The Wider World

Biden: Let’s “finish the job”

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN delivered his “State of the Union” address on Tuesday.

President Joe Biden called for bipartisan cooperation to “finish the job” of fixing the economy and protecting democracy at his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

“To my Republican friends” he said, “if we could work together in the last Congress, there’s no reason we can’t work together and find consensus on important things in this Congress as well.”

However, he was heckled by some Republicans who blamed him for problems with fentanyl use, shouting “The border! The border!” and “It’s your fault,” according to The New York Times.

Biden’s speech lasted 73 minutes and also touched on a ban on assault rifles and protecting Social Security and Medicare.

Quake death toll rises to 7,700

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria (Shutterstock).

The number of deaths counted in the aftermath of the major earthquake that ravaged Turkey and Syria has reached 7,700 and the toll is expected to rise as rescue work continues.

However, according to The New York Times, workers laboring to save those buried under rubble have saved 8,000 people.

Also in the news … Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands are promising to give Ukraine 100 or more refurbished Leopard 1 tanks with a new Russian offensive looming this spring.

Sports: LeBron is top scorer

Los Angeles Lakers’ star LeBron James scored 38 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night and became the NBA all-time leading scorer with a career total of 38,388 points, surpassing the previous leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

However, it wasn’t enough for a victory as the Lakers lost 133-130 at home.

Weather: Enjoy the sunshine

Residents of West Orange County area have a couple of days to enjoy sunny weather.  The forecast for Wednesday is for a daytime high of 76 and an overnight low of 48.  Thursday’s daytime high rises to 83 and an overnight low of 50.  That all changes a bit on Friday when partly cloudy conditions move in. The daytime high is expected to be 78 with an overnight low of 50.

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