Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 11 Jul 2020

Trump commutes prison sentence of Roger Stone Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend and former adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted of crimes that included lying to Congress to protect the US president. The move came just days before Stone was set to report to prison in Georgia. Stone was the sixth Trump aide found guilty on charges linked to a justice department probe that alleged Moscow tried to boost the Trump 2016 campaign. Government set to make face coverings compulsory in shops Boris Johnson is expected to make face coverings compulsory in shops after new evidence that they slow the spread of coronavirus. The… Read More

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Presidential advisers, confidants claim Trump has made himself into a victim amid the pandemic, according to report

Advisers in contact with the White House said President Donald Trump has been almost “inconsolable” as he gripes about the failing US economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I had this great economy, and they made me shut it down,” Trump has said repeatedly, an outside adviser told The Washington Post. White House officials have advised Trump to boost his mood for fear of damaging his political reputation, according to The Post report. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a history professor at New York University, told The Post that Trump’s tendency of self-victimization follows the behavioral pattern of an authoritarian leader. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Advisers in touch with the White… Read More

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Health department shuts down production at Dov Charney’s clothing company, Los Angeles Apparel, after ‘flagrant’ health violations and death of 4 workers

Dov Charney, the disgraced founder of American Apparel, was ordered to cease production at this new company, Los Angeles Apparel. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said there were “flagrant” health violations at the company’s factory. The department accused Los Angeles Apparel of replacing sick workers with new employees, in violation of its shutdown order. More than 300 employees have contracted COVID-19, the department said, which is twice what the company itself admitted. Four workers have died. Charney was forced out of American Apparel following allegations of racism and sexual harassment. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Dov Charney, the disgraced founder of American Apparel, was ousted… Read More

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One step forward, 2 steps back: Harvard’s Dr. Thomas Tsai assesses Trump’s response to COVID-19, and tells us his fears and hopes about the months ahead

Dr. Thomas Tsai, of the Harvard Global Health Institute, spoke to Business Insider about where the United States stands in the fight against COVID-19 and President Donald Trump’s claim to be leading the world’s best response. “It’s as if we are taking one step forward and two steps back,” Tsai said of the US response to the pandemic. “We started off with a peak, we settled for a plateau, and we ended up with a mountain range.” “We’re breaking records every single day on state-level and national-level positive tests. What that means is that in one to two weeks from now, those record numbers of cases may translate to an… Read More

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FCC chief seeks conditional approval for Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband satellite network

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, speaks at CES 2020 in Las Vegas in January. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) The Federal Communications Commission’s chairman, Ajit Pai, says he’s proposing approval of Amazon’s plan to put more than 3,200 satellites into low Earth orbit for a broadband internet constellation known as Project Kuiper … with conditions. In a tweet, Pai said he shared his proposal today with colleagues on the commission: Earlier today, I shared with my colleagues a proposal to approve, with conditions, #Kuiper’s application to deploy and operate an NGSO satellite network. Satellite constellations like this aim to provide high-speed broadband service to consumers in the… Read More

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Harmful algal bloom found in Virgin River believed to have killed dog

The Virgin River at Zion National Park is pictured. | Matt Gade, Deseret News ZION NATIONAL PARK — State environmental leaders have identified a harmful algal bloom that may have killed a dog after it went swimming in Zion National Park’s Virgin River. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality made the announcement Friday night, saying they received a report from Zion National Park on July 4 that a dog died an hour after swimming in the North Fork of the Virgin River. “The dog was playing in the river and at one point was ‘snapping’ at algae growing on the rocks,” the press release said. “Prior to its death, the… Read More

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Inside the Salt Lake City mayor’s reaction to the police shooting decision and recent protests

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall speaks at a press conference at the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 5, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Mayor Erin Mendenhall goes deep on what comes next, a day after a violent protest on city streets followed a justifiable homicide ruling in the shooting death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal by police. The Deseret News and KSL editorial boards hosted Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall in a Zoom call Friday morning, a day after a violent protest on city streets followed a justifiable homicide ruling in the shooting death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal by police. Salt Lake County District Attorney… Read More

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Here’s how the first sporting event in America with fans since March will work

Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy is pictured on Friday, April 24, 2020. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Rio Tinto Stadium will play host to the first sporting event in the United States to have fans in the stands when the Real Monarchs of the USL Championship take on San Diego Loyal SC SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah has very much been at the intersection of the sports world and the coronavirus pandemic, and another landmark event tying the two things together will take place in the Beehive State on Saturday afternoon. Against the backdrop of rising coronavirus case counts and doctors pleading Friday with the public to… Read More

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Damian Lillard will be on the cover of NBA 2K21. Here’s how it’ll help his career

Portland Trailer Blazers star Damian Lillard has been chosen as the cover athlete for NBA 2K21. . | NBA 2K21 The former Weber State basketball star will see his career climb because of his cover appearance It’s about time for Damian Lillard. Lillard — the former Weber State basketball star and current Portland Trail Blazers guard — was recently announced as the cover athlete for the next NBA 2K21 video game. “I made it. I’m going to be on the cover of 2K,” he said when it was announced he would be the cover athlete. At the time, Lillard compared gracing the cover to having a signature shoe deal —… Read More

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Sounders tie Earthquakes 0-0 in first match since March

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei made eight saves, including a diving stop on a deflected shot in the 70th minute, and the Sounders and San Jose played to a 0-0 draw in the MLS is Back tournament on Friday night. Related: MLS to return to play with summer tournament in Florida The West Coast squads seemed to wilt in the heat and humidity of Central Florida as they combined for 28 total shots but could not beat either goalkeeper. Frei had the more highlight-worthy saves, the best coming off Jackson Yueill’s deflected shot. But San Jose goalkeeper Daniel Vega was his equal. Vega stopped Cristian… Read More

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