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Thursday, May 4, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 04, 2023



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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
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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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Conditions will be less windy today as calmer high pressure builds in from the west. Rain chances return Friday and Saturday with the arrival of a warm front. A late-spring or early-summer like pattern will develop over the area early next week, with temperatures trending warmer and daily chances for showers and thunderstorms.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midnight.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with highs near 60. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then showers likely between 11pm and 2am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the east after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then showers likely between 8am and 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the miud 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

Showers likely before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the miud 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather



...FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING...

* WHAT...Temperatures as low as 34 will result in frost formation.

* WHERE...The North Carolina Mountains.

* WHEN...Until 8 AM EDT this morning.

* IMPACTS...Frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather "Severe" G4 level Solar Storm Impact | Live Briefing 23 April 2023




Back to Top Hurricane Season 2023: What to Watch For As We Keep Tabs on El Nino | hurricanetrack





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Almanac









PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD/CODE GREEN) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD/CODE 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 Maple, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (7.0 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for May 4th

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

Highest Temperature 88°F in Frankin in 1955
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Franklin in 1971
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.52 inches in Highlands in 1993
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1871)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1872

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

Record Weather Events for May 4th in North Carolina

rdrd Highest Temperature 97°F in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1948
Lowest Temperature 18°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Greatest Rainfall 4.90 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1972
Greatest Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872)
(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Gladys)

--> Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 107°F in Aurora, Beaufort Countyy on 05-26-2011
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-09-2020
Greatest Rainfall 8.51 inches in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County on 05-20-1942
Greatest Snowfall 15.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-07-1992




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

THURSDAY, MAY 4th

Mainspring Walk at the Library 5.30pm

Find a sense of place with Mainspring and the Macon County Public Library. On the first Thursday of each month, we will take a casual 1 mile stroll through the trails behind the library, noticing how the forest, meadow, and river changes with the seasons. Each month we will pick an aspect of nature to explore during our walk, and spend a brief moment learning about the evening’s theme before heading out on the trails to discover the world around us. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required to attend. We will meet in the Meeting Room at the Macon County Public Library (149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, NC 28734) at 5:30PM, where participants will be introduced to the day’s theme through a quick lesson. The walk will take about an hour and is on a variety of trails, from narrow and sloped to wide and flat. There is one moderate hill during this walk. For questions, please email Skye at scahoon@mainspringconserves.org This event is weather-dependent.



SATURDAY, MAY 6th

Friends of the Greenway Spring Arts and Crafts Event (FROG FAIR) From 10am to 4pm

Friends of the Greenway announce their Spring arts and crafts event. FROG FAIR will be held May 6, 2023 from 10-4 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge in Franklin. Vendor spaces are available (only registration fee goes to FROG)--check our website (littletennessee.org) for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Volunteers needed too. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts and crafts, food, and music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 6th

Contra Dance in the Macon County Public Library Living Room 6:30—9:00 p.m.

Join the fun of contra dancing, with beginners’ lessons at 6:30. Suggested donation, $10 per person helps to pay the musicians and callers for their travel and expertise. Hosted by the Arts Council of Macon County.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10th

Stained-glass Dedication Ceremony at Macon County Public Library 5—6 p.m.

FRANKLIN – The Friends of the Macon County Public Library will host a public dedication ceremony to celebrate the installation of new stained-glass windows from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd. in Franklin. Read the full press release at [Macon Media]

SATURDAY, MAY 27th

Clarks Chapel Fire-Rescue Annual BBQ Fundraiser From 2pm until sold out Plates are $10 each

Clarks Chapel Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their annul BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, May 27. It will feature Barbeque, Music, Raffles, Silent Auction, and plenty of family fun. The fire department is located at 270 Fulcher Road in Franklin.





