China keeps up pressure on Taiwan with 4th day of drills

BEIJING — China said Sunday it carried out its fourth consecutive day of military drills in the air and sea around Taiwan in the wake of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island, despite international calls to calm the tensions. The People’s Liberation Army said the exercises focused on testing its long-range … Read more

Q&A: Woodbury public safety director talks retirement plans, Evel Knievel and his fear of bats

Lee Vague was a recent college graduate in 1989, working as a community-service officer for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport police, when he applied to work at two very different police departments: Woodbury and Minneapolis. Minneapolis offered him a job first, and Vague, decked out in his new, light-blue officer’s shirt, was on his way … Read more

Why hasn’t mayor made good on promise to create Department of Environment?

As a mayoral candidate, Lori Lightfoot promised us that her administration would reinstate the Department of Environment, which had been dismantled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We are still waiting! In May, the city released its proposed 2022 Climate Action Plan, which states: “Chicago’s new climate goals set a course to reduce the city’s carbon emissions … Read more

Thieves steal at least 20 whole briskets worth thousands of dollars from famous Texas barbecue restaurant

Every time I go to Texas, I stop for authentic barbecue.Shutterstock Thieves stole briskets worth thousands of dollars from a famous Austin restaurant, KVUE reported. La Barbecue said the thief was filmed jumping a fence before loading the meat into an SUV. Briskets at the restaurant, which said it has been broken into five times, … Read more

Shift in war’s front seen as ships cleared to leave Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Four more ships carrying agricultural cargo held up by the war in Ukraine received authorization Sunday to leave the country’s Black Sea coast as analysts warned that Russia was moving troops and equipment in the direction of the ports to stave off a Ukrainian counteroffensive. The body overseeing an international deal … Read more

Putin’s orders trap Russian generals in southern Ukraine, military expert says

A Russian military truck drives through the village of Chornobayivka. Ukraine, July 26, 2022 Read also: Renewed mobilization push in Russia-occupied parts of Donbas “Many say there will be twin (Russian) offensives towards Zaporizhzhia and Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk Oblast),” said Samus. “Perhaps, they intend to achieve two breakthroughs, link up, and resolve their logistical issues … Read more