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5 things you need to know this morning: March, 27 2023

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Five planets will be visible in the sky Tuesday night

Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars will all be visible this week. The five planets are expected to form a line in the west sky just after sunset, according to NASA astronomers. The planetary alignment will be visible from anywhere on Earth. A pair of binoculars will help you see Mercury and Uranus.

2. Cities across the globe went dark for Earth Hour this weekend

The event, which started in Sydney, Australia, happens on the last Saturday of March. People, businesses and communities are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour. The gesture is meant to show a symbolic commitment to tackling climate change.

3. Death toll climbs to seven in US chocolate factory explosion

The explosion happened on Friday night in a small Pennsylvanian community of about 4,500 people. The community had been home to the R. M. Palmer Co. facility for more than six decades. The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined and an investigation is ongoing. Search and rescue volunteers have been working around the clock this weekend and the small community is planning a vigil this Friday.

4. Ukraine burgers Security Council meeting amid “atomic weapons” threat

Over the weekend, Ukraine’s government called for an emergency meeting with the UN’s security council after Russian president Vladimir Putin revealed plans to set up low yield atomic weapons in the neighbouring country of Belarus. Ukrainian officials are calling it “nuclear blackmail.” The US said it will monitor the situation while Germany called it “intimidation.”

5. German shepherd named mayor of Niagara Falls

On Friday, Jim Diodati named Pal the shepherd honorary mayor of the Ontario community. The dog has racked up a significant following on social media with over 700,000 followers. The dog’s popularity has been used to support a fundraising effort for the community’s kidney clinic. Pal’s owners and the City of Niagara hope the buzz of city hall ceremony will further bolster the effort

Thumbnail photo credit: City of Niagara Falls

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