News Headlines 6/29/21

EATH TOLL RISES TO 11 IN FLORIDA BUILDING COLLAPSE: The confirmed death toll rose to 11 yesterday (June 28th) in the partial collapse of a Surfside, Florida, condominium building after two more bodies were found. The search continued into a sixth day today, with rescuers working on the unsteady mound of debris, using not only machinery but sniffer dogs, radar and sonar devices. There are 150 people 150 people still missing and no-one has been pulled from the rubble alive since the day of the collapse. Speaking of the conditions, Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah said, “Every time there’s an action, there’s a reaction. It’s not an issue of we could just attach a couple of cords to a concrete boulder and lift it and call it a day.”

PACIFIC NORTHWEST HAS HOTTEST DAY OF HISTORIC HEAT WAVE: The Pacific Northwest suffered through the hottest day of its historic heatwave yesterday (June 28th), with temperatures breaking records that were set just a day earlier in the region not accustomed to that kind of brutal heat. Among the readings, Portland, Oregon, reached 116 degrees and Seattle hit 108 degrees. Schools and businesses closed, light rail and street car service was suspended in Portland because of melting power cables, and roads were buckling in many areas because of heat-related expansion. Meteorologists said the extreme temperatures were being caused by a “dome” of high pressure.

HOUSE TO VOTE ON BILL CREATING COMMITTEE TO PROBE JANUARY 6TH ATTACK ON U.S. CAPITOL: The House is expected to vote this week on a measure to create a committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. According to the legislation released yesterday (June 28th) by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the committee would have 13 members — eight appointed by Pelosi and five appointed after “consultation with” Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy — and subpoena power. The effort to create a House committee, which will be led by the majority Democrats, came after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission.

JUDGE DISMISSES ANTITRUST LAWSUITS AGAINST FACEBOOK: A federal judge yesterday (June 28th) dismissed antitrust lawsuits brought against Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state attorneys general. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said the lawsuits were, quote, “legally insufficient,” and didn’t show enough evidence to prove Facebook is a monopoly. The FTC could still refile another complaint, and it said it’s “assessing the best option forward.” However, Boasberg’s  ruling entirely voids the states’ action. Lawmakers of both parties in favor of the antitrust actions says the ruling shows new legislation is needed.