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According to The Hill, The US notched more than 52,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours Wednesday, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed a new one-day record as infections surged around the country. Experts worry that the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. will worsen after the Fourth of July weekend, when millions of people gather across the country during one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Memorial Day weekend — when people flocked to beaches, pools, parties, restaurants and bars after a weeks-long lockdown — helped spur many of the outbreaks the U.S. is seeing across parts of the country. But now the stakes are even higher. The U.S. is reporting record-high daily case counts, driven largely by outbreaks in the South and West. Several states are experiencing more severe outbreaks than they saw two months ago. “I am very concerned, especially given this coming weekend, that the same types of spikes, the same types of surges could be seen not just in the places that are currently experiencing surges, but in places that have already experienced surges, and in ones that haven’t yet,” said Joshua Barocas, assistant professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. The U.S. is averaging 40,000 new cases a day, exceeding the numbers seen in May. This is partially because of increased testing, but the percentage of tests coming back positive is also going up, an indicator of a growing outbreak. While more than 50 percent of new COVID-19 infections in the U.S. are recorded in four states, Texas, California, Arizona and Florida, dozens of other states are also seeing increases both in cases and the percentage of tests coming back positive.
According to the Wall Street Journal, A surge in coronavirus cases in parts of the U.S. has prompted several states and locales to pause or roll back reopening as some hospital systems begin groaning under the strain. According to Barron’s, the U.S. notched more than 52,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours Wednesday, a tally by Johns Hopkins University that showed a new one-day record as infections surged around the country.
According to The Austin American-Statesman, Authorities on Thursday released the names of two suspects — including a Fort Hood soldier who died Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound — after both were tied to the disappearance of Spc. [Specialist] Vanessa Guillen. U.S. Army officials at Fort Hood identified the soldier as 20-year-old Spc. [Specialist] Aaron David Robinson of Illinois. Hours later, United States Department of Justice officials identified the second suspect as Cecily Anne Aguilar, a 22-year-old Killeen resident. Officials during a news conference at Fort Hood Thursday told reporters that Robinson ran away from his post Tuesday evening after reports that partial human remains were found near the Leon River in Bell County. Local law enforcement later found Robinson in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue, east of Fort Hood near North Twin Creek Drive, where he pulled a gun and shot himself when confronted by Killeen police early Wednesday. While Guillen’s family and their attorney, Natalie Khawam, say the remains found near the river are likely that of the missing soldier, U.S. Army officials at Fort Hood on Thursday said the remains had yet to be identified.
According to Religion News Service, Megachurch pastor Darrin Patrick’s cause of death has officially been ruled a suicide, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. Patrick died May 7 in Pacific, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis. The cause of death was a gunshot wound and the medical examiner ruled it a suicide, Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton told Religion News Service. Patrick was a teaching pastor at Seacoast Church, a multisite megachurch based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and the founding pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis, where he lived. Seacoast Church announced in a May 8 statement that Patrick had died of what appeared to be a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.” His death came as a shock to friends and colleagues. Patrick, who was known for helping people grow and overcome adversity, was remembered as being “passionate about the Lord.” He had been a rising star in Reformed evangelical circles and served as vice president of the Acts 29 church planting network. He was later fired from Journey for what church elders called misconduct, including “inappropriate meetings, conversations, and phone calls with two women” and an abuse of power. Patrick received counseling and went through a restoration process that lasted 26 months, according to a 2019 blog interview posted at Christianity Today. He returned to the ministry as a preacher but not as a senior pastor of a church.
According to The Christian Post, As Britain is examining its links with slavery in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S., the Archbishop of Canterbury wants all statues and memorials in churches and cathedrals that are linked to the slave trade to come down, a call that some clergy believe goes against the Christian teaching that all are sinners. “The statues need to be put in context,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recently said on BBC Radio 4. “Some will have to come down, some names will have to change. The church, goodness me, you just go round Canterbury Cathedral and there are monuments everywhere, or Westminster Abbey. We are looking at all that and some will have to come down.” The Times (of London) reports that many Church of England dioceses are conducting audits to document who is memorialized in the denomination’s 16,000 churches and 42 cathedrals after leaders showed their willingness to alter or remove some monuments. But “if only the sinless can be remembered, we’re only going to have memorials to Christ,” a London priest, who was not named, told the British daily. “We have bucket-loads of saints, martyrs, heroes and heroines, buildings acquired and built with dubious money, but no one is unblemished, all have sinned,” the Rev. Andy Bawtree, a vicar at River parish church near Dover, was quoted as saying. So “where do you stop?”
