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Vegas Monolith and Quick News, Monday Morning

A Shiny Mystery

A shiny monolith discovered in a mountain range near Las Vegas has sparked numerous theories, including speculation about alien life. However, authorities have now taken it down, citing public safety concerns. Police expressed worries that eager tourists might become stranded in the vast desert while attempting to locate the enigmatic structure. This mysterious object has captivated the public since its discovery, drawing comparisons to the famous monolith from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Debate Countdown

The Biden and Trump campaigns are in the final stages of preparation for CNN’s presidential debate on Thursday. Both teams have spent weeks refining their messages on a wide array of issues, including the economy, foreign affairs, and abortion. President Joe Biden has focused on rallying potential voters around reproductive rights, particularly targeting young female voters crucial to his reelection campaign. To mark two years since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, his campaign is hosting dozens of events nationwide. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump recently praised Supreme Court justices for their role in tightening state-level restrictions on abortion and limiting access to the procedure. This debate promises to be a significant moment in the lead-up to the 2024 presidential election.

Dagestan Attacks

In Russia’s Dagestan province, three days of mourning have been declared following coordinated attacks on Sunday that left at least 19 people dead. The attacks targeted churches, synagogues, and police posts, with victims including 15 police officers, an Orthodox priest, and four civilians. Dagestan, home to small Christian and Jewish populations, has seen violence before, but this incident marks a severe escalation. No group has claimed responsibility yet, but authorities suspect an international terrorist organization. This tragedy follows an attack three months ago by ISIS-K in Moscow, which claimed over 140 lives, making it one of the deadliest terrorist incidents in Russia in recent years.

Middle East Conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the “intense phase of the war with Hamas (in Gaza) is about to end,” suggesting a potential shift in military focus to Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. On the ground, around 800,000 people have been displaced from the southern Gaza city of Rafah, with conditions described by the United Nations food agency as “apocalyptic.” Netanyahu faces increasing pressure from both his government and international allies, including the US, to minimize civilian casualties and facilitate more humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Hajj Heat Wave

This year’s Hajj pilgrimage saw over 1,300 deaths, many due to heat stress as temperatures soared above 125 degrees Fahrenheit in Saudi Arabia. Despite the extreme heat, more than 1.8 million worshipers participated in the pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The Saudi government reported that many of the deceased were “unauthorized to perform Hajj” and had walked long distances under direct sunlight without adequate shelter or comfort. The extreme temperatures and large crowds highlighted the challenges of managing such a massive religious event in harsh conditions.

Starliner Delay

Boeing and NASA have delayed the return of the Boeing Starliner capsule from the International Space Station yet again. Initially launched on June 5, the capsule experienced helium leaks, prompting multiple postponements. NASA now expects the Starliner, carrying astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams, to return in July. Steve Stich, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager, assured that the vehicle is safe and the mission management team is taking necessary precautions to ensure a successful return.

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  • iPhone Ringtone: Apple’s “By the Seaside” alarm tune is considered one of the most cringeworthy sounds, comparable to nails on a chalkboard.
  • Climate Protestors: Activists disrupted the end of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship by throwing a powdery substance on the course, causing a delay.
  • T20 Cricket World Cup: The US ended its run in the T20 Men’s Cricket World Cup with a heartbreaking defeat against England.
  • Taylor Swift in London: Taylor Swift surprised fans by bringing her boyfriend, Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce, on stage during her Eras Tour concert in London.
  • Barcelona Rental Ban: Barcelona announced it will ban apartment rentals to tourists by 2028 to address housing issues.

A Milestone Achievement

Virginia “Ginger” Hislop, aged 105, recently walked the stage at Stanford University to receive her education degree for coursework she completed in 1941. This remarkable achievement highlights her lifelong commitment to learning.

In Memory

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new building at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people lost their lives in a hate crime shooting in 2018. The location will house a memorial and museum to combat antisemitism.

Women in the Military Draft?

Capitol Hill is debating a bill that would expand the draft to include women, amid a shortage of military personnel. Lawmakers have mixed reactions to this proposal, reflecting broader societal debates about gender roles in the military.

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