US: 'Strike for Black Lives,' Walmart, Sam's Club will start requiring masks: 5 things to know Monday

Fact check: New England journal article taken out of context, didn't bash face masks

  Fact check: New England journal article taken out of context, didn't bash face masks The authors say they support mask wearing when people are in close quarters and that their words have been taken out of context. The May 21 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine included a "perspective" article titled "Universal Masking in Hospitals in the COVID-19 Era" that questioned the usefulness of mask wearing outside a hospital or other health care facility. The article was first published on the journal's website on April 1.Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

a view of a house: Local artists paint a Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Florida. The mural will be ready when the city kicks of its Juneteenth celebrations on Friday morning. © Dirk Shadd, AP Local artists paint a Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Florida. The mural will be ready when the city kicks of its Juneteenth celebrations on Friday morning.

A 'Strike for Black Lives' will bring together workers calling for end to systemic racism

Linking the fight against police brutality with a broader need for racial equity and justice, major unions and civil rights groups will stage a nationwide walk out Monday to demand change. The Strike for Black Lives will take place in more than 25 cities, from Los Angeles to Boston, and could draw tens of thousands of workers. The plan is to walk off the job and stage other protests to call for better wages and an end to systemic racism both in the workplace and their communities. The union is joining with more than a dozen other groups including the United Farm Workers, the Fight for $15, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and the Movement for Black Lives.

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  • Racial housing gap: Gap between Black and white homeownership is vast, report finds.

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Floridians get ready to go to the polls

Florida’s registration deadline to vote is Monday. This comes as the Supreme Court refused last Thursday to let Florida felons who completed their sentences vote in a primary without first paying fees, fines and restitution, as the state currently requires. Voting rights groups challenged the requirement as unconstitutional, given that state voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 giving hundreds of thousands of felons the right to vote. The dispute over the voting rights of Florida's felons could be crucial in this fall's elections because of its perennial status as a swing state. There are about 775,000 felons in the state who have completed their prison sentences, including about 85,000 who registered to vote.

Juan Soto cleared to return following negative coronavirus tests

  Juan Soto cleared to return following negative coronavirus tests Soto tested positive for the coronavirus on Opening Day, and he has had several negative tests since. He was reportedly frustrated with the league’s testing process.Soto has tested negative for COVID-19 enough times for Major League Baseball to give him the green light, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

  • Florida continues to set tragic records: Cases have been skyrocketing in the Sunshine State.

No mask, no service

Walmart, Sam's Club, Kohl's, CVS, Walgreens and Lowe's will start requiring masks on Monday at stores nationwide. Other retailers have also announced upcoming mask mandates including Kroger, Target and Home Depot. "We know some people have differing opinions on this topic. We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials," Walmart and Sam’s Club’s chief operating officers said in a statement on Wednesday. The CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

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‘The Arena’ debuts, starring Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade

A new hour-long program, "The Arena," which first airs on TNT Monday, will focus on the NBA’s restart, the Black Lives Matter movement and more. The nightly program will be hosted by Cari Champion and will feature Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, Dwyane Wade, Draymond Green and a host of contributors. Barkley and Green working in such close proximity is sure to create great TV, as a well-documented beef between the current and former NBA stars has existed for years. Green said he does not want the series, a partnership with Bleacher Report, to be “about me vs. Chuck. This is about continuing to bring awareness to the issues that we face as Black Americans.”

MLB, MLBPA reportedly considering further rules changes for 2020

  MLB, MLBPA reportedly considering further rules changes for 2020 It appears that the recent run of COVID-19 infections within the Marlins organization has prompted further contemplation of rules changes. The MLB Players Association has reached out to its members to gauge their sentiment regarding a few potential tweaks, per Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic. © Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports The 30-man roster currently is in effect for first 2 weeks of the season. The proposed changes, if enacted, would be in place for the 2020 season. Right now, the 2 matters are only under discussion. No firm decisions made by the union or MLB. https://t.

  • NBA bubble: A visual look at all the steps the NBA and Disney are taking at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

Delta to require pre-flight evaluation for exceptions to mask policy

Airline passengers are required to wear face masks, and Delta is no exception. Starting Monday, anyone who books a Delta flight who requests an exemption from the mask requirement must undergo a medical evaluation at the airport before boarding.Delta's website encourages passengers who need to request an exemption to arrive at the airport early because the evaluation could take up to an hour. False claims of a disability or health condition to obtain an exemption for the mask requirement could result in the suspension of travel privileges. Passengers who are denied an exemption to the mask policy will receive a refund for their tickets, according to Delta.

  • Window or aisle seat? You bet. Delta CEO promises empty middle seats beyond September but admits, "It's not going to last forever."

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NFL opt-out deadline likely to be delayed? .
The initial August 3 deadline for NFL players to decide whether or not to opt out of the 2020 season is likely to be pushed back due to delays in formalizing the league’s CBA adjustments. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports NFL players will have a few extra days to make their decision on the 2020 season. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the opt-out deadline is meant to be seven days after the league’s COVID-19 protocols are finalized by both the NFL and NFLPA. That has not actually happened yet as of Wednesday night, meaning at this point the deadline won’t come any earlier than August 6.

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