The Wider World

Never on Sunday for mailman?

UNITED STATES Postal Service truck. (Flickr/Dongyi Liu).

Should a mailman be required to deliver mail on Sunday, when his religious faith prohibits work on that day?

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of Gerald Groff, a Pennsylvania postal carrier with the United States Postal Service who is resisting working on what he considers the Lord’s Day, a day of rest.

According to the Associated Press, the high court will take up the matter on Tuesday. Lower courts have agreed with the USPS that his demand creates a heavier work load for others.

His position is the requirement to deliver packages on Sunday violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on religion.

Jury won’t charge police in shooting

Police officers in Akron, Ohio, will not be charged by a grand jury in the death of Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man who was shot repeatedly while fleeing from police.

The New York Times is reporting that Walker’s car didn’t yield to police seeking to make a traffic stop in July 2022. A chase ensued, first in cars and then on foot.

Believing that Walker had shot at him, officers opened fire. While no weapon was found on Walker – who was shot 46 times – a pistol was found in his car.

Also in the news …Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House, announced Monday that Republicans – who hold the majority – will vote to raise the debt ceiling so that the federal government doesn’t default on its financial obligations, according to United Press International.

Sports: Angels stop skid; Dodgers fall

A three-run homer by Hunter Renfroe in the first inning turned out to be the key hit in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. It was his fourth home run of the season.

The win concluded a four-game series and snapped a three-game losing streak. The Halos are 8-8 and in a tie for second place in the American League West,

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost 8-6 to the New York Mets at Chavez Ravine. The Blue Crew is now 8-9 and in second place in the NL West.

Weather: Getting warmer …

We are heading … slowly … towards warmer days in the West Orange County area. The forecast for Tuesday is for partly cloudy skies and a daytime high of 66 with an overnight low of 50. Wednesday and Thursday should be mostly sunny with highs of 69 (50) and 76 (57). The really sunny days should start on Friday.

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