Tribune News Service

International Budget for Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Updated at 0330 UTC (11:30 p.m. U.S. EDT Tuesday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.


^One cheap drug turns out to save COVID-19 patients' lives<

^CORONAVIRUS-DRUG:BLO—<A low-cost, widely used anti-inflammatory drug improved survival in patients with COVID-19, the first treatment to show life-saving promise months into the pandemic.

Deaths among patients who needed breathing assistance were lower over a period of four weeks when they received the 60-year-old medicine dexamethasone, University of Oxford researchers said Tuesday. The study was stopped early because of its crucial findings.

600 by John Lauerman. MOVED



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CORONAVIRUS-DRUG:LA — 1050 by Melissa Healy. MOVED


^British team announces 'major breakthrough' in COVID-19 treatment<

CORONAVIRUS-TREATMENT:DPA — A steroid called dexamethasone should be given to patients affected by COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, British researchers reported on Tuesday.

Tests on 2,104 patients showed that low doses of the drug cut deaths by a third among patients on ventilators and by a fifth among those receiving oxygen, findings described by the researchers as a "major breakthrough" that "will save lives."

250 in Dublin. MOVED


^Lockdown goes citywide as Beijing struggles with COVID-19 outbreak<

CORONAVIRUS-CHINA:DPA — All neighborhoods in Beijing have been ordered to implement "closed management" to stem the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak centered around the city's largest agricultural market, state media reported on Wednesday.

These measures demand that the entry points to all residential communities be guarded 24 hours a day, with strict registration enforced and tight controls on the movement of residents.

350 by Ryan Ho Kilpatrick in Beijing. MOVED


^Troops disengage after 20 Indian soldiers die in clashes with China<

INDIA-CHINA:DPA — The death toll from a "violent face-off" with Chinese troops on the disputed Himalayan border rose to 20, according to the Indian army, in one of the most serious clashes involving the nuclear-armed neighbors in several decades.

The Indian army had previously said that three soldiers, including an officer, were killed in the clashes. It added that the troops had disengaged at the site of Monday night's clash at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, where the two sides have been in a standoff for the past few weeks.

800 by Siddhartha Kumar and Ryan Ho Kilpatrick in New Delhi. MOVED


^Trump calls for improved police hiring and training<

TRUMP-POLICE:LA — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that seeks to leverage federal grants to improve police training and hiring, but the limited measures fell far short of addressing widespread demands for deep reforms to prevent recurring abuse of black people.

Although Trump said he would ban chokeholds unless an officer's life was in danger, the order he signed in a Rose Garden ceremony is noticeably less restrictive.

600 by Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED



^Maduro orders court takeover of opposition parties ahead of vote<

VENEZUELA-ELECTIONS:BLO — Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro used the Supreme Court to take over two of the country's most important opposition parties, laying the groundwork for congressional elections in December.

The high court suspended and replaced the boards of Democratic Action and Justice First parties in rulings Tuesday and Monday. Bernabe Gutierrez and Jose Brito, a lawmaker ensnared in a corruption scandal, were selected to head the parties.

200 by Alex Vasquez and Patricia Laya in Caracas, Venezuela. MOVED


^North Korea moves to send troops to disarmed areas near border<

KOREAS:BLO — North Korea said it would deploy troops into areas on its side of the border where it had joint projects with South Korea, further escalating tensions with its neighbor a day after destroying a liaison office the two once shared.

The General Staff of the Korean People's Army will send the troops in the areas around a joint factory park in the western border city of Kaesong, where the liaison office was located, and to the Mount Kumgang tourist area, the official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday, citing a spokesman.

200 by Jihye Lee and Shinhye Kang in Seoul, South Korea. MOVED


^US to impose sanctions to prevent Assad military victory in Syria<

USSYRIA:DPA — The United States is set to impose sanctions aimed at preventing Syrian President Bashar Assad "from securing a military victory" and steering him back to United Nations-led talks, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.

Kelly Craft told the U.N. Security Council that the Trump administration will implement the measures Wednesday.

