As death toll rises, pressure mounts on governors to require masks

A growing chorus of local officials and health experts has warned that infections could continue to spiral out of control unless governors issue public health measures that apply to everyone.
Parents and children arrive at school in Toulouse on June 22, the day schools reopened in France on a compulsory basis. (AFP/Getty Images)
Parents and children arrive at school in Toulouse on June 22, the day schools reopened in France on a compulsory basis. (AFP/Getty Images)
Students practice social distancing measures in Finland, where public health researchers found no evidence of school spread of the coronavirus after in-person classes resumed in May. (AFP/Getty Images)
Students practice social distancing measures in Finland, where public health researchers found no evidence of school spread of the coronavirus after in-person classes resumed in May. (AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean soldiers disinfect a classroom at a school where two cases of coronavirus transmission were identified. (AP)
South Korean soldiers disinfect a classroom at a school where two cases of coronavirus transmission were identified. (AP)

Reopened schools in Europe and Asia have largely avoided outbreaks. They have lessons for the U.S.

Much remains unknown about the interaction between children, schools and the coronavirus. And parents and teachers, especially in Europe, have been vocal about their concerns.

Big changes in small towns are fueling a racial justice movement across the Midwest

In the past decade, the number of young people of color living in the Midwest has surged and the older white population has nearly stalled — part of a nationwide transformation helping to drive Black Lives Matter protests.
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Why Trump’s pardon history is so extraordinary

An inordinate number of his pardons and commutations have gone to people with personal or political ties to him. He has also shown himself willing to intervene in serious cases, such as those involving murder or corruption, that other presidents have avoided.

Covid-19 upends major, years-in-the-making study on babies and poverty

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Republican governors who opposed mask mandates start to soften

Even in states where governors suggest mask rules are unenforceable, mayors are allowed to chart their own course.

N.Y. judge gives Trump deadline in lawsuit over tax returns

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The point isn’t that the cognitive test is easy. The point is that Trump keeps bragging about it.

President Trump and his allies have invested a lot of energy in questioning former vice president Joe Biden’s mental acuity, given the likelihood that Trump and Biden will face off in November.
Ulhas Kamathe, a gym owner from Mumbai, is known as the Chicken Leg Piece Guy. Millions watched him eat chicken legs on TikTok. (Yogendra Chavhan)
Ulhas Kamathe, a gym owner from Mumbai, is known as the Chicken Leg Piece Guy. Millions watched him eat chicken legs on TikTok. (Yogendra Chavhan)

Millions watched an Indian man eat chicken legs on TikTok until the app was banned

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Ukraine’s bank chief quit and a coffin was left as a warning in a scandal that threatens the country’s economic health

Claims of political interference in the central bank threaten billions in future IMF help.

Bahrain found evidence of torture behind confessions. But the death sentences still stand.

One court threw out the sentences after learning of abuse. Another court reimposed them.
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Protesters march past a Detroit police precinct after a shooting July 10, 2020. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)
Protesters march past a Detroit police precinct after a shooting July 10, 2020. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

Protesters gather in Detroit after police shoot and kill man who officers say shot at them first

Police arrested at least eight protesters, who allegedly threw rocks and bottles.
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Nebraska kicker Lane McCallum is carried off the field after kicking the game-winning field goal against Northwestern on Oct. 5, 2019. (Francis Gardler/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)
Nebraska kicker Lane McCallum is carried off the field after kicking the game-winning field goal against Northwestern on Oct. 5, 2019. (Francis Gardler/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

The college football season is in trouble

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Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN apologize after reporter’s profane email to Sen. Josh Hawley

The NBA scribe responded to a letter the Republican senator from Missouri had sent to Commissioner Adam Silver taking issue with the league's stance on social justice issues.
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The Arthur Ashe statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Post)

Arthur Ashe, who stood for so much, might be the last statue standing in Richmond

As Confederate statues have been removed, the one honoring the city native, tennis great and humanitarian remains.
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A sixth-grader’s killing isn’t proof black lives don’t matter to black people. It’s proof of our collective failure.

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Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on the set of “The Old Guard.” (Mohammed Kamal/Netflix)
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Entertainers promised to see us through the quarantine. Even they are running out of steam.

Online cocktail hours and basement concerts sounded like a great idea until streaming fatigue set in.
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A Goya boycott has people sharing alternatives for adobo, sazón and more pantry staples

People are sharing alternative brands and recipes from their abuelas after deciding to boycott the company when its CEO, Robert Unanue, heaped praise on President Trump.
Union Station in Washington is quiet on a weekday, with fewer passengers traveling by train. (Andrea Sachs/The Post)
Union Station in Washington is quiet on a weekday, with fewer passengers traveling by train. (Andrea Sachs/The Post)

We took a plane, train and (rental) automobile for the experience, not the journey

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