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Aroldis Chapman could return to Yankees’ lineup this weekend
While the Yankees’ outfield added another big name to the injured list on Friday when Aaron Judge went down with a right calf strain and joined Giancarlo Stanton, the bullpen might be getting a big reinforcement. Closer Aroldis Chapman faced live hitters at the alternate training site on Friday. Though manager Aaron Boone hadn’t received...
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Mitch McConnell challenger Amy McGrath replaces campaign manager: report
With less than three months to go before Election Day, Amy McGrath, the Democratic nominee for a U.S. Senate seat from Kentucky, has reportedly hired a new campaign manager.
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Opinion: Relieved by a nuclear bomb? These readers were in 1945
Some readers who identified themselves as service members or civilians during World War II recall welcoming the decision to use atomic bombs.
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Letters to the Editor: We've stopped listening and started yelling at each other. Here's why
We've been fed a steady diet of cable news opinion makers who'd rather win the argument than come to an understanding.
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Sen. John Barrasso: A coronavirus vaccine is coming — get it for you, your family and our country
America is close to a coronavirus vaccine. It is the path forward for our nation and the world. Everyone who can take it should.
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Letters to the Editor: Sorry, parents, your kid's happiness is less important than everyone's survival
Just because children are at low risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19, it doesn't mean parents should be less careful with them.
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Letters to the Editor: Trump isn't waiting until Nov. 3 to steal the election. Act now to save the U.S. Postal Service
President Trump's undermining of the Postal Service to hinder mail-in voting is being met with silence by the GOP and hollow denunciations by the Democrats.
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Letters to the Editor: Kamala Harris' and Joe Biden's decency isn't enough to beat Trump's cheating
Thanks, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, for your honesty and intelligence. Now, it's time to think like a cheater to defeat Donald Trump.
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The Country That Was Built to Fall Apart
Why secession, separatism, and disunion are the most American of values.
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Robinson Cano has big night in return to Mets’ lineup
Robinson Cano was the Mets’ hottest hitter before he went on the injured list and though his homer and RBI single weren’t enough Friday night, Cano looked like he picked up where he left off. Serving as the DH in his first game back from a left groin strain, Cano hit a long home run...
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Two boys selling lemonade were robbed at gunpoint. Then their community stepped in to help
An Illinois community is rallying behind two 13-year-old boys after their lemonade stand was robbed at gunpoint.
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Cannon Hinnant’s death draws more than $560G in donations for NC family: report
Members of the public who were shocked by the shooting death of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy last weekend have contributed more than $560,000 to the child’s family in less than a week, according to a report.
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Giants’ Marc Colombo: Andrew Thomas offensive line ‘alpha male’
Andrew Thomas was widely acknowledged as the most NFL-ready left tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft. His new offensive line coach with the Giants, Marc Colombo, sounds as if he agrees with this assessment. “Andrew is a tremendous football player,’’ Colombo said Friday. The compliment came and went and the two are forging a relationship...
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Talking Animals Is a Scathing Allegory About Capitalism Starring an Alpaca
The animals in Joni Murphy's novel grapple with unjust hierarchies and climate change.
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Aaron Judge’s injury history brings a troubling question
He is 28 years old, and suddenly troubling questions, chilling questions for the Yankees and Yankees fans, surround Aaron Judge: Have we already seen the best of him? Will he ever stay on the field long enough to again be the most feared face of the franchise? The imposing Sultan of Swat who bashed 52...
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Overcrowded, overpriced and overwhelmed. The UK's staycation nightmare
Beaches strewn with waste, wild campers destroying fragile habitats, warnings from an increasingly overstretched Coastguard, unaffordable accommodations. What was supposed to have been a Great British summer has, for many, become a staycation nightmare.
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Overcrowded, overpriced and overwhelmed: The UK's Covid-19 staycation nightmare
After months of lockdown, a summer break should've been a chance for Brits to relax. Instead, with limited foreign travel options, huge demand for staycations has led to ugly scenes around the United Kingdom.
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Expect record heat from California to Texas this weekend
Over 80 million people are under excessive heat alerts this weekend with records possible in over 10 states.
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Can Air Conditioners Spread COVID-19?
People are worried that the virus could be spread by air conditioning systems. Here's what researchers do — and don't yet — know.
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Donald Trump keeps blasting 'universal' mail voting. But few states are planning that in November
Fewer than 1 out of 5 states plan to automatically send ballots to all voters. Even in these states, in-person voting will remain an option.        