550 by dpa in United Nations. MOVED


^US-Canada border restrictions extended until July 21<

USCANADA-BORDER:DE — Restrictions on border crossings to Canada will stay in place for an extra month.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced via Twitter on Tuesday that the current U.S.-Canada border measures have been extended until July 21.

150 by Darcie Moran in Detroit. MOVED



^Haiti says it has hit COVID-19 peak, but health group warns of potential crisis ahead<

CORONAVIRUS-HAITI:MI — A day after Haitian health officials declared that COVID-19 infections had peaked without sparking the alarmingly death toll some models predicted, regional health experts with the Pan American Health Organization continued to voice concerns that the pandemic could lead to a health crisis in Haiti.

Dr. Carissa Etienne, the director of PAHO, said the "spike" in COVID-19 infections that Haiti has been seeing over the past several weeks remains a serous concern along with the increasing flow of Haitian returnees crossing the country's land border with the Dominican Republic despite restrictions.

1150 by Jacqueline Charles. MOVED


^Trump administration eyes potential vaccine by January 2021<

CORONAVIRUS-TRUMP-VACCINE:CON — The Trump administration is pushing for a coronavirus vaccine to protect some Americans by January 2021, but researchers and Democratic lawmakers are concerned about outside pressure on the complex process.

The initiative, known as Operation Warp Speed, is an effort by the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services to develop vaccines and drugs, fueled by at least $10 billion Congress provided for that purpose under the roughly $2 trillion March coronavirus relief package.

650 by Emily Kopp in Washington. MOVED


^Florida sees a record 2,783 daily coronavirus cases as state total hits 80,000<

CORONAVIRUS-FLA:MI — Florida's Department of Health on Tuesday morning confirmed 2,783 additional cases of COVID-19, setting another daily total record high since the start of the pandemic. The state now has a total of 80,109 confirmed cases.

Previously, the highest daily total recorded was on Saturday when 2,581 cases were reported. There were also 55 new deaths announced Tuesday, raising the statewide death toll to 2,993.

850 by Michelle Marchante in Miami. MOVED


^Cuomo allows visitors at New York hospitals and group homes as coronavirus death toll hits a new low<

CORONAVIRUS-NY:NY — New York hospitals and group homes can begin allowing visitors this week as the coronavirus crisis continues to wane in the Empire State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

Visits at hospitals can begin immediately, the governor said, as long as safety measures are in place, while group homes certified by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities can begin taking visitors Friday.

550 by Dave Goldiner and Denis Slattery in New York. MOVED


^Age of COVID-19 cases dropping in California<

CORONAVIRUS-CALIF-AGE:SJ — As California's economy opens up, coronavirus cases are getting younger and younger.

A new analysis reveals that more than 44% of new diagnoses are in people age 34 or younger, up from 29% a month ago.

There's a corresponding drop in cases among older people. The proportion of COVID-19 cases among Californians older than 50 has plummeted from 46% to 30.5% in the past month.

850 by Lisa M. Krieger in San Jose, Calif. MOVED


^CDC suggests patients with preexisting conditions are 12 times more likely to die<

CORONAVIRUS-PREEXISTING-CONDITIONS:NY — A new report released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention finds that people with underlying health conditions are 12 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than people who have none.

In the report, the CDC analyzed coronavirus infections and deaths from the beginning of the pandemic until the end of May. It found that "the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be severe, particularly in certain population groups."

400 by Muri Assun o. MOVED


^Wondering if you had COVID-19? Here's what antibody tests can tell you<

CORONAVIRUS-ANTIBODY-TESTS:KC — Glenn Crocker of Overland Park was looking for answers. Is it possible that he already had COVID-19 and just didn't know it? Maybe he is the one, in some infectious but asymptomatic way, who had passed the coronavirus on to his 16-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and forced her into quarantine in her room.

To confirm or ease his worst fears, Crocker took a COVID-19 antibody test.

1000 by Eric Adler in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^'They were bent on silencing us': Groups clash in Orange County over mask requirements<

^CORONAVIRUS-CALIF-MASKS:LA—<A small group opposed to Orange County's relaxed rules on face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic was met Tuesday by a much louder crowd intent on drowning out their message.

