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City of Syracuse Enters New Fiscal Year With Up to $10 Million Revenue Shortfall

Mayor Ben Walsh says the city’s financial picture continues to worsen in the absence of federal action on another relief package. He said at his weekly briefing yesterday that they’re entering the new fiscal year with an $8 to $10 million shortfall in revenue, and the state has withheld, but not yet cut, 12 million dollars in aid. Walsh says that means they’re moving ahead with planning an early retirement program and additional furloughs. "Of course, we're eventually going to have look at...

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The University of Washington announced on Sunday that at least 112 fraternity house residents north of its Seattle campus have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of students infected on Greek Row so far to 121.

The nine additional students who tested positive were close contacts of the residents, but do not live in the fraternity houses, according to a statement from The University of Washington.

Exercise is good for physical and mental health, but with coronavirus cases surging across the country, exercising indoors with other people could increase your chance of infection. So, as gyms reopen across the country, here are some things to consider before heading for your workout.

Assess your own risk

It starts with you, says Dr. Saadia Griffith-Howard, an infectious disease specialist with Kaiser Permanente.

Updated at 7:43 a.m. ET

On the eve of Independence Day, President Trump celebrated at the foot of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, S.D., with a fireworks display and an impassioned speech against what he called a "new far-left fascism."

Major League Baseball is cancelling the 2020 All-Star game over concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and restricting on mass gatherings, the league says.

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Mayor Ben Walsh says the city’s financial picture continues to worsen in the absence of federal action on another relief package.  He said at his weekly briefing yesterday that they’re entering the new fiscal year with an $8 to $10 million shortfall in revenue, and the state has withheld, but not yet cut, 12 million dollars in aid.  Walsh says that means they’re moving ahead with planning an early retirement program and additional furloughs.

Updated at 9:35 p.m. ET

The Washington Redskins football team is conducting a "thorough review" of its name, an apparent break from the NFL franchise's longtime resistance to consider such a move.

A short time later, Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians said it would consider the "best path forward with regard to our team name." It said the team wants to embrace responsibility to advance social justice.

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Thursday marked the start of new rules regarding who can be held on bail in New York State. The new law rolls back some bail reform measures passed in 2019, and criminal justice advocates say it’s the wrong time to do it, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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ACR Health is furloughing 70 staff members and limiting some services across a nine county region due to the lack of reimbursement from New York State.  The contracts date back to January and exceed $1.6 million.  This comes at a time when demand for services has increased, and the state faces a multi-billion dollar deficit due to COVID-19.  Eighty-eight percent of the organization's budget comes from state contracts.  Executive director Wil Murtaugh says the solutions for one pandemic should not come at the expense of progress they’ve made on everything from HIV/AIDS to substance abuse.

Across the United States the coronavirus is once again on the march. On Wednesday alone there were nearly 50,000 new cases — a record. The case counts for each state suggest the disease is mainly spreading in a band stretching from Florida across much of the southernmost states and westward to California, with Idaho and Iowa also in trouble.

But when you use tools to drill down to more local data, the picture gets more complicated — and even more concerning. Here are five takeaways:

It may be time for a statewide lockdown in Arizona and Florida

Vivian Garcia Leonard studied to become a pharmacist in Cuba before coming to the U.S. in 1961.

Her daughter, also named Vivian, eventually followed in her mother's footsteps. So, too, did her daughter, Marissa Sofia Ochs. Today, the three generations of pharmacists live near each other and work in New York City.

But recently, the elder Vivian, who's 82, stopped working to limit her exposure to the virus.

In a remote StoryCorps conversation recorded last month, the women talked about living through the coronavirus pandemic.

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