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Friday, May 13, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, May 13th, 2022



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Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

Deeper moisture and as a low pressure system moves inland from the Atlantic today, bringing better chances for showers and thunderstorms than we have seen in a while. A cold front will then approach from the northwest over the weekend and move through the area by early next week with drying high pressure expected in the front`s wake.

• The nation marks 1,000,000 Americans lost to COVID-19 [Macon Media]


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday Night

A chance of thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the east wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. East southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a chance of showers between 7pm and 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday Night

A chance of thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala Area

Today

A chance of rain before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 2am, then a slight chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of rain before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a chance of showers between 7pm and 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.






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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

There are no expected smoke fields to be crossing Macon County today, so no map was produced.












Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green .

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.6 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.5 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for May 13th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 90°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2000
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.67 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1971
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


Record weather events for May in Macon County

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1873 to 2018 Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


Friday, May 13th

Annual Law Enforcement Memorial
Friday May 13th, 2022 12:00PM
Franklin, NC. Town Square
Please join us in honoring these fallen heroes.

Wednesday, May 18th

Vaya Health Class - Bipolar Disorder and Extreme Mood Variation – Is There Stability?
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

Please register for this in-person VAYA Health class at https://www.vayahealth.com/calendar/ or call the library 828-524-3600.

Whether you are the caregiver of someone with bipolar disorder or an individual living with the inability to maintain a consistent mood, feeling 'stable' is often an infrequent reality. This class examines features and symptoms of the different types of the disorder. It also addresses causes, risk factors, and, most importantly, treatment. Specific focus is placed on the impact for the geriatric population.

This is a free event facilitated by the Vaya Health GERO team. CEU’s are provided through NC Department of Health and Human Services. If you're not able to attend this event, or you'd like to see what else they have to offer, feel free to visit https://www.vayahealth.com/calendar/ to sign up for free webinars offered by Vaya Health.


Friday, May 20th

Questions about Mental Health? with NAMI Appalachian South
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

NAMI Appalachian South (National Alliance on Mental Illness) representatives will be showing films and answering questions about mental health and local resources.

Please visit our Mental Wellness display of books, films, and information about local mental health resources.





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Local and State News

Here is an interesting graphic created by Chris Cooper, the Madison Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University that tracks the history of the vitory margins in the North carolina 11th Congressional District since 1972.



• NC parents driving to different states, considering alternatives amid formula shortage [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Offshore wind farms coming to southeastern NC [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• New owner restoring Dillsboro's landmark Jarrett House with nod to late 1800s history [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Great Smoky Mountains Railroad secures Short Line Railroad Grant [The Southern ScoopE]

• Buncombe’s unsheltered homeless population doubles in a year [Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)]

• Harvest ramps responsibly to enjoy for many years to come [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - Regular Meeting May 2022 [Macon Media]

• Franklin Town Council - Special Called Meeting Monday, May 9, 2022 [Macon Media]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - April 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• Interactive map: average date of last spring freeze across the United States [Climate.gov]


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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 12 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]



Ukrainian Counter-Offensives, Belarusian Posturing (FNN Live) | Funker 530



Lend Lease 2.0 - Will it be Ukraine's 'Arsenal of Democracy?' | Perun



JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 11th)





• NATO: New challenges for the alliance as Finland and Sweden inch closer to membership? [DW News]

• Russian blockade of Ukraine's ports puts global food supply at risk [France 24]

• Finland Nato: Russia threatens to retaliate over membership move [BBC News]

• Ukrainian Forces Hold the Line in Donbas as Western Heavy Weapons Join the Battle [Wall Street Journal]

• Rand Paul stalls quick Senate OK of $40B Ukraine package [Yahoo! News]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

Tucker: There is something really wrong | FOX News Channel



• How a century of political violence in Ukraine is linked to the atrocities of today [Russia Today]

• Zelensky's Office: Boris Johnson ordered to stop Russia-Ukraine talks [Pravda ]

• Bank of Russia identifies main risks for its baseline scenario [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

• Mohamed El-Erian says the U.S. is nearing a ‘cost-of-living crisis’ after more hot inflation data [CNBC]

• Americans cite inflation as top problem facing the country [Courthouse News Service]

• Baby Formula Shortage Could Leave Parents Scrambling for Months [Wall Street Journal]

