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Pence warns of “Biden’s America”

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE (Flickr/Gage Skidmore).

Vice President Mike Pence, the featured speaker on the third day of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, warned that a government run by Joe Biden and the Democratic Party would encourage lawlessness and endanger people’s lives.

“The hard truth is … you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” said Pence. “Let me be clear: The violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha.”

He added “The American people know we don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs and safety.”

The cities mentioned by the vice president were roiled by protests and violence after the controversial killings of Black people by police.

Pence, who spoke from historic Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the battle over which inspired “The Star Spangled Banner” in 1814, also cautioned people living in the path of Hurricane Laura, which is expected to arrive over land at the Texas-Louisiana border some time tonight.

Another speaker, civil rights veteran Clarence Henderson, sought to rebut the idea that President Trump was racist. “He has done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50.”

Suspect arrested in killings in Kenosha

A 17-year-old White youth was arrested today (Wednesday) on suspicion of fatally shooting two people and wounding a third person during disorder in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

A SUSPECT has been arrested in the fatal shooting of two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin (Shutterstock).

The suspect, identified as Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois is facing two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Associated Press.

After local police shot and seriously injured Jacob Blake, a Black man, on Saturday, there has been disorder on the streets of Kenosha. Violence and vandalism became so severe that Gov. Tony Evers called in National Guard units to restore order.

The two deceased were identified as a 26-year-old resident of Silver Lake, Wisconsin and a 36-year-old Kenosha resident. The third victim is a 36-year-old from West Alis, Wisconsin and is expected to survive, reported the AP.

A slow cooling trend as brrrr months approach

If you’re looking forward early to the weekend you’re headed toward a cooler, but still warm few days. According to the National Weather Service, tonight’s low will be 69 in the West Orange County area. Thursday is expected to reach 91, but then drop to 87 on Friday followed by an 83 high on Saturday and 82 on Sunday. Closer to the beach we’ll see a high of 80 on Thursday, then 77 on Friday, 75 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday.

Sports schedules postponed

Four Major League Baseball games, including contests involving the Angels and Dodgers, were postponed Wednesday as players protested the killing by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Three NBA playoff games, including the Lakers’ matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers, were also postponed. The Lakers lead best-of-four series three games to one.

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