The greatest tornado ever struck Montgomery, MD.

A historic tornado (photo MCFRS) struck the Montgomery County, Maryland area on the 5th. As a tornado that occurred in Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River, grew stronger, turned toward the Gaithersburg area and approached downtown along Route 270, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado warning (Particularly Dangerous Situation) this afternoon.) was issued.

This is the first time a PDS warning has been issued by the NWS Baltimore-Washington office, and PDS warnings are known to be very rare even in areas where tornadoes frequently occur.

When a PDS warning is issued, residents must evacuate immediately, and on this day, a “very dangerous tornado that could threaten life” occurred in Montgomery County. Evacuate to a safe place right now! “Go to the basement of your home or lower level of a sturdy building, stay away from windows, and if you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, go to a nearby shelter,” the warning said.

A tornado was confirmed in the Poolesville area at 7:11 p.m. on this day, followed by Germantown at the 29th and Gaithersburg at the 42nd, and a tornado was also reported in the Baltimore area at 8:30. Authorities announced, “At least two tornadoes occurred, and we are currently investigating the exact number and movement paths.”

A tornado swept through Montgomery County that day, collapsing buildings, trapping people and injuring at least five people, and not only causing power outage due to fallen trees in various places, but also causing traffic congestion on the way to work the next morning.

This tornado was accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain, and hail approaching 1 inch, causing damage not only in Montgomery and Frederick counties in Maryland, but also in parts of Loudoun County in Virginia.

You will need more than $50,000 per year after retirement.

A survey found that in New York and New Jersey, more than $50,000 per year is needed for retirement. According to the ‘2024 Retirement Living Costs by State’ report published by financial management company Landing Tree, retirees in New Jersey need $4,638 per month or $55,660 per year for retirement living.

This is the third highest in the entire United States, following Hawaii ($56,757 per year) and California ($56,597). New York was ranked as the 5th highest state in the U.S. with the cost of living in retirement at $4,348 per month or $52,181 per year.

On the other hand, the southern regions of the United States, such as West Virginia ($33,388 per year), Arkansas ($33,546), and Mississippi ($34,566), were selected as the places with the lowest cost of living after retirement. In detail, New York retirees were found to spend an average of $2,441 per month on housing, $655 on food, $733 on transportation, $217 on medical expenses (Medicare Part B/C), $240 on entertainment, and $63 on personal care.

New Jersey retirees spend an average of $2,728 per month on housing, $662 on food, $741 on transportation, $201 on medical expenses (Medicare Part B/C), $242 on entertainment, and $64 on personal care. The expenses for most items are similar, but housing costs are higher in New Jersey than in New York.

As prices rise, the cost of living for retirees is also increasing. New York rose 8.4% from $48,127 per year in 2021 to $52,181 in 2024. In New Jersey, the annual salary increased from $50,976 in 2021 to $55,660 in 2024. In the United States as a whole, the average annual spending for people aged 65 and older increased by 16.7% from $49,542 in 2017 to $57,818 in 2022. Additionally, according to the report, consumers aged 65 and older spend less than consumers overall.

Those aged 65 or older spend an average of $57,818 per year, 20.8% less than the average annual spending of $72,967 for all consumers. In addition, the average retirement account savings of 65 to 74-year-olds across the U.S. was $609,230.

Lending Tree said it prepared the report using data from the federal government’s labor and demographic statistics and the Medicare and Medicaid Administration.

U.S. intelligence agencies seek to recruit Russian spies?

CNN reported on the 2nd that the Ukraine war is providing U.S. intelligence agencies with a rare opportunity to recruit Russian spies.

According to CNN, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently released a Russian-language video on social media containing content appealing to Russian personnel who may have information that could be helpful to the United States. The post introduces step-by-step how to use a virtual private network (VPN) or the anonymous network Tor to avoid detection by Russian intelligence authorities, and how to access the CIA in an encrypted manner on the dark web.

Earlier, CIA Director William Burns said during a speech in Britain last year, “Dissatisfaction (with the Kremlin) has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us,” and “we are very open.” “What Director Burns was talking about is the exchange of information,” said David McCloskey, a former CIA officer, adding, “You want someone who has some idea of the Russian leaders’ priorities, their ultimate goals.”

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also began attempts to hire Russian informants. The FBI is using targeted social media advertising to target only phones used near the Russian Embassy in Washington.

CNN pointed out that these recent attempts show the evolution of intelligence agencies. In the past, U.S. intelligence agencies secretly conducted key missions to respond to national security threats and provide information to policymakers.

The CIA’s location was not revealed to the public until 1973, when then-Director James Schlesinger erected a sign announcing the location of its headquarters in Virginia. CNN explained, however, that today, intelligence agencies are not only active on social media platforms but are also actively using them to hire foreign spies.

