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Saturday, May 20, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 20, 2023



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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

A low pressure system developing along the Carolina coast will move northeast over the Outer Banks tonight, but with weak high pressure persisting in our area. A cold front will cross the region from the northwest on Saturday night then settle southeast of the area on Sunday. Dry high pressure returns early next week, however, low pressure may increase the moisture over our region during the week.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 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 between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the east around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.
Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 11pm, then a chance of showers after 11pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with highs near 70.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 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.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the east 3 to 6 mph.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


Nantahala Area

Today

A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs near 70. Light and variable winds becoming southwest around 5 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 11am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable before midnight.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Hazardous weather is not expected today.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather

Earth in Solar Storm Crosshairs | Live Informal Briefing 09 May 2023




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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

• Damaging 2022 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

The official hurricane season for the Atlantic basin is from June 1 to November 30, but tropical cyclone activity sometimes occurs before and after these dates, respectively. The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is September 10, with most activity occurring between mid-August and mid-October.




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 PM EDT Fri May 19 2023

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 7 days.



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Almanac









PM2.5 AQI is 50 (GOOD/CODE GREEN) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 50 (GOOD/CODE GREEN)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (7.3 out of 12) today with Birch, Hickory, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (6.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for May 20th

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

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1996
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest One-Day Rain 4.07 inches in Highlands in 1959
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 20th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 99°F in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1938
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2002
Greatest Rainfall 8.51 inches in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County in 1942
Greatest Snowfall 0.3 inches in Sparta, Alleghany County in 1946
(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)

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



• Seniors may not walk, could face charges after prank at Smoky Mountain High [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Markers for George Masa and Laura Kephart will finally join Horace Kephart's grave in Bryson City [BPR]

• NCDOT installs mini-roundabout in Swain County [The Southern Scoop News]

• House, Senate must reconcile spending plans (video) [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Cooper called on 4 Republicans to uphold his veto. Here’s why they voted to defy him. [Raleigh News and observer]

• Angel Medical Center President's Column for May 2023 [Macon Media]



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

Debt limit talks halted again at Capitol | Associated Press



• Why Some Companies Keep Getting Away With Higher Prices (audio podcast with transcript) [Wall Street Journal]

• Fed Chair Powell says rates may not have to rise as much as expected to curb inflation [CNBC]

• The morning read for Friday, May 19 [SCOTUSblog]

• Negotiators resume weekend debt talks as clock ticks [Politico]

• D.C. police lieutenant indicted on charge of tipping off Proud Boy Enrique Tarrio about arrest [NBC News]

• Texas militia member sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison for attacking police during Capitol riot [AP News]



Washington Today (5-19-23): Speaker McCarthy announces pause to debt ceiling talks with White House | C-SPAN



Global National: May 19, 2023 | Full-blown WestJet strike averted as customers remain irked



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 19


PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 19, 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 3:49pm CEST, 10 May 2023, there have been 103,343,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,125,209 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 May 2023, a total of 668,168,096 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 3:49pm CEST, 10 May 2023, there have been 765,903,278 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,927,378 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 May 2023, a total of 13,350,312,122 vaccine doses have been administered.


• A Proclamation on Revoking the Air Travel COVID-⁠19 Vaccination Requirement [ The White House ]

• Statement on the fifteenth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic [ World Health Organization ]

• The Covid–19 Crisis Is Officially Over. Everything Changed. [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• COVID no longer a global health emergency, World Health Organization says [ Sky News ]

• Masks Work. Distorting Science to Dispute the Evidence Doesn’t [ Scientific American ]

• CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is stepping down from agency [ NBC News ]

Ep 130 Osterholm Update: A Better Place | Osterholm Update



• 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 from May 19 to 26: Deep-sky delights [Astronomy Magazine]

• These giant ‘drop bears’ with opposable thumbs once scaled trees in Australia. But how did they grow so huge? [The Conversation]

• USAF Opens Bidding to Build Its 1st New Fighter in Decades [Defense One]

• Bluesky Social: A Decentralized Twitter Alternative Takes an Open-Source Approach [It's FOSS News]

• 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

The Level1 Show May 19 2023: I'm Afraid I Can't Add Any More Nuggets to This Order, Dave | Level1 Techs



VR Right Under Our Noses - DTNS 4523 | Daily Tech News Show



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)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 19 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 19th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 451 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 450: Russia in retreat near Bakhmut [Euromaiden Press]


• Police: Woman charged in synagogue vandalism wanted to blame Ukraine, start Hamtramck war [Detroit Free Press]

• It’s Not Enough for Ukraine to Win. Russia Has to Lose. [The Atlantic]

• ICC war crimes prosecutor ‘wanted’ in Russia over Putin warrant [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine updates: Zelenskyy addresses Arab League Summit [DW News]

• ‘Birds in a cage’? Logistical challenges on cards when Ukraine gets F-16s [France 24]

• Ukraine war: US to support providing F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine [BBC News]

