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Published 3:02 a.m. ET Aug. 24, 2020 | Updated 7:36 a.m. ET Aug. 24, 2020
It’s the Republicans turn for their nominating convention
The Republican National Convention is here — ready or not. After a 2½-month scramble that involved constantly changing venues and ever-changing schedules, the RNC begins virtually Monday in both Charlotte, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. The event will be a far cry from the glitz of conventions past, primarily because of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Just like the Democratic National Convention, each night will have sub-themes to go along with the overall theme of “Honoring the Great American Story.” Monday night will be “Land of Promise.” Donald Trump is expected to accept his party’s presidential nomination on Thursday.
- Analysis: Three things Trump and the GOP need to do at their convention
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USPS head to appear before House panel
Top U.S. Postal Service officials will testify before the House Oversight Committee Monday amid increasing scrutiny of changes at the agency. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is set to appear alongside Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan. The hearing comes just days after the House returned from its August recess to pass a measure providing $25 billion for the USPS, which is unlikely to pass as it stands in the Republican-controlled Senate. DeJoy already appeared Friday before a Senate panel, where he acknowledged delays in mail delivery but steadfastly denied political motivations. He said changes at the agency were made to help restore the agency’s financial health and called it the Postal Service’s “sacred duty” to deliver election mail this November.
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Lawmakers in New York on Tuesday joined the public outcry calling Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s actions since taking over the helm of the U.S. Postal Service a “purposeful dismantling and delay” that should have all Americans concerned. (Aug. 18)
Gulf Coast braces as Tropical Storms Marco and Laura surge toward landfall
Tropical Storm Marco briefly grew to hurricane strength Sunday before weakening again, one of two powerful storms marching toward the Gulf Coast and threatening a historic double slam of landfalls within miles of each other. Marco is likely to make landfall in Louisiana late Monday. And, then, Tropical Storm Laura is expected to reach hurricane status before it roars into the state Wednesday. National Weather Service Meteorologist Benjamin Schott said such a confluence of storms hasn’t happened in the Gulf of Mexico in recorded history. Isolated areas could see 15 inches of rain from the two storms, he said.
Tropical Storms Laura and Marco continue to make their way towards the Gulf of Mexico. Both storms may hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. as hurricanes.
Aug. 24 is now known as Kobe Bryant Day in Orange County, California
It’s Kobe Bryant Day. Officials in Orange County, California, voted unanimously last week to dedicate Aug. 24 to the 18-time All-Star who died in January in a helicopter crash. The date was chosen for the two jersey numbers Bryant wore during his 20-year career with the Lakers: No. 8 and 24. It’s also a day after his birthday; He would have been 42 this year. “A treasured member of our Orange County community, Kobe Bryant was the basketball legend that inspired so many young men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel.
- Gone but not forgotten: Remembering Kobe Bryant on what would have been his 42nd birthday
UNC clears athletes to practice amid rising coronavirus cases; football resumes Monday
Football at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is set to resume practice Monday after the school temporarily paused all athletic activities last week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The school announced the move Saturday, allowing some programs to resume activities Sunday. That list includes the men’s and women’s basketball teams, cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. The announcement comes three days after the decision to pause activities amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases on campus, including in student housing and a fraternity. Those rising cases led the school to cancel in-person undergraduate classes in favor of remote instruction.
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