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Prince Phillip is dead at 99

PRINCE PHILLIP visiting Canada (Wikipedia).

Prince Phillip, the husband of British Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday morning at the age of 99. Windsor Castle, the royal residence, announced that he had passed away in his sleep.

The Duke of Edinburgh – born Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark in 1921– married the then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947. She became queen in 1952 on the death of King George VI.  Born in Greece, he came to Great Britain as a child and served in the Royal Navy from 1939 to 1945, seeing combat action in both the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters. He left military service with the rank of commander.

He was the father of four children, including Charles, Prince of Wales. He served longer as consort to the sovereign than any other in British history.

Prince Phillip was associated with a wide variety of causes, sports and projects. He traveled around the world with the queen, finally retiring in August 2017, shortly after celebrating his 70th anniversary with Elizabeth.

He will lie in rest at Windsor Castle before a funeral at St. George’s Chapel.

Business: Bulls still running wild

THE BULLS had a good day on Wall Street (Shutterstock)

Wall Street continued its record-high runs Friday as all three major indexes posted hefty gains. The Dow Jones Average jumped 297.03 points to close at 33,800.60 points. The S&P 500 climbed 31.63 points to an historic 4,128.80 and the Nasdaq was up 70.88 to 13,900.19.

Amazon beats union. Probably. A much-watched effort to unionize a huge Inc. warehouse in Alabama appears to have failed. As of Friday, the tally was 738 in favor of joining a union and 1,798 against. Seventy-six ballots were deemed void and 505 have been challenged. The union said it would challenge the results arguing that Amazon used “unfair labor practices” in combating the organizing drive.

Amazon stock rose 3.54 percent Friday, partly on the strength of the company’s apparent victory.

Sports: Dodgers, Angels ranked highly

The weekly edition of’s rankings of the 30 Major League baseball teams shows Southern California to be very much in the upper class.

The Angels, who are 5-2 out of the gate, are ranked seventh. Shohei Ohtani’s pitching and hitting proves convinced one writer to suggest he might be a contender for AL MVP.

We in the LA-OC area tend to forget that there’s a Southern California that’s even more south than u. The San Diego Padres (4-3) are admired for their very deep bullpen.

Of course, ranked number one are the Dodgers (5-2). Great pitching, powerful hitting and a bit of a dynasty going. Take that, Astros and Yankees.

Joe Musgrove of the San Diego Padres  pitched a no-hitter Friday night against the Texas Rangers, winning 8-0. It was the first no-hitter in the franchise’s 53-year history.

• For Friday night results, go to our Sports Final post at: .

Weather:  Cooling trend is coming

It’s too early to worry about an early autumn, but a cooling trend will be in place in the West Orange County area over the weekend and heading into next week. According to forecasts, Saturday’s high will be 76 (overnight low of 55) with mostly sunny skies. Sunday will see the temperature drop to 72 with some clouds and Monday will be 71 and partly cloudy. Temps will drop to 65 by Tuesday and Wednesday.  For the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, daytime highs will be four to seven degrees cooler. A small craft warning is in effect.

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