The Ledger/LCJ blog 5-15-2022

By CRAIG HALL

Welcome to the Ledger/LCJ blog for today.

Today is May 15, 2022. The 135th day of 2022. There are 230 days left in the year.

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In today’s weather, chances of more showers Sunday with some storms possibly being severe the LeFlore County weather forecast.

The high will be 90 degrees with a low of 63 degrees.

Sunrise is 6:14 a.m. Sunset is 8:15 p.m.

Averages temperatures for May 15 are a high of 81 and a low of 58. Record temperatures for the date were a high of 91 in 1995 and a record low of 45 in 1997.

A white 18-year-old wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding three others Saturday in what authorities described as “racially motivated violent extremism.”

Police said he shot 11 Black and two white victims before surrendering to authorities in a rampage he broadcast live on the streaming platform Twitch.

Abortion rights supporters demonstrating at hundreds of marches and rallies Saturday expressed their outrage that the Supreme Court appears prepared to scrap the constitutional right to abortion that has endured for nearly a half-century and their fear about what that could mean for women’s reproductive choices.

Incensed after a leaked draft opinion suggested the court’s conservative majority would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, activists spoke of the need to mobilize quickly because Republican-led states are poised to enact tighter restrictions.

A knife-wielding man was fatally shot by a police officer in eastern Oklahoma early Saturday, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported.

An officer in Sallisaw was investigating a report of a man walking on U.S. 64 and jumping in front of traffic about 5 a.m. in the city near the Arkansas state line about 150 miles (241 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City, the OSBI said.

The man threatened the officer with a knife and the officer shot him when he refused to drop the weapon, according to the OSBI. The man was taken to a hospital where he died, the agency said.

No names were immediately released.

The OSBI said it was asked by Sallisaw police to investigate and the state agency will provide a report to the district attorney to review and determine whether the officer was justified in shooting the man.

On this date in history, in 1948, hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act establishing the Department of Agriculture.

In 1928, the Walt Disney cartoon character Mickey Mouse made his debut in the silent animated short “Plane Crazy.”

In 1972, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot and left paralyzed while campaigning for president in Laurel, Maryland, by Arthur H. Bremer, who served 35 years for attempted murder.

In 1988, the Soviet Union began the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, more than eight years after Soviet forces entered the country.

In 2007, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who built the Christian right into a political force, died in Lynchburg, Virginia, at age 73.

In 2009, General Motors told about 1,100 dealers their franchises would be terminated.

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