How To Watch Richard Branson’s Historic Virgin Galactic Space Launch On Sunday

Suzuki Motorcycles, Hero MotoCorp hike prices

Suzuki Motorcycle India and Hero MotoCorp have hiked prices across nearly their entire two-wheeler model line-ups. Suzuki’s range of big bikes — the new Hayabusa and the V-Strom 650XT — are not affected by the price hike.

Despite a couple of surprising and significant price cuts to a pair of 250cc models recently, the predominant trend in the two-wheeler market seems to be periodic price hikes. Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp have both increased prices for almost all their models.

Hero’s prices have been upped by up to ₹3,000, depending on the model, while Suzuki’s go as high as ₹3,500. This is rather unfortunate, as Suzuki’s maximum price hike is seen on its 250cc models, and this is exactly the same segment where Yamaha and Bajaj have both drastically slashed prices of their own offerings. This leaves the Gixxer 250 a good ₹12,000 more expensive than the Dominar and over ₹30,000 more expensive than the FZ25.

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Confirmed deaths in collapsed Florida condo building climb to 86

  • The number of confirmed deaths in the collapsed condominium building in Surfside, Florida, has climbed to 86, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said during a press conference Saturday morning. 
  • Officials announced a transition from a rescue effort to a recovery operation earlier this week.

The number of confirmed deaths in the collapsed condominium building in Surfside, Florida, has climbed to 86, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said during a press conference Saturday morning. 

Since the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside on June 24, rescue teams have been working to recover victims in the rubble. As of earlier this week, however, officials said the possibility of finding someone alive was considered to be "near zero." 

Levine Cava said Saturday that 211 people are now accounted for, with 43 people potentially unaccounted for. She said that officials can only truly account for a missing person who is deceased once an identification is made, and said 62 victims have been identified and that 61 next-of-kin notifications have been made. 

A 2018 report showed the 40-year-old building had waterproofing issues beneath the pool and cracking in the underground parking garage. Experts have said the repeal in 2010 of a Florida law that required condominium buildings to plan for repairs could have also been a factor. 

Officials this week said Champlain Towers North, the identical sister property of the collapsed condominium building, is also being evaluated.

Denver weather: Cooler and breezy Saturday provides respite from heat

After triple-digit temperatures earlier in the week, Saturday’s weather is expected to be a brief respite for the Denver metro area.

Highs in the mid-80s are forecast for Denver and its suburbs Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. The metro area will remain dry and wind gusts could reach 30 mph at times.

Temperatures will begin creeping up Sunday, with highs near 90 degrees, before returning to the mid-90s by Monday, according to the NWS.

The middle of next week could bring thunderstorms. The NWS predicts there is a 25% to 35% chance of showers Tuesday through Thursday.

Three arrested near Coors Field for suspected gun crimes

Three men were arrested on gun charges Friday night in downtown Denver, two blocks from Coors Field.

Denver police say they responded to the 1800 block of Wazee Street following a report of a suspicious occurrence.

“The investigation led to the arrest of three males,” police said in a tweet, adding that “charges are pending but they are related to illegal possession of firearms.”

The arrests occurred as downtown is playing host to Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities. Police have not named the suspects or said whether they are from the Denver area or were in town for the festivities.

How To Watch Richard Branson’s Historic Virgin Galactic Space Launch On Sunday

Richard Branson, the swashbuckling owner of Virgin Galactic and media mogul, will take off for a sub-orbital flight on Sunday morning.

The flight will make Branson the first owner of a private space company to take his own spacecraft for a brief dip into outer space. If the launch is successful, he will beat fellow billionaire mogul Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin flight plans by several days, as the Bezos launch is set for July 20.

Bezos’s team, however, claims that its flight will reach the true edge of space, going up 62 miles to Branson’s planned 55.

Branson will be joined by two company pilots and three Virgin Galactic crewmates. They will take wing from Spaceport America, a hub near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

The flight is expected to last at least an hour, with lift-off is set for 9 AM ET on Sunday, and will be broadcast on ABC and CBS. Many other news outlets plan at least livestreaming the event.

VirginGalactic.com will be posting a livestream that morning, hosted by late night host Stephen Colbert. Grammy-nominated singer Khalid will also be debuting a new song at the landing site after Branson’s anticipated return.

Instead of a ground launch, the Virgin Galactic VSS Unity will be carried by a twin-fuselage carrier jet, then released at 45,000 feet for its journey via rocket power.

Virgin Galactic was founded in 2004 and already has a waiting list of so-called “space tourists” eager to take their own flight.

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