According to The Associated Press, 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is being treated for the coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account Thursday. It’s not clear when or where Cain was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks after attending President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He did not meet with Trump there, according to the campaign. Cain, 74, was hospitalized after developing “serious” symptoms but is “awake and alert,” according to the statement. The former pizza company executive has been an outspoken backer of the president and was named by the campaign as a co-chair of Black Voices for Trump. “I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking,” Dan Calabrese, who has been editor of HermanCain.com, wrote on the website. “I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.”
According to WFAA, On Sunday, June 7, Jada Rice said she and some friends decided to go to a Dallas bar, thinking they could social distance and it would be OK. Four days later, she started feeling sick. “So first I lost taste, had chills within the same day, and then that Saturday I had a fever of 104,” said Rice. She called an ambulance when she started vomiting blood and couldn’t breathe. She posted videos on Instagram from ICU after testing positive for COVID-19. “It’s not even worth it,” said Rice from her hospital bed. “It felt like every breath I took there was glass in my lungs, and it’s almost as if my body was scared to breathe.” She said she believes she and five of her friends got COVID from a bartender, who they learned had the virus. Two of her friends were also hospitalized. Rice said the illness was hard on her parents. Her father, Jerry Rice, is widely regarded as the best NFL wide receiver in history. She said he took the news hard. “He was so scared. Like, you could hear the fear in his voice. I think it scared him the most,” said Jada. She said her mother Jacqueline struggled because she could not be by her daughter’s side. “She was so worried because she couldn’t physically be there. My dad didn’t eat or sleep for days.” Rice said she wishes more people her age would be tested, because they could be carriers and not showing symptoms. “Me being only 24, I didn’t know it would hit me the way it did,” said Rice. She has a message for people her age: “If you have symptoms stay home, stop hopping out to these parties.” Rice said she is still in quarantine because she has not tested negative.
According to Faithwire, Hollywood star Terry Crews, who is black, is facing social media backlash again because he warned Black Lives Matter activists against turning the movement into “black lives are better.” “If you are a child of God,” wrote the America’s Got Talent host, “you are a brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed, and ideology. We must ensure #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t morph into #BlackLivesBetter.” One writer and Black Lives Matter activist, Kellee Nicole Terrell, responded to Crews, whom she said is “worthless to us.” She added, “White people can have you, especially since you love doing their work for them.” Journalist and podcaster Ira Madison described the Christian actor as “truly embarrassing” because he keeps “displaying your poor reading comprehension and lack of critical thinking.” Twitter user Melody Kewl told Crews, “You could have left out that last sentence,” claiming, “No one wants to be better. We want to be treated fairly and equal.”
According to EEW Magazine News, It was an amazing 33rd birthday for GRAMMY® and Stellar Award-winning gospel singer Kierra Sheard who celebrated another year of life and got engaged to her “dream” man on Saturday June 20, 2020. “I can’t believe it!!!! You’re everything I’ve always wanted,” said Sheard on social media, captioning a photo of herself beside her fiancé, Jordan Kelly, flashing a beautiful diamond sparkler in honor of her engagement. The Detroit-based actress — who recently starred in the hit film The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel on Lifetime and released a No. 1 self-titled album — has already had a tremendous year. Now, she is looking forward to starting an exciting new chapter. Celebrities like Kirk and Tammy Franklin, John P. Kee, David and Tamela Mann, Missy Elliott, Adrienne Bailon, and Loni Love flooded the star’s social media with congratulatory messages, sharing in her joy. “I can’t wait to do life with you! Thank you for choosing me! You’re an answer to my prayers. The man in my dream is now my reality,” Sheard posted, gushing over finding true happiness and ending a toxic cycle of bad relationships and heartbreak.
According to The Christian Post, Grammy award-winning artist Kanye West debuted a new music video and song, titled “Wash Us in the Blood,” on Tuesday filled with imagery of chaos and prayer as he pleads with the Holy Spirit to come down. The montage of clips featured in the video were put together by Award-winning filmmaker Arthur Jafa, known for his work on a couple of Spike Lee films. In the song, the known Donald Trump supporter makes mention of fake news, he says his interviews are always edited, and points out that the black community is inundated with drugs and violence which is a type of genocide against his people.
According to ESPN, “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game in the 2020 season. This decision comes following controversy over player protests during the National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and in light of protests against racial injustice and police brutality that have swept the nation recently.
According to USA Today, Dr. Dre’s wife of 24 years, Nicole Young, has filed for divorce. Young filed documents seeking to end her marriage with Dr. Dre — the producer, rapper and music mogul whose real name is Andre Young — on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Nicole Young, 50, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, and she is seeking spousal support from the 55-year-old Dr. Dre, who has amassed a major fortune in his time as an N.W.A. member, solo rapper, producer, co-owner of Death Row Records and founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. The couple has two children, son Truice, 23, and daughter Truly, 19. Dr. Dre has four children from previous relationships. The two married in 1996. It was the first marriage for Dr. Dre. Young was previously married to NBA player Sedale Threatt.
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