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  • CNN reports that Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Here's a great, sobering Times interactive piece focusing on three transit workers who have paid dearly while continuing to work throughout the pandemic.
  • The pandemic has wiped out some longstanding mom-and-pop stores of NYC neighborhoods, including John Jovino Gun Shop in Little Italy, Coogan’s in Washington Heights, Gem Spa in East Village, Record Mart in Times Square, and Cranberry’s in Brooklyn Heights.
  • Senator Tom Cotton declared that slavery "was the necessary evil upon which the union was built," which NY Magazine calls gross historical revisionism.
  • Google employees won't return to offices until at least July 2021.
  • On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the human rights abuses the Uighur people are facing at the hands of the Chinese government, and why those atrocities are worth our undivided attention.
  • A Brooklyn man has been charged in the stabbing death of his wife, whose dismembered body was found near their holiday home in the south of France.
  • RIP open plans.
  • The Times takes a deep dive into the sick mind of the male supremacist lawyer suspected of killing the son of a federal judge in New Jersey.
  • Vice has a video piece on the underground Brooklyn fireworks scene.
  • Bill Callahan released "The Mackenzies," the fifth track from his upcoming album Gold Record, which means we’re now at the halfway point.
  • And finally, who doesn't want to share some watermelon with this guy: