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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 07AUG20

The Alcona County Sheriff's Office reports that on Friday, July 31st at approximately 2:45pm, deputies were dispatched to a distress call on Lake Huron near the Harrisville Harbor. A 21 foot Sea Swirl boat lost power in both of its motors and became beached after drifting in from approximately a mile east of the harbor. The vessel was operated by Roger Lawcock of Bridgeport who along with his wife and three grandchildren were aboard the vessel. Deputies launched the Sheriff's patrol boat from the Harrisville Harbor and located the stranded vessel approximately 500 yards north of the Harbor. Deputies were able to toss a rescue line to the stranded boat and free it up from the shore. The vessel was then towed back to Harrisville Harbor. None of the occupants were injured. The Alcona County Sheriff's Office has conducted ten marine runs for assistance on Lake Huron so far this year. 

A bridge replacement project in Huron County has begun.  The bridge over the New River in Huron Township is being replaced. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, Moeller Road between New River Road and Iseler Road will be closed for approximately six weeks, weather permitting. Huron County Highway Engineer, Gary Osminksi, said the bridge dates back to the 1920's or 30's and will be replaced by a precast concrete bridge. The Huron County Road Commission contracted Nicol and Sons to complete the bridge project. The detour from the south is Verona Road to Shott Road to New River Road.

The Michigan State Police West Branch Post's "Trunkline Traffic Initiative" is still in effect. West Branch Post Troopers have dedicated approximately 165 hours of traffic enforcement to the main roadways including M-65, M-55, M-33, I-75 and U.S. 23. The goal of the traffic initiative is to reduce fatalities and injuries through education. West Branch Post Assistant Commander Lieutenant Mike Brown said one life lost or one injury sustained due to excessive speed or impaired driving is one too many. Patrol time is scheduled on a daily basis with locations of enforcement at the discretion of the trooper and sergeant.

The Crawford Ogemaw Oscoda Roscommon Intermediate School Board will hold a public hearing next week.  The COOR ISD Board of Education will host the hearing via their website. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the board is considering updates and will be seeking input to the district's anti-bullying policy. The hearing will begin at 6pm Wednesday, August 12th on COOR ISD Dot Net. The public may submit comments by 5:30pm that day at 989-275-9575. The Anti-Bullying Policy is available for public inspection by calling 989-275-9538 or emailing Info At COOR ISD Dot Net.

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 06AUG20

Two bars in Saginaw County have temporarily closed after employees may have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Coty’s Landing on Midland Road, and Baywood Lounge on Bay Road, both in Saginaw Township, are closed due to unrelated cases. Test results for staff members at Coty’s Landing are pending and a reopening date has yet to been established. Baywood Lounge closed on August 1st, after “a few staff members may have been exposed to Covid-19 through a mutual friend,” according to a post on the bar’s Facebook page. All staff were to be tested and the bar sanitized.

Bay City Police investigating a stabbing in a downtown park on Wednesday afternoon. It happened around 5:30PM at Wenonah Park where a fight broke out, one person was stabbed in the neck. The 22-year-old victim from Mount Pleasant was taken to a local hospital. He underwent surgery and is in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit. A 32-year-old Bay City man was arrested and is being held in the Bay County Jail on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapons.

Air Force officials recently announced how cleanup funding will be used at Wurtsmith Airport.  Plans were discussed at the Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory Board meeting. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the Air Force reported that more than half of the $13.5 million dollars it was given for contamination cleanup at the former base in Oscoda will go toward further investigation. Air Force official David Gibson said that 56% or $7.6 million dollars will be used for Remedial Investigation to delineate the nature and extent of PFAS across the entire former base. 41%, or $5.5 million dollars will be used for Interim Remedial Actions including  PFAS plumes impacting Van Ettan Lake and Clark's Marsh. The final 3%, or $355,000 dollars will be used to dispose of a PFAS contaminated concrete pad. The timeline for the plans is expected to begin later this year.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has planned a road project in Alcona County.  The road reconstruction project will be on U.S. 23 in Harrisville and Haynes Townships. According to the Alcona County Review, the project is slated to begin next spring and continue through the summer. The two mile reconstruction project will begin at Family Dollar in Harrisville and end just south of Lake Shore Drive. It will begin in early April and should be completed by the 4th of July weekend, weather permitting. Traffic will be detoured to M-72 to Barlow Road and F- 41 to Chippewa Point heading north with the reverse for southbound motorists. The highway will be open to local traffic to access residences and businesses during the project. 

