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Life sentences in “hate” crimes

A CHURCH in Nashville, Tenn., displayed this message about the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, two black men killed by white men (Flickr)

A sentence of life in federal prison was handed down Monday to the father and son who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020.

According to The Associated Press, Travis McMichael, 36, and father Greg McMichael, 66, had killed Arbery, a black man, in a hate crime. They had previously received life sentences in state court for murder.

A third man, William Bryan, 52, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. He had videotaped the killing.

Arbery, 25, had been jogging in an Atlanta neighborhood when chased by the McMichaels, who said they believed he was a burglar. 

Michigan voting machines mishandled?

Local election clerks in three Michigan counties handed over election machines for what was apparently not an official investigation, instead one by conservative activists looking for evidence of election fraud.

The New York Times is reporting that the man behind the inquiry was Matthew DePerno, the favorite to win the Republican nomination for Michigan attorney general.

His opponent would be Dana Nessel, the Democratic attorney general.

Also in the news … Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73 … Historian David McCullough has died at the age of 89 …

Sports: ‘Bama ranked at the top

WHO IS NUMBER ONE this fall? (Shutterstock).

The USA Today College Football Coaches pre-season poll released Monday showed Alabama ranked at the top. The top five are (second) Ohio State, (third) Georgia, the defending champions, (fourth) Clemson and (fifth) Notre Dame.

The top-ranked Pac-12 team is Oregon at 12th. USC is ranked 15th. UCLA is unranked but received 10 votes.

In Monday’s Major League Baseball games, the Los Angels Angels (46-63) are in Oakland facing the A’s (41-68) after splitting a double-header with the Mariners in Seattle.  The Angels ended up winning 1-0 behind a top pitching performance by Jose Suarez. He struck out eight batters and walked two. He yielded just two hits and improved his record to 4-4.

Weather: Warm and pretty

Sunny skies and summer temperatures are the forecast for the West Orange County area this week. Tuesday should have a daytime high of 86 degrees with an overnight low of 67. Wednesday will be warmer with a high of 89 (67). Partly cloudy conditions will move in on Thursday with a high of 88 (67) but the sun should be back on Friday and Saturday.

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