The Rock of Talk Daily Blast for Friday, September 23rd, 2022
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2022. There are 99 days left in the year. There are 12 hours and 6 minutes of daylight today. New Moon is Sunday.
This Day in History
On Sept. 23, 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing on television from Los Angeles to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising in what became known as the "Checkers" speech.
In 1780, British spy John Andre was captured along with papers revealing Benedict Arnold's plot to surrender West Point to the British.
In 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest.
In 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of murdering Black teenager Emmett Till. (The two men later admitted to the crime in an interview with Look magazine.)
In 1957, nine Black students who'd entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.
In 1987, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., withdrew from the Democratic presidential race following questions about his use of borrowed quotations and the portrayal of his academic record.
In 2001, President George W. Bush returned the American flag to full staff at Camp David, symbolically ending a period of national mourning following the 9/11 attacks.
In 2002, Gov. Gray Davis signed a law making California the first state to offer workers paid family leave.
In 2011, after 41 years, the soap opera "All My Children" broadcast its final episode on ABC-TV.
In 2016, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill to allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, arguing it undermined national security. (Both the House and Senate voted to override the veto.)
Ten years ago: The Libyan militia suspected in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans said it had disbanded on orders of the country's president. "Homeland" won the Emmy Award for best drama series, and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, each won leading actor awards; "Modern Family" received four awards, including a three-peat as best comedy series.
Five years ago: President Donald Trump tweeted that NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was no longer invited to the White House because Curry had said he didn't want to make such a visit with his championship team; NBA star LeBron James responded with a tweet calling Trump a "bum" and saying, "Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!" Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico to help communities still without fresh water, fuel, electricity, or phone service in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
One year ago: A gunman attacked a grocery store east of Memphis, Tennessee, killing one person and wounding 14 others before taking his own life; he'd been asked to leave his job at the store earlier in the day.
This Day in TV, Music, and Movie History
On Sept. 23, 1962, "The Jetsons" premiered on ABC. It was the first program to be carried by the network in color.
In 1968, Lucille Ball returned to TV with "Here's Lucy" on CBS.
In 1974, Robbie McIntosh, drummer with the Average White Band, died of a heroin overdose in Los Angeles. He had ingested the drug at a party, thinking it was cocaine. He was 24.
In 1996, actor Jim Carrey married actor Lauren Holly. They divorced less than a year later.
In 1998, actor Mary Frann died of apparent heart failure at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 55. She's probably best known for playing Bob Newhart's wife on "Newhart."
Also, in 1998, White Zombie announced its breakup.
In 2010, singer Katy Perry was cut from an episode of "Sesame Street" because the producers thought her dress was too low-cut.
Singer Julio Iglesias is 79. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 73. Director/playwright George C. Wolfe is 68. Golfer Larry Mize is 64. Actor Jason Alexander is 63. Actor LisaRaye is 56. Singer Ani DiFranco is 52. Recording executive Jermaine Dupri is 50. Actor Kip Pardue is 46. Actor Anthony Mackie is 44. Pop singer Erik-Michael Estrada (TV: "Making the Band") is 43. Actor Aubrey Dollar is 42. Actor Skylar Astin is 35.
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Local/State/Regional News Briefing
Electric demand to outpace capacity for New Mexico utilities.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are concerned about the ability of the state's largest electric providers to meet demands during peak seasons in 2023 and 2024. The Public Regulation Commission held a special meeting Thursday to discuss concerns that supply chain issues could further delay projects that were meant to fill the void as Public Service Co. of New Mexico shutters a major coal-fired power plant and as demand increases. PNM executives said the utility will have "quite a hole" to fill next summer since solar and battery storage systems won't be online as planned. A utility serving customers in southern New Mexico also expects a gap between capacity and demand.
