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PSA: Please stop microwaving your books to get rid of coronavirus

Some things, we suppose, just need to be spelled out. Here’s one: Do not microwave your books to get rid of the coronavirus. That’s the word from staffers at the Kent District Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A few days ago, the library received a book that appears to have been burnt in a microwave.…

2 Texas counties urge residents to shelter in place as hospitals reach capacity

Hospitals in at least two Texas counties are at full capacity heading into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with county judges urging residents to shelter in place. Judges in Starr and Hidalgo counties sent out emergency alerts Friday, warning residents that local hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley were at capacity. Judge Eloy Vera…

Transgender advocacy group launches Spanish language hotline service

After experiencing a surge in calls, a transgender advocacy group launched a Spanish language version of their hotline on Wednesday. Trans Lifeline, which started as a hotline in 2014 and is run by transgender volunteers, says it has witnessed a massive increase of Spanish speakers seeking help in the last two years, according to a…

2 more death row inmates at San Quentin die from coronavirus complications

2 more death row inmates at San Quentin die from coronavirus complications

At least three death row inmates at California’s San Quentin State Prison had coronavirus and died, corrections officials says. Scott Thomas Erskine, 57, and Manuel Machado Alvarez, 59, died Friday from “what appear to be complications related to Covid-19,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. Both men had been hospitalized…

Officers fired over photos taken near Elijah McClain’s memorial

Officers fired over photos taken near Elijah McClain’s memorial

Two Aurora, Colorado, police officers involved in taking selfie photographs at the memorial site for Elijah McClain and an officer who failed to alert supervisors about the photos were fired on Friday. Interim Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said officers Erica Marrero, Kyle Dittrich, and Jason Rosenblatt were terminated on Friday. A fourth officer, Jaron…

NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson tests positive for Covid-19, will miss Sunday’s race

NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson tests positive for Covid-19, will miss Sunday’s race

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss Sunday’s race in Indianapolis, according to his team, Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson tested positive Friday afternoon after learning that his wife, Chandra, had tested positive, according to a news release. In Johnson’s absence, Justin Allgaier will drive the No. 48 Chevrolet…

An 8-year-old was killed and three others hurt during shooting at Alabama mall

An 8-year-old child was killed when shooting broke out Friday afternoon at the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, authorities tweeted. “Breaking: sadly, an eight year old child was killed earlier today at the Galleria. (We) will work tirelessly to bring the responsible individuals to justice. The investigation continues,” the Hoover…

A vintage clothing store isn’t arguing with customers about wearing masks

A vintage clothing store isn’t arguing with customers about wearing masks

Antique Sugar co-owner Sarah Bingham is tired of arguing with customers who don’t want to put on a mask before coming into the vintage clothing shop in Phoenix, Arizona. The store was closed for 2½ months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bingham said they put up a polite sign when the store reopened on June…

2 Oklahoma officers are charged with second-degree murder in man’s 2019 death

2 Oklahoma officers are charged with second-degree murder in man’s 2019 death

Two Oklahoma police officers were charged with second-degree murder this week in the Taser death of a 28-year-old man last year, authorities report. The charges follow a season of protests against police brutality and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Jared Lakey, 28, died on July 6, 2019, after being tased…

MLB cancels its 2020 All-Star Game

MLB cancels its 2020 All-Star Game

As the MLB season gears up for a late start this month, one thing will be missing: its annual All-Star Game. Major League Baseball made the announcement Friday, writing that — with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — the annual game between the American League and the National League wouldn’t be possible this year. The Los…

New York crematories overwhelmed by the number of dead get help from volunteers

New York crematories overwhelmed by the number of dead get help from volunteers

Crematoriums in hard hit areas of New York have a backlog of nearly a month and now volunteers are coming to their aid. Mike Lanotte, the executive director for the New York State Funeral Directors Association tells CNN that volunteers are helping to ease the burden that downstate crematories in places like Manhattan, Brooklyn and…

A guide to the NFL Draft: How to watch and what to know

A guide to the NFL Draft: How to watch and what to know

It’s been nearly six weeks since live sports were stopped in the US and fans are getting antsy. Luckily, the NFL is still planning to hold the 2020 NFL Draft, giving action-starved fans something to watch while isolating in their homes. But since the world is still grappling with the coronavirus, some things will be…