The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

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Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Mostly sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 91F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Today is Tuesday, July 6th, the 187th day of 2021. There are 178 days left in the year. It is National Air Traffic Control Day and National Fried Chicken Day.

This Day in History

In 1535, Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII of England.

In 1777, after a bombardment by British artillery under General John Burgoyne, American forces retreated from Fort Ticonderoga, New York.

In 1854, in Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the Republican Party was held.

In 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully tested his vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog.

In 1917, Arab troops led by T. E. Lawrence and Auda ibu Tayi captured Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire.

In 1944, a circus fire killed at least 167 people and injured over 700 in Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1947, the AK-47 went into production in the Soviet Union.

In 1986, Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France.

In 2013, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport. Of the 307 people on board, three died and 187 were injured.

This Day in Music History

In 1957, Paul McCartney and John Lennon met for the first time in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton, where Lennon’s group, the Quarrymen, were performing.

In 1965, Marty Balin started recruiting members for the band that became Jefferson Airplane.

In 1973, Queen released their self-titled debut album in the United Kingdom, along with their first single, “Keep Yourself Alive.”

In 1974, “Rock The Boat,” by The Hues Corporation, became the first disco song to top the Hot 100.

In 1979, The B-52s released their self-titled debut album, featuring one of their signature songs, “Rock Lobster.”

In 1985, Phil Collins went to No. 1 on the singles chart with “Sussudio.”

In 2020, Charlie Daniels died at age 83 after suffering a stroke.

Today’s Birthdays

George W. Bush is 75. Sylvester Stallone is 75. Actor and former professional football player Fred Dryer is 75. Rapper Curtis James Jackson III, known professionally as 50 Cent, is 46. Actress Eva Green is 41.



  1. Senator stonewalls inquiry of education director’s conduct

  2. NM animal shelters urge owners to pick up lost pets from holiday weekend

  3. Why Didn’t COVID-19 Kill the Constitution?

  4. Why Did Traffic Deaths Spike As Drivers Left Roads?

  5. The NSA Does Not Deny Reading Tucker Carlson’s Emails

  6. Doug Emhoff carves out path as first second gentleman

  7. Venice Beach: The Purgatory Progressives Built

  8. Parents target Spence School principal — and now board — over ‘woke’ video flap

  9. WATCH: The Way BACK for America | 1776 Report | Part 5

  10. How to close the ever-expanding chasm between US power and commitments


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New Mexico police shoot suspect during chase in Santa Fe

SANTA FE — Authorities are investigating the third shooting by law enforcement officers in Santa Fe in the past two weeks. In the latest case, New Mexico State Police officers shot and wounded a suspect Sunday during a foot chase on the city’s south side. State police officers were dispatched to help with a call that involved a man who was sitting on the train tracks near Interstate 25. Authorities said the suspect pointed a gun at officers before running across the interstate and toward a residential area. The man fired at least one shot at officers during the chase. Officers fired back and wounded the unidentified man.

Body of man who was swept away by Carlsbad floodwaters ID’d

CARLSBAD — New Mexico State Police have identified the body of a man who died after being swept away by floodwaters in Carlsbad. Police say it’s unclear why 63-year-old John Paul Koch drove past barricades and into rapid moving floodwaters over the roadway Tuesday. Koch’s vehicle overturned several times and was swept away in the Dark Canyon Draw Arroyo. Police say rescue efforts were unsuccessful because of the high volume and intensity of the flood. Crews delayed recovering the body to wait for floodwaters to recede to a safe level for personnel to enter the water. Divers recovered the body around 7 p.m. Wednesday. It was sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for an autopsy.

Lawsuit: Man who sparked treasure hunt retrieved own loot

SANTA FE — A French treasure hunter has sued the estate of a New Mexico antiquities dealer who sparked a yearslong search by hiding a chest filled with gold, coins and other valuables. Bruno Raphoz is seeking $10 million in a U.S. complaint filed last week. He claims the late Forrest Fenn deprived him of the riches by moving the treasure chest after he solved a riddle that would lead him to the loot. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that it comes a year after another man found the treasure in Wyoming. Raphoz claims Fenn's announcement last year that the treasure was found was suspicious and suspects Fenn kept the loot.


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Demolition widens search at condo site, but storms threaten

SURFSIDE, Fla. — Stormy weather is hampering search efforts at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building. Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah tells family members that a garage area has filled with water, and crews have had to use pumps. Thunderstorms moved into the area around the Surfside building Monday as Tropical Storm Elsa approached the state. Lighting caused temporary stops to the search. The effort widened Monday after demolition specialists successfully brought down the remaining portion of the building late Sunday night. Officials discovered four more bodies in a new section of debris, bringing the death toll from the June 24 collapse to 28.

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie dies after fireworks accident

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast in what authorities described as a tragic accident on the Fourth of July. Police in Novi, Michigan, say the firework tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby. The 24-year-old Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people. Authorities earlier said the Lativan had died of an apparent head injury during a fall, but an autopsy clarified the cause of death. Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson called it a “devastating time” for the team.

