The Wider World

‘March to Moscow’ is ended

WAGNER GROUP tanks in Rostov-on-Don in Russia (Wikipedia/Fargov).

In a stunning reversal, the “march on Moscow” by members of the rebellious mercenary Wagner Group has stopped and soldiers ordered to return to bases in Ukraine.

According to the Associated Press, Vevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the group, has made a deal to move to the nearby nation of Belarus and will not be punished or prosecuted for his brief military foray into Russia.

Prigozhin had started the march after claiming that Russian forces had attacked his camps and bases, inflicting casualties. reported The New York Times.

He was demanding the ouster of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, whom he criticized about the conduct of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Florida drag show ban blocked

A new Florida law that banned minors from attending “drag shows” in which men dressed as women has been blocked by a federal judge.

According to United Press International, Judge Gregory Presnell sided with the Hamburger Mary’s chain in its claim that a drag performance isn’t obscene.

The law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, was to go into effect on July 1.

A similar law in Tennessee was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

Railroad bridge collapses

Parts of a freight train carrying hazardous materials fell into the Yellowstone River in Montana on Saturday when the bridge it was crossing collapsed.

USA Today reports that the train was carrying sulphur and asphalt. There were no injuries and the effects of the hazardous materials were being diluted by the movement of the fast-flowing current.

Sports: Angels hope to stop skid

Having lost three straight, the Los Angeles Angels (41-36) will play the Colorado Rockies in Denver Sunday, with Griffin Canning (5-2) making the start for the Halos.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (42-36) are hosting the Houston Astros.

Weather: Warmer but cloudy

A warming trend continues for our West Orange County area on Sunday, but it will be a while before clouds give way to sunny skies. The daytime high on Sunday will be 76 with an overnight low of 57. Monday will be similar at 76 (60) and Tuesday will edge up to 77 (60). We will have to wait until Friday for some serious sunshine.

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