CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 2,094,069 and the death toll stands at 115,732, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. Alabama reported a record number of new cases for the fourth day in a row yesterday. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina all had record numbers of new cases in the past three days. Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci says he doesn’t expect a return to “real normality” until next year. He says bans on international travel some other restrictions put in place could remain in place until a vaccine is developed.
PROTESTS CALL ATTENTION TO BLACK TRANS KILLINGS… Continuing nationwide protests yesterday addressed violence on Black transsexuals. Black Trans Lives Matter rallies followed last week’s murders of two black trans women in Philadelphia and Cincinnati. The killings raised the number of reported murders of trans and gender non-conforming people to 14 since the start of the year. The Human Rights Campaign says the number of deaths of trans people is likely undercounted.
ATLANTA COP FIRED… The Atlanta Police Department has fired the officer who fatally shot a Black man outside a Wendy’s restaurant on Friday night. A second officer has been placed on administrative leave. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed yesterday that an autopsy showed that 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks died of two gunshot wounds to the back and listed his cause of death as homicide.
CALIFORNIA POLICE UNIONS UNVEIL REFORM PROPOSALS… Three California police unions have unveiled proposed reform guidelines to improve “outcomes” between police and their communities. The guidelines were released by Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose police unions in response to nearly three weeks of worldwide protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Measures include the establishment of a national database listing officers who have been fired for gross misconduct, a stricter use-of-force standard and recurring crisis intervention training.
GROUND BEEF RECALL… The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced yesterday that a New Jersey company has recalled nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with a strain of E. coli. Officials say the ground beef from Lakeside Refrigerated Services was sent to retailers nationwide and bear the establishment number “EST. 46841.” The issue was discovered during routine FSIS testing and there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions to consumption of the products.
‘JAMES BOND’ FILM GETS RELEASE DATE… The next James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” will open November 20 in theaters. The spy thriller stars Daniel Craig as Secret Agent 007. His co-stars include Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Jeffrey Wright and Naomie Harris. The film was originally set to be released in April but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
LIL BABY TOPS ALBUM CHART… Lil Baby’s “My Turn” sold 65,000 copies to reclaim the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Last week’s champ, Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica,” slipped into second place with 64,000 units sold. Gunna’s “Wunna” rose to third place on sales of 39,000 copies. Future’s “High Off Life” jumped a spot into third place with 38,000 units sold. Drake’s “Dark Lane Demo Tapes” capped the top five with 37,000 copies sold.
BERGER WINS PGA EVENT… Daniel Berger won the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge yesterday in a playoff over Collin Morikawa. Berger’s birdie at the last hole of regulation slammed the door on a 15-under 265. Xander Schauffele, Jason Kokrak, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Rose were a stroke back.