The Thursday Flyover Replay 7/4/2024

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The Thursday Flyover Replay : Biden Vows to Fight On, Fire Rages in California, and a Civil War Train Heist

Presented by Russell Sherrard,

Narrated by Artificial Intelligence,

THE FLYOVER,

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2024,

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Happy Fourth of July! On this day in 1884, the completed Statue of Liberty was formally presented to the U.S. ambassador in a ceremony in Paris, France, commemorating the friendship between France and the United States.

In between grilling and hanging out, we’re working today to put together a shortened holiday Flyover for your reading pleasure tomorrow. Have a safe holiday, everyone!

TAKEOFF,

Thompson Fire Rages Near Sacramento (Your editor lives here),

An evacuation order was issued for 28,000 residents in Oroville, California, due to the rapidly spreading Thompson Fire.

The blaze, which ignited around 11 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, has already consumed more than 3,568 acres in Butte County, 65 miles north of Sacramento.

Despite the efforts of 400 fire personnel, six helicopters, and six air tankers, the fire remains 0% contained. Here’s a video.

The Hyatt Powerplant was taken offline Wednesday morning due to de-energized powerlines, and employees were evacuated.

Biden Undeterred by Polling and Calls to Exit,

President Biden vowed to keep running for reelection on Wednesday despite growing calls for him to withdraw from fellow Democrats and drastic changes in polls.

House Democrat Raúl Grijalva became the second sitting lawmaker after Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett to publicly urge Biden to step down. Grijalva said it was time for the Democratic Party to select a new nominee.

According to a new CBS poll, Biden now trails former President Trump by 3 points in battleground states and 2 points nationally.

A New York Times/Siena College poll has Trump leading Biden by 6 points, up 3 points from last week’s results. It was Trump’s best showing in a Times/Siena poll since 2015.

July 4 Brings Drones, Higher Prices,

If you’re hosting a Fourth of July barbecue for ten, expect to spend an average of $71.22—a record high that’s 5% more than last year and 30% higher than in 2019 before the pandemic.

As the nation grapples with record-breaking heat and devastating wildfires, many municipalities have opted for drone shows instead of traditional Fourth of July fireworks.

If you’re still planning a private pyrotechnics display, be sure to check local and state regulations, as limits may be in place; here’s a handy map.

If you run out of supplies, be sure to check which stores remain open today to ensure a smooth and enjoyable celebration.

POLITICS,

Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. acknowledged that he was not a “church boy” but denied allegations of sexual assault made in a Vanity Fair article, dismissing the piece as “garbage.”

The Biden campaign launched a seven-figure ad buy in battleground states to criticize the Supreme Court’s presidential immunity decision and connect former President Trump to the Capitol riot and authoritarianism.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday suddenly withdrew his anticipated crime bill addressing retail theft and fentanyl, leaving a competing tough-on-crime measure backed by prosecutors and big-box retailers on November’s ballot.

The Biden administration announced its opposition to sex-change surgeries for transgender minors on Wednesday, reversing its previous position and angering activist groups.

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Now, back to the News.

SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT,

Jonathan Isaac, an NBA player who drew criticism for standing for the national anthem while his teammates knelt, agreed to a five-year, $84 million contract extension with the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

Lebron James has agreed to return to the Lakers on a two-year $104 million deal. The deal includes a no-trade clause and a player option for the 2025-2026 NBA season.

Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese have both made the WNBA all-star team, the first time since 2014 that two rookies have made the all-star team in the same season. They’ll play against the US women’s national team in the WNBA all-star game.

Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran made history on Tuesday by becoming the first American Leaguer to achieve 100 hits, 20 steals, 10 triples, and 10 homers before the All-Star break.

FINANCE,

Big Stock Move: Koss stock soared 144% Wednesday as the headphone maker’s shares got caught up in meme stock chatter and frenzy on X, formerly Twitter.

Paramount reported it had agreed to a tentative merger agreement with Skydance, despite previously calling off talks.

Southwest Airlines has implemented a ‘poison pill’ strategy in response to activist investor Elliott Investment Management acquiring an 11% stake and seeking control of management.

Bob’s Stores, a Northeast clothing store chain, is closing all locations after failing to secure financing amid a bankruptcy filing. Liquidation sales at all remaining locations will run through July 14.

SCIENCE AND TECH,

Wildlife officials plan to resume shooting barred owls to protect the endangered spotted owl population in the Pacific Northwest. The culling aims to reduce competition for habitat.

Scientists revealed a fossil of a giant salamander-like predator with sharp fangs and a flat head resembling a toilet seat. The beast was larger than a person.

Astronomers say July and August are the best months to observe the Milky Way without a telescope. Choose a location with minimal light pollution and clear skies, and plan your stargazing around the new moon.

THE ROTATOR,
Thursday Polling Station,

What people like to talk about most at social gatherings is their family and friends, according to new Pew Research. Politics and social issues are far down the list, with fewer than a third of Americans citing those as discussion topics.

A new Gallup survey shows fewer than half of Americans feel “extremely proud” to be American, among the lowest results in Gallup’s history. Republicans are more likely to say they’re proud of the country than Democrats.

Americans report they feel they need to make a salary that averages to about $186,000 a year just to live comfortably. That’s double the actual average salary in the U.S.

ET CETERA,

Two Union soldiers who seized a Confederate train and drove it 87 miles north, destroying train tracks and telegraph lines along the way, were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on Wednesday.

The Brits jailed a man for the intolerable act of carrying a six-inch toy sword, saying its sharply pointed tip could cause fear and be used as a weapon.

Spoiled food forced a Delta Airlines flight to make an emergency landing in New York on Wednesday, where emergency medical responders treated 12 passengers.

And thats the news for today.

Before we go let me tell you about my new Book Store,

Russell Sherrard was born in Ruston, Louisiana, near Shreveport Louisiana. He grew up most of his life in Greenville South Carolina. After graduating high school he went off to college in Pasadena California, home of the Rose Bowl parade and game. He met his wife Betty there and they have been married for 53 years. The couple have 3 adult daughters and the family lives in Sacramento, California.

After working for a major HMO for over 30 years in the Information Technology field, due to the bad economy his job was outsourced to IBM. Being only 2 years away from retirement Russell decided to retire early.

Needing something to supplement his social security income he decided to try his hand at writing for the Amazon Kindle.

He now has 24 books in the Amazon Kindle Store. Not willing to only rely on Amazon to sell his books he opened a bookstore on
Payhip where you can find some of his more popular books. You are invited to visit his store soon https:// payhip .com/ Christian NonFictione BookStore

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