Kari Lake wins GOP nomination for governor; Students face lingering challenges from COVID-19; First Friday in downtown Phoenix

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A look at some of today's top stories, the weather forecast and a peek back in history.

Kari Lake turns her more than two-decade career as a newscaster in Phoenix into political success as she wins GOP governor primary.

Students return to in-person learning after more than two years of intermittent remote learning, quarantines and other learning disruptions.

First Friday in downtown Phoenix is tonight. Here's what to look for at Modified Arts, Heard Museum, Grand Avenue, Five15Arts.

Today, you can expect sun, with a high near 104 degrees. It'll be partly cloudy at night, with a low near 86 degrees. Get the full forecast here.

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Today in history

  • On this date in 1953, Operation Big Switch began as remaining prisoners taken during the Korean War were exchanged at Panmunjom.

  • In 1962, South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was arrested on charges of leaving the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike; it was the beginning of 27 years of imprisonment. Movie star Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from “acute barbiturate poisoning.”

  • In 1964, U.S. Navy pilot Everett Alvarez Jr. became the first American flier to be shot down and captured by North Vietnam; he was held prisoner until February 1973.

  • In 2010, the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan, 63-37, as the Supreme Court’s 112th justice and the fourth woman in its history. Thirty-three workers were trapped in a copper mine in northern Chile after a tunnel caved in (all were rescued after being entombed for 69 days).

  • In 2012, a gunman opened fire, killing six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee before shooting himself dead during an exchange of fire with one of the first officers to respond. The robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt pulled away from the pack and crossed the finish line to claim consecutive gold medals in the marquee track and field event at the Summer Games in London. Britain’s Andy Murray cruised past Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the men’s tennis singles final. Serena and Venus Williams won the women’s doubles title.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: AZ Briefing: Kari Lake wins GOP nomination for governor