Meat industry struggles to return as more workers get sick

More than 11,000 virus cases are tied to three major processors and more than 60 people have died throughout the industry, illustrating the challenge of reopening the country even for essential businesses.
President Trump participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. (Polaris/Bloomberg News)
President Trump participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. (Polaris/Bloomberg News)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, prepare to lay a wreath Monday at a ceremony in New Castle, Del. (AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, prepare to lay a wreath Monday at a ceremony in New Castle, Del. (AP)
Vietnam War veteran Bernie Klemanek, 73, of Mineral, Va., is seen at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on Monday. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Vietnam War veteran Bernie Klemanek, 73, of Mineral, Va., is seen at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on Monday. (Matt McClain/The Post)

Memorial Day offers an array of contrasts as Trump and Biden salute war dead — with and without masks

The disparate approaches played out as the country’s reported death toll approached 100,000.

Trump, saying governor is in ‘shutdown mood,’ threatens to pull GOP convention out of N.C.

The president, who has pressured other Democratic governors to reopen their states, singled out Gov. Roy Cooper (D) for a guarantee of full attendance in Charlotte in August.

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In Florida, some older voters cast a skeptical eye toward Trump’s reelection

Those 65 and older in the swing state are moving toward Joe Biden amid the chaos of the Trump presidency and the coronavirus pandemic that has savaged the economy.

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Danilo Rivera, a resident of Herndon, Va., shares living space with is wife, son and two other families. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Post)

Crowded housing and essential jobs compound health risks for Latinos

Local governments have struggled to offer isolation options, testing and Spanish-language help to hard-hit Latino neighborhoods across the United States.
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Biden places wreath at veterans memorial in Delaware

The visit marked the first time the presumptive Democratic nominee has left his neighborhood in two months.

Democrats condemn federal plan for virus testing that puts much of the burden on states

In a joint letter, Democratic leaders said the plan “confirms that President Trump’s national testing strategy is to deny the truth that there aren’t enough tests and supplies, reject responsibility and dump the burden onto the states.”
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Syria’s Assad is confronting the toughest challenges of the 9-year war

A feud within President Bashar al-Assad’s family, a collapsing economy and strains with Russia expose his regime’s fragility.
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Nightlife in Italy comes roaring back, alarming some politicians

The quick resumption of nightlife from Milan to Naples came as a reminder that even countries deeply scarred by the pandemic might struggle to put prolonged controls on crowds and carefree socializing.
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Filiz Degidiben works as part of a contact-tracing team in Berlin. (Getty Images)

While U.S. and Britain struggle to roll out contact tracing, Germany has been doing it from the start

In contrast to the tracing programs heralded in other countries, Germany’s effort is decidedly low-tech, relying heavily on phone calls.

In veterans’ home slammed by virus, chronic problems aided a disaster

Residential centers for the aged of all kinds have been hit hard by the virus, but the disaster at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, a state-run facility in western Massachusetts, has highlighted gaps in the patchwork oversight of state-run veterans’ homes.

Woman taken hostage by college student suspected of murder is found safe

The woman, whose boyfriend was found shot to death Sunday at a home in Derby, Conn., was located on Monday at a rest stop near Paterson, N.J. The suspect is at large.
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Customers sit at an outdoor table at a restaurant in downtown Indianapolis. (AP)
Customers sit at an outdoor table at a restaurant in downtown Indianapolis. (AP)

Cities closed streets to make way for recreation and restaurants. Could the closures last beyond the pandemic?

Following moves to close or repurpose streets from Oakland to Tampa, cities including Washington are considering ways for restaurants to space out tables by putting them on roads and for neighborhoods to close streets to traffic to make walking and biking safer.
Alex Walton hangs shower curtains between chairs in the Before & After Barbershop in Raleigh, N.C., in preparation to reopen on May 22. (AP)
Alex Walton hangs shower curtains between chairs in the Before & After Barbershop in Raleigh, N.C., in preparation to reopen on May 22. (AP)

Number of black business owners falls 40 percent, far more than other groups amid the pandemic

Minority-owned businesses have suffered disproportionately in a crisis that’s also killing nonwhite Americans at higher rates and eliminating more of their jobs.
Jennifer King was an assistant coach of the Arizona Hotshots in 2019. (Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)
Jennifer King was an assistant coach of the Arizona Hotshots in 2019. (Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)

Jennifer King has been a cop, a QB and a national champion. Next: Redskins assistant coach.

“I think the ultimate drive for me is to be successful and great at whatever I was doing,” said King, who is the first African American woman to hold a full-time NFL coaching job.
A mannequin displaying a face mask is seen outside a store in Ocean City, Md., during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. (Getty Images)
A mannequin displaying a face mask is seen outside a store in Ocean City, Md., during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. (Getty Images)

Gov. Hogan empowered local leaders to continue their shutdowns. They wish he hadn’t.

Maryland’s patchwork reopening left counties on the defensive and searching for resources, some Democrats said.

Mayor Bowser says D.C. is ‘back on track’ for gradual reopening; Virginia reports record number of new cases

Most of the cases in the state were from the Washington suburbs, but leaders in Northern Virginia said they are planning for a transition to Phase 1 of reopening starting at the end of the week.
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Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb performs with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1960. (Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb performs with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1960. (Popperfoto/Getty Images)
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Consummate jazz drummer for Miles Davis dies at 91

Jimmy Cobb helped drive Davis’s masterpiece “Kind of Blue,” an album of transcendent lyricism and spontaneity that became one of the top-selling jazz recordings of all time.
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Cattle grazing at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga. (White Oak Pastures)

The meat industry’s supply chain is failing, but these smaller farms can still meet your needs

Supermarkets may have a limited supply of beef and chicken, but you can still get your meat at these online shops dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices.
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)

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