“This direct method, although unusual, may be effective for Russians who have few ways to express their discontent,” said Douglas London, a former CIA officer. “Russians dissatisfied with a corrupt Kremlin have no choice but to seek outside support. “There are few other options for public expression,” he said.

CNN also added that espionage has supported and weakened the relationship between the United States and Russia for decades and remains as important a tool as it did during the Cold War.

‘Guilty verdict’ Trump: “Very unfair trial… “I will appeal.”

Former President Donald Trump announced on the 31st that he plans to appeal his guilty verdict for manipulating a company’s accounting books related to allegations of providing hush money for sexual misconduct, saying the trial was “very unfair” (reported on page A1 of this newspaper’s May 31 issue).

Former President Trump held a press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan on this day, a day after the verdict was announced, and emphasized, “We will appeal this ‘fraud.’” He also targeted his political opponents, including President Joe Biden, who will run against him in the November presidential election, and repeatedly claimed that it was a “rigged trial,” saying, “They got everything they wanted.” Former President Trump mentioned the fact that his request to replace Judge Juan Mercan, the judge in charge of the case, was not accepted, the gag order against him, and the imposition of a fine for violating the gag order, and then said, “I was threatened with jail” for the guilty verdict the day before. claimed.

At the same time, he raised his voice, saying that the “unfair” trial against him was “brought about by Biden and his people,” and that “he is the worst president in American history.” Former President Trump also introduced that he was ahead of President Biden in opinion polls, hinting that his guilty verdict was a political persecution of himself, a rival of the incumbent president, ahead of the November presidential election. It was interpreted as an attempt to turn the ‘guilty verdict’ into an opportunity to campaign for the presidential election in November.

Meanwhile, former President Trump claimed that he raised $39 million in 10 hours as small donations poured in overnight after the guilty verdict. President Joe Biden criticized former President Trump for criticizing this trial as a “fraud,” saying, “Trump is threatening democracy.”

In a post posted on his SNS account on this day, President Biden said, “Trump first raised questions about the election system, and now he is raising questions about the American judicial system.” Meanwhile, the previous day, the jury (a total of 12 people) in the criminal trial of former President Trump’s alleged ‘sex scandal silence money’ case found former President Trump guilty on all 34 charges.

A revenge shooting occurred at former workplace.

The Associated Press reported that a shooting occurred at a laundry company near Philadelphia on the 22nd, leaving two people dead and three injured.

According to reports, at around 8:30 a.m. on this day, an employee of a laundry company in Chester, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, opened fire, killing two employees and injuring three others.

As a result of the police investigation, it was determined that the shooter entered the company’s facility with a pistol and suddenly opened fire.

The gunman fled in a car, but authorities caught him near the crime scene and arrested him, police explained.

New York City tourism recovery.

As the crime rate in New York City has hardly improved, the number of tourists visiting New York City has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels. According to a report released by the New York State Audit Office (Comptroller Tom DiNapoli) on the 23rd, the number of tourists who visited New York City last year was 62.2 million, 6.6% less than the total of 66.6 million in 2019, just before the pandemic.

Among these, the number of ‘domestic’ (domestic) tourists who visited New York City from other states in the United States was 50.6 million, which was 4.7% less than in 2019.

In particular, the number of ‘international’ tourists visiting New York City from abroad was 11.6 million, a whopping 14.1% decrease compared to 2019. In 2020, the first year of the pandemic, the total number of domestic and foreign tourists visiting New York City was 22.3 million, a sharp decrease of 66.5% compared to 2019.

The State Audit Office assumed that “the number of tourists to New York City is returning to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels,” and added, “However, New York City and the state government recognize that New York City is a city that is safe from crime for domestic and foreign tourists visiting New York City.” We need to focus more on getting it done. “This is because the number of tourists visiting New York City is decreasing as safety concerns grow due to a series of violent incidents such as shootings, robberies, and assaults,” he pointed out. Total spending by tourists in New York City last year was $48 billion, exceeding $47.4 billion in 2019.

In relation to this, the State Audit Office analyzed those expenditures increased due to increases in hotel room rates and other travel costs due to inflation. In fact, hotel room rates in New York City have soared to over $300 per night on average for hotels in Manhattan due to inflation and the influx of refugees.

Domestic tourists’ spending was $29.6 billion, a sharp increase of 21.8% compared to $24.3 billion in 2019, while international tourists’ spending was $18.4 billion, a sharp decrease of 20.3% compared to $23.1 billion in 2019. In other words, the spending of international tourists visiting New York City from overseas has decreased by more than 20%, which is having a negative impact on New York City’s tourism revenue.

State Auditor DiNapoli said, “Last year, domestic tourists led the recovery of New York City’s tourism industry. However, the recovery of international tourists is slow, so it is urgent to come up with countermeasures,” he said. “New York City must focus on maintaining a safe city. “If we speed up the recovery of international tourism, we expect 68 million tourists will visit New York City in 2025, exceeding the pre-pandemic level,” he said.

