The Wider World

Man kills self near U.S. Capitol

U.S. CAPITOL, seat of Congress (Shutterstock).

A  man who rammed his vehicle into a barrier outside the U.S. Capitol building on Sunday fatally shot himself, according to The Associated Press.

The attack occurred around 4 a.m. The man. identified as Richard A. York III, 29, of Delaware, crashed his car into the barricade. The vehicle burst into flames and the man – according to police – fired several shots upward and then shot himself as officers approached.

York had a criminal record, but it’s not known if he had a political motivation behind the incident.

Forget the quake … worry about the plume

Californians who are concerned about earthquakes, droughts and wild fires have something new to worry about. 

The New York Times is reporting that a superstorm, worse than other recent calamities, may be coming. According to scientists, a plume of tropical air – hundreds of miles wide and perhaps 1,200 miles long – will someday lash California from San Diego to Yreka, bringing “waves” of rain and snow.

Similar severe storms have hit the area before, but the next one could be worsened by the effects of climate change.

Also in the news …. Salman Rushdie is “on the road to recovery”  after the stabbing attack on him two days ago. According to The Associated Press, he is off the ventilator and is able to talk. His alleged attacker, Hado Matar, has pleaded not guilty.

Sports: Surprise! Angels win, Dodgers lose

The two Los Angeles area teams went in different directions on Sunday. The Dodgers saw their 12-game winning streak snapped and the Angels showed some life in winning their fifth game in six contests.

The Blue Crew lost 4-0 to the Royals in Kansas City. The usually potent Dodger bats were quiet, collecting only two hits. Brady Singer (6-4) handcuffed LAD, working six innings and giving up just one hit. He did walk three batters, but struck out seven for the home team.

The Dodgers are 79-34 and led the National League West by 16 games.

At the Big A, the Angels are starting to roll. They bested the Twins 4-2, coming back from an early two-run deficit to post the win. Luis Rengifo doubled in two runs to tie the game in the third. Kurt Suzuki’s sacrifice fly in the fourth gave the Halos the lead, and the final tally came on a line drive single by Shohei Ohtani in the seventh.

The win improved the Angels’ record to 51-64. They remain in fourth place in the AL West but are only a half-game behind the third place Texas Rangers.

Weather: Hot, then merely warm

The forecast for the West Orange County area for the coming week is for daytime temperatures to rise from the high 80s into the low 90s, then descend to the mid 80s by the weekend. Monday’s high should be 88 with an overnight low of 68. Tuesday will see a rise to 90 (68). Sunny skies will prevail.

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