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The morning blog 2-18-2021


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For the first time in 10 days, the temperature is expected to rise above freezing today. That is, of course, great news. The bad news is the temperature is expected to drop to 8 tonight. Egads!

The Heavener Utilities Authority and City Council meet tonight at 6 in Heavener’s City Hall. Not a whole lot going on so the over/under on time is 60 minutes.

Coronavirus cases are still dropping in the county.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has asked for all of the state to be declared as a disaster declaration.

In sports, the Thunder lost at Memphis last night, the team’s fifth loss in six games.

On this date in history, in 1970, the “Chicago Seven” defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention; five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 (those convictions were later reversed).

Also, in 1564, artist Michelangelo died in Rome.

In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a “dwarf planet”) was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

In 1983, 13 people were shot to death at a gambling club in Seattle’s Chinatown in what became known as the Wah Mee Massacre. (Two men were convicted of the killings and are serving life sentences; a third was found guilty of robbery and assault.)

In 2001, veteran FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested, accused of spying for Russia. (Hanssen later pleaded guilty to espionage and attempted espionage and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.) Auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49.

Ten years ago: The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as illegal and called for a halt in all settlement building; the 14 other Security Council members voted in favor of the measure.

One year ago: Japanese health authorities confirmed 88 more cases of the coronavirus aboard the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, bringing the number of cases on board to 542; U.S. officials said Americans who chose to remain on board could not return home for at least two weeks after coming ashore. Health officials in the Chinese city of Wuhan announced that a hospital director who’d mobilized the hospital’s resources to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily had died from the virus. President Donald Trump commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for political corruption; Blagojevich left prison hours later and returned home to Chicago. The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection in the first step toward creating a huge compensation fund for men who were molested as youngsters decades ago by scoutmasters or other leaders; the organization urged victims to come forward.

And a happy birthday to actor Cybill Shepherd, who is 71, Vanna White is 64, Matt Dillon hits 57, and Molly Ringwald makes it to 53.

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