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There’s a growing body of evidence from Europe suggesting that schools can operate safely. But no country has attempted to reopen schools with anything like the outbreak now raging in America, Axios World Editor Dave Lawler writes.
What Europe learned:
Social distancing: Danish class sizes were initially limited to around 12, and arrival times were staggered to avoid crowding.
Masks: Countries including Austria initially required masks but loosened those restrictions over time.
"Bubbles": When the U.K. fully reopens schools in September, smaller subsets of students will spend classes, lunch and recess together — an approach several other countries have experimented with.
What to watch: It remains unclear how susceptible children are to the virus.
In a wild interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," President Trump defended his statement July 1 that the coronavirus "at some point, that's going to sort of just disappear. I hope."
Trump refused to call the Confederate flag offensive: "It depends on who you’re talking about, when you’re talking about. ... [W]hen people proudly have their Confederate flags, they’re not talking about racism. They love their flag, it represents the South, they like the South." ...
Trump repeated his threat to schools that don't reopen: "We’re not going to fund them. We’re not going to give them money if they’re not going to school."
On whether he'll accept the results of November's election, Trump said: "I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say 'yes.' I’m not going to say 'no.'" (Video)
🍿 Video: Chris Wallace fact-checks Trump on U.S. virus mortality rate.
"It wasn’t uncommon for Congressman John Lewis’ staff to find apologies in his mail," Tamar Hallerman writes in a memorable story for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, hometown paper for the civil rights legend, who died Friday at 80:
In Paris, "Le Cinéma sur l'Eau" is a free-floating theater with 38 electric boats, installed in compliance with social distancing rules.
President Trump's prepared remarks as he spoke to a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing on April 18. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
The N.Y. Times writes in an autopsy of April decision-making that President Trump's effort to shift responsibility for the pandemic to the states was at the heart of "a catastrophic policy blunder" that contributed to "perhaps one of the greatest failures of presidential leadership in generations."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a friend for 30 years of Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator, "would describe her as more political than him, a 'different species," The Times reports (subscription):
Fauci privately warned that the virus was going to be difficult to control, often commenting that he was the "skunk at the garden party." ...
Birx regularly delivered what the new team was hoping for. ... She endorsed the idea that the death counts and hospitalization numbers could be inflated. ...
She routinely told colleagues that the United States was on the same trajectory as Italy, which had huge spikes before infections and deaths flattened to close to zero. ... "We've hit our peak," she would say ...
Dr. Birx’s belief that the United States would mirror Italy turned out to be disastrously wrong. The Italians had been almost entirely compliant with stay-at-home orders ... Americans ... began backing away by late April from what social distancing efforts they had been making ...
Italy’s recovery curve, it turned out, looked nothing like the American one.
Keep reading (subscription).
A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying a United Arab Emirates Mars spacecraft has been placed on the launch pad for tonight's scheduled liftoff for the Arab world's first interplanetary mission, AP reports.
Two other Mars missions are planned this month, by the U.S. and China.
The Red Sox socially distance during practice at Fenway Park. Photo: Michael Dwyer/AP
Public health experts have a mixed prognosis for plans by 30 baseball teams to play a 60-game season, opening Thursday night with Yankees @ Nats.
The sport produces less on-field risk than basketball, football or hockey, AP's Jake Seiner writes.
Players will be tested every 48 hours. Masks and social distancing are a must at all times, except on the field.
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Plentiful acorns last fall meant a big buffet when chipmunks got busy breeding this spring, and now New England has a bumper crop of varmints, AP reports.
Chipmunks are digging holes in gardens, tunneling under lawns.
What's next: Small-mammal populations boom and bust.
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