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  • The Times has an impressive data piece in which they analyzed "travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data" to show how the coronavirus epidemic has spun out of control.
  • The Governor of Texas has paused further reopenings in the state because of a "massive outbreak" of the coronavirus.
  • NY Magazine tries to understand why The Washington Post wrote 3,000 words about a non-famous woman who wore blackface (as Megyn Kelly) to the paper's Halloween party two years ago, and found that nobody at the paper really wanted to defend the piece. “No one I’ve spoken with at the Post can figure out why we published this story,” said one prominent reporter at the paper. “We blew up this woman’s life for no reason.”
  • The sudden increase in fireworks all across the country is likely not a psyop, the Times writes: "As is often the case with conspiracy theories, they said the truth is not an elaborate government plot, but very simple: After months of quarantine and social distancing, people are bored, and setting off fireworks for fun — and seeing fireworks just makes fireworks enthusiasts want to set off more fireworks."
  • Everything we know about bars and bar culture is changing because of the pandemic.
  • Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina explained why she plans to vote for Joe Biden.
  • After Jenny Slate dropped out of Big Mouth yesterday, Kristen Bell has also announced she will no longer voice a biracial character on AppleTV+'s Central Park.
  • Normal People is apparently returning for "two special episodes" set 40 years in the future (but still starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones).
  • People complaining about having to wear masks has turned town halls into real life Parks & Recreation scenes.
  • NASA will rename its headquarters building after Mary W. Jackson, the first female African American engineer at the space agency.
  • Best news of the day: Bill Callahan is releasing a 10 track album in September titled Gold Record.
  • Dixie Chicks have changed their name to The Chicks.
  • And finally, watch 22 teddy bears ride a rollercoaster: