7-day average case total in U.S. sets record for 27th straight day

Local officials issued dire warnings about the spread of infections, blaming outbreaks on early reopenings and saying the virus was rapidly outpacing containment efforts.

Congress departs for two-week recess without addressing spikes in cases, economic woes

The House and Senate adjourned as cases are rising in numerous states. Both chambers will face crucial decisions when they return, but there appears to be no willingness to compromise yet.
Physician Paul Aguillon examines a poultry plant worker at his office in Georgetown, Del. (Michael E. Miller/The Post)
Physician Paul Aguillon examines a poultry plant worker at his office in Georgetown, Del. (Michael E. Miller/The Post)

‘Are you ready to go back?’ After covid-19, a poultry worker fears a return to work.

Many of his co-workers at Perdue Farms in Georgetown, Del., had also fallen ill. One friend died. Then, at an appointment in late May, his doctor told him, “According to those recommendations, the government thinks you’re ready to return to work tomorrow.”

Scientists urge WHO to address airborne spread of virus

In a paper to be published this week, more than 200 experts warn that covid-19 can spread through droplets in the air that can be more infectious in smaller amounts than previously thought.
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1978–2020

Tony-nominated Broadway star dies at 41

Cordero was nominated for his supporting role in the 2014 musical “Bullets Over Broadway.” After being put on a ventilator to treat the coronavirus, he developed blood clots that led doctors to amputate his leg.

Protest erupts in Phoenix after police fatally shoot man in parked car

Bystander video of the shooting went viral over the weekend, prompting protesters to march Sunday, outraged by another deadly incident amid nationwide demonstrations against police brutality.

White vandals target Black Lives Matter slogan in California

A woman in flip-flops and a patriotic shirt splattered a can of black paint over the bright yellow “L” in “Black” heaving her paint roller over the letters outside the Contra Costa County courthouse.
“We’ve learned that you can’t arrest your way out of problems.”
— Robert Contee, assistant chief of the District’s Metropolitan Police Department
“The blue code of silence — and the blue code of wanting to be accepted by your peers — is juvenile.”
— Heather Taylor, homicide sergeant in St. Louis
“It’s not just white officers guilty of this stuff. Black officers are guilty. It is the blue line.”
— David J. Thomas, retired officer who now counsels officers in Gainesville, Fla.
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The duty and burden of the black police officer

Cop culture is largely white, conservative and hostile to outside critics. Can it be changed from the inside?
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The Past, Rediscovered

Depicted kneeling before Lincoln in a statue, this enslaved man broke his chains in pursuit of freedom

Archer Alexander was the real-life model for the freed slave in the Emancipation Memorial, which protesters in D.C. have demanded be removed. But Alexander didn't wait to be emancipated — he escaped slavery on his own.
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‘The Cursed Platoon,’ Part 2

1st Lt. Clint Lorance had been in charge of his Army platoon for three days when he ordered them to kill three Afghans on a dirt road. After a second-degree murder conviction, Lorance was pardoned by President Trump, hailed as a hero. His troops suffered a different fate.
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Trump, Biden campaigns shift focus to coronavirus as pandemic surges

The former vice president is seizing on his opponent’s stumbling response to the crisis, while the the president's campaign seeks ways to reframe the issue — and hope that Americans become numb to the death toll.

Remains of missing soldier identified by Army, family says

Spc. Vanessa Guillén’s disappearance and the subsequent search for her, underscored by her family’s allegations she faced sexual harassment from superiors, created waves in Latino media and rage within the Guillén family.
An abandoned aircraft sits on a makeshift landing strip in the east side of Laguna del Tigre National Park.
An abandoned aircraft sits on a makeshift landing strip in the east side of Laguna del Tigre National Park.
Guatemalan soldiers patrol the east of Laguna del Tigre National Park.
Guatemalan soldiers patrol the east of Laguna del Tigre National Park.
Police and soldiers destroyed an airstrip that was used by narcotraffickers.
Police and soldiers destroyed an airstrip that was used by narcotraffickers.

The Guatemalan rainforest: Lush jungle, Mayan ruins and narco jets full of cocaine

The vast Laguna del Tigre National Park is home to Central America’s largest rainforest. It’s also a new way station for South American cocaine bound for the United States.
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Duckworth emerging as a contender to be Biden’s running mate

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a Purple Heart recipient and veteran of the Iraq War, is being looked at seriously, according to the people with knowledge of the search.
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Trump turned July Fourth into a partisan event. The damage could be long-lasting.

The president is losing the war against the novel coronavirus, and his reelection campaign is struggling. In response, he has decided to start a different war.
Poll manager Mary Ellison, stickers in hand, prepares to give voters instructions in Columbia, S.C., during the primary. (Lucian Perkins for The Post)
Poll manager Mary Ellison, stickers in hand, prepares to give voters instructions in Columbia, S.C., during the primary. (Lucian Perkins for The Post)

Black female voters say they want what they’re owed: Power

Headed into November, several black women voters, organizers and activists say this could be the year they are finally valued — not just for their output but also for their input.

China detains Xu Zhangrun, leading critic of President Xi

The professor’s arrest comes at a time when the Communist Party is forcefully reasserting itself domestically as well as globally.