No events have been submitted for Macon Calendar.
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Local and State News



• New Stained-Glass Windows to be Dedicated at Macon County Public Library on May 10th [Macon Media]

• NC House committee passes bill eliminating concealed carry permit requirement; North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association comes out against it [WNCN-TV (Goldsboro, NC)]

• Stained-glass Dedication Ceremony at Macon County Public Library on May 10th [Macon Media]

• North Carolina abortion bill, whizzing through legislature, passes state House [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• TSA hopes new $350K screening machines will cut wait times at AVL Regional Airport [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC) ]

• Cherokee Constitution Effort Faces Hurdle [Smoky Mountain News]



Macon Media is still experiencing transportation issues and was unable to get to the courthouse to cover this months meeting. Here is the county-sponsored video of the meeting:

Macon County Commissioners Meeting 3-14-23



• 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

How suspected Midtown mass shooter was found by police, tipsters | WXIA-TV (Atlanta, GA)



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• Chatbot ‘journalists’ found running almost 50 AI-generated content farms [The Guardian]

• AOC and Matt Gaetz introduce a bipartisan bill to ban Congress members from trading individual stocks [Insider]

• Ex-FBI agent who feds say urged Jan. 6 rioters to kill police worked terrorism task force [NBC News]

• Former Michigan House speaker admits he took bribes as head of state’s medical marijuana licensing board [CNN]

• Shell makes record first-quarter profits of nearly $10bn [The Guardian]

• Fast-food industry drives workers to homelessness, report finds [CBS News]

• 10-year-old children found working at McDonald’s until 2 a.m. [Washington Post]



Defense Experts Reveal What the DOD Has Been Doing in Space! | Defense Flash News



Washington Today (5-2-23): Partisan split at Senate committee hearing on Supreme Court ethics | C-SPAN



Global National: May 3, 2023 | Trudeau calls for CSIS to share threats against MPs in future



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 03


PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 03, 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:






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

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 11:04am CEST, 19 April 2023, there have been 102,977,396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,120,529 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 7 April 2023, a total of 666,541,020 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 11:04am CEST, 19 April 2023, there have been 763,740,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,908,554 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 24 April 2023, a total of 13,325,228,015 vaccine doses have been administered.


• More children and adolescents in mental health crisis since beginning of COVID-19 pandemic: study [ UNSW Sydney Newsroom ]

• Covid-19 pandemic may no longer be deemed global emergency this week [ Irish Independent ]

• Survival of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater [ Science of The Total Environment Volume 882, 15 July 2023, 163049 ]

The antivax filmmaker who sparked harassment of bereaved families | BBC Newsnight



• TWiV 1002: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1003: Going clinically viral [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup



• The Sky This Week: A Full Flower Moon [Astronomy Magazine]

• GPT-4 Can’t Replace Striking TV Writers, But Studios Are Going to Try [Vice News]

• ChatGPT Confirms Data Breach, Raising Security Concerns [Security Intelligence]

• 60 years later, high school quality may have a long-term impact on cognition [Eureka Alert: American Association for the Advencement of Science]

• Elon Musk pushes for orbital goal following data gathering objectives during Starship debut [NASA Spaceflight]

• Chatbot ‘journalists’ found running almost 50 AI-generated content farms [The Guardian]

• FTC proposes barring Meta from monetizing kids' data [CNBC]

• Z-Library returns, aims to avoid seizures by giving each user a secret URL [ARS TECHNICA]


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: AddendumEP24 Manifesting the Muse with Rick | 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

SpaceX Falcon Heavy fairing reentry at Mach 15 creating a large plasma wake - ViaSat-3 mission



Launch Site Dodges Bullet After SpaceX Launches Starship | Starbase Updates (NASA Spaceflight)



The Level1 Show May 3 2023: Magic: The Seizening | Level1 Techs



What the Heck Is BlueSky? - DTNS 4511 | Daily Tech News Show



New Paper Claims that Dark Matter is Wave-like | Sabine Hossenfelder



Coronation of Charles III | UsefulCharts





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 03 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 3rd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 435 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 434: Ukraine destroys 21 out of 26 Russian drones [Euromaiden Press]


• What we know so far about the alleged drone attack on the Kremlin [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine updates: Zelenskyy expected to speak at the Hague [DW News]

• Ukraine denies involvement in alleged Kremlin drone attack [TVP World]

• Investigation says Russian navy vessels seen near Nord Stream before 2022 blasts [France 24]

• Analysis: Kremlin drone attack is highly embarrassing for Moscow [BBC News]

Russia accuses Ukraine of attempting to kill President Putin with drone attacks on Kremlin | DW News



🔴 (NSFW) - Kremlin Attacked, Crimea Oil Depot Strike, Bakhmut Apocalypse | Funker530 LIVE Recap



Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Helsinki | Gary Tabach | TVP World



Russia claims Ukraine tried to hit Kremlin, Kyiv denies it | FRANCE 24 English



Russian navy ships near Nord Stream pipeline blast site, report says | BBC News




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

A change in targeting strategy on the Russian side | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor



