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10 dead in market shooting

AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE are dead as a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday (Shutterstock).


UPDATE: The FBI is investigating Saturday’s shooting as a “hate crime” and is considering it “racially motivated violent extremism.” The gunman – not yet identified publicly by authorities – was wearing body armor and a helmet topped with a camera to “live stream” the attack.


At least 10 people have been fatally shot at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

According to The Associated Press the suspect was wearing “military-style clothing” and has been arrested by police who tackled him.

The incident took place at the Tops Friendly Market and many details are still not available. It appears that the suspect pulled up to the front door of the market, aimed his rifle at patrons in the parking lot and then opened fire. He then entered the store and resumed shooting.

The AP also reports that the store is located in a mostly Black neighborhood. Two witnesses said the gunman was a white male in his late teens or early 20s.

Saturday’s shooting follows a melee in Milwaukee on Friday in which 20 people were shot.

Ukrainian forces counterattack

Having stopped a Russian drive toward Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine, a counterattack by Ukrainian forces is underway.

According to The New York Times, the thrust by the defenders is intended to prevent an encirclement of Ukrainian troops in an area in the eastern region of the country which Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated an interest in annexing to his country.

Sports: Super Bowl preview for Rams?

The 2022 NFL schedule has been announced and the Los Angeles Rams will open at home on Sept. 8 hosting the Buffalo Bills, considered a leading contender for the league title this coming season.

Other key matchups look to be visiting the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 3, then hosting them on Oct. 30. Right after that, it’s a trip to Tampa Bay on Nov. 6. On Nov. 27, the Rams will be in Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, followed by a trip to Green Bay on Dec. 19.

The Jan. 1 game will be a reunion as well as a New Year’s Day party as the Los Angeles Chargers host the Rams on Jan. 1. We’ll take a look at the Chargers’ schedule on Sunday.

One out of three ain’t bad … or good

It was not a great Saturday for LA-OC baseball teams, with two losses in three games. But there were some highlights to appreciate.

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost 8-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies at home to fall to 20-12, but are still narrowly first in the National League West as the San Diego Padres (21-13) lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5.

Mookie Betts had a solo home run and Cody Bellinger drove in two runs for the Blue Crew.

Julio Urias (2-3) had an unexpected off night, giving up eight  hits and eight runs – five of them earned – in the loss. He was touched for four homers.

It was the Dodgers’ fourth straight loss.

The Los Angeles Angels split a double-header against the A’s, but success of the second game more than overshadowed the disappointment of the opener.

In the first game, the Angels blew a late 3-1 lead and lost 4-3. Jhonathan Diaz had a mixed start, yielding just one hit and no runs in 4.2 innings, but walked four batters and struck out four. 

A three-run pitch hit home by Luis Barrera in bottom of the ninth was the difference. 

In the second game, though, the Angels left no doubt, winning 9-1. They scored five runs in the second inning, four of them coming on a grand slam by Taylor Ward. Ward, by the way, went 3-for-3, was walked twice, scored two runs and drove in five runs. His batting average is now .384.

Shohei Ohtani grabbed some glory, too, hitting his 100th career home run and driving in two runs.

Michael Lorenzen (4-2) turned in another solid performance, pitching seven innings. He gave up five hits and one run. He struck out three batters and walked one.

With the split, the Angels are in a virtual tie for the American League West lead. The Houston Astros, who saw their 11-game winning streak snapped Saturday, are 22-12 with a .647 winning percentage. Th Angels are 23-13 and .639.

Weather: Hot and then cooler

The thermometer hit 90 degrees in West Orange County today (Saturday), but cooler days are coming fast. The forecast for Sunday is for partly cloudy skies with a daytime high of 79 and an overnight low of 58. Monday will be sunny and cooler (75/58) as will Tuesday (73/58).  Daytime temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-70s to next weekend.

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