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Start your week smart: Ukraine, Australia, Half marathon death, Tornado, Jif recall

This Fourth of July weekend is shaping up to be quieter than most. Much of the US is likely to see the chance of rain through Monday, putting a damper on fireworks displays. It’ll be a different story in the West, where severe drought conditions have led many cities to cancel fireworks shows altogether due to the risk of sparking wildfires.

Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

The weekend that was

• Russia is claiming to have taken control of Lysychansk, the last city in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine that was still under Ukrainian control. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that the military had taken over Lysychansk and a number of nearby settlements, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense.

• Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate southwest Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, with torrential rain and damaging winds pounding the east coast and threatening floods in areas that were hammered in March.

• Uvalde school district police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo has resigned his separate position on the Uvalde city council in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in May, according to a resignation letter he sent to the city. 

• A large group of people carrying flags and shields marched along downtown Boston’s Freedom Trail on Saturday, according to the Boston Police Department – and video footage of the group obtained by CNN shows the flags bearing the symbol of the White nationalist Patriot Front group.

• Covid lockdowns in China resulted in a rare drop in production and sales for Tesla in the second quarter. The electric automaker reported that completed sales dropped nearly 18%, to about 255,000 vehicles in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year. Production fell 15% to 259,000.

The week ahead


Happy Independence Day! It’s the 246th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. All non-essential federal, state and city government offices will be closed in the US, along with banks, schools, stock and bond markets, and post offices.

Victoria Day will also be celebrated across Canada on Monday. The holiday began as a celebration to honor Queen Victoria, who ruled Great Britain and Ireland for most of the 19th century. The day unofficially signals the start of summer for many Canadians, and it is celebrated with parades and fireworks in some cities.


On May 24, primaries will be held in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas. In Texas, a closely watched runoff will decide Republicans’ nominee for state attorney general after incumbent Ken Paxton fell short of clinching a majority in the March primary. Former President Donald Trump has also been closely monitoring the Alabama Senate race between Rep. Mo Brooks, Army veteran Mike Durant and Katie Britt, a former aide to retiring GOP Sen. Richard Shelby. In Georgia, former Vice President Mike Pence is rallying support for Gov. Brian Kemp as the Republican incumbent seeks to fend off a May 24 primary challenge from Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue. The decision by Pence to campaign for one of Trump’s top GOP targets marks yet another break with his former boss. A special primary election is also set to occur to succeed former Minnesota Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who died in February after battling kidney cancer. He was 59.


Wednesday is National Wine Day! Whether it’s red, white, rose or sparkling, find time to relax and curl up with your favorite glass. Cheers!

Amid a backdrop of soaring inflation, a stock market that’s reeling, and a slowdown in economic growth, the government will release its employment report for June on Friday. Job growth has been a rare bright spot for an economy decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Employers added 390,000 jobs in May and 436,000 in April.

Want more 5 Things?

This week on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, CNN’s Alexandra Field takes us to Missouri to examine how the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is playing out on the ground in the Midwest. Listen here

Photos of the week

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What’s happening in entertainment

Celebrate with CNN!

Squeezed by competition from streaming services, the major broadcast networks unveiled their revised fall lineups last week largely built around the notion that sticking with the schedule you know is safer than trying a whole bunch of unproven series. CNN’s Brian Lowry says the networks will be adding relatively few new programs in the fall, and in many instances will make what’s old new again – relying on spinoffs and reboots with built-in name identification.

Josh Duggar sentencing

Former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who was found guilty late last year of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday and faces up to 20 years in prison. Duggar is the oldest son of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, whose large family and devout conservative Christian upbringing were the subject of the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.”

‘Obi Wan Kenobi’

The original Jedi Master is back in the latest offering from Disney+. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” – a limited series in which Ewan McGregor reprises his role from the second “Star Wars” trilogy – lands on Friday.

What’s happening in sports

Preakness Stakes

Early Voting won the 147th Preakness Stakes yesterday – the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The horse, with odds of 5-1, put on a strong finish, passing runners-up Epicenter and Creative Minister down the stretch. Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike did not run in the race after owner Rick Dawson decided the horse needed more time to rest between races. Rich Strike is expected to run at the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 11.

PGA Championship

The final round of the PGA Championship, one of professional golf’s four majors, begins this morning at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rookie Mito Pereira currently sits atop the leaderboard at 9 under par. Masters champion and world No.1 Scottie Scheffler finished at 6 over par on Friday, missing the cut. Tiger Woods withdrew from the championship late yesterday after struggling in his third round, carding his career-worst score at the event – a 9 over par 79.

NBA playoffs

The NBA playoffs continue later today with the Golden State Warriors taking on the Dallas Mavericks. The Miami heat face the Boston Celtics on Monday.

NHL playoffs

Round 2 of the NHL playoffs continues later today with the Carolina Hurricanes facing off against the New York Rangers, followed by the Calgary Flames taking on the Edmonton Oilers.

French Open

The French Open tennis tournament began its qualifying rounds on May 16, but the real action gets underway today at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. The French Open is one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.

Indianapolis 500

The 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” is set to take place next Sunday.

Quiz time!

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 46% of fellow quiz fans have gotten an 8 out of 10 or better this week. How well can you do?

Play me off

‘America the Beautiful’

Channel your inner Whitney Houston with this happy, carefree tune! (Click here to view