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Condo collapse death toll: 28

THE SEARCH continues at the site of the collapsed condominium tower in Surfside, Florida, near Miami. The death toll is now at 28 (Miami Date Fire and Rescue photo).

With the implosion Sunday of the remaining wing of the Miami area condominium complex that collapsed and took dozens of lives on June 14, the search resumed and four more bodies have been found.

According to USA Today, the new death toll at the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida, is now at 28. As many as 124 people are still reported missing, and rescuers got back to work immediately after the second wing was pulled down.

The implosion only paused the search for survivors for about 20 minutes, according to Miami-Dade Fire Chief Raide Jadallah.

There was an additional urgency to Sunday’s demolition. Tropical Storm Elsa was descending on the area and it was feared it would strike the Florida coast hard, possibly endangering rescue efforts and the stability of the remaining wing. The weather front has since veered south toward Cuba, but could swing around and strike the west coast of Florida Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

COVID-restrictions in England end July 19?

BORIS JOHNSON, British prime minister (Official portrait).

Life could start to return to normal in England on July 19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday. It would mean the end of a 16-month lockdown.

The re-opening was originally planned for June 14 but was pushed back for a month in response to a surge in new coronavirus cases.

“We must be honest with ourselves that if we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks when we will be helped by the arrival of summer and by school holidays, we must ask ourselves, when will we be able to return to normal,” said Johnson at a press conference, according to United Press International.

Angels and Dodgers are still rolling on

Both the Angels and the Dodgers continued their hot streaks on Sunday.

Juan Lagares hit a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth for a walkoff 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles at the Big A, sweeping the O’s with their fourth straight win. Shohei Ohtani hit his 31st homer of the season.

The Angels, now 41-40, are still in fourth place in the AL West. They are next in action today (Monday) against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim.

The Dodgers won their ninth straight game on Sunday, besting the Washington Nationals in D.C. by a score of 5-1. Albert Pujols’ pinch-hit single gave LAD a lead they would never relinquish.

A lineup of eight relief pitchers were called to duty and they performed well, yielding just eight hits and one run.

The Dodgers (53-31, a half-game out of first in the NL West behind the Giants) are next in action today at Miami, the last place team in the NL East.


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