Good morning. With another week coming to a close, here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend:
UFC Fight Night will take place this Saturday, featuring an 11-fight card.
The Pride March celebrates its 50th anniversary on Sunday. Read more about the original 1970 event here.
National Sunglasses Day is Saturday. Go get that Vitamin D! ☀️🕶️
“Sucking at something is the first step at being sorta good at something.”
– Jake the Dog, Adventure Time
An Update On COVID-19 In The U.S.
Cases are increasing in 29 states, remaining level in 10, and decreasing in 11 (as of yesterday). Wednesday’s total of 38,000+ new U.S. infections is the highest single-day increase to-date.
A deeper dive… The recent spike in cases has been attributed largely to people under 35 in several states, including California and Texas. A few other updates:
More than 60% of inpatient hospital beds are occupied in 33 states across the West Coast, Southeast, and East Coast. ICUs in many southern states are at greater than 70% capacity (view the full map here).
According to new estimates from the CDC, U.S. cases may be 10x higher than reported – which would mean at least 23 million people have contracted the virus. Blood sample data revealed that for every confirmed case, ten more individuals had COVID-19 antibodies.
What’s Next? On Monday, Louisiana committed to remaining in the second phase of their reopening plans due to a spike in cases.
Texas also paused their reopening process yesterday and pledged to make more hospital space available for COVID-19 patients. Since the beginning of June, the number of Texans hospitalized with the virus has doubled.
NYC is on track to enter phase 3 of its reopening plan on July 6th. Hospitalizations in the state fell below 1,000 yesterday for the first time since mid-March.
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Protest & Coronavirus Updates
Global cases rose to nearly 9.67 million yesterday (up ~160k from yesterday), with over 488,900 deaths (up ~5.1k). The number of confirmed U.S. cases rose to nearly 2.50 million (up ~40k), with 124,852 confirmed deaths (up ~617).
The Government Accountability Officereported on Thursday that the U.S. Treasury delivered $1.4 billion worth of stimulus checks to more than 1 million dead Americans.
The CDC expanded its list of who is most at risk for COVID-19 to include younger people with obesity and other medical conditions.
NASCAR released a picture of the ‘noose’ found in Bubba Wallace’s garage. View it here.
The Housepassed a sweeping police reform bill late Thursday in a 236-181 vote – largely along party lines.
The Supreme Court sided with the Trump Administration on Thursday, authorizing the deportation of immigrants without an appeal if they are discovered less than 100 miles from the border within two weeks of entering. The 7-2 decision means that asylum-seekers whose initial claims are denied cannot appeal the decision to a federal court.
The Senate passed a sanctions bill by unanimous consent yesterday, targeting people or companies that back China’s proposed national security law. The bill also imposes mandatory sanctions against banks that do business with individuals or companies that support the legislation.
More: Beijing’s new national security law effectively overturns the “one country, two systems” principle that has governed Hong Kong since it was handed over to China by the UK in 1997.
German payments firm Wirecard filed for insolvency Thursday after an audit revealed ~$2.1 billion in cash on the company’s balance sheet had gone missing. On Monday, Wirecard confirmed the money – which represented about one-quarter of its balance sheet – was missing, and CEO Markus Braun turned himself in to German authorities.
Ticket To Glide
Virgin Galactic successfully completed the second test of its VSS Unity spacecraft on Thursday. The craft was taken up to the stratosphere and then released by a modified Boeing 747 (called VSS Eve), after which the Unity performed an unpowered glide flight down to Earth. The spacecraft – which hopes to eventually carry tourists to the edge of space – will carry out a powered test flight later this year.
More space news: Elon Musk showed off two of SpaceX’s massive Starship fuel tanks yesterday (photo).
Beat The Heat
Don Rosario has sold paletas – a type of Mexican ice pop – on the East Side of Chicago for more than 50 years. Now seventy years old, Rosario has rolled his refrigerated cart past parks and outdoor parties each day since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
When Rosario pushed his cart by Michelangelo Mosqueda’s family gathering last Sunday morning, the group bought all of his remaining paletas – allowing him to escape the heat and return home for Father’s Day. The family also launched a GoFundMe campaign to support Rosario’s retirement, raising $40,000 for the venerable vendor in just one day.
The Man In The Hero Mask
After his mother Lynda passed away from cancer in 2009, Yuri Williams, a youth corrections officer in LA, entered a period of immense grief. Seeking an escape from his inner turmoil, Yuri decided to start wearing a mask – long before anyone had heard of COVID-19.
Dressed as comic book superheroes Spiderman or Deadpool, Yuri visits children battling cancer in hospitals around the country through his non-profit organization, A Future Superhero and Friends. This real-life superhero, who has uplifted sick children in all 50 states, also delivers groceries and clothing to the homeless.
Lost & Found
Over the past three years, Debi Blaney of Washington, D.C., and her dog, Finn, have become inseparable. Sticking through a cross-country move, a divorce, and the onset of a pandemic, the faithful Finn has always been by Debi’s side – until one day in May, when Finn ran away.
Following a community-wide search effort, Finn was found and reunited with Debi a week after his disappearance. The campaign to find the canine, which involved hundreds of fliers and phone calls, united an army of sympathetic neighbors, students, and spiritual leaders.
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🐒 Monkeying Around… in the city of Lopburi, Thailand, some 6,000 macaques (a type of monkey) reportedly rule the streets after tourist shortages led to a lack of food, turning them violent.
👩🏿🚀 Not-So-Hidden Figure… NASA on Wednesday announced the agency’s headquarters in D.C. will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first black female engineer at NASA (and one of the main characters in Hidden Figures).
💎 Uncut Gems… a Tanzanian miner recently became an overnight millionaire by selling two Tanzanite gemstones – the largest ever found in the country – for $3.4 million.
🎵 Dixie Deleted… the 13-time Grammy-winning band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks has decided to drop the “Dixie” from their name, becoming simply the Chicks.
For The Best
What film is the only remake to win an Academy Award for Best Picture?
A) The Departed B) The King’s Speech C) Gladiator D) True Grit
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