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MLB players, owners in a split

THE START of the 2020 major league baseball season has hit a new snag (File photo).

UPDATE: Owners of Major League Baseball teams voted Monday unanimously to proceed with the 2020 season, calling on players to report to “spring” training by July 1. Commissioner Rob Manfred may end up deciding the length of the season – if one is played. Owners want a 60-game season, with playoffs; players prefer a longer season, since their pay is pro-rated depending on the number of games played.

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A proposal for a 60-game season was rejected by the executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Associated, according to published reports.

The vote was said to be 33-5, ending another effort to start the 2020 season already delayed and reduced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Issues dividing the players were salaries, length of season – the union wanted at least 70 games – and health and safety issues. Also delayed or cancelled are some experimental rules changes including allowing the designated hitter in the National League.”’

Financially, the two sides are about $275 million apart, according to the AP. With prorated salaries, more games means more pay for the players. Both sides are expected to file grievances against the other. An arbitrator would hear the complaints and make a ruling.

Three dead in shooting at N.C. celebration

A celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday turned deadly as three people were killed by gunfire and six others hit, according to the Associated Press. Additionally, five other people were struck by automobiles.

THREE PEOPLE were killed and six wounded when at least two gunmen opened fire into a crowd at a celebration in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday. (Flickr/Don Waddington).

The violence followed a hit-and-run accident in which a member of the crowd was struck. Arriving police heard gunfire from what they believe was more than one person.

The party was a follow-on to the Juneteenth celebration of Friday. That’s the the day – June 19, 1865 – that the last slaves in the old Confederacy, in Texas, were freed by Union forces.

“We’ve been protesting and we’ve been saying that black lives matter,” Myra Stewart, an African American woman at the scene told the AP. “But not only do they have to matter to white people, they have to matter to us, too.”

New coronavirus cases at 167,000 worldwide

In what is actually a decline, the number of new confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide showed a drop from 176,000 cases to 167,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The new total of global cases is now 9,057,555, led by the United States with 2,306,247 and Brazil with 1,104,561. The total global deaths are now at 470,665. The nations will the most fatalities are the U.S. with 120,351, followed by Brazil with 51,228.

Stock market makes a Monday comeback

The blahs of last week were shaken off briskly on Wall Street today (Monday). All three major stock indexes showed strong increases. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 153.50 points (0.59 percent increase) to 26.024.96. The S&P 500 rose by 20.12 points (0.65 percent) to 3,117.86 and the Nasdaq by 110.35 points (1.11 percent) to 10,056.47.

Oil was up 2.14 percent and gold declined 0.04 percent.

Warmer weather approaching

WARMER WEATHER COMING

There’s a slight warming trend on its way to West Orange County. According to the National Weather Service, Monday’s high was 75 and evening temperatures will dip to 62.  While patchy fog followed by sun is expected to clear to mostly sunny conditions later in the day, high temperatures will rise to the 80 to 82 degree area the rest of the week. As usual, highs will be five to seven degrees cooler at the beach. For more, go to www.weather.gov.

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