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 05AUG20

The Alcona County Sheriff’s Department reports that on Saturday at approximately 6am, deputies were dispatched to the Cedar Lake Grocery Store in Greenbush Township for a breaking and entering complaint. Upon arrival, deputies observed the front door of the business to be broken out and entry had been made into the business. Deputies secured the site and requested the Michigan State Police K-9 Unit out of the Gaylord Post to assist. Deputies observed numerous liquor bottles stolen. At around noon, after further investigation, deputies located the suspect in a nearby residence, a 15 year old boy from Livonia. A juvenile petition was sent to the Alcona County Prosecutor. The suspect’s name is not being released because he is a juvenile.

The Michigan State Police Alpena Post says two men from Saginaw were arrested after a drug deal went wrong in Northern Michigan. 22-year-old John Harvey Gaddy and 17-year-old Duran Louis Lowe have been charged with felony accessory after the fact. MSP says the incident happened in Alpena County on August 1st when the suspects sold 400-dollars in imitation methamphetamine to the victims. Police later apprehended the suspects, they're now being held in the Alpena County Jail. (Photos: L-Gaddy, R-Lowe)

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 04AUG20

Today is Primary Election Day and there are numerous contested races in northeast Michigan.  In Alcona County there are contested races for the Road Commission and Board of Commissioners. In Arenac County voters will decide on races for Sheriff, Clerk and Board of Commissioner seat. In Iosco County there is a race for Sheriff and two Board of Commissioners seats. Voters in Ogemaw County will see contested races for Sheriff, Clerk and Board of Commissioner seat. In Oscoda County there are contested races for Sheriff, Clerk/Register of Deeds and Road Commissioner. There are also races at the township and city level. Polls are open until 8pm.

There are also many county-wide millage proposals on the ballot today.  In Alcona County there are proposals for EMS, MSU Extension and Veterans Affairs. Arenac County voters will decide on millages for Public Transportation, Ambulance Services, Sheriff Road Patrol and Senior Services. In Iosco County there are proposals for an Offset of the Millage Rollbacks, MSU Extension, Iosco Transit and EMS. In Ogemaw County there are millage proposals for Public Transit and for the Library. In Oscoda County voters will decide proposals for the Library and two Sheriff's Department millages. There are also proposals for Alcona Community Schools, AuGres-Sims Schools and Fairview Schools. There are also numerous Township and City level proposals on the ballot. Polls are open until 8pm.   

The Mio Ranger District of the Huron Manistee National Forest announced a new firewood cutting opportunity. The Mio Green Firewood Area, seven and a half miles east of Highway 33 on Evans Road, was developed to help improve forest landscape conditions by thinning the overstocked stand, while simultaneously providing an opportunity for the public to cut live and dead trees for firewood. The area permits the cutting of primarily oak and maple and a specific firewood permit is required. They can be purchased for $5 dollars per hundred cubic feet with a minimum purchase of $20 dollars at the Mio Ranger District Office, 107 McKinley Road in Mio. Fore more information call 989-826-3252.

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 03AUG20


The city of Omer has a new stoplight.  The new light is at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Main Street near the old courthouse. According to the Arenac County Independent, the new stoplight was installed by the Michigan Department of Transportation due to the detour for M-65. Omer Mayor Clark Sanford said the city has desired a stoplight since the fatal accident that occurred in December. He said that he is arguing to keep the stoplight after the detour is finished. Sanford added that he also wishes to install crosswalk buttons as well as warning signs for the new crosswalk. 

More than 1,200 homeowners and renters have been approved for more than $25.3 Million dollars in assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration due to May flooding. To date, the SBA has approved 141 loans to individuals and businesses totaling just over $10 Million dollars in Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland and Saginaw Counties. To register for federal disaster assistance do so at DisasterAssistance.gov or call toll free at 800-621-3362. The registration deadline is September 8th. Homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes can apply for SBA low interest loans to help cover immediate repair, rebuilding and replacement costs. Loan applications are available at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov.

