The Rundown for July 2, 2019

BORDER OFFICIALS FEARED RIOTS OVER CONDITIONS… Internal documents indicate that U.S. agents at an El Paso, Texas border station feared riots by migrants being held in overcrowded and unsanitary cells and were “embarrassed” and “frustrated” by the detainees’ conditions. Inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security discovered during a May 7 visit that more than half of the 756 asylum-seeking immigrants being kept outside. Those kept inside were in cells packed at five times their capacity, according to the documents.

SIRIN-LIKE SUBSTANCE SENT TO FACEBOOK FACILITY… Authorities fear two people might have been exposed to sarin that was sent to a Facebook mailing facility in Menlo Park, California, yesterday. A building was evacuated while hazardous material teams conducted an investigation. An item has tested positive for the nerve agent but more testing is necessary to confirm the result.

STATES, D.C. SUE OVER ASBESTOS… A coalition of 10 states and Washington, D.C., are seeking increased regulation of cancer-causing asbestos in a lawsuit they have filed against the Environmental Protection Agency. The attorneys general accuse the EPA of ignoring their efforts to collect data on the importation and use of the toxic substance. In April, the EPA issued a new rule that allowed the agency to ban or restrict the use of certain asbestos products. Critics wanted the substance to be banned outright. States joined in the lawsuit include California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

KENTUCKY UNVACCINATED STUDENTS BAN UPHELD… The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s ban on unvaccinated students attending public schools during a contagious disease outbreak. The court upheld the lower Boone County Circuit Court’s ruling that the Northern Kentucky Health Department acted correctly by implementing the ban during a chickenpox outbreak at Assumption Academy in Walton. A student at the school had sued the health department after he and other unvaccinated students were banned from attending classes there.

ILLINOIS ORDER PROTECTS TRANSGENDER STUDENTS… Illinois Governor Jay Pritzker yesterday signed an executive order directing state schools to take “comprehensive action” to support and protect transgender students. In signing the order, the governor said he wants to “disrupt the patterns of discrimination” in Illinois classrooms. The order creates 25-member Affirming and Inclusive Schools Task Force and urges the state board of education to ensure every LGBT student is “supported and welcomed in their schools.”

KALEY CUOCO SIGNS WARNER BROS. DEAL… Actress Kaley Cuoco has signed an exclusive, multiyear agreement with Warner Brothers Television that includes a starring role in the upcoming drama “The Flight Attendant.” Cuoco will portray a flight attendant who unexpectedly becomes entangled in a murder mystery. The former “Big Bang Theory” actress will also serve as the series’ executive producer.

RACONTEURS TOP ALBUM CHART… The Raconteurs’ new release, “Help Us Stranger,” sold 88,000 units to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Lil Nas X’s “7” finished in second place after selling 77,000 units. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” remained at No. 3 on sales of 57,000 copies. Jonas Brothers’ “Happiness Begins” stayed in fourth place with 40,000 units sold. Khalid’s “Free Spirit” sold 36,000 copies to cap the top five.

PITTSBURGH 18 – Chi. Cubs 5… The Pirates used a 23-hit attack to throttle the Cubs. Josh Bell went 4-for-6 with three home runs and seven RBIs. Jung Ho Kang and Jose Osuna also went deep. Colin Moran went 5-for-5 and knocked in two runs.

Milwaukee 8 – CINCINNATI 6… Lorenzo Cain’s leadoff homer sparked a five-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Brewers past the Reds. Keston Hiura went deep to lead off the fifth. Christian Yelich’s two-run blast in the ninth proved to be the difference.

San Francisco 13 – SAN DIEGO 2… Kevin Pillar blasted a three-run homer for the Giants. Austin Slater tripled home a run and homered. Evan Longoria added an RBI double and solo homer. Buster Posey stroked a two-run double. Jeff Samardzija (5-7) allowed two runs on five hits over eight innings.

TORONTO 11 – Kansas City 4… Cavan Biggio and Randal Grichuk knocked in four runs apiece as the Blue Jays pounded the Royals on Canada Day in Toronto. Freddy Galvis smacked a pair of solo homers and Teoscar Hernandez hit another.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Baltimore 3… Kevin Kiermaier connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to help power the Rays past the Orioles. Ji-Man Choi drove in two runs with a pair of singles.

TYLER SKAGGS FOUND DEAD IN HOTEL ROOM… Last night’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers was postponed following the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Authorities called to the team’s hotel yesterday afternoon found the 27-year-old Skaggs unresponsive in his room. Police say there was no indication of foul play and an investigation is ongoing. Skaggs was a first-round pick of the Angels in the 2009 draft. L.A. traded him to Arizona before reacquiring him. He had a career record of 96-96 and an ERA of 4.41 over two seasons with the Diamondbacks and five with the Angels.

Miami (Zac Gallen, 0-1) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 7-5)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 6-7) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 7-5)…
Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 4-2) is at Cincinnati (Tanner Roark, 5-6)…
Atlanta (Dallas Keuchel, 1-1) hosts Philadelphia (Nick Pivetta, 4-2)…
Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 2-3) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 3-2)…
San Diego (Matt Strahm, 3-6) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Beede, 1-3)

Boston (David Price, 5-2) is at Toronto (Trent Thornton, 2-5)…
Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 8-2) hosts Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 3-10)…
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 3-4) are at Texas (Ariel Jurado, 5-3)…
the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 4-7) host Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 5-6)…
Cleveland (Trevor Bauer, 6-6) is at Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 4-7)…
Oakland (Daniel Mengden, 2-1) hosts Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 10-3)

the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 5-3) are at the N.Y. Mets (Zack Wheeler, 6-5)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 8-3) hosts Houston (Jose Urquidy, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 4-5) is at Seattle (Matt Carasiti, 0-0)

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