The Tuesday Flyover Replay 7-2-2024

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The Tuesday Flyover Replay : Presidential Immunity, Celtics Up for Sale, and Dinosaur Wine,

Presented by Russell Sherrard,

Narrated by Artificial Intelligence,

THE FLYOVER,

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2024,

Good Morning! On this day in 1937, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in route to Howland Island. Noonan was declared dead the following year, and Earhart was declared the year after.

The upcoming 4th of July holiday, with its parades, fireworks and festivities, made a few in The Flyover office nostalgic for their hometowns.

TAKEOFF,

Court: Presidents Have Immunity for Official Acts,

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Monday that presidents have immunity from criminal prosecution for actions taken in their official role, though not for any unofficial actions.

The decision sends former President Donald Trump’s case back to a lower federal court for determination on whether the charges against him for actions he took regarding the 2020 election results were “official” or not.

Democrats were highly critical of the decision, partly because of the timing–this late in the year means any Trump trial is unlikely to happen before the November election–but also because of the substance of the ruling.

The court’s majority opinion divided presidential conduct into three categories, saying America’s chief executive had “absolute” immunity for “core constitutional powers,” “presumptive” immunity for other official acts, and no immunity for unofficial acts.

Polls: Voters Unimpressed with Biden Post Debate,

President Biden’s poor debate performance last week has left voters doubting his cognitive abilities and electability, according to newly released polls.

In a Harvard CAPS-Harris poll released Monday, 66% of respondents, up from 54% in May, said they have doubts about Biden’s fitness. Seventy-four percent surveyed also said Biden showed he was too old to be president.

A Saint Anselm College poll, also released on Monday, found that 44% of New Hampshire voters would back former President Trump if the election was held today, to 42 percent supporting Biden. That’s a 12-point swing from an identical December poll, which found Biden with a 10-point lead in the state.

The same poll showed Trump faring better in the Granite State among moderates (44% to 38%), undeclared voters (40% to 38%), and swing voters (39% to 21%).

Boston Celtics Up for Sale,

The Boston Celtics, the reigning NBA champions, are up for sale, according to a statement released by the team’s ownership group on the social media platform X.

The owners cited “estate and family planning considerations” as the reason behind their decision to sell a majority interest in the franchise.

The controlling shareholders, led by Wyc Grousbeck and his partners, including Steve Pagliuca, purchased the Celtics in 2002 for $360 million. In 2023, Forbes valued the team at $4.7 billion, ranking them the fourth most valuable franchise in the NBA.

The managing board expects to sell a majority interest in the team by 2024 or early 2025, with the remaining balance of the sale closing in 2028.

POLITICS,

House Republicans filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department on Monday, seeking the audio tapes of President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur, which were blocked by executive privilege.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer insisted on Monday that President Biden can still win her state, despite a published report indicating she said Biden would lose Michigan.

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party received more than a third of the votes in the first round of France’s snap election Sunday, giving the right-wing party a good chance of winning a majority in the lower house of parliament. The second round of voting is Sunday.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Biden administration may lower monthly student loan payments, despite ongoing legal challenges to the SAVE plan. An injunction preventing student loan forgiveness remains in effect.

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Now, back to the News.

SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT,

The Boston Celtics and star Jayson Tatum have agreed to a five-year, $315 million contract extension on Monday, making it the richest contract in NBA history.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers kicked off NBA free agency by re-signing Tyrese Maxey to a 5-year $204 million contract. The Sixers also made a splash when they signed Paul George to a 4-year $212 million deal.

USA men’s soccer was eliminated from Copa América last night, following a 1-0 loss to Uruguay. The team’s disappointing performance in the tournament may lead to coach Gregg Berhalter’s removal ahead of the 2026 World Cup.

Gymnast Simone Biles, a seven-time medalist, qualified for her third U.S. Olympic team on Sunday, along with several teammates from the 2021 squad, including reigning all-around champion Suni Lee.

FINANCE,

Boeing announced on Monday it would buy back its struggling fuselage maker Spirit AeroSystems in an all-stock deal valued at $4.7 billion. Boeing has been in talks with the company since a fuselage panel blew out on a 737 Max in January.

Starbucks is rolling out a new system aimed at reducing bottlenecks and long wait times. The system reorders drink production and adds an expediter, or “play caller.”

Video rental company Redbox’s parent, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, filed for bankruptcy on Saturday after accumulating nearly $1 billion in debt and struggling to pay employees and cover benefits.

SCIENCE AND TECH,

Without dinosaurs, there might not be wine today, as fossilized feces with grape seeds suggest they spread grapevines, according to a new study.

A 2,000-year-old mechanical computer retrieved from a shipwreck in Greece tracks the lunar year in an incredibly sophisticated fashion, scientists found using cutting-edge gravitational wave research.

NASA scientists won’t be able to study the samples from the far side of the Moon brought back by China’s Chang’e 6 lunar probe due to a U.S. law prohibiting direct collaboration with China on space projects.

THE ROTATOR,
TRAVEL TUESDAY,

A meteorologist advises against booking flights in the afternoon or nighttime during the summer, as thunderstorms anywhere in the U.S. can cause delays even if skies are clear at your location.

Delta Air Lines has opened a luxurious new Delta One lounge at JFK Airport, offering premium amenities like private showers, a wine bar, and chef-curated meals.

The world’s first underwater roadway runs beneath the Atlantic Ocean as part of a road trip tourists can take in Denmark’s Faroe Islands. Visitors describe it as Driving Miss Daisy meets Lord of the Rings.

ET CETERA,

The New Mexico Army National Guard rescued an estimated 100 people stranded by flash flooding in Ruidoso over the weekend—the same region recently battered by wildfires.

Photos of road trips, swimming in clear water, and fireworks are among the highlights in Smithsonian Magazine’s top 15 Stunning Scenes of Summer.

A man fishing off the coast of Florida suffered a severe shark bite to his right forearm last week, leaving authorities unclear how the shark managed to bite him while he was in the boat.

And thats the news for today.

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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.

 

 

 

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