Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in Car Crash in Her Home State

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-ID) was killed in a car accident in her home state of Indiana on Wednesday. “She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” her office informed. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed her death through his Twitter account.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (58) was an American politician and U.S. representative for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 until her death in 2022. She served as a ranking member of the House Ethics Committee from 2021-2022.

Her office said “Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time,” in a statement.

Rep. Walorski and two other staff in the vehicle were killed in this accident, and the other car driver was killed. The other vehicle was traveling northbound and Rep. Walorski and their staff headed southbound. The other vehicle crossed over the driving line and hit Walorski’s SUV. according to the sheriff’s office.

The House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi ordered half staff for the loss.

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US Government Offers to Trade Prisoners with Russia

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken stated that the United States and Russia had “communicated repeatedly and directly on that proposal” as related to trading prisoners between the two countries at a news conference in Washington Wednesday.

Sec. Blinken said that the United States had “put a substantial proposal on the table weeks ago” in talks with Russia to a safe homecoming of two Americans: The basketball star, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, a former Marine and security company executive. A prisoner of the counterpart of the two Americans is Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer as a detainee in the US.

According to CNN, the person of a detainee in the US, Mr. Bout is serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for conspiring to sell weapons to the people who have planned to kill Americans. Russian officials have pressed for Mr. Bout’s case for years, and in recent weeks Russian media outlets had directly linked his case to Ms. Griner’s.

Ms. Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport on charges that she carried hashish oil in her luggage. She accidentally packed a small amount of the cannabis-related substance that she takes for her doctor-prescribed pain medication, but Russia has very strict drug laws. She pleaded guilty to the drug charges against her in mid-February.

Mr. Paul Whelan was detained at a Moscow hotel in 2019 and charged with espionage.

The Russian government’s intention regarding this trade is unknown in the midst of the war between Ukraine. The Biden administration got pressure from the citizens in the US who have asked to bring Americans who are abroad back to their homes in safety.

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Solar Storm will hit on Earth by Tomorrow

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A solar storm will hit on Earth by Tomorrow. According to the Joint USAF/NOAA, Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for M-class flares and a slight chance for an X-class flare on days one, two, and three (July 19-21). This solar storm will arrive without any obstacle, but our GPS, radio blackouts, and cell communication are going to be influenced.

This week, many countries are burning with hot temperatures, and a solar storm is expected to be more dangerous to high-flying latitude airplane travelers and crews. Researchers and Scientists all over the world predict this solar storm has a strong flare, and it is striking Earth. NASA stated that the solar flare might have a huge impact on Earth’s geomagnetic field on the evening of July 19.

This solar flare explosion is likely caused due to the Sun’s discharge of protons. The G1-class solar storm on March 22 brought landfall a few days later. Solar radiation storms occur when a large-scale magnetic field eruption when coronal mass ejection (CME) and solar flare are associated. According to NOAA, The most important particles are protons which can get accelerated to large fractions of the speed of light. At these velocities, the protons can traverse the 150 million km from the sun to Earth in just 10 minutes or less. When they reach Earth, the fast-moving protons penetrate the magnetosphere that shield Earth from lower energy charged particles. Once inside the magnetosphere, the particles are guided down the magnetic field lines and penetrate into the atmosphere near the north and south poles.

SWPC currently forecasts the probability of S1 (Minor Radiation Storm scale) occurrence as part of our 3-day forecast and forecast discussion products and issues a warning for an expected S1 or higher event; as well as a warning for when the 100 MeV proton level is expected to reach 1 pfu. Additionally, SWPC issues alert for when each NOAA Space Weather Scale Radiation Storm level is reached (S1-S5) and/or when the 100 MeV protons reach 1 pfu.

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Enjoy the Full “Buck Moon” Tonight or Salmon Moon… It Depends

The second supermoon in 2022 is lighting the world tonight, and it gives us the brightest moment at 2:38 Eastern Time. It will be below the horizon at the time so wait for 4 hours to see the moon in the sky.

July 13th’s Full Buck Moon orbit is the closest, biggest, and brightest due to its proximity to earth and lowest in the sky. The Buck Moon will be 222,089.3 miles (357,418 km) from Earth. According to Almanac.com, “the full moon in July is called the Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer (bucks) are in full growth mode at this time. Bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, producing a larger and more impressive set as the years go by.”

There are many other alternative names for these supermoon reference animals, such as Feather Moulting Moon (Cree) and Salmon Moon, a Tlingit (a member or a language of a North American people of the coasts and islands of southeastern Alaska and adjacent British Columbia.) term indicating when fish returned to the area and were ready to be harvested.