Deadly accident at Iowa amusement ride is 2nd since 2016

IOWA CITY — Authorities are investigating the cause of an accident that killed a boy on a popular boat ride at an Iowa amusement park. It was the second deadly incident on the ride in five years. Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa, says the accident happened Saturday night on the Raging River. The ride uses a conveyor belt to move large circular rafts through rapids. It's not clear what caused one boat carrying six people to flip. Altoona Police Department says 11-year-old Michael Jaramillo died Sunday. Another minor is in critical condition and two more riders suffered minor injuries. A 68-year-old seasonal employee died on the same ride in 2016 after becoming wedged between a boat and a concrete wall.

Tribe becomes key water player with drought aid to Arizona

FLAGSTAFF — A key Colorado River reservoir is at its lowest level since it was filled in the 1930s. Things would be worse had Arizona tribes not stepped in to help prop up Lake Mead amid a historic drought in the American West. As Arizona faces mandatory cuts next year in its Colorado River supply, the tribes see themselves as major players in the future of water. The Colorado River Indian Tribes received $38 million for a contribution to staving off deeper water cuts in the state. While some fields are dry on the reservation, the tribe plans to use the money to invest in its water infrastructure.

‘Superman,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ director Richard Donner dies

The filmmaker who turned Christopher Reeve into Superman and Mel Gibson and Danny Glover into cop buddies in Lethal Weapon has died, his family said Monday through a spokesperson. He was 91. Donner’s other credits include The Goonies and Scrooged. Donner was never nominated for an Oscar, but he got a chance to thank the academy when it held a tribute in his honor in 2017. Donner is survived by his wife and production partner, Lauren Shuler Donner. In 1993, they founded The Donners Company, which has produced such hits as Deadpool, The Wolverine, and the “X-Men” franchise.


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Japan searches for 24 unaccounted for in mudslide; 4 dead

ATAMI, Japan — Rescue workers are digging through sludge and debris looking for more than 20 people who may be trapped after mud, trees and rocks ripped with a roar through a Japanese seaside resort. The landslide killed at least four people and injured others in Atami. The mayor says 24 people are still unreachable after authorities confirmed many initially unaccounted for had safely evacuated or simply weren’t home. The confirmation effort was complex because many residences in Atami are second homes or vacation rentals. The disaster is an added trial as authorities prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, due to start in less than three weeks.

Mexico says gang killed Indigenous leader over protest tolls

MEXICO CITY — Prosecutors in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora say a criminal gang killed a Yaqui rights leader because they wanted money his group raised at highway blockades. Tomás Rojo Valencia disappeared May 27 amid tensions over months of periodic highway blockades the Yaqui staged to protest gas ducts, water pipelines and railway lines that have been run across their territory without benefiting them. State prosecutors charged Monday that Rojo Valencia’s killing was linked to a gang that was trying to get its hands on the money the Yaquis made from charging motorists to pass.

Vatican: Pope alert and well a day after intestinal surgery

ROME — The Vatican says Pope Francis is in good condition, alert and breathing on his own after the pontiff underwent a three-hour operation that involved removing half of his colon. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Monday that the 84-year-old pope is expected to stay in Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic for about seven days, assuming no complications. The Vatican has given few details about the procedure. But an Italian newspaper reported, without citing sources, that surgeons began the operation laparoscopically but ended up having to operate with wider incisions after encountering unspecified complications. Monday’s brief medical bulletin mentioned no such complications. The Holy See said the pope needed the procedure because he has a narrowing of a portion of the large intestine.

Press watchdog puts Hungarian PM Orban on ‘predators’ list

PARIS — Press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders has put Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on its list of “predators.” He is the first Western European leader named in the group’s lineup of heads of state or government who “crack down massively” on press freedom. The list published Monday includes 37 leaders. Its new additions include Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the prime minister of Bangladesh and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam. The group’s leader says the world should recognize the positive contributions of an independent media and should not allow the practices of the “predators” on its list to become normalized.

Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

JERUSALEM — Israel’s parliament is to vote on whether to renew a temporary law first enacted in 2003 that bars Arab citizens of Israel from extending citizenship or even residency permits to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Critics say it's a racist measure aimed at preventing the growth of Israel’s Arab minority, while supporters say it’s needed for security purposes and to preserve Israel's Jewish character. Israel’s dominant right-wing parties strongly support the law, but Israel’s new government includes left-wing opponents of the measure. The right-wing opposition, aiming to embarrass the government, has warned ahead of Monday's session that it won’t provide the votes needed to pass the law.


  1. Ever been to Venice Beach?

  2. Is the Roundhouse as sleazy as state legislatures in Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Louisiana?

  3. Can America continue to afford its bases and military commitment all over the planet?

  4. Are you afraid of flying?

  5. Is there anything interesting about Doug Emhoff?

  6. What’s the answer to an out-of-control NSA?

  7. What bad habit do you need to break?

  8. Best television/movie Superman: Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, Henry Cavill, or Tyler Hoechlin?

  9. Where can you find the best fried chicken in New Mexico?

  10. Why has the AK-47 endured for so long?

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