ONE MORE BODY RECOVERED FROM BUILDING COLLAPSE, BIDENS TO VISIT THURSDAY: One more body was recovered from the rubble yesterday (June 29th) of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, increasing the confirmed death toll to 12 and leaving 149 people still unaccounted for. The search for survivors is going into a seventh day today since the partial collapse of the 12-study building in the early morning hours last Thursday. Meanwhile, it was reported that the president of the condo’s board had written to residents in April about the major work that needed to be done on the building. He said that structural problems found in a 2018 inspection had, quote, “gotten significantly worse,” writing, “The concrete deterioration is accelerating.”
- The White House announced that President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Surfside Thursday to meet with family members.
DOZEN DEATHS IN WASHINGTON, OREGON MAY BE DUE TO HISTORIC HEAT WAVE: About a dozen deaths that took place in the last few days in Washington state and Oregon may have been due to the historic heat wave the region’s been experiencing. There were also reporters of potentially dozens of heat-related deaths in western Canada, which was being affected by the same “heat dome.” The extreme temperatures in cities like Seattle and Portland that were near or over 110 degrees in the past couple of days eased yesterday (June 29th). However, the dangerous heat moved inland to Spokane, eastern Oregon and Idaho. It reached 109 degrees in Spokane, the highest temperatures ever recorded there.
SUPREME COURT LETS EVICTION MORATORIUM REMAIN: The Supreme Court yesterday (June 29th) let the pandemic-related ban on evictions remain, rejecting the request by landlords to end the moratorium imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on evicting people who can’t pay their rent due to the pandemic. The moratorium, which began last year, was just extended by one month until the end of July, but the CDC said it’s expected that will be the final extension. The court voted 5-4 to let the moratorium remain, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joining the high court’s liberals.
KIM JONG UN FIRES SENIOR NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS, WARNS OF ‘GRAVE CONSEQUENCES’ RELATED TO PANDEMIC: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fired several senior officials who failed to enforce the country’s strict Covid-19 prevention measures, saying it will have, quote, “grave consequences” for the isolated nation, state media reported yesterday (June 29th). The unspecified incident was called a “great crisis” by Kim. North Korea hasn’t publicly acknowledged having any Covid cases, although experts believe that’s unlikely. However, , the North has been able to prevent a major outbreak due to very strict measures, and having an outbreak could be disastrous for the impoverished country that has poor health care infrastructure.