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Disney sues Gov. DeSantis

FLORIDA GOV. Ron DeSantis (Shutterstock).

The battle between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Disney corporation escalated on Wednesday when the entertainment giant sued him for waging a “targeted campaign of government retaliation” over the company’s opposition to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.

According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit was filed in the state capital of Tallahassee after a board appointed by DeSantis voted to overturn the company’s power over its development in the Orlando area.

The lawsuit claims that Disney is being punished for a political opinion; the governor’s office replied that the company was trying to “undermine the will of voters.”

Debt ceiling bill approved, but …

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

A narrowly-divided U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the federal government’s debt ceiling but one that demands deep cuts in spending.

Although Republicans prevailed on a 217-215 vote, the bill – which calls for reversing parts of health, climate and tax law, it’s almost certain to fail in the Democratic-controlled Senate, according to The New York Times.

Also, President Joe Biden has promised to veto the bill.

Also in the news … American nuclear-armed submarines will dock in South Korea as a deterrent to threats from North Korea, according to United Press International

Sports: Angels beat A’s; Dodgers fall to Buccs

The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland A’s 11-3 on Wednesday to move back over .500 at 13-12. They remain in third place in the American League West.

The Halos broke the game open early with a five-run second inning and went on to win.  Three home runs – by Hunter Renfroe, Brandon Drury and Shohei Ohtani – accounted for seven Angel runs.

Patrick Sandoval (2-1) worked seven innings, giving up six hits, two earned runs, and struck out five while walking none.

The series with the A’s concludes on Thursday. The Milwaukee Brewers will be in Anaheim to start a series on Friday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost 8-1 to the Pirates in Pittsburgh to fall to 13-12. They’re in second place in the National League West behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Weather: Partly cloudy. Etc. Etc.

The forecast for the West Orange County area right through the weekend is for partly cloudy skies with temperatures rising from the mid-70s to the low 80s and back down again. Thursday should have a daytime high of 73 with an overnight low of 55. Friday will be similar at 74 (57). On Friday the thermometer will spike to 82 during the day and 59 at night. But after that, temps will fall to 76 and 65.

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