The Wider World

Wagner Group in armed revolt

A RECRUITING billboard for the Wagner Group of mercenaries (Wikipedia).

Is there another Russian Revolution brewing?

Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the mercenary Wagner Group, has reportedly turned his forces in Ukraine around and moved back into Russia.

According to The New York Times, Prigozhin accused Russian military forces of attacking his group and inflicting casualties.

He claimed his troops were now in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, but there’s been no independent confirmation. 

Prigozhin has called for armed rebellion against Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, whom he blamed for alleged mismanagement of the invasion of Ukraine as well as the attack on the Wagner Group.

A “heightened” military presence has been reported in Moscow.

Implosion killed those in sub

A MODIFIED version of this video game controller was used to steer Titan

It was an implosion that killed the five people in the Titan submersible in the North Atlantic.

According to the Associated Press, the craft was reported missing Sunday and most attention was focused on how much oxygen was left inside the 22-foot craft,

However, U.S. Coast Guard officials now believe the collapse of the Titan and near-instant death of those within took place on Sunday.

The search continues for the shipwreck, which is about 12,500 feet below the surface, close to the wreck of the Titanic passenger liner.

Will House “expunge” impeachments?

KEVIN McCARTHY, Speaker of the House (Wikipedia).

A proposal to remove from the official record the two impeachments of former president Donald Trump has the support of Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.

USA Today is reporting that McCarthy has said to journalists that he would back requests by Elise Stefanik (R-New York) and Marjorie Greene (R-Georgia) to expunge the impeachments approved by the House of Representatives when it had a majority of Democratic members.

Such a move could be symbolic as Trump was acquitted by the Senate.

Sports: Angels lose late to Rockies

A four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday lifted the Colorado Rockies to a 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels in Denver.

The loss was the Angels’ (41-36) third consecutive defeat and they remain in third place in the American League West.

Sparked by back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning by Shohei Ohtani (his 25th of the season) and Mike Trout (his 16th), the Halos led 4-3 going into the eighth. But a grand slam by Elias Diaz gave the Rockies (30-48) the win.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting the Houston Astros.

Weather: June gloom is stubborn

The forecast for our West Orange County area sees temperatures remaining in the mid-70s but cloudy most days. Saturday should have a daytime high of 76 with an overnight low of 58 with morning clouds and afternoon sun. Sunday through Wednesday will be similar with highs of 76 and 77 (lows of 59 to 60) with partly cloudy skies each day.

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