• How spies took down Putin’s most insidious weapon against the West [The Telegraph (via Yahoo! News)]

Russifying Ukrainian Children: Inside Moscow’s Re-Education Efforts | WSJ



The West prepares for a long-term conflict with the Kremlin | Ray Wojcik | TVP World



Ukraine’s Zelenskyy makes surprise visit to Saudi Arabia | Al Jazeera Newsfeed



Zelenskyy on international tour to drum up support for Ukraine | DW News



Ukraine says it repels attacks as Russia tries to retake land near Bakhmut • FRANCE 24 English



🔴 (NSFW) - Ukraine Advances in Bakhmut, Storm Shadow Strikes? | Funker530 LIVE Recap




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

Within the last 24 hours we've seen 1600 Ukrainian troops killed | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor



• US involved in assassination of Russian public figures – Moscow [Russia Today]

• Wait! An Extra $3 BILLION for Ukraine! [Pravda]

• US president to announce new $375-mln military aid package to Kiev — newspaper [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 225 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)





325 – The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, starting the first ecumenical council of the Christian Church.
491 – Empress Ariadne marries Anastasius I. The widowed Augusta is able to choose her successor for the Byzantine throne, after Zeno (late emperor) dies of dysentery.
685 – The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
794 – While visiting the royal Mercian court at Sutton Walls with a view to marrying princess Ælfthryth, King Æthelberht II of East Anglia is taken captive and beheaded.
1217 – The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
1293 – King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Estudio de Escuelas de Generales in Alcalá de Henares.
1449 – The Battle of Alfarrobeira is fought, establishing the House of Braganza as a principal royal family of Portugal.
1497 – John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).
1498 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
1520 – Hernando Cortes defeats Panfilo de Narvaez, sent by Spain to punish him for insubordination.
1521 – Ignatius of Loyola is seriously wounded in the Battle of Pampeluna.
1570 – Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas.
1609 – Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
1631 – The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War.
1645 – Yangzhou massacre: The ten day massacre of 800,000 residents of the city of Yangzhou, part of the Transition from Ming to Qing.
1741 – The Battle of Cartagena de Indias ends in a Spanish victory and the British begin withdrawal towards Jamaica with substantial losses.
1775 – The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is allegedly signed in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1802 – By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution.
1813 – Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.
1840 – York Minster is badly damaged by fire.
1861 – American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.
1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law, opening 84 million acres of public land to settlers.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church: In the Virginia Bermuda Hundred campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
1875 – Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
1882 – The Triple Alliance between the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Italy is formed.
1883 – Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.
1891 – History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.
1902 – Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country's first President.
1927 – Treaty of Jeddah: The United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
1940 – The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.
1941 – World War II: Battle of Crete: German paratroops invade Crete.
1948 – Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek wins the 1948 Republic of China presidential election and is sworn in as the first President of the Republic of China at Nanjing.
1949 – In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
1956 – In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1964 – Discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation by Robert Woodrow Wilson and Arno Penzias.
1965 – 121 people are killed when Pakistan International Airlines Flight 705 crashes at Cairo International Airport.
1967 – The Popular Movement of the Revolution political party is established in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
1969 – The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
1971 – In the Chuknagar massacre, Pakistani forces massacre thousands, mostly Bengali Hindus.
1980 – In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects, by 60% of the vote, a government proposal to move towards independence from Canada.
1983 – First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by a team of French scientists including Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Jean-Claude Chermann, and Luc Montagnier.
1983 – Church Street bombing: A car bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe explodes on Church Street in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, killing 19 people and injuring 217 others.
1985 – Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.
1989 – The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
1990 – The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.
1990 – Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space
1996 – Civil rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
2002 – The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and three years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
2011 – Mamata Banerjee is sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, the first woman to hold this post.
2012 – At least 27 people are killed and 50 others injured when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Italy.
2013 – An EF5 tornado strikes the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.
2015 - Journal Nature publishes findings of the oldest human-made tools from Kenya’s Turkana basin - 3.3 million years, 1st found to pre-date the Homo genus
2016 – The government of Singapore authorised the controversial execution of convicted murderer Kho Jabing for the murder of a Chinese construction worker despite the international pleas for clemency, notably from Amnesty International and the United Nations.
2017 - US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2018 - President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela wins a second term in an election marked by boycotts and accusations of vote rigging
2019 – The International System of Units (SI): The base units are redefined, making the international prototype of the kilogram obsolete.
2020 – WHO reports most new cases in a single day - 106,000 worldwide of COVID-19
2020 – Cyclone Amphan comes ashore in West Bengal, East India and Bangladesh, with winds of 185 km per hour (115 mph) killing at least 84 people
2021 – Israel and Hamas agree to a bilateral ceasefire in Gaza after nearly two weeks of fighting, amid international diplomatic efforts
2021 – One of Sri Lanka's worst ecological disasters as cargo ship MS X-Press Pearl, carrying toxic chemicals, catches fire off the country's coast and begins spilling debris





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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, May 20, 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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