About 25 Orange County union leaders gathered on the steps of the county administration building to call on health officials to reinstate an order requiring that residents wear masks when conducting essential business.

1000 by Hannah Fry in Los Angeles. MOVED



^CIA suffered historic data loss from lax cybersecurity, report says<

CIA-DATA:CON — In early 2017 the Central Intelligence Agency suffered a massive data loss when an agency employee stole vast quantities of information including some of its most secretive hacking tools because of lax cybersecurity measures, according to a redacted investigation report obtained by Sen. Ron Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The employee took away about 180 gigabytes to as much as 34 terabytes — or the equivalent of about 11.6 million to 2.2 billion pages of Microsoft Word documents — which included some of the agency's most valuable hacking tools.

500 by Gopal Ratnam in Washington. MOVED


^DC statehood bill set for June 26 House vote<

DC-STATEHOOD:CON — The House will vote next week on legislation to grant statehood to Washington, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer announced Tuesday.

If the House passes the bill on June 26, it will be the first time a statehood bill passes either chamber of Congress. It is not expected to advance in the GOP-led Senate, but advocates are still looking to a likely historic step forward in the long-running campaign to make Washington the 51st state.

550 by Chris Cioffi in Washington. MOVED


^Rep. Val Demings stresses police experience, personal history with racism as vice presidential credentials<

CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-DEMINGS:OS — U.S Rep. Val Demings made her case Tuesday why her experiences as both an African American woman and Orlando police chief could be what the Democratic presidential ticket needs this year, despite questions about police brutality during her tenure.

In a conference call with Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and state party Chair Terrie Rizzo marking the five-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, Demings said a Trump win in November would mean "surviving four more years of divisiveness and complete chaos."

700 by Steven Lemongello in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^The RNC is gone, leaving Charlotte to sort out millions in contract liabilities<

GOP-CONVENTION-CHARLOTTE:CH — The decision to move the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville, Fla., has left Charlotte's host committee with "tens of millions" in contractual liabilities, the committee's CEO said Monday.

Republican officials announced last week that they're moving most of the August convention, prompting the host committee to lash out over what it called "broken promises."

750 by Jim Morrill in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED


^Trump campaign offers donors $1.2 million convention packages<

^TRUMP-DONOR-PERKS:BLO—<President Donald Trump's presidential campaign is enticing big-spending donors to the Republican Party's convention in August by offering packages that cost almost $1.2 million dollars per couple.

Trump Victory, the joint effort of the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, sent out invitations Tuesday with details of the perks available at the convention in Jacksonville, Fla., from Aug. 24-27. The invitations, obtained by Bloomberg News, offer various tiers of support, all with different levels of access to Trump as well as RNC and campaign officials.

750 by Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington. MOVED


^Trump administration sues to block Bolton's book from being published<

TRUMP-BOLTON-BOOK:NY — Whatever's in John Bolton's book, President Donald Trump really doesn't want it to see the light of day.

Trump's Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a federal judge to block the former national security adviser's book from being published next week over allegations that the expected bombshell is "rife with classified information."

The civil lawsuit came a day after Trump told reporters that Bolton would face "a very strong criminal problem" if the book, "The Room Where It Happened," hits shelves as planned on June 23.

450 by Chris Sommerfeldt. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED


^Trump's Tulsa rally defies public health and protest concerns<

^TRUMP-RALLY:BLO—<Donald Trump's resumption of his signature campaign rallies this week is intensifying criticism of his response to the biggest domestic crises of his presidency: The deadly coronavirus pandemic and widening protests over police brutality against Black Americans.

The June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is shaping up as a nightmare scenario for public health officials. Trump plans to address supporters inside an arena that holds nearly 20,000 people, with no special capacity limits, despite concern that crowded, indoor events are ideal for transmitting the coronavirus.

1250 (with trims) by Josh Wingrove. MOVED


^House Democrats subpoena Justice Department 'whistleblowers'<

CONGRESS-JUSTICEDEPARTMENT:BLO — The Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee said it will hear testimony next week from two Justice Department officials who "are prepared to describe the unprecedented politicization of the department" under President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he issued subpoenas for the two officials, Aaron Zelinsky and John Elias, both of whom he described as "whistleblowers."

