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In the summer of 1969, California native Cherrill Meyer traveled to Wolfsburg, West Germany, to buy her Volkswagen Beetle, after her father learned she could shave $700 off the $1,700 price tag by picking it up directly from the factory.⠀

With the cash she saved, Cherrill and her childhood friend Pam Burk traveled for three months through Germany, Holland, Austria, France and Switzerland. The friends, both 20 at the time, named the '69 Beetle "Baby Cham" after a Champagne cocktail they had along the way. ⠀

All through the summer, they listened to news on Armed Forces Radio. "So much happened," Ms. Cherrill says. "The Manson murders, Chappaquiddick, Woodstock. We were in Bern, Switzerland, when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon." Sometimes other American tourists would ask them, "Where are your parents?!" ⠀

Ms. Cherrill, now 69 and a retired corporate-communications director living in Los Angeles, shipped the car from Germany to California and has kept it for the last 49 years (and 123,000 miles). ⠀

"It has been in the parking lot at every job I have ever had," says Ms. Cherrill, who reunited with her friend in Baby Sham for this photoshoot. "When I drive it, baby boomers stop to listen to the engine, because it brings back so many memories for people of my generation."⠀

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Glenner Town Square, a new adult day-care center for dementia patients in Chula Vista, Calif., is like entering a time warp.⠀

The storefronts that surround an indoor park there represent the time period from 1953 to 1961, when most of the patients were in the prime of their life.⠀

The center opened in August and is believed to be the country's first memory-care facility built entirely around the idea of reminiscence therapy, which uses prompts from a person's past to elicit memories and encourage conversation and engagement.⠀

Research on reminiscence therapy is mixed, although there is some evidence it can improve quality of life, cognition, communication and mood.⠀

"You want to have an environment that fits the kind of memories that people have," says Dorthe Berntsen, a psychology professor and head of the Center on Autobiographical Memory Research at Aarhus University in Denmark. ⠀

"It doesn't cure dementia, of course, but it does provide a context where these people have a better connection to their past and to their sense of identity."⠀

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Bob Richling carries Iris Darden, 84, out of her flooded home in Spring Lake, N.C., on Monday.⠀

Flooding remained a major concern in North Carolina as the state continued to grapple with the effects of Florence and officials monitored dams for potential breaches, even as the storm moved north. ⠀

Now a tropical depression, Florence has been blamed for at least 23 deaths in the Carolinas since it began battering the region late last week, authorities said.⠀

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📷: David Goldman/AP

Zeynep Duzgunoglu lives in a tent at a sandpit in Istanbul after agreeing to have her house razed two years ago with the promise of a roomy apartment in a string of new high-rise developments.⠀

"This was supposed to be my dream home," said the 60-year-old retired seamstress. But the developer ran short of cash, and Ms. Duzgunoglu's apartment remains a fantasy for her and 1,000 families.⠀

Across Turkey, scores of construction projects have been canceled or frozen in recent months and dozens of companies are straining to pay their foreign-currency debts as the Turkish lira weakens, according to investors and executives in the sector.⠀

The construction boom overseen by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has begun to unravel, threatening to deepen a currency crisis that has sent ripples through global markets.⠀

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Olaf Carlson-Wee, the son of Lutheran pastors who has a penchant for wearing neon tracksuits, has crammed the highs and lows of a hedge-fund career into roughly one year—all before his 30th birthday.⠀

His cryptocurrecy fund Polychain Capital, which he started in 2016 out of an apartment he shared with seven roommates in San Francisco, earned investors a staggering 2,303% last year, after fees. But the fund has shed around 40% of the $800 million it made for clients last year through a combination of investment losses and withdrawals by some of its earliest investors.⠀

Now, Mr. Carlson-Wee—who turned $14,502 into a $150 million personal fortune by going all-in on cryptocurrencies before bitcoin became a household name—must prove he isn't a one-hit wonder.⠀

"This is going to be such an epic adventure either way," he said, smiling. "Like, if this whole thing collapsed, that would be crazy, you know?"⠀

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📷: @jasonhenry for @wsjphotos

A man waits at the north reflecting pool of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City for the start of a service marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people.⠀

📷: @cpapapietro for @wsjphotos

CNY Fertility Center in Syracuse, N.Y., is one of the busiest fertility clinics in the country—and also among the most affordable.⠀