Evaluations highlight concerns and harm at state health centers.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new evaluation of state-operated hospitals for veterans, the mentally ill, and the elderly describe inadequate oversight that threatens the ability to provide quality care, including harmful conditions at a veteran's home in Truth or Consequences. Presented Thursday to legislators, the evaluation from the Legislature's accountability and budget office describes improvements in managing finances, marketing, and tracking of clinical outcomes for patients. But the quality of patient care and oversight at the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences, in particular, continues to be a concern. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said state officials are confident that the facility can return to compliance.
New Mexico candidate removes gun-for-$100 donations offer.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Republican nominee for secretary of state has removed an online campaign notice that offered the chance to receive a firearm in return for $100 donations to her campaign. The gun "giveaway" notice on a Facebook campaign website for candidate Audrey Trujillo appeared to run afoul of a state prohibition on using raffles to raise funds for an individual running for office. Contacted Thursday by The Associated Press, Trujillo said that she was removing the gun giveaway notice out of concern it might be out of compliance. Trujillo is challenging incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver for New Mexico's top elections regulation post.
An increase in Venezuelan migration is felt across the US
EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — Venezuelans have surpassed Guatemalans and Hondurans to become the second-largest nationality stopped at the U.S. border in August after Mexicans. The trend of more Venezuelans is reflected in daily headlines. About 50 migrants that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew to the upscale Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard last week were Venezuelan, as were five of six men whom U.S. authorities found drowned in the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas, in early September. An estimated 6.8 million Venezuelans have fled their country, mostly to Latin America and Caribbean countries, but the U.S. has become a more attractive destination.
New Mexico previously bused migrants during Trump years.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When migrants overwhelmed cities and shelters in New Mexico in 2019, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham moved some of them by bus from border communities to Denver, where Christian congregations volunteered to provide shelter and aid. Fast forward to 2022, and there is little, if any, talk of transporting migrants away from the border by Lujan Grisham — or Republican nominee for governor Mark Ronchetti. Lujan Grisham and Ronchetti declined this week to answer questions about whether they would approve any new efforts to transport migrants from the border regions of New Mexico to other states and under what circumstances.
U.S. News Briefing
Alabama halts execution because of time, IV access concerns.
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials have called off the lethal injection of a man convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting because of time concerns and trouble accessing the inmate's veins. Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said prison officials called off Thursday's execution after they determined inmate Arthur Miller's "veins could not be accessed by our protocol" before a midnight deadline to commence the execution. Miller has been returned to his cell at the south Alabama prison, Hamm said. The halt came three hours after a divided U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution to begin.
McCarthy unveils House GOP's big ideas but challenges ahead.
MONONGAHELA, Pa. (AP) — House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is rolling out his party's Trump-like midterm election agenda. The GOP leader travels Friday to Pennsylvania to challenge President Joe Biden and the party in power. But House Republicans have a spotty record of delivering and governing in Congress. McCarthy is in line to seize the speaker's gavel if Republicans win control of the House in the November election, and he's trying to replicate the strategy Newt Gingrich used in 1994. The "Commitment to America" includes broad ideas for the economy, border security, and social issues. But McCarthy faces challenges ahead — notably unifying the party's different factions.
Powerful Hurricane Fiona roared by Bermuda, then to Canada.
SAN SALVADOR, Puerto Rico (AP) — Powerful Hurricane Fiona is pounding Bermuda with heavy rains and winds as it sweeps by the island on a route that is forecast to have approaching northeastern Canada as a still-powerful storm late Friday. Authorities in Bermuda opened shelters and closed schools and offices ahead of Fiona. Premier David Burt urged residents to "take care of yourself and your family." The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued a hurricane watch over extensive coastal expanses of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Fiona should reach Canada as a "large and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds."
4.4M Americans roll up sleeves for omicron-targeted boosters
More than 4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the new omicron-specific booster shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the count Thursday. The new shots target the most common omicron strains of the coronavirus. The U.S. has ordered 171 million doses of the new boosters for the fall. The first hint of public demand for the new boosters comes as health experts lamented President Joe Biden's recent remark on "60 Minutes" that "the pandemic is over." The president later clarified his comment after facing heat from health experts, who worry the message might slow prevention efforts.