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A Zoom Convention Just Isn’t the Same
So many simple pleasures are gone, casualties of the pandemic. Baseball games. Live concerts. Summertime parades. One civic ritual that’s neither simple nor necessarily pleasurable is also withering under the virus’s spread: the presidential nominating convention as we know it. Starting next week, the parties will hold stripped-down versions of the quadrennial gatherings to formalize the Donald Trump–Joe Biden matchup, creating, perhaps, a template for the future. It’s been evident for years the conventions have outlived their original purpose; there’s never any real mystery as to who will come away with the nomination. Yet they’ve also produced surprising speeches and unexpected dramas that have upended the nation’s politics. Those sorts of moments could be lost forever if the conventions don’t return in more than minimalist form.In some ways, the choreographed conventions of old won’t be missed. “They’re completely obsolete—they never matter anymore,” Susan Estrich, who ran the Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis’s 1988 campaign and has helped manage several conventions, told me. Brian Ballard, a Trump fundraiser, is every bit as blunt. “Conventions are going away, and this may be the beginning of the end of them,” he told me.For safety, the parties are pushing much of the proceedings online. Biden won’t travel to Milwaukee, the Democratic convention’s host city, for his speech accepting the nomination. Trump still hasn’t revealed exactly where he’ll be for his own address during the Republican convention, but he’s been loath to let the virus trample his moment. His campaign anticipates a mix of videos and live events, culminating in an acceptance speech whose location has ping-ponged up and down the East Coast as his variable moods dictate.This week, he teased that he’ll give the speech at either the White House or the old Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, both settings that raise ethical questions about the use of public resources for a partisan purpose. (I was interviewing Walter Shaub, a former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and a Trump critic, at the moment the president tweeted that he might give the speech at Gettysburg. “Holy crap! Oh my God,” Shaub said when I read him the tweet. “Gettysburg is a national park! Basically, a political party is seizing control of a public park if that happens.” Shaub’s old office issued an opinion earlier this week that Trump is legally permitted to give the speech from the White House should he choose to.)[Read: How Americans became part of the Trump family]Mary Trump, the president’s niece and the author of a new book about him, Too Much and Never Enough, told me that holding the event at a taxpayer-owned site might have to suffice for a president deprived of the thrill that comes with gazing out at a rapt audience. “He acts like a toddler,” she said. “It may not be as fun or gratifying for him, because he won’t get the energy from the crowds. But it will mean that he’s pulling rank … And that will be fun for him.”Faulting Trump for his insistence on a camera-friendly show at the expense of long-standing norms and, possibly, federal ethics laws is easy enough. But while the scale and audacity of Trump’s plans surpass that of his predecessors, the political world has long used the conventions to maximum advantage.Starting with their birth in the 1830s, the conventions were primarily tools for party bosses to pick the nominees. The delegates at the 1924 Democratic convention in New York City took more than 100 ballots to settle on a candidate. Reforms passed after the 1968 conventions forced delegates to vote according to their state’s primary results, democratizing the method of determining the winners. From that point on, a delegate’s main role has been to ratify a preordained nominee.“People talk as if ‘Jeez, maybe Bernie Sanders will get the nomination after all,’ or ‘What do we do if the convention is gridlocked?’ Come on!” says Byron E. Shafer, a University of Wisconsin political-science professor who wrote about conventions in his book Bifurcated Politics. “The same people might as well believe that Ulysses S. Grant is about to return and be president.”Over the years, the conventions have become over-the-top vehicles to reintroduce the ticket and showcase rising political talent. Hollywood inspiration and corporate money have combined to keep the audience enthralled while delivering the nominees a polling bounce. The producer of the Super Bowl halftime show has helped stage Democratic conventions for years. Movie executives have produced the polished films “introducing” the candidates. Most Americans probably didn’t realize that when Bill Clinton called himself the “comeback kid” on the night of his nomination in 1992, the line had been suggested for him by an old friend, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who’d gained fame by creating the hit TV shows Evening Shade and Designing Women.All the extravagance isn’t cheap. Over the years, the parties have enlisted big businesses and lobbyists to help underwrite the show, injecting whiffs of influence pedaling. On the sidelines, banks, retailers, and other well-heeled groups host parties during the conventions to forge closer ties to people in power. COVID-19 could permanently put an end to the four-day spectacles if this year’s experiments work out. A virtual convention is, at some level, political operatives’ dream, because so much more is under their tight control. Logistics aren’t as messy, travel costs not nearly as high. Elaine Kamarck, a Democratic delegate from Massachusetts, told me she’s already voted virtually for the party’s platform and rules, and cast her ballot for Biden to be the party’s nominee. “A lot depends on how these two conventions look and how many viewers they attract,” said Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of Primary Politics. “If the conventions are really well produced, then the traditional in-the-hall cheering may not come back.” On Wednesday, the third night of the Democratic convention, many Massachusetts delegates will be watching the action not in Milwaukee, but on a big-screen TV at the old Suffolk Downs horse-race track in East Boston.Fewer people in attendance means less can go wrong. A running drama before the 2016 Democratic convention was whether Sanders supporters would try to embarrass the nominee, Hillary Clinton. And indeed, they did. When the Vermont senator implored his supporters to elect Clinton during a speech, they booed.