A fireworks shortage, a heat wave and Trump’s Ohio rally: 5 things to know this weekend

Seattle, Portland brace for 100-degree heat 

The normally mild Pacific Northwest faces a potentially record-breaking heat wave this weekend. Temperatures will near or surpass 100 degrees in cities such as Portland and Seattle. That’s hotter than in Miami, where highs in the upper 80s are expected. “More than one hundred record high temperatures are forecast this weekend through Thursday,” the National Weather Service tweeted. The heat will also add to drought and wildfire threats.

  • Seattle will be hotterthan Miami this weekend
  • California deserts plants dyingat alarming rate due to hotter weather

The Pacific Northwest sweltered Friday and braced for even hotter weather through the weekend as a historic heat wave hits Washington and Oregon, with temperatures in many areas expected to top out up to 30 degrees above normal. (June 25)

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Trump heads to Ohio for a rally 

Former President Donald Trump heads to Ohio on Saturday for his first campaign-style rally since leaving the White House, an event that could signal how engaged he will be in next year’s congressional elections and possibly offer clues about whether he plans another presidential bid in 2024. Trump’s event will mark his return to the kind of mass rallies that fueled his White House campaigns. Since he left office in January, Trump’s public appearances have been limited. Save America said Trump’s Ohio rally will be the first of many appearances in support of candidates and causes he supports. 

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  • Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, introduces billto ban vaccine passports

Vice President Kamala Harris' visit will come days before former President Donald Trump heads to the U.S.-Mexico border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Southwest Airlines cancels flights

Citing “expected storms and probable air traffic control initiatives,” Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 300 weekend flights and delayed more than 1,000 others. It’s the continuation of a rough month for the nation’s largest domestic carrier and its passengers. The disruptions come a week after Southwest canceled or delayed hundreds of flights due to two separate technology issues, and a week after American Airlines struggled with operational woes during the busy Father’s Day travel weekend.

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American Airlines just canceled 1,000 flights. Here's everything you need to know about airports, flight cancellations, refunds, restrictions.

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What to watch in the frantic final weekend of the US Olympic track and field trials

The U.S. Olympic track and field trials will wrap up at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon this weekend with what promises to be an exciting stretch of finals. It will feature some of the sport’s brightest stars and several marquee events. All told, there will be 17 finals on Saturday and Sunday, with more than 50 spots on Team USA’s roster for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics up for grabs. If there’s only one event you’re going to watch, make it the showdown between reigning Olympic gold medalist and world champ Dalilah Muhammad and 21-year-old wunderkind Sydney McLaughlin in the 400-meter hurdles. 

  • Who will join Simone Biles at the Olympics amid a crowded field at the US gymnastics trials?

Sha'Carri Richardson became in an instant star during her Olympic trials and she's one of many Black women set to lead team USA this summer in Tokyo.

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Could a fireworks shortage affect July 4th celebrations?

Phantom Fireworks, the nation’s largest consumer-based retail fireworks company, is urging customers to shop early as the industry faces a potential shortage for the second year in a row. Last year, personal fireworks sales surged to record highs nationally. Many communities canceled or postponed public fireworks displays at the height of the pandemic, and sporting events and amusement parks weren’t filling the void. Many public fireworks displays are returning next weekend for Independence Day, but families are still celebrating at home. But Phantom says supply chains face slower turnaround times due to lagging global shipments. 

  • White House to host July 4‘independence from virus’ bash

Fireworks lit up the night skies all over New York, after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 70% of adults in the state have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. (June 16)

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