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Friday, September 29, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, September 29, 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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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A ridge of warm and dry high pressure develops over the Mississippi Valley and the Southeast going into the weekend as a cool upper trough begins to shift east from the Rockies. Temperatures will be a little above normal over the weekend and through the first half of next week. A significant cold front will be approaching from the northwest by Thursday of next week.






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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night







Franklin Area

Today

Widespread dense fog, mainly before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


`Highlands Plateau

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Saturday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the east around 5 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the ower 50s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Widespread dense fog, mainly before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Saturday

Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.


Nantahala Area

Today

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.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.






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

Saturdays in August from 11am to 1pm

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

9/30/23

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 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
Web: MountainFindings.org

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



• MISSING: Officials seek public's help locating 70-year-old man last seen on foot in Macon County [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Voter Registration and Voter ID Drive Scheduled for October 7th in Otto [Macon Media]

• New NC budget likely headed to court over separation of powers [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Cooper vetoes GOP bill shifting appointment power over election boards to legislature [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Fed Up [BPR]

• State Budget Commits Substantial Funding To Critical Needs In WNC [Smoky Mountain News]

---NORTH CAROLINA BUDGET PROCESS---

• 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

House GOP holds first Biden impeachment proceeding | CBS Evening News



How impeaching a president works | CBS News



• Kevin McCarthy Wins Three, Loses One in Late-Night Spending Votes [WSJ (video/audio)] [WSJ (text archive)]

Biden honors the late Sen. John McCain in Phoenix | NBC News | NBC News



• ASU to create national library honoring legacy of Sen. John McCain [Arizona State University ]

• US National Security Agency unveils artificial intelligence security centre [Al Jazeera]

• Automakers grow frustrated over pace of UAW negotiations as new strike deadline looms [CNBC]

'Now you're a terrorist': Atlanta's Cop City crackdown | Fault Lines Documentary | Al Jazeera



International News Headlines

Taiwan unveils first homegrown submarine amid china tensions | Al Jazeera



• Over 2,500 migrants lost to Mediterranean in 2023: UN [DW News]

• Watch | Pakistan leaders engage in fistfight on live TV during heated debate [WION]

• East Libya commander Haftar in Moscow for talks with Putin [Al Jazeera]

• Travis King in U.S. custody after expulsion by N. Korea: Washington officials [Yonhap News Agency]

• Putin's talks with the head of South Sudan [Africa News]

• What China's economic problems mean for the world [BBC News]

FULL SPEECH: 45th President Donald J. Trump to Deliver Remarks in Clinton Township, MI - 9/27/2023 | Right Side Broadcasting Network



9/28: CBS Evening News



Washington Today (9-28-23): House holds first hearing in impeachment inquiry of President Biden | C-SPAN



Global National: Sept. 28, 2023 | Northvolt to build $7B EV battery plant in Quebec



Nightly News Full Broadcast - Sept. 28th | NBC News


PBS NewsHour full episode, (September 28, 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 China’s Top Virologist Issues STARK WARNING That Another Coronavirus Outbreak Highly Likely: Report | The Hill



• 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]

• What to know as fall vaccinations against COVID, flu and RSV get underway [AP News]

• Sen. Stabenow tests positive for COVID [The Hill (via Yahoo News)]

• 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]

EUV Lithography. But With a Free Electron Laser | Asianometry



Yoel Roth warns new X CEO about Elon and company status [FULL INTERVIEW] | The Verge



• 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]

• Gravity test: Antimatter falls down, but where did it all go? [Al Jazeera]

• Apple asks US Supreme Court to strike down Epic Games order [Reuters]

• Microplastics Are Present In Clouds, Confirm Japanese Scientists [NDTV World]

• Dehumanizing media portrayals of drug users worsen stigma and discrimination, study finds [PsyPost]


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

Mark Zuckerberg: First Interview in the Metaverse | Lex Fridman Podcast #398



The Level1 Show September 29 2023: Reading Robots Results In Rage | Level1 Techs



What is an Embryo Model? - DTNS 4614 Extended | Daily Tech News Show



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



Raspberry Pi 5 | Explaining Computers



Coder 537: Unity Mutiny | Jupiter Broadcasting



We told you so! - NSA hacked Huawei? MS big AI data blunder, ValiDrive update | Security Now | TWiT TV



Matters Microbial #9: Colorful microbes, citizen science, and tools for all | Microbe TV



Outside of the Nerdery - Google's 25th birthday, Meta Ray-Bans, Amazon and Google antitrust trial | This Week in Google | TWiT TV



Life on Mars: The Ongoing Mystery of the Viking Life Detections | John Michael Godier



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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)

Crimea: Russian Black Sea Fleet inoperable after UA drone strikes | Rock Rachon | TVP World



• 'Not against Ukraine': Russian deserters tell their story [DW News]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 583 [Al Jazeera]

• Viktor Sokolov: Russian video 'shows Black Sea fleet commander alive' [BBC News]

• HOUR BY HOUR - 🔴 Liveblog: Ukrainian drone hits Russia power substation [France 24]

• Russia releases draft UNSC statement on Nord Stream blasts, condemns West over explosion | WION [WION]

• Russia Says Repelled Incursion in Border Region [Moscow Times]

US ATACMS Missiles and Abrams Tanks: Is Russia losing Crimea? | To the point | DW News