300 by Chris Strohm in Washington. MOVED


^Suspect in killing of 2 Bay Area cops tied to right-wing 'Boogaloo' group, prosecutors say<

CALIF-DEPUTYKILLED:LA — An Air Force sergeant suspected of killing a Santa Cruz County sheriff's sergeant will be charged, along with a Millbrae man, in the fatal shooting of a federal security officer last month in downtown Oakland, federal officials said Tuesday.

Steven Carrillo, who was charged last week in the killing of Damon Gutzwiller, the sheriff's sergeant, was aided by 30-year-old Robert Justus, of Millbrae, in the killing of 53-year-old federal security officer David Patrick Underwood, officials said.

450 by Maura Dolan and Richard Winton in Oakland, Calif. MOVED


^Kennesaw leaders vote to remove Confederate battle flag from memorial<

GA-CONFEDERATE-FLAG:AT — The city of Kennesaw, Ga., will remove the Confederate battle flag from its war memorial.

City Council members on Monday unanimously voted to remove the flag from public property on Main Street.

Kennesaw's decision was based on its interpretation of a state law some believe prohibits the city removing the flag from the memorial.

500 by Kristal Dixon in Atlanta. MOVED


^Intense investigations into hanging deaths of 2 black men begin after initial dismissals<

CALIF-HANGINGS:LA — When Malcolm Harsch, a 38-year-old black man, was found hanging from a tree in Victorville two weeks ago, authorities said they saw no evidence of foul play.

A week later, when Robert Fuller, another black man, was discovered hanging from a tree in Palmdale, the initial cause of death was listed as suicide.

But after protests and questions in the two deaths, the FBI announced this week that it was examining both cases.

900 by Alene Tchekmedyian, Luke Money, Kevin Baxter and Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED


^DEA investigating drug thefts and damage at 177 pharmacies in LA area<

CALIF-PHARMACIES-THEFTS:LA — At least 177 pharmacies were burglarized or damaged during recent unrest in the Los Angeles area, disrupting some residents' access to medication and raising concerns that the stolen drugs will be resold on the street.

Local and federal law enforcement officials believe organized groups targeted the businesses because they stock prescription drugs, which are easy to carry off in large amounts and can be resold for a high profit on the street. Officials said the groups took advantage of the peaceful protests and were not connected to them.

700 by Kevin Rector in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Chabad shooting victims, gun control group sue Smith & Wesson over synagogue shooting<

^SYNAGOGUE-SHOOTING-LAWSUIT:SD—<A gun control organization has filed a lawsuit on behalf of victims of last year's shooting at the Chabad of Poway, accusing the manufacturer of the weapon used in the fatal attack, the gun store that sold the weapon to the accused shooter and his parents of negligence.

The lawsuit filed by Brady Legal, the litigation arm of the gun control group Brady United, also names the state of California for failing to conduct an adequate background check that would have shown the accused shooter, John T. Earnest, was underage and not eligible to buy a weapon.

750 by Greg Moran in San Diego. MOVED


^Fort Worth police say Fox News' report on chief, protests was a 'gross mischaracterization'<

FORTWORTH-PROTEST-POLICE:FT — The Fort Worth Police Department called an inaccurate Fox News report about Fort Worth a "gross mischaracterization" in a Facebook post Monday night.

On Monday night, Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson berated Fort Worth Chief Ed Kraus for not pursuing charges against protesters who were arrested on May 31. Carlson said on his show that Kraus "dropped all charges against the rioters."

"This information is absolutely inaccurate and is not consistent with the actual facts," Fort Worth police said in the Facebook post.

350 by Kaley Johnson in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED


^1 person shot at Galleria Dallas mall; police say shooter is at large<

DALLAS-MALL-SHOOTING-1ST-LEDE:DA — One person was wounded as shots rang out at the Galleria Dallas mall Tuesday evening, sending panicked shoppers running for stairwells and freight elevators.

Police said it wasn't an active-shooter situation but that they were searching the mall for the shooter, who remained at large.