Bank directors urge firing of Trump official in an ethics probe.
MIAMI (AP) — Executive directors of the Inter-American Development Bank have voted unanimously to recommend firing a former Trump official as president of the Washington-based institution. The action follows an investigation that found Mauricio Claver-Carone violated ethics rules by favoring a top aide with whom he had a romantic relationship. A person familiar with the vote said the decision to recommend ousting Claver-Carone came in a closed-door meeting Thursday. The Associated Press obtained a confidential report by a law firm hired by the bank's board triggered by an anonymous complaint of misconduct against Claver-Carone. Investigators say it is reasonable to conclude the relationship existed since at least 2019 when both held senior positions on the National Security Council.
Global News Briefing
Hundreds demand cancellation of Japanese ex-leader funeral
TOKYO (AP) — Several hundred protesters demanded the cancellation of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state funeral as they shouted slogans and waved banners in a Tokyo park. One demonstrator said Abe's policies supported the war, and he feared a step back to militarism. Abe was one of Japan's most divisive postwar leaders because of his revisionist view of wartime history, support for a stronger military, and what critics call an autocratic approach and cronyism. Opposition to the state funeral has also grown because of politicians' close ties to the Unification Church, which the suspect allegedly said ruined his life. The funeral is scheduled to be held Tuesday.
Turkey: Anti-LGBTQ display reflects nation's political shift
ISTANBUL (AP) — Panic and anxiety gripped members of Turkey's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities when several thousand demonstrators marched in Istanbul last weekend to demand a ban on what they consider gay propaganda and to outlaw LGBTQ organizations. The Big Family Gathering march attracted parents with children, nationalists, hard-line Islamists, and conspiracy theorists. Turkey's media watchdog gave the event the government's blessing by including a promotional video that called LGBTQ people a "virus" in its list of public service announcements. A trans drag performer who identifies as nonbinary feels like they "can be publicly lynched." Some LGBTQ groups in Turkey have stopped posting their addresses online, with threats and hate speech gaining steam.
Asian stocks slide for 3rd day on economic growth fears.
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell for a third day Friday after unusually large interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve and other central banks to control inflation spurred fears of a possible global recession. Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Sydney declined. Japan's markets were closed for a holiday. Oil prices edged lower. Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index fell for the third day after rate hikes by central banks in Britain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the Philippines. The Fed hiked its key rate earlier for a fifth time this year and indicated more rises were on the way.
Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic awaiting word on the Australian Open
LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is still awaiting word on whether he will be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after missing the tournament this year because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic says at the Laver Cup that he is hoping for positive news. Djokovic is a 21-time Grand Slam champion and has won nine trophies at Melbourne Park. But he was deported from Australia last January after a legal saga. The 35-year-old Djokovic has insisted he will not get the shots against the illness caused by the coronavirus. He could not enter two of this season's four Grand Slam tournaments. That includes the U.S. Open.
Tears and hugs for Russians called up to fight in Ukraine.
ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is escalating its military and political campaign to take over Ukrainian territory. Russian army reservists were rounded up to fight. At the same time, pro-Moscow authorities prepared for voter referendums starting Friday that could lead to the annexation of four Russian-held regions of Ukraine. A day after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization to bolster his troops in Ukraine, dramatic scenes of tearful families bidding farewell to men departing from military mobilization centers in Russia appeared Thursday on social media. Germany's interior minister offered concrete support to potential deserters. She said anyone who "courageously opposes Putin's regime and therefore puts himself in the greatest danger" can apply for asylum.
Questions of the Day (Please Answer in Comments)
Less than 100 days until 2023. Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Why?
20 years on, are you for or against Family Paid Leave?
Does Bruce Springsteen’s politics matter to you when you listen to his music?
Desantis and Trump are getting sued. Who makes it on the 2024 ballot for President at this point? Desantis? Trump? Both and together?
Electric demand outpaces supply in New Mexico. How are you planning on dealing with the manufactured crisis?