The Wider World

“Don’t Say Gay” law extended

FLORIDA GOV. Ron DeSantis (Shutterstock).

The Florida state Board of Education on Wednesday – at the request of Gov. Ron DeSantis – approved the expansion of what critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” law in education.

An earlier prohibition on teaching in public schools up to third grade about sexual orientation and gender identity will be extended to cover all grades through 12th.

According to the Associated Press, the Florida House of Representatives also passed a bill to outlaw providing “gender-affirming health care” – including puberty blockers – to minors who say they are transgender, and makes violation of that law a felony.

Debt limit raised, spending cut?

REPUBLICANS have a budget plan (Shutterstock).

A plan was announced on Wednesday by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy to raise the government’s debt limit but cut future expenses.

The plan by House Republicans is called Limit, Save, Grow Act. It would increase the debt limit by $1.5 trillion through March of 2024, according to United Press International, but trim discretionary spending for non-defense expenses to the 2022 fiscal year limits.

Also in the news … The self-imposed deadline on the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the issue of access to an abortion pill has been pushed back to Friday.

Sports: LA vs. New York: two losses

The Angels and Dodgers took on teams from New York again today.  It didn’t work out as well as it did on Tuesday. The Halos lost to the Yankees 3-2 in the 10th inning.  A sacrifice fly brought in the winning run. The Angels are 9-9 and in second in the American League West.

In Chavez Ravine, the Blue Crew lost 5-3 to the New York Mets to fall to 9-10. They remain in second in the National League West. A two-run double by Mark Canha was the winning hit for the Mets  (12-7).

In other sports news, the Los Angeles Lakers lost 103-93 to the Memphis Grizzlies in the second game of their NBA Western Conference playoff series. Each team has a win.

Weather: Sunny day are (mostly) here again

Sunny – or mostly sunny – days are in the forecast for the next six days for the West Orange County area. Thursday should be mostly sunny with a daytime high of 82 and an overnight low of 55. Friday is expected to be sunny with a high of 86 and a low of 57. 

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