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Biden signs infrastructure bill

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN signed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday (White House photo).

President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, a piece of legislation passed with some bipartisan support.

According to The New York Times, Biden said, “Let’s remember what we’ve got done for the American people when we do come together. I truly believe that 50 years from now, historians are going to look back at this moment and say, that’s the moment America began to win the competition of the 21st century.”

The bill will provide billions to expand broadband internet access, replace aging water pipes, and provide large sums to build or rebuild bridges, roads, transit systems and to battle pollution.

Gas prices in California setting records

GASOLINE PRICES in California are at a record high (Pexels/Gustavo Fring).

High crude oil prices and refinery issues are being blamed for record high prices for gasoline in California.

United Press International is reporting that the average price of a gallon of gas hit $4.682 on Monday, based on the calculations of the Automobile Club of Southern California. That’s an all-time high.

The former all-time high was $4.671 per gallon in October 2012. Nationally, the average price is $3.418.

Also in the news …

  • Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont announced on Monday he would not run for re-election in 2022. The 81-year-old Democrat was first elected to the Senate in 1974.
  • Beto O’Rourke announced he was going to run for governor of Texas. He ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in 2018.

Sports: Rookie of the Year honors made

Jonathan India, second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds was named the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday. Randy Arozarena, outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, won the American League honor.

On Tuesday, the managers of the year will be announced. The Cy Young winners will be revealed on Wednesday and the Most Valuable Players on Thursday. The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is a finalist for the AL award.

Weather: Groovy … back to the Sixties

You can put on your tie-dyed T-shirt but slip a jacket over it because Tuesday’s daytime high in the West Orange County area will dip to 68, with an overnight low of 54. The forecast also calls for clouds in the morning and sun in the afternoon. Wednesday will warm to 70, and then dip to 67 on Thursday and 68 on Friday. In coastal areas of Huntington Beach, it’ll be even chillier with a high of 66 (low of 55) on Tuesday, followed by 68 on Wednesday and 67 for Thursday and Friday.

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