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London Workers Strike as a National Park Reopens and More News to Start Your Weekend



After being closed due to flooding, Death Valley National Park reopens.

After two weeks of significant floods that damaged roads and facilities to the tune of millions of dollars, well-known areas of Death Valley National Park are set to reopen on Saturday. Visitors were advised by the National Park Service to prepare for traffic and delays and not rely entirely on GPS navigation as certain roads may still be closed as crews work to repair the damage. This summer, monsoonal storms have also affected the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. Another precipitation surge, along with possible mountain and desert thunderstorms into the next week, was predicted by the National Weather Service for this coming weekend.

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London train employees are still on strike.

In the UK, a rail strike is scheduled for this coming Saturday, only one day after a London Underground strike on Friday paralyzed the city’s transit. Workers in England have gone on strike this summer in response to sharp increases in the cost of food and electricity. As Britain experiences its greatest cost of living crisis in decades, more unions are contemplating strikes. There will be walkouts by postal workers, attorneys, British Telecom employees, and port workers later this month. The Bank of England predicts that amid a recession later this year, U.K. inflation might increase to 13% from its 40-year high of 10.1% in July.

The world fell in love with “Dirty Dancing” 35 years ago.

Patrick Swayze, who passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 57 in 2007, and Jennifer Grey starred in the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing,” which celebrates its 35th anniversary on Sunday. The song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, received an Oscar for best original song. The film was a cultural sensation that brought in $218 million worldwide at the box office. On the occasion of Swayze’s birthday on Thursday, his widow Lisa Niemi discussed her late husband’s legacy. According to Entertainment Tonight, “I don’t think there’s anything I don’t miss about him.” “I feel as though he is here every day,” Grey, 62, has been announced by Lionsgate Studios CEO Jon Feltheimer will executive produce and feature in a new version of the 1987 movie in 2020.

HBO debuts the “Game of Thrones” prequel series.

This Sunday marks the debut of the latest “Game of Thrones” prequel, “House of the Dragon.” The new program is based on the 2018 book Fire & Blood by author George R. R. Martin, which describes the rise and fall of the Targaryen family. The cast and producers acknowledged that they were concerned about trying to match the success of the first series, which was one of the most watched TV programs ever. HBO Max will begin streaming “House of the Dragon” on Sunday.

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Originally published on USA TODAY, this article says: London strikes, National Park reopening: 5 things to know this weekend