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First responders picking their way through the rubble of the Florida condo collapse
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A former resident of the now-collapsed South Florida condominium building shared a chilling story of how she escaped. 

Raysa Rodriguez filed a lawsuit that captures her account of what happened. She said the incident woke her up in the middle of the night. She felt that the “building swayed like a sheet of paper.” 

The lights didn’t work, and, once in the hallway, she was met with a wall of dust. 

“I couldn’t see anything outside,” she said. 

A column “had pierced the hallway from floor to ceiling,” she remembers. When she saw that even the elevator doors had been stripped away, she “screamed in horror.”

“We went to the balcony, first responders were arriving. I knew we needed to get out. But I thought the stairs had collapsed and that waiting for the fire truck was our only escape,” she said. 

How did they ultimately find their way out?

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Just in time for July 4, America’s latest shortage is fireworks

Americans rushing out to buy fireworks for the Fourth of July this year are going to find a limited selection and higher prices — or empty shelves.

From toilet paper to beef, shortages and snarled supply chains have been a major side effect of the pandemic since lockdown stockpiling sent lines of shopping carts around stores and emptied shelves in March of 2020. Now it’s fireworks supplies that are fizzling.

Fireworks face unique shipping issues because only a handful of shipping lines currently accept them. Of them, only so many ships are available — and of those ships, only a limited portion of their cargo space can be allocated to material classified as hazardous, such as fireworks.

So, what kind of prices and inventory can you expect?

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Is Joe Biden finally going to visit the condo collapse site in Florida?

Rescue workers combing through the debris of the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida
Image Source: Lynne Sladky / AP

Nearly a week after the tragic condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, President Joe Biden may finally make his way to the disaster’s site. When pressed by reporters recently if he had plans to visit the site, he quickly quipped that he hoped he could. 

“Yes, I hope so, as soon as we can. Maybe as early as Thursday,” Biden quickly exclaimed. Shortly after his remarks, plans to visit were formally put in place and the White House confirmed that the President and First Lady Jill Biden would make the trip to Florida later this week. 

Though the Biden Administration has responded to the disaster with aid, support, and boots on the ground at the site, the President has appeared to be in no rush to visit the site himself, that was until reporters pressed him on the matter. 

What else do we know about Biden’s plans to finally visit the collapse site?

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Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule, but with its own system in 1997

At midnight on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese control after a century and a half of British colonial rule. The handover was meant to establish a “one country, two systems” relationship between China and Hong Kong that would last until 2047, with Hong Kong existing as a special administrative region.

Since the handover, Hong Kong residents have accused Beijing of overstepping its authority. The Umbrella Movement was a series of protests in 2014 that called for more transparent elections for the city’s chief executive. In early 2016, Hong Kong booksellers disappeared and later showed up in police custody in China. And in 2019 protests erupted in Hong Kong over a proposed bill to allow extradition to mainland China.

Here’s a look back at what led to Hong Kong’s unusual relationship with China.

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Monsoon to ramp up across the southwestern United States

(Flooding and debris at Zion National Park on June 29, 2021
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The North American monsoon brings much-needed rainfall across the Desert Southwest this week amid a relatively late start to the monsoonal season in many locations across the region.

This annual phenomenon is the change in wind direction from the prevalent westerly breezes most of the year to more of a south to southeast direction during the summer months. This flow of air brings moisture up from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California.

Over an inch of rain fell during one hour on Tuesday afternoon at Zion National Park in southwestern Utah. 

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