5 things to know for August 29: NASA, Flooding, Shootings, Covid-19, Ukraine

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1. NASA

For the first time in nearly 50 years, a spacecraft is preparing for a trip to the moon. The unmanned Artemis I mission will lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida between 8:33 a.m. and 10:33 a.m. ET today. But several problems have surfaced since the rocket started refueling after midnight. The Artemis team is evaluating the delays to determine how this will affect the launch. Here’s how to watch. Although there is no human crew on board the mission, this is the first step of the Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the moon and eventually land them on Mars. The weather also looks promising for the launch. For the start of today’s launch window, the chance of favorable weather is about 80%, according to a US Space Force forecast. However, the probability decreases to 60% closer to the end of the window as the probability of scattered showers and storms increases. The last manned landing on the moon, Apollo 17, took place in 1972.

2. Floods

Residents in Jackson, Mississippi, are once again packing their belongings to evacuate as record rains and rising river water threaten to seep into their homes today. Officials say the state’s Pearl River is expected to top 35.5 feet this morning, lower than previously expected but still high enough to flood streets. As many as 150 homes are likely to be affected by the floods, Jackson mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said last weekend, telling residents to “get out now.” Authorities warn that the communities most at risk are those still dealing with the toll of historic 2020 floods. Two years ago, floods in several neighborhoods in northeast and downtown Jackson irreparably damaged countless homes and left large amounts of debris. abandoned.

3. Shoot

Gun violence hit the US again this weekend as a number of shootings took place in several states. At least two people were killed in a shooting at a supermarket on Sunday in Bend, Oregon, and a person believed to be the gunman was also found dead, police said. Three people were killed and two injured in Houston early Sunday morning after a man dressed in black set fire to a building and then fired at fleeing people. Separately, police are still looking for at least one gunman after a shooting on the Coney Island boardwalk in New York City on Saturday night killed one man and injured four others. Authorities say several investigations are underway to determine the gunmen’s motives.

4. Covid-19

The federal government is ending its free Covid-19 home testing program this week. The program, which has provided up to 16 free tests per household since the beginning of the year, is being suspended Friday due to a lack of funding and efforts to maintain the offer ahead of an expected drop in cases, a White House official said. to CNN. The administration launched the initiative in January amid a spate of cases of Omicron variants and limited availability of testing. However, officials have been warning for months that the lack of additional funding from Congress would force them to roll back their Covid-19 response efforts.

5. Ukraine

Now that the six-month war in Ukraine is over, US and European officials say Ukraine is successfully using a US-developed method of resistance warfare to fight back against Russia. The concept provides a blueprint for smaller countries to effectively resist and confront a larger neighbor that has invaded. Despite being outnumbered, overstretched and manned by the vastly superior Russian military, Ukraine has fought back with these tactics against the Kremlin, which thought it would sweep through the vast majority of Ukraine in weeks, if not days. Meanwhile, the two countries have accused each other of shelling on Sunday in a Russian-controlled city near a nuclear power plant, raising fears of a possible nuclear accident.

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Check out the surprising backstory of how the 99 cent drink got its name.

Here’s how to calmly deal with common household headaches

Unexpected plumbing leaks and appliance breakdowns can be very stressful. But don’t worry, CNN has put together a list of solutions to common household problems so you can feel better prepared when these problems arise.

TODAY’S NUMBER

$12.6 million

That’s how much a 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card sold at auction on Sunday, making it the most valuable sports collectible in the world, according to Heritage Auctions. Mantle played for the New York Yankees for 17 years and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. The record-breaking baseball card is from his rookie season and is especially valuable because it has been so well preserved, the auction house said.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“The fact that the president would go out and insult half of America… in effect calling half America semi-fascist for trying to stir controversy… it’s terribly inappropriate.”

— Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, calling on President Joe Biden to apologize for suggesting that the driving force behind some GOP supporters of former President Donald Trump was akin to “semi-fascism.” In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Sununu said Republican voters should be offended by Biden’s latest jabs against Trump, which have clearly sharpened as the November midterm elections approach. This comes after Biden issued one of his sharpest rebukes last week against Republicans who have remained loyal to Trump and his MAGA creed.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

Calling all movie buffs!

This Saturday, movie theaters in the US are offering tickets for just $3 in celebration of National Cinema Day. Did you also know that America’s film archive is located in an underground bunker in Virginia? Take a look inside! (Click here to view)

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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