Robert Kiltz, @cnyfertility's 62-year-old owner and director, says the clinic charges $3,900 for one cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF), about a third of the national average cost.⠀

CNY is part of a small number of clinics that charge a fraction of what others do for IVF, with doctors there arguing that a high-volume, low-cost fertility program can make money, help start new families and open the market to people who otherwise couldn't afford IVF.⠀

While some clinics restrict fertility treatments if women are obese, too old or have a lot of previous failed cycles, Dr. Kiltz will take most anyone.⠀

"Who deserves to have a baby? I don't have any restrictions," he says. Not everyone agrees with that philosophy.⠀

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📷: @hezzikia for @wsjphotos

Stanley Morrical had just gotten his driver's license when his father bought this 1967 Camaro in 1977. It was a dream car for a long-haired kid in the late '70s, but his father was not enthusiastic about him driving it.⠀

"He thought I would get in trouble," said Mr. Morrical, now 58 and an employee-benefits broker in San Francisco. "He was probably right."⠀

His father died of a heart attack in 1982, and the car sat in his mother's garage for 13 years, but he never forgot about it. In the mid-'90s, when Mr. Morrical's business was doing well, he began restoring it over a 10-year period.⠀

"Purists will roll their eyes at some of the stuff we did, but I wanted to build the car I wanted," he said. That involved a new 385 horsepower V-8 engine, more comfortable seats and air-conditioning, as well as disc brakes to handle the extra power.⠀

Stanley's father probably spent less than $1,000 on the car before he passed away, while Mr. Morrical spent more than that on one wheel.⠀

"If he knew how much I spent on it, he would die of a heart attack a second time," he said. "But for me, this Camaro is more than a vehicle; it’s my dream car and a tribute to my memory of him."⠀

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📷: @angeladecenzo

#camaro #musclecar #chevy #classiccar

Burt Reynolds, the Oscar-nominated actor who became a symbol of charisma and machismo in the 1970s and '80s, died Thursday at age 82, according to his agent.⠀

In an interview with WSJ published in 2016, he talked to us about his childhood, how he got into acting and why he regretted posing nude for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972.⠀

Read the entire interview at the link in our bio.⠀

📷: @mackenzie.stroh

Romania is fighting a deadly measles outbreak that has seen more than 15,000 people infected and claimed 59 lives since 2016. That's thrown a spotlight on plummeting vaccination rates in the poor country, which has emerged as the leading edge of an escalating antivaccine trend plaguing Europe in recent years.⠀

Mistrust of authorities, a vocal antivaccine movement, poverty, irregular supply of vaccines and obstacles to delivering them to marginalized communities has exacerbated disease risks.⠀

More than 41,000 people were infected with measles in the first half of this year in the wider European region, compared with roughly 24,000 for all of 2017, according to the World Health Organization. By contrast, the U.S. saw about 100 cases during the same period this year.⠀

In Poland, an antivaccination movement recently gathered enough signatures to force a parliamentary debate on a proposal to make vaccines voluntary. In August, Italy's Senate voted to suspend for a year a requirement that parents provide proof of vaccinations to enroll their children in preschools.⠀

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, vaccination rates plummeted to 42% in 2016 from 97% in 2007. Ukraine has had nearly 30,000 cases of measles this year, including 13 deaths.⠀

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📷: @roxipopphoto

Shares of @amazon have surged nearly 75% this year on the company's route to $1 trillion in market value, a milestone the company achieved on Tuesday.⠀

Amazon follows Apple as only the second U.S. company to reach a valuation of $1 trillion, reflecting the online retailer's striking transformation from a profitless bookseller into a disruptive force of commerce.⠀

Amazon was valued at less than $500 million when it went public in 1997. A $1,000 investment in the IPO would be worth roughly $1.4 million today, adjusted for stock splits.⠀

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(Source: FactSet)

When Rachel Papuzza wouldn't let her husband Josh bring his oddball tiki collection inside their newly purchased Ventura, Calif., home, they struck a deal allowing him to convert their two-car garage into a 20-seat Polynesia-theme bar.⠀

The bar—replete with hundreds of tiki mugs, Polynesian carvings, puffer-fish lamps and even a hot tub—was finished last year for about $30,000. ⠀

"I had no idea it would be as big and elaborate as it is," Mrs. Papuzza says. "At least it wasn't in the house."⠀

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📷: @ethanpines for @wsjrealestate

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