Worst Monday in October: The bad news: it’s Monday. The worse news: it’s the first Monday in October. That means the Supreme Court is back in session. And if last year was any indication, that’s the worst news of all. USA Today: Supreme Court: A look at the key cases and questions pending before the nation’s high court.

+ Soccer Stampede: “Police firing tear gas after an Indonesian soccer match in an attempt to stop violence triggered a disastrous crush of fans making a panicked, chaotic run for the exits, leaving at least 125 people dead, most of them trampled upon or suffocated.” A tragedy at an Indonesia soccer match. “‘Fans died in the arms of players,’ Javier Roca, the Arema coach, told Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser. ‘I’m mentally shattered. I feel a heavy burden, even a heavy responsibility.'” BBC: How the disaster unfolded.

+ I Ran Out of Lies: “In his first public comments on the unrest, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said ‘riots’ had been ‘engineered’ by Iran’s arch-enemies and their allies. Iran protests: Supreme leader blames unrest on US and Israel. Same tired lies from the same tired regime.

+ Add Hominin: “By developing new techniques for working with ancient genetic material — which is often heavily degraded and contaminated by microorganisms — he led teams that sequenced the genome of the Neanderthal, and discovered a previously unknown hominin, Denisova.” Svante Pääbo wins the Nobel Prize in medicine for research into the evolutionary history of humankind. (I mean, for those who believe in such things…)

+ Ay, There’s the Rub: Here’s just one of the weird (and frightening) tidbits from the always interesting Harper’s Index. “Percentage by which Trump voters are more likely than Biden voters to have donated sperm : 50.”