The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Partly cloudy and hot. High 98F. NNW winds shifting to SW at 10 to 20 mph.
This Day in History
In 1611, the mutinous crew of Henry Hudson’s fourth voyage set Henry, his son, and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay. Their fate is unknown.
In 1794, Empress Catherine II granted Jews permission to settle in Kyiv.
In 1860, Congress established the Government Printing Office.
In 1917, in a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retired 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.
In 1947, the Senate followed the House of Representatives in overriding President Harry Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
In 1959, Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs was released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to East Germany.
In 2013, Nik Wallenda became the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.
In 2016, the United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union, by a vote of 52 percent to 48 percent.
In 2018, 12 boys and an assistant coach from a soccer team in Thailand were trapped in a flooding cave. All were rescued.
This Day in Music History
In 1965, The Kinks played a show in Springfield, Illinois. The band later learned that the event was organized by John Wayne Gacy, who would go on to become a notorious serial killer.
In 1973, George Harrison started a five-week run at the top of the album chart with Living in the Material World.
In 1976, Paul McCartney wrapped up the North American portion of his Wings Over the World tour in Los Angeles, marking the last time the ex-Beatle would tour on the continent until 1989.
In 1984, Duran Duran started a two-week run at No. 1 on the singles chart with “The Reflex.”
In 1990, actor Gary Busey, who played the lead role in the 1978 biopic The Buddy Holly Story, purchased one of Buddy’s guitars, complete with a tooled leather case made by the singer, at auction for approximately $240,000.
Actor Ted Shackelford is 75. Actor Bryan Brown is 74. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 73. Actress Frances McDormand is 64. Actress Selma Blair is 49. Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson is 42.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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4 people win $250K apiece in New Mexico vaccine sweepstakes
SANTA FE — State health officials say four people have each won $250,000 prizes as part of the New Mexico vaccine sweepstakes. They were the first four winners of Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes. The $10 million cash sweepstakes is funded by federal stimulus and intended to incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations. Four vaccinated New Mexicans — one from each public health region of the state — are each confirmed winners of $250,000 as drawn at random Friday by the New Mexico Lottery. Non-winning entries will be carried over to each successive $1 million drawing. Four more $1 million Friday drawings, with four regional $250,000 winners each, will occur throughout the summer. A grand prize drawing of $5 million is scheduled for early August.
Medical marijuana producers seek tax refund worth millions
SANTA FE — A major business in New Mexico’s burgeoning market for marijuana wants the state to refund millions of dollars in taxes that were levied in recent years on sales of medical marijuana but not against most prescription medications. Integrated cannabis provider Ultra Health said that it has asked the state Supreme Court for the opportunity to provide arguments in a legal dispute between another medical marijuana company and the state Taxation and Revenue Department. New Mexico lawmakers and cannabis regulators made clear this year that limited personal supplies of medical cannabis will be available tax-free starting June 29.
New Mexico school district to discuss transgender athletics
ALAMOGORDO — School board members in southern New Mexico are planning to discuss a proposed resolution regarding sports and transgender athletes. The Alamogordo school board has scheduled a work session Saturday that will include time for the public to comment on the matter. The district’s superintendent has argued that the practice of allowing transgender girls to compete in girls’ sports impedes the opportunities for biological female student athletes. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is taking issue with the proposal. The organization sent a letter to the school board saying such a policy would violate state and federal law.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Help wanted: Labor crisis plagues US restaurant industry
LOS ANGELES — California restaurants that managed to survive the pandemic are facing a new crisis: finding workers. With the economy officially reopened, owners are eager to fill dining rooms to full capacity but can’t find enough cooks, servers or kitchen staffers to do the job. As a result, restaurants are being forced to cut operating hours or leave tables open. Jot Condie of the California Restaurant Association calls it a full-blown crisis. And it’s not just California — restaurants nationwide have been hit by labor shortages. Some industry insiders blame extended federal jobless benefits that have allowed workers to stay home.
Houston hospital workers fired, resign over COVID-19 vaccine
DALLAS — More than 150 employees at a Houston hospital system who refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine have been fired or resigned after a judge dismissed an employee lawsuit over the vaccine requirement. A spokesperson for Houston Methodist system said 153 employees either resigned in the two-week suspension period or were terminated. Earlier this month, a federal judge threw out the lawsuit filed by employees over the requirement. The judge said that if employees of the hospital system didn’t like the requirement, they could go work elsewhere. The hospital workers who filed the lawsuit have already appealed the judge’s dismal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Police chief: Slain Colorado officer was ambushed
DENVER — Authorities say a police officer who was one of three people killed in a shooting at a suburban Denver shopping district was ambushed by a suspect who previously expressed hatred toward police. Arvada Police Chief Link Strate says Officer Gordon Beesley was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge. Strate told a news conference that Beesley was ambushed by a person who had expressed hatred of police officers, but he did not provide details. The suspect was one of those killed. Police haven’t explained what started the shootout, which also killed a man they described as a Samaritan near a library in downtown Arvada.
