The Wider World

Russian turmoil questions

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin (Shutterstock).

After the Wagner uprising, what now?

One day after a rebellion by the mercenary Wagner Group began – then stopped – a march toward Moscow – the principal figures in the conflict are out of sight.

The New York Times reports that neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin have made public appearances.

Some Russian observers worried about the ability of the Wagner troops to move within 100 miles of the Russian capital without a vigorous  response from the national military.

Others speculated that Putin’s grip on power might be loosened as the leadership of the nation appears to have been unable to subdue the much-smaller nation of Ukraine or respond quickly to the internal challenge from the Wagner fighters.

Midnight party erupts into violence

TWO DEAD at midnight party in Michigan (Shutterstock).

Two people were killed and a dozen more wounded around midnight Saturday at a street party in Saginaw, Michigan.

According to the Associated Press, the dead were a 51-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man.  Police say the crowd of about 200 people was already starting to disperse when the shooting started.

Five different guns were used in the incident and no arrests have been made.

Sports: Angels back to one-run losses


Shohei Ohtani batted 2-for-4 with a single, a triple and an RBI. He scored once and raised his batting average to .297.

The game was tied at 3-3 until the bottom of the seventh when Ezequiel Tovar singled in Brenton Doyle from third base with the winning run.

Now 42-37, the Halos slipped into third place in the AL West.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting the Houston Astros this afternoon.

Weather: Nature stuck on “partly cloudy”

Mother Nature is in a “partly cloudy” mood  through Friday in our West Orange County area. The forecast calls for those conditions for the next five days with daytime highs ranging from 73 to 77 and overnight lows from 58 to 61. But take heart: sunny skies should start to move in on Saturday, July 1.

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