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Russians blamed for atrocities

DAMAGE TO a residential area in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine (Shutterstock)

A backlash against Russia for the death of civilians in Ukraine is building cross the world.

Associated Press is reporting that in addition to the 410 dead civilians found in towns around the capital city of Kyiv, a “torture chamber” was found in the basement of a building formerly used to treat ill children.

The Ukrainian government says that troops in Bucha found the bound bodies of five men who had been tortured and killed.

Calls have gone out for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be tried for war crimes, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy will travel to Bucha to see evidence of what he called “genocide.”

The Russian government said the images of the alleged atrocities contain “video fakery and various fakes.”

High court nomination advances


The way now appears clear for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be confirmed as the next member of the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to The New York Times, three Republican Senators will join all the Democrats in supporting Jackson, who was nominated by President Joe Biden.

GOP Senators backing the nomination are Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Sports: Jayhawks rally for title

UPDATE: Kansas rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat North Carolina 72-69 and win the NCAA Men’s College basketball title. It was the biggest comeback win in championship game history.

March Madness that is the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament comes to a finish tonight (Monday) when Kansas (33-6) takes on North Carolina (29-9) in the title game in New Orleans.

It’s predicted to be a tight contest, with the Jayhawks the slight favorite. Fans of UCLA may want to root for the Tar Heels, who were nearly beaten by the Bruins earlier in the tournament.

A UNC win could allow Uclans to claim their team was second-best in the nation. The game will be telecast on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.

Weather: Warm, but then pretty hot

The forecast for West Orange County for Tuesday is for a warm 77 degrees as a daytime high, the next few days will get quite hot. Wednesday’s high is expected to hit 91, followed by 96 on Thursday and 94 on Friday. The heat should start breaking on Saturday (82) and plunge all the way to 64 next Monday. A heat advisory is in place from Wednesday at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

Business: Elon Musk tweets a share

Billionaire Elon Musk, famous for leading Tesla automobiles and SpaceX craft into international prominence, is now the largest owner of Twitter. That social media platform has over 80 million users, according to The New York Times. The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that Musk now owns a 9.2 percent share in Twitter and is likely the world’s richest person.

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