Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is in Scotland as her son and successor, King Charles III, delivered words to lawmakers in Britain’s Parliament this morning. Other news today: Jackson’s water crisis persists and a look at television’s top contenders for tonight’s Emmy Awards.
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King Charles III addresses Parliament for first time
King Charles III addressed lawmakers in Britain’s Parliament for the first time as monarch, telling them “I cannot but help feel the weight of history which surrounds us.” Charles told members of the House of Commons and House of Lords that he would follow his late mother Queen Elizabeth II in upholding “the precious principles of constitutional governance” that underpin the U.K.’s political system. The first members of the public will have the chance to pay their respects to the late queen when the monarch’s coffin lies at rest at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Charles will accompany the oak coffin on a solemn procession through the cobbled streets of the Scottish capital from the royal Palace of Holyroodhouse to the cathedral. Read more
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The latest in Mississippi’s water crisis
While officials say water pressure has returned to Jackson, there is still a boil-water advisory and 150,000 residents still lack drinking water. Read more
Will it ever get better? Officials have been sampling the water at one of the city’s two water treatment plants, but aren’t ready to sample the distribution system. Officials will need at least two straight days of clean samples before the boil-water advisory is lifted.
- The background: After excessive rainfall led to flooding at the Pearl River in late August, one of the city’s two water-treatment plants failed. Low or no water pressure left many residents without sufficient water to drink, bathe or flush toilets.
- Getting water pressure back doesn’t end the crisis. The city’s aging infrastructure could fail, leading to burst pipes and prolonged barriers to restore running water.
- This issue isn’t new for Jackson residents. Most of the city’s residents have lacked reliable access to water for years, and it’s a familiar threat in disinvested communities of color.
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Ukraine liberates villages, says it pushed Russians back to border
Ukraine has kept the counteroffensive momentum in its war against Russia going. It says it liberated one village after another amid a claim that in one region it had pushed the invaders back right up to the borders they came from. Kyiv authorities said that electric power and water supplies have been restored to 80% in the embattled Kharkiv region after Sunday’s attacks by Russia on power stations and other infrastructure that knocked out electricity in many place across Ukraine. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that its troops had liberated more than 20 settlements within the last day. Read more
Homicides down but violent crime increased in major US cities, midyear survey says
With less than two months left before the midterms, crime as an election issue may be gaining even more relevance. A survey by the Major Cities Chiefs Association revealed that, while homicides and rapes are down in urban areas of the U.S. compared to the same point last year, violent crime, in general, has increased by 4.4% and the rate of violent offenses remains much higher than before the pandemic. Read more
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Who will (and who should) win at the 2022 Emmys
Among contenders at Monday night’s 2022 Emmy Awards are Netflix’s “Squid Game,” HBO’s “Succession” and Starz’s “Yellowjackets” in the drama categories, while “Ted Lasso” and “Abbott Elementary” are up for comedy honors. And if you look at the full list of nominations you might think that the voters didn’t watch any other TV shows this year besides “The White Lotus,” HBO’s class-skewering limited series. Emmy Awards host Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” fame and the ceremony’s producers are promising a feel-good event. The Emmys air at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC and stream on Peacock. Read more
📷 Photo of the day: Best photos from Week 2 of the 2022 college football season 📷
The second week of the 2022 college football season wasn’t the strongest for some members of the SEC. Top-ranked Alabama scored a narrow win against No. 22 Texas, No. 6 Texas A&M lost 17-14 to Appalachian State and Tennessee is destined for a national ranking after beating No. 14 Pittsburgh 34-27 in overtime. Read more of our recap of Week 2’s winners and losers.
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