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Should children go back to school this fall? If so, how? What is the risk? What is the plan? These are the unanswered questions that parents, administrators, and local leaders have as uncertainty continues to weave over the coming school year. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos did little to clear things up when she refused to say whether schools would follow US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on reopening. In a CNN interview, she called the guidelines “flexible”
; and said “small blobs or hot spots” would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. DeVos, President Trump and other people in the White House have aggressively pushed for children to return to school in person this fall, although there are no clear plans for things that, say, testing or teacher safety. Some schools instead plan on a hybrid model where students will attend classes a few days a week.
3. Hong Kong
About 600,000 Hong Kong citizens lost burning conditions, a new wave of coronavirus infections and government warnings that they could break the law to cast their votes in the primary election for the city’s Democratic opposition over the weekend. The opposition camp hopes to gain a historic majority in parliament. It has been less than two weeks since China implemented the restrictive new national security legislation in the autonomous city, and the government has already hinted that it can use the law to prevent potentially dozens of opposition candidates from the general election. But this weekend’s massive turnout has inspired cautious optimism. Poland also voted this weekend in its presidential election. Current President Andrzej Duda has declared victory in the contest, but his challenger Rafal Trzaskowski has refused to admit, saying the race is still too close to call.
You thought the economy was already bad? Prepare yourself. Larger companies are getting ready to release their revenues in the second quarter and the number is expected to be even worse. Analysts predict that profits for the S&P 500 fell nearly 45% during the quarter, which would be the biggest decline since a 69% rise during the depth of the major recession in the fourth quarter of 2008. Investors are hoping for a robust recovery early next year. There is also a new economic danger for low-income Americans. Many states implemented freezes on shutdowns of use when pandemic restrictions were at their peak. Although the pandemic is still raging, the moratoriums are lifted, which can cause countless low-income people and unemployed households without electricity, water and other necessities.
5. Fall 2020
Texas? A swing state ?! That is what a new election survey suggests. President Trump is neck and neck with Vice President Joe Biden in three major states he won in 2016, according to a set of CBS News / YouGov polls. In Texas, Trump leads Biden 46% to 45% – a narrow margin that turns the historically red state into an election rate. (A Democratic presidential candidate has not won Texas since 1976.) The other danger zones for Trump: Arizona, where he and Biden are tied, and Florida, where his prevalence has dropped to 48% versus Biden’s 42%. The new opinion poll is also not an outlier. Eight opinion polls have been released publicly since the beginning of June. The overall conclusion is that Biden and Trump are basically bonded and previously untouchable states are now fertile land.
Actress Kelly Preston has died after battling breast cancer
The 57-year-old was married to John Travolta.
Turkey converts the famous Hagia Sophia back into a mosque
The iconic structure had served as a museum since 1934.
USC will remove its John Wayne show following the actor’s racist comments in an online interview
They are not the only ones who make the move to respond to the comments, which were published in Playboy 1971.
Trump proposed to sell Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, reports the New York Times
Don’t worry, the idea was not taken seriously after the President raised it.
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The skins actually do
The Washington Redskins are reportedly announcing today that they are renaming after decades of controversy. No word on the new name, which will not be rolled out until a later date (given brand problems and all).
It’s been so long since the last federal execution. That will change today following the execution of federal prisoner Daniel Lewis Lee, pending an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. His execution in Arkansas was temporarily suspended last week after his victim’s family filed a lawsuit requesting a delay due to the pandemic – and their fear of being exposed while witnessing the execution.
Quote of the day
“We need people to understand why they do it and we need people to understand how they benefit from it … US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who said that all mask mandates, whether state or federal, must be rolled out with educational initiatives. Not only would additional information help people to be safer with the requirement, he said, it would also increase compliance. “
United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who said that any mask mandate, whether at the state or federal level, should be rolled out with educational initiatives. Additional information would not only help people to be safer with the requirement, he said, it would also increase compliance.
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Happy Monday, here’s a cat video
Sometimes you feel like a cat trying to go over egg cartons, you know? (Click here to view.)