Roe v Wade Opinion Leak (Read the Draft Opinion for Yourself)

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:



Eye on the Fourth Estate
[Definition]

Washington Today (5-12-22): WH, U.S. House mark 1 million U.S. COVID-19 deaths | C-SPAN



Global National: May 12, 2022 | Flooding in Canada's North forces thousands to evacuate



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 12th, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 12th, 2022




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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: [November 18, 2021]



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

Globally, as of 6:00pm CEST, 12 May 2022, there have been 516,922,683 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,259,945 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 10 May 2022, a total of 11,655,356,423 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:00pm CEST, 12 May 2022, there have been 81,275,614 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 990,973 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 6 May 2022, a total of 570,102,931 vaccine doses have been administered.

• 1 million U.S. COVID deaths mean pandemic orphan numbers reach 250,000: David Muir Reports[ABC News]

Global COVID-19 Summit | The White House



• Texas doctor calls U.S. COVID deaths nearing 1 million 'mindblowing' [Reuters]

• Japanese researcher suggests ties between omicron variant and severe hepatitis in children [The Japan Times]

• Fit-tested N95 masks combined with portable HEPA filtration can protect against high aerosolized viral loads over prolonged periods at close range [The Journal of Infectious Diseases]

• WHO: COVID-19 falling everywhere, except Americas and Africa [AP News]

• Meat industry hyped ‘baseless’ shortage to keep plants open amid covid [Washington Post]

• How misinformation and the partisan divide drove a surge in U.S. COVID deaths [PBS News Hour]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

First Image of Sagittarius A *, Milky Way Black Hole ⚡🔭🌎✨📡 | National Science Foundation



• Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy [Event Horizon Telescope]

Catching A MONSTER: Shep Doeleman on the Event Horizon Telescope's MASSIVE Black Hole Discovery | Dr Brian Keating



• Astronomers Unveil Image of the Milky Way’s Central Black Hole [Sky and Telescope]

• NOAA reveals first images from new weather satellite [Spaceflight Now]

• Twitter’s market cap has dropped to $9 billion below Musk’s purchase price as concerns about deal emerge [CNBC]

• Netflix Tells Employees to “Spend Our Members’ Money Wisely” in New Memo [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Amid Bay Area housing crisis, tiny bunk bed 'pods' offered for $800 a month [SF Gate]

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


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Anything from educational, entertainment, history, current events and technology

Level1 News May 13 2022: Your Cashier Is In Another Call Center



Blurring The Lines Of Mixed Reality - DTNS 4274 | Daily Tech News Show



Everything Revealed at the Google I/O Event in 13 Minutes



Google I/O 2022 keynote in 18 minutes | The Verge



SpaceX Prepares Booster 7 for Removal from the Orbital Launch Mount | Starship Boca Chica



The Long Game: How to be a long-term thinker in a short-term world | Long Now Foundation



Why China is Killing Asia's 3rd Longest River



Saifedean Ammous: Bitcoin, Anarchy, and Austrian Economics | Lex Fridman Podcast #284



Battle of Pavia 1525 - Italian Wars | Kings and Generals



The Zeebrugge Raid - A Vindictive Operation | Drachinifel






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Lend Lease 2.0 - Will it be Ukraine's 'Arsenal of Democracy?' | Perun



Russian soldiers caught on camera killing Ukrainian civilians | BBC News



Investigation: How is the Ukraine war redefining future conflict? - BBC Newsnight



Putin and the Psychology of Authoritarianism



Russia sanctions 31 western companies | DW News



Ukraine ‘Road of Death’ Shows Russians Fired on Civilians: A Video Investigation







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On This Day

May 13 is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 232 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)