• Ukrainian counteroffensive has started – Wagner boss [Russia Today]

• Dmitry Medvedev: Russia has no choice but to annihilate Zelensky [Pravda]

• Russia to respond to Ukraine’s attack on Kremlin when deems it necessary — diplomat [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

May 4 is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 241 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)





1256 – The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
1415 – Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
1436 – Assassination of the Swedish rebel (later national hero) Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson
1471 – Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales.
1493 – Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw.
1686 – The Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
1776 – Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
1799 – Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is invaded and Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
1814 – Emperor Napoleon arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
1814 – King Ferdinand VII abolishes the Spanish Constitution of 1812, returning Spain to absolutism.
1836 – Formation of Ancient Order of Hibernians
1859 – The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking Devon and Cornwall in England.
1869 – The Naval Battle of Hakodate is fought in Japan.
1871 – The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1886 – Haymarket affair: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
1904 – The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
1910 – The Royal Canadian Navy is created.
1912 – Italy occupies the Greek island of Rhodes.
1919 – May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.
1926 – The United Kingdom general strike begins.
1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is incorporated.
1932 – In Atlanta, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before.
1945 – World War II: Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is liberated by the British Army.
1945 – World War II: The German surrender at Lüneburg Heath is signed, coming into effect the following day. It encompasses all Wehrmacht units in the Netherlands, Denmark and northwest Germany.
1946 – In San Francisco Bay, U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Naval Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Five people are killed in the riot.
1949 – The entire Torino football team (except for two players who did not take the trip: Sauro Tomà, due to an injury and Renato Gandolfi, because of coach request) is killed in a plane crash.
1953 – Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
1959 – The 1st Annual Grammy Awards are held.
1961 – American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.
1961 – Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather attain a new altitude record for manned balloon flight ascending in the Strato-Lab V open gondola to 113,740 feet (34.67 km).
1970 – Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: The Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the Cambodian Campaign of the United States and South Vietnam.
1972 – The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
1973 – The 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out at 1,451 feet as the world's tallest building.
1978 – The South African Defence Force attacks a SWAPO base at Cassinga in southern Angola, killing about 600 people.
1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1982 – Twenty sailors are killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield is hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
1988 – The PEPCON disaster rocks Henderson, Nevada, as tons of Space Shuttle fuel detonate during a fire.
1989 – Iran–Contra affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges; the convictions are later overturned on appeal.
1990 – Latvia declares independence from the Soviet Union.
1994 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord, granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1998 – A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
2000 – Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London (an office separate from that of the Lord Mayor of London).
2002 – 103 people are killed and 51 are injured in a plane crash near Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, Nigeria.
2007 – Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7-mile wide EF5 tornado. It was the first-ever tornado to be rated as such with the new Enhanced Fujita scale.
2014 – Three people are killed and 62 injured in a pair of bombings on buses in Nairobi, Kenya.
2019 – 145th Kentucky Derby: stewards disqualify first-across-the-line Maximum Security for interference; longshot Country House declared winner; first DQ in race history for race infraction
2020 – Countries in Europe begin cautious reopening after COVID-19 lockdown, Italy restarts construction and takeaways, Germany reopens schools
2020 – World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part
2020 – India begins lifting some restrictions in regions with fewer COVID-19 cases
2021 – US President Joe Biden announces new goal of 160 million people, nearly of 70% of adults, vaccinated by July 4
2021 – Malian woman Halima Cisse gives birth to nonuplets (nine babies) in Morocco, in only third known case worldwide
2021 – Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador makes an historic apology to the Mayan people for abuses against them in the five centuries since the Spanish conquest





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Published at 5:00am on Thurssday, May 04, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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Macon County Board of Elections 03-11-2014 The Macon County Board of Elections holds a special meeting to hear a challenge brought by Charles "Scoon" Nichols to the candidacy of Macon County Commissioner Ron Haven regarding his eligibility to file as a candidate in the District II County Commissioner race. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9lNBy-faAA ********************* Jair Bolsonaro leaves Brazil for the US ahead of Lula’s inauguration https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/30/americas/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-us-lula-inauguration-intl-latam Dang. He pulled a Trump and snuck out of town and can't be civil during the transfer of power. What a toddler move. ******************** Fierce Kitty, Glorious Kitty, Little Ball of Fur. Honourable Kitty, Warrior Kitty, Qapla' Qapla' Qapla'-->
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