Chechen exiles are being hunted down. Often, the trail leads back to Russia.

A blogger gunned down Saturday in Austria was the latest victim. Russia denied charges of involvement in the wave of killings.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a visit to Sydney on Feb. 28. (Reuters)
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a visit to Sydney on Feb. 28. (Reuters)

Under Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand pivots on how to deal with China

After years of currying favor with Beijing, a subtle rebalancing is underway — yet the country wants to keep some distance from President Trump’s stance.
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Coronavirus will undermine trust in government for decades, research finds

Two new studies find that people exposed to pandemics in their formative years carry psychological scars for the rest of their lives.

An apparent social media hoax led armed militia members to flock to Gettysburg

On Independence Day, self-proclaimed militias, bikers and far-right groups flooded in — heavily armed and unaware, it seemed, that the mysterious Internet poster threatening to burn American flags was not who the person claimed to be.
(Clockwise from top left) Stevan Molinar, left, with two squad leaders in 2016; Frank Scafidi prepares for a mission in Vietnam; Lt. Col. Harry Lesher pins a First Lieutenant bar on Tom Knutsen in 1971; Victoria Chamberlin at the NCO academy in South Korea in 2014. (Courtesy of Stevan Molinar, Frank Scafidi, Tom Knutsen, Victoria Chamberlin)
(Clockwise from top left) Stevan Molinar, left, with two squad leaders in 2016; Frank Scafidi prepares for a mission in Vietnam; Lt. Col. Harry Lesher pins a First Lieutenant bar on Tom Knutsen in 1971; Victoria Chamberlin at the NCO academy in South Korea in 2014. (Courtesy of Stevan Molinar, Frank Scafidi, Tom Knutsen, Victoria Chamberlin)

We asked veterans to respond to The Post’s reporting on Clint Lorance and his platoon. Here’s what they said.

Many said they were moved to tears reading about the experiences of 1st Platoon. Others questioned how the soldiers could blindly follow orders to shoot at civilians.
An Uber Eats worker makes a delivery May 1 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
An Uber Eats worker makes a delivery May 1 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Uber acquires Postmates, expanding the food delivery business that has surged during pandemic

The $2.65 billion all-stock deal continues Uber’s aggressive push into food delivery.

Firms are hiring their own epidemiologists to deal with the pandemic

In a sign of how complicated navigating the coronavirus outbreak has become, brands are rushing to hire scientists to help guide their reopening and reassure a nervous public.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, left, and minority owner Robert Rothman, center, talk with team president Bruce Allen prior to a Dec. 29, 2019, game against Dallas in Arlington, Tex. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, left, and minority owner Robert Rothman, center, talk with team president Bruce Allen prior to a Dec. 29, 2019, game against Dallas in Arlington, Tex. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)

Redskins’ minority owners look to sell stakes in team amid ongoing turmoil

Robert Rothman, Dwight Schar and Frederick W. Smith are “not happy being a partner” of Daniel Snyder, one person familiar with the deliberations said.
Davon McNeal with his mother, Crystal McNeal, who works for the D.C. government as a violence interrupter. (Family photo)
Davon McNeal with his mother, Crystal McNeal, who works for the D.C. government as a violence interrupter. (Family photo)

11-year-old fatally shot in Southeast D.C. at anti-violence July 4 cookout

Davon McNeal was shot and killed near the end of a trust-building event organized by his mother Crystal McNeal.

Man whose wrongful conviction revealed FBI forensic flaws dies at 59

Santae Tribble’s exoneration in 2012 of a 1978 D.C. slaying helped launch a Justice Department review.
Helicopters fly over President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at an Independence Day celebration Friday at Mount Rushmore. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Helicopters fly over President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at an Independence Day celebration Friday at Mount Rushmore. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Perspective

Mount Rushmore is colossal kitsch, perfect for a populist spectacle

President Trump’s speech made monumental claims as blunt and overscale as the men behind him.
The cast of “The Baby-Sitters Club” poses with original series author Ann M. Martin, center, on the set of the new Netflix show. (Kailey Schwerman/Netflix)
The cast of “The Baby-Sitters Club” poses with original series author Ann M. Martin, center, on the set of the new Netflix show. (Kailey Schwerman/Netflix)

‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ was always progressive. Now, Netflix’s version is empowering a new generation.

For all its feel-good wholesomeness and nostalgia, Netflix’s “The Baby-Sitters Club” echoes its fresh-faced stars’ calls for a more equitable world.
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(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)

This saucy, smothered tofu with peppers and onions will have you dreaming of the Mexican coast

Mild tofu takes on the tart flavors of lime, olives, capers and white wine.
Kellee Edwards became the first black woman to host a series for the Travel Channel with her show “Mysterious Islands.” (Courtesy of Kellee Edwards)
Kellee Edwards became the first black woman to host a series for the Travel Channel with her show “Mysterious Islands.” (Courtesy of Kellee Edwards)

The future of travel, according to Travel Channel host Kellee Edwards

A conversation on the blessing and curse of not traveling, how solo trips might change, and how travel companies can do better by black travelers.
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