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Thursday, September 28, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, September 28, 2023

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Local and StateNews
Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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Moisture with cloudy and cool conditions will linger into Thursday but expect some sunshine on Thursday. We can expect a slow warm up and drier conditions beginning Friday and continuing into next week.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night

Franklin Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the southeast.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the northeast.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.

`Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Light and variable winds.


Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the north around 5 mph early inthe morning decreasing to calm by midmorning.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 5 mph.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs iin the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.

Nantahala Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light and variable winds.


Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 50s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.

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Macon Calendar
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Saturdays in August from 11am to 1pm

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)


11-Noon—Sonia Brooks—a talented lady who aims to keep the old folk songs popular with all ages. If you're of the Gen X generation, you probably first heard these songs when you were young.

Noon-1pm---Jay Baird—a guy who is all Americana, getting into folk and other songs we haven’t heard in years. If you're a Baby Boomer, some of these songs you've heard as a kid.

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!

Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.

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Local and State News

Increased security at the Macon County Courthouse on September 25th for the Shields murder case. (Photo by Bobby Coggins)

• District Attorney seeks death penalty in Otto murder case [Smoky Mountain News]

House: Redistricting (Joint) | North Carolina General Assembly

• NC voters, activists slam lawmakers over gerrymandering concerns as new redistricting process begins [WLOS-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Gunfire and hours-long standoff rattle Haywood County neighborhood [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• How a government shutdown could impact food assistance, airport workers and National Parks in NC [BPR]

---Recent News Recap--- • Turkey trade triumph? Roy Cooper says new deal with India will boost NC farmers [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Concerns grow over loss of more cancer services at Asheville's Mission Hospital [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Mission Health to open second ER [BPR]


• HB259 NC House Bill Budget Substitute [PDF Download (640 pages)]

Proposed State Budget for 2023-2025 [Download PDF]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners March 2023 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

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National and World News Roundup

Biden joins striking auto workers on Detroit picket line | DW News

• Senate moves shutdown-prevention plan that’s ‘not gonna happen’ in House [Politico]

• Inside the West’s Mammoth Effort to Train Ukrainian Soldiers [Time Magazine]

• More pay, streaming bonuses, AI limits: Four takeaways from the WGA deal to end the writers’ strike [Los Angeles Times]

Donald Trump fraudulently inflated his worth by $3.6bn, says judge | BBC News

• Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks, insurers while building real estate empire
A judge ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to fame and the White House, and he ordered some of the former president’s companies removed from his control and dissolved. [AP News]

• Judge Rules Trump Committed Fraud, Stripping Control of Key Properties [New York Times]

• Read the Judge's Ruling in the Trump Fraud Case [New York Times]

Deadline to avert shutdown looms, new polling ahead of 2nd Republican debate, more | America Decides | CBS News

Washington Today (9-27-23): Gov't shutdown nears as House GOP leaders reject Senate bipartisan CR | C-SPAN

Global National: Sept. 27, 2023 | Trudeau apologizes after Nazi veteran honoured in Parliament

Nightly News Full Broadcast - Sept. 27th NBC News

PBS NewsHour full episode, (September 27, 2023)

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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:

Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. Macon County Public Health will stop publishing weekly COVID updates but will continue to monitor local case levels and trends. In the event that case counts increase significantly, MCPH will notify the public and resume weekly COVID updates.

• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 12:20pm CEST, 30 August 2023, there have been 103,436,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,127,152 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 June 2023, a total of 668,882,018 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 12:20pm CEST, 30 August 2023, there have been 770,085,713 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,956,173 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 27 August 2023, a total of 13,499,983,736 vaccine doses have been administered.

