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Biden blames Trump for violence

JOE BIDEN, the Democratic presidential nominee, is blaming President Donald Trump for the violence surrounding protests (Flickr/Gage Skidmore).

Seeking to turn the tables on President Donald Trump and others at the Republican National Convention who blamed Democrats for street violence, former vice president Joe Biden placed the responsibility on the White House.

“He doesn’t want to shed light, he wants to generate heat, and he’s stoking violence in our cities,” said the Democratic presidential nominee today. “He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it.”

According to the Associated Press, Biden added “In just a little over 60 days, we have a decision to make: will be rid ourselves of this toxin? Or make it a permanent part of our nation’s character?”

The presidents fired off some tweets on the issue. “The Radical Left Mayors & Governors of Cities where this crazy violence is taking place have lost control of their ‘movement.’ It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but the Anarchists and Agitators got carried away and don’t listen anymore – even forced Slow Joe out of basement!”

Monday’s average of recent presidential preference polls by RealClearPolitics.com shows Biden with 49.7 percent support to 42.8 percent for Trump, a difference of 6.9 percent. FiveThirtyEight.com’s average has Biden with 50.2 percent to 43.1 for Trump, a difference of 7.1 percent.

U.S. coronavirus news uneven

Just like the old routine about there being good news and bad news, there was just such Monday in the battle against COVID-19. Although the total number of U.S. cases passed 6 million today (Monday), Johns Hopkins University reported 12,000 fewer daily cases than on Sunday. The number of fatalities from the coronavirus in the U.S. is now at 183,100, but Sunday’s sum was around 430, a low total for recent weeks.

However, new increases in cases are reported in Minnesota, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa and the Dakotas. Complacency about the fight against the virus is seen as a possible cause of the rise in infections..

September greets with typical temps

The new month starting on Tuesday will include typical autumn (or pre-autumn) weather for the West Orange County area. Tonight’s low will be 63 with increasing clouds. Sept. 1 will see clouds with gradual clearing and a high of 77. Clouds each night through Thursday, with daytime highs rising to 79 on Wednesday and 81 on Thursday.

Sports Today: Angels lose another close one

BASEBALL

The Los Angeles Angels are finally getting good pitching, but they can’t score many runs. They lost 2-1 to the Seattle Mariners Monday afternoon, dropping two of four in Anaheim to the team they had hoped to pass in the AL West.  Justin Upton’s home run in the second gave the Halos an early 1-0 lead but the M’s tied it in the third and got the go-ahead run on Jose Marmolejos’ homer in the sixth. Jaime Barria had a solid start, working 4.1 innings for the OC team and giving up five hits and one earned run. He struck out three and walked two.

The Angels (12-24) have Tuesday off and start a two-game set on Wednesday hosting the San Diego Padres.

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