From one July Fourth to the next, a steep slide for Biden

WASHINGTON — Last Fourth of July, President Joe Biden gathered hundreds of people outside the White House for an event that would have been unthinkable for many Americans the previous year. With the coronavirus in retreat, they ate hamburgers and watched fireworks over the National Mall.

County poised to award PONC grants

Improvements at Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden top the list of awards to nonprofits the administration is recommending for the use of property tax funds earmarked for the county Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Commission.

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate.

Alpine glacier chunk detaches, killing at least 6 hikers

ROME — A large chunk of an Alpine glacier broke loose Sunday and roared down a mountain in Italy, sending ice, snow and rock slamming into hikers on a popular trail on the peak and killing at least six and injuring nine, authorities said, warning that the toll might climb.

Video shows Akron police kill Black man in hail of gunfire

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A Black man was unarmed when Akron police chased him on foot and killed him in a hail of gunfire, but officers believed he had shot at them earlier from a vehicle and feared he was preparing to fire again, authorities said Sunday at a news conference.

Scott Perry, Jeffrey Clark, and the lingering threat of Jan. 6 enablers

The six House Select Committee hearings on the attack on the Capitol have exposed the seditious lengths Donald Trump and his associates went to try to overturn the 2020 election, from promoting election fraud lies, pressuring state election officials to throw out votes, leaning on Vice President Mike Pence to illegally upend the vote tally, and trying to coerce the Justice Department to falsely claim there was voter fraud.

The good guys vs. the gun lobby

Under the twisted vision of the Supreme Court majority, states and localities are now barred from deciding who can get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. While it’s allowed to ban felons, require training and the like, six justices’ absolutist interpretation of the Second Amendment rules out requiring people to show a specific need to be armed in public. That will soon leave police facing a fresh flood of gun-wielding people on the city’s streets, above and beyond the thousands of illegal weapons already being recovered as shootings surge.