The Wider World

The Big A’s future is proposed

A PROPOSAL for the future of Angel Stadium and the surrounding area was unveiled Tuesday (Photo/City of Anaheim).

Angel Stadium – the fourth oldest in big league baseball – may be getting some very close new neighbors. Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has submitted his plans for development of the area surrounding “The Big A” and they were made public on Tuesday.

The plan is for 153 acres around and including the stadium, first built in 1966 as Anaheim Stadium. Termed “The Big A: 2050,” the proposed deal would involve Moreno and family purchasing the stadium and surrounding area from the city, the result being that the Angels would be committed to Anaheim through the mid-century.

If approved as proposed, the project would include hotels, shops, parks and housing. Still unsettled is whether the existing stadium would be replaced or renovated. The artist’s conception shows the ballpark looking much as it does today. The only stadiums in MLB older than “The Big A” are Wrigley Field (built in 1914 and home to the Chicago Cubs), Fenway Park (1912, Boston Red Sox) and Dodger Stadium (1963, Los Angeles Dodgers).

Voting going smoother than expected

Despite worries about a clogged system, voting in Kentucky went fairly smoothly on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. But don’t expect results to come that easily.

Primary elections were held Tuesday in Kentucky, New York, Virginia and several other states. The results came in slowly in part because voting is some states is by mail-in or absentee ballot and may take a week or longer to be tabulated.

Among the races that have been called are those in which candidates who have been critical of President Donald Trump – Madison Cawthorn and Thomas Massie – won the Republican nomination for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky.

Republican Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, easily won the GOP nomination for a Senate seat, but the race between two Democrats to oppose him may not be known until June 30. Charles Booker, a state legislator, is battling former fighter pilot Amy McGrath for that nomination.

In New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) won renomination in her New York City district.

U.S. coronavirus daily deaths at 806

THE CORONAVIRUS (Shutterstock).

The count of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths by Johns Hopkins University showed 809 more deaths from COVID-19 in the United States from the previous day’s tally. Worldwide, the number of new fatalities was 3,908 people.

The total number of new cases worldwide rose by 125,670 people, and new cases in the U.S. increased by 35,385.  Total worldwide cases are at 9,183,225 and in the U.S, it’s 2,341,632.

Looking at the total pandemic death count, there have been 474,572 worldwide and 121,157 in the United States.

Stock markets staying healthy

All three major American stock exchanges showed modest, if encouraging gains today (Tuesday). The Dow Jones Industrials were up 131.14 points to 26,156.10, a gain of 0.50 percent. The S&P 500 increased 13.43 points to 3131.29, an improvement of 0.43 percent. The Nasdaq saw a hike of 74.89 points to 10,131.37 (0.74 percent).

Gold was up by 3.20 and oil declined by 0.34.

It’s Groundhog Days for weather here

The weather in the West Orange County area is so alike from day to day, it’s as if we’re living in that old Bill Murray movie. The forecast from the National Weather Service has the same daily outlook: cloudy in the morning, turning sunny in the afternoon. Highs through the week and into the weekend will be in the 70s (74 to 78) and overnight lows in the 60s (61 to 63).  No rain is foreseen and highs – as per usual – will be five to seven degrees cooler near the coast.

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