La Liga – the Spanish football league – likewise returns to action today, with indoor games scheduled every single day through July.
The first round of the MLB Draft was held entirely online last night, with the remaining four rounds taking place later today.
“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
– Stephen Richards
What Have The Protests Achieved So Far?
Nationwide demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death continued into their 16th day yesterday. An estimated 970 protests have taken place across ~400 cities (as of Tuesday).
Game Changer Recent protests have contributed to the following state and local government changes:
New Yorkpassed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act on Monday. Denver, Dallas, D.C., Houston, and Minneapolisalso banned chokeholds and other forms of similar neck restraint.
The Dallas Police Department adopted a “duty to intervene” policy last Thursday, requiring police to act when they see other officers engaging in inappropriate use of force. Similar phrasing was adopted in Charlotte, NC.
Confederate monuments from Richmond to Louisville were removed in the wake of the demonstrations.
Federal proposals have also emerged. Democrats in the House and Senate introduced the Justice in Policing Act on Monday.
The proposed bill would require national police certifications and a data registry to track officer misconduct. It would also declare lynching a federal hate crime, and ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases.
Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI) pledged to introduce a House bill to end qualified immunity for police, clearing a pathway for plaintiffs to receive damages after civil rights violations.
The U.S. governmentannounced plans to fund and conduct studies on three experimental COVID-19 vaccines this summer. The studies will begin with Moderna’s candidate in July, then AstraZeneca’s in August, and finally Johnson & Johnson’s in September.
The U.S. government recorded a $1.88 trillion deficit through the first eight months of the 2020 budget year – already the largest annual shortfall in American history.
Georgia To Investigate Voting Issues
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger yesterday announced an investigation into widespread voting issues in Tuesday’s primary. Voters in two Atlanta counties reportedly faced hours-long lines due to problems with new voting machines and a lack of available ballots.
South Korea on Wednesday said it will press charges against two defector activist groups for sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets into North Korea. The move comes a day after North Korea threatened to sever all communication with South Korea due to the leaflets.
More: For years, South Korean defector activist groups have flown hot-air balloons over North Korea to drop pamphlets that criticize leader Kim Jong Un for his oppressive regime.
Starbuckssaid it expects to lose more than $3 billion in revenue in its fiscal quarter ending June 28.
NASCAR on Wednesday banned the display of Confederate flags at all of the company’s events and properties.
Simon Property Groupannounced plans to terminate its $3.6 billion deal to acquire fellow landlord Taubman Centers, citing COVID-19 concerns. Taubman is expected to contest the termination.
Join The Grub Club
Grubhub will merge with European food delivery company Just Eat Takeaway.com, both companies announced on Wednesday. The deal – which values Grubhub at roughly $7.3 billion – is expected to close by the end of Q1 2021.
More: For the past year, Grubhub has held off-and-on merger talks with Uber. According to CNBC, the ride-hailing service ultimately pulled out of the potential deal Wednesday morning due to antitrust concerns.
Even More: Here’s a breakdown of the U.S. meal delivery industry by market share: Doordash – 42%, Grubhub – 28%, Uber Eats – 20%, Postmates – 9%.
Amazon implemented a one-year ban on police use of Rekognition – its facial recognition technology – on Wednesday. The company said it hopes the one-year moratorium will give Congress enough time to implement stronger regulations governing the ethical use of the technology.
More: The move comes a day after IBM CEO Arvind Krishna in a letter to Congress said the company will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology.
Some Good News
Greg Dailey has woken up at 4 a.m. every day for the past 25 years to work his second job delivering newspapers. Since stay-at-home orders forced the closure of his frame shop, his newspaper route through East Windsor, New Jersey, has become his primary source of income.
After an 88-year-old customer asked him to deliver the paper closer to her front door for fear of exposure to the virus, Greg realized that he could provide more than periodicals. Over the past two months, Greg has made over 500 trips to the grocery store for elderly patrons along his route, distributing the food to customers for free.
Loyal To The Red White & Blue
When Corporal Byung Kang of the U.S. Marines was stationed in Afghanistan in 2011, he volunteered to work as an IED detection dog handler, partnering with a black Labrador named Blue. Throughout 300 combat missions, the courageous canine saved Byung and his fellow servicemen from countless deadly IED blasts.
When Byung and Blue parted ways, the marine promised to give the heroic hound the comfortable life she deserved. He fulfilled his word six years later by adopting the retired military dog, who has since been honored for her service by the United States War Dogs Association.
Hearts & Crafts
To give his daughter a break from sheltering in place, Tom Rutledge of Simsbury, Connecticut, took her for a tour of his company’s nearby woodshop. Inspired by the workplace, the 10-year-old Macy declared that she wanted to use her father’s machinery to make a sign thanking essential workers for their service during the pandemic.
When Tom’s family placed Macy’s heart-shaped creation in their front yard, requests from neighbors poured in, asking for a sign of their own. The Rutledge family has made nearly 1,000 of the supportive symbols to date, raising $11,000 for MakerspaceCT, an organization that 3D-prints face shields for local medical facilities.
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🌳 I Speak For The Trees… the Ethiopian government has committed to planting 5 billion tree seedlings by the end of 2020, and hopes to plant 20 billion in total over the next four years.
☀️ The Solar Express… researchers at the Solar Energy Research Institute in Singapore found double-sided solar panels that track the sun’s position can produce up to one-third more energy than conventional solar methods.
👨💼 Identity Theft Is Not A Joke, Jim… synthetic identity theft, or “Frankenstein fraud,” is when a cybercriminal creates an entirely new synthetic identity that is more difficult to trace than ordinary identity theft. And it’s costing U.S. companies more than $6 billion each year.
📁 Cold Case Closed… Swedish prosecutors finally closed the case on the 1986 assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme, announcing the likely culprit (who is deceased) on Wednesday.
What percentage of the Sahara Desert is covered by sand dunes?
A) 99% B) 45% C) 81% D) 15%
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The third-largest desert in the world (behind Antarctica and the Arctic), the Sahara covers 3.6 million square miles – nearly a third of the African continent. The Sahara is most famous for its 600-foot-high sand dune fields, which span roughly 15 percent of the desert.