[Read: Bernie Sanders supporters: ‘People are going to protest’]Nothing like that should unfold when Democrats meet next week. Only a couple hundred people are expected in Milwaukee, down from the tens of thousands that the party had anticipated before the coronavirus took hold. No state delegations will be coming. Wisconsin officials will call the convention to order and deliver speeches live from the Wisconsin Center. Production crews will package feeds and send them out to TV audiences. For the nominee, the upside is “you don’t have to listen to dissident delegates—they’re all at home,” says Shafer, who has attended every convention since 1980. “They can’t mount a counter-demonstration—they’re not there. They can’t walk out—because they can’t walk in.”Gone too, though, is the raucous interplay between the party speakers and the crowd. While Trump may well get his grand backdrop, he won’t be able to re-create the thrill of an arena audience chanting “Four more years!” before the balloons drop. Tamer livestream events could also drive away the TV audience he craves. Whatever pitch he makes to undecided voters—if he even makes one—won’t matter if no one is watching.“Do you really think the people in the middle are going to turn off Hulu and Netflix and YouTube and say, ‘I want to hear another Trump speech from the White House castigating Biden’? No,” Estrich told me. “And Biden? Let’s face it. He has many strengths as a leader; a memorable speaker is not one of them. He’s given two acceptance speeches at conventions. Can you remember a single line?”Should the conventions permanently fade, would-be stars could miss their chance to launch. A fair argument can be made that Barack Obama wouldn’t have become president had he not delivered his memorable keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic convention. (“There’s not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America—there’s the United States of America.”) And the nation’s shared political lore will inevitably suffer. Hard as the organizers work to stave off unwanted drama, reality always intrudes, revealing some important truths about the fraught state of our politics.When Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spoke at the 2016 GOP convention, he was booed for not endorsing Trump—an episode that drove home the bitter divide that Trump’s GOP takeover had spawned. (Cruz and Trump would later set aside differences and become allies.) When Bill Clinton gave a 35-minute speech at the 1988 convention, cheers rose up when he announced he was nearly done. The cold rebuke may have made an impression: Four years later, he won the presidency partly on the strength of speeches that appealed to voters struggling through a recession. In a blow to party unity, a defeated Ted Kennedy refused at the 1980 Democratic convention to give President Jimmy Carter what he wanted: a photo of the two standing together onstage, hands clasped and raised high.“I would hate to lose the theater of politics, which is so important to keeping people captivated,” Mike McCurry, Clinton’s former White House press secretary, told me. A virtual convention may be safer. It may be cheaper. It may be the future. But it will be inescapably more bland. And we’ll be poorer for it.
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Mets’ Jeff McNeil feared worst after ‘scary’ crash into wall
Jeff McNeil was afraid he’d suffered more than a contusion to his left knee when he crashed into the left-field fence making a run-saving catch of an Asdrubal Cabrera fly ball to end the first inning of Thursday’s win over the Nationals at Citi Field. He didn’t play in the Mets’ 6-5 loss to the...
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Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 8/14/20: Did Anyone Win the $31 Million?
The largest ever Mega Millions jackpot was won on October 23, 2018, with the lucky winner taking home $1.586 billion prize.
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Kamala Harris Was Picked for VP to 'To Insulate Joe Biden From Racism' Fox Guest Says
Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell appeared on Fox News wearing a MAGA hat and criticized the nomination.
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This was familiar, but not normal Jets training camp opener
It felt good. It felt familiar. The opening of Jets training camp, the first day on the field, began with a greeting from owner Christopher Johnson as he surveyed his 2020 team for the first time together on the field. It was shortly after 9:30 Friday morning and the entire roster was assembled at the...
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'I Make Underground Bunkers Complete With Gyms, Pools and Escape Tunnels'
I have put swimming pools, bowling alleys and horse stables underground. Buying a bunker is a lot like building your own custom home. Our "The Aristocrat" bunker has a gym, bowling alley and swimming pool on the floor plan.
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Fantasy baseball owners must snag some of these rookies
Service time for youngsters routinely becomes an issue for some MLB clubs, and here in the time of COVID, we expected it to be an even bigger problem. Some of your more frugal fantasy baseball owners prefer to delay the start of any player’s arbitration clock and now were expected to be even less enthusiastic...
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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow skips Durham probe's guilty plea -- despite previous Russia obsession
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was once the go-to cable news host for the latest developments on what she believed was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Now, she seems to be steering clear of the latest developments that undermine the narrative she pushed for years. 
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Couple stages romantic dinner on Brooklyn Bridge, makes the rest of us look bad
Leave some romance for the rest of us, will ya?