Tawas City officials recently discussed an upcoming project.  Tawas City Council members unanimously approved the contract for the Sixth Avenue water main project. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the project was awarded to Schaaf & Associates Construction of East Tawas. The project will include approximately 1,100 feet of new water main and 180 feet of sewer along Sixth Avenue, from Second to Mathews Street. Cost for the project is estimated at just over $376,000 dollars. The bid also included $19,980 dollars for a fire hydrant replacement on the corner of Cedar and Oak Streets.     

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STATE NEWS for FRI 07AUG20

Governor Whitmer remains in the running as Joe Biden continues to narrow down the search for a running mate for the November election. MSNBC reports that the Biden campaign has been reaching out to the local chapters of the UAW, AFL-CIO and Teamsters to discuss their views on Whitmer. If she were to join the ticket and Biden wins, Lt Governor Garlin Gilchrist would become Michigan's first ever Black governor. Biden is expected to announce his choice next week.

A Port Huron restaurant owner has taken to Facebook to apologize for a public post saying the Governor "should go and kill herself." Mark Wrubel, who co-owns "Chef Shell's" made on the comment on a St. Clair County forum. Wrubel says he is afraid of "losing everything" and emotions got the best of him. Some people have been taking to the restaurant's Facebook page to say they will no longer dine there.

The number of Coronavirus cases in Michigan continuing to go up by the hundreds each day. The state health department announced 722 new cases on Thursday, as well as 26 new deaths. 17 of those deaths, however, were identified during a records review. Thursday's numbers put the totals at over 85,000 cases, and 6,200 deaths.

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The Lansing School District Board of Education announcing it will cancel all fall sports. The Lansing School District superintendent Sam Sinicropi said in a statement “I know how disappointing the cancellation of sports and extra-curricular activities may be for students, coaches and parents, but the school district must make decisions moving forward that makes safety our top-priority. Unlike college and professional sports where decisions are driven by money, our decisions about sports and extra- curricular activities must be made with safety as our defining factor.

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When it comes to casual dining "in" during the pandemic, a new survey shows Michigan residents are most likely to choose the Texas Roadhouse. The survey by Top Data shows that Olive Garden, Applebees, Chili's and Buffalo Wild Wings round out Michigan's top five. Most people, though, are still choosing fast food over dining in. Dining in is down by nearly 60 percent during the pandemic, while fast food revenues declined just 30 percent.

The city of Kalamazoo is delaying plans to install chicanes or “bump outs” in a north side neighborhood. The project kicked off on July 31st as residents discussed the problem of speeding and reckless driving with city officials. Deputy City Manager Jeff Chamberlain said in an email the project is now being reviewed after he received complaints from residents about the devices.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal three-vehicle crash on Marquette County Road. Officials say at 57-year-old Marquette man was killed in the accident when his vehicle crossed the center line and hit an oncoming car. The man was taken to UP Health System-Marquette with life threatening injuries -- and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The two other drivers involved in the crash did not require hospitalization.

Charges have been dropped against a driver involved an a fatal hit-and-run crash in Kalamazoo. 46-year-old Anita McClendon was killed in the accident on April 27th on Ada Street. A 19-year-old Kalamazoo female driver had been charged with operating a vehicle without a license causing death, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death. Kalamazoo County District Judge Kathleen Hemingway dismissed both charges without prejudice on Thursday. She said there was no evidence that McClendon died because of the injuries from the vehicle.

Grand Rapids police say a man was wounded in a shooting on the city's Southwest side last night. It happened around 7:50PM on Grandville Avenue, near Liberty Street. The victim was shot in the back and is hospitalized in critical condition. The shooting happened near the same area where a 12-year-old was shot two days earlier on Olympia Street SW.

