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No place to go but....up

Mexico ordered to play two home World Cup qualifiers without fans after homophobic chants

Major League Soccer

The Mexican national team will play their next two home World Cup qualifying games without fans, as part of sanctions for supporters chanting a homophobic slur during Concacaf Olympic qualifying matches against United States and the Dominican Republic in March.

It means Mexico will have no supporters present for games against Jamaica (Sept. 2) and Canada (Oct. 7).

Mexican soccer federation president Yon de Luisa announced the sanctions at a Friday news conference, confirming that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has ordered that Mexico's matches against Jamaica on September 7 and and Canada on October 7 be held in an empty stadium.

"On behalf of the FMF, national teams, clubs, all of us who want to see México triumph, let's stop, let's stop now," de Luisa said.

In the 1960s, UFO photos were crisp and clear...

...and generally faked.

With the massive technological improvements in digital photography and the incorporation into easily carried mobile phones, the photos today are...

...splotchy and blobby.

For those, not in the loop, there's "real" football on....

Euro Cup 2020 (delayed)

Wales v Denmark
Italy v Austria
Netherlands v Czech Republic
Belgium v Portugal
Croatia v Spain
France v Switzerland
England v Germany
Sweden v Ukraine

Seattle ties record high of 103

Source: Seattle Times

So far, the highest recorded temperature on Sunday in Seattle happened at 2:35 p.m. — coming it a whopping 103 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Today's highest heat ties it with the all-time record high temperature ever recorded in Seattle since 1945.

Seattle was forecasted to top out at 104 today, which would have broken the current 103 record.

By 5:30 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Michalski said the current temperatures were hovering between 101 to 102.

Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/weather/heat-wave-daily-news-updates-june-27-what-to-know-about-the-heat-dome-across-the-pacific-northwest/

Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects move to ban absentee ballot drop boxes

Source: WSAW

(AP) - In a 4 to 3 decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, it’s rejecting a move to ban absentee ballot drop boxes.

Conservative businessman Jere Fabick petitioned the Supreme Court in March to ban drop boxes.

He also petitioned to prohibit elections officials from filling in missing addresses of witnesses on absentee ballot envelopes.

Fabick sought to limit who can return absentee ballots while the supreme court says the lawsuit put forward important questions, the majority declined to take the case.

Read more: https://www.wsaw.com/2021/06/27/wisconsin-supreme-court-rejects-move-ban-absentee-ballot-drop-boxes/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=snd&utm_content=wsaw

"Elections have consequences"

Tour Organizers Taking Action Against Spectator Who Caused Stage 1 Crash

Source: Bicycling

The roadside fan who caused a giant crash in the first stage of the 2021 Tour de France on Saturday will be sued by the organizers.

A woman held up a banner while standing on the edge of the road and was looking straight at the television motorbike cameras, with her back turned on the speeding peloton.

German rider Tony Martin of Jumbo Visma brushed past her and was knocked off balance near the head of the peloton, and when he fell it caused a horrifying domino effect, creating a tangle of bikes and bodies.

DSM’s German rider Jasha Sutterlin was the only one who had to pull out at that moment but several people were hurt, including spectators.

Read more: https://www.bicycling.com/tour-de-france/a36851615/tour-de-france-stage-1-crash/


The sign (in French and German) said "Go Grandma-Grandpa"

BREAKING: Live Shooter in Boca Raton...


GOP Candidate Bankrolled Jan. 6 Riot Trip With Campaign Cash

Source: Daily Beast

Two months after Republican congressional candidate Derrick Van Orden lost his 2020 race, he joined “stop the steal” rioters on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol—and he paid for the trip with donor money left over from his failed campaign.

Now Van Orden is running again, and has already scored major endorsements from senior GOP House leadership, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Van Orden, a former Navy SEAL and small-time actor, has previously acknowledged attending the Jan. 6 rally, but has repeatedly claimed he never entered the Capitol grounds. However, social media posts from the riot suggest that isn’t true.

A Facebook image from Jan. 6 shows Van Orden standing on a wall on the Capitol grounds that was inside a restricted area. (The Daily Beast recreated the photo on Friday and confirmed that Van Orden would have had to cross police barricades to reach that area.)

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-candidate-bankrolled-jan-6-riot-trip-with-campaign-cash?ref=home

Blinken, Lapid meet in Rome amid reset U.S.-Israel relations

Source: Politico

ROME — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will meet in Rome on Sunday as their new governments look to turn the page on former President Donald Trump and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose close alliance aggravated partisan divisions within both countries.

Now, with Trump sidelined in Florida and Netanyahu leading the opposition, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett are focused on pragmatic diplomacy rather than dramatic initiatives that risk fomenting opposition at home or distracting from other priorities.

That means aiming for smaller achievements, such as shoring up the informal cease-fire that ended last month’s war with Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers and replenishing Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. A major push to revive the long-dormant peace process between Israel and the Palestinians could unsettle the delicate balance.

“Nobody thinks it’s a good idea to start charging through on a major new peace initiative,” said Ilan Goldenberg, a Mideast security expert at the nonprofit Center for a New American Security. “But there are things you can do quietly under the radar, on the ground, to improve the situation.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/27/israel-blinken-lapid-biden-netanyahu-496477
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