Assault on Russian positions by Kara-Dag unit fighters | Military Mind | TVP World



No, USA Today did not report that Zelensky's delegate started a 'drunken bar brawl' in New York | France 24



Ukraine war: Rare access to hometown of frontline soldiers | BBC Newsnight



NATO chief: Ukraine fighting Russia's imperial delusions | WION Pulse



🔴 (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 Full Interview: "This Escalates The Conflict" | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor



• Ukrainian drone strike causes blackout in Russia – governor
[Russia Today]

• Iran to supply UAVs and missiles to Russia for massive strike on Ukrainian Armed Forces[Pravda]

• EU wages undeclared war on migrants — Russia’s envoy to UN [TASS Russian News Agency]






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On This Day

September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 93 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)



61 BC – Pompey the Great celebrates his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday.

1011 – Danes capture Canterbury after a siege, taking Ælfheah, archbishop of Canterbury, as a prisoner.

1227 – Investiture Controversy: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, is excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX for his failure to participate in the Crusades.

1267 – The Treaty of Montgomery recognises Llywelyn ap Gruffudd as Prince of Wales, but only as a vassal of King Henry III.

1364 – Hundred Years' War: Anglo-Breton forces defeat the Franco-Breton army in Brittany, ending the War of the Breton Succession.

1567 – French War of Religion: Protestant coup officials in Nîmes massacre Catholic priests in an event now known as the Michelade.

1578 – Spanish colonization of the Americas: Tegucigalpa, capital city of Honduras, is claimed by the Spaniards.

1714 – The Great Hatred: The Cossacks of the Russian Empire kill about 800 people overnight in Hailuoto.

1717 – An earthquake strikes Antigua Guatemala, destroying much of the city's architecture.

1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

1789 – The 1st United States Congress adjourns.

1829 – The Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded.

1848 – The Battle of Pákozd is a stalemate between Hungarian and Croatian forces, and is the first battle of the Hungarian Revolution.

1850 – The papal bull Universalis Ecclesiae restores the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales.

1855 – The Philippine port of Iloilo is opened to world trade by the Spanish administration.

1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chaffin's Farm is fought.

1864 – The Treaty of Lisbon defines the boundaries between Spain and Portugal and abolishes the Couto Misto microstate.

1885 – The first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England.

1907 – The cornerstone is laid at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (better known as Washington National Cathedral) in Washington, D.C.

1911 – Italy declares war on the Ottoman Empire.

1918 – World War I: Bulgaria signs the Armistice of Salonica.

1918 – World War I: The Hindenburg Line is broken by an Allied attack.

1918 – World War I: Germany's Supreme Army Command tells Kaiser Wilhelm II and Imperial Chancellor Georg Michaelis to open negotiations for an armistice.

1923 – The British Mandate for Palestine takes effect, creating Mandatory Palestine.

1923 – The French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon takes effect.

1923 – The First American Track and Field championships for women are held.

1932 – Chaco War: Last day of the Battle of Boquerón between Paraguay and Bolivia.

1940 – Two Avro Ansons collide in mid-air over New South Wales, Australia, remain locked together, then land safely.

1941 – World War II: German forces, with the aid of local Ukrainian collaborators, begin the two-day Babi Yar massacre.

1949 – The Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People's Republic of China.

1954 – The convention establishing CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is signed.

1957 – The Kyshtym disaster is the third-worst nuclear accident ever recorded.

1959 – A Lockheed L-188 Electra crashes in Buffalo, Texas, killing 34 people.

1971 – Oman joins the Arab League.

1972 – China–Japan relations: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China after breaking official ties with the Republic of China.

1975 – WGPR becomes the first black-owned-and-operated television station in the US.

1979 – The dictator Francisco Macias of Equatorial Guinea is shot by soldiers from Western Sahara.

1981 – An Iranian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft crashes into a firing range near Kahrizak, Iran, killing 80 people.

1988 – NASA launches STS-26, the first Space Shuttle mission since the Challenger disaster.

1990 – Construction of the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (better known as Washington National Cathedral) is completed in Washington, D.C.

1990 – The YF-22, which would later become the F-22 Raptor, flies for the first time.

1990 – The Tampere Hall, the largest concert and congress center in the Nordic countries, is inaugurated in Tampere, Finland.

1991 – A Haitian coup d'état occurs.

1992 – Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello is impeached.

2004 – The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.

2004 – Burt Rutan's Ansari SpaceShipOne performs a successful spaceflight, the first of two required to win the Ansari X Prize.

2005 – John Roberts is confirmed as Chief Justice of the United States.

2006 – A Boeing 737 and an Embraer 600 collide in mid-air, killing 154 people and triggering a Brazilian aviation crisis.

2007 – Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, is demolished in a controlled explosion.

2008 – Great Recession: The stock market crashes after the first United States House of Representatives vote on the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act fails.

2009 – The 8.1 Mw  Samoa earthquake results in a tsunami that kills 189 and injures hundreds.

2011 – The special court in India convicted all 269 accused officials for atrocity on Dalits and 17 for rape in the Vachathi case.

2013 – Over 42 people are killed by members of Boko Haram at the College of Agriculture in Nigeria.

2016 – Eleven days after the Uri attack, the Indian Army conducts "surgical strikes" against suspected militants in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

2019 – Violence and low turnout mark the 2019 Afghan presidential election.


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Published at 5:00am on Friday, September 29, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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