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STATE NEWS for THU 06AUG20

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker has charged a man with murder for a double homicide of his ex-girlfriend and her friend in Grand Rapids earlier this year. 30-yearold Juan Nico Garcia is accused of killing Jai’onna Braden and Quavon Lee while they were sitting in a car on June 7th on Bemis Street near Eastern Avenue SE. Braden's mother says Garcia wouldn’t leave her daughter alone, and continued to call her relentlessly and in one instance breaking out her car windows

The Associated Press has declared Julie Rogers the winner of the Democratic primary for the 60th District in the Michigan House of Representatives. Rogers was ahead of Stephanie Moore by 423 votes once all precincts were in and absentee ballots were included in the count. Moore said she is looking into the possibility of a recount because of questions about the processing of ballots. Unofficial results indicate Rogers received more than 51% of the vote with 7,108 cast in her favor. Moore got 6,685 votes, more than 48% of the total. Another 35 votes were cast for write-in candidates.

Grand Rapids Public Schools administrators plan to provide students with the necessary devices for virtual learning this fall. Officials discussed the plan during an online town hall-style event Wednesday night. While students are able to use their own technology for virtual learning, the district is prepared to provide devices for all GRPS students. School administrators previously announced the plan for online-only education to start the upcoming school year. The Board of Education is expected to vote on the plan at its Monday, August 10th meeting. Classes are scheduled to begin August 25th.

A woman in St. Clair County has won a $1 million jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker instant game. 31-year-old Jodi Sass says she was going to a local store to buy sour cream for dinner and picked up a ticket -- she scratched it off when she got home and realized she was a winner. Sass bought her ticket at the Fargo Market on Fargo Road in Avoca. She visited Michigan Lottery headquarters last week to claim her prize. She chose a one-time lump-sum payment of 634-thousand dollars.

A Kent County man accused of killing his in-laws says he was hearing voices when he gave an alleged confession to the crime. 35-year-old Nathan Board testified during an online hearing yesterday. His attorney hopes to have the confession thrown out before Board’s trial on September 8th. Board is charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of Theodore and Patty Syrek. He told authorities he had been hearing voices for three week before allegedly confessing to the crime on September 5th, 2018, a day after the bodies were discovered.

Lake Odessa police say a woman nearly drowned in Jordan Lake on Wednesday evening. The 59-year-old woman was found unresponsive in the water around 6:20PM. She was pulled out of the lake by people at the scene. One witness performed CPR on her until the fire department arrived. The victim regained a pulse and was able to breath on her own, she was taken to the hospital for additional treatment.

Michigan-based Rocket Companies sets their Initial Public Offering prices at 18- DOLLARS per share, putting the companies value at 1-point-8 BILLION dollars. The initial offer price per share WAS expected to be in the 20 to 22-dollar range. The company will begin trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol R-K-T

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STATE NEWS for WED 05AUG20

It was a good night for issues in many communities in southwest Michigan. In Allegan County, fire , roads and parks and recreation issues passed, while in Clyde Township ambulance and fire proposals were approved. In Barry County, the Carlton Township fire millage was approved. The Hope Township fire and road issues passed. Two school issues were approved in Athens in Calhoun County.  Meanwhile, many issues were approved in the Upper Peninsula. A fire millage was approved in Au Train Township, Voters said yes to emergency services and operating millages in Burt Township. A senior assistance renewal was approved in Baraga County and a schools millage was approved in Baraga.

The increase in absentee ballots is slowing down the primary election results this morning in Wayne County. As of this morning, the county had posted close to 30-percent of the vote totals. So far, it appears that County prosecutor Kym Worthy is ahead of her challenger, Victoria Burton-Harris, with nearly 6o-percent of the votes. The state issued more than TWO million absentee ballots for yesterday's primary.

In Oakland County, police and fire millages were approved in Groveland Township, Independence Township, Oak Park and Orion Township. A public road millage was approved in Auburn Hills. Meanwhile, Proposal R in Royal Oak Township that would have allowed all forms of recreational marijuana establishments....failed.

The grandson of the founder of Meijer, Peter Meijer , has won the republican primary for the third congressional seat held by Justin Amash in west Michigan. The Michigan Republican Party says they'd like to congratulate Peter Meijer on his big win. They say when Michigan's third congressional district needed a voice in Washington, Justin Amash turned his back on constituents. Meijer will face Democrat Hillary Scholten (Skul-ten) in November. In the sixth congressional district , Congressman Fred Upton has beaten Elena Oelke (ol-key). Final results aren't decided on who he'll face in November. In the tenth district republican primary, Lisa McClain is leading State Representative Shane Hernandez. Congressman Paul Mitchell is not seeking re-election.

