it. If you're not already registered to vote in next month's presidential election, you have until 5 p.m. today. You can register at your county supervisor of elections office, as well as at special registration stations some counties have set up in places such as supermarkets and shopping malls. For information, call your supervisor of elections at the following numbers: Pinellas: 462-3551; Hillsborough: 272-5850; Pasco: 847-8162; Hernando: (904) 754-4125. Citrus: (904) 637-9910.

Attention political junkies

If you need a bigger fix of punditry than weekend television gabfests such as The McLaughlin Group and The Capital Gang can provide, Eckerd College has the answer. The Eckerd College Organization of Students is sponsoring a debate between two well-known political analysts at 8 p.m. Thursday. Fred Barnes, a conservative who is senior editor of The New Republic and regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group, will debate Juan Williams, a liberal commentator and correspondent for the Washington Post. Williams also is author of Eyes on the Prize and has covered the White House and other political issues. The debate, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Griffin Chapel on the Eckerd College campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Mark your calendar

Today 100 years ago today, the Dalton Gang simultaneously robbed two banks in Coffeyville, Kan.; Tuesday Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, begins at sundown; Wednesday Actor June Allyson turns 75; Thursday Remember when the tunnels beneath Chicago flooded earlier this year? Things were worse in 1871 when Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over the lantern on this day; Friday Just as we're closing in on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival (it's Oct. 12), here we are celebrating Leif Erikson Day; Saturday Limber up. World Wrist-Wrestling Championship opens in Petaluma, Calif.; Sunday Full moon. Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, begins at sundown.

s: Jennifer Orsi, Chase's Annual Events,

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