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“Peaceful reunification” vowed

CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jinping addressing the British Parliament in 2015 (VOA/WIkipedia).

China will pursue “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan, said President Xi Jinping on Saturday. According to, his remarks came after a week in which Chinese warplanes repeatedly flew into Taiwanese air space, a practice widely taken to be an attempt at intimidation.

“Taiwanese independence separatism is the biggest obstacle to achieving the reunification of the motherland, and the most serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation,” he said.

The island of Taiwan, also known as Formosa, is where the defeated government of the Republic of China fled after the Communist conquest of the mainland in 1949. The Beijing government claims that Taiwan – officially the ROC – is an illegal breakaway state. However, the economically prosperous country has managed to keep its independence with U.S. assistance.

Gender-neutral toy sections coming

A new law will go into effect in California in 2024 requiring large retailers to provide gender-neutral toy sections, according to Los Angeles Times.

Stores could also offer traditional boys and girls toy sections as well. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on Saturday. Many retail operations are already on that path; Target stopped having separate sections in 2015.

Also in the news…

  • Abortion clinics in Texas on Saturday have cancelled performing the procedure after a federal appeals court overruled a lower court that blocked a new state law strongly restricting abortion.
  • Allen West, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor Texas, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia. He has not been vaccinated.

Sports:  Dodgers get even with Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers evened their National League Division Series at one game each Saturday with a 9-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

In the other NL game, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 to even the series at 1-1.

College football Saturday: 

• USC (now 3-3) lost 42-26 to Utah (3-3) • UCLA (4-2) defeated Arizona (0-5) 34-16 • Number one-ranked Alabama (5-1) lost 41-38 to unranked Texas A&M (4-2).

Weather:  Can one get an autumn tan?

Maybe, with a lot of effort. The forecast for the West Orange County area for the next few days could easily pass for a mild summer day. Sunday will top out at 79 degrees and sunny, with an overnight low of 58. Monday will be partly cloudy with a high of 74. The sunshine is expected to return on Tuesday with a high of 72. After that, things heat up slowly to 85 on Friday. In coastal Huntington Beach, daily highs will be two to five degrees cooler.

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