5 things to know for August 13: Coronavirus, elections, immigration, Belarus, Michigan

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Take coronavirus precautions or risk the worst drop in US public health history. This is the terrible new warning from Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That seems like a tall order when the United States averaged about 53,000 new cases a day last week. Since some schools reopened for in-person learning, more than 2,000 students, teachers and staff have been quarantined and at least 230 positive coronavirus cases have been reported in their districts. Around the world, millions of additional students could be at risk when they return to class. A new report from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund reveals that more than 800 million children do not have access to basic handwashing in school.

2. Election 2020

Kamala Harris is already bringing a big boost to Joe Biden’s campaign. The alleged Democratic presidential candidate said his campaign raised $ 26 million in the 24 hours since he appointed the California senator as running mate. Harris and Biden took the stage yesterday in Wilmington, Delaware, where Harris gave a dazzling speech denouncing President Trump and calling, among other things, for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. It could be a taste of the Vice Presidential Debate in October, when Harris takes on Vice President Mike Pence. (Oh, and by the way, her name is pronounced “comma-la.”

3. Immigration

Refugee admissions to the United States are resuming after a five-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The administration’s decision to end refugee admissions in March came after the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations refugee agency announced a temporary suspension of resettlement travel. Now, the State Department says refugee admissions will come with “significant COVID health measures in place.” Meanwhile, 52 major companies, including Apple, Facebook and Microsoft, have signed a court case criticizing recent Trump administration restrictions on visas that allow immigrants to work temporarily in the United States. The administration said the restrictions were the result of high unemployment due to the pandemic. Companies say boundaries prevent companies from finding the best talent.

4. Belarus

Belarus remains in turmoil after the controversial weekend elections that led to an alleged crushing victory for longtime President Alexander Lukashenko. Police cracked down on protesters, and authorities say 6,000 people were arrested and one person was killed. The stakes are also high for the United States. Lately, the Trump administration has tried to improve ties with the former Soviet republic to keep it from falling further under Russian influence. However, now that the United States has joined with European allies in contesting the outcome of Belarusian elections (as Moscow applauds Lukashenko’s victory), the future of these diplomatic efforts hangs in the balance.

5. University of Michigan

Another athlete said he was sexually assaulted by former University of Michigan doctor Dr. Robert Anderson. Two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks said he had “no words” for what Anderson did to him under the guise of routine physical exams. Anderson, who died in 2008, allegedly abused hundreds of students, most of them young men, during his time at university from 1968 to 2003. Several athletes, including a former Olympic wrestler, have come forward since police in the campus opened an investigation into Anderson. conduct in 2018. A lawyer for several athletes said the university was aware of the abuse but did not intervene. Anderson’s family disputed the allegations against him.

BROWSE THE BREAKFAST

It’s national left-handed day

This one is for all of the people with ink spots on their palms and extremely difficult relationships with scissors.

Birds and reptiles cry similar tears to humans, scientists say

Well, structurally similar. Not… emotionally… we think?

Finally, meat prices are falling, except for hot dogs

Sorry, you still pay a king’s ransom for your delicious processed meat tubes.

Sony Pictures hosts drive-in film screenings at its studio

It would be such a charming comeback without a major pandemic.

Orange County officials say August 24 is Kobe Bryant day

The legacy of the NBA legend lives on.

TODAY NUMBER

32

This is how many years the world’s glaciers have been melting at an alarming rate, according to scientific observations. A new report from the American Meteorological Society reveals that, among other dire climate figures, the past decade has been the hottest on Earth.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

” I hope not. People will die. “

House tenant Nancy Pelosi, when asked if she thought congressional stimulus talks would begin in September

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY …

Beluga look

It might not be a sure thing, but there’s a good chance watching animals listen to music will make your day better. (Click here to view.)

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