The Wider World

Russian forces pushing east

RUSSIAN TROOPS are moving eastward in Ukraine (Wikipedia).

Russia’s anticipated push in eastern Ukraine is underway.

According to The New York Times, the Ukrainian government is stating that a ground attack nearly as wide as 300 miles has begun, and was preceded by a major missile barrage.

Missiles killed at least seven people in western city of Lviv, and there was also bombardment of the capital city of Kyiv. That city has been returning to some semblance of normality after Russian forces were defeated in their efforts to seize it.

  • Eligibility of Ukrainians fleeing the war that want to live and work in the United States will be expanded, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday. The cutoff date for eligibility has been moved up by six weeks and the number of people who may apply has been increased.

Mask mandate for travel struck down

NO MORE MASKS on transit? (Shutterstock).

Going for a flight, or a trip on a public bus? The national mask mandate for the wearing of face coverings was struck down Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Kathyrn Mizelle in Tampa, Florida, but the ruling applies nationwide.

In her decision, the judge wrote that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had not sufficiently demonstrated the necessity for the requirements.

According to the Associated Press, the decision will likely not be appealed by the federal government, but transport operators such as airlines and subway and bus systems may still require the wearing of masks.

Sports: Good USFL ratings but for how long?

The USFL, latest entry in the spring football experiments, debuted on Saturday and Sunday to fairly strong television ratings.

According to yahoosports, the initial contest on Saturday between the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham Stallions drew an estimated 2.95 million viewers.

Historically, such upstart leagues such as the XFL and AAF have attracted a lot of first week views out of curiosity, but the absence of familiar names and team histories has led to a rapid drop-off in subsequent weeks.

Weather: Cloudy, then sunny

Partly cloudy skies will continue in the West Orange County area through Friday. According to forecasts, daytime temperatures will range from the high 60s to low 70s.  Friday will bring a 21 percent chance of rain. Sunny skies and warmer temperatures will resume on Saturday.

Business: Infowars files bankruptcy

ALEX JONES‘ “Infowars” operation is declaring bankruptcy.

Conspiracy theories might sell well in the short-term, but are turning out to be a bad investment in the long run. The New York Times is reporting that three firms connected to Alex Jones – including Infowars – have filed for bankruptcy.

Infowars has gained notoriety for promoting a variety of far-right fictions, including “Pizzagate” and the allegation that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a staged event with paid “crisis actors” portraying victims.

“Pizzagate” alleged that Democratic leaders – including Hillary Clinton – were running a child pornography ring in the non-existent basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant.

Jones and his business have been battered by defamation lawsuits potentially worth millions of dollars.

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