Prosecutors balk at Avenatti’s 7th sentencing delay request
NEW YORK — Prosecutors did not find Michael Avenatti’s seventh request to delay sentencing a charm, saying he should be forced to hear his punishment next week for trying to extort Nike for up to $25 million. Prosecutors urged a Manhattan federal judge to reject the request Avenatti’s lawyers made for a two-month delay. They said representatives of Nike and a California youth basketball league coach say the victims want sentencing to occur as scheduled. Avenatti was convicted early last year. He faces other fraud charges at upcoming trials in Los Angeles and New York. He has pleaded not guilty.
Florida beach town writes Amazon TV series to lure tourists
FORT LAUDERDALE — Remember that longing you might have had after an episode of Sex and The City to shop at the characters’ favorite New York spots and drink cosmopolitans at those chic bars? That’s what travel marketers in St. Petersburg, Florida, were hoping to capitalize on when they commissioned an original, scripted TV series to lure tourists to their sugar sand beaches. The show, called Life’s Rewards, aired on Amazon Prime last month. The million-dollar series features picturesque backdrops like sunsets on the beach, the pier, Tarpon Springs and the posh pink Don CeSar hotel. Experts say this is a new genre for tourism marketing.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Infighting in Gulf cartel blamed for Mexico border killings
CIUDAD VICTORIA — The top prosecutor in Mexico’s border state of Tamaulipas says infighting between rival factions of the Gulf drug cartel was the apparent motive behind a weekend shooting that killed 19 people, 15 of them apparently innocent bystanders. State prosecutor Irving Barrios told local media that apparently two gangs which operate just outside the border city of Reynosa launched the attack Saturday to weaken the rival Metros faction. The Metros have long dominated Reynosa, across from Brownsville, Texas. The area is a lucrative corridor for trafficking contraband and migrants across the U.S. border.
Mexico’s Caribbean coast hit by heavy seaweed, more expected
MEXICO CITY — Environmentalists and tourism operators on Mexico’s Caribbean coast are complaining about mounds of foul-smelling sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown. The seaweed is hitting resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum further south on the coast. But experts at the University of South Florida say sargassum was at “a historical record” in the Caribbean in May and that 2021 may see large beachings, as happened in 2018. A coalition of environmental and tourism groups has circulated a petition calling on the government to do mores, writing “We are drowning in Sargazo!”
Russia says Syria can deliver aid, Turkey not essential
Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow disagrees that there is no alternative to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria’s rebel-held northwest except from Turkey as the U.N. and many Western countries say. Sergey Lavrov insists deliveries are possible across conflict lines within the country and hints that Russia will block U.N. renewal of the one remaining border crossing whose mandate expires July 10. Sergey Lavrov said in a statement obtained by AP on Tuesday that aid convoys to northwest Idlib from Syria’s capital Damascus are being blocked by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the strongest militant group there, “with the connivance of Ankara.”
Cyberbullying trial tests French tools to fight online abuse
PARIS — A landmark cyberbullying trial in Paris is blazing a trail in efforts to punish and prevent online abuse. It involves thousands of threats against a teenager who savaged Islam in online posts. The trial has raised uncomfortable questions about France’s freedom of expression, and freedom to criticize a religion. But mostly it’s a trial about the power of the online word. Thirteen young people of various backgrounds and religions from around France face potential prison time for charges including online harassment, online death threats and online rape threats.
China, Canada spar at UN body over human rights failings
GENEVA — Canada and China have sparred over human rights at the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council. Canada and 40 other countries urged China to allow “immediate, meaningful and unfettered access” so independent observers can visit the western Xinjiang region. Also Tuesday, a Chinese envoy called on Canadian authorities to “stop violations of human rights” at home. The mutual finger-pointing, which preceded admissions from Canada’s envoy about shortcomings in her country’s rights record, came in a debate at the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council. The showdown exposed the ongoing rift between the West and allies of China, which has been increasingly pushing back against criticism of its human rights record and its treatment of its Muslim Uyghurs.
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