UC teaching assistants decided to strike.

Graduate student teaching assistants and researchers at UC-affiliated universities have decided to go on a full-scale strike to protest the university authorities’ actions against students who have been participating in pro-Palestinian anti-war demonstrations on campus, causing disruption in class and exam schedules ahead of the final exam period for this year’s spring semester. I am concerned.

According to the LA Times (LAT), the union representing 48,000 teaching assistants and researchers at 10 UC-affiliated campuses has decided to go on strike and begin a rolling strike starting from the UC Santa Cruz campus on the 20th. The day was revealed. The newspaper reported that the UC teaching assistant union is citing suppression of freedom of expression and violation of rights as the reason for this strike, rather than the usual issues related to wages or treatment.

The UC teaching assistant union argued that the university authorities were responding unfairly to teaching assistants who supported the students’ pro-Palestinian protests and held a strike vote with 79% voting in favor of a circular strike. Anti-war protests on UC campuses have been intense at large campuses such as UCLA, UC Irvine, and UC Berkeley, but the UC teaching assistant union has decided to proceed with the strike starting at UC Santa Cruz, a small campus where protests have been held relatively quietly, the newspaper reported. reported.

According to LAT, the union has not set a specific period for this strike and is indicating the possibility that it will be an indefinite strike. The newspaper reported that strike participants will receive union pay of $500 per week in exchange for not working at UC. However, controversy is expected to continue as UC authorities say that the UC union’s strike is illegal and are signaling a strong response.

The university pointed out that this strike violates the strike ban clause in the agreement concluded in 2022. However, the union is countering that it has legal rights because the cause of this strike is related to unfair labor practices, the newspaper reported.

Fairfax house prices rise 10% compared to a year ago.

Even as high mortgage interest rates continue to persist, housing real estate fever across the U.S. is not cooling down, and home prices in Fairfax County, Virginia, have jumped more than 10% compared to a year ago, according to a survey.

According to real estate information site Bright MLS announced on the 10th, there were 1,158 home sales under contract in Fairfax County in April, a 16.5% increase from 994 in the same period last year. The average price of houses for sale was $888,181, up 10.1% from a year ago.

By housing type, the sales price of single homes recorded $1,207,801, up 14.7% from the same period last year, leading the increase in price, while condos rose 7.8% to $405,146 and town homes rose 4.5% to $548,333. The total amount of housing transactions in April was $996,120,704, which exceeded $1 billion, which is 26.9% more than the total sales volume of $785,041,86 a year ago.

Among the homes sold, 291 were priced over $1 million, of which 32 were priced over $2.5 million and 6 homes were priced over $5 million. It took only 12 days for the property to be listed for sale and sold, and the sale price was sold at an average of 3% higher than the price quoted by the homeowner.

In addition, it was found that the number of properties for sale has been gradually increasing since April. As of last April, there were 1,025 homes registered for sale throughout the county, a 16.2% increase compared to the same period last year.

Biden reinforces border immigration.

Ahead of the November presidential election, the Joe Biden administration has come up with a plan to strengthen border immigration enforcement as a winning move for immigration policy, which is receiving the strongest criticism from his rival, former President Donald Trump.

It announced new rules that would allow it to quickly expel some illegal immigrants who do not qualify as refugees at the border. The new rule is aimed at allowing border immigration officers to decide within days whether to deny asylum or deport an alien who has crossed the border into the United States without proper documentation and poses a risk to national security.

Until now, when illegal immigrants entered the United States through the southern border and applied for asylum, it could take years for a decision to be granted asylum. Under current immigration law, anyone who first arrives at the U.S. border and undergoes an initial immigration screening must have a criminal record or pose a threat to national security based on the basic standard for naturalization applications called ‘credible fear’ as a reason for leaving their country of origin.

This is because even those who are able to do so are allowed to continue immigration procedures. “The new rule is a step forward in ensuring public safety by expediting deportation proceedings for immigrants who are no longer allowed to remain in the United States,” said Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The new rules are expected to be finalized no later than the November election after several months of opinion-gathering.

Failure to stop at a pedestrian crossing will cause a fine.

As pedestrian deaths continue to occur recently, in Fairfax County, Virginia, large fines will be imposed if pedestrians do not stop when crossing a crosswalk without a traffic light. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passed a stronger ordinance on the 7th to improve pedestrian safety.

Previously, vehicles only had to give way to pedestrians when they crossed the crosswalk, and in case of violation, fines ranging from $100 to $500 were imposed depending on the severity of the violation, but now they must completely stop until the pedestrian crosses the crosswalk, and in case of violation, you may be subject to a fine of $500 or more.

According to the county’s action, all existing traffic signs with the phrase ‘yield to pedestrians’ will be changed to ‘stop for pedestrians.’