Plants and other variants refer to this supermoon, Berry Moon (Anishinaabe), Moon When the Chokecherries are Ripe (Dakota), Month of the Ripe Corn Moon (Cherokee), and Raspberry Moon (Algonquin, Ojibwe). All these names refer to the riping season of sweet berries in the hot summer.

Western Abenaki, a Native American tribe speaking Algonquian call this moon Thunder Moon; they lived in parts of Canada and the Northeast United States until being pushed west during American expansion, and Halfway Summer Moon (Anishinaabe) are alternative variants that refer to the weather and season.

The name of the Super Moon refers to the life of the Native Americans and how they lived. Those Full moons on their calendar reminded them to remember to harvest and give ceremonies to their gods.

The location of where you are matters when it comes to seeing the different shapes of the Buck Moon. However, the 13th of July is the best night to experience the full moon. Tomorrow, you will see 98.7 of the waning gibbous moon instead.

The next Super Moon, Sturgeon Moon, will be in our sight on August 11 expected.

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Murder Suspect Kaitlin Armstrong Captured in Costa Rica

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A murder suspect, Kaitlin Armstrong(34) was captured at a hotel in Costa Rica on June 29 after she fled to the country from Austin, TX through NJ airport on May 18.  Armstrong used fake IDs and cosmetic surgery on her face to change her appearance and avoid detection, according to the U.S. Marshals, on Thursday.

When she was arrested, U.S. Marshals said her appearance had changed, with her hair being chopped to shoulder-length and dyed brown. Her nose was different — there was bruising under her eyes. She told authorities the change was from a “surfing accident.”

Armstrong is accused of the deadly shooting and killing of Moriah Wilson (25) on May 11 in East Austin. Moriah was the brightest cyclist in the U.S., and she had plans to achieve her dream from gravel to mountain on cycle worldwide. She came to Texas from Colorado for the race,” Gravel Locos race in Hico” and died 3 days before the race. She was expected to win the race before her death.

Armstrong used the names Beth and Liz Martin to conceal her identity, Marshals said. She wanted to be a yoga teacher in Costa Rica, but she is now in Travis County Jail and is being held on a $3.5 million bond.

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Boko Haram attacks Kuje Maximum Security Prison in Nigeria; 300 Inmates At Large

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Boko Haram attacked the Kuje maximum security prison in Nigeria and freed nearly 1,000 inmates including 64 Boko Haram extremist group inmates on Wednesday. Explosions and gunfires were exchanged. The attackers went through the hole from the blasts and freed the inmates.

Some recaptured inmates lay on the ground by the prison entrance near the bodies of those who died in the attack. Although many have been recaptured and turned into the police, at least 300 inmates are still missing.

The Abuja jailbreak occurred around the same time when the gunmen launched a daring attack on an advancing security convoy preparing for the visit of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the northwest Katsina state. Those attackers “opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military,” a presidential spokesman said.

Boko Haram, the extremist insurgency in Nigeria is accountable for much of the violence including kidnapping high schoolers along with more than 35,000 death and displacing more than 2 million people.

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NATO Summit Invites Sweden & Finland to be members; Will Aid Ukraine

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NATO summit was held in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday. NATO invited Sweden and Finland members to join but Turkey opposed the two countries’ membership. Since Russia has attacked Ukraine, NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat”  to its members.

According to NPR, The U.S. said it would boost its military presence in Europe, including a permanent army headquarters in Poland for the U.S. 5th Army Corps. President Biden supports another $450 million in aid to Ukraine including more naval destroyers stationed in Spain, and two F-35 fighter jet squadrons positioned in the United Kingdom. At the G-7 summit, President Biden emphasized how important the defense of Ukraine for NATO against Russia is.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, U.S. troops in Europe increased from 80,000 servicemembers to more than 100,000. Ukraine President, Zelensky addressed NATO leaders that he needs more weapons and aid to defeat Russia.

The members will elevate their military powers and build them up whenever needed to be. The members announced their military measures are:

  • Poland: permanent station for the 5th Army Corps Headquarters Forward Command Post, an Army garrison headquarters, and a field support battalion, to allow the U.S. to more easily deploy combat troops along NATO’s eastern flank
  • Romania: position a rotational brigade combat team
  • The Baltic region: increase rotational deployments of armored, aviation, air defense, and special operations forces
  • Spain: increase the number of destroyers stationed at Rota from four to six
  • United Kingdom: station two squadrons of F-35 fighter jets.
  • Germany: forward-station an air defense artillery brigade headquarters, a short-range air defense battalion, a combat sustainment support battalion headquarters, and an engineer brigade headquarters
  • Italy: forward-station a short-range air defense battery

Turkey seems not to take the two countries (Sweden and Finland) joining NATO seriously.

