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Russian air strikes hit Kyiv

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

Seeking to stem the impact of Western military resources considered to be crucial to Ukraine’s success in resisting Russian invaders, air strikes hit the capital city of Kyiv.

According to The Associated Press, the Russian military claimed it had destroyed tanks donated from other nations, but the Ukrainian government said the missiles hit a train repair shop.

Also on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning stating that long-range rocket systems from the U.S. might lead the Russians to strike “objects that we haven’t yet struck.”

It would take “at least” three weeks for the promised weapons to reach Ukraine, say U.S. military sources.

“Modest” gun control possible?

“MODEST” gun controls have a chance in Congress (Flickr/Don Waddington).

Bipartisan negotiations on laws intended to curb the sort of mass shootings that have occurred in recent weeks may stand a chance of passage.

United Press International reports that Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) said that “modest but impactful” gun control measures such as stronger background checks and “red flag” laws intended to temporarily take firearms from people who might be a threat to themselves or others could attract enough votes to become law.

Sports: Angels lose 11th; Dodgers fall in 10

The Los Angeles Angels seem to be in pursuit of a team record for consecutive losses. On Sunday, the Halos lost 9-7 to the Phillies in Philadelphia to notch their 11th defeat in a row. The team record is 14, set back in 1989.

With five runs in the top of the fifth, the Orange County team looked like it might have a good chance to stop the skid. Leading 6-2 in top half of the seventh, the collapse set in when the Phils scored four runs in the eighth and three in the ninth.

Bryce Harper won the game for the home team with a three-run walkoff home run in the final inning.

The loss dropped the Halos under .500 at 27-28. They’re still in second place in the American League West, 8.5 games back of the Houston Astros. Angels’ Mike Trout continued his woes at the plate, going 0-for-3 to extend his hitless streak to 26 innings. He did draw a walk and score a run, however.

Back on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 5-4 to the New York Mets. The Blue Crew led 2-1 until the visitors scored three in the top of the eighth. The Dodgers got homers from Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner.
A two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth sent the game into extra innings, but the Mets won it in the 10th when J.D. Davis doubled in Pete Alonso with the winning run.

With the loss, the Dodgers are 35-19. They lead the National League West by two games over the San Diego Padres.

Weather: It’s partly summer-ish

The forecast for the West Orange County area is for three days of partly cloudy weather, followed by weeks of sunny skies. Monday is expected to see a daytime high of 79 (with an overnight low of 64). Tuesday should see a high of 80 (62) followed by 82 (64) on Wednesday. But on Thursday and for at least two weeks after that, highs will be in the mid-80s with lots of sun. Overnight lows should be in the mid-60s.



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