The Rundown for July 3, 2018

RULING ON ASYLUM-SEEKERS… A federal judge yesterday ordered the Department of Homeland Security to determine whether to grant asylum-seekers parole from immigration detention on an individual basis. Judge James Boasberg, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s practice of making blanket decisions. The ruling came at the conclusion of a class-action lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed on behalf of nine asylum seekers who were denied parole despite being found to have “credible fear” of persecution in their home countries.

WHITE HOUSE WON’T LOWER FLAGS FOR ANNAPOLIS… The White House yesterday declined a request by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley to lower American flags to half-staff in honor of the five people killed in last week’s Capital Gazette newsroom shooting, according to the Baltimore Sun. The White House has ordered flags be lowered in the wake of other mass shootings, and Buckley noted in his request that what happened in Annapolis was “just as important as any other tragedy.” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered Maryland state flags to be lowered from Friday through Monday evening.

ARREST IN BOMBING PLOT… Authorities in Cleveland have arrested a man they say has been plotting to attack people watching Fourth of July fireworks and carry out additional bombings. 48-year-old Demetrius Pitts has been charged with trying to support terrorism. Federal authorities say he has expressed his support for al-Qaida for more than a year and planned to carry out the attacks in his hometown of Philadelphia.

KENTUCKIANS LOSE COVERAGE… Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s administration cut dental and vision coverage for nearly a half-million residents of the state after his Medicaid overhaul plan was rejected in court. The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services called the cuts an “unfortunate consequence” of the rejection. The governor’s action drew immediate condemnation from Democrats and advocates for the poor, who question its legality.


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE… A wildfire threatens homes and other structures as it continues to rage out of control in Northern California. The County Fire, which broke out Saturday in Yolo County, west of Sacramento, has consumed more than 50 square miles of grass, brush and dense scrub oak and was listed at only 3 percent containment as of yesterday afternoon. More than 1,200 firefighters aided by water-dropping helicopters have been battling the blaze.

CARDI B MAKES HISTORY… Cardi B’s summer hit “I Like It” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart to make her the only woman rapper in history with two No. 1 hits on the chart. She is also the first woman artist to top the Hot 100 with two singles from a debut album since Lady Gaga in 2009. Cardi B’s single “Bodak Yellow” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart last year.

WEINSTEIN FACING MORE CHARGES… Film producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted on three additional charges in New York yesterday. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office announced the new charges include “Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree for a forcible sexual act against a third woman in 2006,” along with two counts of “Predatory Sexual Assault.” Weinstein was previously charged with rape and criminal sexual acts stemming from alleged “forcible sexual acts” against women in 2004 and 2013.

COLORADO 5 – San Francisco 2… The Rockies came up with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and added two more in the eighth to overcome a 2-0 deficit and top the Giants. Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

St. Louis 6 – ARIZONA 3… Yadier Molina stroked a two-run single and homered with the bases empty as the Cardinals doubled up on the Diamondbacks. Carlos Martinez (5-4) surrendered two runs on six hits over six innings.

L.A. DODGERS 17 – Pittsburgh 1… The Dodgers used a 21-hit attack to wallop the Pirates. Matt Kemp went 5-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger also went deep for Los Angeles. Yasiel Puig had three hits and knocked in four runs. Alex Wood (5-5) held Pittsburgh to a run on six hits over six innings.

Detroit 3 – TORONTO 2 (10 innings)… Jose Iglesias’ sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning scored Niko Goodrum with a tie-breaking run and the Tigers held on to down the Blue Jays.

Cleveland 9 – KANSAS CITY 3… Francisco Lindor unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning and added a three-run homer in the sixth to power the Indians past the Royals. Corey Kluber (13-4) gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings.

Atlanta 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 3 (11 innings)… Ronald Acuna homered with a runner aboard in the top of the 11th inning to send the Braves past the Yankees. Johan Camargo smacked a solo homer for Atlanta.

Boston 4 – WASHINGTON 3… Rick Porcello (10-3) pitched and batted the Red Sox past the Nationals. He allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings on the mound and stroked a three-run triple off counterpart Max Scherzer (10-5). Mookie Betts added a solo homer.

CINCINNATI 5 – Chi. White Sox 3… Alex Blandino’s two-run double capped a four-run bottom of the eighth inning that carried the Reds past the White Sox. Scott Schebler homered to lead of the first.

MIAMI 3 – Tampa Bay 2 (10 innings)… Yadiel Rivera’s infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Brian Anderson with the winning run in the Marlins’ defeat of the Rays. J.T. Realmuto homered for Miami.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Minnesota 5 (10 innings)… The Brewers erased a 5-1 deficit in outlasting the Twins. Brad Miller drew a bases-loaded walk to score Manny Pina with the winning run. Pina homered with the bases empty for Milwaukee.

San Francisco (Stratton, 8-5) is at Colorado (Senzatela, 2-1)…
Arizona (Greinke, 8-5) hosts St. Louis (Flaherty, 3-3)…
Pittsburgh (Nova, 4-5) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 1-4)

Houston (Keuchel, 4-8) is at Texas (Bibens-Dirkx, 1-1)…
Kansas City (Duffy, 4-7) hosts Cleveland (Bieber,3-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 4-5) are at Seattle (LeBlanc, 3-0)

Detroit (Fulmer, 3-7) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 5-8)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 4-5) hosts Minnesota (Odorizzi, 3-5)…
Boston (Johnson, 1-2) is at Washington (Roark, 3-9)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Germán, 2-4) host Atlanta (Newcomb, 8-2)…
Baltimore (Cobb, 2-9) is at Philadelphia (Eflin, 6-2)…
Toronto (Estrada, 4-7) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 2-6)…
the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 5-7) are at Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 3-1)…
Miami (Richards, 2-5) hosts Tampa Bay (TBD)…
San Diego (Richard, 7-7) is at Oakland (Bassitt, 1-3)

NBA NEWS… DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly signed a one-year $5.3 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. Cousins suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury with New Orleans last year and is expected to return to action around the first of the year. He has averaged 26.5 points and 11.7 rebounds over the past three seasons… The Los Angeles Lakers signed point guard Rajon Rondo to a one year $9 million deal and renounced the rights to Julius Randle. Randle then agreed to a two-year $18 million with the Pelicans.

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