A dozen Israelis – women and children – were set free by Hamas and entered Israel after being held for a week. Israel released 33 Palestinians in return.
Extension of the hiatus in fighting raised hopes for a more extended or even permanent armistice between the two sides. An estimated 2.3 Palestinians remain in Gaza, with an estimated three-quarters of them driven from their homes by Israeli military action.
The U.S. will reportedly push to keep the cease-fire in place until all hostages and prisoners are released.
Suspect charged in killing 3 Palestinians
In the aftermath of the shootings of three Palestinian students in the college town of Burlington, Vermont over the weekend, police have arrested Jason J. Eaton 48.
He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. He is charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder.
Additional charges may be levied if it’s determined that the shootings were “hate” crimes. If convicted Eaton faces life in prison.
The three men, all 20, were shot Saturday evening while out for a walk. The gunman’s bullets hit one of the three in the spine, one in the chest and one in his “backside.”
Supply chain and inflation matters
In an effort to curb inflation and improve the availability of consumer goods, President Joe Biden on Monday unveiled many new policies aimed at lowering prices and building up the nation’s supply chains.
The new White House Council on Supply Chain Resilience convened with 30 new efforts to clear certain roadblocks in the movement of goods to businesses and consumers.
Problems with the supply chain peaked during the coronavirus pandemic, fueling inflation. Although inflation is now down to an historically low 3.4 percent, many voters still feel squeezed by the economy, a feeling that may be weighing down Biden’s polling numbers.
Sports: Lakers slammed by 76ers
The Sixers were led by Tyrese Maxey with 31 points and Joel Embid with 30. He also had 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
LeBron James scored 18 points for the Lakers, followed by Anthony Davis with 17.
By outscoring the Lakers 40-14, Philadelphia (12-5) pulled away in the fourth quarter. With the loss, the Lakers are 10-8 and in eighth place in the NBA Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Clippers are at home, hosting the Denver Nuggets.
Weather: Get ready to get chilly
Get ready for some (relatively) cool weather for our West Orange County area this week. Tuesday will start off very typical with a daytime high of 73 and an overnight low of 49. However, on Wednesday, the thermometer will dive to 66 during the day and ring in at 51 at night. Skies will be partly cloudy. Thursday will be similar at 66 (50) with mostly cloudy skies. There will be a slight warming on Friday and Saturday with a high of 67 during the day and lows of 44 and 45 overnight.