Florida and Texas both hit record highs for new coronavirus cases on Saturday as outbreaks keep surging in the South

Florida and Texas both recorded daily records for new coronavirus cases on Saturday as outbreaks in the South continue to spiral. Florida reported 11,458 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 190,052. Texas reported 8,258 new cases, which brings the state’s total to 191,790. In Texas, it’s now required by a statewide order to wear face masks in public spaces, and in Florida, face mask mandates and other public health orders are left to the discretion of local governments. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On Independence Day in the US, both Florida and Texas reported single-day records for new coronavirus cases. Florida on Saturday reported… Read More

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Defund Facial Recognition

Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. George Floyd. Rayshard Brooks. Oluwatoyin Salau. Robert Forbes. As each story has emerged of a Black life violently ended by law enforcement, white nationalists or by other forms of interpersonal violence, a multiracial movement for Black lives, led by Black activists, has kept pace. What has also kept pace are the disturbing and highly advanced police technologies used to spy on these activists. My mother survived the surveillance of the FBI’s counterintelligence program as a civil rights activist in the 1960s. As a second-generation Black activist, I’m tired of being spied on by the police. In June, in the midst of a mushrooming protest… Read More

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Covid-19 has exposed the UK’s public toilet crisis

The rise of outdoor socialising has exposed a previously hidden problem: the UK has privatised its toilets. Near to my home in east London there is a park. Near to that park, there is a pub, which has been offering takeaway beers and cocktails, plus a number of supermarkets which offer much the same and, hey, why don’t we just go there it’s cheaper. Inside that park there is no toilet. There is, however, a wood, which borders the park on two sides. So it is that, on sunny evenings of late, along with the local families, football teams and so forth, the park has been stuffed with young Londoners… Read More

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I’m a professional bridesmaid: Strangers hire me to pretend to be their close friend during their wedding — and yes, I have way more than 27 dresses

After being a bridesmaid for countless friends and family members, Jen Glantz realized there was a need in the wedding industry for a hired ‘bridesmaid’ figure for brides who might not have close, reliable friends to support them on their big day. She started her business by posting an ad on Craigslist — and she got hundreds of responses. For six years now, she’s worked as a professional bridesmaid, hired by complete strangers to attend their weddings as a member of the bridal party and take care of any hands-on needs. Glantz says the hardest part of the job is handling all of the drama that happens behind-the-scenes between the… Read More

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Trump’s FDA commissioner won’t defend the president’s baseless claim that 99% of COVID-19 cases are ‘totally harmless’

The head of the Food and Drug Administration on Sunday dodged questions on President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that 99% of COVID-19 cases are “totally harmless.” “I’m not going to get into who’s right and who is wrong,” Dr. Stephen Hahn said during a CNN interview. Coronavirus cases are surging in the US, which has the highest number of confirmed cases and reported fatalities in the world. Trump has made a plethora of false and misleading claims on COVID-19, while repeatedly downplaying the threat of the virus, which has killed nearly 130,000 people in the US. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Stephen… Read More

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