Officers could be seen directing shoppers away from the building as they evacuated the mall.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in an unknown condition, police said.

750 (with trims) by Tom Steele, Dana Branham and LaVendrick Smith in Dallas. MOVED


^She said she wanted to die. Instead, deputies say, DUI driver hit SUV, killing man returning home from heart surgery<

FLA-DUI-DEATH:FL — She told investigators she wanted to kill herself by crashing her car into a truck or tree, but she hit an SUV instead causing the death of its passenger, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Tamera Leigh Prevo, 60, of Fort Lauderdale, is facing 16 charges that include DUI causing serious bodily injury, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and reckless driving, among others, records show.

450 by Wayne K. Roustan in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture school seeks to move to new locations in Arizona<

WRIGHT-SCHOOL-MOVE:TB — After months of controversy, the architecture school founded by Frank Lloyd Wright has announced plans to move from its longtime homes — Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis., and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz. — to new locations in Arizona.

350 by Blair Kamin. MOVED



^Chicago's Arab American store owners face reckoning in wake of George Floyd killing<

SMALLBIZ-ARAB-CHICAGO:TB — At Exclusive, an electronics and clothing store in Auburn Gresham on Chicago's South Side, the windows are boarded up.

But the boards have art on them, five black faces peering out into this South Side neighborhood. Under the cardboard "Open" sign, there is a sixth face, black with an angel wing next to it. The faces are striking, but the boards are there to protect the store.

Sumi Odeh, the Palestinian American owner, said the store suffered damage, caused by people he thinks came from outside the neighborhood, and he's been keeping in touch with neighboring businesses so that they can keep each other safe.

900 by Nausheen Husain in Chicago. MOVED



^The Oscars have been pushed back. What that delay means for awards season<

^MOVIE-CORONAVIRUS-AWARDS-SEASON:LA—<The awards season won't be any longer this year. But it's definitely going to be stranger.

With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pushing back the date of the 93rd Academy Awards from Feb. 28 to April 25, citing the production shutdown from the coronavirus pandemic, the window of campaigning — and releasing would-be contenders — will likely be delayed two months as well, setting off a domino effect that will affect film festivals, the Golden Globes and every other awards show that rides on the coattails of the Oscars. (The British Academy Film Awards, England's equivalent of the Oscars, immediately followed suit Monday, punting its ceremony two months back as well.)

Practically, the eight-week delay provides, in the words of academy President David Rubin, additional time for filmmakers to "finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone's control."

800 by Glenn Whipp. MOVED


^Jimmy Kimmel will host the Emmy Awards this fall but isn't sure where or how<

^TV-EMMYS-KIMMEL:LA—<It's a three-peat for Jimmy Kimmel, whom the Television Academy has named the host of the 72nd Emmy Awards.

The "Jimmy Kimmel Live" star previously hosted the 64th and 68th Emmy Awards, in 2012 and 2016. This time around he will also be an executive producer on the show, which airs Sept. 20.

The late-night host on Tuesday acknowledged uncertainties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. "I don't know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it," Kimmel said in a statement announcing the news.

200 by Christie D'Zurilla. MOVED


^Celisse Henderson's 'Freedom' video confronts today's turbulence<

^MUS-HENDERSON-FREEDOM:TB—<The video I can't stop watching, the video that addresses this turbulent moment in American history more succinctly than most, feels as if it were produced in the last 24 hours.

In fact, singer-songwriter Celisse Henderson and friends have been laboring over its 4 minutes and 55 seconds since 2016.

Yet when Henderson finally posted "Freedom" earlier this month on YouTube and Instagram's IGTV, it garnered tens of thousands of views, suggesting that this tautly compressed work has arrived at precisely the right moment.

800 by Howard Reich. MOVED


^Kevin Bacon was spooked staying alone in secluded Wales cabin making new thriller 'You Should Have Left'<

^MOVIE-SHOULD-HAVE-LEFT-BACON:NY—<Kevin Bacon experienced six degrees of spookiness while making his new thriller.

The 61-year-old actor stars in the psychological horror movie "You Should Have Left" as a paranoid husband tormented by supernatural terrors while staying in a secluded house in the Welsh countryside.