1373 – Julian of Norwich has visions of Jesus while suffering from a life-threatening illness, visions which are later described and interpreted in her book Revelations of Divine Love.
1501 – Amerigo Vespucci, this time under Portuguese flag, set sail for western lands.
1568 – Mary Queen of Scots is defeated at Battle of Langside, part of Civil war between Queen Mary and Regent Moray.
1612 – Famous sword duel between Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro on the shores of Ganryū Island. Kojiro dies at the end.
1619 – Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.
1654 – Venetian fleet under Admiral Cort Adeler beats Turkish.
1779 – War of the Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at the Congress of Teschen negotiate an end to the war. In the agreement Austria receives the part of its territory that was taken from it (the Innviertel).
1780 – The Cumberland Compact is signed by leaders of the settlers in the Cumberland River area of what would become the U.S. state of Tennessee, providing for democratic government and a formal system of justice.
1804 – Forces sent by Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli to retake Derna from the Americans attack the city.
1830 – Ecuador gains its independence from Gran Colombia.
1846 – Mexican–American War: The United States declares war on the Federal Republic of Mexico following a dispute over the American annexation of the Republic of Texas and a Mexican military incursion.[8]
1861 – American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a "proclamation of neutrality" which recognizes the Confederacy as having belligerent rights.
1861 – The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
1861 – Pakistan's (then a part of British India) first railway line opens, from Karachi to Kotri.
1862 – The USS Planter, a steamer and gunship, steals through Confederate lines and is passed to the Union, by a southern slave, Robert Smalls, who later was officially appointed as captain, becoming the first black man to command a United States ship.
1888 – With the passage of the Lei Áurea ("Golden Law"), Empire of Brazil abolishes slavery.
1912 – The Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of the Royal Air Force, is established in the United Kingdom.
1917 – Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
1940 – World War II: Germany's conquest of France begins, as the German army crosses the Meuse. Winston Churchill makes his "blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech to the House of Commons.
1941 – World War II: Yugoslav royal colonel Dragoljub Mihailović starts fighting against German occupation troops, beginning the Serbian resistance.
1943 – World War II: Operations Vulcan and Strike force the surrender of the last Axis troops in Tunisia.
1948 – Arab–Israeli War: The Kfar Etzion massacre occurs, a day prior to the Israeli Declaration of Independence.
1950 – The inaugural Formula One World Championship race takes place at Silverstone Circuit. The race was won by Giuseppe Farina, who would go on to become the inaugural champion that year.
1951 – The 400th anniversary of the founding of the National University of San Marcos is commemorated by the opening of the first large-capacity stadium in Peru.
1952 – The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
1954 – The anti-National Service Riots, by Chinese middle school students in Singapore, take place.
1958 – During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.
1958 – May 1958 crisis: A group of French military officers lead a coup in Algiers demanding that a government of national unity be formed with Charles de Gaulle at its head in order to defend French control of Algeria.
1958 – Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres (11,000 mi) by sea and 62,000 kilometres (39,000 mi) by land during a ten-year journey.
1960 – Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
1967 – Dr. Zakir Husain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
1969 – May 13 Incident involving sectarian violence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1971 – Over 900 unarmed Bengali Hindus are murdered in the Demra massacre.
1972 – A fire occurs in the Sennichi Department Store in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators result in 118 fatalities (many victims leaping to their deaths).
1972 – The Troubles: A car bombing outside a crowded pub in Belfast sparks a two-day gun battle involving the Provisional IRA, Ulster Volunteer Force and British Army. Seven people are killed and over 66 injured.
1980 – An F3 tornado hits Kalamazoo County, Michigan. President Jimmy Carter declares it a federal disaster area.
1981 – Mehmet Ali Ağca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in Rome. The Pope is rushed to the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic to undergo emergency surgery and survives.
1985 – Police bombed MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia, killing six adults and five children, and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
1989 – Large groups of students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.
1990 – The Dinamo–Red Star riot took place at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, Croatia between the Bad Blue Boys (fans of Dinamo Zagreb) and the Delije (fans of Red Star Belgrade).
1992 – Li Hongzhi gives the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People's Republic of China.
1995 – Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.
1996 – Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
1998 – Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese descent are looted and women raped.
1998 – India carries out two nuclear weapon tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
2005 – Andijan uprising, Uzbekistan; Troops open fire on crowds of protestors after a prison break; at least 187 people were killed according to official estimates.
2006 – São Paulo violence: Rebellions occur in several prisons in Brazil.
2011 – Two bombs explode in the Charsadda District of Pakistan killing 98 people and wounding 140 others.
2012 – Forty-nine dismembered bodies are discovered by Mexican authorities on Mexican Federal Highway 40.
2013 – American physician Kermit Gosnell is found guilty in Pennsylvania of murdering three infants born alive during attempted abortions, involuntary manslaughter of a woman during an abortion procedure, and other charges.
2014 – An explosion at an underground coal mine in southwest Turkey kills 301 miners.





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Published at 5:00am on Friday, May 13, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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