The Union Recorder

April 26, 2014

Morning Update, Saturday, April 26


The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Good morning. Here’s a look at what’s happening today.





Weather: 





Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. East winds 5 to 15 mph shifting to the south 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon Saturday night. Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

On this day:

Happy National Dance Day. Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

Best bet for today:           

Flooring America presents a ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday featuring Sparky the Fire Dog, a silent auction, door prizes, food and games. All proceeds go toward the purchase of sealed lithium smoke detectors for local residents. Flooring America is located at 50 Highway 20 West. Call 478-452-0111 for more information.

Upcoming events:

Baldwin High School presents ‘Grease’ at the Baldwin Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $7. For more information visit www.baldwinhighschool.net/theatre.

Our poll question for the week:

Do you think the city and county 911 systems should be consolidated? Click here to vote:

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10 Things to Know for Today from The Associated Press

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Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:

1. WAR OF WORDS HEATS UP OVER UKRAINE

The West threatened the Kremlin with more sanctions while Moscow said Friday that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine would not lay down their arms until activists relinquished control over key occupied sites in Kiev. Ukraine's deputy foreign minister said he feared an imminent invasion from Russia.

2. GUNMAN KILLS 3 AMERICANS AT HOSPITAL IN AFGHANISTAN'S CAPITAL

Thursday's attack at Cure International Hospital in Kabul killed Dr. Jerry Umanos, a Chicago pediatrician, and two other Americans who were not immediately identified. Another American was wounded, and the gunman — identified as a government security guard — then shot himself. It was the latest attack on foreigners in Afghanistan that has seen 22 killed this year alone.

3. SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL 31 AT CAMPAIGN RALLY IN BAGHDAD SPORTS STADIUM

Thousands of supporters of a militant Shiite group had gathered in the stadium Friday for a rally to introduce its candidates before next week's parliamentary election in Iraq. An al-Qaida breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, claimed responsibility. The attack raised fears of more sectarian violence.

4. SOUTH KOREA SAYS SOME BODIES MISIDENTIFIED FROM FERRY SINKING

Divers have recovered 183 bodies from the April 16 accident, while 119 are missing and feared dead in the submerged vessel. The government acknowledged Friday there had been mistakes and said remains will be transferred to families when there is a match using DNA testing, fingerprints or dental records.

5. ISRAEL HALTS U.S.-BROKERED PEACE TALKS AFTER PALESTINIAN RECONCILIATION DEAL

Israel made the decision Thursday, after the agreement was reached between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy. Israel objects to any participation in Palestinian politics by Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in the past two decades.

6. OBAMA SAYS U.S. WOULD DEFEND JAPAN IN ISLANDS DISPUTE WITH CHINA

On an Asian trip, the president affirmed Thursday that Washington would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over the islands, which are called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. Beijing insists it has "indisputable sovereignty" over the islands and that "the so-called Japan-U.S. alliance" should not harm China's territorial rights.

7. PRIZEFIGHTER RUBIN "HURRICANE" CARTER DIES AT AGE 76

The middleweight title contender, whose murder convictions became an international symbol of racial injustice and inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film, died Sunday in Toronto. Carter's convictions were thrown out after years of appeals.

8. FDA TAKES A LIGHT APPROACH TO REGULATING E-CIGARETTES

The proposed rules, issued Thursday, would ban sales to anyone under 18, add warning labels and require FDA approval for new products. The FDA said it wants more evidence before issuing more regulations and left the door open to further measures, such as a ban on TV advertising and fruit- or candy-flavored e-cigarettes.

9. MANCHESTER UNITED FIRES MANAGER DAVID MOYES

Moyes, whose dismissal was announced Tuesday, came less than a season into a six-year contract with the storied soccer club, one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. Since Moyes replaced longtime manager Alex Ferguson, however, United is 23 points behind leader Liverpool and has slumped to a string of humiliating defeats, including losses to fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

10. DOZENS OF SHERPA GUIDES LEAVE MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP AFTER DEADLY AVALANCHE

The guides' actions Wednesday put the entire climbing season in disarray. An avalanche April 18 killed 16 Sherpas and exposed long-simmering resentment by the guides over pay, treatment and benefits. Without the Sherpas, who are key guides and haul tons of gear up the mountain, it would be nearly impossible for climbers to scale Everest, and several expedition companies have canceled their climbs.