During production, when the cast and crew packed up and returned to a nearby village for the night, Bacon bunked by himself in a cabin used as a dressing room.

The isolation left him feeling more than a little unsettled — though it did help him develop his character.

700 by Peter Sblendorio. MOVED


^Commentary: Why Damien Chazelle's Netflix series 'The Eddy' atones for the sins 'Whiplash'<

^VID-EDDY-COMMENTARY:TB—<Jazz doesn't usually fare well in dramatizations, as any number of Hollywood films attest.

Bebop genius Charlie Parker emerged as a drugged-out buffoon in Clint Eastwood's demeaning biopic "Bird" (1988); Miles Davis came across as smaller than life in Don Cheadle's laughably plotted "Miles Ahead" (2015); Ethan Hawke's poetic portrayal of Chet Baker could not quite save Robert Budreau's convoluted "Born to be Blue" (2015); musical clich s overflowed in the fictional "Paris Blues" (1961); and so on.

So one didn't hold high hopes for "The Eddy," an ambitious Netflix series about the spirit of jazz and the lives of those who struggle to create it. There was further cause for concern because Damien Chazelle, who rocketed to fame on the notoriety of his absurdly histrionic jazz film "Whiplash" (2014), is a key figure behind the series, serving as an executive producer and directing the first two episodes (thereby establishing the template for the rest).

1000 by Howard Reich. MOVED


^What to stream: Celebrate Pride Month with these picks<

^VID-CORONAVIRUS-WHATTOSTREAM:MCT—<This could not be a more apt moment to remind and educate ourselves about the origins of the LGBTQ rights movement, which was sparked by a riot against aggressive policing, and in which trans black women, including Marsha P. Johnson, were instrumental. Several films about Johnson are readily available to stream right now, including the documentary "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" on Netflix, directed by David France, who also directed the incredibly urgent and currently relevant film "How to Survive a Plague," about the AIDS crisis and the importance of the activist group ACT UP (it's free to stream on Amazon). Also available on Amazon Prime Video is the 15-minute narrative short "Happy Birthday, Marsha!" directed by Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel, in which the award-winning trans actress Mya Taylor (of Sean Baker's incredible "Tangerine," on Hulu), plays Marsha P. Johnson on the fateful Stonewall night.

600 by Katie Walsh. MOVED



^Concerts, comedy and private Disney rides? NBA life in the bubble might not be so bad<

^BKN-NBA-SEASON-BUBBLE:LA—<Movie nights, card games, DJ sets and COVID-19 tests will be part of the NBA's return to play, according to a memo the league sent to teams that outlines what life will be like for players who travel to Disney World for the reboot of the 2019-20 season.

The league presented its most significant set of details, outlining the 35-person traveling parties, quarantine scenarios and accommodation assignments. The NBA also will make social justice work a priority, it pledged.

450 by Dan Woike. MOVED


^Dr. Anthony Fauci says MLB should consider not playing into October<

^BBO-MLB-RESTART-FAUCI:LA—<How long should baseball's short season extend?

The players say November. The owners say October.

But, if the sole factor is minimizing risk for the novel coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the major leagues would be wise to wrap up the postseason in September.

750 by Bill Shaikin. MOVED



^Trudy Rubin: Trump's support for Israeli annexation in West Bank will endanger the Jewish state<

^RUBIN-COLUMN:PH—<Under cover of COVID-19 and the U.S. convulsion over racism, the White House is promoting a policy that spells disaster for Israel. Too few are paying attention.

As part of President Donald Trump's so-called "peace plan" for the Palestinians and Israel, the Israeli prime minister is free to annex around 30% of the occupied West Bank as of July 1.

900 by Trudy Rubin. MOVED


^Editorial: Hong Kong demands democracy<

^CHINA-HONGKONG-EDITORIAL:PG—<China has decided to end any semblance of self-government for the city of Hong Kong. The mainland government could no longer tolerate either the protests against Chinese suppression of democracy on the island or a local legislature that sometimes bucked directives from the central authority in Beijing.

China is only injuring its own interests and the people of Hong Kong by this decision.

500 by The Editorial Board. MOVED




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