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Changes planned for debates

THE DEBATE format will be changed after Tuesday’s “ugly” clash between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden (Shutterstock).

Chaotic. Ugly. A “dumpster fire.” Those are some of terms being used to describe Tuesday’s debate between Republican President Donald Trump and the Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.  The event was historically contentious, with moderator Chris Wallace struggling to keep order as the two candidates jabbed and interrupted each other.

The Associated Press is reporting that Trump interrupted 77 times, to Biden’s 22.

In response to the uproar that followed the debate, the sponsoring agency – the Commission on Presidential Debates – promised changes for the next round.

“Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” the Commission on Presidential Debates said in a statement.

The president’s camp claimed victory. “Their guy got pummeled last night,” said Tim Murtagh, spokesman for the campaign. However, three “overnight” polls all showed Biden the winner, in margins from six to 32 points.

The vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris is set for Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City. The second presidential debate will be held on Oct. 15 in Miami.

The news: A sad day for music lovers

The death of two popular music singers from the Seventies was reported today (Wednesday).  Helen Reddy, best known for the feminist anthem “I Am Woman,” died at the age of 78. Mac Davis, who wrote hit songs for Elvis Presley and had his own hits like “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” was also 78. •  Wall Street rebounded somewhat from its pre-debate jitters and had a modestly successful day. The Dow Jones Average rose by 329.04 points, while the S&P 500 gained 27.53 points. Nasdaq was up 82.26 points. • A request to expand the college football playoffs from four teams was rejected by conference commissioners. The Pac-12, which includes USC and UCLA, requested that eight teams be in the tournament because of the schedule disruption brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Weather: Hot enough for you? It sure is

The Heat Advisory about high temperatures in the West Orange County area is certainly living up to its claims. The thermometer hit 101 in parts of Garden Grove and was still at 95 degrees by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The overnight low will be at a tolerable 66 degrees tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Thursday should cool off a little with a high of 96 (66 at night) and Friday will be positively frosty at 88 degrees during the day (63 at night). Along the coast, Huntington Beach hit 95 today and was down to 85 by 5 p.m. The overnight low there will be 65 degrees. On Thursday, the high should drop to 82 and then on Friday to 80.

Sports: Lakers turn off the Heat, 116-98

The Los Angeles Lakers opened the 2020 NBA finals impressively Wednesday night, crushing the Miami Heat 116-98. Anthony Davis scored 34 points – including a 10-for-10 performance at the free throw line – to lead the purple and gold. LeBron James added 25 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had nine assists.

Leading 31-28 after the first quarter, the Lakers blew the game open in the second, rolling up a 17-point lead by halftime. For the Heat, Jimmy Butler had 23 points. Rookie Kendrick Nunn had 18 points off the bench for Miami. The second game of the best-of-seven series will be played Friday at 6 p.m. Pacific time.

  • Dodgers 4, Milwaukee Brewers 2.

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