COVID • Just 23% of U.S. Adults 'Definitely' Plan to Get New COVID Shot [US News and World Report]

• Long Covid Is Real. Now the Evidence Is Piling Up. [Bloomberg]

• TWiV 1044: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1045: Less Lassa, CRISPR RNA viruses [Microbe TV]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The Sky This Week from September 22 to 29: It’s time for autumn [Astronomy Magazine]

Quasars Have Larger Dark Matter Halos Than Expected | Sabine Hossenfelder

• Desalination system could produce freshwater that is cheaper than tap water [MIT News]

• SpaceX wins first Pentagon contract for Starshield, its satellite network for military use [CNBC]

• EU says Elon Musk's X is biggest source of disinformation [France 24]

• Your photos can hear you. AI and machine learning help researchers get audio from still images and silent videos [Northeastern University]

• Plummeting prices for solar power and storage make global climate transition cheaper than expected [Mercator Research institute]

• FTC files “the big one,” a lawsuit alleging Amazon illegally maintains monopoly [ARS TECHNICA]

• FCC announces plans to reinstate net neutrality [TechCrunch]

• Widespread iPhone 15 overheating reports, with temperatures as high as 116F [9to5Mac]

Evergreen Links

• Red Dead Online player bids farewell to Google Stadia save by releasing horse they named after their departed daughter [Games Radar]

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History 69 - Twilight of the Æsir

Hardcore History: Addendum EP26 Dig This! | Dan Carlin

• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]

How Do We Know What We Know? Philosophy of Science | Fraser Cain

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Cinetimes]

Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

The Level1 Show September 27 2023: The People United (Against Unity) | Level1 Techs

Chat GPT Starts Talking Back - DTNS 4611 Extended | Daily Tech News Show

Fermi Paradox: Alien Civilizations Consume their Home Worlds | John Michael Godier

Raspberry Pi 5 | Expaling Computers

When Ants Took Over | PBS Eons

You Say Potato, I Say Computer - Android Faithful #12 | Daily Tech News Show

The Insane Logistics of a Roman Army on the March - 24 Hour Simulation | Invicta

NASA Science Live: Ask Your Questions About OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Delivery to Earth

Golden Age of Ancient Egypt - New Kingdom - Ancient Civilizations | Kings and General

Apple's Eddy Cue testifies in DOJ's antitrust case against Google | CNBC Television


Civilization: Is the West History? | Episode 2: Science | BBC Select

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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)

Ukraine frontline: Soldiers strap DIY bombs to commercial drones | BBC Newsnight

• Revealed: Europe’s role in the making of Russia killer drones [The Guardian (UK)]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 581 [Al Jazeera]

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, September 26, 2023 [Institute for the Study of War]

• Ukraine moves missile production abroad after Russian strikes [EuroMaidan Press]

• Ukrainian troops make gains near four villages in eastern Ukraine [TVP World]

Moment Ukraine grain storage facility goes up in flames after bombing | Al Jazeera Newsfeed

Heavy-maintenance' Abrams battle tanks 'won't make a big difference' in Ukraine's counteroffensive | France 24

Ukrainians take up positions and successfully repel Russian counterattack | Military Mind | TVP World

🔴 (NSFW) Combat Footage Show: F-35 Freebies, Klischiivka, POWs Not Allowed | Funker530

News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or articles/video about those who support Russia

Col Douglas Macgregor: "The Russians Will Finish This War” | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor

• US government stopped me from interviewing Putin – Tucker Carlson
The former Fox News host has questioned why ‘you’re not allowed to hear’ the Russian president’s voice [Russia Today]

• Boeing P-8 Poseidon spotted circling above Romania when Ukraine struck Sevastopol
NATO's Boeing P-8 Poseidon was circling above the easternmost point of Romania at the time of the missile strike on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol. The distance from that point in Romania to the site of that attack is 313 kilometres. See more at [Pravda]

• Russian soldiers repel attack by superior Ukrainian force in south Donetsk area [TASS Russian News Agency]

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On This Day <

September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 94 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events <

Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)

48 BC – Pompey disembarks at Pelusium upon arriving in Egypt, whereupon he is assassinated by order of King Ptolemy XIII.

235 – Pope Pontian resigns. He is exiled to the mines of Sardinia, along with Hippolytus of Rome.

351 – Constantius II defeats the usurper Magnentius.

365 – Roman usurper Procopius bribes two legions passing by Constantinople, and proclaims himself emperor.

935 – Duke Wenceslaus I of Bohemia is murdered by a group of nobles led by his brother Boleslaus I, who succeeds him.