It is on to the general election in the race for U-S Senate in Michigan. Republican John James will take on Democrat Gary Peters in November. Peters, in a statement says, "I’m humbled and grateful for the diversity of support our campaign continues to receive from Michiganders across the state. It’s clear Michiganders want effective, bipartisan leaders who will work with anyone to get the job done." The Michigan Republican party said in a statement, "For too long, Gary Peters has been an ineffective and weak leader in Washington and Michiganders deserve better."

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STATE NEWS for TUE 04AUG20

Family members of a 12-year-old girl shot in Grand Rapids last night are furious about the violence. The girl was shot in the leg and taken to DeVos Children's Hospital. The girl's aunt, Latiffany Nieves, says she's furious because for this to transpire where are pulling out guns and shooting. She says she doesn't get what’s the purpose of it all. There's no word if anyone's been arrested.

Michigan State Police will send six troopers to Benton Harbor to crack down on large gatherings, loud music and reckless drivers. Benton Harbor reached out to state police in response to residents' pleas to restore "order and tranquility" in the city. The troopers will hit the streets for several weeks, starting today. Daniel McGinnis, director of public safety in Benton Harbor, says hundreds of young adults have been gathering, despite the risk of the Coronavirus. McGinnis says they play loud music, twerk on top of cars and shoot guns in the air.

Two Detroit casinos are set to reopen their doors this Wednesday with some changes made to try and slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Motor City President Bruce Dall says the facility has been upgraded and masks are required. Both Motor City and Greektown will reopen at 10 this morning. MGM will follow their lead later this week on Friday.

There was a serious crash in southwest Michigan's Niles Township on Wednesday afternoon. The Berrien County Sheriff's Office says a 26-year-old man driving a pickup truck made a left turn in front of a motorcycle, hitting the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

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STATE NEWS for MON 03AUG20

Casinos are getting ready to reopen their doors this week in Detroit.. It will be the first time they open in nearly FIVE months because of the Coronavirus pandemic. There will be some changes, though. Casinos can only reopen at 15-percent capacity, and everyone will have to submit to a temperature check before entering the facility. COVID-19 has slashed casino revenue by more than 50 percent. In the past few months, all three casinos issued notices that they would lay off thousands of employees. The official reopening is scheduled for Wednesday.

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The Detroit Tigers will not play today due to more Coronavirus concerns... This comes as more Saint Louis Cardinals players have tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. Saint Louis announced they would play four games in Detroit from August 4 to August 6, including a Wednesday doubleheader. In that case, the Cardinals and Tigers would serve as the home club for two games each at Comerica Park. Major League Baseball has had to postpone roughly 20 games in the past couple of weeks due to players testing positive to the disease... that includes 18 Miami Marlins players and staff members.

A group of 10 people are recovering this morning after being exposed to carbon monoxide over the weekend. South Haven authorities say they received a distress call from a boat that was traveling from Saint Joseph to South Haven. They successfully intercepted the boat and took in all the passengers.

Battle Creek Police officers were assaulted after responding to a murder on Sunday. MLive reports a 38-year-old man was stabbed and died at the scene. Police learned a male suspect left through the back door and they saw a man walking a block away... Police talked to him and tried to detain him when he assaulted them and took off. He was arrested and is being held at the Calhoun County Jail for open murder and resisting police.

The parents of a Redford girl who was shot in the head by her brother are facing child abuse charges. The Wayne County Prosecutor's office filed the charges against 27- year olds Jonclaude Norwood Sr. and Melissa Kiser nearly one month after their five year old daughter was shot by their four-year old son. The girl is recovering. Police say the little boy found an unsecured handgun that belonged to a relative of the parents. The couple are expected to appear before a judge this morning.

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COVID-19
UPDATES FROM The U.S. C.D.C.

WORLDOMETER provides the latest chart of state rankings for the virus.

Mid-Michigan Health COVID-19 hotline 800-445-7356.

