The Rundown for July 4, 2019

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!… Americans are celebrating the Fourth of July with nationwide celebrations today. They will honor the 243rd anniversary of the Continental Congress adopting the Declaration of Independence with parades, barbecues and fireworks. Major events are planned for Washington, D.C., New York and Boston, among other cities.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO RENEW CENSUS QUESTION… A Justice Department lawyer indicated yesterday that the Trump administration will continue trying to add the citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The announcement comes a week after the Supreme Court halted the plan to include the question on a survey sent to every U.S. household because it lacked justification. According to the Washington Post, Justice Department lawyers are seeking a rationale for adding the question. On Tuesday, administration officials said printing of the 2020 Census was moving forward without the citizenship question.

JUDGE BLOCKS OHIO ABORTION LAW… A federal judge yesterday blocked Ohio from enforcing a new law that would have banned most abortions in the state. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in Cincinnati issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the “Heartbeat Protection Act,” which would have outlawed abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Judge Barrett ruled that the law imposed an unconstitutional “undue burden” on a woman’s right to obtain a pre-viability abortion.

PEDIATRICIAN REPORTS CHILDREN LIVING IN SQUALOR… A pediatrician who visited a Border Patrol warehouse in McAllen, Texas, told The Atlantic that she saw sick, traumatized children living in squalor and going without sufficient care. Dolly Lucio Sevier said 38 of the children told her they were not permitted to wash their hands or brush their teeth while they were detained. She also said about two-thirds of the children she saw had signs of respiratory infection, and others had symptoms of “sleep deprivation, dehydration, and malnutrition.”

JUDGE DENIES EL CHAPO’S REQUEST FOR A NEW TRIAL… A federal judge in Brooklyn has denied Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s request for a new trial and an evidentiary hearing based on alleged juror misconduct. Court documents indicate U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan’s denials came despite a news report that jurors followed the 11-week trial in the media in violation of a judge’s orders. Cogan said there “is no indication that this news coverage was prejudicial to defendant in any way.” The 61-year-old Guzman was convicted in February of leading “the largest drug-trafficking organization in the world” after six days of deliberation.

BURNED WHISKEY… A fire that broke out Tuesday night at a Jim Beam facility in Kentucky consumed two barrel houses and destroyed some 45,000 barrels of bourbon. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which continued into yesterday at the plant in Versailles. Investigators say the fire started in a building where bourbon is stored as it ages.

HALLE BAILEY JOINS ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’… R&B singer Halle Bailey has signed on to play Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of the animated classic “The Little Mermaid.” Bailey will be joining a cast that already includes actors Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay. Melissa McCarthy is also reportedly in talks to play the film’s iconic villain Ursula. The new film will include songs from the 1989 original animated film along with new ones.

COMEDIAN ARTE JOHNSON DIES… Comedian Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy Award in 1969 for his work in the 1960s NBC comedy series “Laugh-In,” died of a heart attack yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 90. Johnson also appeared in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” and co-starred in the 1979 comedy film “Love at First Bite.”

WASHINGTON 3 – Miami 1… Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg (10-4) pitched two-hit ball over 7-1/3 innings and struck out 14. Brian Dozier homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the sixth inning and Matt Adams drilled a solo blast in the eighth.

CINCINNATI 3 – Milwaukee 0… Sonny Gray (5-5) limited the Brewers to four hits and fanned 12 over eight innings. Reds closer Raisel Iglesias completed the shutout. Yasiel Puig homered and lifted a sacrifice fly.

ATLANTA 9 – Philadelphia 2… The Braves got three-run homers from Josh Donaldson and Austin Riley, along with a solo blast from Matt Joyce, in cruising past the Phillies. Bryce Wilson (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

PITTSBURGH 6 – Chi. Cubs 5… The Pirates pushed across two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Cubs. Corey Dickerson’s sacrifice fly scored Jung Ho Kang with the winning run. Josh Bell doubled home a run and homered. Melky Cabrera belted a two-run homer.

San Francisco 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… Evan Longoria and Corey Dickerson hit back-to-back homers during a three-run top of the third inning and the Giants scored four times in the sixth to put away the Padres. Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Arizona 4 (10 innings)… Cody Bellinger’s second homer of the night came with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and gave the Dodgers their fifth straight walkoff win. Matt Beaty singled home Enrique Hernandez with a tying run in the ninth.

Detroit 7 – CHI. WHITE SOX 5… James McCann, Yolmer Sanchez and Ryan Cordell each had two hits and two RBIs in leading the Tigers past the White Sox in the opener of a doubleheader.

CHI. WHITE SOX 9 – Detroit 6 (12 innings)… Jose Abreu’s three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the White Sox a split of the twinbill. Yoan Moncada’s two solo homers included a game-tying blast in the 10th. Ryan Cordell also homered twice.

TORONTO 6 – Boston 3… Danny Jansen and Brandon Drury hit two-run homers and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added a solo shot as the Blue Jays doubled up on the Red Sox. Freddy Galvis went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.

Baltimore 9 – TAMPA BAY 6… Rio Ruiz put the Orioles on the board with a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Renato Nunez added a three-run blast to cap a six-run ninth.

L.A. Angels 6 – TEXAS 2… Mike Trout homered twice and drove in four runs to power the Angels past the Rangers. Jaime Barria (3-2) allowed two runs on four hits over five innings.

Cleveland 4 – KANSAS CITY 0… Mike Clevinger (2-2) held the Royals to four hits over six innings and two relievers completed the shutout. Carlos Santana hit a solo homer and Roberto Perez added a two-run blast.

Minnesota  4 – OAKLAND 3 (12 innings)… Mitch Garver’s second RBI single of the game scored Byron Buxton with a go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning and the Twins held on to outlast the Athletics. Jorge Polanco tied the game with an eighth-inning homer.

N.Y. Yankees 5 – N.Y. METS 1… Didi Gregorius and Gio Ureshela smacked solo homers for the Yankees. Gleyber Torres stroked a pair of run-scoring singles.

Houston 4 – COLORADO 2… Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel smacked solo homers for the Astros. Wade Miley (7-4) gave up a run on five hits over six innings.

St. Louis 5 – SEATTLE 2… Pinch-hitter Tommy Edman hit a tie-breaking three-run homer as the Cardinals scored all five runs in the top of the ninth inning to stun the Mariners.

Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 1-2) is at Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 4-6)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 7-3) hosts Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 10-2)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jose Quintana, 5-7) are at Pittsburgh (Jordan Lyles, 5-4)…
Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 9-1) hosts Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 7-7)…
San Diego (Eric Lauer, 5-7) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 9-2)

Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 3-3) is at Kansas City (Homer Bailey, 7-6)…
the Chi. White Sox (TBA) host Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 5-6)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 8-4) is at Oakland (Tanner Anderson, 0-3)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 7-4)
Boston (Rick Porcello, 5-7) is at Toronto (Marcus Stroman, 5-9)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 10-4) hosts the L.A. Angels (TBA)

St. Louis (Michael Wacha, 5-4) is at Seattle (TBA)

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