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  • The coronavirus wave around the country is different than what NYC faced two months ago, mostly because when it first hit the city, there was "a near-total lack of awareness and understanding of what was going on until it was way too late."
  • Herman Cain was at Trump’s rally in Tulsa not wearing a mask. Herman Cain tweeted yesterday that people are "fed up" with mandatory mask rules. Today, Herman Cain tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently receiving treatment in an Atlanta-area hospital.
  • A white woman was captured in an intense video pulling a gun on a Black mother and her 15-year-old daughter in Michigan. She has now been charged.
  • The Times has an excellent, somewhat convoluted profile of the one-and-only filmmaker Charlie Kaufman: the author writes they were worried "people would skim through the article I was writing impatiently, feeling exhausted by Kaufman and his tendency to process every minuscule facet of existence through a vast, clattering, Rube Goldberg machine of introspection. But in real life, it was actually pretty moving to listen to. His vulnerability didn’t make you want to turn away from him; it made you want to be vulnerable too."
  • If you can afford to eat out at a restaurant or get takeout, Grub Street argues you should tip at least 50%. (While we're at it, wear a mask when interacting with waitstaff.)
  • Republicans and Democrats are considering new aid for workers and businesses to help them through the pandemic, but it's unclear whether the Trump administration is engaged on the matter.
  • Vanilla Ice has wisely decided to put his July 4th Austin concert on ice.
  • Hugh Downs, longtime anchorman for 20/20 and The Today Show, has died. He was 99.
  • A manager and two job applicants who were rejected by Facebook have filed a complaint against the company alleging that it is biased against Black employees in evaluations, promotions, pay and hiring practices.
  • If you don't want people using dangerous fireworks, then you should probably not make them look this badass.
  • And finally, here is a preview of a perfect weekend: