1. MIDEAST TENSIONS
No let up: Rockets fly as tensions soar between Israel and Hamas. Hamas said there were dozens of Israeli airstrikes across Gaza overnight. Israel is calling it “Operation Protective Edge.” The Israeli military has already called up several hundred reservists and is prepared to add 1,500 more, a spokesman said. The escalation in violence started with the deaths of three Israeli teens and the killing of a Palestinian youth, possibly in retaliation for their deaths.
One on one: The Sterlings – Donald and Shelly – are back in court today. They’re duking it out over who controls the Los Angeles Clippers and who has the right to sell the NBA team. Shelly Sterling negotiated a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion after she had her husband declared mentally incapacitated. The court will have to decide if she followed proper procedure in doing that.
3. CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Bullets fly: Chicago’s police superintendent lashed out after a violent Fourth of July weekend that saw more than 60 people shot and nine killed. He put the blame squarely on what he called lax state and federal gun laws. This year, as of June 29, Chicago police had recorded 880 shooting incidents, an average of nearly five a day.
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