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Cities Where COVID-19 Cases Have Doubled in the Last 14 Days

Donald Trump Commutes Sentence Of Roger Stone

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence Roger Stone, his former adviser and early political mentor, just days before he was set to begin serving prison time for his conviction on charges of lying to Congress and witness tampering.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement that “particularly in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the president has determined to commute his sentence.  Roger Stone has already suffered greatly.  He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case.  Roger Stone is now a free man!”

Trump had criticized Stone’s prosecution, calling it a “miscarriage of justice.” But the pardon, particularly one so close to the 2020 presidential election, carries substantial electoral risks for Trump.

Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison in February, on charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team as they investigated Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down the sentence after delivering a rebuke to Stone and Trump himself, asserting that it was essential for the judiciary to maintain its independence.

Stone’s conviction was on charges that he lied about the nature of his contacts with Wikileaks as the House Intelligence Committee conducted an investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election. He also was accused of threatening Randy Credico, a radio host and the intermediary between Stone and Wikileaks.


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Elon Musk has a lot to say about Covid-19. Some of it isn't true

(CNN)Tesla CEO Elon Musk just zoomed past Warren Buffett on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index to become the world’s seventh wealthiest person.

Musk’s fortune rose more than $6 billion Friday, according to Bloomberg, after Tesla’s stock surged 10.8% to a record $1,544 per share. Its market value stood at $286.5 billion.
Musk owns 20.8% of Tesla’s stock, making his stake worth just under $60 billion. Musk is also the primary shareholder of privately held SpaceX, as well as a privately held tunneling company.

    Buffett’s fortune fell this week after he donated nearly $3 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock to charity — part of his plan to give away most of his wealth to philanthropic ventures.
    Tesla’s stock is up more than 500% over the past 12 months, exceeding the value of almost every company in the S&P 500. The electric car maker is the most valuable auto company on Earth.

    The 49-year-old Musk could eventually become the world’s richest person — a spot currently held by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — based on a pay package that Tesla shareholders approved in 2018.
    At the end of May, Tesla granted Musk stock options worth $1.8 billion today. Now, it’s about to do that again — for a second time in just over two months.

      Musk’s pay package lays out a plan that could eventually give him 20.3 million stock options over the course of 10 years.
      —CNN Business’ Chris Isidore contributed reporting.

      Penticton Art Gallery hosts first Bob Ross exhibit in Canada

      It’s the first time Bob Ross’ happy little exhibit has crossed the border to Canada, and it’s nestled itself right in the South Okanagan at the Penticton Art Gallery.

      Lethbridge councillors ask for delay in conversion therapy ban, want public hearing

      City of Lethbridge Councillors Blaine Hyggen and Joe Mauro have put forward a motion for Monday’s council meeting to delay the second and third readings of the city’s conversion therapy bylaw.

      Cities Where COVID-19 Cases Have Doubled in the Last 14 Days

      On July 9, the U.S. set a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases in a single day at just over 63,000. Over the past several weeks, coronavirus cases have been surging in at least 40 states with hospitalizations rising in 22 states.

      At the beginning of June, new daily infections were at their lowest level in over two months. As state and city governments began easing restrictions, local media started reporting new COVID-19 outbreaks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, said on July 7 that the country is “going in the wrong direction” as the coronavirus is surging.

      Using data compiled from state and local health departments, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 27 large cities where cumulative cases of the virus have doubled over the past 14 days. We only considered metro areas with populations of at least 200,000 people in our analysis. Population estimates are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey.

      The surges in infections among the metro areas on this list are driving up overall infection rates in their states. More than half of the 27 cities on this list are located in either Florida or Texas. It is no coincidence that many cities in these two states also rank among the metro areas where the virus is currently surging. Here is a complete list of the cities where the virus is growing the fastest right now.

      Click here to see the cities where COVID-19 cases have doubled in the last 14 days.

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