National Disaster Mental Health Hotline
800-985-5990

Get the latest Michigan Gubernatorial Executive Orders for COVID-19 Here

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Friday, August 7, 2020

International Beer Day

International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer, celebrated in pubs, breweries and backyards all over the world.  There's even an official web page at InternationalBeerDay.com

Employment Report for July released.
The Employment Situation: Unemployment Rate, Average Workweek, Average Hourly Earnings, Manufacturing Payrolls, Non-farm payrolls . Last month's data showed that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 4.8 million in June, while the unemployment rate declined to 11.1%, as the labor market continued to recover from the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

United States Senate breaks for Labor Day / summer State Work Period

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

International Cat Day
Twins Day

President Trump participates in fundraising event in Southampton, NY


Topps National Baseball Card Day, with free baseball cards available at participating stores nationwide * Collector's Item Alert: Topps are reportedly set to print a limited series of baseball cards featuring NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr Anthony Fauci following his opening day pitch before the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees game on July 23.

The start of Elvis Week in Memphis and online
Annual celebration of Elvis Presley, aka The King. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year's week is held both physically and virtually. The inaugural Virtual Elvis Week, offered through a private, closed Facebook group, features past Elvis Week events alongside all-new interviews, celebrity call-outs and a Facebook Live from Graceland Mansion. In-person events at Graceland include daily screenings and a socially distanced Candlelight Vigil, with attendance at all events capped to adhere to social distancing guidelines

Scheduled MLB games:
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Houston Astros @ Oakland Athletics
Baltimore Orioles @ Washington Nationals
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers
Minnesota Twins @ Kansas City Royals
Cincinnati Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers
Miami Marlins @ New York Mets
Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Colorado Rockies @ Seattle Mariners * Yankees play Rays in a doubleheader today to accommodate schedule adjustments due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Start of Discovery Channel Shark Week, the 32nd installment of the annual franchise launches on Discovery Channel. Highlights include Mike Tyson wrestling a shark in 'Tyson v Jaws: Rumble on the Reef'; 'Abandoned Waters', in which researchers investigate great white sharks closer than ever before; 'Will Smith: Off The Deep End', in which Hollywood actor Will Smith faces his fear of sharks; and 'Jaws in America', in which Snoop Dogg investigates why sharks are taking up residence along American shores

75th anniversary of atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki
The explosion of 'Fat Man' came three days after the first ever-atomic bombing, on Hiroshima, and resulted in the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II on August 15. The plutonium-based weapon killed around 74,000 people.

Scheduled MLB games:
Baltimore Orioles @ Washington Nationals
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Miami Marlins @ New York Mets
Detroit Tigers @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins @ Kansas City Royals
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers
Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers
Houston Astros @ Oakland Athletics
Colorado Rockies @ Seattle Mariners
San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Diego Padres
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals

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Monday, August 10, 2020

World Lion Day
National Lazy Day


Fortune Magazine reveals its annual Fortune Global 500 ranking of the world's largest corporations according to revenue. The 2019 list was headed by Walmart, followed by Sinopec and Royal Dutch Shell.

Fortune Magazine also publishes its annual Fastest Growing Companies list of the world's 100 public companies with the most stellar three-year profit, revenue, and stock growth

1st anniversary of Jeffrey Epstein's death

Court hearing for 'admitted' Ku Klux Klan leader Harry Rogers, charged with assault and battery, attempted malicious wounding and felony vandalism, for allegedly driving his vehicle through a group of peaceful protesters occupying a roadway in the Richmond, VA, area on June 7, as demonstrations over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd took place across the U.S.