From 4 a.m. on 24 February 2022, when the Russian Federation’s armed attack against Ukraine started, to 24:00 midnight on 26 June 2022 (local time), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 10,631 civilian casualties in the country: 4,731 killed and 5,900 injured. This included:

  • a total of 4,731 killed (1,812 men, 1,225 women, 134 girls, and 155 boys, as well as 41 children and 1,364 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
  • a total of 5,900 injured (1,196 men, 829 women, 131 girls, and 174 boys, as well as 184 children and 3,386 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
    • In Donetsk and Luhansk regions: 6,029 casualties (2,773 killed and 3,256 injured)
      • On Government-controlled territory: 5,061 casualties (2,582 killed and 2,479 injured)
      • On territory controlled by Russian-affiliated armed groups: 968 casualties (191 killed and 777 injured)
    • In other regions of Ukraine (the city of Kyiv, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Rivne, Vinnytsia, Ternopil and Zhytomyr regions), which were under Government control when casualties occurred: 4,602 casualties (1,958 killed and 2,644 injured)

Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons within a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes. More than 500 Ukraine civilian abductions by Russian troops are not included in the official number count.

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SEC Fines EY for Staying Silent on Employee Cheating on Ethical Exam

EY (Ernst & Young) was fined $100 million by SEC. According to NPR, since 2012, the firm’s auditors had cheated to pass key exams that are needed for certified public accountant licenses. EY also had internal reports but didn’t report their wrongdoing to its regulators during the investigation.

“It’s simply outrageous that the very professionals responsible for catching cheating by clients cheated on ethics exams of all things,” Gurbir S. Grewal, director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, said in a release.

The fine is the largest penalty ever imposed by the SEC on an audit firm. The CPA, or certified public accountant, licenses are needed by auditors to evaluate the financial statements of companies and ensure they are complying with laws.

However, the SEC says that a “significant number” of Ernst & Young audit professionals specifically cheated on the ethics component of the CPA exams that were required for their accounting jobs.

The EY is a multinational professional partnership, the headquarter located in London, England, and one of 4 big accounting firms worldwide. Revenue is $40 billion (US dollars, as of 2021), privately owned the seventh-largest firm in the US, and continuously have ranked for the past 21 years for 100 Best Companies to Work For in the Fortune magazine.

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Homicide rises in Washington D.C. and Children’s health concern

As of June 23, 2022, Homicides are rising in Washington D.C. and it is having an impact on children’s health, physically and psychologically. As Children are less safe while they are playing outside, after school. As such, most of the children remain stuck in their houses. In recent years, parents fear unexpected events happening in their kid’s schools and playgrounds.

In less than half a year, 80 homicides occurred, and only 33% of cases resolved to date. According to DCHomicides.com, children who live in the Southeast, Northeast, and Central zone of D.C. are prone to get exposed to the crimes.

Homicide methods are by gun (69 cases), knife (7), and others (4). Average victims’ ages are 35 and the average arrestee’s age is 29.

Recently, A 15-year-old teenage boy was shot and died at the scene of a small musical event, where he called his mother before death. No one could help him despite there being a crowd, other than a wounded police officer.

Why do we hear about homicide news which is related to gun violence every single day? Don’t we have any solutions? Do we have any preventive programs? IF there are no healthy children, there will be no healthy future.

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More than 1,000 people killed in Afghanistan due to M 5.9 Earthquake

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An earthquake erupted at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan killing more than 1,000 and Injuring 1,600 people on early Wednesday. This earthquake struck 28 miles southwest of the provincial capital of Khost, the USGS stated.

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, its economic crisis and humanitarian issues became further widespread. Now another disaster comes in a form of an earthquake, hitting the area which needed help,  “Nearly all government and private hospitals are full of victims,” said Awal Khan Zadran, a doctor in the Urgun district of Paktika. some of the victims were transported to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan by helicopters and other transportations.

According to The NYT, Afghanistan was operating off of foreign funds before the US troop withdrawal. Since the Taliban takeover, foreign aids from Western donors are being much withheld, especially after the Taliban issued edicts barring girls from attending secondary schools and restricting women’s rights.

The Biden administration states that it is seeking a way to help Afghanistan from the earthquake.

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