995 – Boleslaus II, Duke of Bohemia, kills most members of the rival Slavník dynasty.

1066 – William the Conqueror lands in England, beginning the Norman conquest.

1106 – King Henry I of England defeats his brother Robert Curthose at the Battle of Tinchebray.

1238 – King James I of Aragon conquers Valencia from the Moors. Shortly thereafter, he proclaims himself king of Valencia.

1322 – Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor, defeats Frederick I of Austria in the Battle of Mühldorf.

1538 – Ottoman–Venetian War: The Ottoman Navy scores a decisive victory over a Holy League fleet in the Battle of Preveza.

1542 – Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrives at what is now San Diego, California. He is the first European in California.

1779 – American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.

1781 – American Revolution: French and American forces backed by a French fleet begin the siege of Yorktown.

1787 – The Congress of the Confederation votes to send the newly written United States Constitution to the state legislatures for approval.

1821 – The Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire is drafted. It will be made public on 13 October.

1844 – Oscar I of Sweden–Norway is crowned king of Sweden.

1867 – Toronto becomes the capital of Ontario, having also been the capital of Ontario's predecessors since 1796.

1868 – The Battle of Alcolea causes Queen Isabella II of Spain to flee to France.

1871 – The Brazilian Parliament passes a law that frees all children thereafter born to slaves, and all government-owned slaves.

1889 – The General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defines the length of a metre.

1892 – The first night game for American football takes place in a contest between Wyoming Seminary and Mansfield State Normal.

1893 – Foundation of the Portuguese football club FC Porto.

1901 – Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas kill more than forty American soldiers while losing 28 of their own.

1912 – The Ulster Covenant is signed by some 500,000 Ulster Protestant Unionists in opposition to the Third Irish Home Rule Bill.

1912 – Corporal Frank S. Scott of the United States Army becomes the first enlisted man to die in an airplane crash.

1918 – World War I: The Fifth Battle of Ypres begins.

1919 – Race riots begin in Omaha, Nebraska.

1924 – The first aerial circumnavigation is completed by a team from the US Army.

1928 – Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.

1939 – World War II: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a division of Poland.

1939 – World War II: The siege of Warsaw comes to an end.

1941 – World War II: The Drama uprising against the Bulgarian occupation in northern Greece begins.

1941 – Ted Williams achieves a .406 batting average for the season, and becomes the last major league baseball player to bat .400 or better.

1944 – World War II: Soviet Army troops liberate Klooga concentration camp in Estonia.

1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month later.

1961 – A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.

1970 – Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser dies of a heart attack in Cairo.

1973 – The ITT Building in New York City is bombed in protest at ITT's alleged involvement in the coup d'état in Chile.

1975 – The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people are taken hostage, takes place in London.

1986 – The Democratic Progressive Party becomes the first opposition party in Taiwan.

1992 – A Pakistan International Airlines flight crashes into a hill in Nepal, killing all 167 passengers and crew.

1994 – The cruise ferry MS Estonia sinks in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.

1995 – Bob Denard and a group of mercenaries take the islands of the Comoros in a coup.

1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat sign the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

2000 – Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits Al-Aqsa Mosque known to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

2008 – Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid-fuel ground-launched vehicle to put a payload into orbit by the RatSat mission.

2008 – The Singapore Grand Prix is held as Formula One's inaugural night race, with Fernando Alonso winning the event. Almost a year later it was revealed that Alonso's team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr. had been ordered to crash his car to help bring out the safety car and give Alonso the advantage and win.

2009 – The military junta leading Guinea attacks a protest rally, killing or wounding 1,400 people.

2012 – Somali and African Union forces launch a coordinated assault on the Somali port of Kismayo to take back the city from al-Shabaab militants.

2014 – The 2014 Hong Kong protests begin in response to restrictive political reforms imposed by the NPC in Beijing.

2016 – The 2016 South Australian blackout occurs, lasting up to three days in some areas.

2018 – The 7.5 Mw 2018 Sulawesi earthquake, which triggered a large tsunami, leaves 4,340 dead and 10,679 injured.

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Published at 5:00am on Thurssday, September 28, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

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