Tuesday Flyover Replay 6/25/2024

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THE FLYOVER

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2024

Good Morning! On this day in 1788, Virginia became the 10th state to join the Union. Its entry was bolstered by the leadership of key figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry.

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Supreme Court Takes On Transgender Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments on a lawsuit challenging a Tennessee law banning transgender treatments involving hormone therapy and puberty blockers for children.

Nearly half the states in America have passed similar laws barring these therapies for children under 18, and this marks the first time the Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the constitutionality of those laws.

The suit, brought by three transgender teens, their parents, and a doctor, argues that the ban violates equal protection under the law, as the same treatments are used for non-transgender children.

The hearing is slated to take place during the Court’s next term, with oral arguments likely by the end of this year.

Flooding Collapses Bridge, Breaches Dam

Flooding in the Midwest caused a railroad bridge to collapse over the Big Sioux River and breached a dam in Minnesota, forcing residents to evacuate or be rescued from rising water.

Over 3 million people live in areas affected by flooding, including parts of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and South Dakota, where more than 18 inches of rain fell south of Sioux Falls.

The railroad bridge connecting North Sioux City, South Dakota, with Sioux City, Iowa collapsed in the rain, though there were no reports of injuries.

In Minnesota, intense flooding on Monday caused a breach in the Rapidan Dam, forcing an urgent evacuation for nearby residents and causing significant infrastructure damage. The video is here.

Panthers Win Stanley Cup

The Florida Panthers won game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last night, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 and hoisting the cup for the first time in franchise history.

The Oilers were trying to become the second NHL team to come all the way back from a 0-3 series deficit in the Final, but the Panthers took the lead for good in the second period and got the win in front of a hometown crowd.

Sam Reinhart scored the second goal, and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky held off a desperate attack in the final period, grabbing 23 total saves.

It was the first time head coach Paul Maurice has hoisted the Stanley Cup in his 26-year career.

Politics

CNN anchor Kasie Hunt abruptly cut off an interview Monday with a Donald Trump spokeswoman who argued that the CNN moderators for this week’s presidential debate—Jake Tapper and Dana Bash—were “biased” against Trump. (See Video)

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) says she’ll force a vote within days to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in “inherent contempt” and forcibly bring him before the House. (See Details)

President Biden’s campaign said Monday that Florida wasn’t considered a battleground state for Biden, despite the Democratic National Committee claiming the state was in play. Former President Trump leads in Florida by over six points. (More)

Colorado Democrats are spending $500,000 to help Republican Ron Hanks, who says the 2020 election was stolen, win his congressional primary race in Colorado. The GOP accused Democrats of “pathetic primary meddling.” (More)

Sports and Entertainment

The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired former Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson as their new head coach. Atkinson is currently in Paris helping the French national team prepare for the Olympics. (More)

Angel Reese finally defeated Caitlin Clark in their third matchup of the WNBA season. Both players had double-doubles, with Reese recording 25 points and 16 rebounds and Clark notching 17 points and 13 assists. (See Photo)

Coco Gauff, women’s Tennis superstar and world No. 2 is set to make her Olympics debut for Team USA in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Gauff had made the team in 2020 but tested positive for COVID-19 and couldn’t compete. (More)

Finance

Big Stock Move: Trump Media stock shot up 36% Monday on news that the company was set to receive a substantial amount of cash from exercising stock warrants. (More)

UPS agreed to sell its Coyote Logistic division to RXO for over $1 billion, less than it paid for the freight-brokerage company in 2015, to focus more on its core package-delivery business. (More)

Ferrari will debut its first electric vehicle next year, and it’s expected to be priced at well over $500,000. A second model is already in the works. (See Photo)

Costco CEO Ron Vachris says the most important item Costco sells isn’t merchandise nor its $1.50 hot dogs, but its membership card. The company has 130 million members who pay up to $120 a year. (More)

Science and Tech

A fire caused by multiple battery explosions at a lithium battery factory in South Korea killed 22 workers, mostly Chinese nationals, likely due to exposure to highly toxic gas, officials said. (More)

An asteroid the size of the Washington Monument will pass by Earth on June 29, coming within 2.6 million miles of our planet. (See Details)

A new rhinoceros- or elephant-type dinosaur species has been identified and named after the trickster Norse god Loki. It lived 78 million years ago in what is now northern Montana. (More)

The Rotator

Travel Tuesday

Amtrak is offering train tickets at 30% off for trips along the East Coast from June 28 to September 2. Travelers must purchase tickets by June 20. (See Details)

Ever wonder what it would be like to camp in Antarctica? Here’s a look at how adventurers sleep on ice while camping in extreme cold under the stars.  (Watch Video)

If you’re preparing for a cruise vacation, this guide will help remind you of the items you should always pack, including travel documents, versatile clothing, and seasickness remedies. (See List)

Et-Cetera

A mysterious object seen streaking across the Las Vegas sky with a tadpole-shaped smoke trail has been identified as a SpaceX rocket, quelling speculations of extraterrestrial activity. (See Photos)

Fishermen in Mississippi pulled off a dramatic rescue of 38 dogs found treading water in a river. The dogs were chasing a deer during an annual fox run. (See Photos)

Winners of a major 2024 photography competition showcased dramatic wildlife and nature images. (See Photos)

 

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