ISIS claims to have beheaded an American reporter held hostage since 2012.
Another Gaza cease-fire collapses.
Gas on Fire: Another fatal shooting in suburban St. Louis.
Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix.
Ukraine leader to meet with Putin.
The Tigers rallied to beat Tampa Bay 8-6.
The air conditioning in my house has always been a little weak seeing as how it has to contend with a black shingle roof and insulation from 1972. As noted in ALNM yesterday, we’re having a bit of a heat wave here in South Florida with none of the usual afternoon thunderstorm activity, and yesterday the AC struggled to keep the inside temp under 90.
I’ve got a call into the folks who can fix it while I’m home this week, but meanwhile, I’m having a bit of a schvitz-fest.
This is the current weather back home in Miami:
Note the humidity: 92%
Now, here’s the current weather where I am visiting my parents:
Note the humidity here. 54%.
That’s what makes living in Miami a bit of a schvitz-fest in the summer. But in the winter, it’s like Montgomery now. So I’ll take the heat.
72-hour ceasefire announced in Gaza.
G.O.P. craters border bill.
What a shock: C.I.A. finds that they did break into Senate computers.
Emergency efforts in Africa to combat ebola.
Stocks fall on weak economic data.
Tropical Update: We now have Tropical Storm Bertha in the North Atlantic.
The Tigers lost to the White Sox 7-4, but landed pitcher David Price from Tampa Bay.
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.
Gaza: More people killed as shells strike safe zones.
The House voted to sue the president. Hilarity ensues.
Good news: The economy grew at a rate of 4% in the second quarter.
Tropical Update: Invest 93L is still out there.
The Tigers break the slump by beating the White Sox 7-2.
The U.S. added more sanctions against Russia.
Israel continued attacks against Gaza’s infrastructure.
Mississippi’s last abortion clinic stays open via court order.
Broken water main floods Sunset Blvd. in L.A.
Tropical Update: Invest 93L.
The Tigers got walloped by the White Sox 11-4.
Israel: No quick end to the three-week long war with Gaza, says PM Netanyhu.
The VA bill could move forward in the House and Senate.
U.S. says Russia violated an arms control agreement by testing a Cruise missile.
U.N. sanctions North Korean ship operator with weapons cargo.
Tropical Update: Invest 93L has the potential for development.
The Tigers had the night off.
Israel and Gaza keep fighting; cease-fire talks stalled.
Fighting in Ukraine delays body recovery from jet crash.
U.S. meat supplier in China withdraws products.
Cable snaps on ride at Cedar Point; 2 injured.
Tropical Update: Invest 93L forms in the North Atlantic.
The Tigers lost again to the Angels 2-1.
Israel resumes Gaza offensive after rocket attack.
U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya.
Wildfires spread in California.
Typhoon kills 13 in China.
The Tigers got blanked by the Angels 4-0.
Ukraine: Two military jets were shot down in the same vicinity as the Malaysian airline.
Israel faces economic and political challenges; the FAA lifts the ban on flights to Tel Aviv.
Robert McDonald appears to have a lock on being confirmed as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
It took almost two hours for Arizona to execute a condemned man.
Tropical Update: TD Two has fizzled out.
The Tigers beat the Diamondbacks 11-5.
Ukraine: Bodies and and the flight recorders from the Malaysian jet were turned over to authorities.
Secretary of State Kerry is trying to work out a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.
The FAA told airlines to stay away from Tel Aviv airport after a rocket hit nearby.
Tropical Update: Keeping an eye on TD Two.
The Tigers lost to Arizona 5-4.
Russia tries to sound both tough and nice on response to jet attack.
Death toll continues to rise on both sides in Israel/Gaza conflict.
U.N. says Iran has turned much of its nuclear material to harmless use.
Perry sends Texas troops to border.
Wildfires continue to expand in Pacific Northwest.
Tropical Update: TD Two is east of the Lesser Antilles.
The Tigers beat the Diamondbacks 4-3.
Workaround: The Obama administration is trying to come up with a way to provide contraception for women.
Fireworks and a hurricane marked the 4th of July.
Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold.
Strong earthquake hits off western Indonesia.
Tropical Update: Arthur is back to being a tropical storm.
The Tigers lost to the Rays 6-3.
Israel: Security forces from Israel fought with Palestinian citizens after a revenge killing of a Palestinian teen.
Homeland Security raised the alert level at several airports overseas that have direct flights to the U.S.
The Federal Privacy Board said the N.S.A. program to monitor foreigners is legal.
Boston Pops moving up their 4th of July show to tonight.
Tropical Update: TS Arthur will be a hurricane by this afternoon.
The Tigers swept the A’s 9-3. Still on top of the division.
Ukraine: Heavy fighting and bombardment from the government against rebel forces.
Thousands of Israelis gathered on Tuesday to mourn the three teenagers kidnapped and killed on the West Bank.
President Obama urges Congress to pass infrastructure bill.
World Cup: Belgium eliminated the U.S. team 2-1 in overtime.
Tropical Update: TS Arthur tromps up the East Coast.
The Tigers beat Oakland 3-0.
Israel: The bodies of three teenagers who were abducted several weeks ago were found.
Airstrikes in Iraq are not a good idea according to a retired Army general who served there.
With immigration reform officially pronounced dead, President Obama will use executive action to bolster border security.
White House says President Obama will expand safeguards for transgender workers.
8.4 million: The number of GM cars now under recall.
Tropical Update: Invest 91L still moving up the East Coast.
The Tigers beat Oakland 5-4.
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.
President Obama to nominate former P&G CEO Bob McDonald as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 is back in the U.S.
European leaders meet to discuss continued fighting in Ukraine.
Crews fighting wildfires in Arizona get relief from the winds.
Tropical Update: We have our first potential disturbance in the Atlantic.
R.I.P. Meshach Taylor, 67, actor on Designing Women.
The Tigers lost to the Astros 6-4.
Gunmen attack airport in Karachi, Pakistan.
New president sworn in in Egypt.
Five killed in shootout in Las Vegas.
Severe weather hits Colorado.
Congratulations to the Tony winners.
The Tigers lost to Boston 5-3.
What’s in a name? If it’s a hurricane, it could be the difference between life and death.
People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study.
Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes.
Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University examined six decades of hurricane death rates according to gender, spanning 1950 and 2012. Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, the female-named hurricanes produced an average of 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths in male-named storms, or almost double the number of fatalities. (The study excluded Katrina and Audrey, outlier storms that would skew the model).
The difference in death rates between genders was even more pronounced when comparing strongly masculine names versus strongly feminine ones.
“[Our] model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll,” the study says.
Frankly, I think that anyone who judges a hurricane’s threat based on the name given to it deserves whatever karma has in store. All I need to hear is the word “hurricane” and I’m on alert no matter what its cognomen is.
U.S. P.OW. freed by Taliban in Afghanistan in exchange for five prisoners from Gitmo.
Six hikers missing on Mt. Rainier.
Golfer Phil Mickelson under investigation for insider trading.
Thousands march in Cyprus’s first gay pride parade.
Jesus Christ Superstar tour abruptly cancelled.
The Tigers lost to the Mariners 3-2.
You-know-what season starts today and runs through November 30.
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.