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Surprising Nets relishing underdog role vs. Raptors
After starting the Orlando journey on July 31 as a depleted mess, the Brooklyn Nets became the bubble surprise of August. Now this gritty group heads to the playoffs Monday against No. 2 seed Toronto full of bravado and only needing a Disney World passport. The neutral, fan-less Disney venue might be key to aiding...
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How a NASA scientist accidentally invented the Super Soaker
Dr. Lonnie Johnson might be one of the most brilliant inventors of our time. He holds over 100 patents, including ones for the Super Soaker and the Nerf gun.
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Islanders’ special teams come up big vs. Capitals
It wasn’t always pretty, but the Islanders’ special teams answered the call Friday night. After being let down by both units in Game 1, the Islanders got important contributions from both in Game 2 to come up with a 5-2 win over the Capitals. The Islanders did a better job of staying out of the...
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Meghan Markle on returning home during George Floyd unrest: ‘just devastating’
In an online interview Friday, Meghan Markle blasted the “toxicity” of journalism and complained it was “just devastating” to be in the U.S. during the civil unrest over police brutality. “It was so sad to see where our country was in that moment,” Markle said of the protests, speaking during an interview with Emily Ramshaw,...
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More than 40 hurt or killed in bloody week of NYC shootings
A bloody week of shootings in New York City had by 2 a.m. Saturday left behind at least 42 victims — including eight who died. In all, there were at least 32 shootings this week before sunrise Saturday. By comparison, there were only 26 shootings in all of the same week last year. On Friday...
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Trump says NYC was 'so good' before he left, not so much anymore
New York City was in far better shape when he was campaigning for the White House in 2016 than it is today, President Trump lamented in a Twitter message Friday.
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Health officials in Illinois have identified Covid-19 cases linked to a 'mini-prom'
Health officials in southern Illinois are looking for people who attended a "mini-prom" earlier this month and may been exposed to multiple confirmed cases of coronavirus.
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How many of these sad pandemic achievements have you unlocked?
Bread bakers and doom scrollers, unite.
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Record wave of deadly shootings hits US cities. More police aren't the answer, activists say
Experts say efforts to reduce violence must focus on systemic reform for communities of color, not just more police officers on the streets.        
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How one Jets unit is building chemistry during tough times
The Jets offensive line is hoping they can speed up the bonding process with text message chains and games of “Call of Duty.” Center Connor McGovern, one of four new starters along the line, said Friday that the group is doing whatever it can to build chemistry before the regular season gets here. “It’s a...
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The father of a 5-year-old boy killed in North Carolina says the suspect was a neighbor for eight years
The grieving father of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy allegedly killed by a neighbor is sharing details on the final moments leading up to the shooting.
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Trump's Israel-UAE peace deal is 'good news,' Dems admit to Bill Maher
"Real Time" host Bill Maher on Friday offered some rare praise for President Trump after his administration brokered a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier in the week. 
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Georgia state trooper charged with murder in shooting of black driver
A white Georgia state trooper was fired and charged with murder on Friday in the shooting of a black driver last week. Jacob Gordon Thompson, 27, was arrested on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault after he fatally shot Julian Lewis, 60, last Friday as Lewis tried to flee a traffic stop in Screven...
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Twins’ Randy Dobnak is fantasy baseball pitcher you can’t live without
Pop quiz, hot shot: Which pitcher entered Friday tied for the league lead in wins (three) and had the majors’ lowest ERA (0.90)? If your guess was Randy Dobnak, the bespectacled Twins pitcher with a 4.99 Uber driver rating (yes, he drove an Uber while pitching in the minors) and the Goose Gossage-like mustache, you...
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Starting this weekend, Walmart is converting its parking lots into free drive-in theaters
Tired of movie nights at home? Walmart has the perfect solution for bored quarantiners.
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Brooklyn man shot to death outside of apartment building in Flatbush
A Brooklyn man was gunned down in broad daylight right outside his apartment building on Friday. Deshawn Reid, 28, was fatally shot in the torso around 4 p.m. in front of his home on Ocean Avenue, near Crooke Avenue, police said. Reid was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, where he was pronounced dead,...
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New CDC guidance says Covid-19 rates in children 'steadily increasing'
Health experts say children make up more than 7% of all coronavirus cases in the US -- while comprising about 22% of the country's population -- and the number and rate of child cases have been "steadily increasing" from March to July.
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Greg Schiano looks to use coronavirus hiatus to Rutgers’ advantage
Greg Schiano has waited nine years to coach another Rutgers football game. What’s an extra five months? Or 13 months? It can be an opportunity. At Rutgers, the initial disappointment of a canceled Big Ten fall season because of safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic quickly was replaced by embracing the bonus time to improve...
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