70th anniversary of the New York premiere of Billy Wilder's film noir 'Sunset Boulevard', starring William Holden as an unsuccessful writer who agrees to write a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has fallen into obscurity. The film also stars Gloria Swanson and is often remembered for her final line, 'Alright, Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up'. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning three for Best Art Direction, Best Music and Best Screenplay

'American Idol' auditions begin virtually due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, remotely visiting 50 states plus DC to search for singers. The tour begins with Delaware, Florida and Ohio today, followed by Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin (8/12); Arizona, Oregon and Washington (8/14); Georgia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Rhode Island (8/16); Open Call Auditions (8/17); Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas (8/18); Idaho, New Mexico and Utah (8/20); Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas (8/22); Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia (8/24); Open Call Auditions (8/25); Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma (8/26); Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota (8/28); Connecticut, New Jersey and New York (8/30); Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming (9/1); Maine, South Carolina and West Virginia (9/3); Alaska, California and Hawaii (9/5); Kentucky, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania (9/7); Massachusetts, North Carolina and Vermont (9/9)

'The Young and the Restless' returns with new episodes on CBS after production was halted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The show resumed filming in mid-July after shutting down production in March

Scheduled MLB games:
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals @ New York Mets
Chicago White Sox @ Detroit Tigers
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins @ Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies
Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants @ Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Secretary of State Pompeo begins Czech Republic / Slovenia / Austria / Poland trip
August 11, 2020 - August 15, 2020

Vermont Primary Election held for congressional races
Wisconsin Primary Election held for congressional races
Connecticut Primary Election held for congressional races

O, The Oprah Magazine September issue, featuring the late Breonna Taylor on the cover, hits newsstands, marking the the first time in the publication's 20-year history that Oprah Winfrey herself has not appeared on the cover. Winfrey explained her reasoning in an essay on the magazine's website, stating 'She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter', going on to explain how the cover acts as a platform to honor and demand justice for the 26-year-old as well as 'the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon' . The magazine will go digital-only in 2021 following the publication of the December 2020 issue

'America's Got Talent', season 15 of the talent show continues with the first of the live shows, hosted by Terry Crews and featuring judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara. 44 acts perform over four live quarterfinals each Tuesday, with result revealed on Wednesday night. Five acts go through to the semifinals. All COVID protection measures will be in place.

United Nations Security Council closed videoconference meetings on Lebanon after a massive explosion in Beirut killed at least 135 people and counting, injured thousands more and shook the entire city.

Scheduled MLB games:
Miami Marlins @ Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals @ Cincinnati Reds
Atlanta Braves @ New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles @ Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals @ New York Mets
Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox @ Detroit Tigers
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins @ Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies
Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants @ Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

World Elephant Day
Vinyl Record Day

3rd anniversary of clash between Charlottesville protesters and counter-protesters in the U.S.

Annual Perseids meteor shower peaks tonight
The meteor shower - which occurs as the Earth passes through the trail of the Swift-Tuttle comet - peaks tonight. It was officially discovered in 1862, but has according to many accounts been observed for over 2,000 years. Initial discovery of the regular periodic nature of the shower is credited to three people independently in the 1830s

Scheduled MLB games:
Chicago White Sox @ Detroit Tigers
Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies
Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels
Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians
Miami Marlins @ Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals @ Cincinnati Reds
Atlanta Braves @ New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles @ Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals @ New York Mets
Minnesota Twins @ Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco Giants @ Houston Astros
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox
Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers
San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

African American Women's Equal Pay Day

International Left-Handers' Day

National Prosecco Day

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report - Initial Claims

Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Comedians list published. Last year's list was topped by Kevin Hart with earnings of $59 million, followed by Jerry Seinfeld ($41 million) and Jim Gaffigan ($30 million)

House of Representatives annual Financial Disclosure Statements due
Deadline for annual Financial Disclosure Statements for 2019 from House of Representatives and related offices members, officers, and certain employees * The statements are usually due 15 May, but the Committee granted all Members the full 90-day extension permitted by the 'Ethics in Government Act' due to the difficulties of meeting that deadline during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Scheduled MLB games:
Washington Nationals @ New York Mets
Baltimore Orioles @ Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago White Sox
San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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Friday, August 14, 2020

VJ Day
 marking Japanese surrender ending WWII in 1945

20th anniversary of 'Dora the Explorer'

Shortened NBA regular season ends

Steve Martin turns a wild and crazy 75 today

Scheduled MLB games:
Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
New York Mets @ Philadelphia Phillies
Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers
Atlanta Braves @ Miami Marlins
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds
Washington Nationals @ Baltimore Orioles
Kansas City Royals @ Minnesota Twins
Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs
Texas Rangers @ Colorado Rockies
Seattle Mariners @ Houston Astros
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Oakland Athletics @ San Francisco Giants

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