The Wider World

Verbal fight after Kenosha tumult

UNREST in Kenosha, Wisconsin after the shooting by police of Jacob Black, a Black man (Shutterstock).

President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden on Tuesday exchanged barbs over where the responsibility lies for the violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

On a visit to that city, the president said “These are not acts of peaceful protest, but, really, domestic terrorism.” He criticized Democratic office-holders in the city and state for not promptly calling for federal assistance.

He did not mention the case of Jacob Blake, a Black man left paralyzed after being shot by police seven times. Trump did offer millions of federal dollars to boost local law enforcement and repair damage done by street violence.

Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, said “Donald Trump has failed to protect America. So now he’s trying to scare the hell out of America. Violence isn’t a problem in Donald Trump’s eyes. It’s a political strategy.”

According to the Associated Press, the president also defended, without naming him, a suspect – identified by police as Kyle Rittenhouse, 17 – who was arrested for fatally shooting two protestors two days after Blake was shot.

In Portland, Oregon, a member of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, was fatally shot on Saturday. The decedent was identified as Aaron “Jay” Danielson of Portland.

Will it be Election Night or Election Week?

If you are a voter in Georgia and you mail your ballot on Nov. 3, it will be counted. That’s a ruling by U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross, a decision that covers ballots that arrive up to three days later. Since Georgia is considered a swing state in the 2020 presidential election, that extension of absentee voting carries the possibility that the outcome of the race for the White House might not be known until later that week. So far, 19 states are planning to accept ballots postmarked by Election Day. Typically, state laws require that the results must be certified within 17 days after the election.

More ballots are expected to arrive by mail this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cool today but hot and then hotter

The weather in the West Orange County area may be pleasantly autumnal today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) but things will heat up toward a hot Labor Day weekend. Tonight’s overnight low is forecast by the National Weather Service to be 62. Wednesday’s high will be 78 and sunny, but the temps will start to rise on Thursday (82) and Friday (90).  By Saturday, the thermometer will climb as high as 102.  Temps will be cooler at the beach. Wednesday’s high will be 70, rising to 73 on Thursday and 78 on Friday.

Urias, Taylor tame the D-backs

Another relatively slow day for local sports fans.  Scores will be posted as they become available.

  • Dodgers 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 3.  Julio Urias pitched six strong innings against the D-backs to run his record to 3-0. He gave up four hits and one earned run, struck out five and walked none. Chris Taylor drove in four runs with two doubles and a walk with the bases loaded.

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