Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 10/17

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Government Reopens After Shutdown

Barriers went down at federal memorials and National Park Service sites, and thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown. Among the sites reopening were Gettysburg National Park in Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Capitol visitors center. Hundreds of others across the country were ready to follow suit throughout Thursday.

Cory Booker Wins NJ Senate Seat

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. With three-quarters of precincts reporting, Booker had almost 56 percent of the vote to Lonegan’s 43 percent. The first reaction from the social-media savvy victor came, of course, on Twitter: “Thank you so much, New Jersey, I’m proud to be your Senator-elect.”

Detroit CFO Resigns After Racial Comment

Looks like the city of Detroit is looking for a new chief financial officer after former CFO Jim Bonsall asked: “Can I shoot someone in a hoodie?” Bonsall’s comment, which some believed referenced Trayvon Martin, caused a colleague to come forth with what she felt was “extremely offensive, hostile, and abusive.” Bonsall has since decided to step down after he had been suspended with pay during an investigation into a complaint filed by a subordinate.

Pele Debuts $1,700 Book

The Brazilian soccer legend has released a limited edition book titled 1283, in reference to the number of goals he scored over his career, which included three World Cup titles. The book, which weighs in at 33 pounds, costs $1,700 because only 1,283 copies were printed. We’re sensing a theme here…

Single Mom Snubbed at Church

Pastor Marvin Winans of Perfecting Church in Detroit is coming under fire for refusing to include a young boy in a church-wide blessing for children. The reason? The boy’s mother is not married. Charity Grace was looking forward to the ceremony when she was told it was the pastor’s policy not to unwed mothers in front of his congregation.

Hip-Hop Acts Receive Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Noms

Standing as the only hip-hop artist to gather nominations, American rapper LL Cool J and gangster rap pioneers N.W.A. were nominated Wednesday to theRock and Roll Hall of Fame. The disco band Chic also received its second consecutive nomination.

Timbaland’s Wife Files for Divorce

TMZ has reported that Monique Mosley, producer Timbaland’s wife of five years, is filing for divorce. She not only wants him to pay child support for their 5-year-old daughter, but also her kid from a previous marriage. And she’s not stopping thre. She wants alimony, life insurance, private school and much more.