Daily Digest 6/25 – U.S. Breaks April Record Of New Coronavirus Cases, Businesses Sue Seattle Over ‘Occupied’ Protest Zone


U.S. hits highest single day of new coronavirus cases with more than 45,500, breaking April record (tmn)

Visitors who travel from U.S. hot spots who arrive in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be asked to quarantine for two weeks, their governors announced Wednesday.

Unfortunately, as many states struggle to contain the virus after having prematurely loosened restrictions, hospitals are becoming overwhelmed by patients.

The COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI) (tmn)

Which communities are most vulnerable to COVID-19?

Explore the interactive map to see the data at a county level. Click on the vulnerability category in the legend to see all counties that fall under that bracket. Mouse over to see the county level data.

Businesses sue Seattle over ‘occupied’ protest zone (TourGuideDC)

“Rather, this lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of plaintiffs — businesses, employees, and residents in and around CHOP — which have been overrun by the city of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large,” the lawsuit said.

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office said it had not yet seen the lawsuit but would review it.

A low-flying ‘show of force’ (tmn)

The Washington Post reconstructed the movements of two D.C. Army National Guard helicopters that parked nearly still in the air over protesters in Chinatown that night, using flight-tracking data, images and videos.

How Police Unions Enable and Conceal Abuses of Power (Bill M.)

For decades, members of the public have complained about police violence and police unions, and a relatively recent development—mobile-phone videos—has sparked even more public anger. These complaints grew with the killings of Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, and many others. Each time, there were protests and urgent calls for police reform, but the matter blew over. Until the horrific killing of George Floyd.

Trump plan to cut federal support for Covid-19 testing sites sparks alarm (tmn)

Four US congresspeople from Texas urged the government to reconsider defunding the testing sites in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

The move would be “harmful and irresponsible”, they wrote in the letter.

Trump Wants You to Tip Restaurant Owners, Not Servers (Ellen R.)

Coming on the heels of the massive tax bills recently passed by the House and Senate, this “reverse Robin Hood” scheme—which will take money out of the pockets of low-wage workers and give it to business owners—is just one more example of “trickle-down” economic policy masquerading as pro-worker reform.

Like the tax bills, the DOL proposal sets the table to transfer income and wealth from those least able to afford it to corporations and the very wealthy.

NASA’s Hunt for Lunar Water Intensifies (TourGuideDC)

Also onboard Artemis I will be Lunar IceCube, a spacecraft designed and built by a team at Morehead State University that will look for water ice and other resources on the moon. It will also judge the distribution of water and additional volatiles as a function of time of day, latitude, and the lunar surface’s age and composition. Unlike Lunar Flashlight, Lunar IceCube’s studies are not chiefly confined to the moon’s shadowed areas.

Segway stops production, marking the end of a scooter era (TourGuideDC)

Retiring what most simply know as the Segway will free up room for the company to focus on its newer products, she said, which include a self-balancing “Wall-E”-pod-like vehicle called the S-Pod, a more traditional-looking electric kick scooter and a smaller self-balancing vehicle controlled by the user’s knees.

“Given our decades-long history, we recognize that this decision may come as a disappointment to our strong and loyal following among private owners, who view the Segway as one of the more innovative creations of the early 21st century,” Cai said.

The Navy is testing beaming solar power in space (TourGuideDC)

The idea underlying power satellites is called “power beaming.” power-beaming systems use one of three frequencies of light to transmit significant amounts of power over a distance wirelessly. Last year, NRL had a successful demonstration of a land-based power-beaming system using an infrared laser.

Vatican urges Catholics to drop investments in fossil fuels, arms (Bill M.)

The manual’s section on finance said people “could favor positive changes … by excluding from their investments companies that do not satisfy certain parameters.” It listed these as respect for human rights, bans on child labor and protection of the environment.

Called ‘Journeying Towards Care For Our Common Home’, one action point called on Catholics to shun “shun companies that are harmful to human or social ecology, such as abortion and armaments, and to the environment, such as fossil fuels”.

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